23rd August 2006
information about Second Sight's
Quest For Fire DVD - due on September the 25th - is now available.
The film is presented in anamorphic 2.33:1
format, with Dolby Dgital 2.0 audio (at 192kbps) (not in 5.1, as some
The bonus features are two commentary
tracks (one by director Jean-Jacques Annaud; the other by cast members Ron
Perlman, Rae Dawn Chong and Executive Producer Michael Gruskoff); a video
interview with Annaud (33m); a contemporaneous behind-the-scenes
featurette (25m); fifteen short (2-6m) Video Gallery clips, which are
photo galleries, presented in slideshow format, with commentary by Annaud,
each focussing on a particular aspect of the production (Set Design,
Costumes, Mammoths, etc). I don't want to sell these short -
they're basically mini-featurettes, without moving video content.
The only potential drawback remains its "UKVV
as cut" BBFC status (as noted when the disc was announced, in the
News entry for the
31st of July). Menu screens from the disc can be found
Universal Pictures will release a
Spike Lee Box Set on September the 18th. It will include Do The
Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever,
Crooklyn and Clockers. The press release doesn't mention any
any bonus features, and there's nothing about the technical details,
either. The set has an RRP of £34.99. Do The Right Thing, Jungle
Fever and Clockers are already available as an Anthology
Collection box set, which has an RRP of £19.99.
The release of the Tittybangbang DVD
- announced here
last week - has been delayed: it will now be released in "mid-November".
Best Dressed Trekker competition website is now live.
21st August 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Time for your weekly reminder to visit the
Incoming page, which features dozens of new titles, additions and
corrections since last week. Please use our affiliate links! My thanks
again to Ceri and Ben, for their work in keeping the database up to date!
Pictures is releasing Pupi Avati's atmospheric 1976 horror film
House With Laughing Windows (La Casa dalle finestre che ridono)
on DVD on September the 25th.
The film, about a man who is hired to
restore a mysterious church fresco depicting the martyrdom of Saint
Sebastian, is presented in anamorphic 1.84:1 format, with Dolby Digital
2.0 audio (at 192kbps). The English subtitles are player-generated, but
there doesn't seem to be an option to switch them off.
Sadly Nouveaux's disc does not include the
very good sixteen-minute retrospective documentary that's on Image's
Region 1 edition. The RRP is £15.99.
Making any of Avati's genre movies
available is very laudable, but it's a shame that we now have two good
versions of The House With Laughing Windows, and yet the
wonderfully creepy The Arcane Sorcerer (L'Arcano incantatore)
languishes without an official release... hint hint!
Universal Playback have created a website
in support of their forthcoming
Battlestar Galactica - Season 2 and
Battlestar Galactica - The Movie DVD releases (which are due on
August the 28th). It features an introduction by Battlestar
stalwart Dirk Benedict (who will also be answering questions from fans), a
competition, and other goodies (including a trailer for the Season 2
set). You can find the site
here. More information about these releases can be found in the
News entry for August the 4th.
Home Entertainment offers Trekkers another compilation of themed episodes
culled from three of the Star Trek series in
Trek: Q Fan Collective, which gathers together every episode that
Q appeared in (eight episodes of The Next Generation, one episode
of Deep Space Nine, and three episodes of Voyager).
The four disc set offers the episodes in
4:3 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Three of the episodes feature
text commentary tracks (Deja Q, Q-Less and Death Wish).
The set is released on September the 4th (four days before Star Trek's
official 40th Anniversary).
Would it have killed Paramount to
commission a new interview with John de Lancie for this set?
Infinity is releasing the 1993 Daryl Hannah
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman on DVD on October the 9th.
The spoofy HBO film, which also stars
Daniel Baldwin, Christopher Guest and Frances Fisher, is presented in 4:3
format. There are no bonus features. The RRP is £15.99.
Vision will release a DVD version of Terry Pratchett's time-bending BBC
Johnny and the Bomb on September the 4th.
The series, which was adapted from
Pratchett's award-winning novel by Stig of the Dump's Peter Tabern,
stars ZoŽ Wanamaker, Keith Barron and Frank Finlay.
The disc will feature an "extensive"
interview with Pratchett, who discusses the transition from book to
screen, the special effects, and the programme's themes. According to
Play.com, the disc will apparently present the series, which originally
aired in three parts, in omnibus format. The RRP is £17.99.
Tartan Video will release Kevin Wilmotís
satirical "what if" documentary C.S.A. Ė The Confederate States of
America on November the 13th.
The documentary speculates what might have
happened if the Confederate South had won the Civil War, and, as a result,
slavery hadn't been abolished.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 and DTS 5.1
The disc will include a trailer, and will
be accompanied by notes by Spike Lee biographer Kaleen Aftab (Lee presents
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