Kiss of the Dragon: Authored in HDMV with DTS HD
Lossless Master Audio,
Kiss of the Dragon includes
commentaries by Chris Nash, Bridget Fonda, and Jet Li, as well as
selectable HD trailers of upcoming BD releases.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
One of the industry’s most advanced BD releases,
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is authored in BD-J with DTS HD Lossless Master Audio and
AVC (MPEG 4 compression) and includes commentaries by the cast and crew, a
unique search index which allows the viewer to sort scenes from the movie
into 72 categories ranging from actor (e.g., Shane West, Sean Connery) to
character (e.g., Allan Quartermain, Agent Tom Sawyer) to locations (e.g.,
Paris, Venice), among others. Additional features include an interactive
first person shooter game boasting 12 unique play modes, up to 99
bookmarks, an animated pop-up trivia track, and HD trailers of upcoming BD
The Omen - 666: Authored in HDMV with DTS HD
Lossless Master Audio,
The Omen - 666 includes
commentary by John Moore, Glenn Williamson and Dan Zimmerman, two
featurettes and two extended scenes plus a BD-exclusive animated pop-up
trivia track entitled “The Devil’s Footnotes,” which explores the history
of the triple sixes (666).
Speed: This BD-J release boasts DTS HD Lossless
Master Audio and MPEG 4 compression. Special features include commentary
tracks and commentary chapter selections by Jan De Bont, Graham Yost, and
Mark Gordon, as well as an animated pop-up trivia track, up to 99
bookmarks, a 56-category search index (see description on
The League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen) and a java game entitled, Speed: Take Down, touting
six game play modes. The title also includes HD trailers for upcoming BD
The Transporter: Authored in HDMV and presented with
DTS HD Lossless Master Audio,
The Transporter Blu-Ray Disc
features commentaries by Actor Jason Statham and Producer Steven Chasman,
in addition to host of selectable HD trailers of upcoming BD releases.
It seems that the bonus features that are
on the DVD equivalents, especially those exclusive to the UK editions
(those on The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen, for example), generally won't be carried
over to the Blu-ray editions.
More information about the different
authoring standards (HDMV and BD-J) can be found
studio has also announced its first day-and-date DVD / Blu-ray release:
Ice Age: The Meltdown. This will be released on November the 13th.
The disc is authored in HDMV, and presented
with DTS HD Lossless Master Audio. The bonus features - also in HD -
include a new CGI short, No Time For Nuts, which was created
exclusively for the DVD and Blu-ray discs; Crash and Eddie Stunts -
three CGI shorts; The Animation Director's Chair; Lost
Historical Films on the Ice Age Period; Scrat's Piranha Smackdown
Sound Effects Lab; Crash and Eddie blooper; a director's
commentary, and "much more".
The press release didn't include a UK RRP
for the Blu-ray titles, but the US SRP is $39.98.
31st August 2006
Pictures Home Entertainment has formally announced their October releases.
Their key release is Ron Howard's recent
blockbuster adaptation of
Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks and Amelie's Audrey
Tautou. The two-disc Special Edition DVD set will be released on
October the 16th.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
2.40:1 ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and optional English and
English HoH subtitles.
Bonus features include ten featurettes,
including First Day on the Set With Ron Howard; A Discussion
With Dan Brown; A Portrait of Langdon; Who Is Sophie Neveu;
The Codes of The Da Vinci Code; The Filmmaker's Journey and
"much more". The RRP is £24.99.
West End arrival of the Monty Python musical Spamalot has spurred
yet another release of
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this time The Extraordinarily
Deluxe Edition. The set will be released on October the 2nd.
The film has apparently been "visually
re-mastered", and the set features "brand spanking new extras", including
a sneak peek at Spamalot the Musical, in A Taste of Spamalot
(a medley of eleven songs from the musical); a CD of the soundtrack; a
spoof trailer based on The Da Vinci Code; and a Monty Python Quiz.
Each set also contains a money-off voucher for a "delicious tin of Spam!"
(it says here). Hopefully the press release is just pointing out the
things that are new, and the bonus features from the earlier editions (the
commentary tracks, etc) will be included, too! The RRP for the set is
Kurt Wimmer's follow-up to the impressive Equilibrium, the curdled
futuristic action film
Ultraviolet, will be released on October the 30th. The film was
subjected to a lot of post-production tampering by the studio, and it got
slaughtered by the critics.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with DolbyDigital 5.1 audio, and optional English HoH
The bonus features include a commentary
track by star Mila Jovovich, a Making of... featurette and deleted
scenes. The RRP is £15.99. Let's hope Wimmer has better luck with his next
Barry Sonnenfeld's RV (now subtitled
Runaway Vacation, for the hard of thinking) will be released by
Sony on October the 9th.
The film stars Robin Williams as an
overworked executive forced to take a holiday in the Rockies, and Curb
Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines, as his long-suffering partner.
The disc will feature a commentary track by
Sonnenfeld; deleted scenes; six featurettes; and a "Making of Behind
The Scenes Diary". The RRP is £15.99.
fabulous collection of bits and pieces created by the master of
stop-motion animation is offered by
Ray Harryhausen - The Early Years.
set includes extant clips from several
abandoned projects, including Harryhausen's take on SF classic The War of the
Worlds. The set also includes an animated short in the style of the
Mother Goose stories: The Tortoise and the Hare, which was
recently completed under Harryhausen's supervision. Also included are art
galleries, interviews and test and experimental animation.
The set is highly recommended to anyone
interested in the history of film animation, and, naturally, to fans of
the maestro. The RRP is £19.99.
healthy batch of horror titles is on Sony's slate for October the 23rd,
headed by the straight-to-DVD franchise sequel
I'll Always Know What
You Did Last Summer. Also up:
House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim;
the Clive Barker-produced
The Plague (which stars Dawson Creek's
James Van Der Beek); the 1982 adaptation of
The Hunchback of Notre Dame,
(which features a fine British cast headed by Anthony Hopkins and Derek
Jacobi); and - finally - one of Columbia's Hammer movies, The
the Mummy's Tomb.
I'll Always Know What You Did Last
Summer, House of the Dead 2 and The Plague are £19.99
each. The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Curse of the Mummy's
Tomb are £12.99 each. A
set containing the three I Know What You Did Last Summer films
will also be available, also apparently with an RRP of £19.99. (There
seems to be some confusion about the RRP for I'll Always Know... -
some retailers are basing their price on an RRP of £12.99 (see
Incoming for etailers listing it for as little as £9.74).
No technical details, or information about bonus
features (if, in fact, there are any) were announced for any of these titles.
Artwork on House of the Dead 2, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (below) is provisional.
Other October Sony titles include The Hunt
For Eagle One: Crash Point (2/10, £19.99), a five-disc Hart To Hart
- The Complete Second Season box set (9/10, £34.99), and two Bob Hope
films: The Lemon Drop Kid and Son of Paleface (30/10, £12.99
Sony are also re-packaging twelve films in
new packaging to make The Reel Collection. These two-disc sets will
be housed in tin packaging, and offered with four glossy film stills with
film facts on the back. The films are: Black Hawk Down, Boyz 'n'
the Hood, Bridge on the River Kwai, Close Encounters of the
3rd Kind, Das Boot, Desperado ( and El Mariachi),
Dr Strangelove, Hellboy, Jerry Maguire, Lawrence
of Arabia, Layer Cake and Snatch.
Menu screens for the next Doctor Who
DVD, Mark of the Rani, can be seen
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has officially announced the release of a new nine-disc Special Edition
box set of the popular ITC action-adventure series
Persuaders! The set will be released on September the 18th.
In addition to the twenty-four fifty-odd
minute episodes, which star Roger Moore and Tony Curtis (not to mention
all the stalwart ITC guest stars like Patrick Troughton, Joan Collins, Ian
Hendry and Terry-Thomas), the set boasts a wealth of bonus material,
including new, exclusive interviews with the two stars. The bonus
features, quoted directly from the press release (with minor formatting
• The Morning After – Remembering The
Persuaders! - Documentary featuring Roger Moore (Lord Brett Sinclair),
Tony Curtis (Danny Wilde) and crew members: Robert S Baker (producer),
Johnny Goodman (executive in charge of production), Malcolm Christopher
(production manager), Ken Baker (assistant director), Brian Clemens
(writer), Roy Ward Baker (director) and Tony Spratling (director of
photography) and others
• Commentaries on three episodes featuring
contributions from Sir Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, Robert S Baker, Johnny
Goodman, Roy Ward Baker, Brian Clemens, Malcolm Christopher, Ken Baker and
• Interview with Tony Curtis on The
Russell Harty Show (1974)
• Mute news footage of Tony Curtis ordering
a Lagonda from Aston Martin (1974)
• News footage of Roger Moore and his
design consultancy for a Bradford clothing manufacturer (1970)
• Dutch AVRO skoop documentary, made
during filming of The Persuaders!
• Top of the Pops promotional film
for John Barry’s single of The Persuaders! featuring Pan’s People
• All four feature-film versions and
• Stills gallery containing over a thousand
• Ad bumpers
• The Saint – The Ex-King of
Diamonds (with commentary)
• Ten promotional spots – five foreign,
five mute UK
• Trailer and opening sequence for
unreleased feature version of The Persuaders! film
• Mute textless main and end titles
RRP for the set is £59.99.
has also officially announced the details of its re-mastered, limited
Stones In The Park Collector's Edition DVD, which is being
released on September the 25th.
The award-winning documentary has been
"lovingly restored", and given a new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix. It's
presented in 4:3 ratio. It will be packaged in a special slip-case.
The disc features three songs "never before
seen" (Mercy Mercy, Stray Cat Blues and No Expectations);
an episode of World of Action which features an interview with
Jagger, who talks about his drugs arrest; and additional features that are
"TBC". The RRP is £14.99.
Pictures will re-release Roger Corman's 1975 cult favourite
Death Race 2000 on September the 18th.
The film, which features Sylvester Stallone
and David Carradine in a bloodthirsty coast-to-coast car race, has been
available before. There's nothing in the press release to indicate whether
this new version will improve on the rather shabby old version (last
year's Region 1 version - from Buena Vista - had a commentary track, a
ten-minute featurette and a trailer). Neither is there anything to
indicate the technical specifications (the R1 version is 1.78:1).
Hopefully Universal didn't blow their entire budget on the swanky new
sleeve design (left). RRP is £19.99.
another edition of
Hustler will be released by Twentieth Century Fox Home
Entertainment on September the 18th, this time as part of their Cinema
Reserve collection of two-disc special editions.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
2.35:1 format, with Dolby Digital audio, and optional English HoH
The bonus features are a commentary by Paul
Newman, the director's daughter, Carol Rossen, and other cast and crew
members; five Trick Shot Analysis by World Champion trick shot
artist, Mike Massey; five featurettes; five How To Make A Shot; a
stills gallery (nine images); and a theatrical trailer.
Apart from the new Cinema Reserve
tin cladding, there seems to be little difference between this version and
the one released in 2002 (which is currently available for less than a
fiver in some places). RRP for the
new edition is £15.99.
Kaleidoscope has announced that acclaimed
writer / producer Robert Banks Stewart will be attending their September
2nd gathering, which will take place at the Amblecote Room, Stourbridge
Town Hall, Stourbridge, West Midlands. Attendees to he event, which runs
from noon to 7pm, will be treated to a wide array of archive television
material, including the pilot of ABC's science fiction series Undermind,
and an episode of Callan (both of which were written by Robert
Banks Stewart). Entrace to the event is free (donations to Kaleidoscope's
charity of choice - the RNLI - are encouraged! More details here:
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