20th September 2006
AUDIO BOOK NEWS
Here's a much better look at the Doctor
Who - Monsters on Earth audio book box set, which was featured in
Monday's News (see below)...
Vista Home Entertainment will release what's likely
to be the best-selling DVD of 2006, a two-disc Collector's Edition of
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, on November the 20th.
Details are sketchy, but indicate that
bonus features will include: "unseen footage and deleted scenes; on-set
gossip in Jerry Bruckheimer: Producers Photo Diary and Fly on
the Set featurette; special featurettes on the films sensational
characters in Captain Jack: Head to Toe and Meet Davy Jones;
filmmaker and star commentaries; a look at the making of the film in
The Making of Dead Man's Chest; Bloopers of the Caribbean."
Amazon.com are offering a set of artcards with their edition.
The RRP is £24.99.
Century Fox Home Entertainment
will release the 2006 "reimagining"
Omen on October the 23rd.
The film, which stars Liev Schreiber and
Julia Stiles, will be supplemented by a commentary track (by John Moore,
Glen Williamson and Dan Zimmerman), a fifty-minute minute Making of...
featurette called Omenisms - The Making of 666, two featurettes (Abbey
Road and Revelations 666), two extended scenes, and an
Fox will also release The Omen - 30th
Anniversary Special Edition on October the 23rd, alongside digitally-remastered
editions of its sequels.
Omen - 30th Anniversary 2 Disc Special Edition will feature two
commentary tracks (one by director Richard Donner and editor Stuart Baird,
the other by Donner and writer/director Brian Hegeland); Love Theme
featurette; Damien To Church featurette; Dog Attack
featurette; 666 and Mrs Baylock featurette; Jerry Goldsmith on
The Score; Curse or Coincidence featurette; original theatrical
trailer. The RRP is £17.99.
Damien: Omen II features part two of The Omen Legacy; a
commentary by producer Harvey Bernhard; and The Omen 2006 - Life After
Film School featurette (23m).
Omen III: The Final Conflict features
part three of The Omen Legacy; a commentary by director Graham
Baker; and The Omen 2006 - Making a Scene featurette.
Omen IV: The Awakening
part four of The Omen Legacy; The Omen 2006 - World Premiere
featurette and The Omen 2006 - Casting Session featurette.
RRP for the sequels is £12.99. Each of
these films is also included in the
Omen Pentology along
with The Omen (2006), which is also released on 23rd October 2006.
The RRP for that is £59.99. Nice sleeve design...
The BFI IMAX theatre at Waterloo will be
hosting two all-night Lord of the Rings triple-bill marathon on
Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th of September.
From the press release:
All three films will be shown in their
original theatrical 35mm versions (NB. not IMAX or IMAX DMR); the image
will fill approximately one third of the giant screen.
There will be a 30-minute break between
each film and free teas and coffees will be provided throughout the night.
Snacks, sweets and both soft and alcoholic drinks will be on sale.
Fans are welcome to dress up in costume and
there will be prizes to be won during the night to add to the fun.
Screening times are as follows on both
9.00pm - The Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring (PG)
12.30am - The Lord of the Rings: The Two
04.00am - The Lord of the Rings: Return
of the King (12A)
The programme ends at 7.20am.
Justin Johnson, BFI IMAX Head of Operations
says: "We first showed The Lord of the Rings trilogy in November
2004 and it was so popular that it's become an annual event. With our big
picture, perfect view from comfy seats, and alcoholic drinks on sale this
time around, it's the ultimate fantasy film experience for the fans - over
nine hours in heaven, or at least, Middle Earth!"
Tickets are on sale now at £10.00 for one
film, £15.00 for two films or £25.00 for all three.
The BFI IMAX is located at South Bank,
London SE1. Nearest tube is Waterloo. Tickets for The Lord of the Rings
trilogy are on sale from the ticket desk or by telephone on 0870 787
2525. NB. Online booking is not available for these two presentations, but
cinema details can be seen at
ZETA MINOR NEWS
We have a new review for you today! Ceri
has dissected the recent BBC Audiobooks release of Hancock's Half Hour
- The 'Lost' Episodes. The two-disc set features two episodes that
were, until recently, missing from the BBC archives, and, as a bonus, two
radio documentaries on The Lad 'imself. Click on the sleeve image, left,
or here, to read the
Hammer DVD Guide has been given an overhaul! Additions include the
three new Hammer discs from Network (Twins of Evil, Countess
Dracula and Hands of the Ripper), Sony's forthcoming Curse
of the Mummy's Tomb, and all the forthcoming Studio Canal releases
(which include several titles not previously available in the UK, and some
with 'new' bonus features - see the
News feature from
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release
X-Men: The Last Stand as a two-disc DVD set on October the 2nd.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
2.4:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and optional English SDH
The set will offer a choice of menu schemes
(you can align yourself with the X-Men or The Brotherhood), which will
lead to extensive bonus material, including: Brett Ratner's Production
Diary; X-Men - Evolution of a Trilogy featurette; X-Men: The
Excitement Continues featurette; X-Men Up Close interactive
gallery; Anatomy Of A Scene: The Golden Gate Bridge featurette;
Vignettes; Blogs; Previz Animatic Gallery; Character Still
Galleries; Concept Art, Storyboards and Models Galleries; audio
commentaries [sic] by director Brett Ratner, Avi Arad; twenty-one deleted
scenes; three alternate endings; an Easter Egg; and trailers.
No-one pulls out all the stops for their
special edition discs like Fox, so this should be a very impressive set
indeed. The spec's for the UK edition certainly trump the single-disc
Region 1 editions! (Director Brett Ratner has confirmed that there will be
a R1 Special Edition somewhere down the line. The UK edition has an RRP of
Fox are also releasing a special
X-Men Collector's Edition 6-Disc Trilogy box set, which will
include an exclusive Stan Lee comic book. This set has an RRP of £44.99.
Robert Towne's depression-era drama
The Dust will be released by Pathe Distribution on October the 2nd.
The film stars Colin Farrell, as a struggling writer trying to carve a
career in 1930s Los Angeles, and Salma Hayek as the Mexican barmaid he
falls in love with.
The press release didn't mention any bonus features,
but some etailers are listing a commentary track by Towne and
cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, a Making of... featurette, and a
trailer. The RRP is apparently £15.99 or £19.99 (different etailers are
listing different RRPs, and it wasn't mentioned on the
not-trying-very-hard press release).
Universal Pictures will release a four-disc
Billy Wilder Collection box set on November the 20th. The films
are Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, A Foreign Affair
and The Major and the Minor. The press release didn't mention
any bonus features, so it's unlikely that the set will feature the
bountiful supplements on the recent Region 1 Double Indemnity Special
Edition DVD. RRP is £34.99.
Pictures will release
Tribe - The Complete Series Five (the final series) on DVD on
November the 20th.
The seven-disc set features approximately
twenty-two hours' worth of episodes, presented in 16:9 format, with Dolby
Digital Stereo sound.
The set will also feature a photo' gallery,
never-before-seen scripts for The Tribe series six, and an
exclusive interview with Kelly Stevenson (who plays Dee - TBC). The RRP is
£34.99. The RRP of the first two seasons of The Tribe will be
reduced by a few pounds to coincide with the release.
Nouveaux Pictures will release two DVD box
sets on October the 16th.
The Comedy Western Collection set
will contain They Call Me Trinity, its sequel, Trinity Is Still
My Name and My Name Is Nobody. Extras include interviews with
Terence Hill and Bud Spencer, biographies, filmographies, trailers, stills
gallery. The RRP is £39.99.
Tinto Brass - The Maestro Presents... box set will feature
Salon Kitty, P.O. Box Tinto Brass and The Voyeur.
Special features include an exclusive twenty-four-minute interview (in
English) with director Tinto Brass and trailers. RRP is £29.99.
HBO will release
Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Sixth Series on October the
2nd. The five-disc set will contain twenty-four episodes, some with
commentaries by Ray Romano and series creator Phil Rosenthal. The set will
also include bloopers, deleted scenes and a retrospective featurette. The
RRP is £34.99.
HBO will release
Entourage - The Complete First Season on October the 30th. The
two-disc set will feature eight "half-hour" episodes, which feature cameo
appearances by co-producer Mark Wahlberg, Luke 'The Dragon' Wilson, Val
Kilmer, Larry David, Gary Busey and Scarlett Johansson. Three of the
episodes will feature commentary tracks by creator / executive producer
Doug Elin and executive producer Larry Charles. The set will also contain
a behind-the-scenes featurette. The set will have optional English
subtitles. Further episodes of the series (now in its fourth season in the
US) will air here on ITV2 in February. The set has a pinch-me RRP of
4DVD will release a new Lee Evans DVD on
November the 27th,
World of Lee Evans. It features the six comedy dramas, shot on
film, which formed Evans' 1995 TV series. Guest stars include John
Thompson, Prunella Scales, Caroline Hook, Phil Daniels, Samantha
Beckinsale and Amanda Dickinson. The RRP is £12.99.
don't make a habit of indulging in idle speculation about
forthcoming Doctor Who DVD releases, but recently I've been digging around
to see what I can piece together about what stories are being prepared for
release next year.
how I think the 2007 schedule will shape up. Naturally, it's very likely
that some titles may be shuffled around, so the dates given are subject to
The Return of The Master Box Set - The
Keeper of Traken, Logopolis and Castrovalva (confirmed)
The Time Meddler
Tegan box set - Time-Flight / Arc
Sarah Jane Smith box set - The Time
Warrior / K9 and Company
The Key to Time Box Set (The Ribos
Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood,
The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll and The Armageddon
Animated Patrick Troughton story
You can discuss this list in
Roobarb's DVD Forum thread.
AUDIO BOOK NEWS
Audiobooks has confirmed the details of the Doctor Who - Monsters on
Earth seven-CD box set, which is being released on November the 6th.
The set will feature the audio tracks from
three TV adventures, with newly-recorded narration. The stories are
Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, Jon Pertwee), The Sea Devils
(1972, Jon Pertwee), and Warriors of the Deep (1984, Peter
Davison). The three stories are linked by recurring reptilian villains:
the Sea Devils were related to the Silurians, and both return in
Warriors of the Deep.
Narration in each case is provided by the
companion of the time: Caroline John on Doctor Who and the Silurians;
Katy Manning on The Sea Devils, and Janet Fielding on Warriors
of the Deep. The discs will also feature bonus interviews with the
actresses, discussing their experience of working on the programme.
The discs will be housed in a tin, the base
of which will feature an illustration by former Target books artist Chris
The set has an RRP of £45, but can
currently be pre-ordered for as little as
£18.88 from Amazon.
Press release from Lurker Films...
Lurker Films is proud to present the 13th
Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.
WHEN: October 6-8, 2006
Doors open at 6pm on Friday, 1pm on Saturday & Sunday.
WHERE: The historic Hollywood Theatre in
Portland, Oregon, USA
WHAT: Eight feature films, seven guests of honour,
discussion panels, world
and regional premieres, twelve vendors, multiple door prizes, and more
than twenty-five short films.
COST: Tickets are $12 per day per person on
Friday, $15 per day
per person on Saturday & Sunday.
Advance tickets can be purchased at
The 13th annual H.P. Lovecraft Film
Festival should prove to be an exciting one. Along with all of the great
films we have lined up we also have many compelling events. We will be
showing exclusive footage from the highly anticipated Hellboy: Animated,
with a special appearance from the producer of the show.
Other notable guest appearances are: author
Ramsey Campbell, author/editor Robert M. Price, author Stanley C. Sargent,
director Jay Woelfel (Beyond Dream's Door), director Alex Turner (Dead
Birds), director Mariano Baino (Dark Waters) and actress
Barbara Crampton (Castle Freak).
We will also be playing the comic-con
trailer for Guillermo del Toro's new picture, Pan's Labyrinth. Our
discussion panels will include: Writers versus Filmmakers: Filming the
Unfilmable, The Appeal of H.P. Lovecraft, Dark Horse Comics: Lovecraft's
Lasting Influence, and Animating Hellboy. We will be awarding filmmakers
and special guests with the annual Howie award.
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