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Optimum has confirmed that their
Avengers DVD box set (due on October the 30th) will feature two
episodes with commentary tracks: The Eagle's Nest and Dead Men
Are Dangerous (both tracks are by writer Brian Clemens and star Gareth
Hunt). The eight-disc set has an RRP of £59.99.
seen some of the new Hammer discs from Optimum. There's good news, and
not-so-good news. Two of the titles I've examined (Rasputin - The Mad
Monk and Quatermass and the Pit) seem to be virtually
identical, compared to the old, Warner Home Video (WHV) versions. The new
Quatermass and the Pit disc features a 2'30" theatrical trailer
that wasn't on the WHV version.
The good news is that One Million Years
B.C. has been given a new anamorphic transfer, which might bode well
for some of the other titles in the new collection (not least of which,
Dracula: Prince of Darkness and She!) You can see some
comparative screen grabs from the old and new versions
More good news! Optimum's new version of
The Nanny has a commentary track by Jimmy Sangster! (You'd think they'd
mention stuff like this in the press release, wouldn't you!?) It also has
a new anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer, which adds substantial picture
information to the sides, with some cropping to the top and bottom.
You can see some
comparative screen grabs from the old and new versions
Hammer DVD Guide has been updated accordingly.
Here's a look at the
Ultimate Hammer Films Box Set, which is due from Optimum on
October the 23rd. It seems that The Devil-Ship Pirates might not
now be included in the set.
Tartan will release Jeremy Brock's
Driving Lessons on December the 26th.
The film, which stars Julie Walters, Rupert
Grint and Laura Linney, will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format,
with a choice of Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio tracks. The disc will
also feature Tartan-exclusive interviews with Brock, Julie Walters and
Rupert Grint; and a commentary track by Brock. RRP is £19.99.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release
the fifth - final - series of
Alias on November the 20th.
The five-disc set features seventeen
episodes, along with the following bonus features: commentary tracks (for
Prophet Five, Bob, The Horizon and There's Only
One Sydney Bristow); Celebrating 100 featurette
(behind-the-scenes on episode 100); The Legend of Rambaldi
featurette; Heightening the Drama - The Music of Alias featurette
with composer Michael Giacchino; The New Recruit (featurette on
Rachel Nichols; bloopers and Easter Eggs. RRP is £49.99.
set containing all five seasons will also be released on November the
20th. It has an RRP of £120.
Arrow Films will release a radically
re-edited edition of the 1989 adventure film
Erik The Viking on
October the 9th. Director Terry Jones explains: "When The film came out in
1989 I was not happy at all with it. With the Monty Python movies I'd been
a hands-on editor, yet with Erik The Viking I didn't get involved
with the process until too late. I've always felt there was a better film
in there, waiting to get out, and this new version is it!"
Billed as Erik The Viking - The
Director's Son's Cut, the two disc set will feature the theatrical
version of the film, and a new version of the film, with new 5.1 audio and
"enhanced picture transfer". The new transfer is in 1.85:1 ratio, with
anamorphic enhancement. The 5.1 audio is offered at 384kbps.
There have always been two versions of
Erik The Viking in circulation. The English cut was about ten minutes
shorter than the US edition, because Jones continued to whittle away at it
after the American theatrical prints had been struck.
The original English version (the version
on disc two) is 129'26". The new DVD version runs for
a lean 75'15".
The set will feature a director's
commentary track; an interview with Terry and his son Bill (7m); the
contemporaneous featurette The
Making of Erik The Viking (30m); Feature Reports (approx. 20m); Extended Cast Interviews
(approx 16m) and a
photo gallery. The RRP is £15.99.
Tom of Baker will be hosting the
Baker's Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz DVD, which will be released by
Liberation Entertainment on November the 27th.
The disc offers an interactive quiz with
questions in fourteen different categories, using clips, music and
photographs from well-known genre TV shows and movies. Titles included
are: 2001 A Space Odyssey, War of The Worlds, Forbidden
Planet, Serenity, Thunderbirds, The Land That
Time Forgot, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Red Dwarf,
Doctor Who, The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Blake’s 7,
The Time Machine, The Fly, Barberella and Flash
Gordon. There'll also be a slightly more elaborate UMD format version.
The DVD has an RRP of £19.99.
Eureka! will release
Maid Marian and Her Merry Men - The Complete Series Three on
October the 23rd.
The two-disc Special Edition set
will include an additional hour-long Christmas Special. The disc will also
feature "audio commentary", and will come with a booklet written by Tony
Robinson, and illustrated by Paul Cemmick. The RRP is £19.99.
Eureka! is releasing a box set of
thirty-two Buster Keaton short films that includes Cops and The High Sun,
Complete Buster Keaton Short Films 1917-1923, on October the 23rd.
The four-disc set will feature audio
commentary on six of the films by Joseph McBride, and it will be
accompanied by a 212-page book. The RRP is £49.99.
The films included in the set are:
1. The Butcher Boy (1917)
2. The Rough House (1917)
3. His Wedding Night (1917)
4. Oh, Doctor! (1917)
5. Coney Island (1917)
6. Out West (1918)
7. The Bell Boy (1918)
8. Moonshine (1918)
9. Good Night Nurse (1918)
10. The Cook (1918)
11. Backstage (1919)
12. The Hayseed (1919)
13. The Garage (1919)
14. The "High Sign"*
1920, released 1921)
15. One Week* (1920)
16. Convict 13* (1920)
17. The Scarecrow (1920)
18. Neighbors (1920)
19. The Haunted House (1921)
20. Hard Luck (1921)
21. The Goat (1921)
22. The Playhouse* (1921)
23. The Boat* (1921)
24. The Paleface (1922)
25. Cops* (1922)
26. My Wife's Relations (1922)
27. The Blacksmith (1922)
28. The Frozen North (1922)
29. Daydreams (1922)
30. The Electric House (1922)
31. The Balloonatic (1923)
32. The Love Nest (1923)
*features audio commentary
Films, the Oregon company that has published a couple of Edgar Allen
Poe-themed DVD anthologies, is releasing The Weird Tale Collection -
Volume 1: The Yellow Sign this month. It features several film
adaptations of stories by Robert W. Chambers.
The disc is available from the
Lurker Films website.
Here's a breakdown of the disc's contents,
from the press release:
The Yellow Sign short starring
Shawna Waldron from The American President and Little Giants.
This film is in English with subtitles in: English, Spanish, German,
French, Japanese, Finnish and Portuguese.
David Leroy's short film Tupilak.
Winner of Best Short at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. During a polar
expedition, Kelvin and Max leave their wounded Inuit guide behind them.
Two years later, on the very same date, they meet by accident in a
deserted museum. The past comes back, and the evil shadow of the Tupilak
is not far away. This film is in French with subtitles in English and
The King in Yellow by filmmakers
Emiliano Guarneri & David Fragale. A girl goes to an antique shop to buy a
book for her friend who was admitted to a hospital; but on the way to see
her, falls down into a nightmare world where she will meet the King in
Yellow. But who is, or a better question to ask, what is the King in
Yellow? This film is in Italian with subtitles in English.
Chambers in Paris, a documentary on
Robert Chambers by expert Christophe Thill. Robert W. Chambers (1865—1933)
is probably best remembered for The King in Yellow, an odd
collection of supernatural weird tale, and tales of the artist’s life in
Paris. First published in 1895, The Yellow Sign is one of Chambers’
very best stories taken from The King in Yellow, his second (and
Slide shows, deleted scenes, audition
footage, and more.
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