a new section at Zeta Minor today, marking the culmination of our
coverage of the release of the
James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD range.
Zeta Minor contributor Richard
Crowther has written an extensive guide to the home video versions of the
007 movies, noting changes between the various editions. He also reveals
how the BBFC cuts made to the films when they were released theatrically
have impacted on the DVD versions available today. Click
to go to the first page.
A Roobarb's DVD Forum thread discussing the
Ultimate Edition DVDs can be found
here. All comments, corrections and omissions welcome!
If you've visited our
page in the last twenty-four hours or so, you might have noticed that
we've made a few improvements.
We've separated out the HD-DVD and
Blu-ray releases, which now have Incoming lists of their own. The
In The Pipeline section also gets a
page of its own, which should make page loading slightly faster. The lists
of recently-released titles are now easier to find - just click on the
relevant button! We've also added a search function, to help you locate
titles in the database which are more than a month old.
My thanks to Ian for the new programming,
and to Ceri and Ben for keeping the lists up to date!
will release the third and final DVD set in the Transformers - Takara
Victory, on December the 26th.
The four disc box set will feature
thirty-seven episodes, which are being made available with English
subtitles for the first time (the episodes have the original Japanese
audio). Bonus features include an audio commentary by Transformers
expert Chris McFeely on "selected episodes", and an accompanying
information and episode guide booklet.
The set has an RRP of £29.99.
Tartan will release a Collector's
Edition of Gasper Noe's
Irréversible on December the 4th.
This edition will feature a commentary
track by Noe, Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel; a short film directed by
Noe, Intoxication; Le Return special effects featurette;
teaser trailers; and two music videos by Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter,
Stress and Outrage.
The film will have an anamorphic transfer,
with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks. The RRP
BFI will release a "truly comprehensive" collection of films created by
the Brothers Quay on November the 13th.
Brothers Quay - The Short Films 1979-2003 set will feature
thirteen short films, spanning almost a quarter of a century, in brand new
restored and re-mastered versions, which were created under the Brothers'
supervision. Six of the shorts will feature commentary by the Quays.
The disc will also contain 'footnotes',
including a twenty-minute interview, alternate versions, idents created
for the BFI and BBC2, unrealised pilot projects and more. The 'footnotes'
disc also features a clip from Peter Greenaway's The Falls, which
features a rare 'acting' appearance by the Brothers (albeit in still
form). The set will come with a booklet, featuring an "encyclopaedic"
guide to the Quay's universe, plus their original illustrated treatment to
their best-known film, Street of Crocodiles.
The disc has been produced by the BFI's
Michael Brooke. Long time DVD Forums visitors will know that that alone is
enough to recommend it.
Disc one features: The Cabinet of Jan
vankmajer (1984), This Unnameable Little Broom * (1985),
Street of Crocodiles * (1986), Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies
(1987), Stille Nacht I - Dramolet * (1988), The Comb
(1990), Anamorphosis (1991), Stille Nacht II - Are We Still
Married? * (1992) Alternative versions, Stille Nacht III - Tales From
Vienna Woods * (1993), Stille Nacht IV - Can't Go Wrong Without
You (1994), In Absentia * (2000), The Phantom Museum (2003)
* With new commentary by the Quay Brothers.
Disc two - Footnotes: Filmed
introduction by the Quays; Nocturna Artificialia (1979); The
Calligrapher (1991); The Summit (1995)
Archive Interview (2000); Extract from The Falls (Peter Greenaway,
1980); BFI ident.
The RRP is £24.99. Several etailers are
still working on an RRP of £19.99, so there are some good prices out there
- best currently is
HMV, who have it for £11.99.
Vision International will release a "much longer" version of the
Secret Policeman's Ball - The Ball in the Hall concert on December
the 4th than the one being broadcast by Channel Four tomorrow night. The
disc will also feature exclusive animations, classic clips, Amnesty extras
and Introducing The Protect The Human Players. The DVD version has
a quoted running time of 125m, but I don't know if that includes the bonus
The line-up includes: Al Murray, Andrew
Maxwell, Chevy Chase, Dylan Moran. Eddie Izzard. Graham Norton. Green
Wing. Jeremy Irons. Jessica Stevenson. Jimmy Fallon.Jon Culshaw. Natalie
Imbruglia, Omid Djalili, Richard E Grant, Ronni Acona, Russell Brand,
Sarah Silverman, Seth Green, The Magic Number, The Mighty Boosh, The
Zutons. The RRP for the disc is £17.99.
Almodovar's muse Victoria Abril features in Miguel Bardem's
Swindled (Incautos), which will be released on DVD on
December the 4th by TLA Releasing.
The film, a Grifters-style con-man
also features Cronos's
Federico Luppi. It will have Spanish
audio, with English subtitles. Bonus features include trailers and a
stills gallery. The RRP is £19.99.
will release the animated science fiction film noir
Renaissance on DVD on November the 27th.
which features the voices of Daniel Craig, Jonathan Pryce and Romola Garia,
is set in futuristic France, where the citizens are under constant
surveillance. The film used sophisticated rotoscoping techniques to create
its characteristic 1930s noir look. The film will be presented in 2.35:1
ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Special features include Maaz, a
short film from director Christian Volckman (8m), a Making of...
featurette (26m), and production galleries. The RRP is £19.99.
Cult Conversations has released a DVD
featuring a seventy-minute interview with writers Less Pressman and Grant
Cathro, who for the 1992 revival of The Tomorrow People. The
interview also covers other aspects of their career, which includes
writing for T-Bag, Spatz, and Mike and Angelo.
The disc also features an interview with
Tessa and Deborah Vale, who featured alongside Jean Marsh in Lee and
Grant's first Tomorrow People story, The Culex Experiment.
The DVD-R disc is presented in 16:9 format,
with stereo English audio. The RRP is £9.99.
Details of three more signings at the 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London branch of Forbidden Planet...
11th November 1-2pm - Brian Froud (signing
The Goblins of the Labyrinth book - £14.95)
11th November 3-4pm - Jeff Wayne (signing
The War of the Worlds - Live on Stage DVDs - single disc £16.99,
Special Edition £19.99
25th November 1-2pm - Noel Clark (signing
Doctor Who - Series 2 DVD box set - £59.99)
To order signed copies, or for more
information, call Forbidden Planet Mail Order on 020 7803 1900.
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