Australian label Madman Television have
three DVD sets which might interest UK-based customers next month.
The first is the Midsomer Murders -
Season 6 set, which features the five feature-length episodes (A
Talent For Life, Death and Dreams, Painted in Blood,
A Tale of Two Hamlets and Birds of Prey) on a three disc set,
which will also feature textless titles and photo' galleries. Release date
is 7th February, with am SRP of AU$59.95.
The second, which was released in October
last year, contains the first season (thirty episodes) of the Emmy-nominated,
Golden Globe-winning sitcom That Girl. The episodes, which include
the original un-aired Pilot, have been digitally re-mastered. Four
episodes will feature commentary by star Marlo Thomas, and series creator
Bill Persky. The set will also feature rare promo's, original location
footage; a featurette "and more". The five-disc set has an SRP of
The That Girl - Season 2 set will be
released on March the 7th. The four-disc set will feature thirty episodes,
with bonus features including four episodes with commentary by Thomas and
Persky; the original un-aired pilot for Thomas' un-sold sitcom Two's
Company, and a new featurette about the making of the series. The SRP is
Sleeve art for the forthcoming releases:
Full details of the Borat: Cultural
Leanings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan DVD
have been added to the disc's
Bay will release the recent animated Hellboy film,
Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (a sequel to Guillermo del
Toro's 2004 film) on DVD on March the 5th.
The film, which features several members of
the 2004 movie's cast, including Ron Perlman, Selma Blair and Doug Jones,
will be supplemented on disc by an audio commentary (by Hellboy creator
Mike Mignola, supervising producer / director Tad Stones and director Phil
The disc will also feature several
behind-the-scenes featurettes: To Hell And Back (how Mike Mignola
created Hellboy), A New Breed (creating the new Hellboy),
Conquering Hellboy (the actor's role), A View From The Top (the
"Heads" sequence), Keepers of Hellboy (Comic Con 2006 Panel
Discussion), Hellboy Goes East (a look at many of the inspirations,
back-stories and secrets of Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms).
There is also DVD-Rom content, including weblinks, storyboards and more.
The disc will also be accompanied by a
thirty-two-page limited edition Hellboy comic book, by Mignola, in the
"deluxe limited edition" slipcase. The RRP is £14.99.
will release Wim Wenders' cyberpunk road movie
Until The End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt) on DVD
on February the 26th.
The film, which stars Wings of Desire's
Solveig Donmartin, William Hurt, Max Von Sydow and Sam Neil, featured an
iconic soundtrack, featuring new material from artists including U2, R.E.M,
Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Depeche Mode and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (who
were asked to imagine the kind of songs they'd be producing eight years
The disc will include a theatrical trailer,
and an essay on Wenders from film scholar Jason Wood. No technical details
were announced. The running time is quoted as 155m, suggesting that this
is the shortest version of the film (not the three-hour edit, or - as
claimed by an earlier press release - the 280m Director's Cut). The
RRP is £19.99.
A new 3D film made by Tim Liversedge for
National Geographic, Lions 3D: Roar of the Kalahari, makes its debut at
the Waterloo IMAX theatre on February the 9th. Here's the full press
3D: Roar of the Kalahari, a compelling giant-screen 3D film by Tim
Liversedge for National Geographic, opens at the BFI IMAX on 9 February.
Filmed entirely in the wild and made possible in part by the support of
the Republic of Botswana, Lions 3D carries the audience deep into
the stark expanse of Botswana's Kalahari Desert where the life-and-death
struggle between a real lion king and a fierce, young contender determined
to oust him from his throne unfolds. Viewers will be shaken in their seats
by one of nature's loudest sounds - the roars of duelling lions -
delivered by the most powerful cinema sound system in the world.
The drama poignantly weaves together the
day-to-day life of lions with the suspense of rivalry in an epic story of
power and dominance, success and failure. Here, one of the largest lions
to walk the arid lands of the Kalahari - a 10-foot giant - reigns with his
lionesses and cubs. A nomad comes to claim the territory for his own,
gradually encroaching until an ultimate battle between the two determines
the fate of all.
More than 40 years of experience in the
region allowed filmmaker Tim Liversedge to capture in unparalleled detail
the natural behaviour of lions, their prey and the incredible profusion of
life congregated at a single water source for 100 miles around.
“Lions 3D is set around an isolated
watering hole teaming with wildlife” says Liversedge. “Powerful, close-up
images and a complex sound design put the audience right there at the
site. Zebra herds trot by close enough to touch. An elephant trumpets
thunderously from the screen. A soaring flight is taken over vast and
My aim was to give audiences the experience
of what it is like to be gazing up at the star-filled skies over the
Kalahari, to have the thrill of hearing two lions engaged in a roaring
duel, or to sit at the edge of a water hole a few feet from elephants
bathing in the moonlight. ”
Liversedge had to contend with relentless
dust storms and surface temperatures that soared to 130˚F. “Filming
Lions 3D was one of the most challenging and exciting times of my
life,” he said. “The lions were so close at times that they brushed my
tripod and used me and my camera as cover to hide behind to try and get
closer to their prey. Perhaps the most spectacular shot I got was captured
when a springbok leapt 10 feet straight up into the air to be brought down
by a lioness right in front of my 70mm camera. They both crashed to the
ground a few feet in front of me.”
The BFI IMAX is located at South Bank,
London SE1. Nearest tube/railway is Waterloo. Tickets can be bought in
advance from the ticket desk or by telephone on 0870 787 2525 or online
from www.bfi.org.uk/imax. Tickets
for Lions 3D are priced as follows: Adults £8.50, Children (up to and
including age 14) £6.25, Concessions £6.25. The reduced rate for groups of
10 people or more is £700 for adults and £5.25 for concessions. Tickets
will be on sale shortly.
15th January 2007
ZETA MINOR NEWS
There's a new review on the site today.
It's of BBC Audiobooks' The War of the Worlds CD, which was
released earlier this month, as part of their Classic Radio Sci-Fi
on the image, left, to go to the review.
I've updated the
Hammer DVD Guide, adding the
individual Optimum titles which were previously only available in their
Ultimate Hammer Collection box set, and updating various other bits
and pieces with information that's become available since the last update.
Entertainment will release a two-disc Special Edition of Terry
Tideland on DVD on the 29th of January.
The film, which Gilliam has described as
"Alice in Wonderland meets Psycho", is about the surreal fantasy
world created by a young girl, played by Jodelle Ferland.
Disc one will feature a "personal"
introduction by Gilliam, and a commentary track by Gilliam and
scriptwriter Tony Grisoni. Disc two will feature an interview with
Gilliam; a sixty-minute behind-the-scenes documentary called Getting
Gilliam; an interview with producer Jeremy Thomas; a behind-the-scenes
featurette; deleted scenes (with Gilliam commentary); Green Screen
(with Gilliam commentary); a Q&A interview with Tideland author
Mitch Cullin and Terry Gilliam, filmed at the Guardian Hay Festival; a
theatrical trailer; and an Easter Egg.
No technical specifications were announced.
The RRP is £19.99.
will release Nickelodeon's 3D CGI-animated movie
Barnyard on February the 19th.
Bonus features include a new animated music
video, Barnyard Bop (created especially for the DVD); a commentary
track by director / writer / producer Steve Odenkirk, producer Paul
Marshal, animation supervisor Todd Grimes and animators TJ Sullivan and
Dimitri Joannides; a music video, Mud, performed by the Mississippi
All-Stars; a featurette focussing on the film's music, Boogying In The
Barn; one on the voice talent (which includes Kevin James, Courtney
Cox, Wanda Sykes Andie MacDowell and Sam Elliot), titled Utter Talent;
a look at how one of the stars bonded with the cows in Method Acting
with Kevin James; seven deleted scenes (at various stages of
production, with optional commentary); a behind-the-scenes look at An
Animator's Life; an alternate opening sequence, Stomp; and
Nick-on-Air campaign spots.
The RRP is £19.99
Here's a rundown of what Tartan has to
offer for the first quarter of 2007... (all details are TBC)
Lives of the Saints
Satan (aka Sheitan) - bonus
features inc. commentaries, featurette (TBC)
Bigas Luna box-set - contains Ages of
Lulu, Jamon Jamon, Golden Balls, The Tit and The Moon.
Red Shoes (Asia Extreme)
Nick Broomfield's Ghosts - bonus
inc. Broomfield interview
Sword in the Moon
Interview With The Assassin
Keep The River on the Right
John Hillcoat's To Have and To Hold
Pasolini - Volume 2 box set -
Hawks and Sparrows, Oedipus Rex, Pigsty - bonus features include
archive Italian TV footage and Pasolini's book, A Violent Life.
Jodorowsky Collection: El Topo
Todd Haynes' Poison / Dottie Gets
Sleeping Dogs - bonus includes
interview with director Bobcat Goldthwait
Bergman: Sawdust and Tinsel
Bergman: The Devil's Eye
Eisenstein Collection - Volume 1 -
Strike, Battleship Potemkin and October. RRP £34.99
Jodorowsky Collection: Fando & Lis
Jodorowsky Collection: The Holy Mountain
Verhoeven's Black Book - bonus
features include interviews with Verhoeven and star Carice Van Houten
Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation
will release Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's award-winning drama
about young woman from a Mexican-American family Echo Park L.A. on
DVD on February the 26th.
The film, which won the Dramatic Grand Jury
Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, will be
presented with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. No other technical details were
The disc will also feature a theatrical
trailer; a Making of Echo Park L.A. featurette; and a commentary
track by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia and
Chalo Gonzalez. The RRP is £19.99
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