15th February 2007
ZETA MINOR NEWS
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I've given the
Hammer DVD Guide a bit of an
overhaul, adding all the recent Optimum titles, and generally adding bits
and pieces of new information.
Second Sight have announced that their
Jekyll & Mr Hyde
disc will not now be released on March the 19th.
The new release date is TBC.
of the extras on Optimum's forthcoming
Highlander - Immortal Edition two-disc DVD set are now available.
As promised, the set showcases a new
eighty-five minute documentary, The Making of Highlander (which
made its debut on the German disc from Kinowelt, released last month). The
documentary is presented in three sections. Each section is constructed
around one or two substantial interviews: writers Gregory Widen and Peter
Bellwood on A Legend is Born; Director of Photography Gerry Fisher
and Set Decorator (Production Designer) Allan Cameron on The Visual
Style; and star Roxanne Hart on A Strong Woman. A new
eight-minute video interview with Christopher Lambert is offered
separately. Director Russell Mulcahy is represented by the disc's new
commentary track. The second disc also features a theatrical trailer for
the film, and trailers for three other Optimum releases (Azumi,
The Wicker Man and Immortal).
The film itself is presented in anamorphic
1.78:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps). Let's just say
that this disc isn't going to win any prizes for its transfer.
The disc is due for release on February the
26th. It has an RRP of £17.99. Some menu screens from the two discs can be
has confirmed the bonus features for their forthcoming
Peeping Tom: Special Edition disc.
It will feature a new and exclusive video
introduction by Martin Scorsese (shot last week); a new interview with
Thelma Schoonmaker; and a commentary by Powell expert Ian Christie; The
Eye of the Beholder featurette (30m); The Strange Gaze of Mark
Lewis featurette (25m); trailer; booklet containing an essay, an
interview with screenwriter Leo Marks, and an extract from Powell's
Million Dollar Movie; and a behind-the-scenes stills gallery.
Optimum have also announced that they will
Emmanuelle on DVD on April the 23rd, and that it has been passed
by the BBFC uncut for the first time. The set will feature interviews with
the producer and director, and a trailer. Some etailers are saying that
the disc will also feature an eighty-minute documentary, Emmanuelle -
An Exotic Success.
A trailer for Nucleus' forthcoming
Death Ship DVD can be found
it out - it's a fine disc!
Distribution will release the period serial killer movie
Perfume - The Story of a Murderer on DVD on April the 30th. The
film, which features Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, was
directed by Run Lola Run's Tom Tykwer. It's based on the best-selling
novel, by Patrick Suskind.
The disc will feature a Making of..
documentary (53m); a Location Scouting featurette (11m); and
Odor Conversion (sic) featurette (13m) and a 38m EPK.
The disc will have Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
No other technical spec's were announced. The RRP is £19.99.
Paramount Home Entertainment will release a
Charmed - Seasons 1-8 Complete box set on March the 5th.
The forty-eight disc set will be housed in
a wooden chest, with a brass Charmed plaque. The Season 8
DVD set will initially only be available in this box set. The set has an
RRP of £299.99. Here are a couple of pictures of the chest...
12th February 2007
Asia's two-disc edition of Korean monster movie
The Host will be a
strong contender for disc of the year, when it's released on March the
5th. The set has an RRP of £17.99.
The first disc contains the film, presented
in anamorphic 1.85:1 format, with a choice of Korean 2.0 (at 224kbps) or
5.1 (at 448kbps) Dolby Digital audio tracks, and optional English
subtitles. It also features a UK trailer (90").
The second disc offers a fine array of
bonus features (with English subtitles where necessary). These are broken
down into eight sections...
THE CREATURE: Stills Gallery (8m -
this is a video feature showing various designs for the film's beastie);
Designing The Creature (12m); Creature Animation (19m);
Puppet Animatronix (7m); Making The Creature (16m); Gag Reel
THE MAKING OF THE HOST: Making of With
Director Bong Joon-Ho (10m); Storyboards (8m); Bong
Joon-Ho's Direction (5m); Memories of the Sewer (10m); The
Film Departments (9m); Physical Special Effects (5m); Sound
THE CREW: The Staff (5m); The
Production Team (14m); Kevin's Korean Life (6m)
THE CHARACTERS: Casting Tapes (6m);
The Characters (4m); Training The Actors (5m)
DELETED SCENES - 23m
SAYING GOODBYE TO THE HOST - 5m
KOREAN TRAILERS - 7m
OTHER RELEASES - Trailers for Memories
of Murder, Shaolin Soccer and Pulse.
A selection of menu screens for The Host
can be seen here.
of the bonus features on Optimim Classics' forthcoming
Mulholland Drive Special Edition two-disc set are now available.
The set will feature Behind The Scenes
(B-Roll) footage (7m); interviews with David Lynch (3m), Justin
Theroux (2m), Laura Harring (2m), Naomi Watts (4m), editor Mary Sweeney
(6m) and composer Angelo Badalamenti (17m); Cannes 2001 Press Conference
(18m); a theatrical trailer; and a trailer for Lynch's latest movie,
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