12th March 2007
screens from three forthcoming British horror releases from Optimum (Night
of the Eagle,
Peeping Tom and
Circus of Horrors) can be found
All three films are presented in 1.78:1
format, with anamorphic enhancement.
In the case of Peeping Tom and
Night of the Eagle, quick comparisons with the earlier Studio Canal
discs suggests that the new discs feature the same transfers as the
old UK versions.
Menu screens from disc one of 2 Entertain's
Primeval DVD set can be found
here. The menus
2 Entertain's forthcoming DVD of the BBC's
Artemis 81 will feature a commentary track by writer David Rudkin
and director Alastair Reid.
of Second Sight's forthcoming DVD edition of Peter Glenville's 1964
Becket, which stars Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole, have been
The film, which was nominated for twelve
Academy Awards, will be released on DVD worldwide on May the 14th.
The film has recently been restored, by
Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation and the Academy Film Archive. The audio
has been restored from "an advanced state of decomposition and shedding"
by Chace Productions, and will be offered in its original mono format, or
in newly-created stereo and 5.1 mixes.
The disc will feature a commentary track by
Peter O'Toole; an interview with film editor Anne V. Coates; A Tapestry
of Music (an interview with composer Laurence Rosenthal); and a lobby
Further down the cast list you'll find a
host of favourite British character actors, including Geoffrey Bayldon,
Patrick Newell, Peter Jeffrey, Tutte Lemkow and Edward Woodward.
A website supporting the release, where you
can read more about the restoration process, can be found
details of Fox's two-disc edition of the fantasy epic
Eragon are now available.
The film is presented in anamorphic 2.35:1
format, with a choice of Dolby Digital (at 448kbps) or DTS (at 768kbps)
5.1 audio tracks. There's also an Audio Descriptive track, and a
commentary track by director Stefen Fangmeier. There are English HoH
subtitles for the film and commentary.
Disc one also features seven deleted or
extended scenes, running for about thirteen minutes. These have optional
The disc also features trailers for
Night at the Museum, The Hogfather, The Simpsons Movie,
Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer, and a generic kids
trailer featuring various Fox and MGM titles. There's also a trailer /
advert / featurette for the Eragon video game (3m), which you could
count as a legitimate bonus feature.
Disc two offers menus laid out like a map,
Inside The Inheritance Trilogy: The
Magic of Eragon featurette (51m)
The Inhabitants of Alagaesia
Vision of Eragon featurettes (Conceptual
Artwork Gallery (3m) and Arya's Ambush Animatic (5m, with
Storyboards (six sequences from the
film, and four for scenes not in the film)
Pronunciation Guide (text screens)
Eldest - Interview with Christopher
The Secrets of Alagaesia featurette
(breakdowns of nineteen special effects sequences, 44m)
Saphira's Animation Guide (2m)
Trailers (one teaser trailer, one
The press release also mentions Ed
Speelers auditions (sic) as being on disc two, but I either missed it,
it's not there, or it's hidden as an Easter Egg.
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