3rd April 2007
ZETA MINOR NEWS
I have a new DVD review for you today! Yes!
The X-Men - The Last
Stand sleeve image has finally disappeared from this page, to be
replaced by the sleeve for the recently-released Optimum disc of Michael
Powell's classic 1960 thriller Peeping Tom. Click on the sleeve
image, right, or here to read
Richard Crowther's review.
has formally announced the release of their
Saturday Live - The Best of Series One DVD, confirming that it
will be a two-disc set, due on April the 16th.
It will contain about four hours' worth of
material culled from the 1985 series, including early appearances by Harry
Enfield, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, and
rare UK sets by Sam Kinison, Louie Anderson and Judy Tenuta.
The series will be presented in its
original 4:3 full-frame format.
Here's a breakdown of what's included...
Show 1: Ben Elton introduces Harry Enfield,
Emo Phillips, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Craig Charles and the Dangerous
Brothers (Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson)
Show 2: Chris Barrie introduces acts
including Tracey Ullman, Judy Tenuta, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Hale &
Pace, The Dangerous Brothers, Ben Elton
Show 3: Steven Wright introduces acts
including Ben Elton, Craig Charles, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, The Wow
Show, Emma Thompson, The Dangerous Brothers
Show 4: Pamela Stephenson introduces
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Harry Enfield, Dennis Healey MP, Craig
Charles, The Wow Show, Sam Kinison, The Dangerous Brothers, Ben Elton
Show 5: Peter Cook introduces The Dangerous
Brothers, Ben Elton, Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Fry and Hugh
Laurie, Louie Anderson and Raw Sex
Show 6: Lenny Henry introduces acts
including The Dangerous Brothers, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie,
Helen Lederer, The Oblivion Boys, Rita Rudner
Anyone who was expecting that this set
would include the show's music acts shouldn't be surprised to discover
that they're missing. Getting clearance on music tracks from this era is a
rights minefield, and would have added considerable expense to the label's
The set has an RRP of £19.99. Note that the
sleeve image here is quite different from the draft version that most of
the etailers are featuring.
Home Entertainment will debut two new feature-length animated films
featuring "brand new superheroes for the 21st century", created by Stan
'The Man' Lee, on DVD during May.
These are Mosaic (on May the 7th)
and The Condor (on May the 21st). The release marks the first time
that Stan has authorized a branded product outside of Marvel. (These are
from Stan's new Beverly Hills-based company, POW! Entertainment).
Mosaic is the story of an aspiring
teen actress, Maggie Nelson (voiced by X-Men's Anna Paquin), who
gains a chameleon-like ability to shape-shift when "caught between a freak
electrical storm, a pet reptile and a mysterious rune stone". Scripted by
Scott Lobdell (Uncanny X-Men, Daredevil, Fantastic Four),
from an original story by Stan Lee, Mosaic is "a thrilling teen adventure
in the tradition of Buffy and Heroes".
The Condor, which features the vocal
talents of Wilmer Valderrama and Maria Conchita Alonso, is written by
Blade creator Marv Wolman. Its hero is Hispanic skateboarding college
dropout Tony Valdez, who uses Nanobot technology to recover from a
Mosaic will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital stereo and 5.1 audio. No
spec's were given for The Condor.
Bonus features on Mosaic include an
introduction by Stan Lee; Chameleon Traits (interview with Stan
Lee); Architecture Traits (interview with director Roy Smith) and a
The RRP for Stan Lee Presents Mosaic
Pictures Home Entertainment will release a revised version of Sam Raimi's
Spider-Man 2, titled
- Extended Cut
on DVD on April the 23rd.
The two-disc set features an extended
version of the film, which is eight minutes longer than the theatrical
release (this includes two brand new scenes).
The set also features an introduction by
producers Grant Curtis and Avi Arad; a commentary track by producer Laura
Ziskin and two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent; featurettes
Inside Spider-Man 2.1 and The Villains of Spider-Man 3;and a
sneak peek of Spider-Man 3. Some etailers are listing more
features, but these were not mentioned in the press release.
You can find a trailer for this disc
here. The RRP is £12.99
Entertainment will release
Hours and Times, a fictionalised account of a four-day 1963 visit
to Barcelona by John Lennon and Brian Epstein, on DVD on June the 4th.
The film stars David Angus and
(repeating his role as Lennon), Backbeat's Ian Hart (who is
currently getting rave reviews as a schizophrenic paparazzi photographer
in the otherwise-lukewarm American HBO series Dirt).
The hour-long movie was nominated for Best
Director and the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.
Bonus features on the disc will include a
featurette and a commentary track (participant(s) unknown). No technical
details were announced. The RRP is £12.99
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the latest - and final -
chapter of the Rocky saga,
Rocky Balboa, on DVD on May the 21st.
The disc will feature a commentary track by
Sylvester Stallone; Skill vs Will - The Making of Rocky Balboa;
Reality in the Ring - Filming Rocky's Final Fight; Boxing Bloopers;
deleted scenes; and an alternate ending.
In addition to the single-disc edition,
which has an RRP of £19.99, there will be a seven-disc, limited (numbered)
Rocky Heavyweight Collection set, featuring the entire series of
films. This set, which has an RRP of £59.99, comes with a bonus silk robe.
Rocky Balboa will also be released
Universal Pictures will release another
Sylvester Stallone movie, 1981's
Paradise Alley, on May the
21st. The film also features Armand Assante and, making his movie debut,
Tom Waits. No technical details were announced. The RRP is £9.99.
Here are a couple of numbers for you to
chew on: Casino Royale had first week sales of 1,622,852 copies,
making its launch the most successful in the UK since the format's
inception. The Blu-ray edition sold a healthy 9,456 copies in the first
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