23rd April 2007
ZETA MINOR NEWS
are two new features on the site today!
The first is a brand new guide to surviving
clips from the BBC's famous science-fiction anthology series Out of the
Unknown. If you're familiar with the site, you'll probably remember
that we already had a guide to the clips, written by Lee Rose. The new
one, by Colin Cutler, is a great deal more detailed, and features lots of
rare photographs and screen-grabs. Click on the Cult Television
button, left, or
here, to visit the new guide!
The second new feature is a review of BBC
Audiobooks' latest Doctor Who CD, The Gunfighters. Click
here to read
Ceri Laing's review!
guide to new and forthcoming DVD releases continues to be updated,
with lots of newly-listed titles, and links to our affiliated retailers
(enabling you to find the best etailer offers!)
Vista Home Entertainment will release the fifth series of medical sit-com
Scrubs on DVD on June the 18th.
Scrubs - The Complete Fifth Series set will
feature twenty-four episodes of the series, including the series'
hundredth episode, My Way Home, a tribute to The Wizard of Oz,
directed by star Zach Braff.
The set will feature a retrospective look
back in a featurette titled My 117 Episodes; commentaries on three
episodes (My Way Home, by Zach Braff, My Big Bird, by Neil
Flyn and Randall Winston, and My Lunch, by John C. McGinley and
director John Michel); seven deleted scenes; outtakes; and an Easter Egg.
The RRP is £34.99
2 Entertain's Classic TV imprint is
Count Dracula, the BBC's 1977 adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel,
on DVD on May the 28th.
This version, which stars Octopussy's
Louis Jordan as the Count, is widely acclaimed as one of the best versions
of Dracula. It was previously available as a limited edition DVD,
from BBC Learning.
No bonus features, sadly, according to the
press release. The RRP is £15.99.
Gibson's mythic action movie
Apocalypto will be released by Icon Home Entertainment on June the
The film, which was shot digitally, will be
presented in "16:9 widescreen" format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and
English subtitles (the film is in Mayan). According to the official sleeve
image (left) the disc will also have a DTS audio track!
The discs bonus features are an audio
commentary by writer / producer / director Gibson and writer / co-producer
Farhad Safinia; "deleted scenes" with optional commentary; and a
featurette: Becoming Mayan: Creating Apocalypto. The RRP is £19.99.
A Blu-ray version has been announced for
release in the US. It will be released on May 22nd, the same day as the
Region 1 DVD.
So-Called Life is being released on DVD by Universal Playback on
May the 14th.
The series, which launched the careers of
Claire Danes and Jared Leto, picked up a loyal following during its
nineteen-episode run in 1994 (and, indeed, during its run here on Channel
4 the following year).
The five-disc set appears to be missing the
bonus features that were on the very rare US edition (which was released
by BMG, in response to a petition from the series' fans).
The press release does not indicate whether
the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks which were created for the US set will
be used for the UK edition.
Still, at least fans of the series will now
have a chance to buy it on DVD without being scalped on Ebay or Amazon.com
(where a copy of the set complete with lunchbox and bonus disc currently
is being offered for a cool £235!) The RRP for the UK edition is £34.99.
Pictures will release Monte Hellman's road movie masterpiece
Two-Lane Blacktop on DVD on June the 18th. The press release
mentions that disputes over music rights have prevented the release of the
film before now.
The film, which is sometimes hailed as the
last great film of the 60s (despite being made in 1971), stars The Beach
Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson, similarly ill-fated photographer Laurie Bird,
and singer James Taylor, alongside cult icon Warren Oates.
Sadly this release looks to be bereft of
the commentary track and featurette that appeared on the now-deleted (and
very desirable) US edition, from Anchor Bay.
No technical details were announced. The
RRP is £12.99.
Lurker Films, the US company dedicated to
the work of H.P. Lovecraft, have announced the details of their annual
Film Festival, Zompire. Here's their press release...
2007 Zompire: The Undead Film Festival
WHEN: May 11-12, 2007, Friday & Saturday 7:00pm-1:00am
WHERE: The historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon
WHAT: A film festival celebrating all things undead
COST: Tickets are $10 per day per person at the door.
The 2nd annual Zompire: The Undead Film Festival returns to
the historic Hollywood Theatre. Created by Andrew Migliore, the founder of
the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, the festival is dedicated to all things
undead. We want to highlight various filmmakers creative attempts to show
the undead in new and unexpected ways.
Short films for the 2007 schedule have been selected.
More details at
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