31st May 2007
Home Entertainment will release Steven Moffat's modern-day adaptation of
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella,
Jekyll, on DVD on July the 30th (the Monday after the six-part
series finishes on TV).
Here's the press release's description of
the new series' premise...
James Nesbitt plays Tom Jackman, a modern day Dr Jekyll,
with an old dilemma – the devilish Mr Hyde. But they have a cunning
arrangement - a body share - and an impossible life is somehow lived. What
Hyde doesn't know is that Jackman is married - there's a wife and two
children he'll do anything to protect from his dark side. With all the
resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, he's
determined to keep this evil side in line. He's done a deal with his own
devil. What neither of them knows: an ancient organisation, with limitless
wealth and power, is monitoring their every move, and a plan over a
century in the making is coming to fruition… it seems the return of Dr
Jekyll is no accident…
The BBC series also features Coupling's
Gina Bellman, Denis Lawson, Michelle Ryan and Meera Syal.
The two-disc set will feature commentary
tracks on two episodes (on episode one, by Moffat, Douglas Mackinnon and
Elaine Cameron, and on episode six, by Beryl Vertue, Matt Lipsey and Gina
Bellman); and two featurettes: The Tale Retold (a forty-five minute
look behind-the-scenes), and Anatomy of a Scene (a fifteen-minute
look at a composite scene from Episode 2).
The set has an RRP of £29.99. (HMV
currently have the series up for pre-order for £17.99!)
been a while since we've heard from Australian cult TV specialists
They're releasing ITC favourite Strange
Report as a special edition five-disc box set in August. The series
starred Anthony Quayle as Adam Strange, a criminologist who's consulted by
the authorities in baffling cases. It also featured Kaz Garas as Strange's
dashing assistant, Hamlyn Gynt, and former Doctor Who companion
Anneke Wills as - er - Strange's flighty next door neighbour.
Many fans will already own Network's UK box
set of the series, so Umbrella will need something special to tempt fans
to double-dip. Well, judge for yourself! Here's the line-up of extras...
Commentary tracks on three episodes (by
Anneke Wills on Covergirls; by director Peter Duffell and guest
star Jane Merrow on Racist; and by guest star Derren Nesbitt on
interviews with Anneke Wills; original
episode and series trailers; extensive image galleries from the ITC
Archives; insert reprint of original ITC publicity booklet; textless
material; alternate US footage; original commercial break bumpers;
restoration featurette; complete bonus episode of The Saint (The
Helpful Pirate) introduced by guest star Anneke Wills; and production
The series will be presented uncut, from
re-mastered source materials. Release date and RRP are TBA. A Roobarb's
DVD Forum thread about the series can be found
Here's the provisional box artwork...
29th May 2007
News has been thin over the bank holiday
weekend, so there's time to catch up with a few bits and pieces that
slipped through the net recently.
Hours and Times, the short film about Brian Epstein and John
Lennon's 1963 trip to Barcelona, has been re-scheduled. It was due on sale
next week, but has now been postponed to August the 27th. More information
can be found in the
News entry for the 3rd of April.
Metrodome will release Ronald Neame's
Tunes of Glory, which stars Alec Guinness and John Mills, on July the
23rd, and the 1988 thriller Pin, which features Terry O'Quinn, on
July the 2nd. No technical details were available. Neither was there any
mention of bonus features (the Anchor Bay US disc of Pin features a
commentary track, and Criterion's Tunes of Glory features a couple
Sony will release a Special Edition
of Eli Roth's horrifying
Hostel on DVD on June the 18th.
The two-disc set will feature four
commentaries; Kill The Car multi-angle featurette; Hostel
Dissected multi-part Making of... documentary (as per the
current Unseen Edition DVD). Disc two will feature an interview
Takashi Miike and five new featurettes: Hostel Dismembered, An
Icelandic Meal, Music and Sound, Set Design and Special
Effects. The RRP is apparently £12.99.
HAMMER DVD NEWS
On the advice of correspondent Duncan
Taylor, I've taken a close look at the two The Vampire Lovers discs
(the US disc from M-G-M, and the UK one from ILC), and amended the
DVD Guide accordingly. I've also added frame grabs from the two
discs, to illustrate the differences in framing.
Last week's Zeta Minor News
can be viewed here.
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