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3rd August 2007

DVD NEWS

Universal has formally announced details of the eagerly-awaited Heroes - Season One - Part One DVD box set, which will be released on October the 1st.

The set will feature the first eleven episodes of the series, which is currently making waves on BBC2. The set will contain an unseen seventy-three minute version of the Pilot episode, which features a "never-seen-before" character. This will be accompanied by a commentary track by series creator Tim Kring.

The episodes will be presented in "16:9" format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo or 5.1 surround audio.

 The four-disc set will also feature thirty-four deleted scenes; a Making of Heroes featurette; and a look at the series Special Effects.

RRP for the set is £34.99.

The second half of the season, and a complete box set, is scheduled for December the 10th. A full-season HD DVD version is also expected.

4DVD will release the first series of the award-winning satirical black comedy series Suburban Shootout on September the 10th.

The show, which featured I'm Alan Partridge's Felicity Montagu, Jane Eyre's Ruth Wilson, Four Weddings and A Funeral's Anna Chancellor, Amelia Bullmore and The Office's Ralph Inneson, was nominated for a BAFTA award, and as Best New TV Comedy at the British Comedy Awards.

The set will feature all eight episodes of the series, as well as a behind the scenes documentary; "commentaries" by cast and crew; cast biographies and a series two teaser trailer.

The RRP is £19.99. Series two starts on Five on September the 6th.

HBO Video will release the second - and last - series of Rome on DVD on September the 10th.

The five-disc set will feature all ten episodes of the series, which recently finished airing on BBC2. (The second series is two episodes shorter than the first).

The episodes will presumably be presented in their original anamorphic 1.78:1 format. The press release notes that they will have Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

Rome - The Complete Second Series will feature audio commentaries on episodes 13, 15, 19, 20 and 22, and more than two hours of bonus features: A Tale of Two Romes (20m approx); Antony and Cleopatra (20m approx); The Rise of Octavian: Rome's First Emperor (20m approx); and The Making of Rome - Season 2 (25m approx).

HBO Video did a spectacular job with the first DVD set, so here's hoping that the second is just as good!

The set has an RRP of £49.99. A box set containing Seasons One And Two will be released in October, with an RRP of £69.99.


30th July 2007

DVD NEWS

Nucleus Films will release a two-hour compilation of Grindhouse Trailer Classics on DVD on September the 24th.

The collection of fifty-five trailers was created by genre expert Marc Morris and Razor Blade Smile director Jake West. It promises "an outrageous orgy of wanton sex, gratuitous violence, dangerous drug abuse and devastating destruction, all played out by a parade of perverts, freaks, monsters, killers, voluptuous vixens and charismatic gun-toting heroes".

The disc will also offer a bonus featurette, Bump 'n' Grind, exploring the history of Grindhouse cinema, written by Stephen Thrower, author of the recently-published guide to the genre, Nightmare USA - The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents, and presented by Pervirella hottie Emily Booth. The disc will feature exclusive artwork by illustrator Graham Humphreys, the artist behind various iconic horror movie posters, including the stunning UK art for Evil Dead II and A Nightmare on Elm Street. The disc will also offer a Grindhouse Poster Art Gallery, and trailers for other Nucleus releases.

The trailers will be presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 format, with Dolby Digital audio and optional English subtitles.

RRP for the disc us £14.99.

Fremantle Media will release highlights from the formative sketch show We Know Where You Live on DVD on September the 3rd.

The show assembled a remarkable cast, including Simpn Pegg, Fiona Allen, Sanjeev Bhasjar, Amanda Holden and Ella Kenion.

RRP for the disc, titled We Know Where You Live Remix, is £15.99.

Universal Pictures UK will release the recent remake of classic thriller The Hitcher on DVD on October the 1st.

The film, was produced by Michael Bay and directed by Dave Meyers. It stars Sean Bean in the psychopathic role formerly played by Rutger Hauer, pitting himself against a young couple, played by One Tree Hill's Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton.

The film will be presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

Bonus features will include deleted scenes, Fuel In Your Ear: The Making of The Hitcher; Chronicles of a Killer; Dead End; and Road Kill: The Ultimate Car Crash.

RRP for the disc is £15.99

Metrodome will offer last year's Strangers With Candy movie spin-off on DVD on September the 10th.

The disc will feature deleted scenes, and has an RRP of £12.99. Apparently the disc will not feature the commentary track or the music video contained on the US disc.

Fremantle will release the third and final season of Count Duckula on DVD on September the 3rd.

The two-disc set will feature twenty episodes of the Cosgrave Hall animated show, which featured the vocal talents of David Jason.

A number of Optimum titles have been re-scheduled. New dates have been added to their Incoming records: Brave Story, Comic Icons: Will Hay (see below), Comic Icons: Alistair Sim (see below) and the Brotherhood of the Wolf Special Edition.

The company has also announced tentative dates for the last quarter of 2007...

1st October

Screen Icons: John Mills (The Baby and The Battleship / Lady Caroline Lamb / title TBC / Itís Great To Be Young); Screen Icons: Alec Guinness (Last Holiday / Kind Hearts and Coronets / The Man In The White Suit / Captainís Paradise); Horror Classics: The Mind Benders; Ealing Collection: Against The Wind

8th October

Ealing Collection: The Captive Heart; Ealing Collection: The Long Arm; Exiled; Election 2 ("Extras: none")

15th October

Captivity (Extras: Elisha Cuthbert interview / Making of... / deleted scenes);

29th October

Golden Door (Extras: Making of...); Brave Story (Extras TBC); Comic Icons: Alastair Sim (The Green Man / Folly To Be Wise / Geordie / Left Right and Centre / Laughter in Paradise); Comic Icons: Will Hay (
Dandy Dick
/ Ghost of St. Michaels / Black Sheep of Whitehall / Radio Parade of 1935)

5th November

British thrillers Payroll; Chase a Crooked Shadow; Fear is the Key

12th November

Wolf Creek (Blu-ray / HD DVD); Pan's Labyrinth (Blu-ray / HD DVD);  The Host (Blu-ray / HD DVD)

26th November

Tales from Earthsea (Extras: TBC)

3rd December

Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery - 10th Anniversary Edition

10th December

Eagle Vs Shark (Extras: TBC)

26th December

Rise of the Footsoldier (Extras: TBC)


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