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20th August 2007

DVD NEWS

Menu screens and sample screen grabs from Second Sight's The Raven and The Black Cat DVDs can be found here.

The two titles, which have been licensed from Universal, look like they're in reasonably good shape. The films are grainy, but they have pretty good greyscale and contrast.

Check out the Incoming links: HMV have the two discs at a pre-order price of £9.99 each.

Second Sight also has Frank Henelotter's delirious 1988 splatterfest Brain Damage lined up for DVD release, on October the 29th.

The disc will feature Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and a commentary track by Hennelotter, novelist Bob Martin and filmmaker Scooter McRae. The RRP is £15.99. You can find the full press release as part of the disc's Incoming record, here.

Warner Home Video has announced the details of the Smallville - The Complete Sixth Season DVD set, which will be released on October the 22nd.

The six-disc set features all twenty-two episodes of the sixth season, which is currently being aired by E4 (it's the season that introduces Oliver Queen, aka The Green Arrow).

The set also features several featurettes: Green Arrow: The History of the Emerald Archer (a history of the character); Smallville: Big Fans (a look at the series' superfans); The Oliver Queen Chronicles (animated "mobisodes" originally made for mobile phones); Superman - Doomsday trailer (for the latest animated adventure, which features the death of the Man of Steel); and deleted scenes from twelve episodes.

RRP for the set is £49.99. The series is also being released in high definition, on Blu-ray and HD DVD, in the US.

Optimum have updated their schedule for the last quarter of 2007. (If past experience is any guide, this will be very much subject to change).

1st October

Screen Icons: John Mills (The Baby and the Battleship, The Family Way, The Gentle Gunman, It's Great To Be Young)

Screen Icons: Alec Guiness (Last Holiday, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Man In The White Suit, Captainís Paradise and Barnacle Bill)

The Mind Benders (Basil Deardon and Michael Relph horror movie)

Ealing Collection: Against The Wind, The Captive Heart (DVD debut)

22nd October

Exiled (dir. Johnnie To) - Extras: Making of...; trailer.  5.1 audio.

Election 2  (dir. Johnnie To)

29th October

Captivity - Extras: Elisha Cuthbert interview / Making of... / deleted scenes and alternate endings.

Golden Door  (Charlotte Gainsbourg, etc) - Extras: Making of...

Brave Story (dir. Koichi Chigira)

British Comic Icons - Alastair Sim (The Green Man, Folly To Be Wise, Geordie, Left, Right and Centre and Laughter in Paradise)

British Comic Icons - Will Hay  (Ghost of St Michaels, Black Sheep of Whitehall, Radio Parade of 1935)

5th November

British Thrillers - The Long Arm, Payroll, Chase a Crooked Shadow, Fear is the Key

12th November

Who Done It?  (Benny Hill's movie debut)

26th November

Tales from Earthsea  (Studio Ghibli) - Disc 1: English dub or Japanese with English subtitles; storyboards - Disc 2: Making of...; trailers (11 mins); NTV Special (44 mins); Behind the Microphone (47 mins)

3rd December

Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery - 10th Anniversary Edition - Extras: new and exclusive cast and crew interviews (TBC); 10th Anniversary Docu-montage; Commentary by Mike Myers and Jay Roach; deleted scenes; two alternate endings; cameo menu; trailer; cast biogs.

28th December

Rise of the Footsoldier - Extras: TBC

EVENT NEWS

Author William Gibson will be signing copies of his book Spook Country at Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, on August the 29th, between 1 and 2pm. The book will be on sale for £15.99 at the signing (RRP is £18.99).


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