31st August 2009
Baker will be signing copies of BBC Audio's especially-commissioned
Doctor Who audio adventure, Hornets' Nest - The Stuff of Nightmares,
at HMV's Oxford Street store on Friday (the 4th of September), starting at
1pm (you need to collect a wristband at the store on the day of the
signing to get in - first come, first served, and numbers are limited!)
The new CD is released on Thursday. More
details can be found at the BBC Shop section dedicated to the series,
The remaining episodes of the Hornets'
Nest adventure will be released as follows:
2 - The Dead Shoes - 8th October
3 - The Circus of Doom - 5th
4 - A Sting in the Tail - 3rd
5 - Hive of Horror - 3rd December
Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm will be
signing copies of her new autobiography,
First Generation, on Sunday September 20th at 1pm, at Borders,
David Morgan Building, 14 The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1AH. Two notes from the
press release: "Those wishing to attend should arrive early to avoid
disappointment. Only copies of the “First Generation” will be signed".
As always, many new titles have been
the last week or so.
Among the biggest - and most anticipated -
titles added this week is a tenth anniversary Blu-ray edition of
Fight Club, which has apparently been meticulously restored
frame-by-frame, under David Fincher's supervision, and has some very
tempting new bonus features that take advantage of Blu-ray's capabilities.
We've also added various versions of Summer
blockbuster Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: a
single-disc DVD, a two-disc special edition DVD, a
three-disc Blu-ray edition (with digital copy), and
DVD twin packs, with the first film; and three editions of 3D CGI hit
Monsters Vs Aliens: a
single-disc DVD, a
two-disc Ginormous Edition DVD, and a
Blu-ray edition (which, as is becoming increasingly common, features
many exclusive bonus features).
a bit of a stop-press addition to today's update... a press release for a
new budget horror DVD label, Brain Damage Films:
September 2009 sees the launch of Brain
Damage Films, a brand new DVD label that’s guaranteed to satisfy the
bloody cravings of gorehounds and fright fans by bringing a host of new
indie horror movies to DVD at a price that won’t give you nightmares -
although the films themselves certainly will!
The first six shockers - Death of a
Ghost Hunter, Silent Bloodnight, Serum, Prey for the
Beast, Secrets of the Clown and Torture Me No More - hit
the shelves on 21st September at just £2.99 each and stack up as a crazed
carnival of fun-filled frighteners featuring ghostly goings on, vicious
serial killers, mad scientists, reanimated corpses, flesh eating beasts,
creepy killer clowns and twisted, sado-masochistic freaks. All in all,
Brain Damage Films provide a welcome reminder that scary movies deliver
much more when you don’t take them too seriously.
Death of a Ghost Hunter, Silent
Bloodnight, Serum, Prey for the Beast, Secrets of the
Clown and Torture Me No More (certs tbc) will be released on
DVD (£2.99 each) by Brain Damage Films on 21st September 2009.
24th August 2009
Quentin Tarantino fans might like to know
that a forty-five minute Q&A with the director has been added to
Inglourious Basterds' Facebook page.
additions to the Incoming database of forthcoming releases include
Blu-ray editions of Crank 2: High Voltage;
Blu-ray editions of Australian outback horror Dying Breed; FX's
outrageous sketch show
Signal; Kevin Costner's political comedy Swing Vote, on
Blu-ray; hit comedy I Love You, Man on
Blu-ray; Spanish zombie movie
Sexy Killer; the first season of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse on
DVD (apparently no Blu-ray version is scheduled for the UK - the US
Blu-ray is confirmed as region-free); Pitof's fantasy epic
Dragon Chronicles - Fire and Ice; jungle-based survival horror
Surviving Evil (which features Billy Zane alongside Hex's
Christina Cole and The Descent's Natalie Jackson Mendoza); the
first season of Tim Roth's series
Lie to Me; and zombie comedy
There are lots of other new titles,
including first sightings for many summer theatrical releases. Check it
Frightfest, the UK's premier horror film festival, looming, Play.com
have hacked and slashed the prices of forty horror DVDs in a special
promotion. You can find them
17th August 2009
Retrograde imprint has pulled off something of a coup by releasing the
complete version of James Horner's soundtrack to the 1982 movie Star
Trek II - The Wrath of Khan.
Expanded versions of several Star Trek
movie scores, which were more-often-than-not poorly served by the LP and
CD releases at the time (Star Trek - The Motion Picture and Star Trek V - The
Final Frontier, for example), leapt to the top of the wish list of many
film music fans recently, following ice-breaking licensing deals made with their
previously-disinterested owner, Paramount.
The new disc makes the 1991 CD, from GNP
Crescendo, completely redundant. The new CD features half an hour of
additional music, including several terrific cues that were inexplicably
left off the original disc (The Eels of Ceti Alpha V, where Chekov
and Captain Terrell encounter Khan's mind-controlling eels; Enterprise
Attacks Reliant, featuring the triumphant fanfare for the decisive
space battle between Kirk and Khan; and Spock (Dies), the music for
the scene where Spock buys the farm, for example). The new disc also
features the bagpipes-and-orchestra cue for Spock's funeral, Amazing
Retrograde have re-built the score from the
original three-track film mixes, (finally correcting some minor, but
niggling, mixing problems that mar the GNP disc). The new disc also offers
two different versions of the Epilogue (which was re-recorded,
following re-shoots to make the ending of the film more open-ended), one
with, and one without, Leonard Nimoy's "Space. The Final Frontier..."
narration, which is guaranteed to bring a lump to the throat of even the
most stalwart Trekker.
Although the original CD has been widely
praised for being an almost perfect album, the new disc (which, in any
case, is presented in such a way that the original album sequence can be
replicated, if required), is a darker, richer and more satisfying
experience, with many new thematic nuances (including additional
quotations from Alexander Courage's TV theme), which are likely to raise a
smile, or a Spock-like eyebrow.
The disc's presentation is first-rate,
spearheaded by a cover sporting Bob Peak's terrific poster artwork (the
back of the booklet features something very similar to the old LP/CD
cover, if you prefer). The twenty-eight page illustrated booklet is a
miniature masterpiece, covering the making of the film (with new
contributions from director Nick Meyer), and in-depth track-by-track
notes, written by Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall and Alexander Kaplan. The CD
tray features two rarely-seen alternative Wrath of Khan poster
designs by Bob Peak.
Knowing that the new Star Trek II - The
Wrath of Khan disc would have wide appeal among soundtrack fans, and
fans of the franchise, Retrograde wisely opted to pay a higher fee, and
make the disc available to everyone. Don't expect to find a copy in your
local HMV, though - it'll still mainly be available through specialist
retailers, like FSM's trading partner,
announcement of the Wrath of Khan somewhat overshadowed another
release from FSM: that of Cain's Hundred, which features nearly
eighty-minutes of virtually unknown music by Jerry Goldsmith. Ordinarily
this alone would have been cause for much celebration!
Cain's Hundred is an obscure - but
apparently well-crafted - 1961-62 TV series, produced for M-G-M by The
Man From U.N.C.L.E's Norman Felton. As was often the way, the
production hired a composer to score the initial episodes, building enough
music in the process to enable the show's music editor to track in
existing material into the rest of the series.
FSM's disc features almost every cue that
Goldsmith wrote for the show (one cue was unusable), including the Main
and End titles. Goldsmith scored four episodes, creating about
twenty minutes of material for three episodes (Crime and Commitment,
Rules of Evidence and Degrees of Guilt - the show's pilot,
although it was transmitted as the fifth episode), and a further six
minutes for a fourth, Markdown on a Man, which was otherwise
tracked with existing cues. The disc also contains music from a further
episode, Cost of Living, written by Morton Stevens.
Though dark and brooding, there's a lot for
the Goldsmith fan to get their teeth into here. Goldsmith was a master of
crafting little gems, even when faced by limited TV budgets. His modest
ensemble here nevertheless produced a big sound, with brass and French
Horns often to the fore.
If Goldsmith is Cain's Hundred's
chief attraction, the material by Morton Stevens is no less welcome.
Morton's work will be familiar to anyone who's bought FSM's great Man
From U.N.C.L.E. discs (or anyone who's seen episodes of Hawaii
Five-O). Morton's most important single contribution to Cain's Hundred
was to revamp Goldsmith's Main Title, extending it significantly,
and giving it additional oomph.
Incidentally, the music on this disc comes
from the same period that Goldsmith and Stevens were working on the Boris
Karloff anthology series Thriller (which is sorely in need of a DVD
release - and a soundtrack disc would be very welcome, too!)
FSM's Cain's Hundred disc comes with
an informative sixteen-page booklet, written by TV music expert Jon
Burlingame. The booklet includes numerous images, which give you a good
idea of what the series was like. The disc is a limited edition of three
12th August 2009
AUDIO BOOK NEWS
Here's a look at the sleeve art for the
second part of the Doctor Who - Hornets' Nest audiobook series,
which features Tom Baker's return as The Doctor. The cover is by Ben
Willsher, with design concepts and Hornets' Nest logo' by Anthony Dry.
It's been released to mark the launch of a
dedicated Hornets' Nest section at the
where you'll find photo's from the recording sessions, an interview with
Tom, audio clips and more.
The Dead Shoes will be available to
buy from 8th October 2009 with an RRP of £9.78.
10th August 2009
The IMAX cinema at the South Bank will be
screening the Lord of the Rings trilogy on August the 22nd. Here's
Now a regular feature of the BFI IMAX
programme, the next After Dark All-Nighter on Saturday 22 August at
11.59pm is the eternally popular The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (12A).
Once again fans can sink back into sheer
heaven - the whole night spent watching all of Peter Jackson's
Oscar-winning films together; The Fellowship of the Ring; The
Two Towers and Return of the King.
Back by popular demand and showing courtesy
of Entertainment Films, all three films will be shown in their original
theatrical 35mm versions (NB. not IMAX or IMAX DMR); the image will fill
approximately one third of the giant screen.
There is one ticket price for the entire
night which is £26, with £18 for concessions and £16 for students.
As usual, there will be free tea and coffee
and prize give-aways during the breaks between the films to help everyone
4th August 2009
Gareth David-Lloyd (who plays Ianto), will be signing copies of the latest
Torchwood release from BBC Audiobooks, The Sin Eaters, at
the Borders bookshop, in The Hayes, Cardiff, on August the 15th, at 1pm.
DVD / BLU-RAY NEWS
I've added press release details for the
Blu-ray releases of JJ Abrams' science-fiction series Fringe to
Incoming (among many other titles!)
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