will release a range of back-catalogue titles in July, including a Soul
the full list:
the 7th: Foxy Brown, Coffy, Black Mama, White
Mama, Black Caeser and Truck Driver. These will have an RRP of
£12.99, except for Foxy Brown, which is £15.99 for no appreciable
the 14th - £12.99 RRP: Undercover Blues, The Couch Trip, Fatal
Instinct, Sibling Rivalry and UHF.
the 21st - £12.99 RRP: Harley Davidson and the Malboro Man, At
Close Range, The Killer Elite, True Confessions, Thunderbolt
and Lightfoot, Quigley Down Under, A Fistful of Dynamite and
aside from theatrical trailers, it appears that none of these titles will
have bonus materials (especially annoying in the case of titles that have
bonus features on the equivalent Region 1 versions, like Thief,
which has a Michael Mann commentary track, and UHF, which is a
full-blown Special Edition).
SG-1 - Volume 30 is due on July 28th. The disc will, as usual, include
four episode in anamorphic widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio,
commentary tracks and other bonus features. Episodes on the disc are Disclosure,
Forsaken, The Changeling and Memento.
are also releasing The Terminator DVD Collection set on July 21st,
which will include two-disc editions of the first two films, with an RRP
budget label Cinema Club has announced its third quarter titles, including
many that are being released on DVD for the first time.
the 14th - £9,99 RRP: Lucky Break, The Stick Up, The
Supergrass, Federal Protection, Lone Hero, Chasing
Holden, Bent, Gang Related, The Boys, Wil is
Style, Babymother, Total Eclipse, King Lear (Laurence
Olivier, 1984 Granada TV version) and Lost For Words
the 11th - £9.99 RRP: Flight of the Navigator, Short Circuit,
Raymond Briggs' Ivor the Invisible, Dahmer - The Cannibal, Dead
in the Water, One Way Out, Portraits Chinois, Nothing
Personal, Trojan Eddie and Down Time
the 11th - £5.99 RRP: The Sex Monster, Angel's Dance, Taxman,
Blood Surf, Let The Devil Wear Black, Subspecies: The
Awakening, The Eternal, The Stranger, My Brilliant
Career, Emma's War, The Harrad Experiment, Bearskin,
Fury at Smuggler's Bay (Peter Cushing), Percy and Thunder, Matilda
(the boxing kangaroo movie, not the Roald Dahl one), Fire and Ice (Ralph
Bakshi), High Season, Killing Dad, The Breaks, Critical
Care, Phat Beach, Zack and Reba, Quicksand, Another
Time, Another Place, Somebody is Waiting, Caught Up, The
Disappearance, The Calling, Dead Men Don't Dance and Moonbase
the 15th - £9.99 RRP: American Gun, Black Point, Greenmail,
Last Run, Blackadder Back and Forth, The Disappearance of
Finbar, Into The West and Where The Heart Is
Club is also releasing fifteen of the old Republic John Wayne movies, on
August 11th, each with an RRP of £5.99.
11th of August also sees the release of On The Buses - The Best of
Series 3 and 4, a four disc box set with an RRP of £29.99. Episodes
on the discs are: First Aid, The Cistern, Busmen's Perks,
The Snake, Mum's Last Fling, Radio Control, Foggy
Night, The New Uniforms, Going Steady, The Squeeze,
On The Make, Brew it Yourself, Nowhere to Go, The
Canteen Girl, Dangerous Living and The Other Woman. The
four discs will also be available separately, for £9.99 each.
Club is also releasing a collection of cult movies, including titles by
legendary schlockmeisters like Al Adamson and Eddie Romero. The disc are
due on July 14th, and will have an RRP of £5.99. Enthusiasts should note
that some of these titles may be cut by the BBFC. The collection
comprises: The Blood Drinkers, Brides of Blood, Mad
Doctor of Blood Island, Blood of the Vampires, Brain of
Blood, Horror of the Blood Monsters, Satan's Sadists, Dracula
vs Frankenstein, Angel's Wild Women, The Dynamite Brothers,
and Raiders of the Living Dead.
a look at the sleeves:
some reason my Species II DVD review is one of the site's most
visited pages. Go figure! I'm reasonably sure it's not based on the merits
of the film itself, so I can only guess that it's probably fueled by
search engines looking for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's "Marg
Helgenberger" or the gorgeous "Natasha Henstridge". Well, I
certainly believe in giving people what they want, so I've added two more
pages about the film, originally written in 1998: a lengthy article
about its production, and a review
of the film itself. I've also added some screen grabs from the DVD to
pep things up a bit. Enjoy!
Video will add two titles to their Asia Exteme collection on June 30th:
Ryuhei Kitamura's Versus and the second film in Miike Takashi's
Triad Society trilogy, Rainy Dog. (The first, Shinjuku Triad
Society, is already available).
will be presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 format, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and
optional English subtitles. Bonus features include the a documentary, Behind
Versus. RRP is £19.99. The Rainy Dog disc will include a Miike
Takashi interview, will be presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 format, and will
have an RRP of £19.99.
will also be releasing Bernard Rose's scathing attack on Hollywood, Ivansxtc
on June 30th. The film (which was shot on HD video) will be presented in
1.78:1 ratio. Bonus materials will include extended outtakes from the
film's party sequence. RRP is £19.99.
July 28th lineup will include My Kingdom (Don Boyd's updated
version of King Lear, which features Richard Harris in one of his
last significant roles), Safe, Todd Haynes' film about a
Californian housewife (Julianne Moore) who becomes allergic to modern
life, Oxide Pang's urban thriller One Take Only and Ley Lines,
the final installment of Miike Takashi's Triad Society trilogy.
Home Video has changed the lineup on their British New Wave DVDs, (which
were only announced a week or so ago - see 21st May, below). The two discs
will now comprise The Accident and The Family Way on one
disc, and Darling and The L-Shaped Room on the other. RRP
(£15.99) and release date (23rd June) remain unchanged.
and Pathé will be releasing sixteen more DVD titles on June 30th, with an
RRP of £9.99. They are: Point Break, Body of Evidence, Guilty
By Suspicion, Bad Lieutenant, Mystic Masseur, Three
Seasons, Family Business, Breaking The Waves, The
Ghost and Mrs Muir, Dust, Jane Eyre, Twenty-Four
Seven, Love is a Many Spendored Thing, Burnt By The Sun,
Journey To The Centre of the Earth and The Funeral / Addiction
added a new review to the site today. It's for Warner Home Video's disc of
Little Shop of Horrors: Frank Oz's 1986 film version of the popular
Broadway musical version of Roger Corman's 1960 film. Confused? You
won't be, if you read the review!
The disc is in the shops now. Yes, now, dammit!
snippet of news from DD Video, about their forthcoming Survivors
DVD season sets. Cast members Carolyn Seymour, Ian McCulloch and Lucy
Fleming, and director Pennant Roberts will assemble next week to record
video interviews and commentary track for the set.
will release Steven Soderbergh's psychological science fiction mystery Solaris
on July 21st. The $50m film, which starred George Clooney, failed to
find much of an audience here or in the US, but deserves to find its
audience on DVD. The disc presents the film in anamorphic 2.35:1 ratio,
with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps).
material includes a full-length commentary track by Soderbergh and
Producer James Cameron, an HBO Behind The Scenes featurette (13m), Solaris:
Behind The Planet featurette (18m) and the script, in text format. The
film will have English HoH subtitles, and the commentary is subtitled in
English, too. Click here to see a selection of the disc's menu
screens. RRP is £19.99.
horror film Deathwatch, set in the German trenches during the Great
War, is being released by Pathé Distribution on June the 16th. The disc
will feature the film in anamorphic 2.4:1 ratio widescreen format
(not 1.85:1 as the press release claims), with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Extras include deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage, cast interviews
and three commentary tracks. RRP will be £17.99. Read our review of the
BFI will release the influential 1966 BBC play Cathy Come Home on
DVD on the 30th of June. The play, written by campaigning journalist
Jeremy Sandford (who sadly died earlier this month), and directed by Ken
Loach, broke new ground by moving out of the studio and onto the streets,
creating a documentary-style drama about the desperate circumstances
suffered by a homeless young couple (played by Carol White and Ray
play was watched by a quarter of the population, and the resulting public
outcry caused the then Housing Minister Anthony Greenwood to reassess
government policy. It was also influential in the formation of the housing
charity Shelter (who used a photo' of Carol White in its
disc will feature a commentary track by Ken Loach, with extracts from
Jeremy Sandford's memoirs, read by James Fox. The disc will also contain
biographies of the writer and director, and a short film Housing
Problems (1935). RRP is £19.99.
Worldwide has unveiled its plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Doctor
Who, which is on November 23rd.
will be a very special book to mark the occasion: Doctor Who - The
Legend, which will include five hundred colour and black and white
photo's, some being published for the first time. The 386-page book,
written by Justin Richards, will include chapters on the series' make-up
and special effects. RRP for the book will be £40. Publication date is
special Doctor Who novel, Deadly Reunion, written by Jon
Pertwee era script editor Terence Dicks and producer Barry Letts, will
supplement BBC Worldwide's ongoing series of novels. Here's Worldwide's
synopses of the book: The Doctor and Jo encounter an unusually high
mortality rate in the picturesque village pf Sanctorum Magnus and must
discover the link between the murders, the Lady of the Manor and the
Brigadier's trip to Greece 30 years before.
year the last handful of Doctor Who stories are released on VHS,
almost exactly twenty years after BBC Video released the first
commercially-available story, in October 1983! The remaining stories are The
Horns of Nimon (Tom Baker, 2nd June) and a two-tape pack containing
the surviving episodes of the 1964 story The Reign of Terror (William
Hartnell) and the extant episodes of the Patrick Troughton adventures The
Web of Fear and The Faceless Ones. This set will be released on
November 24th. The final story, the Jon Pertwee adventure Invasion of
the Dinosaurs, doesn't have an official release date yet.
DVD featuring each of the first seven actors to play the role will be
released during 2003, including the already-released Tom Baker disc The
Talons of Weng-Chiang and
the Patrick Troughton adventure The
Seeds of Death. Other titles include The Dalek Invasion of
Earth (for details, see the News entry for 10th May, below), Earthshock
(Peter Davison, 4th August), The Two Doctors (Colin Baker and
Patrick Troughton, 8th September), The Curse of Fenric (Sylvester
McCoy, 6th October) and The Three Doctors (Jon Pertwee, Patrick
Troughton and William Hartnell, 24th November). The Three Doctors will
be packaged with a special Corgi model of the Doctor's car, Bessie!
audio releases, of stories where the original film or video recordings are
lost, but audio recordings survive, will be released by BBC Worldwide this
year. These will include two Doctor Who discs containing episodes
in MP3 format (The Daleks' Master Plan and The Abominable
Snowmen / The Web of Fear, both available now). There will be a
five-CD box set containing conventional CD versions of The Abominable
Snowmen and The Web of Fear on 7th July, which has an RRP of
£29.99. The Adventures In History CD box set, (containing two
William Hartnell stories, The Myth Makers, The Massacre and
the early Patrick Troughton story The Highlanders) will be released
on August the 4th, with an RRP of £29.99. The Dalek Tin contains
the two Patrick Troughton Dalek stories, Power of The Daleks (Troughton's
1966 debut) and The Evil of the Daleks. A three-disc version of the
1964 William Hartnell historical epic Marco Polo will be
released on November 3rd, with an RRP of £16.99.
BBC Radio Collection will release Doctor Who at the BBC on 1st
September. This two-CD set will offer rare gems from the BBC's radio
archives, linked by narration by actress Elisabeth Sladen (who played the
Doctor's assistant, Sarah Jane Smith, from 1973-1976). This set will
include interviews with Jon Pertwee, Douglas Adams and Tom Baker, and the
1993 30 Years documentary. RRP is £16.99.
BBC Music will release an album containing especially-commissioned remixes
of Ron Grainer's timeless theme music.
got all sorts of bits and pieces for you today!
off, here's the very smart sleeve art for Momentum's next CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation box set, which includes episodes one to twelve of
the second season. The set is due on July 28th.
Home Video are releasing another Hammer film, as part of their ongoing
series of Double Feature discs, using titles from the Studio Canal +
library. I've heard several reports about their recent Tony Hancock
(containing The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man), and
no-one was very impressed. Hopefully their next batch will fare better.
The discs are The Accident and The L-Shaped Room, Darling
and The Family Way and The Blue Lamp and Hammer's The
Nanny. The Accident and The L-Shaped Room are both in
1.66:1 ratio, the others are full-frame (1.33:1) All three discs will be
released on June 23rd, with an RRP of £15.99. See
update, 30th May, above.
Home Video will also be re-releasing four Agatha Christie films on June
the 16th. (Currently they're only available as a box set). They are: Murder
on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, The Mirror Crack'd
and Evil Under The Sun. All four discs come with the theatrical
trailer; Death on the Nile has a 23m featurette, and Evil Under
The Sun has a 15m featurette. All four discs are in widescreen format.
RRP for each disc is £12.99.
has three terrific-sounding multi-disc Special Editions coming out in
July: Giant, The Right Stuff and The Color Purple.
you've bought any of the existing titles in this range (including True
Romance, The Wicker Man,
Amadeus and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), you'll know
that Warner pulls out all the stops for these releases, and is rapidly
gaining a reputation as one of the best studios for supplementary
material. The added bonus in the case of The Color Purple and The
Right Stuff, is that these discs will replace the existing flipper
discs, which, frankly should have been remastered years ago. Here's a
breakdown of each set:
Conversations with Ancestors: Color Purple from Book to Screen (27
A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting The Color Purple (29
Cultivating a Classic: The Making of The Color Purple (24 mins)
The Color Purple: The Musical
Behind the scenes and cast photo galleries
Theatrical trailer (x3)
date: 21st July RRP £19.99
Digital 5.1 audio
Additional Scenes· Interactive Timeline to Space
'Do You Have the Right Stuff?' Interactive featurette
John Glenn: American Hero feature
date: 28th July RRP £19.99
Commentary with George Stevens Jr., screenwriter Ivan Moffat and critic Stephen Farber
Introduction by director George Stevens
Return to Giant documentary (55 mins)
Memories of Giant documentary (50 mins)
New York Premiere TV Special
Hollywood Premiere Featurette
Giant Stars are off to Texas
Behind the Cameras "On Location in Mafia, Texas"
Behind the Cameras "A Visit with Dimitri Tiomkin"
date: 25th July, RRP £24.99
forthcoming Warner Home Video titles include Masters of the Universe (with
director's commentary track and trailer, in 1.85:1 ratio) on June 16th; The
Unbearable Lightness of Being (in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, but
apparently lacking the commentary track on the now-deleted Criterion US
disc) on June 30th; Jennifer Lopez's breakthrough biopic Selena (in
2.35:1 ratio), also on June 30th and Claude Lelouch's acclaimed A Man
and A Woman (Un Homme et Une Femme) on July 14th (in 1.85:1
anamorphic ratio, and featuring an all new documentary titled 37 Years
Later with Claude Lelouch, and the "vintage" documentary Un
Homme et Une Femme). RRP on these titles is a very reasonable £12.99.
are a couple of menu screen images from Warner's forthcoming The New
Adventures of Wonder Woman DVD, which will be released on the 9th of
finally, mon petits enfants, here are a couple of menu screens from an
altogether different type of superhero DVD.... can you guess what it is
BFI is releasing two controversial French films on June 2nd: Jean Genet's Un
Chant d'amour (1950) and Jean Renoir's La Règle du jeu (1939).
Chant d'amour launches the BFI's Classic Short Film Collection. The
disc will feature a new, digitally remastered, full-frame presentation of
the uncut version of the film, with a new score by Simon Fisher Turner.
The disc will also contain a commentary track by writer Jane Giles and
filmmaker Richard Kwietniowski, and biographies of Genet and Fisher
Turner. RRP is £15.99.
masterpiece La Règle du jeu arrives on DVD after a great deal of
tampering by its original distributor (with and without Renoir's
cooperation), in a version restored in 1959, after hundreds of cans of
original material were rediscovered in 1956. The disc features a 42-minute
1987 documentary on the making of the film, directed by Pierre Oscar Lèvy,
made for the series Image par Image, and a text biography of
Renoir. The film is presented in 1.66:1 ratio, with English subtitles. RRP
to N. Linehan and Heather Barry, who will soon be the recipients of the Buffy
The Vampire Slayer Season 6 box set, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
Home Entertainment. The competition question was deliberately quite
difficult (the answer to "What's the name of Spike's favourite soap
opera?" was "Passions"), but there was still a good turn
is releasing a number of titles on the 30th of June with an RRP of £5.99
each. The titles are: Rapid Fire, The Poseidon Adventure, Crying
Freeman, Under Pressure, Breakdown, The Plumber, Shining
Through, Color of Night, Poison Ivy, Shadow of Doubt ,
The Full Monty, When Saturday Comes, House!, Honest,
Small Faces, The Mark of Zorro, The Blue Max, The
Big Trail, North to Alaska, Viva Zapata, Serial Mom,
Renaissance Man, Bulworth, Company Man, Mr
Accident, Corrina, Corrina, Pushing Tin, If Only,
8½ Women, Exit to Eden, Touch, Nowhere, Matinee,
The Blair Witch Project, The Good Son, Cocoon, Brainscan,
Zardoz, Jason Goes To Hell, The Legend of Hell House,
The Mangler, The Cars That Ate Paris, The Big Blue, My
Life, That Thing You Do!, Picnic at Hanging Rock, All
That Jazz, Love and Death on Long Island, Darkest Light,
Affliction, Basquit, Q & A, All The Right Moves,
Showgirls, The Woodlanders, Here on Earth, The
Claim, Brokedown Place, The Spanish Prisoner and Phantom
of the Paradise. No technical details have been released, but it's
probably safe to assume that many of these will be straight reissues of
existing discs, which means that many of them will be in their correct
aspect ratio. Hopefully that will extend to the titles that are new to DVD
in the UK, including gems like Matinee and Picnic at Hanging
will release the 1982 Thames TV adaptation of John Mortimer's
autobiographical play A Voyage Round My Father, which starred
Laurence Olivier, Jane Asher and Alan Bates, on DVD on July 28th. The disc
will have an RRP of £15.99. The company will also be releasing Paula
Milne's thriller State of Mind, which starred Niamh Cusack and Andrew
Lincoln, on July 28th. The disc will have an RRP of
been a pretty dull week for interesting news, I'm afraid. Work continues
behind the scenes here, though. Next week I'll be adding a new section to
the site, which I hope fans of little-seen 70s TV drama will appreciate.
One of the aims of this site has been to present "material that
you'll not find elsewhere". There are any number of websites where
you can find oodles of information on stuff like Doctor Who, The
Avengers and The Prisoner - or Catweazle,
American Gothic and Millennium, for that matter, which is
one of the reasons why I've not been in any hurry to expand those sections
on the site! - but finding information on more obscure series is
of American Gothic, there's a rare chance to catch the series on
British TV next week, on Sky One. The first episode is at 10pm on Thursday
(the 22nd). It's repeated on Friday the 23rd at 3.55am. The second episode
is on the 29th at 10pm, and repeated on Friday 30th at 3.55, and so
on. Hopefully the exposure might just give Universal the kick it
apparently needs to finally get the series released on DVD!
keep things ticking over, here are a couple of sleeves that you might not
have seen yet: Punch-Drunk Love, The Fast and the Furious -
Turbo Edition and Piranha II: The Spawning.
Century Fox Home Entertainment have a number of back catalogue titles due
on June 2nd. The press releases don't offer anything more than the basic
information that's already listed by some retailers (nothing about aspect
ratios, audio formats or bonus materials), and most of the titles aren't
listed on Fox's web site.
will be double-DVD packs (probably like Fox's existing double bills, like The
Fly / Fly II), with an
RRP of £14.99. Here's the lineup:
Man Flint / In Like Flint
to the Bottom of the Sea / Fantastic Voyage
Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel / The Desert Rats
Enemy Below / Sink The Bismark
Young Lions / D-Day The Sixth of June
Commancheros / The Undefeated
around Fox's website I've also found The Ghost and Mrs Muir (which
seems to be missing the bonus materials on Fox's Region 1 Studio Classics
version) and Journey to the Center of the Earth, which has a
different sleeve design to the US version (will this title ever
have a decent home video sleeve?!) I wonder if we'll get the American
version of the film, or the British version (which had some alternate
Video will release the first series of Chris Barrie's long-running sitcom The
Brittas Empire on 21st July, on a two-DVD-5 set. The set will contain
a number of bonus features (photo' gallery, etc), the most worthwhile of
which is a three-minute Brittas Empire sketch from the Royal
Variety Performance show.
the sleeve and a couple of menu grabs:
review of 28 Days Later is back online! Once again, apologies
for those of you who were inconvenienced by its absence. The disc is
released on Monday the 19th. Click here
to read the review.
to P.Douglass, who's the winner of the Taken DVD box set, and my
thanks again to Universal, who were kind enough to offer the prize. The
answer to the question "Which of these Steven Spielberg films isn't
about aliens from outer space?" was, of course, Saving Private
BBC has announced their June titles, which include the belated release of
the excellent comedy drama play Cruise of the Gods, about a jaded
star of a Blake's 7-style 80's science-fiction show (played by Marion
and Geoff's Rob Brydon) who, having fallen on hard times, decides to
accept the offer of a convention appearance on board a luxury cruise ship
filled with doting fans. The play, which also featured Steve Coogan,
arrives on DVD on June 2nd. Bonus material includes a commentary track (by
director Declan Lowney, producer Alison MacPhail and writer Tim Firth); a
thirty-minute video diary; deleted scenes (with commentary); out-takes; Children
of Castor sequence; alternate ending; and a DVD-ROM presentation of
the script. RRP is £15.99.
university days of Anthony Blunt, Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and Donald
Maclean are dramatised in BBC's current heavyweight drama series Cambridge
Spies (Fridays, 9pm, BBC 2), which will be released on DVD on
June 2nd. The disc will feature a commentary track by writer Peter Moffatt,
director Tim Fywell and producer Mark Shivas. RRP is £19.99.
six-episode 1964 Doctor Who classic The Dalek Invasion of Earth is
released on DVD on June 16th. The story was originally
transmitted at the peak of the Daleks' popularity, when the shops were
full of Dalek memorabilia of all description.
two-disc set will contain a remastered version of the story, with VidFIRE
enhancement, accompanied by a commentary track by actors Carole Ann Ford
and William Russell, producer Verity Lambert and director Richard Martin.
The disc will allow the viewer to choose between the original presentation
of the story, or to watch a version with some of the original model work
replaced by CGI effects. Other extras include a production notes subtitle
stream; two contemporary trailers; an introduction from the Daleks; Future
Visions, a short feature about the work of the story's designer,
Spencer Chapman; Future Memories, the reminiscences of the story's
actors; Talking Daleks, about the creation of the Dalek voices; Now
and Then, a look at the locations used; Script to Screen, an
examination of how the script instructions translate to camera moves; a Blue
Peter segment showing Valerie Singleton making Dalek cakes; Whatever
Happened to...Susan Foreman?, the 1993 radio production, featuring
Jane Asher; a photo' gallery; and some unique rehearsal film, shot by
actress Carole Ann Ford. The disc has an RRP of £19.99. The BBC is also
releasing the Tom Baker story The Horns of Nimon, on VHS, on June
first part of the second season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will
be released by Momentum Pictures on July 28th. The three-disc digipack
will contain the first twelve episodes of the season, and will have an RRP
features include The Who's Who Are You? music video; a thirty-seven
minute Cast and Crew feature; a set walk-through with on-set forensic
advisor and criminologist Liz Devine; Executive Producer, Director and
cast member commentary tracks on Burked, Alter Boys and Ellie;
behind-the-scenes at CSI: music, special effects and make-up; and
discs will be presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 ratio, with 5.1 audio.
are the sleeve images for the first volumes in the Wonder Woman and
Freddy's Nightmares DVD collections, which are due for release on
June the 9th. See the news for 14th
April for more details.
is filtering in from various sources that the Indiana Jones trilogy will
finally be released on DVD on November 4th. The films will be available as
a four-disc set (one disc for each of the films, and a disc of extras, which
will include a comprehensive documentary created by Laurent Bouzereau, who
has created bonus material for other Spielberg DVDs, including Jaws
and Close Encounters of the Third Kind).
more good news: although the films have been painstakingly restored (by
Lowry Digital Images, the company that worked on Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs and Paramount's Sunset Boulevard), they have not
been subject to any revisionist tampering, (although whether this will
extend to retaining the original Raiders of the Lost Ark title is
the discs will not include commentary tracks. Lucasfilm's VP of marketing
Jim Ward: "We felt that because of bandwidth issues and, more
importantly, the amount of information provided on the fourth disc, it
would be redundant to include a director's commentary track on the title
discs will be available in widescreen and pan-and-scan formats. The US
discs are expected to retail for about $50.
news today, but I do have a great new competition for you! Our friends at
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have donated two copies of the
fabulous Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 6 box set, which comes
out next week. To enter, click on the banner above.
you haven't already entered, our Taken competition ends on the 12th
Bay UK will release Michael Armstrong's notorious Mark of the Devil on
June 23rd. The disc will feature a commentary track by Armstrong
(moderated by Jonathan Sothcott), Marked by the Devil (an interview
with Armstrong), and a comprehensive stills gallery.
disc will have a new 16:9-enhanced transfer. The last time the film was
submitted to the BBFC (in 1993) it was cut by more than four minutes, so
let's hope that Anchor Bay will be re-submitting it, and that the BBFC are
a lot more lenient this time around.
Bay have a box set of the wartime drama series Danger UXB (RRP
£29.99) penciled in for the 28th of July. No further details are
available. Other future releases include an Evil Dead box set,
George Romero's virus movie The Crazies (both due on July 28th),
and the excellent vampire movie Near Dark.
Bay's version of Vampyres (aka Daughters of
on June 23rd, appears to be missing a number of bonus features which are
on Blue Underground's American version, due on June the 3rd. One thing is
certain: the UK disc has a horrible sleeve design which doesn't do the
film any favours.
Home Video are releasing a two-disc edition of Sergio Leone's epic
masterpiece Once Upon A Time In America.
film is one of the most eagerly-anticipated catalogue titles, and has
apparently been held up while extensive restoration and reconstruction
work has been carried out. (A disc of Brazilian origin has been available
for some time, but is of poor quality, and dubious legality).
Region 2 disc offers a rather disappointing array of bonus materials: a
full-length commentary by film critic Richard Schickel, a twenty-minute
documentary Once Upon A Time: Sergio Leone, a photo gallery and the
running time listed on the press release indicates it will almost
certainly be the 219'48"
version certificated by the BBFC in November last year.
The disc will carry English and Italian 5.1 audio tracks, and will be
presented in 1.85:1 ratio. The disc is currently scheduled for the 23rd of
June, and has an RRP of £19.99. Click on the sleeve image to see an
exploded view of the package.
aren't terribly good about releasing press information (at least, not to
me: I'm lucky if I can get a list of titles out of them!) That said, their July
titles have just escaped. There are four new Superbit titles: Men In Black II, Legends of the Fall, Hannibal
and The Mummy Returns (all on 7th July). On the 14th of July
they have Dawson's Creek - Series 1 box set, the quirky Love
Liza and the TV movie thriller Murder in Greenwich. On July
21st they have (the Shannon Tweed, Andrew Dice Clay movie?) No Contest
and James Cameron's Piranha 2: The Spawning. Finally, on 28th July
they have Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, Lockdown, Sidney
Poitier's Biblical parable Buck and the Preacher and Jack Cardiff's
Viking movie The Long Ships. No further details are
and November 2002