NEWS - JULY 2003
Distribution will release the Chow Yun-Fat action flick Bulletproof
Monk on September the 15th. The disc will feature a commentary track
(by the film's director, Paul Hunter and its producer), five featurettes
under the umbrella title The Tao of Monk (Fist of Fury (7m),
Enter The Monk (20m), Zen Palette (10m), Smoke and Mirrors (8m)
and The Art of Score (10m)), The Monk Unrobed featurette
(7m), six deleted scenes (9m) and an alternate ending (5m), a
behind-the-scenes photo gallery and the theatrical trailer. The film will
be presented uncut, in 2.35:1 ratio, with anamorphic enhancement, and will
have Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. RRP is a modest £17.99.
Visual Entertainment have confirmed that they are releasing all
thirty-nine episodes of the classic 1962 Supermarionation Gerry Anderson
series Fireball XL5 on the 20th of October. The five-disc box set
will have an RRP of £39.99. Sadly it seems that the set will not include
the two commentary tracks which are on the American release, from A&E.
Verbinski's adaptation of The Ring is being released on September
the 1st, following a month-long rental-only holdback. The film, about a
reporter (Mulholland Drive's Naomi Watts) who's investing her
niece's death, which seems to be linked to an urban legend about a cursed
videotape, was a sizeable hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The film finally
makes it to DVD in the UK almost six months after it was released in the
can read a review of the UK DVD, which has an RRP of £19.99, by clicking here.
You can also take a look at screen grabs of the impressive animated menus
by clicking here.
Cameron's Titanic headlines a new batch of £5.99 titles being
released by Twentieth Century Fox and Pathé Distribution on August the
titles in the new batch will make their UK DVD debut: Eight Days a Week
(is that the sound of a barrel being scraped I can hear?), Exquisite
Tenderness, Firestorm, Finding Graceland, Derek Jarman's
Jubilee, Judicial Consent, Last of the Dogmen and Less
other titles are Boiling Point, the Wachowski Brothers'
terrific Bound, Chain Reaction, Commando
(cut by the BBFC), Conan the Barbarian (cut by the BBFC), Marked
for Death (cut by the BBFC), Unlawful Entry, the 1993 remake of
The Vanishing and Volcano.
this re-release of Titanic will - once again - use the existing
transfer, which is decent enough, but not anamorphic. Are we going to have
to wait until the film's tenth anniversary, in 2007, before we get an
anamorphic Special Edition version of this movie!?
seventh season of The X-Files will be released by Twentieth Century
Fox Home Entertainment on September the 22nd, with an RRP of £79.99.
six-disc set contains all twenty-two episodes in 1.78:1 anamorphic
widescreen, (including episodes written by stars Gillian Anderson and
David Duchovny, and the crossover episode with creator Chris Carter's
series Millennium). The disc has a plethora of bonus materials,
including a half-hour Truth About Season Seven documentary and ten
deleted scenes with optional commentary (from The Sixth Extinction II:
Amor Fati, Orison, Signs and Wonders, Closure, Theef
and En Ami), which can also be branched back into the episodes.
Three episodes will carry commentary tracks: First Person Shooter (by
director Chris Carter), all things (by writer/director/star Gillian
Anderson).and Je Souhaite (by writer/director Vince Gilligan).
There will also be thirteen special effects sequences with narration by
Paul Rabwin, and profiles on two recurring characters: A.D. Skinner and
Samantha Mulder, whose arc reaches its end, in Closure.
you're considering buying Anchor Bay's new box set of the Thames
Television series Danger UXB, and are curious about the
controversial new 1.78:1 anamorphic transfers, you might like to take a
look at these screengrabs, for
comparison. Many thanks to Ed for the grabs from the Digital Entertainment
looks like the UK version of Jonathan Liebesman's shocker Darkness
Falls (due on October the 13th) will feature a lot more bonus material
than the US disc, which has been available for some time. (It's not
unusual for Columbia to issue a practically bare-bones disc in the US,
followed by a pretty packed UK release, followed by an even better US
re-release, and so on, and so on - The
Sixth Day, for example).
current US disc only has the Tooth Fairy short on it, but the UK
disc will feature "writers and filmmaker's commentaries", seven
deleted scenes (9m), The Legend of Matilda Dixon featurette (11m),
a Making of... featurette (17m), storyboard comparisons (6m) and
trailer. Cool....but do we get the Tooth Fairy short, or not? It
doesn't look like it. Also, with all those features, and four Dolby
Digital 5.1 tracks, it looks like the film is going to be fighting for
room (it's only 82m long, so it shouldn't suffer too much!!) Still, you
could always wait for the Superbit version...etc, etc...
relatively new California-based record label, La-La Land Records, has
released two excellent CDs, featuring music from two of the best horror
films of the 80s: George Romero’s Creepshow and Stuart Gordon’s
Land Records' CD of John Harrison's electronic synthesiser score for Creepshow
(1982) marks its first CD release in the US and Europe (it was
previously only available on LP, or as a highly-prized CD import from the
Japanese branch of Varèse Sarabande). The new CD replicates the original
LP’s track listing, but adds newly-recorded suites from three episodes
of the Tales From The Darkside TV series (The Satanic Piano,
Everybody Needs A Little Love and Sorry, Right Number, two
of which Harrison also wrote and directed: the third he directed from a
screenplay by Stephen King). The 65-minute disc also contains the overture
from an updated version of Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, which
Romero has dreams of producing, titled Mansions of the Moon, and
two songs from another unrealised Romero project, a send up of 50s monster
movies, Snoobie Doobie Moon (formerly known as Attack of the
Band’s music for the 1986 H.P. Lovecraft-inspired movie From Beyond is
a complex blend of synths and orchestral music, creating some unusual,
Bartok-flavoured arrangements mainly focussed on the 35-40-piece string
section. The 46-minute disc includes a lot of previously unreleased
material, including an alternate Original Main Title. Previously
available only on LP, La-La Land's new disc marks its CD debut, and is
limited to 3000 individually numbered copies.
discs have very good quality sound, and are accompanied by comprehensive
film notes by Cinescape.com’s
Randall Larson, with contributions from the composers, and directors
George Romero and Stuart Gordon. Visit the label’s website for more
information, including downloadable samples. The discs are available from
soundtrack specialist retailers, or directly from La-La
Land’s website. If you order from the website, you might get
your copy of From Beyond signed by the composer, which is a nice
second half of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's second season will
be released by Momentum Pictures on the 6th of October. The three-disc set
will contain episodes 2.13 to 2.23, and featurettes titled Shooting
Locations and Tools of the Trade. Other features, of
unspecified type, include The CSI Tour and Making of a Hit.
A trailer for the third season, and DVD-Rom material will also be
included. Fans of the spin-off series CSI: Miami, starring David
Caruso and - all too briefly - NYPD Blue's Kim Delaney, might like
to know that this set will feature the crossover episode that launched the
of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, you've got less than a week to
enter our competition to win a copy of the first half of the second
season, which you can do by clicking on the banner above.
Home Video are releasing the classic 1945 horror anthology movie Dead
of Night as part of their third Ealing Classics DVD Collection
on the 8th of September. The set will also contain Alberto Cavalcanti's
wartime thriller Went The Day Well? (about an English village being
attacked by the Nazis), the studio's 1947 adaptation of Nicholas
Nickelby (which starred Cedric Hardwicke and Stanley Holloway) and
the thrilling Scott of the Antarctic (1948), starring Sir John
Mills, James Robertson Justice and Christopher Lee.
film will be presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio, with mono audio.
The box set, which will also contain poster artcards, will have an RRP of
Music unveil Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii - The Director's Cut on
October the 20th, which will contain additional new footage, and unseen
archive material. The 1974 movie, a record of a 1971 concert set in the
town's Roman amphitheatre, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, also includes
footage of the Floyd recording their legendary Dark Side of the Moon album
at Abbey Road Studios.
new version of Live at Pompeii features space footage from the BBC
and NASA "incorporated into the original film to create an additional
'theme' to the movie". Extra features include a twenty-minute
interview with director Adrian Maben "along with an option to run the
original concert film", a photo gallery, album graphics and lyrics,
"odds 'n' sods" and a map and history of Pompeii.
first season of Sean Lock's BBC sitcom 15 Storey's High will be
released on DVD by Carlton Visual Entertainment on October 20th. The disc
will contain all six episodes of the show, which is about the conflict
between the selfish owner of a flat and his thoroughly decent lodger. No
extras are mentioned in the press release. The disc has an RRP of
various sources are reporting that Fox will release X-Men 2 on DVD
on November 24th.
some great news for Ray Harryhausen fans: according to the usually
reliable DVD Drive In website
Warner Home Video will be releasing The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms and
The Valley of Gwangi in
the US on October 21st.
These two films complete the Harryhausen
collection for fans with multi-region equipment (One
Million Years B.C. is available in R2, but hasn't been released in
the US yet). Warner will also be releasing The Black Scorpion,
which had stop-motion effects by Harryhausen's mentor Willis O'Brien. The
Black Scorpion will feature a theatrical trailer, test footage and a
featurette; The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms will include a featurette
called The Rhedosaurus and the Roller Coaster: Making The Beast and
the trailer; The Valley of Gwangi will be presented in 1.85:1
widescreen format, with anamorphic enhancement, and will feature a
trailer, a featurette and Easter Eggs.
a peek at the highlights of Buena Vista Home Entertainment's release
schedule for the rest of the year. Buena Vista are one of the few
companies that still operate a rental window for DVD in the UK, so some of
these titles are already available in the US. Contrariwise, others, like City
of God, will appear in the UK before the US release. BVHE are a sly
bunch, and sometimes add interesting features to their retail discs, which
make them more attractive than their Region 1 counterparts (the DTS
track on Signs, for example).
The Scenes Featurette (28m)
of a Private War (56m of bonus material, according to the BBFC)
- Season 1
Digital 5.1 audio
A Mission Around The World
Marshall Flinkman’s Gadget Gallery
The Alias Phenomenon
PS2 Game Trailer
Digital and DTS audio
scenes - Bug Football, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight"
of the Caribbean
Home Video has confirmed that The Matrix Reloaded will be released
on DVD in the UK on the 10th of October, four days before the US version.
The UK version appears to have identical features to the American version
(see news for 12th July, below). Now, here's something
to bring you back to the real world with a bump - the RRP is a staggering
few of Cinema Club's schlock B-movies (see the news
entry for May the 31st) have been knobbled by the BBFC: The Mad
Doctor of Blood Island (42" of animal cruelty removed, to bring
the film into line with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937); Satan's
Sadists (cut by 57" to eliminate "a scene of sexual violence
where the victim appears to enjoy the assault") and Angels' Wild
Women (12", for "sight of forcible breast exposure and
groping of breast, plus verbal abuse, during rape scene").
BBFC has recently certificated bonus material for two Steven Poliakoff BBC
productions: Caught on a Train and Perfect Strangers, which
will be released in September. Other recent BBFC submissions of interest
include a lot of extras for 2 Fast 2 Furious, second season
episodes of NYPD Blue, a 1981 Ronnie Barker Wogan interview
(for Readers' Digest) and introductions to episodes of Batman - The
Anchor Bay's schedule for the foreseeable future. Anchor Bay don't take
criticism on the chin like any other professional company, so they no longer send me review
a shame because - good or bad - I think visitors to this site would be
interested in reading about them. Anyway, here's their schedule:
track by George A. Romero
with Lynn Lowry
TV spots, poster and stills gallery, film notes
Me The Head of Mavis Davis
and 16:9 anamorphic presentations
Evil Dead Trilogy - Box Set (RRP £29.99)
Dolby Digital and 6.1 DTS audio tracks
commentary by Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi
- Bruce Campbell documentary
The Evil Dead featurette
TV spots, 137-still gallery, Easter Egg
by Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell
of Darkness - Director's Cut
footage (including original ending)
by Sam Raimi, Campbell and Ivan Raimi
"never-before-seen" deleted scenes
unmatted presentation of The Evil Dead
or 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks, DTS 6.1
Raimi Incredibly Strange Film Show interview
Living Love The Dead featurette
Good Marketing (UK advertising campaign featurette)
Campbell - Geek or God? featurette
Dead-inspired music video: Stravinsky Gave Me Nightmares
UXB - 5-disc Box Set
16:9 anamorphic widescreen transfers
Digital 5.1 and DTS 6.1 ES audio
UXB The True Story
unseen behind the scenes footage"
Anthony Andrews, Stephen Grimes, Alfie Bass
in Darkness - 45m documentary
by Kathryn Bigelow
scene (with commentary)
biographies, poster, storyboards and stills gallery
Roman Polanski Collection - DVD Box Set
in the Water (also available separately)
(also available separately)
(also available separately)
Men and a Wardrobe
Up The Dance
Fat and the Lean
Hills Have Eyes
Dolby Digital audio, DTS audio
by Wes Craven and Peter Locke
featurette, featuring cast and crew members
American Nightmare (71m documentary)
TV spots, stills gallery, screensavers
- Box Set
disc set featuring the five original TV movies:
and the Amazon Women
and the Lost Kingdom
and the Kingdom of Fire
in the Underworld
season one episodes:
Festival of Dionysus
Men Behind The Myth documentary (75m)
Dolby Digital audio
Osterman Weekend (2-disc special edition)
- The Legendary Journeys - Season One
finally, a drumroll, please.... the winners of the new 2-disc special
edition of The Hitcher are Liam Brison, N. Fordham
and Chris Chan. My thanks to Momentum Pictures for supplying the prizes,
and congratulations to the winners. The discs should be with you by the
end of the week!
Monday, and those of you odd people that work the Monday to Friday shift
probably need cheering up. Oh yes. Well, there's a new competition today,
where you can win a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation box set,
containing the first twelve episodes of the second season. To enter the
competition, click on the banner above!
Also out today is the Steven Soderbergh remake of Solaris, which is an intelligent, thought-provoking
science-fiction film in its own right. You can read my review of the disc
by clicking here, or on the
of The Hitcher competition will be announced tomorrow. Sorry, but I
simply don't have the energy this morning!
Home Entertainment will release the seventh season of The X-Files on
DVD on September the 22nd (three weeks later than previously
set will contain all twenty-two episodes, including episodes written and
directed by stars David Duchovny (Hollywood A.D.) and Gillian
Anderson (all things), and the episode which featured Frank Black
(Lance Henrikson) from creator Chris Carter's Millennium.
set will contain a thirty-minute The Truth About Season Seven documentary,
ten deleted scenes (with optional commentary) which can be branched back
into their respective episodes, thirteen special effects breakdowns
narrated by Paul Rabwin, profiles of A.D.Skinner and Samantha Mulder, and
thirty TV spots. There are also commentary tracks on First Person
Shooter (by Chris Carter), all things (by Gillian Anderson),
and Je Souhaite (by Vince Gilligan). The episodes will be in 1.78:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, and optional
English SDH subtitles. RRP is £79.99.
Home Video is releasing a lavish collection of classic Charlie Chaplin
movies on September the 22nd.
collection has already been released in other territories, including the
US, where there has been much praise for the restoration work, but
concerns about the quality of the NTSC transfers, which were apparently
sourced from the PAL masters prepared for MK2 in France. (Fans of these
early classics are extremely picky about little things like frame
the UK discs will be sourced from PAL masters, which won't eliminate the
problems entirely, but will alleviate them significantly. I don't make a
habit of reproducing press releases verbatim (because that's what other
sites do), but in this case I'm going to make an exception, and,
what's more, I'm giving it a page of
its own, where you can read the full details, and see the rest of the
has released details of their provisional schedule for the rest of the
year, and it's fair to say that there's probably something here for
everyone. (This isn't the full list, just the stuff that interests me - if
you want the complete list - D*v*d B*ckh*m and whatnot - you'll have to go
to a proper news source!)
- Series 1 (£24.99)
Downstairs - Series 4 Parts 1 & 2 (£14.99 each)
Downstairs - Series 5 Parts 1 & 2 (£14.99 each)
as Folk - Collector's Box Set (New bonus materials)
Feet - Complete 1st Series (Re-issue?)
Feet - Complete 2nd Series
- Series 3 (£19.99)
Moore - The Awful Truth (£19.99)
- Series 2 (£29.99)
Nights - Series 2 (£19.99)
Complete Cold Feet (£69.99)
Home Video is releasing a three-disc, five movie set of The Man From
U.N.C.L.E. movies on the 8th of September! Each film will be presented
in 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Bonus features will include numerous
"downloadable" DVD-Rom materials, covering the origins of the
series, the creation of the movie versions, and the series' merchandise.
The discs break down as follows: Disc One - The Spy With My Face and
One Spy Too Many, Disc Two - The Karate Killers and The
Helicopter Spies, Disc Three - How To Steal The World. There's
no RRP on the press release, but various retailers are basing their prices
on an RRP of £29.99.
John Wayne movies and Robert Altman's superb McCabe and Mrs Miller headline
a collection of Westerns being released by Warner Home Video on August the
25th. Chisum will come with a commentary track by director Andrew
V. McLaglen, and John Wayne and Chisum featurette; Cahill: US
Marshal will feature with a commentary by director Andrew V. McLaglen
and The Man Behind the Star featurette; and McCabe and Mrs
Miller will have a Robert Altman commentary and a
behind-the-scenes featurette. The fourth film in the collection, which
sticks out like a sore thumb, is Young Guns II. Each film will be
presented in 2.35:1 ratio, and will include the theatrical trailer. RRP is
Home Entertainment are releasing a range of themed Simpsons DVDs on
September the 8th. Each disc will contain four episodes, and will have a
RRP of £11.99.
discs are: The Simpsons Go Hollywood (When You Dish Upon A Star,
Fear of Flying, Krusty Gets Kancelled and Flaming Moe's),
The Simpsons - Greatest Hits (The Simpsons Roasting On An
Open Fire, Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song, Bart
Gets an F and Lisa's First Word), Bart Wars - The Empire
Strikes Back (Mayored To The Mob, Dog of Death, The
Secret War of Lisa Simpson and Marge Be Not Proud), Too Hot
For TV (Treehouse of Horror IX, The Cartridge Family, Natural
Born Kissers and Grandpa Vs Sexual Inadequacy) and Dark
Secrets of The Simpsons (Homer To The Max, The Springfield
Files, Lisa The Iconoclast and Homer Badman).
a look at the packaging for the new range...
not uncommon for a film to have more than one score composed for it. Even A-grade talents like Jerry
Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann and John Barry have written scores which have
been unceremoniously dumped, and replaced by a score by another
composer. (Recently both The Hulk and Pirates of the Caribbean have
switched composer mid-way through production, for example). The absurd
logic behind this practice is "if
the film isn't working, it must be the music". By the time the film
is in the test-screening stage, it's very difficult to change anything
else. It would be extraordinarily expensive to shoot new material, so,
although it can be interpreted as an act of desperation, changing a film's
score is considered to be a relatively cheap option.
Lumet's obscure 1969 MGM drama The Appointment must hold
some sort of record, however, since four composers wrote music for the
film, creating three scores, all of which actually got to the recording
stage. A new CD from Film Score Monthly features music from all three scores.
original score was written by Michael Legrand, who created about an hour of
material around one key theme. His score was rejected before the film was
completed, and he was replaced John Barry and Don Walker, who jointly
composed the music for the film's theatrical release outside the US. Plans for a domestic release were
shelved, however. The switch from Legrand to Barry and Walker had pushed the
film beyond its projected deadline, so studio executives exercised their
option to drop Lumet from the project, and then set about re-shaping the
film for release as a TV movie. This required hiring another composer: Stu
Phillips (best known for his contributions to the Battlestar Galactica series).
Phillips was asked to bring a more rhythmic, contemporary feel to the
film, which he did, mixing two songs to his score. Some of Barry's score was
re-recorded by Silva Screen for one of their compilation CDs, but Film Score
Monthly's CD is the first to present music from all three versions: a nineteen-minute condensation of the Legrand score,
the bulk of the Barry / Walker score (totaling about twenty-eight
minutes) and about half an hour from Stu Phillips' version.
of Americana will adore Jerome Moross's rousing, Copland-esque score for
Michael Curtiz's lavish 1960 Cinemascope adaptation of The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has been remixed and remastered
in stereo from MGM's original elements for the new Film Score Monthly
The new disc presents the complete score (running just under fifty
minutes), together with several demo' cues, and vocal versions
several tracks, composed by Burton Lane and Alan J. Lerner,
when the film was going to be a musical.
not nearly enough music by Georges Delerue on CD, especially if you
discount Varèse Sarabande's three-volume London Sessions re-recordings
(which included his rejected score for Something Wicked This Way Comes).
Score Monthly has improved things by releasing two long-deleted 1967
Delerue LPs on CD, containing music from the Dickensian melodrama Our
Mother's House (a British movie also directed by Something Wicked's
Jack Clayton) and the Holocaust drama La Vingt-cinquième
heure (here titled The 25th Hour). The two scores
contrast nicely, demonstrating Delerue's remarkable versatility.
three albums are presented with comprehensive sleeve notes. They're
available from specialist retailers, or direct from Film
Score Monthly's website, where you can listen to sample tracks (albeit
in the naff Real Media format!)
like to point out that, because there are usually two discs in each batch
of Film Score Monthly discs, subscribers to the series received The
Appointment as a free bonus disc, an uncharacteristically generous
gesture in this day and age, proving once again that Film Score Monthly is
a class act.
winners of last week's Cult TV Legends competition are: David Buck,
Katrina Denton, Steve Beck, David Piper-Balston and Kerry R. My
congratulations to them, and my thanks to Carlton for providing the discs.
Let's hope the rumours that Carlton are planning to release Brian Clemens'
ATV series Thriller on DVD are true!
of the Cult TV Legends DVDs will be announced tomorrow.
Schumacher is a director I have very mixed feelings about. I've enjoyed a
few of his films a great deal, but this is also the man who
single-handedly destroyed Warner's Batman franchise, leaving George
Clooney, who was terrific in the role, to take the blame. His latest
movie, Phone Booth, is one of his better films, although
it's closer in tone to Falling Down (1993) than it is to 8mm
(1999). Click here to
read my review of Fox's Region 2 DVD, which is released on August the
is.... the Matrix Reloaded?
you'll have your chance to find out on October the 14th. when Warner Home
Video release the Region 1 DVD version of the eagerly-awaited - and
critically panned - sequel. The specifications for the disc look
promising, although it remains to be seen how extensive the various bonus
features are, and the lack of commentary tracks, although not entirely
surprising, is a bit disappointing.
be two versions available: a widescreen version, and a not-widescreen
version. The two-disc set will have Dolby 5.1 and 2.0 audio tracks (not
wildly impressed), English subtitles and the following bonus materials: Preload
(behind the scenes with the cast and crew), The Freeway Chase (a
breakdown of how the - errr - freeway chase was shot), Enter The Matrix
(a plug for the video game), What Is The Animatrix (a plug for
the Animatrix DVD), The Matrix Unfolds (looking at "the
Matrix phenomenon", ahem), Get Me An Exit ("Matrix-inspired
design advertising"), the MTV Movie Awards Reloaded (the cool
skit from the MTV Movie Awards) and DVD-Rom links to the website
(big freakin' deal!).
if you missed my review of the IMAX presentation of the film - which must
be by far the best way to see it - click
an early look at the sleeve art for three forthcoming Region 2
blockbusters from Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment.
that both Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Terminator 3: Rise
of the Machines had 12A certificates for their theatrical release,
which would translate to a 12 for home video release, but both
sleeves carry 15 video certificates. Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle was
cut by three seconds here (to remove a head-butt), so a 15 might allow the
film to be released uncut on DVD. Also, there have also been rumours that
the home video version of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle might be
- to coin a phrase - "sexed up", with footage deemed too violent
or sexy for our overly-sensitive American chums.
too, that Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a Warner Home Video
title in the US, so might well have different packaging and sleeve art. A
twenty-four minute Making of Terminator 3 featurette was
certificated by the BBFC this week, on behalf of The Daily Mirror (London
Edition), so keep an eye out for that promotion...
Home Video has re-scheduled their double-bill discs of Sweeney! and
Sweeney 2, and That'll Be The Day and Stardust to the
25th of August. (See the news item for the 24th
of June for more details.
A Man and a Woman disc has been shelved "until further
Home Video and Studio
Canal are releasing a collection of British comedy movies on the 4th of
be a two-disc set containing the three Hammer On The Buses films (On
The Buses, Mutiny On The Buses and Holiday On The Buses)
and two single-disc double-bill discs, containing the two Steptoe
and Son spin-offs (Steptoe and Son and Steptoe and Son Ride
Again), and two Frankie Howerd movies Up Pompeii! and Up The
Chastity Belt (sadly no sign of the third film, Up The Front).
The two Steptoe films will be in 1.85:1 ratio; Mutiny On The Buses is
1.75:1; the other films are 1.33:1. RRP for the two-film discs is
£15.99, the On The Buses set is £19.99. Here's a look at the
sleeve art...break out the shades!
will release Three Sovereigns For Sarah, Philip Leacock's 1985 TV
movie about the Salem witch trials, on the 22nd of September.
film starred Vanessa Redgrave, as a woman accused of witchcraft, and
Patrick McGoohan as the Chief Magistrate. It also features Superman's
Phyllis Thaxter and Planet of the Apes' Kim Hunter. The disc has an
RRP of £19.99.
Anderson's Terrahawks returns with a vengeance after a six-month
break, with three new discs and a box set, which contain all thirteen
episodes of the series' second season.
7 includes the episodes Two For The Price of One (including
footage not shown on TV), Child's Play, Jolly Roger One and Runaway.
Volume 8 contains First Strike, Terrabomb, Doppelganger
and Cry UFO. Volume 9 includes five episodes: Space
Cyclops, Timewarp, Space Giant, Coldfinger and Operation
Zero. Each disc contains scripts and text interviews.
new discs will be released on September 22nd. The individual discs have an
RRP of £15.99, the box set is £34.99. Here's a look at the sleeve art:
Series 3 Tomorrow People box set, currently available exclusively
from MVC, will be released to other retailers on September the 22nd. The
set, which includes the stories Secret Weapon, World's Away,
A Man For Emily and The Revenge of Jedikiah, on three DVDs,
will also include a CD of a new audio adventure, The New Gods.
the sleeve artwork for Volume 2 of Wonder Woman, which is due on
the 18th of August.
BBFC has certificated three more behind the scenes featurettes for the Indiana
Jones Trilogy: Making of... documentaries for Raiders of the Lost
Ark (50m), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (41m) and Indiana
Jones and the Last Crusade (35m).
got two new competitions for you this week, courtesy of Carlton Video and
Momentum Pictures. You can win copies of Carlton's new Cult TV Legends DVD,
which contains episodes of The Prisoner, The Saint, Danger
Man and The Persuaders, and Momentum's new, bonus-feature
packed, two-disc edition of cult favourite The Hitcher. Click on
the images above to go to the competition pages. You only have a week to
enter the Cult TV Legends competition, so don't delay!
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and The Vice competitions
closed yesterday, and there was a very satisfying number of entries for
both. However, a number of entries were invalidated because you're only
allowed one entry per household, as per the
rules! Don't make me get mediaeval on yer ass!
shenanigans aside, the winners of The Vice competition were Denyse
Boyle, S. Daniels, Gary Hullock, J.Ramish and Sam Moore. The winners of Spy
Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams were A.Nield and Bill Meadows. My
congratulations to them, and my thanks to Buena Vista Home Entertainment
and Carlton Video for providing the prizes.
seventh season of Minder is being released by Clear Vision Ltd on
the 8th of September. The two-disc set contains the last six episodes
starring Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann: It's A Sorry Lorry Morrie,
Days of Fine and Closures, Fatal Impression, The Last
Video Show, Fiddler on the Hoof and The Wrong Goodbye.
stars in this season include Roy Kinnear, Ken Farrington, Ronald Fraser,
Del Henney, Steve McFadden, George Baker, Tony Selby. Thorley Walters,
Billy Connolly, Sheila Steafel, John Abineri, Ian McShane, Rula Lenska,
Ray Winston, Brian Blessed, Milton Johns, Ken Campbell, Michael Kitchen,
Don Henderson, Gerald Campion, Simon Cadell, Paul Eddington and Iain
Cuthbertson. Phew! The RRP is £19.99.
forget which episode it is that features Arthur Daly's alternate universe
evil twin, but it will be one of these. Either that or whoever it is that
designs Clear Vision's ugly DVD sleeves has got the photo of George Cole
more Taggart discs - volumes 38 to 41 in Clear Vision's ongoing
series of oddly-numbered releases - are being issued on the 8th of
September, almost exactly twenty years to the day after the series' first
episode was originally shown.
four investigations, from the 2000 and 2001 series, are Skin Deep (DCI
Jardine, DS Reid, DC Fraser, DI Ross and the team investigate the murder
in a health club); Wavelength (a radio drugs counselor's wife is
murdered); Football Crazy (a match referee and club director are
killed at Strathclyde FC) and Falling In Love (a parachute fails
during a pre-wedding party, and the team probe a dance club). The discs
will be available separately, or as a box set, with an RRP of £29.99. The
Taggart and Minder discs are available for pre-order at Clear
Vision's web site, or by contacting their hotline, on 020
Screen Records are re-releasing and re-packaging their excellent digital
recording of Franz Waxman's lush, romantic score to the classic Universal
movie The Bride of Frankenstein on August the 26th. The sequence of
tracks has been changed a little, and suites from several other Waxman
movies have been added to the one from The Invisible Ray that was
on the original 1993 version. The additional tracks, taken from Silva's
vast catalogue, include re-recordings of music from Prince Valiant,
Taras Bulba and two Hitchcock thrillers, Suspicion and Rebecca.
The new disc offers more than seventy minutes of golden age music, encoded
in Dolby Surround format.
I wasn't exposed to The Bride of Frankenstein as a wee nipper, I'll
always associate the music Waxman wrote for the film with the classic
1930s Buster Crabbe Flash Gordon serials, where it was recycled
very fittingly. Hard to believe that the BBC used to show Flash Gordon serials
during the school holidays. In the olden days. Before screening anything
in black and white was made illegal.
BBC have formerly announced their August lineup and, as usual, it's an
eclectic bunch of comedy, science fiction and documentary. And, as usual
there's at least one title which makes you draw breath with
Let's get the good stuff out of the way first.
Doctor Who DVD is the 1982 Peter Davison story Earthshock,
which marked the return of the Cybermen to the programme, after an absence
of seven years.
DVD will feature the usual wealth of bonus features, including a
commentary track, production notes subtitle track, music-only option, a
thirty-minute documentary titled Putting The Shock Into Earthshock,
a clip from the arts review programme Did You See?, an easter egg,
photo' gallery and something mysteriously labeled Part 5. The story
has undergone considerable restoration, including new transfers for the
film inserts. There'll also be seven sequences offering the option of CGI-enhanced
special effects. RRP for the disc, which is released on the 4th of August,
first two seasons of the sassy sitcom Two Pints of Lager (and a Packet
of Crisps) are being released on a two-disc set on the 18th of August,
with an RRP of £24.99. The series, about a group of young friends who
regard work as something you do between visits to the pub, stars The
Royale Family's Ralf Little, Will Mellor (from Casualty), Hollyoaks'
Natalie Casey and ITV drama queen Beverly Callard.
Coogan's six-part horror spoof comedy Dr.Terrible's House of Horrible wasn't
a huge hit, but it had its moments, and a couple of the episodes, which
spoofed the Hammer and Amicus movies of the 1960s and 1970s, were pretty
clever. The general consensus though, was that it was material spread
thinly. It also helped if you had a pretty thorough knowledge of the
titles they were spoofing (films like The Vampire Lovers, Witchfinder
General and Doctor Terror's House of Horrors). The DVD
version will contain the whole series, and will be accompanied by a
commentary track by director Matt Lipsey, and writers Graham Duff and
Henry Normal. The League of Gentleman's Mark Gatiss joins them to
comment on the episode he featured in (and co-wrote, if memory serves), Frenzy
of Tongs. Other extras include An Appointment With Dr. Terrible,
a Picture Play magazine article, Dr. Terrible's Page-a-Day
Calendar, production notes and a photo' gallery. The episodes will be
in 16:9 format, with stereo sound. Release date is 4th August, and the RRP
comedy is regularly the runt of BBC Worldwide's litter. Considering they
have access to a wealth of terrific material, the trickle of lacklustre
releases emanating from Auntie has been embarrassing. Frankly, I'm sick of
their Best of... compilations. BBC Worldwide seems to be the only DVD
company on the planet that hasn't grasped that DVD is a collector's
medium, and that collectors want season sets.
there are three such discs out on August the 11th: the first season of
Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall's anarchic Bottom, and the second
seasons of The Fast Show and The Young Ones. Each DVD has an
RRP of £15.99. However, the knee in the groin is the announcement of The
Best of Not The Nine O'Clock News, ninety-five minutes highlights
(presumably one of the two compilations that have regularly been aired on
TV, and has previously been released on video).
doubt nay-sayers would claim that much of Not The Nine O'Clock News was
topical, and would therefore be stale and dated, and would befuddle anyone
with the mental capacity of a goldfish. Well, that's debateable, but
anyone who was a fan of the series at the time will probably have a good
knowledge of the then-current affairs. In any case, most of the sketches
are intrinsically funny. Ironically, the Worldwide press release says that
the show "still stands the test of time today". Apparently the
DVD will feature "all the very best moments", so try and
remember that when you favourite sketches and songs are inexplicably
missing. Also, if the DVD contains "all the very best moments"
what are they going to put on Volume Two, eh?
will also be avoiding The Young Ones - Series 2 if (a) they've got
a multi-region DVD player and (b) they have any sense. The extras that are
on the Region 1 box set aren't on the Series 1 or Series 2 discs.
Once again, other regions are getting better BBC DVD releases than we are!
wait!! What's this?! The BBC discs are "menu driven and
feature scene selection"! Yes, folks, they still put stuff like
that on press releases. Who says Worldwide doesn't have a sense of humour?
probably aren't too many laughs in Michael Wood's critically-acclaimed
series In Search of Shakespeare, which began airing on TV this
week. A DVD containing all four hour-long episodes will be released on
August 25th, with an RRP of £19.99. The DVD contains "previously
unseen footage of the RSC on tour, Wood's visit to the old Censor's
Office, and a sequence which seeks to disprove the widespread theory that
Shakespeare and his contemporary Christopher Marlow...are one and the same
person. There is also an extended sequence in which Wood examines the
impace that Shakespeare's father's secret Catholicism would have had on
their lives in what was effectively a Protestant police state".
a look at a couple of the sleeves, including what seems to be the finished
artwork for Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible.
mark the release of the classic BBC drama series When The Boat Comes In
on DVD (the first volume is due from Acorn Media UK on July the 14th),
I've added the first part of a detailed episode guide to the Cult TV
section of the site. The guide will be updated as future DVD volumes are
released. Click on the photo, left, to go to the When
The Boat Comes In Episode Guide.
Home Video will release Brian De Palma's stylish thriller Femme
Fatale, which stars Antonio Banderas and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, on
August the 4th. The disc will feature a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer, and
5.1 Dolby Digital audio.
disc will also contain three featurettes: From Dream To Reality: Dream
Within a Dream (the same duration, give or take a second or two, as
the Region 1 disc's Visualising Femme Fatale featurette), Femme
Fatale: Behind the Scenes (5m) and Femme Fatale: Dressed to Kill
Montage (2m of stills and clips showing how Romjin-Stamos's look
evolves during the course of the film), and one of the film's theatrical
UK disc will apparently be missing Laurent Bouzereau's twenty-four minute
Femme Fatale: An Appreciation documentary, which is on the Region 1
version. The disc will be exclusively available from Virgin Megastores,
and will have an RRP of £15.99.
a look at the sleeve art for Warner Home Video's forthcoming The Deer
Hunter two-disc special edition (see the news entry for the 19th
of June for more details).
Home Video will release Gore Verbinski's much-admired psychological
thriller The Ring on September the 1st. The film, about a
mysterious videotape which kills anyone unlucky enough to see it seven
days later, is a remake of Hideo
Nakata's Japanese film Ringu.
The film features rising star Naomi Watts (left), who made a big
impression on viewers and critics alike in David Lynch's Mulholland
DVD of Dreamworks' 2002 remake will feature a fifteen-minute experimental
film, created by Verbinski, and animated menus. No word yet on technical
specifications (the US version has a DTS track), but the RRP is £19.99.
More news when I get it...
few extras for the Indiana Jones Trilogy set have appeared on the
BBFC's website: The Music of Indiana Jones (12m), The
Stunts of Indiana Jones (11m) and The Light And Magic of Indiana
Jones (12m, presumably about Lucasfilm's special effects division,
Industrial Light and Magic). It's beginning to sound promising, but
I'm hearing rumbles that the UK box set won't be as good as sets available
in other regions, and will definitely feature the censored version of Indiana
Jones and the Temple of Doom).
features for the second series of The Office have also appeared at
the BBFC: thirteen minutes of deleted scenes, and a twenty-minute video
diary. The DVD is due for release in October.
a word of caution to anyone considering picking up a copy of Pathé's new
budget DVD of Peter Weir's The Cars That Ate Paris. The disc
packaging states that the film is presented in 2.35:1 ratio, but in fact
only the title sequence is, and the rest of the film is in 1.78:1
ratio. My guess is that a lot of the recently-released and
forthcoming £5.99 RRP titles will have shoddy transfers and technical
faults, so I'll be reporting any that I hear about here. (If you have
comment on any title - good or bad - I'd be happy to receive it). Watch
out, too, for a host of these £5.99 titles being
promoted at that price as though they'd usually be more expensive. These
titles are going to crop up in a lot of 3-for-£15 deals before long, so
my advice is to wait if you can!
that sound? That's the sound of the clock ticking, counting down the days
until the second season of 24 is released on DVD. It will hit
stores on the 11th of August, the day after the season finale on UK
terrestrial TV (and "well before" the US version)!
seven-disc set will contain forty-five deleted scenes, which can be viewed
separately, or branched into the relevant episodes, a two-part documentary
titled 24 Exposed, running for a total of 96 minutes, and a
featurette called On the Button - The Destruction of CTU.
also be cast and crew commentaries (including contributions from creator
Joel Surnow, star Kiefer Sutherland, his co-stars Dennis Haysbert, Sarah
Wynter, Sarah Clarke, Xander Berkeley, Penny Johnson Jerald, Michelle
Forbes, director Jon Cassar and writers Robert Cochran and Howard Gordon.
The series will be presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen format (1.78:1
ratio), with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. RRP for the set is £39.99 (again,
beware of some online retailers basing their discounts on an RRP of
will apparently also be releasing a limited edition, numbered box set
containing both seasons of 24 on August 11th, which will be
available for one day only. RRP for this set is £79.99.
ubiquitous Colin (Daredevil)
Farrell stars in the ingenious thriller Phone Booth, which is also being released on DVD
on August the 11th.
disc will feature a commentary track by Joel Schumacher, and a half-hour Making
of... featurette, which isn't on the Region 1 version.
disc will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format, with an aspect
ratio of 2.35:1, and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. RRP for the disc
Media will be releasing five British TV DVDs on August the 11th, including
two series making their UK DVD debuts.
first two feature-length Campion stories from the 1989 BBC series
starring Peter Davison as gentlemen detective Albert Campion, and Brian
Glover as his ex-convict manservant Magersfontein Lugg. The episodes
included are Look To The Lady and Police at the Funeral. The
two-disc set has an RRP is £24.99.
episodes of the popular 1974 ATV series Father Brown, starring
Kenneth More as G.K.Chesterton's eponymous detective. The episodes
featured are The Hammer of God, The Oracle of the Dog, The
Curse of the Golden Cross, The Eye of Apollo and The Three
Tools of Death. The two-disc set has an RRP is £24.99.
company is also releasing a second volume of the classic 70's BBC drama
series When The Boat Comes In, titled Empire Day on the Slag
Heap. The two-disc set contains the next four episodes in the series: Empire
Day on the Slag Heap, A First Time For Everything, Paddy
Boyle's Discharge and Angel on Horseback.
- Series 2 Part 1 contains the first half of the second season.
fourth series of the Thames Television courtroom drama Rumpole of the
Bailey, starring Leo McKern as Sir John Mortimer's irascible defence
barrister Horace Rumpole, completes Acorn's August DVD lineup. The
two-disc set contains all six episodes: Rumpole and the Old, Old Story,
Rumpole and the Blind Tasting, Rumpole and the Official Secret,
Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow, Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim and
Rumpole's Last Case.
a gallery of the sleeve artwork!
you're wondering where the rest of the news went to, you need to zap over to
the news archive page for June.
and November 2002