NEWS - 3rd to 9th NOVEMBER 2003
Home Video will release John Carpenter's 1992 misfire Memoirs of an
Invisible Man on January the 19th.
disc will feature a new 2.4:1 ratio transfer, with Dolby Digital 2.0
Pro-Logic audio, and has an RRP of £12.99. The disc has a smattering of
bonus materials: outtakes, How to Become Invisible featurette, an
Easter Egg (Chevy Chase on set) and the theatrical trailer.
home video versions have been slightly cut by the BBFC. There's no record
on the BBFC's database to show that the film has been re-submitted
recently, but there's no widescreen version listed there, either, and no
listing for any of the bonus materials, so there's still a chance of an
uncut version showing up. Fingers crossed...
classic Ray Harryhausen movies will be released by Warner Home Video on
the 26th of January: The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms and The
Valley of Gwangi.
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, from 1953, based on Ray Bradbury's short
story The Foghorn, will be presented in 1.33 full-frame ratio, with
mono audio. The disc will feature two featurettes, The Rhedosaurus and
the Rollercoaster: Making The Beast (6m), and Harryhausen and
Bradbury: An Unfathomable Friendship (16m), as well as the theatrical
trailer and an Easter Egg (there's footage of Harryhausen demonstrating
his model's armatures on the Region 1 version).
Valley of Gwangi, from 1969, pits dinosaurs against cowboys, and
features some of Harryhausen's best work. Warner Home Video's disc will
have a 1.85:1 transfer, and mono audio. Bonus materials include a
featurette, Return to the Valley (an eight-minute tribute to Ray by
some of Hollywood's leading special effects designers) and an Easter Egg
(another short Harryhausen interview, if it's the same as the Region 1
a closer look at the two Clint Eastwood Colllection DVD box sets,
due on November the 24th (see News
entry for the 27th of October for more details).
been a while since I received copies of the latest soundtracks from Film
Score Monthly magazine (last month they had Jerry Goldsmith's score for
the 1971 western Wild Rovers, and Leonard Rosenman's music for The
Cobweb and Edge of the City).
month, though, they've returned with a vengeance, with a second two-disc
collection of music from The Man From UNCLE TV series (featuring
almost half an hour of previously-unreleased Jerry Goldsmith cues, and
music by distinguished colleagues like Lalo Schifrin, Nelson Riddle,
Gerald Fried). The disc draws music from all four seasons of the show,
including an unused version of the first season End Title (by
Goldsmith), a suite from the pilot episode, The Vulcan Affair,
(also by Goldsmith), and an alternate version of the forth season Main
Title, an arrangement of Goldsmith's theme by Gerald Fried. The Man
From UNCLE Volume 2 features two-and-a-half hours of music (including
more than half an hour taken from the three-track half-inch masters
created for the fourth season and the theatrical feature compilations). The
disc comes with a richly illustrated twenty-four page booklet, with notes
by TV music expert John Burlingame. RRP for the set is $24.99.
Score Monthly's latest Golden Age Classic is Bronislau Kaper's epic
Prokofiev-flavoured symphonic score for the sweeping 1958 MGM drama The
Brothers Karamazov (which starred Lee J. Cobb, Yul Brynner, Claire
Bloom and a young William Shatner).
Film Score Monthly CD features Kaper's complete score, in its original
mono format, together with a collection of source music used in the film.
The disc is accompanied by a twenty-page booklet with extensive notes on
the film, and detailed track notes. RRP for the disc is $19.99.
discs can be ordered directly from the
Film Score Monthly website, or are available from specialist
other soundtrack news, La La Land Records, who released John Harrison's Creepshow
and Richard Band's From Beyond earlier this year (see the News
entry for the 28th of July) have announced that they're going to
release a two-disc edition of Secret Weapons Over Normandy, the
latest LucasArts video game score by the very talented Michael Giacchino
(check out his scores for the The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Medal
of Honor games); Dominic Frontiere's score for John Wayne's 1975
London-based detective movie Brannigan; and, most intriguing of
all, The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal, which will feature
music from Atlantis - The Lost Continent, Doc Savage - Man of
Bronze, The Power and one of my favourite films, The 7 Faces
of Dr. Lao.
ho ho and a bottle of rum! It will be interesting to see if Momentum can
make a success of re-launching catalogue title Cutthroat Island in
the wake of the mighty Pirates of the Caribbean (a film I've now
had the pleasure of seeing in four different languages, incidentally!)
Their Cutthroat Island Special Edition DVD, due on December the
1st, features a new commentary track by Director Renny Harlin (which
begins by admitting that the film was a box-office flop in the US), six
minutes of Making of... behind the scenes material, and a
collection of interview footage with Geena Davis (9m), Matthew Modine
(10m), Frank Langella (1m) and Renny Harlin (11m), some taken from press
junkets, some taken on-set and in costume. The film has a new anamorphic
2.35:1 transfer, and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kpbs). For more
information check out the News
entry for the 23rd of October. Check out a few of the new DVD menu
might be looming for all of us in the real world, but the DVD companies are already targeting the next big
marketing opportunity: Valentine's Day!
Warner Home Video are
spearheading the launch of two new Humphrey Bogart box sets with a new
presentation of one of the most romantic films ever made, Casablanca,
on February the 9th.
new two-disc version of Casablanca features a
newly digitally-remastered version of the film (a full-blown restoration project handled by Lowry Digital Images), introduced by star
Lauren Bacall. The film will be supported
by two commentary tracks (by Sun Times critic Roger Ebert, and film
historian Rudy Behlmer, author of Inside Warner Bros).
second disc features a wealth of contemporary material from Warner's
vaults, including ten minutes of recently-discovered deleted scenes and
outtakes! The disc will also feature two documentaries hosted by Bacall: You
Must Remember This: The Making of Casablanca (30m, 1992) and Bacall
on Bogart (86m, 1992). Other bonus materials include memories of
Bogart from family and friends in the featurette The Children Remember;
the Looney Tunes paying homage in Carrotblanca (1995); the first
episode of the short-lived 1955 Casablanca TV series; a Screen
Guild Players Radio Production adaptation featuring three of the film's
stars; production history gallery, photos, press materials, studio
correspondence and memorabilia.
film will be presented in 1.33:1 ratio, with mono audio. RRP for the
separate version of Casablanca is £19.99.
two-disc version of Casablanca will also form part of the Humphrey
Bogart Classics Volume 1 box set, alongside the 1941 film noir High
Sierra and the 1947 thriller Dark Passage. High Sierra is
supported by a trailer and a featurette, Curtains
for Roy Earle: The Story of High Sierra.
(The US disc also features outtakes, a musical short, a vintage cartoon
and a radio show). Dark Passage comes with a trailer, a featurette
Humphrey Bogart Classics Volume 2 set contains the fabulous 1948
thriller Treasure of the Sierra Madre, the 1944 romance To Have
and Have Not and the 1940 truck company drama They Drive By Night.
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
will feature a commentary track by
Bogart biographer Eric Lax, a new documentary, Discovering
Treasure: The Story of the Treasure of the Sierra Madre and a trailer.
The film has recently been released as a lavish two-disc special edition
in the Region 1 Warner Legends Collection box set, which features
additional bonus materials, which attempt to recreate what a trip to the
movies might have been like in 1948, including newsreel footage, a comedy
short, and a cartoon. It also features a 1949 radio adaptation of the
story, featuring Bogart and Walter Huston. Apparently these features will not be in
the UK box set.
Have and Have Not comes with a featurette, A Love Story: The Story
of To Have and Have Not, a 1946 cartoon, Bacall to Arms, and a
theatrical trailer. (The American DVD also features a 1946 Lux Radio
Theatre adaptation of the story, featuring Bacall and Bogart).
Drive By Night comes with a featurette called Divided Highway,
a 1938 Warner Brothers short titled Swingtime in the Movies and a
theatrical trailer. (The US DVD also features outtakes, a musical short, a
cartoon and radio play).
Humphrey Bogart Classics Volume 1 box sets has an RRP of £34.99,
the Humphrey Bogart Classics Volume 2 is £29.99.
a look at the covers of the two box sets, and at the contents of the Casablanca
versions of the Robin Hood legend are being released by Warner Home Video
on January the 26th, as two-disc Special Editions.
Oscar-winning 1938 classic The Adventures of Robin Hood, which
stars Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, has also undergone
extensive 'Ultra-Resolution' restoration work (a process that starts with
a transfer of the three original separate black and white three-strip
preservation elements). The film is supported by a commentary track by
film historian Rudy Behlmer, and a music-only track featuring Erich
Wolfgang Korngold's monumental Oscar-winning score.
film is another featured in the American Warner Legends box set,
and so has the same type of 'Night at the Movies' themed bonus materials
as the US Treasures of the Sierra Madre set, including vintage
newsreel, a music short, and a cartoon (in this case Katnip Kollege).
The second disc features an fascinating hour-long documentary about the
Technicolor process, Glorious Technicolor, hosted by Angela
Lansbury. and a brand new behind-the-scenes documentary, Welcome To
Sherwood. It also includes two classic Looney Tunes cartoons (Rabbit
Hood and Robin Hood Daffy), two Warner shorts (Cavalcade of
Archery and The Cruise of the Zaca, which features Flynn); a Robin
Hood Through the Ages featurette (looking at various screen
adaptations); A Journey to Sherwood Forest (home movies and
behind-the-scenes footage); outtakes, a 1938 Warner Brothers blooper
reel, and various galleries and production notes. (The UK disc seems to be
missing a radio adaptation and audio from the film's scoring sessions). The
Adventures of Robin Hood will be presented in full-frame format, with
1991 version of the legend, Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves isn't
able to boast a central performance as charismatic as Flynn's, but Kevin
Costner is a reasonable facsimile. The new DVD version features an
extended version of the film (which is twelve minutes longer than the
The new disc boasts two commentary tracks: one by
star Costner and director Kevin Reynolds, the other by co-stars Morgan
Freeman and Christian Slater, and writers/producers Pen Densham and John
Watson, and composer Michael Kamen.
second disc features a documentary, Robin Hood: The Man, The Myth, The
Legend (hosted by Pierce Brosnan); interviews with the cast; a live
version of Bryan Adams' hit Everything I Do (I Do It For You) (the
disc doesn't include the original music video, unfortunately) and a photo'
the new version of the film is still cut by the BBFC, although the cuts
are less severe than before. The new version is cut by 28", although
some of this may be substituted with alternate material. The BBFC
apparently insist that a new version of a film must have the same
certificate as a previous version, if that version is to remain in
circulation (on VHS, for example). In the case of Robin Hood - Prince
of Thieves. Here's how the BBFC database justifies the cuts: "Cuts
required to violent detail, strong language, hanging and sexual assault
detail in order to maintain previous PG category in accordance with the
Video Recordings Act 1984, BBFC guidelines and reclassification policy".
film will be presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen format, with a
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix. The American version was released a while
ago, and was widely criticised for its transfer, so let's hope the UK
version is an improvement.
Adventures of Robin Hood and Robin
Hood - Prince of Thieves each have an RRP of £19.99.
a look at the sleeve artwork...
- phew! - don't forget to check out the review of Universal's forthcoming
two-disc Hulk DVD, which was added to the site late last week. You
can find the review here.
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