NEWS - 15th to 21st September 2003
greatly expanded the guide to Hammer
on DVD, to include entries for every single film made by the studio.
means a few more titles that are available on DVD have been added (the 70s
comedies - some of the most successful films Hammer made - and the three
Dick Barton films, for example). I've also added The Viking Queen, which
was missed out last time, but no-one noticed!
guide also highlights how much Hammer material has yet to be released on
DVD. Many of their early films seem destined to rot away, never to be seen
in public again. There's a miniscule chance that all of their feature
films may eventually get released, but what about Hammer's short
featurettes? Perhaps some enterprising label will exhume some of them to
use as bonus features? They'd surely be marginally more interesting than episodes
of the World of Hammer TV series?!
popularity of Hammer's horror and science-fiction films seems to be
undiminished, but there seems to be little interest in their historical
dramas, crime thrillers and early comedy films. Who knows how many obscure
films as good as Cash on Demand Hammer has locked in its
Any comments, additions or corrections are
most welcome, either by
emailing me using the button, left, or by contributing to this
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
thanks to those who have given their support and assistance so far.
third series of The League of Gentlemen is being released by the
BBC on the 10th of November.
two-disc set, which has an RRP of £19.99, will contain all six episodes
in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (at
192kbps). Bonus materials are featured on the second disc: a thirty-minute
The Making of Series 3 featurette filmed by Adam Buxton (of The
Adam and Joe Show), outtakes (7m), deleted scenes (12m), a commentary
by the League members, character biographies, a photo' gallery, All
About Yves (an interview with costume designer Yves Barre, 15m),
storyboards for the series finale (5m), an Edit Your Own End feature,
a lecture by magician Dean Tavalouris (6m), Music Score cues (8m), SFX
footage (2m), and a Video Diary (26m). There's also an Easter
Egg on the first disc (16m).You can see menu screens for the disc by
clicking here, and you can
discuss the disc in this
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
hardback book containing the scripts for the three series, and the
Christmas Special, is being released on October the 16th.
Asia Extreme label is releasing Miike Takashi's outrageous 2001 black
comedy The Happiness of the Katakuris (Katakuri-ke
no kôfuku) on DVD on the 29th of September.
Region 0 disc features an anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer, with an average
bitrate of 4.47Mb/s. There's a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 (at 224kbps) or
5.1 (at 448kbps) Japanese audio, with optional English subtitles. Bonus
materials include a director's commentary track (in Japanese, with
optional English subtitles), a half-hour Making of... featurette
(not 61m, as the sleeve claims), a Miike Takashi interview (32m), the
theatrical trailer, six other Takashi trailers, production notes,
filmographies and a 30" TV spot. Not mentioned on the sleeve are bonus
interviews with various cast members
(24m), and an Animating the Katakuris featurette (5m). (It's
possible that the sleeve will be corrected before the disc hits the
shops). RRP is £19.99. You can see some menu screens for this release here.
substantial overhaul of the Hammer DVD
Guide (yet to be uploaded) and other stuff has prevented the news
being updated for a couple of days, so here's a catch-up!
start with something that is new: a better look at Pathé's forthcoming The
Fifth Element 2 Disc Special Edition DVD. (For more details check out
the news entry for the 12th
Video is releasing a box set of five Hammer movies on November the third.
The set will include the two Quatermass films (The Quatermass Xperiment
and Quatermass 2), X-The Unknown and - presumably - Frankenstein
and the Monster From Hell and Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter.
The DVD set has an RRP of £69.99. The company is also releasing a
five-film Deanna Durbin box set, containing Three Smart Girls and 100
Men and a Girl. RRP is £49.99.
Home Video is releasing National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on
November the 24th, no doubt hoping to cash in on a bit of seasonal
goodwill! The disc will be presented in 1.85:1 ratio (no other technical
details have been announced), and will come with a theatrical trailer and
outtakes. RRP is £12.99.
box sets containing ten Clint Eastwood movies are being released by Warner
Home Video on the 10th of November. (NB: They've now
been rescheduled to the 24th - JK). The box sets will include seven
Eastwood movies that are making their UK DVD debut. All the films will
have new widescreen transfers, and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. Each box will
have an RRP of £49.99.
Eastwood - The Legend Volume 1 will include the eagerly-awaited Where
Eagles Dare (which is accompanied by an On Location featurette),
White Hunter, Black Heart, Heartbreak Ridge, City Heat and
Eastwood - The Legend Volume 2 will contain Tightrope, The
Rookie, Honkytonk Man, Firefox (with a 25 minute Eastwood
Director featurette) and A Perfect World. All the films will be
accompanied by an Eastwood Film Highlights featurette and
BFI are releasing three Akira Kurosawa films on October the 6th: 1952's Ikiru
(Living), 1962's Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjuro) and
the great director's final film with leading man Toshiro Mifune, 1965's Red
Beard (Akahige). Sanjuro and Red Beard will be in
anamorphic 2.35:1 ratio, Living is 4:3. The three films will each
have a video introduction by Sid and Nancy director Alex Cox and
biographies of Kurosawa and Mifune. RRP is £19.99 each.
bfi screenings of The Matrix Reloaded at London's South Bank IMAX
theatre have been a smash hit, (grossing more than £400k in the nine
weeks since it opened). It's been so successful that the run has been
extended to October the 26th. If you haven't had a chance to see the film,
or haven't yet experienced the spectacle of an IMAX presentation, check it
out! Click here to read my review of
an IMAX Matrix Reloaded screening.
release date of Anchor Bay's four-disc Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
box set has been put back to October the 6th.
fifth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will be released by
Paramount on the 27th of October. The seven-disc set will contain
twenty-six episodes, all with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. There'll
be ten hidden Easter Eggs, as well as featurettes focusing on scenic
artist Mike Okuda and the make-up work of Michael Westmore. Other bonus
materials include a Crew Dossier profile of Miles O'Brien (Colm
Meaney), a featurette about Ferengi Culture, a look at John Eaves' DS9
Sketchbook, and a featurette on the special 30th anniversary Star
Trek crossover episode Trials and Tribbleations called Uniting
Two Legends. The set will also contain the latest installment in the
interactive DS9 CD-Rom. RRP for the set is £84.99.
Video has several new discs due on October the 6th. The first contains six
of the seven episodes of the first series of The Good Life. (The
missing episode, Backs To The Wall, is available on a different
disc). The two-disc
set will also contain an exclusive interview with writer Bob Larby,
production notes and filmographies. RRP is a very hefty £24.99. There's a
discussion about the series in this
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
entire first season of the hideously-titled, lightweight detective /
gardening series Rosemary and Thyme will be on Acorn's two-disc
set, which will feature an exclusive interview with stars Felicity Kendal
and Pam Ferris, production notes, picture gallery and filmographies. The
press release didn't say whether these will be in their original
anamorphic widescreen format or not. RRP is £24.99.
more volumes Midsomer Murders stories are being released on the
6th: Anthony Horowitz's 1999 story Dead Man's Eleven, and 2000's Beyond
The Grave. RRP is £16.99 each.
third season of Monarch of the Glen is also due on the 6th. It will
be split into "two double DVDs in two parts", containing
episodes 1-6 and 7-11. The discs will contain an exclusive interview with
Susan Hampshire, cast filmographies and production notes.
I wasn't keeping my eye on the ball, you might have not noticed that Acorn
Video have released further volumes of Tenko (Season 2 Part 2,
which completes the second season - it's also available as a box set with
the first volume), Father Brown (The Mirror of the Magistrate
and Other Stories - the other stories being The Dagger With Wings,
The Actor and the Alibi and The Quick One), and the final
disc from the first season of When The Boat Comes In (containing King
For A Day, Happy New Year, Some Say, Heads You Win, Tails
You Lose and Kindhearted Rat With A Lifebelt). (I'll be adding
these episodes to the When
The Boat Comes In section
of the site soon). All these discs are available now.
grabs from Carlton's Fireball XL5 DVD box set (due 20/10/03 - see News
entry for July 31st) and Buena Vista's Halloween: Resurrection disc
(due 13/10/03) are now available. Click here
for the Fireball XL5 menus, and here
for the Halloween: Resurrection menus. You can discuss the release
of Fireball XL5 on DVD in this
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
we're offering you the chance to win a set of the new Charlie Chaplin DVDs,
courtesy of Warner Home Video. You can read more about The Chaplin
Collection here. You can enter
the competition by clicking on the banner, above, or by clicking here.