NEWS - 24th - 30th NOVEMBER 2003
Communications has signed a deal which will see many titles from Lynda La
Plante's production company released on DVD, beginning in March next year.
The deal includes the entire series of Supply & Demand, Trial
& Retribution, Mind Games and The Commander. La
Plante International Limited will also be producing bonus features
for the DVDs. You can discuss this in this
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
Home Video is releasing a brand new animated Batman movie, Batman:
Mystery of Batwoman, on January the 26th. The film features the voices
of Kevin Conroy (as Bruce Wayne and Batman), Hector Elizondo (as Bane),
David Ogden Stiers (as The Penguin), Kyra Sedgwick (as Batwoman) American
talk-show hostess Kelly Ripa (as Dr. Roxanne 'Rocky' Ballantine) and
veteran character actor John Vernon (as the Penguin's partner-in-crime,
DVD also contains several bonus features: Chase Me, a new original short
film, exclusive to the DVD, a Look Behind the Mystery behind-the-scenes
featurette, a look at Batman's toys in Great Gadgets, and an interview
with seasoned Batman director Curt Geda. The disc will also contain
additional scenes, trailers an "much much more!" RRP for the DVD
Warner Home Video
has also indicated that it will be releasing "further
volumes" of Batman: The Animated Series from Summer 2004...
Let's hope that they mean "season box sets".
added menu screen grabs for two forthcoming discs: Twentieth Century Fox
Home Entertainment's UK DTS version of The
Sin Eater and Tartan's Region 2 version of Black
Christmas. Click on the titles to see them...
Video will release the second series of the vintage BBC comedy series To
The Manor Born on December the 29th. The two-disc set contains all six
episodes, and the Christmas Special. It also includes an exclusive
interview with writer Peter Spence. RRP for the set is £24.99. You can
discuss this release in this
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
fourth series of Monarch of the Glen will be released on December
the 29th. The series will be released across two two-disc releases, and
presented in cropped, non-anamorphic 14:9 widescreen ratio. Episodes 1-5
are on the first disc, 6-10 on the other.
materials include an exclusive interview with Susan Hampshire, production
notes, photo' gallery and filmographies. You can discuss these releases in
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
are the sleeve images...
Animation and Walt Disney’s summer blockbuster Finding Nemo –
the highest grossing animated movie in box-office history - will be
released by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on February 27th, as a two-disc
Special Edition set in special "water effect" packaging.
disc will feature a 1.78:1 anamorphic digital transfer, with Dolby Digital
5.1 EX audio. Sadly it will also feature French and Spanish audio tracks,
rather than the DTS tracks that recent Disney titles like Monsters Inc and
Lilo and Stitch have benefited from. It’s perhaps worth noting
that previous Disney press releases have failed to list a DTS track when
there was one, but that scenario seems unlikely this time, even though the
foreign language tracks seem superfluous. The press release also states
that a full-frame presentation of the film will be on the second disc, but
this seems rather redundant.
one will feature an introduction to the film (by directors Andrew Stanton
and Lee Unkrich, and co-writer Bob Peterson); a Visual Commentary (133m,
including video cutaways to behind the scenes footage); and
screensaver-like Virtual Aquariums.
second disc contains the bulk of the bonus materials (the BBFC has
certificated more than two hours worth of supplements), including: Exploring
the Reef (7m); Making Nemo documentary (25m); more Virtual
Aquariums (menu screens without text); Art Review (8m, with
optional commentary*); Art Galleries; Colour Script; Mr
Ray’s Encyclopaedia (7m - profiles of the fish that inspired the
characters); restored and re-mastered (i.e.: newly-sanitised) Pixar short Knick
Knack (with optional commentary*); Fish Charades game;
read-along Story Time; Pixar Studio Tour (5m); Behind The
Scenes; Character Interviews (3m); Robbie Williams' video Beyond
The Sea; seven TV spots and trailers; and comprehensive art and poster
galleries. The disc will feature a THX Optimiser, for tweaking your
how does that compare to the R1 version, which is already available? Well,
the R1 version features a widescreen version and a recomposed full-frame
version. Many of the bonus features that are on Disc Two of the UK version
are squeezed onto disc one of the US version, too. Some reviews of the
American disc have remarked that the transfer looks over-compressed.
Hopefully the UK version will offer an improvement, (unless the UK Disc
One turns out to be a DVD-5!) The US disc features a couple of worthwhile
“Sneak Peek” trailers, including one for the next Pixar film, The
Incredibles, and one for the next big Disney film, Home on the
Range. There’s no mention of these on the UK press release, but then
they’re not necessarily the sort of thing that would be put on a press
release, anyway. The Robbie Williams video seems to be exclusive to the UK
- Note that these features are indicated by the material certificated by
the BBFC, and are not mentioned in the official press release.
Century Fox Home Entertainment are releasing the Heath Ledger supernatural
thriller The Sin Eater on the 9th of February.
film (which was re-titled The Order at the last minute in the US)
will be presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 ratio, with a choice of Dolby
Digital 5.1 (at 448kbps) and DTS 5.1 audio (at 768kbps) tracks. (The press
release says it's 2.0, but it is in error - I have seen a copy of the
disc. The announced specifications for the Region 1 version don't list a
DTS option, but it will apparently include the theatrical trailer, which
isn't on the UK version). The film, which reunites Ledger with his A
Knight's Tale co-star Shannon Sossamon and their director Brian
Hegeland, is supported by a commentary track (by Hegeland), and seven
deleted scenes (with optional commentary): [POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!!] Father
and the Nuns, Father Bernier gives the last rights to George, William
Eden visits the nursery, Father Bernier and the nuns / Mara meets
Father Garrett, Club Inferno outtake, Nightengales [sic]
and Father Garrett's End. RRP for the disc is £15.99.
you see it, now you don't. Pathé has requested that I take down the Jeepers
Creepers 2 review, so if you missed it, you'll have to wait until
nearer the release date. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Home Video are releasing a box set of Margaret Rutherford's Miss
Marple adventures, on February the 2nd. The set will contain four films: Murder,
She Said, Murder at the Gallop, Murder Ahoy and Murder
Most Foul. All four films will be in 1.33:1 ratio, with mono audio.
The RRP for the set is £34.99.
Home Video will also be releasing two fine British comedy classics from
brothers John and Roy Boulting on February the 16th: Private's Progress
and I'm Alright, Jack. Private's Progress, from
1956, will be presented in full-frame ratio; I'm Alright, Jack will
be 1.66:1. Both discs will have mono audio, and an RRP of £12.99.
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