NEWS - 27th OCTOBER to 2nd NOVEMBER 2003
Zarquon! What's that over there on the left? Could it be - gasp - a new
review?! A review of the UK Region 2 Hulk DVD? Surely not! Click on
the sleeve image, or here to read
very happy Hallowe'en to you. I hope you'll be watching something
appropriate this evening!
Kong Legends has announced their lineup for the first quarter of 2004.
January sees the release of Chow Yun-fat's comedy action movie Tiger on
the Beat (which co-stars Kill Bill's master sword-maker Gordon
Liu). Iron Monkey will be re-released as a Platinum Edition in
February (hmmm, not if New Line have any say in the matter!) The disc will
have a new commentary track by star Donnie Yen (with assist from esteemed
Hong Kong movies authority Bey Logan), and will come with a second disc
containing new interviews and features. Two titles are due in March: Sammo
Hung's 1990 Bruce Lee tribute Skinny Tiger Fatty Dragon, and Jackie
Chan's 1983 comedy Winners and Sinners.
Doctor Who DVD has been semi-officially announced by the BBC: the
1982 Peter Davison adventure The Visitation, an excellent story set
in 1666, featuring Coronation Street's John Savident. The
single-disc release is tentatively scheduled for January the 24th.
article about the restoration work is available at the Doctor
Who Restoration Team website. The disc will feature an isolated score
track, a cast and director commentary track, three featurettes, focusing
on the directing, writing and the music, and a production information
Doctor Who story is known to be on the schedule for 2004: the 1974 Tom
Baker story Pyramids of Mars, which won Doctor Who Magazine's
poll as the story the fans most want to see on DVD.
a blue ribbon day for fans of silent cinema!
Video will release F.W.Murnau's Oscar-winning masterpiece Sunrise as
a two-disc special edition on January 26th 2004.
1927 film (sometimes known as Sunrise - A Song of Two Humans),
which Cahiers du Cinéma called "the single greatest
masterwork in the history of the cinema", will feature a choice of
mono Movietone score and effects track, or an alternate stereo
materials include a documentary, by film historian R. Dixon Smith; the
original English intertitle cards; a commentary track by ASC
cinematographer John Bailey (American Gigolo, Mishima, etc);
outtakes with optional commentary; the original scenario by Carl Mayer,
with Murnau's handwritten annotations; a stills gallery; the original
theatrical trailer and restoration notes. The set has an RRP of £22.95.
Video will release a collection of films that Charlie Chaplin made for the
Mutual company on November the 17th, titled Charlie Chaplin - The
Mutual Films Volume 1.
films, made during Chaplin's year-long contract with the studio, in 1916
and 1917, have been restored from the best available materials, and
feature brand new scores written by acclaimed silent film composer Carl
Davis (Ben Hur, Hollywood, etc).
disc will feature six short films: Behind The Screen, The Rink,
Easy Street, The Cure, The Immigrant and The
Adventurer. Bonus materials include newsreel footage of Chaplin on a
return visit to the UK; an interview with Carl Davis; biographies of
Chaplin's leading lady Edna Purviance and co-star Eric Campbell; and an
essay on Chaplin's stint at Mutual, by Frank Scheide. The disc has an RRP
release coincides with a weekend of Chaplin screenings with live accompaniment
by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which will take place at the Royal
Festival Hall, between Friday the 28th and Sunday the 30th of November.
Each performance will include one of the Mutual shorts, followed by one of
Chaplin's feature-length films: The Cure with City Lights, The
Adventurer with The Circus and The Immigrant with The
Kid. More details can be found here.
Rossellini's compelling study of a disintegrating relationship Journey
To Italy (Viaggio in Italia) is also being released by the BFI
on November the 17th. The 1953 film, which stars Ingrid Bergman and George
Sanders, will be supported by a commentary track by Laura Mulvey,
Professor of Film Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, and a
biography of Rossellini.
a look at the two new BFI sleeves:
couple of bits and pieces today....
updates have been made to the Hammer
DVD Guide. The Guide now includes details about which discs have
English subtitles or closed captions. It's a pretty sorry state of
affairs, frankly, with Anchor Bay and Studio Canal Plus being particularly
remiss at making the films accessible to people with hearing difficulties.
As usual, any corrections or additions are most appreciated. I've also
substantially updated the entry for Frankenstein and the Monster From
Hell, now that more details are available about the new version from
DD Video. I don't think that this is the last we've heard of this
UK women's magazine Eve is currently giving away a free DVD with
each issue. There's a choice of two titles, one of which is Sandra
Goldbacher's BAFTA-nominated 2001 movie Me Without You, which stars
Michelle Williams and Anna Friel. The UK DVD is several minutes longer
than the US version. (The UK disc also includes a commentary track by
Goldbacher, and is presented in the correct aspect ratio, too). Some
interesting notes about the differences between the two versions were
recently contributed to the Home
Theater Forum, and their author, Brian Gaddis, has kindly given me
permission to host the information here.
is the pack artwork for the two Clint Eastwood Collection DVD box
sets, which are now due on the 24th of November.
previously reported, 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.
Clint Eastwood Collection 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
Clint Eastwood Collection 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
competition for the Fireball XL5 box set has closed, and the winner
is Duncan T. Congratulations to him, and my thanks to Carlton Visual
Entertainment, who provided the prize. The answer to the question
"Which of these famous TV series was also created by Gerry
Anderson?" was Thunderbirds.
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