27th March 2004
Contrary to the posters that are all over
London (and presumably elsewhere) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was
not released on DVD on March the 22nd. The film will actually come out on
No-one seems to have reviewed the UK
two-disc set yet, though, so I've given it a spin. You can read the review
by clicking on the sleeve image, left, or by clicking
There's a very irritating problem with the
main documentary on the second disc, which, hopefully, Entertainment in
Video will have corrected for the copies that will be in the shops next
week (perhaps that's what caused the week's delay?)
Here are the sleeve images for Carlton's Escape To
Athena and The Eagle Has Landed discs, which were featured in
the News entry for march the 25th (below).
25th March 2004
will release Stephen Gallagher's telefantasy thriller series Oktober
on May the 24th. The series is about a teacher (played by Drop The
Dead Donkey star Steven Tompkinson) who gatecrashes a
pharmaceutical company conference to get close to a woman he's fallen in
love with, only to find himself implicated in a wide-reaching conspiracy
involving an experimental mind-altering drug. The series, which was shot
in England, France and Switzerland, was originally shown by ITV in April
Revelation's DVD will include footage not
shown on ITV, production notes written by the award-winning author, and an
exclusive video interview with Gallagher. RRP is £15.99.
action-packed 70s World War II movies will be released as Special Editions
by Carlton Visual Entertainment on June the 21st.
The 1976 film The Eagle Has Landed, which was based
on Jack Higgins' best-seller about a German plot to kidnap Winston
Churchill, will be presented on a two-disc set, featuring an extended, 145
minute version of the film, along with interviews with stars Michael Caine,
Donald Sutherland and director John Sturges. The second disc will feature
the 131 minute theatrical version of the film, with Dolby Digital 5.1
audio and an anamorphic transfer. Other bonus features include the
theatrical trailer, ATV Today location report, Film Night
location report, biographies, film notes and stills gallery. The disc will
apparently also offer the original mono audio mix. RRP is £12.99
1979's Escape To Athena, about Hitler's plan to loot
a Greek island, will also get a new anamorphic transfer, and will have
mono audio. Bonus features include the theatrical trailer, a location
report and cast and crew interviews. (The leading cast members were Roger
Moore, David Niven, Telly Savalas and Claudia Cardinale). RRP is £12.99.
Carlton are also releasing Ken Annakin's
little-seen 1957 film Across The Bridge, which was based on a short
story by Graham Greene. The film, which stars Rod Steiger, is about a
crooked businessman who flees to Mexico, murders a fellow train passenger,
and steals their identity. Bernard Lee plays the cop on his trail. The
film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format, with mono audio.
RRP is £9.99. Release date is June the 21st.
on You, the latest movie from the Farrelly
Brothers (whose 1998 film There's Something About Mary was featured
in yesterday's news, below), will be released on DVD on May the 3rd. The
film, about conjoined twins, played by Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear, will
be supported by a commentary track by the Brothers, eight deleted scenes
(14m), three making of... featurettes (It's Funny: The Farrelly Formula,
Stuck Together - Bringing Stuck on You To The Screen and Making
It Stick - The Make-Up Effects of Stuck On You), a blooper reel "and
many more laugh-a-minute extras" (now you know why I rarely quote press
releases verbatim). The disc will also feature Inside Look Behind The
Scenes featurettes on forthcoming theatrical releases Alien Versus
Predator and Dodgeball.
The film will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen,
with a choice of DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks. The RRP is
24th March 2004
More details about the next batch of
Granada / VCI's Poirot titles are now available. Five Little
Pigs will include interviews with David Suchet, Director Paul Unwin
and Agatha Christie's grandson, Matthew Pritchard (total about 25m,
including clips). Sad Cypress has an interview with Producer
Margaret Mitchell (13m). The programmes will be presented in 1.78:1
anamorphic widescreen ratio, on DVD-5 discs, with 2.0 audio. The discs are
due on April the 19th, and have an RRP of £12.99.
Entertainment will release Minder - The Complete Second Series on
May the 19th. The set will include thirteen uncut episodes, featuring the
original advert bumpers. Bonus materials include
audio commentaries on two episodes (by director Roy Ward
Baker on Whose Life is it Anyway, and Executive Producer Verity
Lambert on The Old School Tie), an introduction by George Cole,
guest cast profiles, and production notes. RRP for the four-disc set is
AU$69.95 inc GST.
release the acclaimed romantic period drama Girl With A Pearl Earring
on DVD on May the 31st. The film, which stars Colin Firth and Scarlett
Johansson as Johannes Vermeer and his muse Griet, will be presented in
2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Bonus
features include Director's and Writers commentary tracks, a Making
of... featurette, an Anatomy of a Scene featurette (24m), seven
deleted scenes with Director's commentary (The Vermeer's Visit,
I Didn't Ask For Blue, Plague 1, So Soon, Plague 2,
Plague 3, and As I First Saw You) and the UK theatrical
trailer. RRP is £19.99.
We've listed Fox's two-disc special edition of There's
Something More About Mary in the
page for some weeks, but now more details and a sleeve image are
available. It's titled There's Something More About Mary,
presumably to con people into thinking it's a sequel. According to
Play.com the disc will feature two commentary tracks; fourteen scenes with
seamless branching (25m); Getting Behind Mary featurette (45m);
Backstory: There's Something About Mary featurette; Comedy Central
featurette; Best Fights: Ben Stiller and Puffy The Dog
featurette; Frank and Beans conversation with W.Earl Brown;
Touchdown interview; Harland Williams interview; Puffy, Boobs and
Balls featurette; outtakes; Build Me Up karaoke; Every Day
Should Be A Holiday music video; theatrical trailer; Easter Egg and a
stills gallery. RRP is £19.99. The
disc will be released on May the 3rd.
Here are the sleeve images for Girl With
A Pearl Earring and There's Something (More) About Mary.
23rd March 2004
so it ends. I now have a copy of the sixth and final disc of the Season 7
Buffy The Vampire Slayer set, and can now provide more details
about the set's bonus materials.
Disc six contains the bulk of the set's
It's titled Season 7 Overview - Buffy:
Full Circle (36m) on the menu screen, but this featurette is actually
called Full Circle: Buffy's Final Season on screen. This is the
customary summary of the season. It includes contributions from many of
the key behind the scenes crew members, including lesser-spotted Executive
Story Editor Rebecca Rand Kirshner, writer Drew Goddard and Story Editor
Drew Z. Greenberg. Cast members contributing include Alyson Hannigan (yay!),
James Marsters, Michelle Trachtenberg, Tom Lenk and D.B. Woodside. Sarah
Michelle Gellar is, as usual, conspicuous by her absence.
Buffy Wraps (5m) is footage from the
show's wrap party, featuring interviews with Joss Whedon, Marti Noxon and
many of the cast members, including some from the show's earlier seasons.
It seems that Sarah Michelle Gellar's invitation got lost in the post.
Outtakes (4m) is a fun collection of
goofy moments and fluffed lines. You'll get to see dancing uber-vamps,
Nicholas Brendon having a sneeze attack, and a bit more of the Troika as
gods. No Sarah Michelle Gellar was harmed during the making of this
Generation S (8m) focuses on the
Potentials, and includes interviews with Felicia Day (Vi), Iyari Limon
(Kennedy), Indigo (Rona) and Sarah Hagan (Amanda). Ms Gellar did not
require a limo to take her to the set the day this was filmed.
The Last Sundown (9m) is "Joss
Whedon's look back at his ten favourite episodes in the Buffy mythology
and his thoughts on bringing the acclaimed series to life and to a close".
Sarah's Make-up Supervisor took the day off.
Easter Egg (1m)
accessible from the Featurettes menu
- The Gift montage.
The disc also includes adverts for
Firefly and "television's most original sci-fi series" (err, okay, if
you say so) Roswell.
A few new menu shots, and two photo's from
the Outtakes section, are available
(The previous page of menu images is still available,
Network's 3rd Rock From The Sun - Season 1 DVD has
been pencilled in for release on May the 17th.
There have been a few interesting things
certificated at the BBFC in the last week or so.
The original version of Leatherface -
Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, previously rejected outright by the Board
in May 1990, has been re-submitted and finally cleared (it will appear
alongside the cut version in a two-disc edition from Entertainment in
Video on April the 19th).
IMC Vision has submitted the recent ITV
series Between The Sheets.
Deleted scenes, a featurette and an Easter
Egg, totalling 17'20", for Catherine Hardwicke's acclaimed Thirteen
have been submitted by Universal.
Two trailers, a twenty-two minute Making
of... and Perform Jane Mansfield and I'm Blue (6m) were
submitted in support of Kill Bill - Volume 1, along with the teaser
trailer for Kill Bill Volume 2.
Finally, Columbia has cleared a four-minute
promotional Exclusive Sneak Peek featurette for Spider-Man 2
and seven featurettes destined for the Spider-Man Director's Edition
DVD. The featurettes total thirty-two minutes worth of material,
broken down like this:
00:02:17:01 | WORLD UNITY
00:02:46:00 | WRESTLING MATCH
00:03:22:01 | OSCORP LAB
00:06:17:21 | DESIGNING THE WORLD OF SPIDER-MAN
00:07:25:19 | GOBLIN'S ARSENAL
00:08:25:15 | COSTUME DESIGN
00:01:28:21 | SPIDER WRANGLER
22nd March 2004
been busy all weekend, so
there's nothing much happening here today.
Ceri is away, so the only new updates to the
Offers pages have been the odd tweak here
and there. If anyone has anything worth reporting,
email me, or pop over to the
High Street forum at
Roobarb's DVD Forum.
There are two new competitions starting today, where you
could win a copy of Network's terrific The Sweeney - The Complete
Second Series DVD box set, which is released today. Click on the
Sweeney banner, above, or
here to go to the
The other competition breaks new ground here at Zeta
Minor: it's our first international competition, courtesy of
Australian label Umbrella!
Some of you may know Umbrella from their Department S
and The Saint box sets, and their superior release of The
Prisoner. They've also released several ITV sitcoms on DVD that aren't
available in the UK, and today add seven more discs to their Best of
British collection, including Bless This House, Man About
The House and Father Dear Father. The discs are multi-region,
and PAL, so there's no problem playing them in the UK. You could win a set
of the new discs by entering the competition, which you'll find by
clicking on the banner, above, or
competition page includes links to a couple of Australian retailers, in
case you'd like to order any of the new titles.
Previous News entries can
by following this link.