16th April 2004
Releasing will issue two acclaimed films about and inspired by the work of
underground comic strip artists Robert Crumb and Harvey Pekar on May the
24th: American Splendour and Terry Zwigoff's award-winning
The American Splendor disc will
feature introductions from the creator of the comic book that the film is
based on, Harvey Pekar, a commentary track by directors Robert Pulcini and
Shari Springer Bergman and Harvey¹s long-time friend Toby Radloff, an
interview featurette, Harvey Meets the BBC Collective, the Sundance
Channel's Road to Splendor featurette, trailers, and
mini-featurettes on characterisation, the title sequence and Robert Crumb
(who appears in the film). RRP for American Splendor is £19.99. No
technical details are available for either disc, and there's currently no
further information about the Crumb disc.
Revelation will release the third season of the BBC action
series Bugs on June the 21st. The three-disc box set will include
ten fifty-minute episodes, including three episodes written by Oktober's
Stephen Gallagher. The series was originally broadcast in July 1998. The
set will also feature character biographies, background information, and
profiles of allies, villains and organisations. RRP for the set is £24.99.
The first three adventures of the fifth series of Thames
Television's science-fiction series The Tomorrow People will also
be released by Revelation on June the 21st. The disc will contain three
two-part stories, The Dirtiest Business, A Much Needed Holiday and The
Heart of Sogguth. The discs will feature character biographies, picture
galleries, fact files, and a commentary track by stars Nicholas Young,
Peter Vaughan-Clarke and Flintlock heart-throb Michael Holoway. RRP for
the disc is £15.99.
Revelation have also re-scheduled the four-disc Crime
Traveller box set (originally due for release last October), for June
21st. The new set will contain both series of the show, together with a
new, exclusive, interview with series creator Anthony Horowitz.
Here are sleeve images for the Revelation releases.
15th April 2004
Here's a look at Momentum's Reservoir
Dogs Killer Limited Edition two-disc DVD sets. There are five
characters to choose from, or a regular edition that features the complete
lineup (with bonus Chris Penn!)
Each set contains two discs: the first
features the film and a commentary track (by Tarantino, producer Lawrence
bender and various cast and crew members). The second disc contains the
other extra features: deleted scenes, including two angles of the famous
'ear' scene; interviews with Chris Penn, Kirk Baltz, Michael Madsen,
Lawrence Bender, Tim Roth and Quentin Tarantino; Class of '92
interviews; Sundance Institute's Filmmaker's Lab; Tributes and
Dedications; An Introduction to Film Noir; and Securing The Show
- Location Scouting with Billy Fox . Each set will also contain an
art-card specific to the sleeve character. The sets are due on June the
7th. The RRP is £19.99.
in Video has officially announced that the final instalment of the Lord of
the Rings trilogy, Lord of the Rings - Return of the King, will be
released in the UK on May 25th (the same day as the Region 1 version).
The disc will have an anamorphic widescreen transfer, with
Dolby Digital EX 5.1 audio. The second disc will feature three "in-depth
programmes": The Quest Fulfilled - A Director's Vision, A
Filmmaker's Journey - Making The Return of the King, and the
National Geographic special, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of
the King. There are also six featurettes (created for
Aragorn's Destiny, Minas Tirith: Capital of Gondor, The
Battle of Pelennor Fields, Samwise The Brave,
Éowyn: White Lady of Rohan and Digital Horse
Doubles. It will also include two theatrical trailers, the Lord of
the Rings Trilogy Supertrailer, a preview of the Battle For
Middle-earth video game, and thirteen TV spots.
The two-disc set will have an RRP of £27.99. That's three
pounds more than the last entry in the series! Hefty retailer discounting
is expected to push this down to a more reasonable £15-or-so, though.
Separate widescreen and full-screen versions will be available, so be
careful you don't pick up the wrong one by mistake! The Two Towers.
A box set containing all three films will also be available. It has an RRP
14th April 2004
have changed the design for their forthcoming Minder - The Complete
Second Series box set (see the
entry for the 24th of March for more
Improvements include flopping the photo' so
that it's the right way round (a problem that also plagued Clear Vision's
release of the series). Another bonus feature has been added to the set: a
DVD-Rom pdf file of Thames' original studio synopsis for the series one
and two episodes.
The set is due on May the 19th.
More details about the Cheers - Season Two box
set have been released by Paramount. (See the
News entry for the 8th of
April for more details).
The set will feature five bonus features (although the
press release doesn't specify what type they are): Strictly Top Shelf:
The Guys Behind The Bar, Cliff's Notes: The Wisdom of Cliff Clavin,
Carla The Comeback Queen: Insults for Every Occasion, Di Another
Day: Diane Chambers from A-Z and Gag Reel featuring bloopers
from season one.
The online retailers are slowly
whittling away at the pre-order price of the
Star Wars Trilogy
box set. MVC's sister company Streets Online is offering free postage on
all orders above £19, so their price of £26.99 is inclusive. Thanks to
Jack De Voil for spotting that. The
Offers page has
12th April 2004
Visual Entertainment, the company behind the recent two-disc editions of
Dune and Blue Velvet, will release Michael Cimino’s Golden
Globe-nominated police thriller Year of the Dragon on May the 31st.
The 1985 film stars Mickey Rourke (caught
between Roeg’s mesmerising Eureka, and the trashy 9½
a racist cop investigating the head of a New York Chinese mafia gang. The
disc will feature an anamorphic presentation of the film (presumably in
it’s original 2.35:1 ratio), with Dolby Digital 5.1 and stereo audio
tracks. RRP is £15.99.
HBO Video will release the second series of Six Feet
Under, the offbeat drama series about a family running a funeral
parlour, on June the 21st. The set will contain thirteen
episodes, spread across five discs. The set will feature audio
commentaries on five episodes by series creator Alan Ball, the writers and
directors (on episodes 1, 7, 19, 12, and 13, if it’s the same as the
Region 1 version), and a behind-the-scenes featurette titled The Making
of a Working Stiff. RRP is £49.99.
To promote interest in the series, the first season will be
available during June for the knockdown price of £29.99 (the normal RRP
final series of The X-Files, season nine, will be released in the
UK on June the 7th. The seven disc box set will contain deleted
scenes (which can be branched back into the episodes), international
clips, and audio commentary on three episodes (on Improbable, by
Chris Carter, Jump The Shark, by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and
Frank Spotnitz, and The Truth, by Kim Manners). Two discs are
entirely devoted to bonus features, including two character profiles (for
Monica Reyes and Brad Follimer), thirty promo’ slots, and nine special
effects sequences, with narration by Paul Rabwin and Mat Beck. There are
also four documentaries: The Truth About Season Nine (30m),
Secrets of The X-Files (45m), More Secrets of The X-Files (45m)
and Reflections on The X-Files (20m). Also included on the disc are
promo featurettes for forthcoming Fox theatrical releases I, Robot
and Alien vs Predator. The episodes will be presented in
16:9-enhanced 1.78:1 ratio, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. RRP is £79.99.
And now, over to Ceri, for his weekly roundup of all the
news that can be gleaned from scouring various unofficial sources, and his
summary of this week's best DVD offers, from the online retailers. You
Hello! Well, after
the last gargantuan update this week’s is thankfully much smaller! There
are a few new titles, plenty of information on extras, a new sale and a
couple of juicy bargains, so, as ever, let’s begin with the additions and
HMV and Play are
listing the movie version of
Starsky & Hutch starring the pale
imitators Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. No word on the content of the
release, but it has a date of July the 19th and an RRP of
There’s a director’s
cut version of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor now showing
for May the 24th from Optimum Home Entertainment. Special
features listed include in-depth interviews with the director, producer
Jeremy Thomas and actor Peter O'Toole, The Making of The Last Emperor
featurette and an artwork gallery. It has an RRP of £19.99.
There are new
releases of two animated films listed both with a date of June the 7th
June. Buena Vista has a special edition of
Pocahontas, and from Universal there’s Shrek – 3D,
which features a new short voiced by
and Cameron Diaz entitled Shrek – 4D. According to the BBFC, the
short has a run time of a little over 14 minutes. Both releases have an
RRP of £19.99.
The Japanese tale of
revenge Lady Snowblood – Blizzard From The Netherworld,
is getting a release with it’s sequel, Lady Snowblood 2 - Love Song of
Vengeance. These films were among those that inspired Quentin
Tarantino to create Kill Bill. The box set of Lady Snowblood
1 and 2 is listed for a couple of week’s time, on April the
26th, with extras including a stills gallery; profiles of
director Toshiya Fujita and actress Meiko Kaji; artwork stills; trailers
and The Russo-Japanese War, a text-based featurette detailing the
background of the historical period depicted in the films. [So, nothing
substantial, then? JK] The RRP for the set is £14.99
In some related
Tarantino news, following the example of the R1 version of the
Reservoir Dogs - Special Edition, limited edition slipcase editions
are now being listed for Mr. Blonde, Mr. Brown, Mr. White,
Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink and Mr. White. They have the
same content and date as the standard version, due on June the 14th.
Their RRP is £19.99.
Play are showing
that Eureka’s two disc release of Dr Mabuse - The Great Gambler
will include a three part documentary, photo gallery, biographies and
facts and dates. It’s listed for the 24th of May with a £24.99
The BBFC has cleared
Laurel and Hardy – A Tribute to the Boys. Running to 94 minutes
this is presumably the main feature of the bonus disc in the forthcoming
mega set. The release date for the release is May the 3rd and
it has an RRP of £199.99. [See the Offers page for the best deal
It’s been another
busy week for Warner at the BBFC. There’s another extra cleared for the
Blazing Saddles – Special Edition. A three and a half minute piece
Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn.
The release has a date of July the 19th and an RRP of £15.99.
They’ve also cleared extras totalling 9 minutes and 19 seconds for a
release of the The Monkees’ film Head. So far, this hasn’t
been listed by the retailers.
Last week I wrongly
cited that the forthcoming six disc Marx Brothers set was from Paramount
it is in fact from Warner. How to
Sleep (10m38s) and Sunday Night
at the Trocadero (20m16s) have been cleared for A Night At The
Opera, and Where There’s Music (3m10s) has been cleared for
The Big Store. The set has a date of August the 23rd and a
That’s it for the
Films, now the TV releases…
We start off with
the disappointing news that BBC Worldwide’s problems with their Blake’s
7 – Series 1 release continue a pace. The re-pressing, which was due
out today has been delayed a month until May the 17th. Never
has such an anticipated release been so troubled!
In more positive
news we have some extras information on two of Worldwide’s Dennis
Potter Collection titles. Just listed as cleared at the BBFC is the
Did You See...? – Brimstone and Treacle Special (running to 26
minutes). This special, which covers the troubled history of Brimstone
and Treacle, which was banned by the BBC when it was made in 1976, was
broadcast with the play when it finally aired, in 1987.
In addition to that
some retailers are now listing that Pennies From Heaven will
include a commentary on
episodes one and six of the serial with director Piers Haggard and
producer Kenith Trodd as well as a picture gallery. There’s nothing in the
BBC Worldwide’s belated press release to indicate that the other Potter
will feature any bonus materials, sadly. The Dennis Potter titles are due
on May the 31st, together with The Dennis Potter Collection
box set (which also includes The Singing Detective, which is
Vision label has another Later With Jools Holland release planned,
entitled Cool Britannia. No word of content yet, but with a title
like that you would presume classic performances by the likes of Oasis,
Blur and Pulp will be included. It is listed for the 7th of
June with a £14.99 RRP.
As a follow-up to
last weeks report of Acorn’s release of Cribb, the Complete
Series box set has appeared for the 14th of June, which is
the same day as the Part 1 of the series. The RRP of the box set is
Now some further
information on Carlton’s Cadfael and
releases. The respective Series 4 of these series are now being
listed for July the 19th and Series 5 of
QC for August
the 16th. The Cadfael release has a £14.99 RRP and the
Kavanagh QC releases are at £19.99 each.
Play is listing three volumes of Jupiter Moon, one-time satellite
broadcaster BSB’s science-fiction soap opera. Volume 1 is
apparently due on June the 21st with an RRP of £14.99,
Volume 2 follows on August the 23rd and Volume 3 is
scheduled for October the 25th, both with an RRP of £24.99. It
isn’t known which label is releasing the series, but it is known that the
releases were planned to be double disc sets with around 10 episodes per
set plus extras. This seems to be the case with Volumes 2 and 3,
but Volume 1’s RRP seems to indicate it will be a single
disc introductory release, although it could also be a mis-price.
Last week we were
informed by Network that their Public Eye release would be delayed
again till May, and some of the retailers are now listing May the 10th
as the new date. The content of the first two discs has been finalised,
but work is still ongoing for the special features on the third disc. Some
of Network’s other titles have been put back as well: The Adventures of
Robin Hood – The Complete Series 2 has a new date of the 26th
of April; Charley Says - Volume 2 (both standard and Limited
Edition versions) and Peak Practice – The Complete Series 2 are
now listed for the 17th of May; the Ever Decreasing Circles
– Complete Series box set is due on the 10th of May, and
Two In Clover - The Complete Series is listed for the 19th
of April. Finally, the episodes of Hazell – The Complete Series 1
have been listed as cleared by the BBFC. The date for this series so far
remains the same – 26th of April.
Right, that’s that yer lot for Incoming!
Now the additions to the Offers page!
Most of the retailers are carrying Fox's
offer on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer box sets. These are
apparently going to be packaged in 2-disc Amaray cases, rather than the
original book-style design, but they're also a lot cheaper! dvd.co.uk is
cheapest for the Season One set (they've got it for £15.99). The
other seasons are available from several places, including Amazon and
dvd.co.uk, for £29.99.
Most retailers are offering the four
two-disc Alien series Special Edition DVDs for £16.99, in a
buy-one-get-one-free-type offer, but Amazon are listing them individually
for £8.99 each, so if you only wanted one of them, Amazon seems to be your
101cd.com has Clear Vision’s
The Quatermass Conclusion
box set for £15.99 (£19.00 off). DVDSource also have the set, but for
As well as Pennies From Heaven, the
BBC Shop also have a mis-price on Casanova. It has an RRP of
£19.99. They think it has an RRP of £15.99 and have a pre-order price of
Benson’s World has knocked down their
prices for DD Video’s releases. They have the
The Abominable Snowman / X The Unknown,
Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell / Captain Kronos - Vampire
Hunter and Quatermass / Quatermass 2 double packs at £14.99
(£8.00 off); All Gas and Gaiters at £12.99 (£8.00 off) and
Secret Army – Series 1 and 2 and Survivors – Series 1
all at £34.95 (£15.04 off).
dvd.co.uk are taking
pre-orders for The Lord of The Rings – Return Of The King two disc
set at £14.99 (£13.99 off).
a box set sale running – some of the bargains on offer are Agatha
Christie's Partners In Crime - The Complete Collection Box Set at
£15.99 (£14.00 off); A Bit Of A Do - Series 1 And 2, Flambards -
Complete Box Set, Lillie - The Jersey Lily / The Sailor Prince -
Complete Box Set, Mapp And Lucia Collection - Box Set all at
£17.99 (£12.00 off); Maigret - The Complete Series 1 And 2 Box Set
at £20.99 (£9.00 off) and Prime Suspect - Complete 1-5 Box Set at
£29.99 (£20.00 off). This sale ends on the 30th of April 2004.
Thanks to John Pettigrew for posting that they also have Bill Bailey’s
Bewilderness at £6.99 (£13.00 off) and to Baz for posting that they
have the Minder – Series 1-4 box sets at £15.99, that’s £24.99 off.
Finally, thanks to Ed
Parsons for posting that MVC have the
Star Wars Trilogy
set for £27.99, including £1 postage (£17.00 off).
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