Tristar have released their schedule for September, although, as usual
this far in advance, there are few details.
50 First Dates, the well-received
Drew Barrymore / Adam Sandler comedy, about a chap trying to romance a
woman who has short-term memory problems, will be released on September
the 13th, as will Satoshi Kon's animated family drama Tokyo Godfathers.
Radio, which stars Ed Harris as a
high school coach who nurtures a student
(played by Cuba Gooding Jr)
with learning difficulties , will be
released on September the 20th.
You have to read the description of the TV
movie Boa Vs. Python, Columbia's other release for September the
20th: "Two of nature’s biggest and
most terrifying scaled predators square off in an action- filled battle of
fangs. When a gigantic python gets loose on a private reserve, the FBI
must release an equally large boa to track and capture it as a group of
wealthy big game hunters try to bag the python as a trophy themselves." It
sounds freakin' hilarious!
The 1965 adaptation of Joseph Conrad's
sweeping adventure novel Lord Jim, which stars Peter O'Toole, James
Mason and Jack Hawkins, rounds off Columbia's September offering: it's due
on September the 27th.
Fox are plundering their back catalogue
again for another batch of £9.99 catalogue titles, which will be released
on July the 19th. Six titles are being released for the first time on DVD
in the UK: Ed Burns' Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning
ensemble Irish comedy The Brothers McMullen; William Wyler's art
forgery caper movie How To Steal a Million, which stars Peter
O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn; Richard Linklater's 1920s bank robbers drama
The Newton Boys; Jennifer Aniston's romantic comedy Picture
Perfect and the 1959 film interpretation of The Diary of Anne Frank.
Other titles joining the collection are Kung Pow: Enter The Fist,
Pi, Don't Say A Word,
Home Alone 4, 24 Hour Party People, Austin Powers -
International Man of Mystery and
The Hole (which features rising star Keira Knightley).
No technical spec's were released, and
there's no indication whether or not the new discs will contain the bonus
features that are on the Region 1 versions (a commentary on The
Brothers McMullen, and extensive supplements on The Diary of Anne
Frank). (How to Steal a Million isn't due for release in the US
until December, and the spec's for that are currently unknown).
Here are the sleeves for the new titles...
1st June 2004
reviewed Momentum Pictures' Region 2 version of Sofia Copolla's terrific
relationship drama Lost in Translation. The film, which was
nominated for four Oscars (and won one, for Sofia Coppola's screenplay),
stars Bill Murray and the luminous Scarlett Johansson.
The disc has
a pretty decent transfer, considering the
conditions under which it was made, and a
nice collection of bonus material,
including deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a Kevin
video. Click on the sleeve image, right, or
here, to read the
review! The disc is released on June the 28th, with an RRP of £19.99.
31st May 2004
What better way to start the week than a
review of a film about the one thing that generally preoccupies us all
whenever a Bank Holiday is imminent: the weather! Lee Medcalf has seen Roland Emmerich's
summer blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, and wasn't too
impressed. Click on the poster image, left, or
here, to read his
review. This will be the last film review for a couple of weeks, while Lee
takes paternity leave!
There's a new competition today, offering
the chance to win a copy of Warner Home Video's new Police Academy- The
Complete Collection box set, or a runners-up prize of a copy of the
Police Academy - 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD. Click on the
banner above, or
to go to the competition page.
I'm keeping the Lord of the Rings - The
Return of the King competition open for another week. It will close on
June the 6th.
The winners of last week's American
Splendor and Crumb DVDs are Max Preston and Damian A, who both
knew that the very talented Paul Giamatti stars as Harvey Pekar in
American Splendor. The winner of the Minder competition was
Neil Emrys. I can't remember what the question was, but the answer was
Congratulations to the winners, and my
thanks to Optimum Home Entertainment and Umbrella Entertainment for
providing the prizes.
A new DVD label, the ironically-named
Maximum Entertainment, is launching on June the 28th with a collection of
Marvel Classics DVDs. Each disc will contain "four classic episodes plus a
bonus episodes" (i.e.: five episodes, for those of you gifted with the
correct number of fingers). The five titles, as seen below, are:
Sub-Mariner, Captain America, Iron Man, The Mighty
Thor and The Avengers. The discs will be presented in Ultrapack
format "to reflect the superb animation", and will have an RRP of £12.99.
The Region 2 discs will be presented in 4:3 format.
Since everyone directly connected with
Marvel is apparently dead, and because he's apparently got nothing better
to do, Maximum will be promoting the range with interviews with "Marvel
comic book fan" Mike Read DJ.
Maximum Entertainment are also releasing
DVDs of Transformers, Digimon, Teenage Hero Turtles
(what happened to "Ninja" and "Mutant"?), Action Man and Care
Bears on July 28th. The Transformers disc will feature eight
episodes, and has an RRP of £12.99.
Tartan Video is releasing another two
Ingmar Bergman films on June the 28th: 1949's Three Strange Loves (aka
Bergman's first colour film, 1964's All These Women (aka Now,
About These Women). Each disc will feature a four-page booklet by
Bergman expert Philip Strick, and each has an RRP of £19.99.
Three Strange Loves is presented from a fully-uncut, restored print.
No further technical details were available.
And now, Mr Laing will regale you with the
latest news and offers from the online retailers...
back again! As promised this weeks update….
Offers page and there are quite a few new
titles and bits of information added to
Incoming, so, as ever, lets start there…
some special features cleared by the BBFC for two interesting titles,
neither of which are currently unlisted.
Window, from Columbia Tri-Star,
will feature three featurettes: From Book to Film (19m4s), A
Look Through It (44m1s), and Secrets Revealed (but listed as
being 00m0s, so there’s something not right there!); Animatics (7m) and
Deleted Scenes (totalling 5m54s).
It looks like
Steven Spielberg’s Duel might be nearing release, at least on this
side of the Atlantic. Three featurettes have recently been cleared at the
BBFC: A Conversation with Steven Spielberg (35m41s); Steven
Spielberg and the Small Screen (9m26s) Richard Matheson – The
Writing of Duel (9m22s).
features from a special edition version of Backbeat, also from
Universal, were previously cleared by the BBFC, and now the actual release
is being listed. It has a date of July the 12th, with an RRP of £15.99.
more titles from Paramount. The next Star Trek film to get the
special edition treatment, Generations, has a date of September the
27th and an RRP of £24.99. There’s a Special Edition of The
Untouchables listed for the 6th of September, with an RRP of £19.99.
Paul Anderson’s Event Horizon is also being prepared as a special
edition for October the 11th, also at £19.99. There’s no word on the
content of these three releases as yet. A box set collecting together
Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby,
and The Tennant has a date of July the 12th, with an RRP of £24.99.
Paramount also has a new release of the original version of The
Stepford Wives, to tie in with the theatrical release of the Nicole
Kidman remake. The current Anchor Bay DVD has just been deleted. The new
version is listed for July the 26th, with an RRP of £12.99. It looks like
Paramount’s disc will have the same bonus featurette as the Anchor Bay
edition: The Stepford Life
(17m23s, according to the BBFC), which features interviews with director
Bryan Forbes, interview with producer Edgar J. Scherick and interviews
with stars Katherine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Nanette Newman and Peter
features cleared at the BBFC include some for Warner Home Video’s so-far
Weissmuller Tarzan box set, and for the release of Martin Scorsese’s 1980s
film After Hours. There are two
archive featurettes for the Tarzan set:
Sun-Kissed Stars at Palm Springs
(20m9s), which is a
1936 promo film highlighting the virtues of Technicolor (which features
lots of Hollywood stars gadding about, including Weissmuller), and MGM
on Location: Johnny Weissmuller (which runs to 10m55s). For the
After Hours release there is a featurette running to 18m52s entitled
Filming for Your Life: Making After Hours.
Video’s three Hammer films for June the 21st -
Dracula Has Risen From The
Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
and Taste The Blood of Dracula – will be released as a
Hammer Horror Collection
three disc set exclusively by HMV. The set is listed for £22.99 by HMV,
which makes it a very attractive purchase, as the cheapest the three
individual releases are currently listed for is £9.99 each. Here’s a link
if you’re interested in ordering:
Click! The other good news is
that the BBFC are now listing Taste The Blood of Dracula as being
an extended version of the film, which is about five minutes longer than the old video version. The new disc should be the
same uncut version as broadcast by the BBC, and used for the recent Region
1 DVD release.
Video also have listed three box sets featuring the work of
Jean Renoir, Luis Bunuel and Jean-Luc
Godard. Each includes three of their films: the Jean Renoir Box Set
includes La Bete Humaine, La Grande Illusion and The
Crime of M. Lange; the Luis Bunuel Box Set includes Belle De
Jour, Diary of a Chambermaid and The Milky Way; and the
Jean-Luc Godard Box Set includes Alphaville, Une Femme
Est Une Femme and Le Petite Soldat. All three sets have a date
of the 16th of August, and will retail for about £29.99 each.
Now that they’ve completed release
the Basil Rathone and Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes films, Orbit move on to
the Charlie Chan series starring Warner Oland. First up is
Charlie Chan in
London, on July the 19th, with £13.99 as
it’s RRP. In a similar
b-movie oriental detective flavour, Instant Vision are releasing three Mr
Wong thriller’s with Boris Karloff in the title role:
The Mystery of Mr Wong, Mr Wong In
Chinatown and Mr. Wong Detective – all three of which I
recently reported as cleared by the BBFC. They’re listed for the same
date, July the 19th at £9.99 each.
MGM’s Special Edition release of Rain
Man has had some of it’s extras cleared by the BBFC. These are: three
featurettes - The Journey of Rain Man (21m11s), Lifting the Fog:
A Look at the Mysteries of Autism (19m22s), and an Original
Featurette (6m52s); a deleted scene (1m54s) and something entitled
Rain Man (2m06s), which at a guess is a trailer. The release is due on
August the 30th, with an RRP of £19.99.
Road to Hong Kong,
the final film in the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope Road to… series
(well… more like a comeback film for the series) is also being lined-up by
MGM for September the 6th, at £12.99.
have Frankie Howard’s Up the Front (the third spin-off film from
the TV series Up Pompeii) listed for the 9th of August at £9.99.
Warner Home Video previously released the first two films, Up Pompeii
and Up the Chastity Belt, as a double bill. As we suspected
might be the case, Cinema Club’s release of An Inspector Calls,
starring Alistair Sim, didn’t make it out last week and we don’t have a
new date for it.
Right, now the TV releases, and a follow-up
on some of BBC Worldwide’s titles.
The press release for the
50 Years of BBC
News states that it will contain five
half-hour programmes each covering a decade, with each narrated by
Charles Wheeler, Michael Buerk, Kate Adie,
John Simpson and Jeremy Bowen. In addition to that the DVD will contain
three extra programmes showing how the production of television broadcast
news has changed, with the first made in 1953, the second (present by
Michael Aspel) from 1963, and a modern one from this year, entitled
Day in the Life of a Newsroom,
presented by Huw Edwards. It’s listed for July the 5th with an RRP of
increasingly like both
Borrowers - Series 2
and The Secret Garden have been put back to October the 11th, as
several retailers are now listing this new date. The BBFC continues to
clear extras though, as just cleared for
Borrowers - Series 2
is a newly-produced cast interview running to
releases have an RRP of £14.99.
Special features for
Children and It are now up on some of the retailers. It will include a
cast interview taken from Blue Peter, a photo gallery, and quiz.
It’s due the 6th of September with an RRP of £14.99.
The BBFC has also cleared an
Irish TV Interview
(running to 26m3s) for
Sellers On Sellers. The release is listed for August the 2nd at
hit for BBC 3, Monkey Dust, is showing for September 27th. Listed
as Series 1 it has an RRP of £19.99.
of Lovejoy is now listed for the 19th of July from Delta. It has an
RRP of £29.99. Delta’s next Henry’s Cat release, Series 5,
is also showing for the 19th of July at £5.99.
two box sets of their Cadfael and
QC releases lined-up, once the individual
volumes are out. Cadfael – Series 1-4 has a date of August the 16th
at £54.99 and
QC - Series 1-5 is due September the 6th for £99.99.
The BBFC has
recently cleared three featurettes produced by Jaz Wiseman, presumably
destined for future ClearVision Minder DVDs,
covering the history of the programme -
Memories of Minder – The Early Years
Memories of Minder – The Middle Years (18m29s) and Memories of
Minder – The Gary Webster Years (16m49s).
of Oracle Home Entertainment’s Jupiter Moon - Volume 2, which
features episodes 12-20¸ is The Plasma Ball. Listed extras include
The Science behind the Series, with William Smethurst; Ilea
Design Notes 2 by Professor Bob Parkinson; and The Basics of Space
The next three Jupiter Moon volumes
are now being listed by some retailers: Volume 4 is listed for
January the 24th 2005, with Volume 5 following on the 21st of March
and Volume 6 for a year’s time, on May the 24th. (Volume 3
was already listed, for the 25th of October). They all have an RRP of
There are two volumes each of
Hill Entertainment -
Beverly Hillbillies Collection - Volumes 1
– Gunmen Fear Merchants
and Blood on the
Land / Desert Justice
– listed for the 21st of June at £4.99 each. HMV are the only retailer
listing these at the moment, so they could be an exclusive.
the Manchester band
The Stone Roses
will be pleased to hear there is a juicy two disc set being lined up from
music label BMG’s video division, particularly as it includes their
appearance, where the band blew the programme’s fuses. The full content
Blackpool Live (58
Mins): I Wanna Be Adored; Elephant Stone; Waterfall;
Sugar Spun Sister; Made of Stone; She Bangs The Drums;
Where Angels Play; Shoot You Down; Going Down;
Mersey Paradise; I am The Resurrection. Promo Videos:
Waterfall; Fools Gold; I Wanna Be Adored; One Love;
She Bangs The Drums; Standing There. TV Performances:
The Late Show - Made of Stone; Top of the Pops -
Fools Gold; The Other Side of Midnight – Waterfall;
Music Box - Elephant Stone; Hit Studio International -
One Love; SNUB TV - I Wanna Be Adored (Live at The
Hacienda); SNUB TV - Sugar Spun Sister (Live at The
Hacienda). Extras: Rapido - The Stone Roses feature; Ian
Brown & John Squire Interview; Behind The Scenes Home Video.
The discs will be presented in
Dolby Digital 5.1. Its release date is June the
28th, with an RRP of £19.99.
Now to the changes to the
101cd have added a few new titles to
their Deal of the Week sale. Thanks to Stuart Flanagan for posting
that both the four-disc extended versions of
Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the
Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers are on offer at £13.99, along with
Blake’s 7 – Series 1 (the original version NOT the repressing) at
£17.99. The sale also has the ten disc Marilyn Monroe – The Diamond
Collection set at £39.99 (£40.00 off!).
As I said in the update last
week, Amazon are the only retailer at present known to be selling the
repressing of the Blake’s 7 – Series 1 box set, and, unfortunately,
they have put the price of the set up to £37.48. Thanks to several people
for mailing me that the recent Buffy – Series 7 set has been added
to the box set promotion by a few different retailers, so I’ve added
Amazon’s offer at £29.97. Thanks also to Mark Aldridge for posting that
Jeeves and Wooster - The Whole Jolly Lot
at £21.97. I’ve also added their listing of Third Rock From The Sun -
The Complete Second Season at £22.49. For those of you interested in
Radio programmes (thanks to the posting by Sean Marsh) I’ve added
Journey into Space - Operation Luna at £49.99, Round the Horne -
Series 2 at £48.99, Round the Horne - Series 3 at £55.99 and
Round the Horne - Series 4 at £48.99.
Benson’s World have a new
Cinema Club Sale which includes Agatha Christie`s Partners In Crime
at £18.99, The Beiderbecke Collection at £15.99, A Bit of a Do -
Series 1 And 2 at £18.99, Flambards at £18.99, Lillie at
£18.99, Maigret - Series 1 and 2 at £18.99; Mapp and Lucia
at £17.99 and The New Statesman - Series 1-4 at £17.99.
I’ve removed Blockbuster
completely from the
Offers page as
they’ve decided to concentrate solely on the rental market for the time
Choices Direct have The Man From Uncle box set at £14.99.
have a 3 for £20 sale, with some very
interesting titles include – I’ve highlighted some of them on the
Offers page. They also have the recent
MASH – Series 3 box set at £19.99 (£10.00 off).
I’ve decided to change the
listing of MVC over to it’s sister site Street’s Online, as both sites are
identical apart from one aspect – Street’s Online offer free delivery
within the UK on orders above £19.00, whereas MVC do not.
Play.com has added some new
Acorn titles to their ongoing BBC sale. These include Tenko – Series 1
Parts 1 & 2 at £13.99 each, When the Boat Comes In – Series
1 Parts 1-3 (there’s a better price for these three at Virgin at the
moment – see below) and Series 2 Parts 1-3 at £11.99 each,
Campion – Case of the Late Pig / Death of Ghost at £13.99.
I’ve some new Region 1 offers
from Rowdys.com. These include Best of Mr Ed - Volume One at
£18.99, Carry On Laughing at £20.99; Dawson's Creek - Third
Season at £28.49. Dead Like Me - The Complete First Season at
£28.49, Gilmore Girls - The Complete First Season at £33.49,
Just Shoot Me - Seasons One & Two at £21.99, Kids in the Hall -
Complete Season 1 at £32.49, Knight Rider - Season One at
£25.49, La Femme Nikita - The Complete Second Season at £48.99,
Little House on the Prairie - Seasons 1-5 at £30.49 each, M*A*S*H -
Season 6 at £20.99, Nip/Tuck: The Complete First Season at
£29.99, Quantum Leap - The Complete First Season at £28.99; The
Simpsons – Season 4 at £25.99, Sliders - Seasons 1 & 2 at
£39.99, Tour of Duty - Season One at £26.49, V: The Complete TV
Series at £21.49 and Xena: Warrior Princess - Season Four at
As mentioned in the report
last week, I’ve added Sendit’s price of £44.99 for the forthcoming box set
of The Forsyte Saga (the BBC version) – that’s £25.00 off.
And finally, Vigin have
started another sale (as ever in store only!). This is a 4 for £20 offer
and includes the same stuff you’d find in their sales which are usually 3
for £20, but also included are some Acorn and Cinema Club titles. In my
local branch I saw all three volumes of When the Boat Comes In - Series
1, some Midsomer Murders, along with the individual volumes of
Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Cracker,
Prime Suspect, Please Sir and On the Buses. As I said,
that was just my branch, so there could be more titles at other branches.
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