ARCHIVE NEWS - 14th to 20th JUNE 2004
19th June 2004
Home Video will release Scooby-Doo 2 - Monsters Unleashed on August
the 23rd. The sequel to
the 2002 film
has been surprisingly popular: it's actually the second highest-grossing
(new) film of the year so far here in the UK (way behind Harry Potter and the
Prisoner of Azkaban, but slightly ahead of Van Helsing, which is still
The DVD will feature deleted scenes, with
optional commentary, three featurettes (Triple Threat, Dancing
Dog and True Ghoul Hollywood Story); a Monsters Unleashed
Challenge interactive game; and two music videos by Big Brovas and
Simple Plan. The disc will also feature a trailer for
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
No technical details have been announced. RRP is a very reasonable £15.99.
fourth and final series of the BBC hi-tech action series Bugs will
be released by Revelation on August the 23rd.
The set, which has an RRP of £24.99,
will contain three discs, containing the episodes Absent Friends,
Sacrifice to Science, Girl Power, The Two Becketts,
Hell and High Water, Pandora's Box, Jewel Control,
Twin Geeks, Money Spiders (parts one and two) and the two-part
series finale, The Enemy Within. The discs will be in 4:3 format,
with Dolby stereo audio. There are no subtitles.
The season sees the arrival of London's
Burning's Steve Haughton, who takes over the role of Ed from Craig
McLachlan. The discs will feature case biographies and background
information on allies and villains. The artwork featured here may not be
the final version.
Check back here on Monday for a chance to
win a set of the first three seasons of Bugs!
Entertainment in Video are releasing
Charlie on July the 26th. The film, which stars Luke Goss and Steven
Berkoff, is a biography of 60s West End gangster Charlie Richardson.
Extras are TBC. RRP is £19.99.
recent biopic about the fabled Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, And
Starring Pancho Villa As Himself, will be released by HBO Video on
August the 2nd.
The film stars Antonio Banderas, alongside
a supporting cast that includes Brit Jim Broadbent, as a New York film
producer, and Band of Brothers' Eion Bailey as the producer's
nephew. The disc will contain a behind-the-scenes featurette. RRP is
Also due from HBO Video in September is the
acclaimed mini-series Angels in America. More details as they
Fans of The 'burbs may like to know
that the recent R2 release has been re-certificated by the BBFC, and the
film is now available uncut for the first time in the UK. However, the UK
disc is missing an alternate ending, which is featured on the Region 1
version. Play.com are currently offering the disc for £6.99, incidentally.
Thanks to the chaps at
DVD Forums for keeping on top of that story.
Finally, here's a look at the individual
sleeve art for Carlton's forthcoming Thunderbirds re-issues...
18th June 2004
a quick update courtesy of Ceri. Play.com have listed a UK equivalent of
the Pitch Black - Special Edition DVD that was released recently in
The disc, from Universal, will feature an
from director David Twohy, with actors Vin Diesel and Cole Huser; audio
commentary from the director, producer and visual effects supervisor;
production notes; filmmaker’s files; cast files; trailers; an
introduction from director David Twohy; The Game Is On: a look at
Riddick's past; The Johns Chase Log: a featurette voiced by star
Cole Hauser; The Chronicles of Riddick visual encyclopaedia;
Dark Fury: Advancing The Arc featurette; A View Into The Dark:
and an early look into The Chronicles of Riddick featuring new
interviews with star Vin Diesel and director David Twohy. (Some of these
features were on the existing DVD, and others are promotional materials
for the film's sequel, which is due in August). The RRP is £15.99.
An animated spin-off from the film, which
Universal is hoping to turn into a bona fide franchise, Dark Fury - The
Chronicles of Riddick, will also be released on August 16th, and has
it's own batch of supplements: Bridging the Gap - From Pitch Black to
The Chronicles of Riddick featurette; Advancing The Arc
(interviews with animators in L.A. And South Korea); Into The Light
(an introduction to the film's protagonists and the theme of light);
Peter Chung: The Mind of an Animator featurette; promotional reel for
The Chronicles of Riddick and a trailer for the Xbox game,
Escape From Butcher Bay.
17th June 2004
Home Video will release The Name of the Rose, a
film that's never had a satisfactory home video presentation, on August
The film, which stars Sean Connery, F.
Murray Abraham and Christian Slater, has been newly-re-mastered. It will be accompanied by more than an hour's worth of bonus materials, including
an audio commentary by director Jean-Jacques Annaud, a forty-minute German
documentary, The Abbey of Crime, a seventeen-minute featurette titled
Photo Journey with Jean-Jacques Annaud and the theatrical trailer. The
film will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio.
Warner Home Video has postponed the release
of John Schlesinger's adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd,
which was due on 28th of June, for "technical reasons". It will now be
released on August the 2nd. The other titles in the package, Anna
Karenina, The Beggar's Opera and Three Sisters, will be
released on June 28th as planned.
High Fliers will release the Charlize
Theron serial killer movie Monster on August the 2nd, for rental
only. The retail version, via Metrodome, will follow on October 18th, with
"a full array of special features".
first season of Jerry Bruckheimer's latest crime drama series, Without a
Trace, will be released by Warner Home Video on August 30th. The series,
which is currently airing on Channel 4, stars Anthony LaPaglia as
FBI Missing Persons Bureau
Agent Jack Malone, who's job is to track down runaways, abductees and
The Without a Trace - The Complete First
Season DVD set will contain twenty-three episodes, including the
Pilot episode and the two-part season finale, Fall Out. Bonus
features include a commentary track on the Pilot episode; a
featurette on Bruckheimer's inspiration for the series, The Motive (15m);
a featurette on the show's look and feel, Fingerprints (10m) and
Deleted Scenes - Missing Evidence.
The press release says that the series will
be presented in 4:3 format, but this happened with the recent R1
announcement, too, and that's since been corrected. It's been confirmed
that the US set will be 1.78:1 anamorphic, and it seems likely that the UK
version will be identical. The audio is in Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. The
set will feature English and English SDH subtitles. RRP is £59.99.
The second series of Without a Trace will
start airing on Channel 4 on August the 9th.
Premier Asia are releasing a three-disc
Special Collector's Edition DVD box set of Ichi The Killer on
July the 5th. The set, which has an RRP of £24.99, will feature a 16:9
anamorphic version of the film with 5.1 audio, commentary by Bey Logan,
actress Alien Sun and producer Eliot Tong; an interview gallery with
director Takashi Miike and stars Tadanobu Asano, Aileen Sun and Shinya
Tsukamoto; trailers; behind-the-scenes footage; photo and artwork gallery;
Alien Sun glamour photo gallery; biographies and filmographies and a
Premier Asia showcase. Don't forget that the UK version of Ichi is
cut by more than three minutes. Oddly that wasn't in the press release.
Optimum Home Entertainment is releasing
three vintage classics on July the 19th: Howard Hawks' 1949 comedy romance
I Was A Male War Bride; and two Samuel Fuller films - his 1953
espionage thriller Pick Up on South Street and 1957 Western romance
Forty Guns. No technical details were available. RRP for the discs
is £15.99 each.
Home Video will release three Triple Feature box sets on the 16th of
August, showcasing three acclaimed European directors: Jean Luc Godard,
Jean Renoir and Luis Buñuel.
The Godard DVD box set will feature the
1965 science-fiction masterpiece Alphaville, the jaunty 1961
musical Une Femme Est Une Femme (Godard's first film in colour and
in Cinemascope) and the revolutionary 1960 drama Le Petit Soldier.
All three films will be presented in mono. Alphaville and Le Petit Soldier
will be in 1.33:1 format, Une Femme Est Une Femme's ratio is TBC.
The Renoir box set comprises the superb
1937 WW1 prison camp drama La Grande Illusion, his noirish 1938
thriller La Bête Humain and his 1936 film about the boss of a small
printing company who disappears in mysterious circumstances, Le Crime
de Monsieur Lange. All three films will be presented in 1.33:1 ratio,
with mono audio.
Buñuel set features the infamous 1967
erotic drama Belle de Jour, his scathing 1946 film Diary of a
Chambermaid, and La Voie Lactée
(The Milky Way), his offbeat 1970 road movie about two monks on
Belle de Jour and La Voie Lactée
will be presented in 1.66:1 ratio; Diary of a Chambermaid will
be 2.35:1. All films will have mono audio.
The three sets will each have an RRP of
16th June 2004
to report the death of film producer Max J. Rosenberg, who died on Monday,
aged 89. Rosenberg was the co-founder of Amicus, the company that produced
a string of favourite films, including a string of wonderful horror
anthology movies like Asylum, Doctor Terror's House of Horrors
and The House That Dripped Blood, and the two Peter Cushing
Doctor Who movies.
Rosenberg formed a formidable
partnership with Milton Subotsky which lasted for more than two decades,
producing many films I've enjoyed countless times, including their series
of prehistoric epics The Land That Time Forgot, The People That
Time Forgot and personal favourite At The Earth's Core.
Rosenberg's output dwindled in the late 70s, as his style of movie fell
out of fashion. In 1982 he was an un-credited producer on another guilty
pleasure, Paul Schrader's poetic Cat People.
Home Video is releasing a box set of Marx Brothers movies on August the
23rd. The six-disc set will include A Night At The Opera, A Day
At The Races, At The Circus, Go West, The Big Store
and A Night in Casablanca. The films will be presented in their
original 1.37:1 ratio, with mono audio.
Bonus features on the set include:
A Night At The Opera (1935):
commentary track by film historian Leonard
Maltin, a new thirty-four minute documentary, Remarks on Marx, an
extract from The Hy Gardner Show featuring Groucho (5m); MGM short
Saturday Night at the Trocadero and Robert Benchley's Oscar-winning
short How To Sleep.
A Day At The Races (1937):
commentary track by The Marx Brothers Encyclopaedia author Glenn
Mitchell; a new documentary, On Your Marx, Get Set, Go! (28m); four
shorts - Robert Benchley's Academy Award-nominated A Night At The
Movies, plus MGM cartoons Gallopin' Gals, Mama's New Hat
and Old Smokey.
At The Circus (1939): Our Gang
comedy short Dog Daze (11m) and MGM cartoon Jitterbug Follies
Go West (1940): two short films -
Pete Smith Specialty Quicker 'n a Wink (9m) and Fitzpatrick
Traveltalk Cavalcade of San Francisco (9m), and cartoon The Milky
The Big Store (1941): MGM short
Flicker Memories (8m) and MGM cartoon Officer Pooch (8m).
A Night in Casablanca (1946): Bugs Bunny
Looney Tunes cartoon Acrobatty Bunny (8m) and a Joe McDoakes short
So You Think You're a Nervous Wreck? (11m)
RRP for the set is £59.99
Optimum Releasing will release Ryehei
Kitamura's Japanese fantasy film Azumi on August the 2nd. The film,
based on Yu Koyama's popular comic book, will be supplemented by a
behind-the-scenes documentary, Fighting On The Edge: The Making of
Azumi, and a featurette, Battle on the Wild Side. RRP for the
disc is £19.99.
14th June 2004
begin this week as we ended last week, with more information about the UK
DVD release of the second season of Fox's cult teen drama Roswell,
which is due on August the 9th.
I've now seen the discs, and can clarify
what the bonus features actually are. A Little Something Extra For The
Fans is a five-minute clips montage showing how some the relationships
between the key characters developed. The Storyboard feature is a
minute long, and compares storyboards with the finished shots for the
episode Wipe Out! The Art of Composing Roswell is, as you might
expect, an interview with musician Joe Williams, and this runs for four
minutes. The Shiri and Majandra Show is a ten-minute on-the-sofa
chat with actresses Shiri Appleby and Majandra Delfino (who played Liz and
Maria, respectively). In addition to the commentary tracks, which were
last week's News
page, the set also includes a DVD trailer for the season one set.
The episodes feature Dolby Digital 5.1
audio at 448kbps. A selection of menu screens, and a shot from the
The Shiri and Majandra Show,
DVD release of the 1970s ITC series Timeslip is eagerly
anticipated, and I've had a chance to take a look at the first couple of
discs in the set (the ones containing the first two stories, The Wrong
End of Time and The Time of the Ice Box). Carlton have done a tremendous job in
re-mastering the series from the surviving black-and-white 16mm telerecordings (and the surviving colour episode, the final episode of
The Time of the Ice Box). Although the episodes still look a little
fuzzy, it looks like Carlton have wrung out every particle of detail from
the source material, and they exhibit good tonal range. The colour episode
is problematic, in that the lighting it often poor (for example, several
key speeches play out with shadows cast over the actors' faces), and a
handful of exterior shots are set at twilight, which makes things very
A plus point is that the discs feature the
caption cards that book-ended the adverts have been preserved. These were
routinely removed from the old ITC VHS versions, usually resulting in
missing footage and awkward transitions. There's even a bit of original
ITC leader film to be discovered.
From what I've seen so far, fans with ITC
Video's VHS versions will be delighted with the new discs. If nothing
else, the DVD set will save them about a foot of shelf space!
A selection of the set's (frankly horrible)
menu screens, and a couple of screen grabs from the colour episode, to
whet your appetites, are available
There are two new competitions this week,
offering you the chance to win a copy of the thrilling John Grisham
courtroom drama Runaway Jury, or a set of three new Hammer horror
releases, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Frankenstein Must Be
Destroyed and Dracula Has Risen From The Grave. Click on the
banners, above, or
for the Runaway Jury competition, or
for the Hammer horror competition.
The winners of our Lord of the Rings -
Return of the King competition were Simon Ireson, Mephistopheles and
Mary Malcolm. They knew that it was Frodo who carried the ring.
Congratulations to them, and my thanks to Entertainment in Video for
supplying the prizes (and so promptly, too!)
Here's Ceri, with his update of all the
week's news that required a touch more work than sitting back and waiting
for a press release to turn up. Oh, and he might save you a few quid, too.
Take it away, maestro...
Hi everyone, there’s some interesting
information from the BBFC this week, along with all the usually juicy
gubbins from the retailers…
Let’s start with the TV additions and
First up, is the big news that the BBC’s
1954 adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four has been cleared by the
BBFC for DD Video. The adaptation was written by Nigel Kneale, directed by
Rudolph Cartier and starred Peter Cushing and Andre Morell. The play was
long thought to be prevented from release due to copyright restrictions
imposed by the producers of Michael Radford’s 1984 film version. So far
the release isn’t being listed yet by the retailers.
DD Video have also had cleared the superb
play on the life of Stephen Hawking recently broadcast on BBC 2, which
starred Benedict Cumberpatch, Dempsey and Makepeace’s Michael
Brandon and John Sessions, entitled Hawking. Cleared with the play
is a small item, also entitled Hawking, running to 4m 38s –
possibly a trailer or mini making of. Again the release of the play
hasn’t appeared yet on retailers.
The special features for Network’s
release of Public Eye - The Complete 1969 Series have been posted
The Mausoleum Club Forum. The six episodes
of this, the fourth, series have been digitally restored and clean-up,
with the final episode, A Fixed Address, presented in colour. In
the addition the set features the ABC episode Nobody Kills Santa Claus
(the earliest surviving episode – episode two of the first series), which
has been digitally re-mastered and, as it only exists as a telerecording,
it has also undergone the VidFIRE process; a recently-found extract for
the missing ABC episode It Must be the Architecture - It Can't be the
Climate (the tenth episode of series three); interviews with series
co-creator Roger Marshall and star Alfred Burke; a restoration featurette;
a Series 1 to 4 Photograph Gallery; a PDF of Roger Marshall's
script for Divide and Conquer (the second episode of the fourth
series); a PDF of the series one ABC promotional material; a PDF of Roger
Marshall's credits; a PDF of Alfred Burke's credits; a PDF of a Public
Eye episode guide; a Commemorative Booklet, which will contain an
updated version of Adrian Petford's article, Hitting the Marker,
and Roger Marshall's short story Return to Mrs Mortimer.
Unfortunately the Armchair Theatre episode, Wednesday’s Child,
which ties in with series four of Public Eye, couldn’t be
cleared. It’s a shame, but this is shaping up to be a fantastic release
even without it. The set is now expected late July / early August, with an
RRP of £39.99. If you are interested Amazon are offering it at £29.99 -
Play has put up Filthy, Rich and Catflap,
from Universal Playback for July the 26th, with an RRP of £12.99. Only
previously listed on Universal Playback’s website (with a date that
slipped a few times, and with an RRP of £19.99), this is the first time
it’s been listed by a retailer, so hopefully means it’s going to make it
to release now!
Now listed for the 6th of September is
Frasier – Season 3 from Paramount. Cheers – Season 3 hasn’t
appeared with it yet, but as both their previous two seasons have been
scheduled together it’s safe to assume that it’ll appear at the same time.
The RRP of the sets are £34.99.
There are quite a few US TV box sets now
being listed for release on November the 8th from Warner Home Video.
There’s Season 2 of Kung Fu, with an RRP of £29.99; a
complete box set of Dallas - Season 1 and 2 (Season 1 ran
for 5 episodes during April 1978 in the US and was followed with Season
2 of 24 episodes from September 1978), with an RRP of £49.99; the two
seasons of the 1985 American Civil War mini series, North and South,
(starring Kirstie Alley, David Carradine and Patrick Swayze) at £34.99
each; and Richard Chamberlain’s The Thorn Birds at £19.99.
24 – Seasons 1-3
from Twentieth Century Fox is listed for July the 26th (the same day as
the individual Season 3), with an RRP of £99.99 and Red Dwarf –
Series 1-4, from BBC Worldwide, for September the 20th at £54.99.
BBFC has cleared some of the extras for the
Jonathan Creek – Series 3 and 4
box set. These are the video profiles of Alan Davies (running to 4m25s),
Julia Sawalha (6m24s) and David Renwick (at 4m47s); outtakes (6m15s); and
deleted scenes from The Seer of Sands (7m59s). It’ll be interesting
to see if all these deleted scenes come from that episode or it’s really a
deleted scenes package with the first scenes from The Seer of Sands,
which the BBFC has mistakenly used to title them. The listing of
the The Seer of Sands is important as it’s the first episode of the
recently-broadcast remaining three episodes of Series 4. There has
been some confusion as to whether or not this year’s episodes would
officially be classed as Series 5, and so not included in the
Series 3 and 4 set. Of the extras listed by the retailers that only
leaves the featurette – An Anatomy of a Scene – to be cleared. The
box set has a date of August the 2nd and an RRP of £39.99.
August the 16th sees the a listing of
Steven Moffat’s Coupling Series 4, from VCI. Its RRP is £19.99.
features for Spooks – Series 2 are being listed as audio
commentaries; Behind the Scenes footage; interviews with members of
the cast; a preview of the Spooks Xbox and PS2 game; and trailers.
It has a date of August the 30th and an RRP of £39.99.
Introduction of The River of Souls
(sic, 4m11s) has been cleared by the BBFC for Warner Home Video,
presumably destined for their release of Babylon 5 - Thirdspace / A
Call To Arms / The River of Souls. The set is listed for August the
16th with an RRP of £34.99.
In addition to the re-issue of the
Thunderbirds – Complete Collection box set and the individual
volumes, to coincide with Jonathan Frakes’ new
film version, Carlton are
also planning to break the Complete Collection into two parts –
Part 1 including Volumes 1-4 and Part 2 including
Volumes 5-8 – both with an RRP of £63.99. Streets Online are offering
these two parts at £25.99 each – for Part 1 click
here and Part 2
Thunderbirds - Complete Collection
- Parts 1
& 2 are out the same day as the Complete
Collection and individual volumes – the 19th of July.
MIA will releases the 1989 US TV
mini-series version of Verne’s classic story Around The World in 80
Days, which starred Pierce Brosnan and Eric Idle, on July the 5th. The
disc include a production stills gallery; biographies of leading cast
members; production notes; and a trailer. It has an RRP of £15.99. It’s
being released on the same day as Warner Home Video’s two disc release of
Michael Anderson’s epic 1956 adaptation of Around The World In 80 Days,
the details of which we’ve listed before: it will include an introduction,
documentary, highlights from the film's premiere and the Oscar ceremony,
highlights from the 1957 Playhouse broadcast, 1958 newsreel footage
an the theatrical trailer. It has an RRP of £19.99. Both are being
released to coincide with the theatrical release of the latest version of
the story, which stars Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan.
The 1995 TV drama series
The Politician's Wife,
which was written by Paula Milne and starred Juliet Stevenson and Trevor
Eve, is being lined-up by Channel 4 Video for September the 6th. Its RRP
The dates for Acorn’s
Tenko – Series 3
releases have unfortunately slipped again. The complete box set and
Part 1 are listed for the 9th of August, with Part 2 on the
13th of September. The box set has an RRP of £49.99, with the two parts at
Entertainment have revised the pricing of some of their forthcoming
titles. The RRP of the Space Rangers release is now £16.99, with
the Jupiter Moon releases now at £19.99. All of these were
previously set at £24.99.
And finally, for the TV releases…..
BMG Video is planning two Deluxe
Edition releases covering two of Elvis Presley’s TV specials, both of
which feature extensive additional footage. The '68
Comeback Special is a three disc set with
Aloha from Hawaii (a 1973 NBC special) a two
disc set. The '68 Comeback Special
is listed as containing: Disc One: the original Elvis television
special as it first aired on NBC on December 3rd 1968 (both of the black
leather sit-down shows). Disc Two: both of the black leather
stand-up shows including used and unused takes, plus If I Can Dream
music video. Disc Three: all components/outtakes shot for the
gospel production and the Guitar Man production number. Aloha
from Hawaii is listed as containing: Disc One: Elvis Arrives
and Greets Fans - January 9; Rehearsal Concert - January 12;
Elvis - Aloha from Hawaii Concert - January 14. Disc Two:
Post-Concert Insert Songs Session - January 14, Elvis - Aloha from
Hawaii NBC TV Special - April 4 (Broadcast Version).
Both are listed for July the 5th with
the '68 Comeback Special
having an RRP of £24.99 and Aloha from Hawaii at £17.99.
Previously an HMV
exclusive, the Looney Tunes Golden
Collection box set from Warner Home Video is now being listed as a
wider release for the 18th of October. The set contains the Bugs Bunny
Collection, the Daffy & Porky Collection and the All Stars
Collection Volumes 1 & 2. The set has an RRP of £39.99
Now the Film releases…
There are two new releases of Dawn
of the Dead (the original version) and Day of the Dead being
lined up by Anchor Bay for September the 6th (the date of the release of
the new version of Dawn of the Dead). Special features for Dawn
of the Dead are listed as commentary by director George A. Romero and
Special Effects Creator Tom Savini; an exclusive preview of the upcoming
Dawn of the Dead Comic Book from IDW Publisher; theatrical
trailers; TV & Radio Spots; Poster Galleries; and a 4 Page Collector's
Booklet with all-new liner notes. Special features for
Day Of The Dead
are listed as commentary by director
George A. Romero, Special Make-up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Production
Designer Cletus Anderson, and actress Lori Cardille; Theatrical trailer;
The Many Days of Day Of The Dead - An all-new 39 minute documentary
featuring interviews with the cast and crew; Day Of The Dead: Behind
The Scenes - 31 minutes of production footage from Special Make-up
Artist Tom Savini; Audio Interview with actor Richard Liberty; Wampum Mine
Promotional Video; TV Spots; Production Stills; Behind-the-Scenes
Photos; Galleries: poster and advertising art, memorabilia, Zombie make-up
photos, continuity stills; and a George Romero Biography. These replicate
Anchor Bay’s recent Region 1 Divimax Edition releases. The Region 2
versions both have an RRP of £17.99. A more comprehensive, four-disc
release of Dawn of the Dead is being released in the US on
September the 7th, and will probably turn up here once Anchor Bay UK have
finished milking fans for the single-disc release. Quite contemptible…
Two notable films are being reissued as
special editions from MGM: John Frankenheimer’s 1998 heist movie Ronin
and Mike Newell’s comedy Four Weddings And A Funeral. There’s no
word on the content of either of these release yet, but the Ronin -
Special Edition is due on October the 11th, and the Four Weddings
And A Funeral - Special Edition is scheduled for November the 25th. As
this latter date is a Thursday, expect this to change. Both releases have
RRPs of £19.99.
In addition to the Goodfellas
and Strangers On A Train special editions reported last week (both
the 25th of October and the 1st of November respectively), Warner Home
Video are also preparing a special edition of Prince’s Purple Rain.
Several music videos have been cleared at the BBFC for the release, along
with three featurettes:
(29m42s), Rffs, Ruffles and a Revolution – The Impact and Influence of
Purple Rain (9m58s), MTV Premiere Party (27m49s). Music videos
for releases of Graffiti Bridge
and Under a Cherry Moon, but they haven’t appeared on the
retailers’ books yet. The Purple Rain – Special Edition is
scheduled for October the 18th, with an RRP of £19.99.
There have been more Film clearances at the
Twentieth Century Fox are lining up a
new release of Alan Parker’s The Commitments. Apart from the film
itself the following additional items have been cleared - The Making of
Alan Parker’s film The Commitments (8m37s); Dublin Soul: The
Working Class and Changing Face of Dublin (14m50s); Treat Her Right
– music video (5m44s); Looking Back featurette (47m9s).
Trailer (2m18s); and TV Spots (3m).
The 1999 film RKO 281, dramatising
the making of Citizen Kane, has been cleared for Odyssey Video.
Neither RKO 281 nor The
Commitments has been listed by a retailer yet.
Optimum’s release of
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence has had a
An Interview with [Producer] Jeremy Thomas cleared with a run time
of 16m 57s. The release is listed for the 26th of July at £19.99.
MGM are lining up Region 2 releases of two
more of their Region 1 Midnite Movies range. The 4th of October
will see Roger Corman’s
Edgar Allen Poe’s Pit and the Pendulum,
which stars Vincent Price, and the 1965 Boris Karloff film, Die Monster
Die. Both have an RRP of £12.99.
There are four Ingmar Berman films
planned by MGM for August the 2nd:
Hour of the Wolf,
The Passion of Anna,
The Serpent's Egg and Shame.
Each has an RRP of £15.99.
Two other titles are forthcoming from
MGM: the 1946 Fredric March and Myrna Loy film The Best
Years Of Our Lives has a
date of July the 5th with an RRP of £15.99; while their special edition
release of the Peter Sellars and Blake Edwards film The Party
(which was due last Monday) has now been put back to September the 20th.
Paramount has a Jack Black Pack of
School of Rock and Orange County (packaging the two
individual releases together) for an RRP of £26.99, on July the 12th, the
same day as the individual release of School of Rock. Paramount has
also packaged together the two existing releases of “Crocodile” Dundee
and “Crocodile” Dundee II in a box set, with a date of July the 5th
for an RRP of £19.99.
A double-pack of Blade and Blade
II is coming from Entertainment in Video. Again, this simply
repackages the existing releases. The set has a date of the 26th of July
and an RRP of £19.99.
Two new titles are in the pipeline from the
BFI: The Charge of The Light Brigade and Playtime. The
special features for The Charge of The Light Brigade are listed as
an interview with Richard Williams, the designer of the innovative
animated sequences; a biography of director Tony Richardson; a biography
of Richard Williams; a twelve-minute silent film of the story made by
Thomas Edison’s studio in 1912; and the original trailer. The July 26th
release has an RRP of £19.99. If you’re interested in the release Benson’s
World are offering it at £12.99 –
one of the films from Jacques Tati’s
Monsieur Hulot series, from 1967, is listed for September the 6th with an
RRP of £19.99. There is no word on any special features as yet.
Momentum is releasing John Hurt’s film
about the life of jockey Bob Champion and his struggle against cancer,
Champions, on August the 30th, with £12.99 as it’s RRP. It will
include the trailer.
The Julie Andrews comedy musical
Thoroughly Modern Millie gets a bare bones release from Universal on
the 26th of July. It’s RRP if £9.99.
There are two 1958 Hammer films due from DD
Video on July 12th, adding to the label’s range of British comedies -
Up the Creek and it’s sequel, Further Up the Creek. Both have
an RRP of £12.99. Both discs should include an interview with director Val
There are three British films getting
budget releases from an as-yet-unknown label: Dad’s Army – The Movie,
The Slipper and the Rose and The Virgin Soldiers. They’re
listed for August the 16th at £5.99 each. This is the first time any of
these titles have been released on DVD within the UK.
Tartan have re-scheduled a couple of their
DVD releases: Battle Royale 2: Requiem will be out on August the
23rd, as will The Basque Ball - Skin Against the Stone. The John
Holmes biopic Wonderland has moved back to September 27th, the same
date as their Ozu Box Set (featuring Tokyo Story and
Taste of Green Tea over Rice). Two Truffaut titles, Baisers Voles
and Tirez Sur le Pianiste, have been delayed until
Warner Home Video's release of the charming
1971 ballet adaptation of Tales of Beatrix Potter now has an
official release date, July the 12th, and RRP, £12.99, but technical
details and sleeve images are still not available.
And finally, for the Film release, two
Vipco are releasing Luico Fulci’s
House of Horrors, which they say is an uncut version (at least, it’s
not been cut by the BBFC). Extras listed for the release are a picture
gallery and trailer. The disc is due on August the 9th at an RRP of
release of The Beast Must Die, which was originally listed for
April, has reappeared on some of the retailers’ inventories for the 18th
of October. Its RRP remains the same - £12.99.
now the additions to the
the both the Auf
Wiedersehen Pet - Series 1
& 2 box sets at £22.97 each; the forthcoming
Babylon 5 – Thirdspace / River of Souls / A Call
to Arms films box set at £26.24; the South Park – Series 1 box
set at £14.97 and Series 2-4 box sets at £18.97 each. Network’s
Special Branch – Series 4 and The Sweeney – Series 3 at are
£29.99 (£10.00 off) and The Tomorrow People – Series 4 & 5 set is
at £26.24 (£8.75 off).
Thanks to Matt C for letting us know that
Amazon have the Harsh Realm
- The Complete Series
box set at £26.24 (£8.75 off); The James
Bond Collection Tin Box Set at £99.97, containing all the films, from
Dr. No to Die Another Day, at £99.97 (RRP is £198.99); and
Seasons 1 -3 of The Sopranos at £29.97 (£30.02 off) each.
Amazon also have some of Carlton’s recent TV box set’s at 38% off -
The Champions - The Complete Series
at £30.97, Danger Man - The Complete Series 1 at £30.97 and The
Saint - The Complete Series 1 at £36.97. Along with two of the
Ealing DVD Collection box sets - Hue and Cry/Passport to Pimlico /
The Titfield Thunderbolt and Went The Day Well?/Dead Of Night /
Nicholas Nickleby / Scott of the Antarctic - both at £19.97 (£15.02
As always, go to the
Offers page for direct links that help
support Zeta Minor.
Benson’s World has Acorn’s Cribb - Part
2 and Sam – Series 1 Parts 1-3 at £12.99 each (£7.00 off).
Cadfael – Series 4 is at £10.99 (£4.00 off) and Marion and Geoff –
Series 2 is at £13.99 (£6.00 off). They also have some films at good
prices: The Charge of the Light Brigade, Gothika, School
of Rock and the three-disc special editions of Black Hawk Down
and Panic Room are all at £12.99 (£7.00 off). They have David
Niven’s Around the World in Eight Days – Special Edition at £13.99
(£6.00 off), Anchor Bay’s 1979 version of The Cat and the
Canary at £10.99 (£4.00 off) and the Nuclear Scare Stories of the
Cold War collection at £8.99 (£4.00 off).
Thanks to Ian Woodhouse for posting that
CD-Wow are running a Bargain Basement Sale at the moment which includes
lots of interesting titles.
HMV have the
at £39.99, the
Dirty Harry 5 Disc Box Set
at £29.99, the
Monty Python Movies Box Set
at £24.99, the
Planet of the Apes Film Box Set
at £29.99, and the
Rocky 5 Disc Box Set
at £29.99. Thanks to Analogueman for posting that they have the
Terry-Thomas Too Many Crooks/Make Mine
Mink/Naked Truth box set at £11.99.
And finally, Rowdys.com have decided to
introduce shipping charges, but have dropped their prices accordingly. To
see there new shipping rates –
Thanks to Matt West for
posting that Rowdys.com have the forthcoming Sledge Hammer – Season One
(Four Disc) Box Set at £14.99.
That’s it from me! I’m on
holiday for the next two weeks, so I’ll be back with another update after
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