9th July 2004
is listing a three-disc The Shawshank Redemption - 10th Anniversary
Special Edition, which will be released by Carlton on September the
20th. The extras are listed as an audio commentary by director Frank
Darabont; Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back – documentary;
Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature - making of documentary presented by
Mark Kermode (48 Minutes); The Charlie Rose Show – interviews with
Darabont and stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman; The Shark Tank
Redemption - spoof short film; Interviews with Frank Darabont, Tim
Robbins and Morgan Freeman; In-depth Production Dossier; Storyboards and
Stills Gallery. This seems to mimic the Region 1 release, which is due on
the 5th of October (the Region 1 version is available in two versions, one
of which is a three-disc release that contains Thomas Newman's soundtrack
CD). RRP for the UK version is probably £19.99.
MGM has a packed schedule for August,
headlined by The Passion of the Christ, which is due on the 31st.
The disc will feature a choice of DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks,
and an option to watch it with or without English subtitles, for all you
Aramaic speakers out there. The disc will also feature an
audio-description track for the sight-impaired. RRP is £19.99.
will also release a Special Edition version of Barry Levinson's
four-times Oscar winning drama Rain Man on the 30th of August. The
disc will feature 5.1 audio, No other technical details were announced.
The disc will feature two Region 2-exclusive featurettes: Lifting The
Fog: A Look at the Mysteries of Autism (19m) and The Journey of
Rain Man (21m), which features interviews with director Barry
Levinson, writers Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass, co-star Valeria Golina and
producer Mark Johnson. Other bonus features include a deleted scene (2m),
photo' gallery, theatrical trailer, and the "Original Featurette",
which features newly-shot interviews with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman
(7m). The disc will also feature three commentary tracks "by Barry
Levinson, Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass". RRP is £19.99.
Also due on August the 30th is the follow
up to 2002's sleeper hit Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in
Business. The disc will feature a commentary track, by the director,
Kevin Rodney Sullivan, and producers; music videos featuring Mary J. Blige
and Eve and the Outkast; an Easter Egg; deleted scenes; outtakes;
photo' galleries and the trailer. RRP is £15.99.
Robert Duvall's 2002 thriller
Assassination Tango. is about a hit man
(Duvall, who also directed)
who is sent to Buena Aires, but has two
weeks to kill when his target is hospitalised, so he spends the time
learning to dance. The disc, which is due on August the 2nd, is apparently
being released on the back of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing
series. The disc will be round and silver. More than that couldn't be
ascertained from the press release. Sorry. This title is for rental only.
Hey, it's only been two years - what's another couple of months! It
should have a 5.1 audio mix, and be presented in 1.85:1 widescreen format.
The film is, of course, available to buy in the US, where it comes with
deleted scenes, an alternate ending, photo' gallery and commentary track
(by Duvalll and co-star Luciana Pedraza.
Other titles, for which there's virtually
no useful information forthcoming, include two Richard Lester British
comedies, The Knack... And How To Get It and How I Won The War;
the Ringo Starr prehistoric romp Caveman; Spike Milligan's war
comedy Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall; a collection of
Ingmar Bergman films (Hour of the Wolf, Shame (Skammen),
The Passion of Anna and The Serpent's Egg), Ken Russell's
Oscar-winning D.H.Lawrence adaptation Women in Love and the 1999
Generation X comedy S.F.W. The Bergman titles and The Knack...
have RRPs of £15, the others are £12.99. These are all scheduled for
release on August the 2nd. All the sleeve art I was sent is already
available (on Play.com, for example).
final offering for August the 2nd is Lars von Trier's acclaimed film
Dogville, about a woman hiding from the mob in a small Colorado town.
The film, which stars Nicole Kidman alongside Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc
Barr, James Caan and Paul Bettany, will be presented on disc with 5.1
The BBFC certificated the three-hour
version of Dogville in June, so presumably we won't be getting the
truncated 130-odd-minute version that was shown in some territories.
Bonus materials include the UK trailer and a featurette, Confession Box
(18m), which features video diaries by cast and crew members ("which
strips the cast bare", according to the press release). This is not to be
confused with Sami Saif's hour-long Dogville Confessions (Dogville
No Kokuhaka) documentary, which is featured on the two-disc DVD
version from Denmark, and the three-disc Dogville Complete Box
version from Japan.
However, the UK disc will feature a
documentary about the film's premiere in Cannes, Von Trier, Kidman &
Cannes (23m), which apparently isn't included on Lion's Gate's US
Here's one from the
so-long-ago-no-one's-interested department: the "Burton-esque" remake of
1971 rat movie Willard is being released on DVD by Entertainment in
Video on the 30th of August, after a two week rental window. The press
release lacks any information about the disc's technical spec's, and
doesn't mention anything about any bonus materials. (The R1 disc, a Platinum Series
disc from New Line,
features numerous bonus materials, including deleted scenes, a commentary
track and featurettes).
Reckoning, a medieval murder mystery about a troupe of actors
investigating a witch, is being released by Entertainment in Video on
August the 30th. It will be available to rent on August the 16th. The film
is the first to be directed by Paul McGuigan since Gangster No.1 in
2000, and re-unites him with Master and Commander star Paul Bettany,
The film also features Willem Dafoe, Gina McKee, Ewan Bremner and Brian
Cox. The disc will feature featurettes and sound-bites. RRP is £19.99.
Paramount's R1 version, due at the beginning of August, looks like being
Columbia Tristar has announced more titles
for October. The 1954 Judy Holliday romantic comedy It Should
Happen To You will be released on October the 18th. A week later
Barbra Steisand's Prince of Tides will make its UK DVD debut. The
disc will have a 1.85:1 transfer, and Dolby Surround audio.
A movie about the Alaskan Iditarod dog
race, Chilly Dogs (formerly known as Kevin of the North) is
also due on October the 25th. The film stars Skeet Ulrich, Natasha
Henstridge, Leslie Nielsen and Rik Mayall.
Superbit versions of S.W.A.T. and
Once Upon A Time In Mexico will also be released on October the 25th.
Also due from Columbia Tristar on October
the 25th: Happy Birthday to Me, Breakin' All The Rules, and
hip-hop comedy You Got Served. (There is no further
information available for these titles).
Lives, the recent serial killer thriller starring Angelina Jolie,
Ethan Hawke and Kiefer Sutherland, will be released on DVD by Warner Home
Video on September the 27th.
The film will be presented as a
Director's Cut, and will feature about six minutes of footage not seen
in the theatrical version.
The disc will also feature A Crime Lab
Taking Lives documentary, a gag reel, trailer and the trailer for
The Crime Lab... documentary
encompasses The Art of Collaboration, Profiling a Director,
Bodies of Evidence and Puzzle Within A Puzzle elements,
which are being listed separately by R1 retailers, so it looks like the UK
disc will be the same as the American version.
The UK disc will be presented in 2.40:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The disc will
feature English and English SDH subtitles. RRP is £15.99.
Home Video is bumping surfer caper comedy The Big Bounce straight
to video on September the 6th.
The film, which is based on a novel by
Elmore Leonard, stars Owen Wilson, Gary Sinise, Charlie Sheen, Morgan
Freeman and Vinnie Jones. The film also features "hot new actress" Sara
Foster, a former presenter of Entertainment Tonight, in her film
The film will be presented in 2.4:1
anamorphic format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The disc will have
English and English SDH subtitles.
Bonus features include featurettes titled
The Big Bounce: A Con In The Making, Surfing the Pipeline
and Wicked Waves (stunt surfing outtakes), and the theatrical
trailer (it was released theatrically in the US in January).
Director Jonathan Frakes has recorded a
commentary track for the Thunderbirds movie DVD, which will
probably be released before Christmas.
second instalment of Jupiter Moon will be released on August the
23rd. The two-disc set, titled The Plasma Ball, will feature
episodes twelve to twenty of the BSB series.
Bonus features on the set include The Design of the
Ilea - Part 2; SFX outtakes; biographies of Lucy Benjamin and Andrew
Read and production notes. RRP is £19.99.
7th July 2004
A couple of corrections and additions to
earlier reports and speculation...
has been in touch to say that it isn't them who is releasing Hustle,
despite their close ties with the production company, Kudos.
They will, however, be releasing the second series of Spooks, which
is pencilled in for late August release. It will be a five disc set, with
commentaries on episodes 1-3, 5 and 10. It will also feature Dolby Digital
5.1 audio, the American edit of series one episode six, and almost three
hours of featurettes, deleted scenes, trailers and galleries. The third
season of Spooks, currently in production, is being lined up for
DVD release in November.
The September re-release of Dawn of the
Dead and Day of the Dead, which was added to Incoming a couple
of weeks ago, is coming from Arrow, not Anchor Bay. Potential customers
are advised to closely compare the UK Arrow discs with those from Anchor
Bay in the US, which appear to be more definitive. My apologies to Anchor
Bay UK for our initial report.
Speaking of Dawn of the Dead, the
BBFC has cleared seventy minutes of bonus material for the 2004 remake
version, which is due from Entertainment in Video on September the 6th.
All the deleted scenes will have optional commentary. Here's the
breakdown, with timings in hours, minutes, seconds and frames:
RAISING THE DEAD
00:21:02:00 - SPECIAL REPORT
00:16:20:21 - ANDY'S LOST TAPE
00:00:25:08 - DELETED SCENE - ZOMBIES SCARE ANDRE
00:00:15:11 - DELETED SCENE - BLOCKING THE DOOR
00:00:55:07 - DELETED SCENE - I KNOW THAT GUY
00:01:40:04 - DELETED SCENE - LOADING DOCK ZOMBIE
00:02:34:19 - DELETED SCENE - TERRY MAKES A MOCHA LATTE
00:00:49:05 - DELETED SCENE - STAIRWELL CONVERSATION
(aka HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
00:01:33:15 - DELETED SCENE - MICHAEL'S PREVIOUS JOBS
00:00:49:24 - DELETED SCENE - LUDA'S REGRET
00:00:41:24 - DELETED SCENE - ALPHA MALE STATUS
00:00:47:13 - DELETED SCENE - BEN COZINE'S CAR
00:00:22:16 - DELETED SCENE - NICOLE OUTFITS CHIPS
00:01:12:05 - DIRECTOR'S INTRO - UNRATED VERSION
00:05:33:21 - SPLITTING HEADACHES -
ANATOMY OF EXPLODING
00:07:21:08 - ATTACK OF THE LIVING DEAD
The BBFC has also cleared Leisureview's (DD
Video's) version of The Devil's Men (aka Land of the Minotaur),
and it's almost exactly a minute longer than CBS / Fox's 1987 VHS release.
That makes it more... interesting...
6th July 2004
Little Shoppe of Horrors
has unveiled Bruce Timm's terrific artwork cover for the fanzine's
eagerly-awaited sixteenth issue of the magazine, which will be available
soon. The contents list is as follows:
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS - The Making of Hammer's
These three erotic horror films from Hammer in 1970-71 remain among the
most popular films produced by the studio. This issue features new
articles, hundreds of rare photos and many interviews, including the
Trilogy's directors, the producer, the screenwriter, set designers, and
performers, including Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith, Ralph Bates and many
THE LADIES OF HAMMER - PART 4 - Interviews
with Hazel Court (The Curse of Frankenstein) and Yvonne Monlaur (The
Brides of Dracula).
The magazine will also contain the latest
Hammer and British horror news, including the latest DVD releases, books,
magazines and music.
The issue's back cover painting is by
Veronica Carlson (star of Dracula Has Risen From The Grave).
Interior art by Bruce Timm, Neil Vokes (The Black Forest), Adrian
Salmon (Judge Dredd) and Murad Gumen (Cracked Magazine).
Tristar has scheduled the David Koepp's popular thriller Secret Window,
about a writer accused of plagiarism, for DVD release on the 11th of
No details have been announced, but, as
previously reported, the following items have been cleared by the BBFC:
Book to Film (19m); A Look Through It (44m); Animatics
(7m); deleted scenes (6m) and something called Secrets Revealed,
which doesn't have a running time according to the Board's database.
Optimum has confirmed that the Jeremy
Thomas interview that was missing from their Naked Lunch test discs
has been reinstated, and a new DLT has been made. The disc, due on July
the 26th, will feature a fifty-minute documentary, a commentary track by
director David Cronenberg and a photo gallery. More details, the sleeve
image, and a link to some menu screens, are in the
News update for 1st
Home Video is releasing a collection of Dr. Seuss animated stories in
anticipation of the DVD release of Mike Myers' stinker The Cat in the
Here are a couple of interesting factoids,
courtesy of the press release: "The
48 books that Seuss penned during his prolific career have been translated
into over 20 languages and have sold more than 250 million copies
worldwide and over 6.2 million copies in the UK alone." That's an awful
lot of books!
The Best of Dr Seuss will feature
three episodes running about twenty minutes each: The Butter Battle
Book, Daisy Head Mayzie and Horton Hatches The Egg. RRP
for the disc is £12.99.
Finally, here are a couple of new sleeve
images from ClearVision and Warner Home
Video. The first two are the two Cleopatra Jones titles from Warner's upcoming batch of martial arts movies (which also
includes a new Special Edition of Enter The Dragon and
Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
- see the
News entry for June
10th for more details).
As you can tell, the Minder sleeve
is for the Minder - Season 9 box set, which was announced yesterday
(see below). I give ClearVision a lot of stick about their horrible sleeve
designs, and I expect the materials they're given to work with aren't the
best, but - Holy Moly! - this box is one of the ugliest I've ever seen.
I'd like to begin the week by welcoming
back our film reviewer Lee Medcalf, who returns to the fold after becoming
a father. Congratulations to Lee and his partner, Carol! Lee has reviewed
the Japanese horror movie Ju-On (The Grudge), which is
getting a belated theatrical release from Premier Asia. You can read Lee's
review by clicking on the poster image, left, or
The film is being remade, as The Grudge, by the same director, for
Columbia Tristar. It will star Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jason Behr, so
it's likely that you'll be hearing a lot more about that, and the film
that spawned it.
BFI has two new titles lined up for July the 26th: Tony Richardson's
scathing 1968 film portrayal of the most famous event of the Crimean war,
The Charge of the Light Brigade, and Jacques Feyder's controversial
1935 satire, about the 1616 Spanish invasion of Flanders, La Kermesse héroïque
(Carnival in Flanders).
La Kermesse héroïque has been the centrepiece of the
National Film Theatre's Golden Age of French Cinema season (which
continues until July the 31st - more details, and clips from the film, are
available on the
NFT's website). The disc
will be presented in full-frame format, in French with English subtitles.
A biography of Feyder is the only bonus feature. RRP is £15.99.
Charge of the Light Brigade - one of the BFI's best-selling VHS
releases - will be presented on DVD in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen
The disc will feature half an hour of bonus
features: an interview with Richard Williams (who animated the film's
Punch cartoon interstitial sequences), the trailer, and a
twelve-minute silent version of the story made in 1912 by the Thomas
Edison studio, provided by National Film and Television Archive. The disc
also features biographies for Williams and Richardson. RRP is £19.99.
The penultimate, ninth series of Minder
will be released on DVD on September the 6th. The series features a
three-part finale filmed on location in Australia. The four-disc set will
feature thirteen fifty-minute episodes, an exclusive interview with George
Cole about the series' middle years, a guide to the ninth series extracted
from Brian Hawkins'
The Phenomenon That Was Minder
book, and trailers for Series 10.
Guest stars for the ninth season include Kenneth Cranham, Liz Fraser, John
Normington and former Doctor Who assistant Mark Strickson. RRP for
the set is £39.99.
Score Monthly magazine has released another two vintage soundtrack CDs.
This month the Silver Age Classics release is Basil Poledouris'
ebullient orchestral score from John Milius' classic 1978 surf dudes movie
Big Wednesday. Poledouris' majestic score, widely acknowledged as
one of the 70s' best, is presented in stereo, from the original half-inch,
three-track film masters (a couple of tracks existed on two-inch, 16-track
masters, and these have been used where possible). The disc is divided
into two sections. The first, just over fifty-seven minutes long, is the
score presented as a standalone album.
The second chunk is twenty-one minutes'
worth of bonus material, including Poledouris' re-recording of the Booker
T and the MG's hit Green Onions. (Most of the vocal pop tunes used
in the film are widely available and, quite rightfully, excluded from this
disc). The bonus tracks also include mariachi music composed by Poledouris
for the Mexican sequence and an alternate version of Crumple Car,
which was written by the film's co-author, Danny Aaberg. The disc comes
with a twenty-page booklet, which features fresh contributions from
Millius, Poledouris and Aaberg, and excellent track notes by Jeff Bond and
Lukas Kendall. The disc is a limited edition of 3000 copies. Given its
appeal to a more mainstream audience
it seems likely
that this is another FSM disc that will sell out relatively quickly.
Score Monthly's Golden Age Classics release presents two scores
written for MGM movies by pre-eminent conductor Andr
evin. The disc contains two complete scores, in their original mono
format. Both were composed for producer / director Russell Rouse.
The first, for the 1956 Glenn Ford Western
The Fastest Gun Alive, features some memorable string Coplandesque
arrangements. It is supplemented with a number of unused and alternate
cues, although a couple of source tracks, which were not composed by
Previn, are not included. This part of the album runs 37'36". The
Fastest Gun Alive, incidentally, was composed the same year Previn
scored an enormous hit with an album of jazzy arrangements of songs from
My Fair Lady, with Shelly Manne and Leroy Vinnegar.
The disc also features Previn's score for
Rouse's follow-up to The Fastest Gun Alive, House of Numbers,
which was based on a story by Jack Finney, who also provided the source
material for Invasion of the Body Snatchers. House of Numbers,
a clever thriller about a convicted murderer (played by Jack Palance) who
uses his virtually-identical brother to escape from San Quentin Prison,
boasts an aggressive and inventive score, which runs for 38'35". A couple
of tracks had to be rescued from the film's music and effects track, and,
where it wasn't possible to find clean versions, these are presented
separately at the end of the disc.
The disc comes with extensive track notes
and background information, written by Jeff Eldridge. This disc, too, is a
limited edition of 3000 copies.
The discs are available from specialist
soundtrack retailers, or directly from
Here's Ceri, Zeta Minor's own Sam Spade,
with his weekly trawl of the seedy underbelly of the DVD world, and
summary of the changes to the Incoming
and Offers pages.
everyone, back again! Full update this time, following the news about
The Matrix Utimate Collection we brought you at the end of last week,
we’ve got some other new juicy films releases and extras information added
today. Along with a massive update to the
Offers page, with some big Summer sales now being run by the
start with the film additions…
Emmerich’s disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow is being listed as
single and two-disc releases for October the 18th from Twentieth Century
Fox. No word on the special features yet, although a suspiciously short
Inside Look Behind the Scenes (running to 1m55s) item has been cleared
at the BBFC for The Day After Tomorrow, so that may be included.
The single disc has an RRP of £15.99 and the two-disc is at £24.99.
special features for Warner Home Video’s six-disc Marx Brothers box set,
which is due August the 23rd,
been put up on a couple of the retailers. The set
includes the films A Night At The Opera,
A Day At The Races, At The Circus, Go West, The
Big Store and A Night In Casablanca. We featured news about the
set and a sleeve image in the
News entry for the
16th of June. Some of these special
features are already known through BBFC clearances, but the full list is:
A Night At The Opera:
Audio commentary from Leonard Maltin;
Remarks on Marx: an all-new documentary (22m57s); An excerpt from the The
Hy Gardner Show (1/1/61)
featuring Groucho Marx (5m21s);
vintage MGM shorts: Sunday Night at the Trocadero
(20m16s) and Robert Benchley's Oscar winning How to Sleep (10m38s)
A Day At The Races:
Audio commentary from the Marx Brothers Encyclopaedia
author Glenn Mitchell;
On Your Marx, Get Set,
all-new documentary (27m36s);
vintage shorts: Robert Benchley's Oscar nominated A Night
At The Movies plus the rarely-seen MGM cartoons Gallopin' Gals,
Mama's New Hat and Old Smokey
At The Circus:
Vintage comedy short Dog Daze (10m36s); classic MGM
cartoon Jitterbug Follies (8m43s)
Vintage shorts Pete Smith Specialty Quicker 'N A Wink
from 1940 (9m12s) and Fitzpatrick Traveltalk Cavalcade Of San Francisco
from 1940 (8m51s); vintage cartoon: The Milky Way from 1940 (7m54s)
The Big Store:
Vintage MGM short Flicker Memories (7m57s); vintage
MGM cartoon Officer Pooch (8m09s)
A Night In
Bugs Bunny in the Looney Tunes cartoon classic Acrobatty
Bunny (7m42s); vintage Joe McDoakes short film So, You Think You’re
A Nervous Wreck? (10m56s).
This box set was recently released in the US featuring the same extras,
but, according to
Amazon.com's entry for the Region 1
version, there are several items missing from the UK box set. Most notable
is the lack of the 1938 film Room
Service, which also stars Lucille
Ball and Ann Miller in support roles, but in addition to that, also
missing are the vintage comedy short Party
Fever, the Looney Tunes cartoon The Daffy Doc and audio-only
material. It’s possibly the listings for Region 2 version are wrong, but
if not it’s better to go for Region 1 version, especially as the US
release has a much lower RRP than it’s UK counterpart.
The Region 2 has an RRP of £59.99, and the cheapest you can get it is for
£44.99, whereas you can pick up the US version from UK Importer
EnterprisesDVD.com for £28.99 all in. They offer free delivery to
UK customers and
import for you, posting on from their UK address so there are no customs
if you’re are
extras for Warner Home Video’s special edition version of Goodfellas
are now listed by some of the retailers. There will be two audio commentaries,
one from Martin Scorsese and cast and crew, and another from ex-gangster
Henry Hill and ex-FBI Agent Edward McDonald; four featurettes - Getting
Made, The Workaday Gangster,
The GoodFellas Legacy and Paper Is Cheaper Than Film; along
with the trailer. The release has a date of the 25th of October and an RRP
They’ve been lots of clearances for Warner Home Video at the BBFC as well…
Special features for the The Lost Boys - Special Edition include
(23m58s); A Director’s Vision (6m 56s); The Lost Scenes
(15m14s); Fresh Blood: A New Look at Vampires (4m21s); The
Return of Sam and the Frog Brothers – Hamster and Feldog; The Story of the
Two Coreys (4m28s); Sequel? (2m24s); and Lou Grmm’s Lost in
the Shadows music video (4m33s). The release is expected on September
the 6th, with an RRP of £19.99.
unlisted by the retailers (but originally planned for September) is Warner
Home Video’s release of Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film
Doesn't Live Here Anymore.
Cleared at the BBFC for the release is a
Chances: The Making of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
featurette running to 19m52s.
couple more extras for the
release of the three movies, Thirdspace, A Call To Arms and
River of Souls. These include an
Introduction To A Call To Arms
(with a runtime of 3m38s) and Creating the Feature (at 8m36s). The
box set has an RRP of £34.99 and a date of the 16th of August.
special features for Scooby Doo 2 - Monsters Unleashed are now up
on some of the retailers (and some of them have been cleared at the BBFC).
with optional commentary; Three
Featurettes: Scooby Doo’s Triple
Threat (10m9s), Dancing Dog and
True Ghoul Hollywood Story
Behind the Mystery Mystery: The Mystery of
the Missing Pants (9m57s);
The Monsters Unleashed Challenge Game (menu based);
Don’t Wanna Think About You
- music video from Simple Plan (3m54s);
The Things You Do (We Wanna Thank
You) – music video by British
group Big Brovas; and a trailer for Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The release has a date of the 23rd
of August and an RRP of £15.99.
Home Video is also re-issuing their Hammer Horror films individually which
they previously released collected in box sets. These are
from the Mummy’s Tomb,
The Curse of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out,
Frankenstein Created Woman, Horror of Dracula, The Horror of
Frankenstein, Lust for a Vampire, The Mummy, Plague
of Zombies, Quatermass and the Pit, Rasputin the Mad Monk,
Scars of Dracula, To the Devil a Daughter and The
Vengeance of She. The releases have an RRP of £12.99 each and are
listed for October the 11th.
later, on the 18th of October, sees some more genre titles from Warner
Home Video, but these are new to Region 2 DVD. There’s a double bill of
Jesus Franco’s two Fu Manchu films – The Blood of
The Castle of Fu Manchu – featuring Christopher Lee as the good
Doctor and Richard Greene (best known as Robin Hood from ITV’s series from
the 1950s The Adventures of Robin Hood) as his nemesis, Nayland
Smith. Warner is also releasing Amicus’s 1971 adaptation of Doctor Jekyll
and Mr Hyde, I, Monster, which stars Christopher Lee, Peter
Cushing, Richard Hurndall and Susan Jameson (best known from her roles in
the BBC’s When the Boat Comes In and To Serve Them All My Days).
Other titles include Roman Polanski’s comedy vampire film The Fearless
Vampire Killers (a.k.a. Dance of the Vampires); a box set of
It’s Alive 1-3; Return of the Living Dead – Part 2; Wolfen,
the 1981 film starring Albert Finney, Gregory Hines and and
Edward James Olmos;
and Body Snatchers, Abel Ferrara’s 1993 version of the Invasion
of the Body Snatchers starring British actress Gabrielle Anwar. The
Fu Manchu double bill has an RRP of £15.99, the It’s Alive 1-3
box set is at £24.99 and all the other titles are at £12.99.
Video’s releases of
The Creeping Flesh
and Night of the Big Heat
were originally planned for earlier in the year, but were pulled at the
last minute when they were offered better source materials. They have now
reappeared on the retailers for the 16th of August. They are both now to
be released as 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen versions (originally DD Video
only had access to 4:3 prints), with The
Creeping Flesh featuring a commentary from Christopher Lee and Marcus
Hearn, and writers Pip and Jane Baker
joining Lee and Hearn on a commentary for Night of the Big Heat.
Both releases also feature their appropriate theatrical trailers, together
with the trailers for The Abominable Snowman, Captain Kronos,
Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell and Quatermass II
(Hammer horror titles already released by DD Video), photo galleries and
24-page booklets covering each film. They each have an RRP of £15.99. DD
Video should be commended for delaying the releases to make use of the
widescreen prints: other companies would have just put out whatever
materials they originally had access to, in order not to delay their
Vipco, a company known for their shoddy DVD releases, are to issue some
more horror films on August the 9th - Lucio Fulci’s The House Of Clocks
and two Umberto Lenzi films, The House of Lost Souls and The
House of Witchcraft. Lucio Fulci’s The
Sweet House of
has already been listed for the same date. All four are listed as
containing a trailer and picture gallery and an RRP of £19.99.
special features for the two disc release of Anthony Minghella’s Cold
Mountain (which is released today) are an
commentary from the director with Walter Murch; deleted scenes;
Words And Music of Cold Mountain: a Royce Hall special (93 mins);
Climbing Cold Mountain: a documentary (70 mins); A Journey To Cold
Mountain: a special 'making of' featurette (28 mins); Sacred Heart
history and Storyboard comparisons. It has an RRP of £22.99. [I wanted to
bring you a full review of the Cold Mountain DVD, but Buena Vista's marketing
people could only supply a copy on VHS, which, for obvious reasons, was
completely useless! American Gothic fans should
pay close attention during the civil war scenes at the beginning of the film:
the young blonde chap is played by Lucas Black, who played Caleb in the TV
series. The first time I saw the film, I didn't realise it was him! JK]
Finally, for the film additions, a release of Charles Chrichton’s 1959
of the Sexes,
is being listed for July the 19th. The film stars
Peter Sellers, Robert Morley, Constance Cummings and Donald Pleasence.
Extras are listed as a trailer,
About the Film (whatever form that may take) and biographies.
The release is from Prism and has an RRP of £5.99.
Now onto the TV releases…
The BBC’s recent hit Hustle which starred
Adrian Lester, Robert Glenister, Marc Warren, Jaime Murray and Robert
Vaughn has now been scheduled for November the 22nd. It will probably be
from Contender. Spooks was released by Contender, and the two
programmes share the same production company – Kudos Productions. There is
no word of any extras yet. The first series release of Spooks was
issued with extensive special features (deleted scenes, interviews, etc),
so perhaps we can expect the same for this release? It has an RRP of
has let us know that they are planning a Spaced – Definitive
Collector’s Edition box set for September the 27th. This is around the
same time as the DVD release of Shaun of the Dead is expected, so
they’re probably trying to piggy-back sales from that. No word on the
content of the release yet, but it has an RRP of £24.99. In retrospect it
does seem a little mercenary that they released a box set bringing
together the two existing releases on Series 1 and 2 back in
April when they were planning this Definitive Collector’s Edition
Following the success of the BBC Natural History Unit’s The Blue Planet,
edited highlights of the breathtaking underwater cinematography where put
together into a 90 minute film, entitled Deep Blue. It features a
score from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and narration from Micheal
Gambon, and was released to cinemas last year. This film is now being
listed for release on DVD for October the 18th, presumably from BBC
Worldwide. It also includes
commentaries from directors Alastair Fothergill and Andy Byatt, a behind
the scenes documentary - The Making of Deep Blue (running to 50
mins), an isolated music and effects score, stills gallery and educational
interactive DVD-Rom content. The release has an RRP of £19.99.
weeks ago I mentioned that the 1983 US TV Movie version of
Phantom Of The Opera
had been cleared at the BBFC. This version stars
Jane Seymour, Michael York, Jeremy Kemp and Diana Quick, and it has now
appeared as a Prism release for the 19th of July. When it was recently
cleared at the BBFC the version submitted ran four minutes longer than the
previous VHS releases. It has an RRP of £4.99.
John Cleese’s 1968 TV special How
To Irritate People, which also
starred Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Connie Booth, and Tim Brooke-Taylor
is getting a budget re-issue courtesy of Prism. Again it has a date of the
19th of July and an RRP of £4.99.
Right now onto the
and it’s been overhauled quite a bit and, as I said at the beginning,
there are some new Summer sales being run by the retailers. As some of
these sales start mid-week you’re advised to check
Street section on
Roobarb's DVD Forum
as that’s where the most up to date information gets posted. By the time I
get to do the update for today some of the bargain’s might have already
sold out and been removed from the sale. But there are usually still some
pretty good bargains to be had…
The Cinema Club promotion doing the rounds at the retailers has reached
Amazon, who has got the best prices on some of the box sets. These include
at £13.97, A Bit of a Do - Complete DVD Box Set at £15.97,
Agatha Christie's Partners In Crime at £13.97, Bouquet of Barbed
Wire / Another Bouquet at £15.97, The Darling Buds of May
Collection at £21.97, Flambards - The Complete Collection at
£15.97, Maigret - The Complete Series 1 And 2 at £15.97 and Mapp
And Lucia Collection at £15.97.
box set’s Amazon have at bargain prices – BBC Worldwide’s complete box set
of The Chronicles of Narnia at £19.97, Warner Home Video’s three
Hammer Horror box sets (to which the individual releases are now being
list as reported above), these include Hammer Horror Collection - Blood
From The Mummy's Tomb / The Devil Rides Out / Horror Of Frankenstein /
Lust For A Vampire / The Scars of Dracula at £26.97, Hammer Horror
Originals - The Curse Of Frankenstein / Horror Of Dracula / The Mummy
at £16.97 and Hammer Horror Resurrected - Rasputin the Mad Monk /
Frankenstein Created Woman / The Vengeance of She / The Plague of the
Zombies / Quatermass and the Pit at £31.97.
pre-orders from Amazon I’ve added include BBC Worldwide’s Dad's Army -
Series 1 & 2 at £11.99, Hancock's Half Hour - Volume 1 at
£9.74, Steptoe & Son - Series 1 at £9.74 and One Foot In The
Grave - Series 1 at £11.99 (thanks to Matthew K, Sharp for spotting
these!); two Network titles - Hazell – The Complete Second Series
at £29.99 and Third Rock From The Sun - The Complete Third Season
at £22.49; Cleavision’s Minder – Series 8 box set at £29.99 (which
is due out today) and the Kingdom Hospital box set at £33.74.
Finally, for Amazon, I’ve added two audio book listings. The firstly is
Earthsearch CD Collection from BBC
Spoken Word, at £65.00, and listed for October. This features James
Follett’s two sci-fi serials from the early 1980’s Earthsearch and
Earthsearch II, which follow the exploits of the crew of the
Challenger and their search for Earth, hampered by their computer
guardians, Angel’s One and Two. This should be a collector’s edition box
set with extensive notes from Andrew Pixley and James Follett, similar to
Journey Into Space: Operation Luna
box set which is out today. The second is
The Paul Temple Radio Archive CD Collection,
again from BBC Spoken Word, this time at £100.00 and due in November. If
you haven’t heard of this series before, these are fantastic crime serials
that were produced on BBC Radio during the 1950s and 60s. Written by
Francis Durbridge, they feature the adventures of crime writer Paul Temple
and his ex-journalist wife Steve and the different cases they become
involved in solving. When the radio series finished towards the end of the
1960s it transferred to television and was highly successful in that
medium as well.
BBC Shop has knocked down the price of another audio book, this time the
recently released The Navy Lark – Series 2 Collector’s Edition: Volume
1 featuring the first fourteen episodes of the second series (from
1960) of the comedy series, starring Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips,
Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker. It
is now at £35.99 (£15.00 off).
Choices Direct have a new box set sale running, most of the prices they
offer are better elsewhere. But those that are not include Upstairs
Downstairs - The Complete Series 1-5, which doesn’t include the B&W
episodes, at £69.99 (Thanks to Ian Woodhouse for spotting this!); the
recent Pennies From Heaven release at £20.99; the Raffles
complete box set at £41.99; both Lost in Space – Series 1 and 2
box sets at £29.99 (as Lost in Space – Series 2 is only release
today that’s a massive bargain at £20.00 off!); and finally thanks to
Analogueman for spotting that Choices are now listing the Star Trek –
The Original Series: Season 1, but with the wrong RRP. They think it’s
at £69.99 and it’s really £84.99, their pre-order price is £52.49 (which
is about £6.50 cheaper than most other places at the moment).
to Mark Aldridge for spotting that dvd.co.uk has the Blake’s 7 – Series
1 box set at £17.99 and this has been confirmed as the corrected
re-issue (which is slowly filtering out to all the retailers). They also
have the Hammer House of Horror box set at £17.99 and the recently
released Two Thousand Acres of Sky - Complete Series One at £15.99,
which is £9.00 off.
DVDplus has the Rising Damp – Complete Series 1-4
box set at £21.87 (£8.12 off).
are having another Biggest Ever Sale (another Clearout
should be along in September). They are a running a
Summer DVD Sale and a
Summer DVD Box Sets Sale, these
include the some of the Carlton box set reductions that appeared last year
- Space: 1999 Series 1 & 2 and The Persuaders box
sets at £29.99 each, Sapphire and Steel and UFO box sets at
£19.99. Other highlights include their Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple
Exclusive Box Set at £24.99, Carry On Special Editions at £4.99
each and the Cleopatra 3DVD set at £9.99. The also have the
Secret Army – Series 1 and Survivors – Series 1 box sets at
£29.99 each, but in-store only. Click
for the full highlights.
Play.com has it’s own Summer Sale running. The highlights of this
include Caught on a Train at £9.99, Robin of Sherwood – Series 1
and 2 box sets at £10.49 and Bugs – Series 1 at £13.99.
They’ve also included some Acorn titles at the spectacular price of £5.99
– Campion - Look To The Lady/Police at the Funeral, Campion -
The Case Of The Late Pig / Death Of A Ghost, Rumpole Of The Bailey
- Series 1 – 3 (all at £19.00 off!), together with Dangerous
Davies - The Last Detective, Midsomer Murders, Reilly - Ace of
Spies (all £11.00 off!).
also has the Beyond Our Ken Collector's Edition CD Box Set of
Series 1 at £51.99 (which is £9.01 off).
also to Matt West
for letting me know that PlayUSA have Mork and Mindy – Season 1 at
£17.99 (due September the 7th). If you are interested –
additions for Rowdy’s include Columbo - The Complete First Season
at £24.99 (which is due September),
Land of the Lost – The Complete First Season
at £16.49, Magnum P.I. - The Complete First Season at £24.49 (also
due September), The Munsters - The
Complete First Season and Night
Gallery - The Complete First Season at £24.49 each (both due August
the 24th) and Wonder Woman – The Complete First Series at £17.49.
They also have some bargain volumes of classic American TV - The Abbott
and Costello Show, The Beverly Hillbillies and Bonanza
all from £2.72 each; The Lucy Show from £2.74; and The Dick Van
Dyke Show from £3.99.
have been some recent changes at Rowdys regarding their payment options.
They now take Switch and Solo cards and in the future they hope to take
cheques (in UK Pounds Sterling).
Streets Online have a Gerry Anderson Sale running (to coincide with the
new Thunderbirds release and attendant promotion). Highlights from
this sale include the
Fireball XL5 - The Complete Series
Box Set at £19.99, Joe 90 and Stingray - Complete Series
Box Sets at £24.99 each and Captain Scarlet - The Complete Series
that’s quite enough from me! More next week, as usual.
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