21st October 2004
There are two new reviews for you today:
Andrew Smith has reviewed Eureka's Laurel & Hardy Double Bill of
March of the Wooden Soldiers and Bogus Bandits, and Ceri Laing
has reviewed Network's eagerly-awaited Star Cops set, which is
currently due on November the 8th. Click on the sleeve images, right, or
here for the Star Cops review,
or here for the
Laurel & Hardy review.
will release the third instalment of the Ginger Snaps series,
Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, on January the 17th (the film will
be released to rent on December the 27th). The film is essentially a
re-boot of the series, using the characters of Ginger and Bridgitte in a
The disc will feature deleted scenes, a
Director's Video Diary (10m), Wolfboy and Blood, Guts and
Fire featurettes, and two items titled Fun on the Set and
No technical specifications were announced.
The American equivalent disc is presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 format; the
Canadian version is 1.78:1 widescreen, without anamorphic enhancement, so
it shouldn't be hard for Mosaic to better that. Sadly, it seems that the
Canadian disc's commentary track will not be included on the Mosaic
version. (The Canadian disc also features optional commentary on the
deleted scenes). This is a shame, because a version that combined an
anamorphic transfer and the commentary track would have been the
best version available. RRP for the Mosaic disc will be £15.99.
19th October 2004
Network have changed the release date
of their eagerly-anticipated Star Cops DVD set (again!) The
series will now be released on November the 8th (a week later than
Mark Andresen for letting me
know that the el cheapo version of The Ghoul (1934) that's being
sold by Classic Entertainment is, in fact, the restored version. (I wonder
if Classic Entertainment have simply re-mastered it from the R1 MGM DVD!?)
Still, worth a punt for a quid, if you can find a copy, I'd say!
page has been updated to add Amazon's offer on the
Red Dwarf - Series 5 Limited Edition Gift Set DVD set (which comes
with a Corgi Starbug model). It's on offer at £14.99 (RRP £24.99).
18th October 2004
Let's start the week with reviews of two
very nice discs from Momentum: Region 2 versions of The Howling and
The Fog. Both of these are released today. The Fog two-disc
set is very similar to the Region 1 version, from MGM, but Momentum's
The Howling Special Edition is substantially different from its Region
1 counterpart (also from MGM). Matt West has reviewed The Howling,
here, and new Zeta Minor
contributor John J Johnston has reviewed The Fog
here. Welcome aboard John!
We have three new competitions for you to
try your luck with today, offering the chance to win the second series of
Stephen Bochco's fine crime drama series Murder One, the third of
the four seasons of the popular ITC adventure series The Adventures of
Robin Hood, or a set of new Cult Horror discs, from Warner Home
Video, which include Tony Scott's stylish The Hunger and Polanski's
The Fearless Vampire Hunters. Click on the banners, above, or
here for Murder
One - Case One,
The Adventures of Robin Hood - The
Complete Third Season, or
for the Warner Home Video Cult Horror collection.
in Video has announced the release of the recent Steve Coogan / Jackie
Chan adaptation of Around The World In Eighty Days, which will hit
retailers' shelves on November the 15th.
The press release didn't mention any
technical specifications, but if the sleeve the company has provided is to
be believed, the disc will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen,
with a choice of DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks.
There's no mention on the sleeve of any
bonus materials, so it's back to the press release to discover that the
disc will feature Deleted Scenes, a Jackie Chan Stunt Piece;
a Behind The Scenes Featurette, and a commentary track by the
director, whose name is presented in such miniscule type on the sleeve
that I won't risk straining my eyes by crediting him here. RRP for the
disc will be £19.99.
And now, over to Ceri, for his weekly news
roundup, and guide to the latest bargains...
CERI'S GUIDE TO THE
folks, back once again with a summary of this week’s update to the
We’ll start with the films this week…
a follow-up the report last week that Columbia Tri-Star have pencilled in
Hellboy for January, it’s now appearing on some of the retailers
for January the 17th. The two-discer has an RRP of £22.99.
Paramount’s Top Gun - Special
Edition has been put back to the
17th of January, with special features now being listed as
commentary by Jerry Bruckheimer, Tony Scott and Navy
Experts; Best of the Best: The Real Top Gun; Top Guns of the Sky;
Visionary Alliance: Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer; five music
videos; vintage gallery; Behind the Scenes; Survival Training;
storyboards and trailer. Its RRP remains the same: £19.99.
Some special features for a Warner Home Video release of Tod Browning’s
Freaks have been cleared at the BBFC. These include The Side Show
Cinema running to sixty-three minutes, Alternate Endings (just
under six minutes) and a Special Message (two and a half minutes).
So far a release isn’t being listed by any of the retailers.
Classic Entertainment has four more horror film triple bills lined up at
the ‘competitive priced’ RRP of £3.99 each – so no doubt brought you in
glorious shite-o-vision (you have been warned!). The 1st of November sees
3 Classic Horrors of the Silver
Screen - Volume 2 featuring A
Bucket of Blood (1959), The House On Haunted Hill (1959), and
The Ghoul (1934). The 6th of December sees 3 Classic Horrors of
the Silver Screen - Volume 3, which includes Little Shop of Horrors
(1960), The Bat (1959), and Bride of the Monster (1955).
Then, on the 10th of January, there are 3 Classic Bela Lugosi Films of
the Silver Screen, featuring Invisible Ghost (1941), Scared
To Death (1947) and White Zombie (1932) and Volume 4 of
3 Classic Horrors of the Silver Screen, including Carnival Of
Souls (1962), The Ape Man (1943) and The Mesa of Lost Women
Fancy a bit of early film-making? Well, on the 25th of October the BFI
have a collection of adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays due out. Silent
Shakespeare features The Tempest (1908), King Lear
(1910), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1909), Twelfth Night
(1910), The Merchant Of Venice (1910), Richard III (1911),
and the first Shakespeare film ever made King John (1899). The
release also has a commentary and introduction by Dr. Judith Buchanan of
the University of
sleeve notes and bibliography. Its RRP is £19.99.
box set of five Pedro Almodovar films
is listed for the 27th of December from Pathé. The films include Live
Flesh, All About My Mother, Talk To Her (seemingly just
the previous releases), a new-to-Region 2 appearance for Tie Me Up, Tie
Me Down (a.k.a. Atame!) and Almodovar’s latest film Bad
Education (a.k.a. La Mala Educacion), which is also a
first-time release. The latter two will also be available separately. The
box set has an RRP of £49.99, with the individual releases of Tie Me
Up, Tie Me Down (a.k.a. Atame!) and Bad Education
(a.k.a. La Mala Educacion) at £19.99 each.
the TV releases…
limited collector’s edition of a
Xena: Warrior Princess - Complete Series Box Set
from Universal Playback is now up on some of the retailers with an RRP of
£289.99. The thirty-six disc set is listed as being an internet exclusive.
Amazon has the set at £217.99 – click
here if you are interested! The set has a date of November the 29th.
American show, The 4400, currently having a
airing on Sky One, is now being listed by some retailers.
is preparing a release of Season 1 of the show, about the sudden
return of 4400 missing people, for January the 10th, with an RRP of
Sky’s home-grown show Hex - their cross between Charmed and
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - is due a week later on January the 17th.
The Series 1 release is from Columbia Tri-Star with £29.99 as its
Also being listed from Columbia Tri-Star on the 17th of January -
Dawson’s Creek – Season 4, with an RRP of £44.99 and Fat Friends –
Series 1 at £24.99 (confirming our report last week), together Fat
Friends – Series 1-3 at £59.99.
Finally, a couple of delays…
…with the green-lighting of Series 4 of Spooks, the
Series 3 release has now been put back to coincide with the broadcast
next year. Play is listing a date of the 3rd of October 2005, but expect
this to drift next year, as the next series finds its place in the
…and Network’s Star Cops has slipped a week, so it will now be out
in two weeks time on the November the 1st. But it’ll be worth the wait!
That’s it for Incoming, now onto the
update to Offers page…
Thanks to Lissa for posting that Amazon have knocked down the price of
Big Train to £13.99 (£11.00 off!).
other retailers have taken the lead from dvd.co.uk and are offering the
Lord of the Rings – Return of the King (Extended Edition) Box Set very
cheaply. But Choices Direct and Sendit have pushed the bargain price down
by 50p – they both have the set at £17.49. Thanks to Stuart Flanagan for
posting about the latter!
Play has added a whole wodge of titles to their Box Sets sale, some of
which have only just been released!
Firstly, thanks again to Lissa for posting that
Crime Traveller is at £16.99,
Press Gang - Series 1 at £9.99, Robin of Sherwood sets at
£10.99 each, Sykes - The Complete 1972 Series at £10.99, The
Marx Brothers Collection at £16.99 and The Complete Royle Family
to Ian for posting that the Bugs - Series 1-4 sets are at
included in the sale are some very good Acorn titles: A Family at War -
Series 1, (the fantastic!) To Serve Them All My Days and (the
just out!) The House Of Eliott - Series 1 all at £30.99 each; A
Horseman Riding By, (the also just out!) By the Sword Divided -
Series 1 and When the Boat Comes In - Series 3 all at £27.99
each. Network’s The Sweeney – The Complete Series 1 is at £22.99;
the Tales of the Unexpected (4 Disc Box Set) and The Norman
Conquests (3 Disc Set) at £13.99 each; and Volumes 1 & 2
of Charlie Chaplin Classics are both at £36.99.
Finally, thanks to Analogueman for posting that the forthcoming
Allen - On Life
is at £6.99!
that’s yer lot from me!
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