NEWS ARCHIVE - 25th - 31st OCTOBER 2004



UK release - 22nd October

UK release - 2nd September


28th October 2004

Universal will release The Chronicles of Riddick on DVD on December the 27th. The disc will feature a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 384kbps) and optional English HoH subtitles.

The extras will include the Virtual Guide To The Chronicles of Riddick (10m, short profiles of various characters and places); Toombs' Chase Log (a video diary by the Merc, Toombs, 10m); Riddick Insider: Facts on Demand (pop-up information captions); Visual Effects Revealed (6m); Riddick's Worlds (a 3m tour of the sets, hosted by Vin Diesel, and ten interactive panoramic set browsers); the first level of the X-Box game The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (available if you play the disc in an X-box); and DVD-Rom gubbins. If you're thinking that that all sounds a bit skimpy, you'd be right.

The Visual Effects Revealed featurette isn't mentioned in the press release, by the way, which is why you won't find it mentioned by news sites that merely regurgitate what's spoon-fed to them. Rest assured, though, that it is on the disc (and so the bonus features match those announced for the Region 1 disc, which is due on November the 16th).

RRP for the disc is 19.99.

The BBC Cult TV website has added weight to the rumour that BBC Worldwide (or 2 Entertain, or whatever they're going to call the new partnership), will be releasing the excellent 1981 TV adaptation of The Day of The Triffids next year. There are more gossip about what other neglected BBC gems might be turning up in this thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.

On the other hand, DD Video's release of the 1954 version of Nineteen Eighty-Four has vanished from the lists of some of the online retailers, suggesting a delay. I've asked DD Video to comment on this, and will pass on their response if there is one.

27th October 2004

Network has made an announcement about The Complete Ripping Yarns audio problem, which you can read below.

There's been no statement about the similar problems that affect The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Complete Season Three and The Life and Loves of a She Devil discs.

A small number of discs from the initial pressing of The Complete Ripping Yarns was affected by a fault which on some TVs or surround sound systems manifests as absent / weak sound coming from the rear speakers. Anyone who has purchased The Complete Ripping Yarns and has been affected by this problem can obtain replacement discs with refund of postage by sending both discs only (as proof of purchase) but with no original packaging to:

Ripping Yarns DVD Exchange
Unit 7.1.1 The Leathermarket
Weston Street
London Bridge

Please allow 7-10 days for your replacement to arrive. Network apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

26th October 2004

There's a new competition starting today, offering you the chance to win a copy of the 3rd Rock From The Sun - The Complete Fourth Season box set, courtesy of Network. Click on the banner, above, or here, to go to the competition page.

25th October 2004

A very modest update today... there'll be more reviews in the next couple of days.

Ceri's taking a break this week, so the Incoming page has been given no more than a cursory once-over. I've checked all the titles listed as coming out today against, and moved those that probably won't be appearing.

Titles that were listed for today, but appear to have been postponed are The Marlon Brando Collection Box Set (now due 22/11/04); Kim Possible - A Stitch In Time (now TBA); Jupiter Moon - Season 3 (29/12/04) and The Rita Hayworth Collection Box Set (8/11/04). Copies of The Sweeney - The Complete Fourth Series have been leaking out to retailers for the last week or so, because of the various schedule changes, but the official release date is today, so it should be widely available.

Recent clearances at the BBFC include the feature-length version of the 1968 Danger Man story Korashi (interesting...); fifteen minutes of unspecified bonus material for The Box of Delights; a director's commentary for The English Patient; an uncut version of Abel Ferrara's Cat Chaser (reinstating 17" of material cut for the theatrical and subsequent home video versions); Godfrey Reggio's Naqoyqatsi; ninety-minutes of bonus material for Star Trek - Voyager - Season 5; lots of bits and pieces for the Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King four-disc set and Fox's I, Robot; and half an hour of bonus material for the original version of The Parent Trap.

There are two new competitions starting today, and there'll be a third starting as soon as I've sorted out a few details with the PR company. In the meantime I'll keep the Warner Home Video Cult Horror competition open. This week's competitions offer the chance to win a copy of the fourth and final The Sweeney box set, from Network; and the third and final series of Millennium, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Click on the banners, above, or here for the Sweeney - The Complete Fourth Series competition, or here for the Millennium - The Complete Third Season competition.

I'm very happy that Fox has honoured their promise to release all three seasons of Millennium (and in such quick order, too!)  If you haven't heard, the second (and, apparently, the third) seasons of the series are presented in anamorphic widescreen format for the first time, and they look terrific. Check out a few screen shots from the season two set here (warning - slight spoilers!) Hopefully it won't be long before Fox release Chris Carter's spin-off from The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen.

Previous Zeta Minor News entries can viewed here.

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