28th January 2005
My thanks again to Al
Samujh for sending provisional sleeve
images for the other two forthcoming DD Video Hammer titles. Here are Spaceways
and Stolen Face.
Paramount will release the sixth season of
Star Trek - Voyager on the 7th of March. The seven-disc set will
feature all twenty-six episodes of the show's penultimate series,
re-mastered with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The bonus features are
spearheaded by a retrospective look at the season, Braving The Unknown,
along with interviews with Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Roxann Dawson, Kate
Mulgrew, Marina Sirtis and regular guest star Vaughn Armstrong. Other
bonus features include the Voyager Time Capsule: Chakotay and
Red Alert - Amazing Special Effects.
Paramount have also confirmed the release
dates for the first four seasons of Star Trek - Enterprise:
Season 1 - 2nd May
Season 2 - 11th July
Season 3 - 5th September
Season 4 - 31st October
MIA will release Shaolin vs Evil Dead
on March the 21st.
The film, which stars Kill Bill's
Gordon Lui, will have an anamorphic transfer, and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Bonus features will include The Making of Shaolin vs Evil Dead
featurette and a production stills gallery. Note to PR company: "scene
selection" and "fully interactive moving menus" are no longer classed as
"Special Features". Give it up, dudes.
27th January 2005
to Roobarb's DVD Forum member Ed Parsons for spotting that Play.com
have added the 1967 Peter Cook / Dudley Moore comedy Bedazzled to
their listings. This is one of the most eagerly-awaited DVD catalogue
releases, confirmed by its win in the Roobarb's DVD Forum 2004 Awards poll
Most Anticipated Unannounced DVD - Film.
The label concerned is Second Sight,
perhaps best known to Zeta Minor visitors for releases like Children of
the Stones, Chocky and The Tripods. Contrary to the
listing on Play.com, the film in fact will be released much earlier
than November - May is the current target date. Bonus materials for the
disc are being assembled, including a five-minute Movietone set report,
which features Dudley interviewing Cook in character as the Devil. The
disc should also feature interviews with John Fortune and Barry Humphries.
Second Sight has approached director Stanley Donen, but he has been
The provisional sleeve artwork is shown,
above. More information as we receive it...
My thanks to Al Samujh for sending us the
provisional sleeve artwork for two upcoming DD Video Hammer releases, for the
car-racing drama Mask of Dust, and their early science-fiction
movie Four Sided Triangle. These will be joined by two further
Hammer titles, Stolen Face and Spaceways. Bonus features for
the discs haven't been finalised yet - or officially announced - but it
seems that the studio's short film Copenhagen will not be among
them. The current plan is to pair Stolen Face with 1957 medical
drama Danger List (which features The Avengers' Honor
Blackman), Spaceways with the 1959 science documentary Operation
Universe, Four Sided Triangle with the 1955 wartime resistance
drama The Right Person and Early Hammer photo' galleries, and
Mask of Dust with various Goodwood newsreels. Each title will come
with one of the company's terrific collector's booklets.
Finally, here's the sleeve artwork for the
three Law & Order DVD titles that were announced
here on January
26th January 2005
Vista will release the Brad Bird's Oscar-nominated Disney / Pixar movie
The Incredibles on March the 18th. The two-disc Collector's Edition
set will feature a never-before-seen short film Jack-Jack Attack, which reveals young Jack's previously- unknown super powers,
and reveals what happened while he was left with the babysitter.
The disc will also feature an alternate
opening; deleted scenes introduced by the filmmakers; behind-the-scenes
featurettes; Incredi-blunders bloopers and outtakes; Pixar's sheep-shearin'
short Boundin', and a featurette in its creator, Who Is Bud
Luckey?; files on all the superheroes; fully-animated character
interviews; a commentary track; and a "lost" cartoon featuring Mr
Incredible, Frozone and their rabbit sidekick Mr Skiperoo, Mr
Incredible and Pals (with in-character optional commentary).
The film will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format (2.39:1) (the set will also include a reframed 1.33:1
version). No details about the disc's audio presentation were revealed.
25th January 2005
Sorry, no new reviews today... and not much
are releasing two catalogue titles on March the 14th: Russell Mulcahy's
1993 caper movie The Real McCoy and Michael Chapman's The Clan
of the Cave Bear. Sad to report, though, that both these films
are 4:3 transfers. This is particularly irksome in the case of The Clan
of the Cave Bear, which should be in 2.35:1 ratio. The Real McCoy
looks like it's been transferred recently, but Clan, a
difficult film to capture, I'd have thought, looks pretty grim. Even
well-lit scenes look mis-registered. The film's subtitles are burnt in to
the print, and look like they were laser-etched into the film at the time
of its theatrical release. Happily, both films are available in their
correct aspect ratio in the US. RRP for the UK discs is £9.99 each.
Shane Meadows' BAFTA-nominated slasher
movie Dead Man's Shoes will be released on DVD by Optimum on March
the 21st. The film will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen
format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0 audio tracks (at 448kbps
and 256kbps respectively). Bonus features include a commentary track (by
Meadows, star Paddy Considine and producer Mark Herbert); deleted scenes
and extended takes, including an alternate ending (26m); a music video (What
U Sitting on (Remix) by Danger Mouse and Jemini, 3m); Graphic novel
animation (2m); In Shane's Shoes documentary (24m); a short film by
Meadows, Northern Soul (26m); a theatrical trailer (2m) and an
Easter Egg (click and drag to reveal:
outtakes from the commentary,
9m). The disc also includes trailers for Switchblade Romance,
Shaolin Soccer, 9 Songs and The Street Fighter Box Set.
All-in-all a very nice package! RRP for the disc is £19.99.
Vista has announced two further titles to add to their Walt Disney
Treasures collection: Chronological Donald and Mickey In
Living Colour 2. These will be released on April the 4th. As before,
the two-disc sets will be packaged in limited-edition tin packaging.
Chronological Donald features seven Donald Duck films from between 1934
and 1948, and a further six from the 40s. Mickey In Living Colour 2
features sixteen cartoons dating back to the 30s, including Tugboat
Mickey and The Nifty Nineties. Both sets feature
introductions by Leonard Maltin.
The Mickey set will include the
Sorcerer's Apprentice segment from Fantasia, Mickey's first
venture into feature films. There's also a look at Mickey's career with
two of the actors to give voice to the character recently, Wayne Allwine
and Russi Taylor.
The bonus features on the Chronological
Donald set will include storyboards, a background art gallery, and a
featurette about the man who gave Donald his distinctive rasp, Clarence
Buena Vista will release the rather
charming Anne Hathaway fairy tale story Ella Enchanted on April the
18th. The Miramax film - talking books, ogres, magic charms, you know the
sort of thing, but with a Shrek-like post-modern twist - is
supported by a full package of bonus materials, including deleted scenes;
a commentary track; Prince Charmont's Fan Club game; Red Carpet Premiere
Special; The Magical World of Ella Enchanted featurette; a DVD-Rom
featyre titled Happily Ever After - Create Your Own; and a music
video (presumably Kari Kimmel's It's Not Just Make-Believe, as on
the R1 disc).
24th January 2005
I'm afraid it's going to be another week
without a proper Incoming or
Offers update. Sean's workload has
suddenly increased exponentially, and that means he's no longer able to
keep these pages updated. My thanks to him for his sterling work over the
last couple of months. Quite frankly, unless someone else steps in to take
over, the two pages will probably wither and die. I simply don't have the
time to maintain them and keep the rest of the site running with News
updates, reviews, etc.
I've given the
Incoming page a quick brush-up,
checking that the titles we've listed as coming out today are still
expected (at least they're still expected by Play.com). Those that appear
to have been re-scheduled are: Ally McBeal (re-issues) - moved to
21/2; Charley Says - Volume 2, which has been postponed again, now
due 14/2; Churchill: The Hollywood Years, now 28/3; Jean Rollin's
The Naked Vampire, now expected 31/1; and the Peanuts Box Set,
now due 7/2.
Check back in tomorrow for at least one new
review, and for the latest news (assuming there is some!)
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