2nd March 2005
I've uploaded updated versions of the
Offers pages today. I've corrected a few errors in the
Incoming page, and added a few new bits and
pieces. The Offers page hasn't been updated
properly for some time. I've spent a few hours bringing some of the
information up to date, but it still needs a lot of work. All the
information up to and including Play.com's listings should be current -
although because I've not been through the entire list, there may be a few
better prices available elsewhere. You might well find a few bargains you
weren't aware of, though!
label Blue Underground will release Venice Film Festival Grand Special
Jury prize winner Bad Boy Bubby on DVD on April the 26th. The
notorious 1993 film, about a man who's been kept locked up by his depraved
mother for his entire life, will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic
widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
The disc will feature an interview with
director Rolf de Heer, Christ Kid, You're A Weirdo; an interview
with star Nicholas Hope, Being Bubby; a short film starring Hope,
Confessor Caresser; a theatrical trailer, and a poster and stills gallery.
RRP for the disc, which will be Region 0, is $19.99.
forthcoming Blue Underground titles include a single-disc edition of Tinto
Brass's Nazi brothel movie Salon Kitty and Gillian Armstrong's
romantic drama My Brilliant Career, which is due in May (no further
details are available). The new Salon Kitty disc drops most of the
bonus features from the Limited Edition two-disc set: all that remains is
the trailer and the Brass bio. The 1975 film will be presented in 1.85:1
anamorphic ratio, with Dolby Digital mono audio. RRP for the new version
is $29.95 - the same as the Limited Edition version.
Here's a roundup of what Revelation are
releasing in the next month or two. A couple of dates have shifted since
titles were originally released.
Around The World With Willy Fog - The
(5 discs / 26 episodes); RRP £24.99
The Tomorrow People - Series 7 (6
Bugs - The Complete Series (40
Dirty Sanchez - Complete Series 1
(Limited edition with T-Shirt); £24.99
Dirty Sanchez 2: Jobs For The Boyos;
Wire In The Blood - Complete First and
Second ITV Series; £29.99
The release date of the third season of
Lost In Space has been rescheduled from the 28th of March to the 25th
Four will release Derren Brown - Trick of the Mind on April the
18th. The disc will include all six episodes of this recent series, which
featured guest appearances by Stephen Fry, Martin Kemp, chef Michael Roux,
Jr. and conductor Robin Stapleton. Exclusive extras on the DVD include an
interview with Derren; a behind-the-scenes video diary; commentary on all
six episodes by Derren and key members of the production team, including
Derren's brother, Dominic. RRP for the DVD is £19.99. Incidentally, don't
be alarmed if you see a running time of "74 minutes" quoted elsewhere - it
was a typo on the press release: the correct running time is "174
Derren will be touring in the UK form March until June with a new stage
show, Something Wicked This Way Comes (see
his website for
A new Derren Brown series will air on Channel 4 in April.
Home Video will release the third season of Smallville on DVD on
April the 18th. The six-disc set will feature all twenty-two episodes of
the series, in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0
The set will feature commentary tracks on
three episodes (by producers Alfred Gough and Milers Millar, and cast
members Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack and John Glover); Producing
Smallville: The Heroes Behind the Camera featurette; The Chloe
Chronicles: Volume II web video diary segments; unaired scenes with
optional commentary; gag reel; Easter Egg ("Michael
Rosenbaum interviews one of the crew as they role play a DVD executive
interview" - sic); and a DVD-ROM
link to the Smallville website. RRP for the set is £54.99.
28th February 2005
Ceri has updated the Incoming page,
to include more new titles, and more information about previously-listed
titles. This includes the latest information from Network, from their
recently-updated website. Click here to
will release a Special Edition version of Top Gun on April the 4th.
The two-disc set features a re-mastered version of the film, with DTS 6.1
audio. (No additional technical details were released).
The new set will include a commentary track
(by Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Director Tony Scott, Screenwriter Jack
Epps and Navy experts); five music videos (Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone
and Playing With The Boys, Berlin's Take My Breath Away,
Loverboy's Heaven In Your Eyes and Harold Faltermeyer and Steve
Stevens' Top Gun Anthem); a seven-part, two-hour documentary,
Danger Zone - The Making of Top Gun; Best of the Best - The Real Top
Gun featurette (8m); Visionary Alliance - Don Simpson and Jerry
Bruckheimer featurette; Top Guns of the Sky featurette; vintage
Behind The Scenes featurette (6m); vintage Survival Training
featurette (8m); Tom Cruise interviews; storyboards (with optional
commentary and multi-angles, 14m); a vintage Production Photography
featurette; and trailers and TV spots. The set will come with a
fourteen-page booklet. RRP for the set is £19.99.
release of the first season of the quirky sitcom Arrested Development
heads a slew of announcements from Twentieth Century Fox Home
The three-disc set features all twenty-two
episodes of the series, about a dysfunctional family whose opulent
lifestyle comes to an end when the patriarch (The Larry Sanders Show's
Jeffrey Tambor) is sent to prison for fiddling the books. It also features
an extended version of the show's pilot episode. The show also features
Jason Bateman, Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's David Cross and Ally McBeal's
Portia de Rossi. It's a fine series, and if you've not seen it yet, it's
currently airing on BBC2 and BBC4.
Bonus features include commentary tracks by
cast and crew members on "selected episodes" (the US set has three);
fourteen deleted and extended scenes (22m); Breaking Ground: Behind The
Scenes of Arrested Development featurette (17m); original song
segments (audio presentation of 25m of cues written by David Schwartz for
the series); Museum of Television and Radio Q&A featurette with
creator Mitchell Hurwitz and cast members (10m); featurettes TV Land:
Arrested Development - The Making of a Future Classic (7m), TV Land
Awards - The Future Classic Award (4m); Sneak Peek at Season 2
(2m); and Easter Egg: Tobias Outtake (2m). Apart from a missing
trailer, these spec's seem to be identical to the R1 version (the Sneak
Peek is titled Inside Look on the packaging for the R1 set, but
it's titled Sneak Peek on screen).
The episodes will be presented in 1.78:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. There are
English SDH subtitles. The set will be released on March the 21st, with an
RRP of £34.99.
Alexander Payne's terrific offbeat comedy
Sideways will be released by Fox on May the 2nd. The film, about a
wine-tasting road trip undertaken by two buddies (Thomas Haden Church and
Paul Giamatti), will feature "commentaries" by its two stars; a
behind-the-scenes featurette, seven deleted scenes, with introductions;
three Easter Eggs; and an Inside Look featurette about
Ridley Scott's forthcoming Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven.
The film will be in anamorphic 1.85:1
format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and English HoH subtitles. RRP is
Fox will release last year's hi-tech
terrorist thriller mini-series The Grid on March the 14th, as a
two-disc box set. The series featured ER's Juliana Margulies, Dylan
McDermott, Bernard Hill and Jemma Redgrave.
The globe-trotting six-part series will be
split across two discs: the first four parts on disc one, the other two on
disc two. Bonus features include commentary on episodes three and four (by
Director Mikael Salomon and Executive Producer Tracey Alexander); sixteen
scenes with narration by Dylan McDermott; twenty scenes with narration by
Julianna Margulies; thirteen deleted scenes; three featurettes:
Decoding The Grid, VFX - Secrets of The Grid and Race
Against Time (total: 18m, assuming they're the same as the R1
The episodes will be presented in 1.78:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, and English
SDH subtitles. The set has an RRP of £15.99.
Fox will release a two-disc Conan The
Barbarian Special Edition box set on April the 18th.
The film will be presented in 2.35:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and optional
English HoH subtitles.
The disc will feature several bonus
features carried over from previous versions (including a commentary by
Director / Writer John Miluis and star Arnold Schwarzenegger); the
Conan Unchained: The Making of Conan documentary (53m); deleted scenes
sequence (5m); special effects split-screen video (2m); The Conan
Archives stills gallery (11m); cast and filmmaker biographies;
production notes "and much more". In addition the new set will feature a
"brand new documentary about sword and sorcery / fantasy films".
Unlike Conan The Destroyer, the UK
DVD releases of Barbarian have been uncut, even thought the film
was cut for its theatrical and VHS releases. The film is owned by
Universal in the US, and their Region 1 discs have mono audio. RRP for
Fox's new R2 set will be £19.99.
More Arnie news: the new two-disc Total
Recall set from Momentum (which was originally due in October last
year) has been delayed again, but only by two weeks, to the thirteenth of
June. I've had a very quick look at the set, and can report that the set
comprises of a DVD-9 for the feature and its commentaries, and a DVD-5,
for the rest of the bonus material; (which was listed in the
News item for the
17th of February). There are a couple of things that you might want to
know, especially bearing in mind that this UK set will sell for about
three times the price of the R1 disc, which was released in September
2001: the second commentary on the disc, by cinematographer
Jost Vacano is in German, with optional
English subtitles. It's moderated by Marko Kregel, explaining his credit
the disc's menu
screens. The other featurette
that's apparently exclusive to Momentum's pan-European edition (licensed
in from Kinowelt / Studio Canal) is the World of Science Fiction
Literature featurette, which is in French (again, with optional
English subtitles). This is a ten-minute look at the science fiction
genre's fascination with la Planète Rouge, presented by SF book shop owner
Bourgoin. The disc has an 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer, with 5.1 audio at
448kpbs. The average bit-rate is 8.45Mb/s.
Universal Pictures has submitted the Hammer
(Herbert Lom) version of The Phantom of the Opera to the BBFC,
indicating that a "widescreen" DVD release is on the cards, perhaps to tie
in with the release of Joel Schumacher's recent adaptation (which is due
on May the 2nd, according to some of the retailers).
Tartan will release the second series of
Edgar Reitz's TV series Heimat on May the 23rd. The eleven disc box
set, subtitled Chronicle of a Generation, will feature Hermann's
adventures in Munich during the 1960s. RRP for the new set will be £99.99.
In a somewhat unusual move, Tartan
announced that the first series was "a best seller", and and that they
sold out of their initial pressing of 5000 copies. A second batch has
recently been manufactured.
will release Zhang Yimou's BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated martial arts
film House of Flying Daggers on May the 2nd, as a two-disc set.
Bonus features on the set include a forty-five minute Making of...
featurette, a fifteen minute Inside Look featurette, a director's
commentary; Lovers' music video;
cast and crew interviews;
storyboard-to-film comparison; location scout visits; trailers and TV
spots. The film will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format,
with Chinese 5.1 audio (presumably Dolby Digital), and English subtitles
RRP is £19.99.
Finally, Kaleidoscope has updated the
schedule for it's archive TV event on March the 12th. You can find the
this thread over at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
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