7th April 2005
A whole bunch of announcements from Warner
Home Video makes up today's news. There's a collection of repackaged
Westerns; a box set of Paul Newman movies, boasting a new two-disc edition
a handful of Westerns made for
Turner Network Television; and the
return of the 'Salems Lot vampires.
though it was made for television, the original 1979 mini-series version
of Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot is widely regarded as one of
the most successful adaptations of the author's work.
The book was tackled again last year, for
another mini-series, this time starring Rob Lowe, fresh from The West
Wing, in the David Soul role, Donald Sutherland as Richard Straker
(played by James Mason in the original version), and Rutger Hauer as
Barlow (previously played by the late Reggie Nalder). The new version also
features Homicide Life on the Streets' Andre Braugher, and Star
Trek: First Contact's James Cromwell.
Inexplicably the 1979 version is
unavailable on DVD in the UK. Releasing it to coincide with this new
version seems like an obvious move, but presumably Warner Home Video
didn't want to confuse buyers, or invite comparisons between the two
versions. It's too bad that a savvy retailer like HMV isn't pressing
Warner Home Video to release a limited-edition double-pack.
Salem's Lot - The Miniseries will be
released on July the 11th. It will be presented in 1.77:1 anamorphic
format, with 5.1 audio. The RRP is £15.99.
There are ten films in Warner Home Video's
Ultimate Westerns Collection, which will be presented in new,
foil-embossed new uniform livery. They are: Cahill US Marshal,
Chisum, Jeremiah Johnson, Maverick, The Outlaw Josey
Wales, Pale Rider, Rio Bravo, The Searchers,
The Wild Bunch and Wyatt Earp. The new discs are due on June
the 6th, to coincide with Father's Day. Each disc has an RRP of £12.99.
Potential buyers of The Wild Bunch
might like to know that Warner is working on a box set of Peckinpah
titles, due in 2006, which is likely to feature new special edition
versions of The Wild Bunch and Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid.
It's also likely that John Ford's masterpiece The Searchers will be
revisited in the next couple of years. Here's a look at the new discs'
Warner Home Video will release The
Essential Steve McQueen Collection on July the 18th.
The set will include a new two-disc edition
of Bullitt, which features three documentaries, including one
that's new to DVD: The Cutting Edge - The Magic of Movie Editing, a
look at the film editing process featuring input from Steven Spielberg,
George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Ridley Scott. It will
also include a new documentary about the actor, Steve McQueen: The
Essence of Cool, which includes contributions from McQueen's first
wife, Neile Adams, Sir Richard Attenborough, Norman Jewison, son Chad
McQueen, Peter Yates and Barbara Minty (McQueen's widow). Disc one will
have a commentary track, by director Peter Yates, and will also feature
the film's theatrical trailer. The third documentary is carried over from
the existing disc: the 1968 promotional featurette Bullitt: Steve
McQueen's Commitment to Reality. The film will be presented in 1.85:1
format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
The other four films in the Collection are
The Getaway, and three titles making their UK DVD debut: The
Cincinnati Kid, Never So Few and Tom Horn.
McQueen plays a poker player in 1965's
The Cincinnati Kid, another film directed by Norman Jewison. The disc
will feature a commentary by the director; scene-specific commentary by
the David Foley and Phil Gordon, the hosts of Bravo's Celebrity Poker
Showdown; an archival featurette, The Cincinnati Kid Plays
According to Hoyle; and a theatrical trailer. The film is in mono, and
presented in 1.85: widescreen format.
The Getaway is already available on
DVD, but this new set will add some bonus material to the offering: a
commentary by DVD producer Nick Redman, authors Paul Seydor, Garner
Simmons and David Weddle; a "virtual" audio commentary with stills,
featuring McQueen, co-star Ali MacGraw and director Sam Peckinpah. The
disc, which will feature the film in 2.4:1 widescreen format, with mono
audio, will also include a theatrical trailer. The Getaway is
another title likely to be spruced up for Warner's Peckinpah box set, but
whether it will feature additional bonus features to those on this new
version is unknown.
Frank Sinatra stars in the 1959 McQueen
film Never So Few, as the leader of a band of OSS operatives in
WWII Burma. The film also features Charles Bronson and Peter Lawford. The
film will be presented in 2.4:1 widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1
McQueen plays a man hired to prevent
violence on a Wyoming cattle ranch in the 1980 film Tom Horn, one
of the actor's last films. The film also stars Linda Evans and The
Straight Story's Richard Farnsworth. The film film will be presented
in 2.4:1 widescreen format, with mono audio.
The new Bullitt Special Edition and
The Getaway will be available to buy separately: Bullitt for
£19.99 and The Getaway for £15.99. RRP for the five-title
Collection set is £49.99.
The US version of this set is due out on
June the 7th. It will feature an additional film: Papillon, a title
owned by Warner in the US, but by Columbia Tristar in the UK. It appears
that the Papillon disc will be bare-bones, in contrast to the UK
disc, which has a featurette, and an isolated score track (featuring a
perennial favourite by Jerry Goldsmith). The UK disc is usually available
for about £7. SRP for the US set is $68.92.
Here's a look at the box set art, and the
sleeves for the two standalone discs...
Ted Turner's enthusiasm for the Western has
manifested itself in a number of productions over the years, and on July
the 25th Warner Home Video will release three TV movies made for Turner
Network Television: Conagher, Last Stand at Saber River and
The Desperate Trail.
Two of the films star an actor who's career
seems to have been defined by his fine moustache, Sam Elliott: Conagher,
about the affair between a rough-ridin' cowhand and widower Evie Teale (The
Stepford Wives' Katharine Ross), and The Desperate Trail, which
features Nightbreed's Craig Sheffer as a conman and The Last
Seduction's Linda Fiorentino as a condemned prisoner.
The third film, Last Stand At Saber
River is based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, and features Tom Selleck
as a pioneer who returns from the civil war to find that ne'er do wells
David and Keith Carradine have taken possession of his home.
All three films are presented in full-frame
1.33:1 format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. RRP for each disc is £15.99.
Here's the sleeve art...
4th April 2005
Today is a very important day for telefantasy fans. The BBC are releasing a whole bunch of new titles
including some titles that fans have been waiting for for decades: The
Flipside of Dominick Hide / Another Flip For Dominick, The
Invisible Man, The Day of the Triffids, The Nightmare Man
and the Quatermass: Complete Collection.
It's also a blue ribbon day for Hammer
fans, with four titles due today: Mask of Dust, Spaceways
and Stolen Face from DD Video, and Hell Is A City, from
Cinema Club. Don't blame me if you can't find 'em in the shops! The
Hammer DVD Guide has been updated accordingly. I'll add more detail when I get the
Ceri is away, so the
Incoming page has only had a cursory
once-over. I've checked that all the titles listed as coming out today are
actually still expected today by the main e-tailers, and have added a few
titles from announcements that were made last week. I've also added some
information culled from last week's News entries.
Titles that were expected this
week, but seem to have been postponed, include Carla's Song (now 11/4) and
the Gandhi - Special Edition (now 19/9).
Finally, for those who haven't seen it yet,
here, courtesy of the
BBC Shop, is the sleeve for the first of the new Doctor Who
DVDs, which is due on May the 16th. These releases won't have any bonus
features: for those you'll have to wait for the box set, which will be
released at the end of the year. Thanks to Mark Aldridge for the tip!
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