NEWS ARCHIVE - 9th-15th MAY 2005


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13th May 2005

Anchor Bay UK will release Larry Cohen's terrific 1982 cult monster movie Q The Winged Serpent on June the 20th.

The disc will feature a re-mastered version of the film, with a commentary by Cohen; film notes; a posters and stills gallery; Q memorabilia; DVD-ROM content; teaser trailer; and a revised teaser trailer. The disc will offer a choice of 2.0, or 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS sound tracks.

From the spec's it looks to be very closely modelled on the US version, from Blue Underground. The RRP is 16.99.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will be offering 7.50 off the Star Wars Trilogy four-DVD box set to moviegoers seeing Revenge of the Sith. The voucher offer will be publicised at cinemas, in-store and in the press. The voucher can be redeemed at participating retailers.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release the first season of the Tim Allen sitcom Home Improvement on June the 27th.

The four-disc set will feature all twenty-four episodes of the first season, including the Pilot episode. Bonus features on the set will include audio commentary on selected episodes by executive producers Carmen Finestra and David McFadzean and a Loose Screws gag reel. As usual with BVHE, no technical spec's were released, and neither was the RRP (which is thought to be 29.99).

Universal has released a trailer for the Ray DVD, which you can download here. The disc is released on June the 6th.

Mosaic Entertainment will release cult favourite Class of 1984 on July the 4th.

The 1982 film, which features Michael J. Fox in an early role, will be accompanied by a director's commentary (by Mark L. Lester), a trailer and a TV spot. No technical spec's were announced. Last time the film was submitted to the BBFC (by Weintraub Entertainment, in 1987) it was refused a certificate. Prior to that the film itself was cut by more than four minutes, so fingers crossed that this new version is uncut. (The film is also being released in the US, later this month). The RRP is 15.99.

What seems to be a bare-bones release of Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous will hit shelves on July the 11th, from Warner Home Video.

The film will be presented in 2.4:1 ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. A theatrical trailer is the only bonus feature mentioned by the press release. RRP for the disc will be 16.99.

Warner Home Video has confirmed that their disc of the Vincent Price horror classic House of Wax will indeed also feature the 1933 Lionel Atwill film version of the story. They've also released the UK sleeve artwork, which you can see here.

Here is the sleeve art for those titles...

Universal Pictures will release a Collector's Edition of Oliver Stone's Vietnam 1989 movie Born on the Fourth of July on - er - July the 4th. The disc will feature a commentary track by Stone; NBC News Archives footage, and a Backstage featurette. The film will be presented in "235" ratio, but there's no indication as to whether the disc will be anamorphic, or if it will have the DTS track on the most recent US version. The RRP is 15.99.

Finally, here's a good look at the Drop The Dead Donkey - The Complete 1st Series DVD sleeve, courtesy of Cinema Club....

11th May 2005

I've added a review of Metrodome's disc of Adam Elliot's Oscar-winning short film Harvie Krumpet to the site today. It's a disc that should interest all animation fans, especially those with a particular penchant for stop-motion animation.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou on July the 4th.

The two-disc set will feature a boatload of bonus features, including "commentaries" with Wes Anderson; Seu Jorge performing Portuguese versions of ten David Bowie songs; cast and crew interviews (including one with the film's composer, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh); nine deleted scenes (presumably including the one in the trailer, where Zissou and Jeff Goldblum's character examine a tank containing a fish that turns itself inside out); Easter Eggs; Intern Video Journal; and galleries.

Apart from the fact that the film will have Closed Captions, there were no other technical details announced. Neither was the RRP, which is believed to be 22.99.

Of course, this matters not one jot to Anderson fans, who wouldn't dream of buying the UK version, preferring instead to import the Criterion disc from the US, which was released earlier this week.

Eagle-eyed visitors might have noticed that the UK DVD sleeve art has been modified slightly: the pike-like fish that's emerging from the port at the bottom of the craft has been moved from its original position, in the top left hand corner of the poster.

The recent BBC series Casanova is a belated announcement. It will be released on May the 23rd by Warner Vision. The disc looks like it will be quite a disappointment, with a photo gallery the only bonus feature. No technical spec's were announced.

Tartan is releasing the controversial Kevin Bacon film The Woodsman on July the 4th. The film, about a convicted sex offender trying to make a new life for himself, also features Kyra Sedgwick, Benjamin Bratt and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy's Mos Def.

The film will be presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 audio tracks. Bonus features include UK-exclusive interviews with Bacon, Sedgwick, director Nicole Kassell and executive producer Damon Dash (yes, the hip-hop artiste). The disc will also have deleted and extended scenes; a documentary titled Getting It Made; and a commentary track by Kassell. The RRP is 15.99.

Warner Home Video will release the 1953 Vincent Price version of The House of Wax on May the 23rd. According to the press release the disc will include "the featurette "1933: Mystery of the Wax Museum", which I take to mean that it - like the Region 1 version - will also include Michael Curtiz's 1933 film version, which stars Lionel Atwill. The disc will also feature footage from the 1953's film's premiere, and an original trailer. The disc is being released to coincide with the theatrical release of the latest remake, which opens on May the 27th.

Blue Dolphin is releasing a three-disc box set containing all twelve episodes of the Channel Five series Dark Knight on June the 6th.

The series, which places the Ivanhoe character in a sword-and-sorcery setting, was shot in New Zealand, (following the model established by Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, which utilised many of the same crew members).

No technical details were announced, and the set seems to be free of bonus materials. The RRP is 29.99. Apologies for the crappy sleeve image, which was blown up from a thumbnail picture embedded in the press release.

Optimum Asia are releasing the martial arts comedy Arahan on July the 18th. The film will be presented in "1.185:1" ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The disc will feature deleted scenes (Unleashing the Secrets); something called Mind Master: Association of Taek-kyun; something described as Beginning: The changes to Martial Arts films from 60s to 80s; a Making of... featurette (Looking For Arahan); and cast interviews. RRP for the disc is 19.99.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the Robert De Niro thriller Hide and Seek on July the 11th.

The film, which also stars X-Men's Famke Janssen, Leaving Las Vegas's Elisabeth Shue and Man on Fire's Dakota Fanning, will be presented in anamorphic 2.40:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. There will be optional English HoH subtitles.

The disc will feature four alternate endings; an audio commentary by director John Polson, screenwriter Ari Schlossberg and editor Jeffrey Ford; a Making of... featurette; fourteen deleted scenes, with optional commentary; and three pre-vis sequences. RRP for the disc is 15.99. Apologies for the crappy sleeve image, which was nicked from! It may not be the finished image.

9th May 2005

Ceri has updated the Incoming page, which features dozens of new listings, including several BBC series. Ceri has also integrated some of the imminent Network releases into the regular listings.

Columbia Tristar will release Bewitched - Season One on August the 1st.

Details on Tristar's trade website are sketchy, but have a sleeve image, and are listing it with an RRP of 34.99. Unfortunately, purists will be disappointed to hear that the UK release will apparently feature colorized versions of the episodes. In the US there's a choice of two sets: one colorized, and one in the original black and white. The colorization work, as seen in the recent repeats on Channel 4, is of a very high standard, but it's disappointing that UK fans won't be able to buy the unmolested versions.

Other Columbia Tristar releases for August include:

1st August - Places in the Heart, John Cassavetes' Gloria, Bonjour Tritesse

8th August - Bob Rafelson's The King of Marvin Gardens, Man of the House (aka Cheer Up), Art Heist and Jean-Claude Van Damme's Wake of Death

15th August - Stripes, Tears of the Sun - Collector's Edition

22nd August - surf documentary Riding Giants, The Shackles , Crusader (Michael York, Andrew McCarthy)

29th August - XXX 2: The Next Level

Nouveaux Pictures will release Nagisa Oshima's companion piece to Ai no corrida (In The Realm of the Senses), Au no borei (Empire of Passion) on June the 27th. RRP is 19.99.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the recent remake of Flight of the Phoenix on June the 27th.

The disc will include a version of the film that includes footage that wasn't seen in the theatrical release (the DVD version runs for 108'16"). Contrary to what you might read elsewhere, the spec's of the UK disc are very similar, and it does feature a DTS track (at 768kbps).

The film is presented in 2.35:1 ratio, with anamorphic enhancement. The film also has a Dolby Digital 5.1 track (at 448kbps), and English HoH subtitles (for the film, the commentary and the bonus material).

The bonus features are a commentary track (with director John Moore, producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey, and production designer Patrick Lumb), a Making of... documentary, The Phoenix Diaries (42m); Extended Scenes (10m); and Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary, 5m). The disc also features trailers and adverts for 24 season four, Elektra, House of the Flying Daggers, Mr and Mrs Smith, and The Kingdom of Heaven. RRP for the disc is 12.99

Optimum Releasing will release Fellini's La Strada, the first Best Foreign Film Oscar winner, on July the 4th.

The disc will feature a re-mastered print; Giulietta Masina: La Forza di un Sorrison (The Power of a Smile) documentary about Fellini's wife (52m); audio commentary on selected scenes by Christopher Wiegand (author of the Taschen book Federico Fellini); booklet with Fellini interview (TBC); and an art card. The film will be presented in Italian mono, with English subtitles, in 4:3 format. RRP is 19.99

BBC America will release the Lenny Henry sitcom Chef on August the 30th. The Region 1 Chef - The Complete Collection will be available as a $53 box set, or as three $20 season discs. The set will feature interviews with stars Lenny Henry and Caroline Lee Johnson; Lenny Henry on The Good Food Show; and text-based cast biographies. The first season will be released in the UK by 2 Entertain in July.

A company called Fantom Films has announced the DVD release of a documentary about the popular Thames TV science-fiction series The Tomorrow People.

The documentary was made in 1997, but has remained unseen until now. The disc will feature interviews with cast members Nicholas Young, Sammie Winmill, Peter Vaughan-Clarke, Elizabeth Adare, Dean Lawrence, Mike Holoway and the late Philip Gilbert. The DVD will include a number of bonus items, including uncut interview footage, and an especially-recorded interview with Nigel Rhodes, who joined the cast in 1978. The company has a website, which you can find here.

Warner Home Video has announced a new release date for their Dukes of Hazzard and Wonder Woman first season box sets (which were originally scheduled for release in March, then rescheduled for June). The Dukes of Hazzard - Complete First Season and Wonder Woman - Complete First Season sets will now be released on August the 15th.

It looks like the Wonder Woman - Complete Second Season set, which was announced back on April the 13th, will be released at a later date.

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