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29th July 2005

Umbrella Entertainment has formerly announced their Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) DVD box set, which is due later this year (probably in September, or October).

The seven-disc set will include all twenty-six episodes of the series, which is about a pair of private detectives: the tough, principled Jeff Randall, and his recently-deceased partner, Marty Hopkirk, in spirit form.

The series has been digitally re-mastered for the new discs.

The set includes an impressive array of bonus material, including four episodes with commentary tracks (co-star Annette Andre on A Disturbing Case; Director Roy Ward Baker on Who Killed Cock Robin?; Production Supervisor Malcolm Christopher and Assistant Director Ken Baker on Could You Recognise The Man Again?; and Director Cyril Frankel and guest star George Sewell on Vendetta For A Dead Man).

There are also video introductions by star Kenneth Cope on The Ghost Talks, and guest star Jane Merrow on Who Killed Cock Robin? There will also be video interviews with Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre; extensive image galleries; a reprint of the original ITC Publicity Booklet; ITC Story Information and Press Book (in PDF format - a DVD ROM feature); the original opening credit sequence; the opening credit sequence for the American transmission of the series (where it was re-titled My Partner The Ghost); previously-unseen original behind-the-scenes production footage; textless opening and closing sequences; cast and crew profiles; and production notes.

The set has an SRP of AU$124.95 (including local taxes), which translates to about 49. A discussion thread about this title has been started here, at Roobarb's DVD Forum. Here's the almost-finished box artwork...

MGM has announced their September line-up. Details are already listed at various retailers, including, so they don't really qualify as newsworthy. Here's the bare-bones, though...

September 5th: Back To School (12.99); Fatal Beauty (12.99); Man of La Mancha (12.99); Mystery Date (12.99); Once Bitten (12.99); Two Much (12.99)

September 12th: Be Cool (19.99 RRP); Raging Bull - Ultimate Edition (19.99); Cop (12.99); Eve of Destruction (12.99); The Manhattan Project (12.99); Patty Hearst (12.99); The Rosary Murders (12.99); The Wilby Conspiracy (12.99)

September 19th: Beauty Shop (19.99 RRP)

September 26th: The Terminator - Ultimate Edition (19.99)

27th July 2005

Sleeves for the Momentum horror titles announced yesterday (see below)...


26th July 2005

By now most of you will probably have heard that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith on DVD on October the 31st, the same day as Lucasfilm Ltd release the Star Wars Battlefront II video game.

The two-disc DVD set will feature a new feature-length documentary; two new featurettes (one about the prophecy of Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One; the other about the film's stunts); and fifteen of the web documentaries. The disc will also feature a special Xbox-playable demo of the Battlefront II game.

No technical details for the film were announced, and neither was the RRP. Here's the sleeve image, in case you've not seen it...

Momentum Pictures are releasing four horror titles, each making their UK DVD debut, on October the 24th.

They are Dracula's Widow (1989), The Manitou (1978), Superstition (1982, aka The Witch) and Blood Moon. RRP is 12.99 each. No technical details were announced, and there don't seem to be any bonus features.

A new feature-length Thomas The Tank Engine special, titled Thomas and Friends - Calling All Engines!, will be released by VCI on October the 3rd.

The series remains very popular, selling 354,000 units last year, and 170,000 so far this year!

The disc marks the 60th anniversary of the character, and the contents have not been seen on TV. The disc will feature a new song, deleted scenes "and more!" No technical details were announced, but it seems like the new disc will be in 16:9 format. RRP for Calling All Engines! is 12.99.

BBC Audiobooks have four new releases for August.

The first is a four-CD, five-hour adaptation of Audrey Niffeneger's international bestseller The Time Traveler's Wife, read by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow. This is due on August the 1st, with an RRP of 17.99.

The audiobook of Graham P Taylor's new fantasy novel Tersias is released on August the 8th, and it's being released simultaneously with the book. It's read by David Bradshawe. The four-disc set runs for four and three-quarter hours, and has an RRP of 15.99.

Four episodes of Dad's Army make up Dad's Army Volume 16 - Keep Young and Beautiful, which is due on August the 1st: Keep Young and Beautiful, The Captain's Car, The Two and a Half Feathers and Turkey Dinner. The RRP is 12.99. This title is also being released on cassette, with an RRP of 10.99.

Finally, the six-part Patrick Troughton Doctor Who story The Ice Warriors will be released on August the 8th. The two-disc set will feature re-mastered versions of the episodes, with new narration by actor Frazer Hines (who features in the story as one of the Doctor's assistants, Jamie). The disc will feature a bonus interview with Hines. The RRP is 13.99.

Here are the sleeve images:

25th July 2005

Let's start the week with Ceri's mammoth update to the Incoming page, which has information about dozens of newly-listed titles, many of them not yet formerly announced. Highlights include news about September and October's Network titles (including three LWT Dennis Potter plays), details of the bonus goodies that will be on the Doctor Who DVD box set, and a semi-official release date for the long overdue Special Edition of Peter Jackson's The Frighteners. There are dates for some of the fourth quarter blockbusters, including War of the Worlds and the four-disc edition of Titanic, and some new TV favourites, including The Munsters. There's something there for everyone! Incidentally, corrections, additions and comments about the Incoming page can now be made in this thread over at Roobarb's DVD Forum.

Zeta Minor visitor John Carter has contacted me to suggest that the "lost" Hammer film The Ugly Duckling may not be entirely lost after all. He has discovered that a 16mm copy was submitted to the Library of Congress when they renewed the copyright to the film in the mid-80s. This is confirmed by the library's online catalogue. The Hammer DVD Guide has been updated.

Optimum Releasing will release Tae-kyeong Kim's psychological horror film The Ghost on August the 29th.

Here's a synopsis from the press release: The Ghost is a psychological horror film about Ji-won (Ha-Neul Kim), a young student who loses her memory after she and her friends mess around with a Ouija board.

Her past begins to catch up with her when she starts suffering from sinister flashbacks and when three of her former friends are found dead, all appearing as if they have drowned, Ji-won realises that her past and the deaths are intricately connected. As she pieces together the fragments of her former life she soon discovers that if she wants to stay alive, she must try to forget her buried past.

The disc will feature Interviews; a Making of... featurette; a music video; a theatrical trailer and TV spots. The film will be presented in anamorphic format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The RRP is 15.99.

Optimum will release Twin Sisters on August the 15th. The film, a tale about two sisters whose relationship was torn apart by World War II, stars 2000 Silver Bear winner Nadja Uhl and Ellen Vogel.

The film, which was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award last year, is based on De Tweeling, a novel by Tessa de Loo that's sold more than three million copies in Germany and the Netherlands.

The disc will feature an interview with tessa de Loo. No technical specifications were announced. The RRP is 12.99.

The release of Dallas - The Complete Third Season has been postponed - it will now be released on October the 31st.

Sanctuary Visual Entertainment will release The Doris Day Show - Season 1 on September the 19th.

A six-disc set will feature all twenty-eight episodes of the 1968 season of the CBS show. The individual discs will also be available separately. Each disc will be "packed with a wealth of rare and bonus features, including commercials and promos, interviews with the cast and a Season 2 preview". Specifically these till include Doris Day on What's My Line?; Doris Day movie trailer (sic) and promotional spots; interviews with actors Philip Brown (who played son Billy) and James Hampton (who played hired hand Leroy B. Simpson; "A word from Doris Day"; and the Season 2 preview. RRP for the six-disc set is 29.99. RRP for the individual discs is 9.99.

Warner Home Video will release the first season of hit US sitcom Two and a Half Men on September the 12th. The series, which stars Jon Cryer (in a role that's deservedly brought the Pretty In Pink star back into the spotlight) and Charlie Sheen. In the series Sheen's bachelor lifestyle is shattered when his brother, faced with divorce, arrives on his doorstep with his ten-year-old son. The series features cameo appearances by Lucy Lawless, Sean Penn, Heather Locklear and Teri Hatcher.

Bonus features on the disc include a featurette titled Two and a Half Men: In The Beginning, and a blooper reel titled Farting Around. The twenty-four episodes will be in 4:3 format, with 2.0 Dolby Digital audio. RRP for the four-disc set is 49.99.

A Tracy & Hepburn Signature Collection DVD box set will be released by Warner Home Video on September the 19th. The set will (initially) be exclusive to HMV.

The four-disc set will feature four films: George Stevens' Woman of the Year (1942), and three films directed by George Cukor - Keeper of the Flame (1942),  Adam's Rib (1949) and Pat and Mike (1952). It looks like the discs will be bereft of bonus features.

The RRP is 34.99.


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