27th October 2005
If you've ordered a copy of Mr & Mrs
Smith from the US, you might want to re-consider your options: the UK
version has a DTS track, something that wasn't mentioned in the press
release. The R1 version... doesn't.
Menu screens for the UK disc can be found
information about the disc is below.
25th October 2005
was the last time you had one of those "whatever happened to Steve
Well, wonder no more, because his
directorial debut, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! is being released on DVD
by TLA Releasing on November the 14th.
The film, which follows the protagonist
(Guttenberg), as he experiences a hellish day, will be presented in 1.78:1
anamorphic format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
The disc will feature a director's
commentary track, and behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew
members, including veteran actress Shirley Knight (from The Divine
Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood).
Sci-Fi Channel series Re-Genesis will be released on DVD on
November the 7th, by Universal. The series is about an organisation called
NorBAC (North American Biotechnology Advisory Commission), which
that investigates questionable advances in biotechnology. It stars Peter
Outerbridge, who some of you might remember from Millennium (or
from Land of the Dead).
The four-set will contain thirteen
episodes, together with a Making of... featurette and Character
The set has a new sleeve design (left).
Archive TV group Kaleidoscope have
announced the details of their Christmas gathering, which will be held at
Stourbridge Town Hall, on December the 3rd. The guests of honour will be
Magpie's Jenny Hanley, who will be offering a genuine Magpie badge
among the items being auctioned for the group's charity, the RNLI. The
event also offers the chance to see a full programme of vintage
television, including a 1981 play written by Willis Hall, Christmas
Spirits. You can read more about the event in
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
24th October 2005
ZETA MINOR NEWS
page has been given a good tweaking this week. There aren't too many
additions, but all the titles listed as coming out today are still
expected today according to at least one of the big online etailers (i.e.:
I've also confirmed the schedule for
Universal's TV box set releases for the rest of the year, and all that
information has been added, or corrected where necessary. (Sorry, Miami
Vice fans, it doesn't look like the second season will be coming out
this year after all!)
official press release came in a bit late, but nevertheless it's worth
noting here, that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's will release
the witty action comedy Mr & Mrs Smith on DVD on November the 25th.
It's worth noting because the film is more
fun than a barrelful of monkeys!. If you enjoy a bit of old-fashioned
sparkling His Girl Friday-style dialogue, and True Lies-type
action, this is the film for you!
The film stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
as two highly-trained espionage agents, who have been married to each
other for six years, each blissfully unaware of their partner's true
profession. It was directed by The Bourne Identity's Doug Liman,
who knows a thing or two about spectacular set pieces. All this and Vince
Vaughan, what more could you want?
The disc will be presented in anamorphic
2.35:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and English HoH subtitles.
Bonus features include two commentary tracks (one by Liman and
screenwriter Simon Kinberg, the other by producer's Lucas Foster and Akiva
Goldsman); three deleted scenes; Making a Scene featurette (8m);
two trailers; and an Inside Look at Transporter 2.
have formally announced the December the 26th release of a three-disc
special edition of Peter Jackson's terrific 1996 supernatural comedy
For several years it's been something of a
mystery as to why Universal hadn't released a special edition of the film,
because they already had extensive bonus materials on hand, from the
film's lavish laserdisc edition. Even more puzzling that they sat on this
release while Jackson was riding the crest of a wave with the Lord of
the Rings trilogy. Now, of course, this release will tie in with the
latest Jackson movie, King Kong.
Oddly, and slightly worryingly, the press
release doesn't say that the set will feature the extended version of the
film, even though it was recently cleared for release by the BBFC (gee,
you'd think they might want to mention something like that, wouldn't
you?!) The Director's Cut version adds about twelve minutes to the
Also, the press release didn't state that
this will be - should be! - the first time the film has been passed for
home video presentation in the UK without cuts (see my review of
the old disc). Another
selling point, you might have thought!
There'll be about four hours' worth of
bonus material, which includes: bloopers; Lost Footage Found (The
Gatekeeper , the Judge and other deleted scenes); Ghost Stories
(Jackson and actor Jim Frye share their actual, personal close encounters
with ghosts); Script Development (Jackson describes taking an idea
from the treatment stage to a full shooting script); Behind-the-scenes
cast rehearsal; extensive exploration of the spectacular special effects,
motion control and blue screen techniques; introduction to Jackson’s
visual effects facility WETA; close-up look at the use of miniatures;
storyboarding of key scenes (including the Slimeface and Blobman sequence,
with commentary by Peter Jackson).
RRP for the set is £19.99.
Kong Legends will release a new two-disc Platinum Edition of Bruce
Lee's Fist of Fury on January the 9th.
The disc boasts a new high-definition
anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer, a choice of three audio tracks (Dolby Digital
5.1 versions in Cantonese and English, and the original mono Mandarin
The set will also feature more than five
hours of bonus goodies: a new audio commentary, from Asian film expert Bey
Logan; The First Lady (an interview with Nora Miao); Blade of
Fury (an interview with Riki Hashimoto); Master of Bushido (an
interview with Jun Katsumura); The Fist of Fury Location Guide with
Bey Logan; First Amongst Equals (an interview with the world's
number one Jeet Kune Do instructor); Sifu Dan Inosanto, Legacy of a
Master (an interview with acclaimed action-director, Jeff Imada);
Tracking the Dragon (an interview with Bruce Lee's personal
photographer Linda Palmer); Friend to the Stars (an interview with
Bruce Lee confidante, Joe Torreneuva); trailer gallery; The Magic
Lantern (an archive of rare photos). RRP for the disc is £19.99.
Hong Kong Legends will release a box set
featuring three films with action sequences by renowned action director
Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix, Kill Bill, etc) on December the 26th, titled
The Epic Action Collection.
The set will contain Iron Monkey,
Wing Chun and Tai Chi Boxer. Each of these has been available
separately, and the set will feature all the bonus material from the
existing discs. The set has an RRP of £14.99.
The BFI will be releasing two Alex Cox
double-bill DVDs on October the 31st.
The first features Highway Patrolman
(El Patrullero) and Three Businessmen. Both films will have
a commentary track (by Cox and writer / producer Lorenzo O'Brien on
Highway Patrolman, and by Cox and
writer / producer Tod Davies on Three
Businessmen). Highway Patrol will also feature interviews with
cast and crew members, in a featurette titled Patrulleros y Patrulleras.
Three Businessman contains an especially-made featurette with the cast and
crew members offering a masterclass in how to read the film, titled How
To Watch This Film. Highway Patrolman (which is in Spanish)
will have English subtitles.
The second set pairs Cox's affectionate
homage to the spaghetti Western, Straight to Hell, and the occult
crime thriller Death and the Compass. Straight to Hell features a
commentary by Cox and co-writer / star Dick Rude; Death and the Compass's
commentary is by Cox and composer Dan Wool. Back to Hell features
interviews with cast and crew members. Death and the Compass features a
short film based on the same source story, Paul Miller's Spiderweb.
All four films will be presented in 1.77:1
ratio (the press release for Highway Patrolman and Three
Businessmen explicitly state they're anamorphic, too).
Each double-disc set has an RRP of £19.99.
A quick word on the DVD release of ITV's
supernatural drama series Afterlife. The disc spec's mention a
trailer, but this is actually an eight-minute promotional reel, with clips
from many episodes. The set features two commentary tracks, for the first
and last episodes. The contributors are creator / writer Stephen (Ghostwatch)
Volk, producer Murray Ferguson, and stars Lesley Sharp and Andrew Lincoln.
Finally, here are a couple of fun viral
promotional links, in support of the forthcoming American Pie Presents
Band Camp DVD:
Note that these are not suitable for browsing at work! For more details
about the disc, see the
News entry for the
13th of October.
Last week's Zeta Minor News
can be viewed here.
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