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12th November 2005


Menu screens for the UK edition of Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects can be found here. More details about this release are below.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release the biopic of boxer Jim Braddock, Cinderella Man, on January the 9th. Sadly, it looks like the UK version will be a single-disc edition, and therefore missing loads of bonus material that the two-disc Region 1 edition contains. The UK version will have a Ron Howard introduction, deleted scenes (Madison Square Garden and Taxi, Dick: Ben Pulls GunMakeshift Splint, Shoe Polish, Soup Line, Sell Shoes Through Roosevelt Montage) and something called Ringside Seats. The American two-disc Collector's Edition, due on the 6th of December, will feature a lot more, including two commentary tracks. The RRP was not announced.

Warner Home Video will release the 1983 Steve Martin comedy The Man With Two Brains on January the 30th. Unfortunately, it looks like the disc will be the same as the Region 1 edition, which is presented in 4:3 format, with "stereo" audio, and no bonus features. C'mon Warner Brothers, where's the love? The RRP is £15.99.

Mario Van Peebles' 1991 urban gangster thriller New Jack City is being released as a two-disc Special Edition on January the 23rd.

The set will feature a commentary track (by Van Peebles, who also appears in the film), three new documentaries (NJC: A Hip-Hop Classic, The Road to New Jack City, and Harlem World: A Walk Inside), three music videos (New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme) by Ice-T, I'm Dreamin' by Christopher Williams, and I Wanna Sex You Up, by Color Me Badd) and a theatrical trailer.

The film will be presented in 16:9 widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and English subtitles. The RRP is £19.99. This is the US sleeve art, but it's what the PR company are using, so expect something similar, only with two ugly logo's slapped on it.

The release of Noel (see below) has been cancelled due to "technical issues". It will now be released next year.

Dear Wendy, Thomas Vinterberg's film about a young man (Jamie Bell) who finds and becomes obsessed with a revolver, will be released on DVD by Metrodome on January the 9th. The film, which was written by Lars Von Trier, also features Bill Pullman, Michael Angarano and Alison Pill.

No technical details were announced, and there was no mention of any bonus features (a twenty-five minute TV special, Letters to Dear Wendy, exists).


7th November 2005


Zeta Minor contributor Mark Aldridge has written a review of Fox's new The Sound of Music - 40th Anniversary Edition DVD, which is released on November the 28th. The disc has a new transfer, and a new set of bonus features, but does that make it worth buying? Click on the sleeve image, right, or here to read Mark's review!

Ceri has updated the Incoming page, which now includes details of many newly-listed Network titles.


Here's some good news for fans of Rob Zombie's follow up to House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects: the BBFC has passed the film (and all the DVD bonus features) uncut, and Momentum will release the disc on Boxing Day.

There will be two DVD versions: a single disc version featuring the 104m theatrical version of the film, which has an RRP of £15.99, and a two-disc set, which features a 106m edit of the movie, which has an RRP of £19.99.

The two-disc set will feature the film in widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 6.1 audio tracks. The disc will have two commentary tracks: one by Zombie, and another with commentary by stars Bill Moseley, Sid Craig and Sheri Moon Zombie. Disc two will feature a two-and-a-half hour behind-the-scenes documentary, titled 30 Days In Hell: The Making of The Devil's Rejects; a blooper reel (6m); deleted scenes (15m); The Morris Green Show (8m); Buck Owens' video Satan's Got To Get Along Without Me (2m); Captain Spaulding's Xmas Commercial (2m); Otis' Home Movie (1m); Make-up Tests (14m); Matthew McGrory Tribute (2m); Mary The Monkey Girl commercial (1m); Bloody Stand Up video (3m); a stills gallery; and a theatrical trailer.

Tartan have announced their January line-up,

R-Point, Kong Su-Chang's Vietnam War ghost story, about a patrol sent into the jungle to discover what happened to a scouting group who have been missing for six months, will be released on January the 23rd. The film has become the fourth highest-grossing Korean horror film of all time.

The disc will feature a director's commentary track; interviews; a Making of... featurette, and a trailer. The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format, with a choice of 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks, or a DTS 5.1 track. The RRP is £19.99.

One Night In Mongkok, Derek Yee's film about a hit man who falls in love with a prostitute he has rescued, will also be released on January the 23rd. Set in the crowded, neon-lit streets of Kowloon, the film takes place over three days, during which the protagonists have to evade drug-peddling gangsters, and the police.

The disc will feature a Making of... documentary; deleted scenes; and footage from the film's premiere. The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format, with a choice of 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks, or a DTS 5.1 track. The RRP is £19.99.

Asia Argento's adaptation of J.T. LeRoy's autobiographical novel The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things will also be released on January the 23rd. The film, about a boy brought up by a junkie-hooker mother, also features Peter Fonda, Ornella Muti, Michael Pitt, Winona Ryder and Marilyn Manson.

The disc will include exclusive interviews with Asia Argento and J.T. LeRoy, and DVD notes by Billy Chainsaw. The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital or DTS tracks. The RRP is £19.99.

Beautiful Boxer, Ekachai Uekrongtham's stylish biopic about a Thai kickboxing legend, will be released on January the 23rd.

The disc will be presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 format, with a choice of DTS or Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks, or Dolby Digital 2.0. Bonus material will include an exclusive interview, in English, with the director; subtitled interviews with the director, actor Asanee Sawan, and Nong Toom; a director's commentary; a Making of... featurette; and a trailer. RRP for the disc is £19.99.

You can make an appointment with Alan Rudolph's character study about the gradual breakup of a relationship between a husband and wife, The Secret Lives of Dentists, on January the 23rd. The film stars Rudolph Scott and American Splendour's Hope Davis.

Tartan's disc will be presented in anamorphic format, with a choice of DTS or Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Bonus features include deleted scenes and a gag scene. The RRP is £19.99.

The 1979 film Union City makes its UK DVD debut on January the 23rd. The film, which stars Dennis Lipscomb, Everett McGill and Sam McMurray, is about a man who snaps when he discovers who has been drinking from the milk bottles left on his doorstep. The film also features  Blondie vocalist Debbie Harry (and Blondie's Chris Stein provides the soundtrack).

The disc will feature an introduction and notes by director Marcus Reichert; deleted scenes; and Debbie Harry's screen test.

The film will be presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 ratio, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. The RRP is £19.99.

Miranda July's acclaimed debut film Me And You And Everyone We Know will be released by Optimum Releasing on January the 30th.

The film, about how people get together in an increasingly disconnected world, stars Deadwood's John Hawkes and Miranda July. The film will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Bonus features include an interview with July; cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. The RRP is £15.99.

Sally Potter's curio Yes is being released by Optimum Releasing on January the 9th. The film, which stars Joan Allen as a married woman who embarks on a passionate affair with a Lebanese Doctor (Simon Abkarian), also features Shirley Henderson (soon to be seen as an MP in the BBC's updated version of The Taming of the Shrew) and Sheila Hancock. The film, which is a cinematic response to the events of 9/11, has dialogue that's spoken entirely in verse.

The film will be presented in 1.85:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Bonus features include a featurette titled Finding Scene 54, and a trailer. The RRP is £19.99.

Warner Home Video will release Michael Bay's underperforming science fiction action thriller The Island on January the 9th.

The disc's bonus features sound rather malnourished, for a film that reportedly cost more than $120m. There's a Making of... featurette (which I suppose could be substantial), a theatrical trailer, and a "ROM link to Director's Commentary". There's no clue in the press release as to why the commentary doesn't accompany the film in the usual manner.

The film will be presented in "16:9 widescreen" format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 tracks. There will also be English subtitles. RRP for the disc is £17.99.

Fox are working on a two-disc edition of Mr & Mrs Smith, according to  producer David Prior. He has announced that he's working on a set that will feature a different cut of the film. Because of this the commentaries on the single-disc edition (due on November the 25th - see the News entry for the 24th of October) will not be carried over to the new one. It's also been confirmed that the American single-disc edition will include a DTS track (earlier reports that it wouldn't have turned out to be erroneous).

DreamWorks Home Entertainment has confirmed details of the Madagascar DVD, which is due on November the 28th.

The disc will feature more than a hundred activities, interactive games and creative projects, including an all-new I Like To Move It, Move It music video featuring the Madagascar creatures.

The bonus features include a commentary track by the four penguins in the film; a commentary by the filmmakers; Mad Mishaps technical goofs; Meet The Wild Cast (introduction to the characters and cast); Enchanted Island (location guide, sponsored by the Madagascar Conservation Organisation); Behind the Crates (a look at the animation process, hosted by writer / directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath); The Tech of Madagascar; Dreamworks Kids: This Way To Play (portal leading to: I Like To Move It, Move It video; Set Top Games (bEqual Game, Learn To Draw, Matching Lemurs, Marty's Birthday Wish, Madagascar Symphony, and Fossa Wack)); cast and crew bio's and photo' galleries. A Printables selection can be accessed via DVD-Rom.

The disc will offer a choice of 2.0 and 5.1 soundtracks, and optional English SDH subtitles. No other technical information was released. The disc has an RRP of £19.99.

Redbus Home Entertainment will release the Christmassy feel-good movie Noel on December the 5th.

The film, which stars Susan Sarandon as a divorcee caring for her mother, who has Alzheimer's, marks the feature film directorial debut of Mulholland Falls' Chazz Palminteri. It also features Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker and Alan Arkin, whose lives criss-cross with Sarandon's character.

The film was shot by Titanic's cinematographer, Russell Carpenter, and has a score by Alan Menken, better known, of course for his Oscar-winning Disney songs. The film will be presented in 1.85:1 format, with 2.0 audio. The RRP is £15.99.

Universal has made trailers available for several of their October cult TV DVD releases. Click on the links below:

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Quantum Leap


The Munsters

All four DVD sets are available now.


Telos Publishing have announced that they'll be publishing a book examining eighty zombie movies, Zombiemania: 80 Movies To Die For, in February. The book, written by Dr Arnold T Blumberg and Andrew Hershberger, will also feature a listing of every zombie film ever made, and will be illustrated by numerous stills.

Telos will follow up their best-selling book about Christopher Eccleston's season as Doctor Who, Back To The Vortex, with a tome looking at the first season to star David Tennant's Doctor, titled Second Flight: Back To The Vortex 2. The book will be published in October.

The company has two more Doctor Who books lined up for 2006.

The first is Timelink, a look at the complex continuity of the various Doctor Who series, which attempts to knit all the disparate stands into one cohesive chronology. Timelink, by Jon Preddle, will be published in June.

The other title is Talkback, a three-book series of interviews with dozens of Doctor Who production team members who worked on the series during the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. The first of these books, which will be edited by Stephen James Walker, will be published in March.

Telos has delayed publication of Triquetra, their guide to the Charmed TV series: it will now be published in February.

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