12th November 2005
Menu screens for the UK edition of Rob
Zombie's The Devil's Rejects can be found
details about this release are below.
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 Gun, Makeshift 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
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
The release of Noel (see below) has
been cancelled due to "technical issues". It will now be released next
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
r & 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
confirmed details of the Madagascar DVD, which is due on November
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
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
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.
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
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
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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