NEWS ARCHIVE - 21st - 27th NOVEMBER 2005


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25th November 2005


Warner Home Video will resurrect the macabre stop-motion fantasy Tim Burton's Corpse Bride on DVD on February the 6th.

The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and optional English subtitles.

The disc will feature a slew of bonus features: Inside The Two Worlds (interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and production drawings); Danny Elfman Interprets The Two Worlds; The Animators: The Breath of Life; Tim Burton: Dark vs Light (about the voice talent); Making Puppets Tick (inside the puppet workshop); The Voices Behind The Voice; Pre-Production Galleries; and a music-only track. RRP for the disc is 17.99.

BFI Video will release the second volume of Charlie Chaplin - The Mutual Films on December the 12th.

The disc includes six of the Mutual films, which Chaplin made in 1916: The Floorwalker, The Fireman, The Vagabond, One AM, The Count and The Pawnshop.

The films have been "restored and mastered from the best available materials", and they feature brand new scores written by Carl Davis. The disc will come with an insert, featuring an essay, Chaplin at the Mutual Studios, written by Frank Scheide. Sleeve notes are by broadcaster Glenn Mitchell, contributor to The Chaplin Review journal and author of The Chaplin Encyclopedia. The disc also features a filmed introduction by Paul Merton. RRP for the disc is 19.99.

Warner Home Video will release the first season of the 1952 series The Adventures of Superman on DVD on January the 23rd.

The episodes, which star the ill-fated George Reeves as the Man of Steel, will, of course, be presented in their original 4:3 ratio, with mono audio.

The five-disc set will include a documentary, Adventures of Superman: From Inkwell to Backlot (featuring Jack Larson, Leonard Maltin and others); and commentary on four episodes, by Superman chroniclers Gary H. Grossman and Chuck Harter.

The disc features twenty-six episodes, including two episodes culled from the 1951 theatrical release Superman and the Mole Men (here re-titled Unknown People - Parts 1 and 2). The RRP is 44.99.

Warner Home Video will also be releasing the first season of Lois & Clark on February the 6th - more details will follow when they're available.

21st November 2005


Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the X-Files spin-off series The Lone Gunmen on January the 30th.

The two-disc set will feature twelve episodes, presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format. Worryingly, the press release doesn't mention any of the bonus features that are on the US edition (an episode of The X-Files that features the characters, commentary tracks on selected episodes, and some featurettes). Usually Fox are pretty good in this respect, so I have asked for clarification.

According to the press release the RRP is a staggering 49.99. This information doesn't seem to tally with what some of the etailers have been told, however, and some of them are basing their prices on a lower RRP., for example, are the cheapest: they seem to think the RRP is 34.99, so they are currently offering it for 29.74 (which is still more than twice what you'd pay for a copy of the R1 edition).

George A. Romero's new zombie movie Land of the Dead will be released on DVD by Universal Pictures on December the 26th.

The film will be presented in anamorphic 2.35:1 format, with a choice of Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 audio tracks.

Bonus features include Undead Again  The Making of Land of the Dead (behind-the-scenes documentary); Undead Again - The Making of Land of the Dead - A Day With The Living Dead (a day on set with star John Leguizamo); Bringing The Dead To Life (Greg Nicotero's make-up effects); When Shaun Met George (filming the cameos of Shaun of the Dead's Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright); Bringing The Storyboards To Life; Scream Tests: Zombie Casting Call (real and CGI zombies); Scenes of Carnage (music video); and a commentary track (by Romero, Producer Peter Grunwald and editor Michael Doherty).

The film has an RRP of 19.99. There'll also be a box set that also contains Shaun of the Dead, for 24.99.

Tartan have postponed the release of two forthcoming DVDs: Union City will now be released on February the 20th; Top Spot will be released on April the 24th.

Several Zeta Minor visitors - and various online forums - have reported that there seems to be a problem with one of the discs in the Doctor Who - The Complete First Series DVD box set, which is released today.

The fault manifests itself during the World War Three episode, at the junction between chapters four and five. The disc skips about two minutes of the programme. The fault does not appear if the user selects the "Play All" option (i.e.: chooses to play all the episodes on the disc one after another), so a (rather awkward) workaround is to select "Play All" and skip chapters until you reach the beginning of the episode. The fault certainly seems serious enough to merit a re-pressing, so potential buyers may wish to wait until 2 Entertain announce what they plan to do.

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