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19th December 2005


It's unlikely that there will be any more Incoming or Offers updates this year.


Anchor Bay will release the campy horror romp Elvira - Mistress of the Dark on DVD on February the 6th.

The film is presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 format, with optional English HoH subtitles. The disc has a choice of three sound options: Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 tracks (at 192kbps and 448kbps, respectively), and a full-bitrate DTS track (at 1536kbps).

Bonus features include cursory Film Notes and Biographies (or, rather, a biography, of the film's star, Cassandra Peterson). RRP for the disc is a modest £12.99.

Speaking of odd bit-rates, Anchor Bay will also release producer Taka Ichise's Dark Tales of Japan on February the 6th. The disc is an anthology of horror stories (drawn, I think, from a TV series catchily-titled Suiyō puremia: sekai saikyō J horā SP Nihon no kowai yoru, and known in the US as Tales of Terror), directed by five directors, including The Grudge's Takashi Shimizu and Infection's Masayuki Ochiai. The six stories are: Would You Like To Hear A Scary Tale?, The Spiderwoman, Crevices, The Sacrifice, Blonde Kwaidan and Presentiment.

The disc offers an anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 transfer, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 (at 192kbps), Dolby Digital 5.1 (at - err - 320kbps), or DTS (at 768kbps) tracks. The disc will include a Making of... featurette (26m). The RRP is £16.99.

A new press release from Acorn Video was a pleasant surprise, since I've apparently been persona non grata with them for some time!

Sadly, I can't get to worked up about Pam Ayres - In Her Own Words, which is being released by the company on March the 6th. The seventy-seven minute programme is drawn from Pam's one-woman show, and celebrates her thirty years in this business we call show. It was recorded at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham in September. The DVD has an RRP of £16.99. Fans of Pam might like to know that she's beginning a thirty-plus date tour in February (starting in Birmingham, on the 11th).

Metrodome will release the pitch-black Danish comedy The Green Butchers on February the 6th.

The film, which was directed by Academy Award-winner Anders Thomas Jensen, is about the rivalry between small-town butchers, in the tradition of Delicatessen and Eating Raoul.

The disc will feature a Making of... featurette; a featurette about the prosthetic make-up effects, titled Meat is Murder; and two theatrical trailers. No technical details were announced. RRP for the disc is £15.99.

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