3rd February 2006
added a review of MGM's forthcoming The Silence of the Lambs - Ultimate
Edition to the site today.
Technically, it's more of a
re-write-and-update of the existing review, since we'd already looked at
MGM's 2001 Special Edition, and the deleted Criterion Collection
I've also upgraded and enlarged the
screen-grabs from the older editions (and added the equivalent frames from
the new edition). Click on the sleeve image, left, or
here to go to the review. The
new edition is due on February the 20th.
Here's a shot of the new edition's
Sony has some interesting titles scheduled
for the next month or two, including a new editions of The Magnificent
Seven and Platoon. Here's their schedule.
The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953);
Little Nikita; Rescue Me - Season One; Huff - Season One;
Hunt For Eagle One; The Net 2.0; Cutting Edge - Going For
Gold; Adrenalin - Fear The Rush; Appointment With Death;
The Tie That Binds; Crossplot; Dream Lover; The
Silence of the Lambs - The Ultimate Edition
The Legend of Zorro; Platoon -
Ultimate Edition; Foreigner 2 - Black Down; Hex - Season 2
State's Property 2
Empire of the Wolves; White
The Exorcism of Emily Rose;
Thumbsucker; Happy Endings; The Magnificent Seven;
Die Die My Darling (a.k.a. Hammer's Fanatic)
Steamboy; Beautiful Country
Fascination (Jacqueline Bisset);
Hart to Hart - Season 1
Magic in the Water; A Knight's
Tale - Special Edition; The Patriot - Collector's Edition
Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children;
Madison; The Producers
Here's some sleeve art...
Legend of Zorro, due on March the 6th, will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. An Audio Described track
is also offered, as are English HoH subtitles.
The disc will include a commentary track,
by director Martin Campbell and cinematographer Phil Meheux, BSC. The disc
will also feature deleted scenes (with optional director's commentary,
10m); behind-the-scenes featurettes (Stunts (10m); Visual
Effects (6m); Armand's Party (12m); Playing With Trains
(12m)); and two multi-angle scene deconstructions. This appears to be
identical to the US edition, with the possible exception of the film's
trailer (which is on the US disc, but probably wouldn't be listed as a
bonus extra on the disc's sleeve). Running times for the bonus materials,
above, are taken from the US disc (which was released this week). The RRP
for the UK edition is £19.99.
Tartan's schedule for the next couple of
months - always in flux - currently looks like this:
Vital; One Night In Mongkok;
Primer; Union City
Battle In Heaven; Ab-normal
Beauty; Tell Me Something; Guy X; Calvaire;
Saraband (Bergman); After The Rehearsal (Bergman)
A Bittersweet Life; Top Spot
(Extras: commentary by Tracey Emin; deleted
scenes; alternate ending, RRP £19.99);
Top Spot - Limited Edition (numbered limited edition with sleeve
art designed by Tracey, RRP £25.99); The Hidden Blade; Ozu - Box
Set 3 (Tokyo Twilight, Equinox Flower, Good Morning)
Lady Vengeance; No Rest For The
Brave; Music In Darkness (Bergman Collection), Prison
Jess Franco Double Bill: Dracula vs Frankenstein and Curse of
Frankenstein; Last Chance on Dead-End Street (2-disc set,
Another Public Enemy; Dumplings;
Kim Ki-Duk's Address Unknown; Pleasant Days; Wong Kar-Wai's
Days of Being WIld and As Tears Go By (with Cantonese
soundtracks and commentaries by leading filmmakers influenced by him);
Jess Franco Double Bill: Devil's Island Lovers and Night of the
The Proposition (bonus features:
exclusive interviews with Guy Pearce and Danny Huston, details TBC);
Three and Three: Extremes (including the original version of
Dumplings); U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha; Kim Ki-Duk's The Coast
Jess Franco Double Bill: Bloody Moon
36 Quai de Orfevres; The King;
The Devil and Daniel Johnson; Blood and Bones; Death of
Mr Lazarescu; Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Price;
Brothers of the Head (based on the novel by Brian Aldiss); Battle
Royale II: Revenge (two-disc limited edition tin); Von Trier's The
Kingdom (box set); Irreversible - Collector's Edition; The
- Collector's Edition; Funny
- Collector's Edition
Optimum's schedule looks like this:
Murderball; Laputa Castle in the
Sky; Kiki's Delivery Service
Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle
Princess Mononoke - Special Edition;
Miyazaki's My Neighbour Totoro; Cry Wolf
Gojoe; My Neighbours The Yamadas;
Whispers of the Heart
John Woo's Run Tiger Run; Jeffrey
Lau's Treasure Hunt; Mike Figgis' Stormy Monday
The Collected Adventures of Asterix
(Asterix and Cleopatra, Asterix The Gaul, 12 Tasks of
Asterix, Asterix in Britain, Asterix and Caesar and
Asterix And the Big Fight); The Crying Game - Special Edition;
The Louis Malle Collection (Ascenseur
Pour L’Echafaud, Le Feu Follet, Les Amants, Zazie
Dans Le Metro); Almodovar - Volume 2 (Law of Desire,
Matador, Flower of My Secret, Kika)
third season of The Doris Day Show will be released by Sanctuary on
March the 20th, just in time for Mother's Day!
A six-disc box set will feature all
twenty-six episodes of the CBS series, which were originally aired in 1970
and 1971. This includes episodes featuring guest appearances by Tony
Bennett, Henry Fonda and Meredith Baxter.
At least two of the discs - volumes five
and six - will feature bonus material, including "commercials, promo's and
interviews with the cast".
As before, the series will be available as
a box set, with an RRP of £29.99, or as six individual discs, with an RRP
of £9.99 each.
Bay has two treats for fans of everyone's favourite boy detective, Tintin,
in the next few weeks. On March the 27th they're releasing a three-disc
Herge's Adventures of Tintin box set, which will feature three
animated adventures: Tintin and the Calculus Affair, Tintin and
the Prisoners of the Sun and Tintin and the Mystery of Shark Lake.
According to the press release "all three film [sic] are being released in
versions never before available". Sadly, the press release doesn't
elaborate on this point.
The discs will feature a choice of Dolby
Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 tracks, with English HoH
subtitles. The discs will also feature "script (DVD-ROM content)". RRP for
the set is £24.99 - a bit steep considering the current 10-disc box set
can usually be found for about £17.
More interesting are Anchor Bay's plans to
release Anders Østergaard's excellent documentary Tintin Et Moi.
This was previously only available here as a bonus disc with the first
pressing of the aforementioned ten-disc Tintin box set. RRP for the
seventy-five minute documentary is £16.99.
Bay is releasing the Kirstie Alley comedy series Fat Actress on
March the 27th.
The series plays with the events of Alley's
own life, as she struggled with weight gain. In Fat Actress she
plays a fictitious version of herself, struggling to re-establish her
place on the Hollywood ladder.
The show includes numerous guest
appearances, including cameos by John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Kid Rock,
Carmen Electra, Melissa Gilbert, Rhea Perlman and Wallace Shawn.
The two-disc set will feature all seven
"half-hour" episodes, presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format,
with a choice of 2.0 stereo or Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks. The set
will also include deleted scenes and biographies. RRP for the set is
AUDIO BOOKS NEWS
BBC Audiobooks has announced that they will
be releasing three brand new Doctor Who CD titles read by David
Tennant in July. Recording of the three stories, The Stone Rose,
The Resurrection Casket and The Feast of the Drowned, will
begin next month. The adventures will be written by established Doctor
Who authors Stephen Cole, Jacqueline Rayner and Justin Richards.
The discs will include bonus material
featuring children "asking the Doctor everything they've ever wanted to
know about life as a Time Lord".
Catweazle Fan Club is
organising a Summer Fete at the series' "Hexwood Farm" location on June
the 17th. It is hoped that star Geoffrey Bayldon and series creator
Richard Carpenter will attend. More details can be found
30th January 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Ceri has updated the
Offers pages! Since the pages were last
updated, a lot of titles have been announced or moved, so there's been a
lot to catch up with. Hopefully you'll find a new title or two, and a
couple of bargains you didn't know about.
Play.com's sale ends today, I believe, so don't hang about if you
wanted something from them!
We're currently working on a new way of
presenting this information, which will make it much easier for us to keep
on top off, so please bear with us for a few more weeks!
has confirmed the releases date of Battle In Heaven, Carlos
Reygadas's controversial film about a kidnapper's breakdown after a child
he kidnapped dies. The disc will be released on March the 27th.
The disc will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with Tartan's customary choice of Dolby Digital or DTS
5.1 audio tracks. Bonus features include exclusive interviews with
Reygadas and one of the film's stars, Anapola Mushkadiz.
RRP for the disc is £19.99.
Various forthcoming BFI titles, including
the fabulous documentary about cinematographers, Visions of Light,
and a number of
Carl Theodor Dreyer films,
have been added to the
details about the BFI's release of the original Japanese version of
Godzilla, and Toho's The Mysterians are now available.
Godzilla is presented in 4:3 format,
in Japanese with optional, newly-translated English subtitles. It’s
generally in pretty good condition: it has reasonably good contrast, but,
unsurprisingly, exhibits constant signs of wear and tear (the BFI aren't
very hot on restoration). The film is supplemented by a very informative
commentary track (by Godzilla experts Steve Ryfle, Keith Aiken and Ed
Godziszewski); a short documentary about the incident that inspired the
film, The Japanese Fishermen (11m); featurettes on the film’s
design (Designing Godzilla, 13m) and Story Evolution (6m);
trailers; and poster, storyboard and artwork galleries. This is a box set
edition with an illustrated booklet, featuring notes by Asian films
specialist Ian Buruma.
Honda’s 1957 science-fiction classic The
Mysterians is presented in its original colour Tohoscope 2.35:1
format, with anamorphic enhancement. There’s no sign of the original
Perspecta Stereophonic Sound: it's in rather crackly mono (some
rudimentary noise reduction would have been very welcome). The
Mysterians is in much better condition than Godzilla, although
the multiple-pass optical techniques being used at the time do add their
own layers of grime whenever the effects kick in! The disc will include a
booklet with notes by Kim Newman.
The Mysterians is due on February
Godzilla has been delayed slightly and, despite what you might read
elsewhere, is due on February the 20th.
Bay will be releasing the acclaimed cable-TV series Masters of Horror
on DVD , starting on March the 13th.
The series is currently airing on Bravo.
There are thirteen episodes in the series,
including one that was apparently banned from being screened in the United
States (Takashi Miike's Imprint).
The series includes episodes directed by
many of the genre's biggest names: John Carpenter, Don Coscarelli, Tobe
Hooper, Dario Argento, Joe Dante, John Landis, Stuart Gordon, Larry Cohen,
Lucky McKee, James McNaughton, William Malone, Takashi Miike, and the
brains behind the series, Executive Producer Mick Garris.
Anchor Bay will release the series two
episodes at a time, at bi-monthly intervals, beginning with Carpenter's
Cigarette Burns, and Stuart Gordon's Dream in the Witch House
(which is based on a story by Lovecraft). Each release will be a two-disc
set, featuring interviews, commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and
that old chestnut "much more". RRP for the disc is £19.99.
Video will release From The Earth To The Moon - The Signature Edition
on March the 20th.
The Emmy-winning series, a dramatised
history of the NASA Apollo missions, is twelve hour-long episodes long.
The set will include a behind-the-scenes
featurette, a special effects featurette, six trailers, and "menu-based"
things called History of the Moon and Famous Astrologers.
Several minor features that are on the US edition are missing from the UK
Technical spec's for the set were not
confirmed. In the US the series has been released twice on DVD. Initially
the series was offered in 4:3 ratio, the way it originally aired. The
Signature Edition version presented them in 1.78:1 widescreen
format. The Signature Edition also offered a choice of Dolby
Digital 5.1 and DTS tracks (the original release was Dolby Digital only),
and spread the episodes over more discs (five, instead of three).
The RRP is £44.99 (a bit cheaper than the
US set's RRP). The pack shot is the American sleeve art, but it's the one
the press release is using, so it's likely to be more-or-less identical.
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