13th April 2006
A bumper batch of Anchor Bay titles to
report on today...
Bay will release Lizard Woman, a horror film from Somsak
Techaratanaprasert, the producer of Ong-Bak and The Eye 2,
on May the 15th. The film stars Ong-Bak's Rungravee Brijindakul and
The film, about a spirit unleashed when an
mysterious box found during an archaeological dig in northern Thailand is
accidentally broken, is offered 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with
a choice of DTS or Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks.
Bonus material includes a trailer, photo'
gallery and a thirty-five minute EPK reel. The disc has an RRP of £16.99.
two-disc edition of the low-budget 2003 British serial killer-
spoof movie Freak Out will be
released by Anchor Bay on May the 29th.
The set presents the ultra-low-budget film
in non-anamorphic 1.85:1 format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1
and DTS 5.1 tracks.
There are two commentary tracks: one by
director Christian James, actor / writer Dan Palmer and actor / producer
Yazz Fetto; and another by James, actor / writer Dan Palmer and cast
members James Heathcote, Nicola Connell and Chilli Gold, moderated by BBC
Radio 1 movie critic James King. Other bonus materials are extensive, and
include Making Out - Behind The Scenes of the Four Year Shoot of the
Film (51m); Bum Feeling 101 featurette (6m); Geek Out
(Internet movie critics express their opinions, 11m); Zaniac music video
(5m); Five Minute Film School (4m - go figure!); Honey, I Blew
Up Up The Looney (pyrotechnics featurette, 5m); eighteen deleted
scenes; and a featurette titled The Video Store (full-length
versions of clips used in the film - ala Shaun of the Dead). RRP
for the set is £16.99.
Bay will release J.R. Bookwalter's 1988 zombie film The Dead Next Door
on DVD on May the 15th.
The film about an elite squad of trackers,
called the Zombie Squad, that's been sent to investigate the source of the
outbreak, is presented in 4:3 full-frame format (it was shot on 8mm, and,
although it's apparently been "extensively re-mastered from the film's
original elements", still looks pretty grotty). It's been given a new 5.1
audio mix, which is available in Dolby Digital and DTS flavours.
Bonus features are an audio commentary (by
Bookwalter, actor / co-producer Michael Todd and cinematographer Michael
Tolochko Jr); 1985-2005: 20 Years In 15 Minutes featurette (16m);
cast auditions (14m); behind-the-scenes stills gallery (7m);
behind-the-scenes footage (19m); VHS-quality deleted scenes and outtakes
(7m); a music video (3m); Frightvision 2000 Reunion (6m); video
storyboards (8m); and a theatrical trailer. The RRP is £16.99.
in the press release as "a hard-edged version of TV's Angel",
producer Stephen J. Cannell's Demon Hunter will be released by
Anchor Bay on May the 15th. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery (The
Young Indiana Jones Chronicles), The Hills Have Eyes' Billy
Drago and House of 1000 Corpses' William Bassett.
The film is presented in anamorphic 1.75:1
format, with Anchor Bay's customary choice of DTS and Dolby Digital audio
tracks. Bonus features are a commentary track (by writer Mitch Gould and
actress Nancy Yoon); a featurette titled Demons Among Us (44m); a trailer;
and rehearsal footage for the final fight sequence (2m). The RRP is
£14.99. It's due on May the 15th.
Fallen Ones, a horror film about a forty-two-foot tall mummy, was
written and directed by Kevin VanHook, the visual effects supervisor on
I, Robot and Daredevil.
The film stars Starship Troopers' Casper Van Dien, Cherry Falls'
Kristen Miller and -err - Hart To Hart's Robert Wagner.
The film is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic
widescreen format, with DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Bonus features
include an audio commentary (by VanHook, producer Karen Bailey,
cinematographer Matt Steinauer and visual effects supervisor Chadd B.
Cole); Giants In The Earth – The Making of "The Fallen Ones
featurette (27m); Creating Aramis the Mummy featurette (2m);
Animatics – Pre-Visualisation by Forum Visual Effects comparison (9m);
a theatrical trailer; stills and storyboard galleries; and trailers for
Incidentally, the press release indicated
an 18 certificate, and this has been reported elsewhere. In fact it's
rated 12 (not surprising, considering it was made for TV).
The RRP is £14.99.
Snider's internet-themed shocker Strangeland will make its no-doubt
welcome UK DVD debut on May the 29th, courtesy of Anchor Bay (UK).
The film stars Brokeback Mountain's
Linda Cardellini, Road Trip's Amy Smart and A Nightmare on Elm
Street's Robert Englund. and showcases music by thrash metal acts like
Megadeth, Anthrax and Snider's own Twisted Sister. It's presented in
anamorphic 1.85:1 format, with DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby
Digital 2.0 options. The film also has optional English HoH subtitles.
The film has a disappointing array of bonus
material: a trailer; film notes; biographies and stills gallery. The RRP
A graphics-heavy page showing many menu
screens from these Anchor Bay (UK) films can be found
Anchor Bay have decided to abandon their
plans to release episodes of the Masters of Horror TV series
separately (or, rather, as double-bills). Instead they will release a box
set in the Autumn.
Tuesday I attended the press preview of V For Vendetta at the IMAX
screen at Waterloo. It's another spectacular experience, although there
wasn't as much action in the film as I expected. That shouldn't have been
a surprise, I suppose. After all, the V For Vendetta graphic novel
was about the power of ideas, not fisticuffs.
The giant IMAX screen showcases Adrian
Biddle's excellent cinematography, and you get a real sense of standing
inside Owen Paterson's often-eerie sets. V For Vendetta is
dedicated to Biddle, who died in December. It was his final movie, capping
a career that included Aliens, The Princess Bride and
Thelma and Louise (as well as, it has to be said,
a lot of mediocre films with great cinematography - Event Horizon
and The Mummy, for example).
If you haven't caught V For Vendetta
yet, then you should consider seeing it on an IMAX screen. There are many
scenes that have real impact seen that large (and you'll be able to see
every follicle on Natalie Portman's noggin!) Also, I doubt there are many
other venues that could so apparently-effortlessly cope with the testing
audio for the film's impressive finale.
The film opens at the IMAX, Waterloo on
Friday. To book tickets, or for more information, go to the
or phone 0870 787 2525.
Before the film we were treated to two
trailers for forthcoming IMAX attractions: Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon
and Superman Returns. The latter will be the first movie to
feature a live-action IMAX 3D sequence (lasting twenty minutes or so). It
will be fascinating to see If the 3D sequence in Superman Returns
is anywhere near as good as the IMAX 3D presentation of Polar Express!
ZETA MINOR NEWS
added a new section to the Hammer
DVD Guide today. I'm often asked by would-be collectors to
recommend a list of Hammer titles that would represent the studio's
wide-ranging output. It's a difficult task: how would you encompass
Dracula, arguably Hammer's masterpiece, and On The Buses, one
of their most successful movies?
So, I've asked a few genre experts for a
list of their favourite Hammer movies, in the hope that you'll find
something you like the sound of. My thanks to my initial batch of
contributors: Stephen Gallagher, Stephen Jones, Simon Clark and Mike
Sutton. I hope to add some more of these
Top Ten Lists in a couple
of weeks' time.
A note on our
page: The Hut has completely changed their website, which means
that most of our links to them no longer work (gee, thanks, chaps!) We'll
be fixing them over the next week or two, but until we've done that,
apologies. Many titles in our database have been added or updated in the
last week, so don't forget to pop in regularly!
has announced a bazillion titles, which they'll be releasing in the next
couple of months.
Collection: a seven-disc box set featuring Broken Arrow (James
Stewart, Jeff Chandler), Edward Dmytryk's Broken Lance (Spencer
Tracy, Robert Wagner, Richard Widmark), Henry Hathaway's Garden of Evil
(Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward), Fritz Lang's Western Union (Richard
Young, Randolph Scott), Edward Dmytryk's Warlock (Widmark, Henry
Fonda, Anthony Quinn), Sam Fuller's Forty Guns (Barbara Stanwyck,
Dean Jagger) and Fritz Lang's Rancho Notorious (Marlene Dietrich,
Brett Leonard's recent film based on the Marvel comic book character. 16:9
transfer, 5.1 audio.
Almodovar Collection - Volume 2: contains Matador (1985),
The Flower of My Secret (1995), Law of Desire (1987) and
directed by Enki Bilal, from his graphic novels, this is one of the first
films to be shot entirely on green screen. Set in the year 2095, the film
is about a giant alien pyramid that appears above New York. 16:9 transfer,
"Dolby Digital Stereo" audio. Theatrical trailers.
The Louis Malle
Collection - Volume 1: contains Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud;
Le Feu Follet; Les Amants; Zazie Dans Le Metro. Extras:
Interview with Vincent Malle; Interview with Rene Urtreger (the pianist on
Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud
soundtrack); interview with Jean-Paul
Rappeneau; Malle’s 1962 short Vive Le Tour.
La Haine -
Ultimate Edition. New three-disc version, in a limited edition
numbered steel book. Includes a feature-length documentary reflecting
10 Years of La Haine; a booklet featuring Keith Reader's essay
After The Riot; and the soundtrack.
The Crying Game
- Special Edition. Features an Alternate Ending and the
featurette The Making of the Crying Game "among other gems".
Broomfield Collection: featuring Kurt and Courtney, Biggie
and Tupac, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer and
Aileen Wournos: The Selling of a Serial Killer.
Tomorrow and Peace Hotel: two films directed by John Woo.
long-awaited "full and uncut" version of Richard Stanley's enigmatic 1992
Morris Collection: The Thin Blue Line, Vernon Florida
and Gates of Heaven.
John Woo's Run,
Tiger, Run and Jeffrey Lau's Treasure Hunt (making its UK DVD
The Louis Malle Collection - Volume 2: contains Au Revoir Les
Enfants, Le Souffle Au Coeur, Milou En Mai, Lacombe
Lucien and Black Moon.
Also on 3rd July:
itness in the Warzone and Little Buddha.
Jones' Three Burials and New York Doll are pencilled in for
July the 31st.
TBC is The
Collected Adventures of Asterix (currently 24th July).
Here are some
sleeve images for the Optimum titles...
The second of three DVDs featuring cast
members from The Tomorrow People, Explode - Chapter Two - Into
The Fold, will be released on May the 1st. This time Nicholas Young is
joined by his Tomorrow People co-star Sammie Winmill, and Harry
Potter's Percy Weasly, Chris Rankin.
The disc will feature a commentary track
(by Helen Oakleigh, Dexter O'Neill and Jackie Clark); a preview of Ruth
Boswell's audio book Out of Time; cast biographies; a photograph
gallery and shooting script.
Subscribers to the series will receive
copies signed by the cast. The disc is also available separately, for
£12.99 (plus postage). More details
next film from Marc Morris's Nucleus Films label will be Fausto 5.0,
the highly-charged 2001 thriller about a mysterious Doctor's encounter
with a patient he has no recollection of operating on, (as the title
suggests, it's another version of the Faust story). The disc features a
fine widescreen (1.85:1) transfer, with a choice of Spanish (DD 5.1 or
DTS), Catalan (DD 5.1) or English (DD 2.0) audio tracks, with optional
English subtitles. The DD tracks (including the English) are at 448kbps;
the DTS track is at 768kbps. The disc features is the "full uncut
Bonus features include a twenty-minute
Making of... featurette; a gallery of poster images, and a gallery
showing how artist Dan Schaffer designed the disc's sleeve. The disc also
a theatrical trailer, and trailers and
promo's for three other Nucleus Films titles. One of these is their
forthcoming disc of The Perils of Gwendoline In The Land of the Yik Yak
(a.k.a. Gwendoline), which, if the promo' reel is anything to
go by, is shaping up very nicely indeed.
RRP for Fausto 5.0 is £15.99 (Incoming).
The disc is released on April the 24th. Gwendoline... is currently
scheduled for release on June the 5th.
the ridiculous to the sublime... Buena
Vista has formally announced the DVD release of the triple Oscar-winner
Memoirs of a Geisha. It will be released on June the 5th.
The film, which was produced by Steven
Spielberg, and directed by Chicago's Rob Marshall, will be
supplemented with a commentary track (by Marshall and co-producer John
DeLuca); five featurettes (Sayuri's Journey: From the Novel To The
Screen; Geisha Bootcamp; The Look of a Geisha; and A
Geisha's Dance); and three galleries (Behind The Scenes,
Costume Illustrations and The Recipes of Chef Nobu). As usual
for Buena Vista, no technical spec's were announced, and neither was the
RRP (which is believed to be £19.99). Check out our
Incoming entry for the current best prices.
first season of five's soapy medical drama Grey's Anatomy will be
released on DVD on July the 17th.
The set will feature all fourteen episodes
of the Golden Globe-winning series, as well Anatomy of a Pilot*
(deleted scenes, 12m); Dissecting Grey's Anatomy (more deleted
scenes, 5m); commentaries (the US set has two, both for the Pilot
episode); Behind The Scenes featurette (11m if it's the Under
The Knife featurette on the US set); and an Alternate Title
Sequence (1m). It looks like the UK set will be missing the two-minute
Avant-Garde Trailer that's on the US set, perhaps because of music
clearance issues. The RRP is apparently £29.99, although some etailers
that are listing it don't have a price listed yet. You can check out the
best deal from among the leading etailers
* - The press release says "Autonomy of
a Pilot", but since they've spelt "successful" wrong, too, it's
probably a mistake!
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