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9th June 2006


Buena Vista will release the first half of the second season of Lost on July the 17th - three months before the Region 1 release. It will include the first twelve episodes of the series.

The four-disc set includes an entire disc dedicated to bonus material, including a look at the location filming of seven episodes, Lost on Location; two exclusive never-before-seen Lost Flashbacks; Flashbacks and Mythology (behind the scenes with the creative team); eleven deleted scenes; and commentary tracks (including contributions by Evangeline Lilly); and Even More Secrets Under The Hatch.

It will also include a promo' by David LaChapelle (possibly the wonderful Portishead-scored slow-motion ballet-like promo' shown by Channel 4 - although what are the odds that the music will have been replaced by something generic - as it was on the version available from Channel 4's website?) The RRP is believed to be £34.99.

If it's beginning to seem like CSI central around here, it's because Momentum Pictures have so many half-season sets of the three CSI series to release that there's one every other week until October!

The latest to tell you about is CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 5 - Episodes 5.13-5.25, which is due on June the 26th.

As usual, the set features the episodes in 1.78:1 anamorphic format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps), and optional English subtitles.

The series includes the explosive two-part season finale, Grave Danger, which was directed by Quentin Tarantino. Guest stars include Donna Murphy, John Saxon, Andrew Prine, Tony Curtis and, in his last acting role, Frank Gorshin.

The set features four episodes with commentary tracks: Spark of Life (by Ken Fink and Allen MacDonald), 4 x 4 (by Terence O'Hara, David Rambo, Dustin Lee Abraham and Naren Shanker), Committed (by Richard J. Lewis and Jorja Fox) and Weeping Willows (by Marg Helgenberger and Ken Fink). There are also three featurettes: Season 5 - A Post Mortem (19m), CSI: Tarantino Style (18m) and a bunch of clips that make up CSI: Procedures on the Scene and in the Lab (16m).

The RRP is £39.99. Menu screens from this set can be seen here.

8th June 2006


Network has kindly supplied us with an interview with The Last Seduction's screenwriter Steve Barancik, in support of the release of their The Last Seduction - Special Edition DVD, on Monday. Click here to read the interview, and discover who - thankfully - missed out on the chance to play Linda Fiorentino's role, and what the film was originally going to be called.

My thanks to Network.


Warner Home Video will release the first season of The Batman on July the 17th.

The two disc set features all thirteen "30m" episodes of the animated series, which takes place a couple of years after Batman Begins. The series features Batman tackling updated versions of familiar foes like The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler and The Wombat, with a new arsenal of bat-gadgets, including a new version of the Batmobile.

However, all is not well in Gotham City. The UK edition appears to be bonus-free: the Making of... featurette and other more disposable goodies that are on the Region 1 edition weren't mentioned in the press release. Unofficial RRP for the UK edition is £17.99.

Warner Home Video will release the second season of The Waltons on July the 2nd.

The five-disc set will feature twenty-four episodes, including the two-part Emmy-winning The Thanksgiving Story. Click on this for for the Incoming listing, which also has the pack-shot. Unofficial RRP is £39.99.

More information about Optimum Releasing's Dust Devil DVD is now available.

The film is presented in 1.86:1 ratio, with anamorphic enhancement. It has Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (at 224kbps), with no subtitle option. The version of the film on the disc runs for 103'67", about fifteen seconds longer previously-released UK home video versions (according to the BBFC). This may be attributed to logo' changes. The disc is a DVD-5, and the main feature has an average bit-rate of 5.53Mb/sec.

The disc has four deleted scenes (Cross Lines 1 (1'24"), Bethany Train (1'03"), Crossed Lines 2 (1'05") and Final Apparition (24")), which have been taken from timecoded VHS tapes, and a commentary track (by director Richard Stanley). I've sampled the commentary, and it's excellent - fans of the film are going to be thrilled.

Menu screens from the disc can be seen here. Dust Devil will be released on June the 25th, with an RRP of £15.99.

5th June 2006


There's a new DVD review on the site today! It's of John Dahl's 1994 film noir classic The Last Seduction. Network will release this two-disc edition of the film next week. Click on the sleeve image, right, or here to read the review. Click here for the latest etailer prices (last time I checked, The Hut had the best deal - offering the film for a very cool £7.49).

The Incoming page continues to evolve, with numerous new additions and updates. Check 'em out!


Note: clicking on any highlighted title will take you to the disc's Incoming entry.

TLA Releasing will release David Lynch veteran Scott Coffey's critically-acclaimed pseudo-autobiographical film about an aspiring actress struggling with life in LA, Ellie Parker, on DVD on July the 24th.

The film, which stars Mulholland Drive's Naomi Watts as the actress in question, was developed from a 2001 short film (which also starred Watts). It also features Chevy Chase and Keanu Reeves. The DVD will feature a commentary track; deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer. Technical specifications were not announced. The RRP is £19.99.

Tartan will release Alison Maclean's 1992 debut feature Crush on July the 24th. Described as "a powerful psychological thriller with shades of The Last Seduction" - hey! synergy! - the film is about two friends who are involved in a car crash on their way to visit a novelist. The film stars Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden.

The disc will have an anamorphic transfer, and a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 and DTS audio tracks. The RRP is £19.99.

Arrow films is releasing four films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder on August the 7th: Fear Meets The Soul, The Merchant of Four Seasons, The Marriage of Maria Braun and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. More details here.

Soda Pictures will release Jean-Marc Valleé's award-winning autobiographical film C.R.A.Z.Y. on DVD on August the 21st. The film follows the life of its protagonist from birth in 1960, via teenage years obsessed with Bruce Lee movies and glam rock, to self-discovery in the 80s.The movie extensively features music of the period, from The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, to punk and Charles Aznavor.

The disc will feature an "exclusive" Script Factory Masterclass with the director, at the Gothenburg Film Festival; a Q&A with the director and key cast, introduced by Kaleem Aftab, following the film's UK premiere; and a theatrical trailer. Technical spec's were not announced. The RRP is believed to be £19.99.

Warner Home Video will release the MTV movie Joe's Apartment on July the 24th. The film, a black comedy about a young man (Sliders' Jerry O'Connell) who lives in a 'roach-filled apartment, won an award for it's special effects animation.

The film will be presented in 16:9 format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound audio. The RRP is believed to be £12.99 (Warner's PR company has stopped putting the RRP on the press releases). HMV are listing it as an exclusive, but most of the other etailers are listing it, too.

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