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12th June 2006


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Paramount has announced the release of two themed Star Trek DVD box set collections: Star Trek: Time Travel Fan Collective and Star Trek: Borg Fan Collective.

Both sets contain ten episodes, voted the best of their type by visitors to the official Star Trek website, spread across four discs. The two sets will eventually be joined by two more (one featuring Q, the other focussed on the Klingons).

Both sets apparently feature new commentary material. Here's a breakdown of both sets...

Borg Fan Collective

Disc One:

ST-Enterprise - Regeneration (audio commentary by Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong)

ST-TNG - Q Who?

ST-TNG - The Best of Both Worlds - Part I (with text commentary)

ST-TNG - The Best of Both Worlds - Part II (with text commentary)

Disc Two:

ST-TNG - I, Borg

ST-TNG - Descent - Parts I and II

ST-Voyager - Scorpion - Part I

Disc Three:

ST-Voyager - Scorpio - Part II

ST-Voyager - Drone

ST-Voyager - Dark Frontier

Disc Four:

ST-Voyager - Unimatrix, Zero - Part I

ST-Voyager - Unimatrix, Zero - Part II (with text commentary)

ST-Voyager - Endgame

Time Travel Collective

Disc One:

Star Trek - Tomorrow Is Yesterday (with text commentary)

Star Trek - The City on the Edge of Forever

Star Trek-TNG - Yesterday's Enterprise  (with text commentary)

Star Trek-TNG - Cause and Effect

Disc Two:

ST-TNG-Time's Arrow Parts I and II

ST-TNG-All Good Things

Disc Three:

ST-DS9 - Little Green Men  (with text commentary)

ST-DS9 - Trials and Tribble-ations

ST-Voyager - Year of Hell - Parts I and II

Disc Four:

ST-Voyager - Endgame

The Borg Fan Collective is released on July the 3rd. The Time Travel Collective is due on August the 14th. The RRP for both sets is 34.99.

Tartan has announced two additions to its Grindhouse label, which will be released on August the 21st.

The first is the comic book caper Bloody Mallory, which Tartan describes as "Resident Evil meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer".

The film, about a band of demon-slaying commandos on a mission to rescue the Pope from the forces of evil, stars Jefferson in Paris' Olivia Bonamy.

The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 and DTS audio tracks. The film is in French with English subtitles (there's no indication if these are burnt-in or not). Bonus features include a trailer and notes by Billy Chainsaw (stop sniggering at the back, there!)

The other is the 1995 documentary Black Sun: Nanking Massacre (Hei tai yang Nan Jing da tu sha), which is about the 1937 massacre at the Chinese city of Nanking, where three hundred thousand people were slaughtered.

The disc includes a "historical documentary", and a booklet featuring an interview with the film's director, Tun Fei Mou.

Both titles have an RRP of 15.99.

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