6th July 2006
details about Momentum's
Heart Special Edition DVD - which is due on August the 21st - are now available.
Disc one features the film, in anamorphic
1.80:1 format with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (at 192kbps) and optional
English subtitles. The film's average bit-rate is 7.28Mb/sec.
The film is accompanied by a commentary
track by Parker, which was carried over from the previous
Director's Chair Collection.
Other bonus features on disc one are
introduction by director Alan Parker (1m); three short Making of...
snippets (The Reality of Voodoo (3m), Creating The Look (2m)
and Choreographing a Voodoo Ritual (2m)); an on-set Interview
With Alan Parker (5m); and three contemporaneous Personality
Profiles (Mickey Rourke (4m), Lisa Bonet (4m) and Alan Parker (3m)).
The new extras on the second disc are
bountiful, but few of them relate directly to the film (t
about voodoo and it's role in New Orleans culture)
and so are likely to disappoint anyone who wants more information about
the movie. They are: New Orleans Voodoo Connection (20m); Voodoo - The
Truth (12m); Dance As Worship (6m); Guided Tour (10m);
Voodoo Macumba Dance Ensemble (3m); Voodoo Macumba Dance
Ensemble 'Damballah' (6m); and an Interview With Alan Parker
(8m). Menu screens from the two discs can be found
Lee's heist film
Inside Man will be released by Universal Pictures on July the
31st. The film stars Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster and Clive Owen.
The film will be presented in 2.35:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and English
There are no bonus features. The
Region 1 edition has a commentary track, deleted scenes, and a Making
of... featurette. What a shame that Universal ditched the film's
theatrical poster design in favour of a
Phone Booth rip-off! The
RRP is £19.99.
The fifth series of
Smallville will be released on DVD by Warner Home Video on August
The six-disc set will feature twenty-two
episodes, a featurette, Smallville's 100th Episode: Making of a
Milestone; unaired scenes; a Vengeance Chronicles Webisode Gallery
and "much, much more!" No technical spec's were announced. The RRP is
believed to be £54.99.
Speaking of all things Superman, the third
& Clark: The New Adventures of Superman will also be released by
Warner Home Video on August the 28th. The set will feature an excerpt from
the Look Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman documentary
(which is available now in its entirety in the US for a few dollars). The
episodes will be offered in 4:3 format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. The
RRP is believed to be £40.99.
will release Mark and Michael Polish's offbeat 1999 film
Twin Falls Idaho on DVD on August the 7th.
The film, about conjoined twins who
live in a secluded hotel, stars real-life twins Mark and Michael Polish
(who also wrote and directed the film), Michele Hicks, and Lesley Ann
The disc will feature a commentary
track by the Polish brothers. It has an RRP of £15.99.
For a couple of quid more, you can get
Twin Falls Idaho as part of a double bill with the Polish brothers'
follow-up film Northfork, which stars Nick Nolte, Daryl Hannah,
James Woods, Anthony Edwards, Claire Forlani, Peter Coyote and Kyle
McLachlan. The Twin Falls Idaho / Northfork set has an RRP of
£19.99 (if you can find anyone listing it!)
Arthouse will release
Fellini, a box set of three Federico Fellini films on August the
The set will feature Orchestra Rehearsal,
And The Ship Sails On and Ginger and Fred. These will be
presented in Italian with English subtitles.
The bonus features are as follows:
Fellininiana Part 2: 10th Anniversary Of The Death Of Fellini
La Felliniana - Frederico In The City (Frederico In Citta)
La Felliniana - Powder Of Rimini (Polvere Di Rimini)
La Felliniana - That Train To Rome (Quel Treno Per Roma)
La Felliniana - Target The Director (Tirate Sul Regista)
La Felliniana - The Line Of The Shadow (La Linea D'ombra)
Ginger and Fred
La Felliniana: The Final Walk
La Felliniana: Silence
Marcello Mastrioianni: A Self Portrait (black and white)
And The Ship Sails On
La Felliniana: A Star Is Born
La Felliniana: A Genius at Work
Federico Fellini: A Self Portrait (black and white)
No other technical information was
released. The RRP is £39.99.
Menu screens from Sony Pictures Home
Hostel DVD can be seen
Releasing will release a six-disc
Collected Adventures of Asterix box set on July the 31st.
The set will include Asterix The Gaul
(1967), Asterix and Cleopatra (1968), The Twelve Tasks of
Asterix (1976), Asterix and Caeser (1985), Asterix in
Britain (1986) and Asterix and The Big Fight (1989).
The set has an RRP of £29.99.
3rd July 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
added to the notes I published on
June the 23rd
about the James Bond Ultimate
Edition DVDs (which are due on sale in two weeks' time).
Sony (who have effectively licensed the
films from MGM) has spent a lot of money re-mastering the films, and,
generally, they've done a fine job. The new transfers are vibrant and
clean, and they've rectified some of the irksome glitches that marred the
2000 editions. However, anyone expecting that these discs would be
flawless must be very naive indeed, given MGM's patchy track record.
There'll be plenty of reviews around of the
new discs, and I really don't have the time to examine them to the degree
I'd like to if I was to review them myself, so I've decided to concentrate
on the nitty-gritty aspects of the discs: the sort of things that might
interest the more demanding consumer: things that most reviews will
probably miss, because they're simply not looking for them, or because
they're not even aware that they should be looking for them!
Last time I offered some initial thoughts
on the new transfers, and the various edits that have and haven't been
rectified. This weekend I turned my attention to
an aspect of MGM's disc authoring that has
regularly blighted the Region 2 versions of their discs:
their replacement of captions and
Like most companies, MGM services a number
of countries in the Region 2 area. To save having to author dozens of
variants, they usually create one pan-European disc to sell in them all.
Unlike their competitors, though, they often choose to use textless
transfers of their films (i.e.: without the original theatrical captions
or subtitles) to facilitate this. Then they add player-generated subtitle
captions for each different language. I understand why they do this, but
certainly don't approve.
It's not always possible to precisely
replicate a film's original captions using player-generated captions (for
one thing, you can't fade them in and out), but there's no excuse for not
at least trying to mimic the colour, font, screen placement and
duration of the original captions. Unfortunately, MGM simply can't be
bothered, and their player-generated captions usually look nothing like
the ones in the theatrical presentation of the film.
The new James Bond Ultimate Edition
discs are a mix of films with the original captions, and films with truly
horrible player-generated captions. Let's hope this is the last time the
Bond films are compromised in this way, and that next time they're
released (probably as high definition titles on Blu-Ray), they'll fix
here to read my notes
on the new Bond discs. A handy index to the film's Incoming links
can be found by clicking on the 007 Ultimate Edition logo' in the
I'd like to welcome a new contributor to
the site! Ben Mott has been drafted in to help maintain our Incoming
database. Welcome Ben!
page offers a selected list of forthcoming titles that should be
of interest to this site's visitors. With Ben's help, the Incoming
page will be a bit more comprehensive, and there'll be fewer mistakes! The
page is now being updated virtually every day: sometimes with a few new
interesting additions, sometimes with huge swathes of new titles!
Please check the page regularly to keep
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Home Entertainment will release Tommy Lee Jones' acclaimed feature film
Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada on DVD on August the 7th.
The film, a tale of loyalty about an epic
journey made by a moody ranch foreman (Tommy Lee Jones) to bury a murdered
friend, features stunning cinematography by British Director of
Photography Chris Menges (who won Oscars for two Roland Joffé films:
The Killing Fields and The Mission).
The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic
format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1 (at 448kbps) audio
tracks. There are no subtitles.
There's a fair bit of debate among the
etailers as to what the bonus features are. Here's the definitive list: a
commentary track (by Tommy Lee Jones and co-stars Dwight Yoakam and
January Jones); a Making of... featurette (26m); a Making of the
Music featurette (8m); press conference-style interviews with Tommy
Lee Jones and writer Guillermo Arriaga (14m); and extended and deleted
scenes (27m). A fine effort by Optimum that puts the R1 version to shame.
The press release mentions an interview with composer Marco Beltrami, (in
the same breath as "Tommy Lee Jones and Guillermo Arriaga interviews"),
but this seems to be missing from the disc. The RRP is £17.99.
will release the first half of season two of
New York as a three-disc DVD
set, on July the 17th.
The set will feature the first twelve
episodes of the season, which saw a degree of re-vamping, as the team
relocate to new premises, and a new character, Lindsay Monroe (played by
Anna Belknap), is introduced.
As before, the episodes are presented in
1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at
Unusually, there are no special features on
the set (perhaps because the season hasn't been released in the US yet?)
The RRP is £39.99.
Home Video will release the memorable 1990 Stephen King miniseries
It on DVD on
August the 7th.
The two-disc (2 x DVD-5) set offers the
film in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio
(at 192kbps), and optional English and English HoH subtitles.
The three-hour presentation is split evenly
across the two discs. The series is accompanied by a full-length "director
and cast" commentary track. The RRP is believed to be £18.99. Menu screens
from the release can be seen
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