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17th August 2006


Optimum Classics will release a new three-disc edition of Robin Hardy's horror masterpiece The Wicker Man on DVD on September the 4th.

Two versions of the film will be included in the set: the (edited) Original Theatrical Release ("84m") and the (less edited, but still incomplete) Director's Cut ("99m").

The first disc will feature the Original Theatrical Release, and a theatrical trailer. The second will feature the Director's Cut, accompanied by a commentary track (with Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward and Robin Hardy, moderated by Mark Kermode - the same track as the last DVD edition); two documentaries, The Wicker Man Enigma (35m - on the last DVD) and Burnt Offering: The Cult of the Wicker Man (50m - a 2001 TV documentary, new to DVD); and the original press book.

This means that some of the bonus features that were on the last DVD edition will remain exclusive to that version (some of them are also on the various US editions, of course).

The third disc is a soundtrack CD (it's not known whether this is the Trunk Records or Silva Screen version, or something else).

The film will be presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 format. The Original Theatrical Release will have Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; the Director's Cut will be Dolby Digital mono.

The RRP is officially £20.99, but some retailers are listing RRPs between £13.99 and £21.99, and pricing accordingly - check out the various deals here - the cheapest seems to be Benson'sWorld - who have it listed for £10.99!) HMV are listing an exclusive version, but there are no details on their site.

A single-disc Wicker Man will apparently be released in October, with an RRP of £12.99.

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment has launched a Best Dressed Trekker competition, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, on September the 7th. The winner will win tickets to an exclusive dinner with Next Generation star Brent Spiner, on September the 7th. The winner and runners-up will also receive Star Trek goodies.

To enter, dress up in your best Star Trek outfit, take a photo, and send it to Full details will be posted there from Monday.

4DVD will release the comedy series Badly Dubbed Porn on DVD on September the 25th.

The series, from the makers of The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos, adds new dialogue to old porn movies. It stars I'm Alan Partridge's Simon Greenall, Tittybangbang's Lucy Montgomery, animation voice-over specialist Sally Grace and "Scotland's answer to Rory Bremner" (lord help him) Lewis MacLeod. It's written by veteran scribes Geoff Atkinson and Kim Fuller.

The two-disc set has an RRP of £19.99.

Speaking of the talented Ms. Montgomery, the poorly-received BBC THREE sketch show Tittybangbang will be released on DVD by Contender Home Entertainment on October the 23rd.

Tittybangbang - The Complete First Series will feature all six episodes of the first season, supplemented by more than an hour of exclusive extras, including audio commentary by Bob Mortimer (who writes for the series, under the pseudonym Robert Renwick); outtakes; behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes. The RRP is £19.99. A couple of etailers are also listing a Tittybangbang "sampler" DVD, for release on October the 9th, with an RRP of £2.99.

Metrodome will release Marcos Siega's black comedy Pretty Persuasion on DVD on October the 9th.

The film, which is regularly compared to Heathers and Election, is about a fifteen-year-old high school sophomore (Thirteen's Evan Rachel Wood) who persuades her friends into bringing charges of sexual assault against their English and drama teacher, Mr Anderson (Ron Livingston). It also features James Woods, Ally McBeal's Jane Krakowski and Hellboy's Selma Blair.

The disc will feature a theatrical trailer (that, at least, gives it the edge over the bare-bones Region 1 edition). No technical spec's were announced. The RRP is £15.99.

Tartan has announced two Asia Extreme releases for November the 13th. These are Chang-Jae Lim's Unborn But Forgotten (about a television producer investigating the deaths of a series of victims of a mysterious website) and Woo-cheol Lee's supernatural thriller Cello (about a woman haunted by memories of a car-crash).

Both films are offered with anamorphic transfers, and a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks. Cello will feature a director's commentary; a behind-the-scenes featurette; and a trailer. RRP is £19.99 each.

Anchor Bay will release Liliana Cavani's The Night Porter (Il Portiere di notte) on DVD on September the 18th. This is its first UK release.

The film will be presented with Anchor Bay's customary choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks, (no details of the aspect ratio were announced).

The disc will have interviews with Cavani, co-writer Italo Moscati and star Charlotte Rampling. Criterion's non-anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) Region 1 version has no bonus features. The RRP is £14.99.

14th August 2006


The Incoming page has been updated. New information includes listings for a bunch of new Network titles (including Baywatch and Rik Mayall Presents...) and, rather soberingly, a slew of Christmas box sets...


Pathé has released a new sleeve image for Silent Hill, which is something like the one you can see here. The disc is due for release on September the 4th (a week later than previously reported).

The film is presented in 2.34:1 anamorphic format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps). The average bit-rate is 6.5Mb/sec. The disc has optional English HoH subtitles.

Pathé has also settled on a set of bonus features, which is somewhat depleted, compared to what's being listed by some of the etailers. The main bonus feature is a forty-eight minute documentary, Path of Darkness - The Making of Silent Hill, which is broken down into segments titled Origins, Casting, Set-Design, Stars and Stunts and Creatures Unleashed. The disc also features a minute's worth of TV spots, and a theatrical trailer (2m). There is no commentary track. Menu screens from the disc can be found here.

Universal Pictures will be re-releasing Tobe Hooper's original 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on October the 2nd. The new release will have an RRP of £5.99.

Warner Home Video will release the Emmy Award-winning Stephen King mini-series Storm of the Century as a two-disc set on September the 4th.

Storm..., which stars Tim Daly and The Chronicles of Riddick's Colm Feore, will be presented in 4:3 format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. Running time is given as 255m. The RRP is apparently between £17.99 and £18.99.

Warner is also releasing a box set of six King TV adaptations, The Stephen King Collection, which will include It, Salem's Lot, Storm of the Century, The Shining, Rose Red and The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer on September the 4th.

HAMMER NEWS are listing The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb for release on October the 23rd. No verification yet, but it could point to more of the Columbia Hammer titles coming out...

Network have added another two Hammer titles to their forthcoming releases list (in addition to their Countess Dracula - Special Edition, which is due on September the 11th). These are the other two Hammer features owned by Carlton: Hands of the Ripper and Twins of Evil. Both of these are listed as "Special Edition" titles, but no further details have been announced. They're currently scheduled for release on October the 9th.

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