NEWS ARCHIVE - 18th - 24th SEPTEMBER 2006


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20th September 2006


Here's a much better look at the Doctor Who - Monsters on Earth audio book box set, which was featured in Monday's News (see below)...


Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release what's likely to be the best-selling DVD of 2006, a two-disc Collector's Edition of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, on November the 20th.

Details are sketchy, but indicate that bonus features will include: "unseen footage and deleted scenes; on-set gossip in Jerry Bruckheimer: Producers Photo Diary and Fly on the Set featurette; special featurettes on the films sensational characters in Captain Jack: Head to Toe and Meet Davy Jones; filmmaker and star commentaries; a look at the making of the film in The Making of Dead Man's Chest; Bloopers of the Caribbean." are offering a set of artcards with their edition. The RRP is 24.99.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the 2006 "reimagining" of The Omen on October the 23rd.

The film, which stars Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles, will be supplemented by a commentary track (by John Moore, Glen Williamson and Dan Zimmerman), a fifty-minute minute Making of... featurette called Omenisms - The Making of 666, two featurettes (Abbey Road and Revelations 666), two extended scenes, and an alternate ending.

Fox will also release The Omen - 30th Anniversary Special Edition on October the 23rd, alongside digitally-remastered editions of its sequels.

The Omen - 30th Anniversary 2 Disc Special Edition will feature two commentary tracks (one by director Richard Donner and editor Stuart Baird, the other by Donner and writer/director Brian Hegeland); Love Theme featurette; Damien To Church featurette; Dog Attack featurette; 666 and Mrs Baylock featurette; Jerry Goldsmith on The Score; Curse or Coincidence featurette; original theatrical trailer. The RRP is 17.99.

Damien: Omen II features part two of The Omen Legacy; a commentary by producer Harvey Bernhard; and The Omen 2006 - Life After Film School featurette (23m).

Omen III: The Final Conflict features part three of The Omen Legacy; a commentary by director Graham Baker; and The Omen 2006 - Making a Scene featurette.

Omen IV: The Awakening features part four of The Omen Legacy; The Omen 2006 - World Premiere featurette and The Omen 2006 - Casting Session featurette.

RRP for the sequels is 12.99. Each of these films is also included in the The Omen Pentology along with The Omen (2006), which is also released on 23rd October 2006. The RRP for that is 59.99. Nice sleeve design...



The BFI IMAX theatre at Waterloo will be hosting two all-night Lord of the Rings triple-bill marathon on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th of September.

From the press release:

All three films will be shown in their original theatrical 35mm versions (NB. not IMAX or IMAX DMR); the image will fill approximately one third of the giant screen.

There will be a 30-minute break between each film and free teas and coffees will be provided throughout the night. Snacks, sweets and both soft and alcoholic drinks will be on sale.

Fans are welcome to dress up in costume and there will be prizes to be won during the night to add to the fun.

Screening times are as follows on both dates:

9.00pm - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (PG)

12.30am - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (12A)

04.00am - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (12A)

The programme ends at 7.20am.

Justin Johnson, BFI IMAX Head of Operations says: "We first showed The Lord of the Rings trilogy in November 2004 and it was so popular that it's become an annual event. With our big picture, perfect view from comfy seats, and alcoholic drinks on sale this time around, it's the ultimate fantasy film experience for the fans - over nine hours in heaven, or at least, Middle Earth!"

Tickets are on sale now at 10.00 for one film, 15.00 for two films or 25.00 for all three.

The BFI IMAX is located at South Bank, London SE1. Nearest tube is Waterloo. Tickets for The Lord of the Rings trilogy are on sale from the ticket desk or by telephone on 0870 787 2525. NB. Online booking is not available for these two presentations, but cinema details can be seen at

18th September 2006


We have a new review for you today! Ceri has dissected the recent BBC Audiobooks release of Hancock's Half Hour - The 'Lost' Episodes. The two-disc set features two episodes that were, until recently, missing from the BBC archives, and, as a bonus, two radio documentaries on The Lad 'imself. Click on the sleeve image, left, or here, to read the review.

Our Hammer DVD Guide has been given an overhaul! Additions include the three new Hammer discs from Network (Twins of Evil, Countess Dracula and Hands of the Ripper), Sony's forthcoming Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, and all the forthcoming Studio Canal releases (which include several titles not previously available in the UK, and some with 'new' bonus features - see the News feature from last week).


Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release X-Men: The Last Stand as a two-disc DVD set on October the 2nd.

The film will be presented in anamorphic 2.4:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and optional English SDH subtitles.

The set will offer a choice of menu schemes (you can align yourself with the X-Men or The Brotherhood), which will lead to extensive bonus material, including: Brett Ratner's Production Diary; X-Men - Evolution of a Trilogy featurette; X-Men: The Excitement Continues featurette; X-Men Up Close interactive gallery; Anatomy Of A Scene: The Golden Gate Bridge featurette; Vignettes; Blogs; Previz Animatic Gallery; Character Still Galleries; Concept Art, Storyboards and Models Galleries; audio commentaries [sic] by director Brett Ratner, Avi Arad; twenty-one deleted scenes; three alternate endings; an Easter Egg; and trailers.

No-one pulls out all the stops for their special edition discs like Fox, so this should be a very impressive set indeed. The spec's for the UK edition certainly trump the single-disc Region 1 editions! (Director Brett Ratner has confirmed that there will be a R1 Special Edition somewhere down the line. The UK edition has an RRP of 24.99.

Fox are also releasing a special X-Men Collector's Edition 6-Disc Trilogy box set, which will include an exclusive Stan Lee comic book. This set has an RRP of 44.99.

Robert Towne's depression-era drama Ask The Dust will be released by Pathe Distribution on October the 2nd.

The film stars Colin Farrell, as a struggling writer trying to carve a career in 1930s Los Angeles, and Salma Hayek as the Mexican barmaid he falls in love with.

The press release didn't mention any bonus features, but some etailers are listing a commentary track by Towne and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, a Making of... featurette, and a trailer. The RRP is apparently 15.99 or 19.99 (different etailers are listing different RRPs, and it wasn't mentioned on the not-trying-very-hard press release).

Universal Pictures will release a four-disc Billy Wilder Collection box set on November the 20th. The films are Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, A Foreign Affair and The Major and the Minor. The press release didn't mention any bonus features, so it's unlikely that the set will feature the bountiful supplements on the recent Region 1 Double Indemnity Special Edition DVD. RRP is 34.99.

Revelation Pictures will release The Tribe - The Complete Series Five (the final series) on DVD on November the 20th.

The seven-disc set features approximately twenty-two hours' worth of episodes, presented in 16:9 format, with Dolby Digital Stereo sound.

The set will also feature a photo' gallery, never-before-seen scripts for The Tribe series six, and an exclusive interview with Kelly Stevenson (who plays Dee - TBC). The RRP is 34.99. The RRP of the first two seasons of The Tribe will be reduced by a few pounds to coincide with the release.

Nouveaux Pictures will release two DVD box sets on October the 16th.

The Comedy Western Collection set will contain They Call Me Trinity, its sequel, Trinity Is Still My Name and My Name Is Nobody. Extras include interviews with Terence Hill and Bud Spencer, biographies, filmographies, trailers, stills gallery. The RRP is 39.99.

The Tinto Brass - The Maestro Presents... box set will feature Salon Kitty, P.O. Box Tinto Brass and The Voyeur. Special features include an exclusive twenty-four-minute interview (in English) with director Tinto Brass and trailers. RRP is 29.99.

Sleeve art...


HBO will release Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Sixth Series on October the 2nd. The five-disc set will contain twenty-four episodes, some with commentaries by Ray Romano and series creator Phil Rosenthal. The set will also include bloopers, deleted scenes and a retrospective featurette. The RRP is 34.99.

HBO will release Entourage - The Complete First Season on October the 30th. The two-disc set will feature eight "half-hour" episodes, which feature cameo appearances by co-producer Mark Wahlberg, Luke 'The Dragon' Wilson, Val Kilmer, Larry David, Gary Busey and Scarlett Johansson. Three of the episodes will feature commentary tracks by creator / executive producer Doug Elin and executive producer Larry Charles. The set will also contain a behind-the-scenes featurette. The set will have optional English subtitles. Further episodes of the series (now in its fourth season in the US) will air here on ITV2 in February. The set has a pinch-me RRP of 24.99.

4DVD will release a new Lee Evans DVD on November the 27th, The World of Lee Evans. It features the six comedy dramas, shot on film, which formed Evans' 1995 TV series. Guest stars include John Thompson, Prunella Scales, Caroline Hook, Phil Daniels, Samantha Beckinsale and Amanda Dickinson. The RRP is 12.99.

I don't make a habit of indulging in idle speculation about forthcoming Doctor Who DVD releases, but recently I've been digging around to see what I can piece together about what stories are being prepared for release next year.

So, here's how I think the 2007 schedule will shape up. Naturally, it's very likely that some titles may be shuffled around, so the dates given are subject to change.


The Return of The Master Box Set - The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis and Castrovalva (confirmed)


The Time Meddler




Tegan box set - Time-Flight / Arc of Infinity


Sarah Jane Smith box set - The Time Warrior / K9 and Company




The Key to Time Box Set (The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll and The Armageddon Factor)


Animated Patrick Troughton story

You can discuss this list in this Roobarb's DVD Forum thread.


BBC Audiobooks has confirmed the details of the Doctor Who - Monsters on Earth seven-CD box set, which is being released on November the 6th.

The set will feature the audio tracks from three TV adventures, with newly-recorded narration. The stories are Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, Jon Pertwee), The Sea Devils (1972, Jon Pertwee), and Warriors of the Deep (1984, Peter Davison). The three stories are linked by recurring reptilian villains: the Sea Devils were related to the Silurians, and both return in Warriors of the Deep.

Narration in each case is provided by the companion of the time: Caroline John on Doctor Who and the Silurians; Katy Manning on The Sea Devils, and Janet Fielding on Warriors of the Deep. The discs will also feature bonus interviews with the actresses, discussing their experience of working on the programme.

The discs will be housed in a tin, the base of which will feature an illustration by former Target books artist Chris Achilleos.

The set has an RRP of 45, but can currently be pre-ordered for as little as 18.88 from Amazon.


Press release from Lurker Films...

Lurker Films is proud to present the 13th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.

WHEN: October 6-8, 2006
Doors open at 6pm on Friday, 1pm on Saturday & Sunday.

WHERE: The historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon, USA

WHAT: Eight feature films, seven guests of honour, discussion panels, world and regional premieres, twelve vendors, multiple door prizes, and more than twenty-five short films.

COST: Tickets are $12 per day per person on Friday, $15 per day
per person on Saturday & Sunday.

Advance tickets can be purchased at

The 13th annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival should prove to be an exciting one. Along with all of the great films we have lined up we also have many compelling events. We will be showing exclusive footage from the highly anticipated Hellboy: Animated, with a special appearance from the producer of the show.

Other notable guest appearances are: author Ramsey Campbell, author/editor Robert M. Price, author Stanley C. Sargent, director Jay Woelfel (Beyond Dream's Door), director Alex Turner (Dead Birds), director Mariano Baino (Dark Waters) and actress Barbara Crampton (Castle Freak).

We will also be playing the comic-con trailer for Guillermo del Toro's new picture, Pan's Labyrinth. Our discussion panels will include: Writers versus Filmmakers: Filming the Unfilmable, The Appeal of H.P. Lovecraft, Dark Horse Comics: Lovecraft's Lasting Influence, and Animating Hellboy. We will be awarding filmmakers and special guests with the annual Howie award.

Last week's Zeta Minor News can be viewed here.

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