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30th October 2006


There's a new section at Zeta Minor today, marking the culmination of our coverage of the release of the James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD range.

Zeta Minor contributor Richard Crowther has written an extensive guide to the home video versions of the 007 movies, noting changes between the various editions. He also reveals how the BBFC cuts made to the films when they were released theatrically have impacted on the DVD versions available today. Click here to go to the first page.

A Roobarb's DVD Forum thread discussing the Ultimate Edition DVDs can be found here. All comments, corrections and omissions welcome!

If you've visited our Incoming page in the last twenty-four hours or so, you might have noticed that we've made a few improvements.

We've separated out the HD-DVD and Blu-ray releases, which now have Incoming lists of their own. The In The Pipeline section also gets a page of its own, which should make page loading slightly faster. The lists of recently-released titles are now easier to find - just click on the relevant button! We've also added a search function, to help you locate titles in the database which are more than a month old.

My thanks to Ian for the new programming, and to Ceri and Ben for keeping the lists up to date!


Metrodome will release the third and final DVD set in the Transformers - Takara series, Victory,  on December the 26th.

The four disc box set will feature thirty-seven episodes, which are being made available with English subtitles for the first time (the episodes have the original Japanese audio). Bonus features include an audio commentary by Transformers expert Chris McFeely on "selected episodes", and an accompanying information and episode guide booklet.

The set has an RRP of £29.99.

Tartan will release a Collector's Edition of Gasper Noe's Irréversible on December the 4th.

This edition will feature a commentary track by Noe, Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel; a short film directed by Noe, Intoxication; Le Return special effects featurette; teaser trailers; and two music videos by Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Stress and Outrage.

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

The BFI will release a "truly comprehensive" collection of films created by the Brothers Quay on November the 13th.

The two-disc Brothers Quay - The Short Films 1979-2003 set will feature thirteen short films, spanning almost a quarter of a century, in brand new restored and re-mastered versions, which were created under the Brothers' supervision. Six of the shorts will feature commentary by the Quays.

The disc will also contain 'footnotes', including a twenty-minute interview, alternate versions, idents created for the BFI and BBC2, unrealised pilot projects and more. The 'footnotes' disc also features a clip from Peter Greenaway's The Falls, which features a rare 'acting' appearance by the Brothers (albeit in still form). The set will come with a booklet, featuring an "encyclopaedic" guide to the Quay's universe, plus their original illustrated treatment to their best-known film, Street of Crocodiles.

The disc has been produced by the BFI's Michael Brooke. Long time DVD Forums visitors will know that that alone is enough to recommend it.

Disc one features: The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer (1984), This Unnameable Little Broom * (1985), Street of Crocodiles * (1986), Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987), Stille Nacht I - Dramolet  * (1988), The Comb (1990), Anamorphosis (1991), Stille Nacht II - Are We Still Married? * (1992) Alternative versions, Stille Nacht III - Tales From Vienna Woods * (1993), Stille Nacht IV - Can't Go Wrong Without
You (1994), In Absentia * (2000), The Phantom Museum (2003)

* With new commentary by the Quay Brothers.

Disc two - Footnotes: Filmed introduction by the Quays; Nocturna Artificialia (1979); The Calligrapher (1991); The Summit (1995)
Archive Interview (2000); Extract from The Falls (Peter Greenaway, 1980); BFI ident.

The RRP is £24.99. Several etailers are still working on an RRP of £19.99, so there are some good prices out there - best currently is HMV, who have it for £11.99.

Warner Vision International will release a "much longer" version of the Secret Policeman's Ball - The Ball in the Hall concert on December the 4th than the one being broadcast by Channel Four tomorrow night. The disc will also feature exclusive animations, classic clips, Amnesty extras and Introducing The Protect The Human Players. The DVD version has a quoted running time of 125m, but I don't know if that includes the bonus material.

The line-up includes: Al Murray, Andrew Maxwell, Chevy Chase, Dylan Moran. Eddie Izzard. Graham Norton. Green Wing. Jeremy Irons. Jessica Stevenson. Jimmy Fallon.Jon Culshaw. Natalie Imbruglia, Omid Djalili, Richard E Grant, Ronni Acona, Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman, Seth Green, The Magic Number, The Mighty Boosh, The Zutons. The RRP for the disc is £17.99.

Pedro Almodovar's muse Victoria Abril features in Miguel Bardem's Swindled (Incautos), which will be released on DVD on  December the 4th by TLA Releasing.

The film, a Grifters-style con-man thriller,  also features Cronos's Federico Luppi. It will have Spanish audio, with English subtitles. Bonus features include trailers and a stills gallery. The RRP is £19.99.

Pathé will release the animated science fiction film noir Renaissance on DVD on November the 27th.

The film, which features the voices of Daniel Craig, Jonathan Pryce and Romola Garia, is set in futuristic France, where the citizens are under constant surveillance. The film used sophisticated rotoscoping techniques to create its characteristic 1930s noir look. The film will be presented in 2.35:1 ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

Special features include Maaz, a short film from director Christian Volckman (8m), a Making of... featurette (26m), and production galleries. The RRP is £19.99.

Cult Conversations has released a DVD featuring a seventy-minute interview with writers Less Pressman and Grant Cathro, who for the 1992 revival of The Tomorrow People. The interview also covers other aspects of their career, which includes writing for T-Bag, Spatz, and Mike and Angelo.

The disc also features an interview with Tessa and Deborah Vale, who featured alongside Jean Marsh in Lee and Grant's first Tomorrow People story, The Culex Experiment.

The DVD-R disc is presented in 16:9 format, with stereo English audio. The RRP is £9.99.


Details of three more signings at the 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London branch of Forbidden Planet...

11th November 1-2pm - Brian Froud (signing The Goblins of the Labyrinth book - £14.95)

11th November 3-4pm - Jeff Wayne (signing The War of the Worlds - Live on Stage DVDs - single disc £16.99, Special Edition £19.99

25th November 1-2pm - Noel Clark (signing the Doctor Who - Series 2 DVD box set - £59.99)

To order signed copies, or for more information, call Forbidden Planet Mail Order on 020 7803 1900.

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