4th December 2006
Home Video will release a two-disc Special Edition of John Huston's
Maltese Falcon on DVD on February the 5th.
The Oscar-nominated 1941 film has been
digitally re-mastered from restored elements, and will be presented in its
original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, with mono Dolby Digital 1.0 audio.
The film will be accompanied by a
commentary track by Bogart biographer Eric Lax; a Warner Night At The
Movies 1941 short subjects gallery; Vintage Newsreel; Oscar-nominated
Technicolor musical short The Gay Parisian; an Oscar-nominated
cartoon, Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt; and trailers for The Maltese
Falcon and (1941's) Sergeant York. Disc two will feature a new
documentary, The Maltese Falcon - One Magnificent Bird; trailers;
and Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel. The RRP is £15.99.
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the Secret Service thriller
Sentinel on DVD on January the 29th.
The film, which stars Kiefer Sutherland,
Michael Douglas, Kim Basinger and Eva Longoria, will be supplemented by a
behind-the-scenes look at the Secret Service, The Secret Service -
Building on a Tradition of Excellence;'a look at the life of an Agent,
In The President's Shadow: Protecting The President; deleted
scenes; and an audio commentary (by director Clark Johnson and
screenwriter George Nolfi).
The film will be presented in anamorphic
2.4:1 ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and optional English SDH
subtitles. The RRP is £17.99.
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release a steel-cased edition of the
Academy Award-winning blockbuster
Tora! Tora! Tora! as part of their Cinema Reserve range on
December the 18th.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
2.35:1 ratio with Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio. There are optional
English HoH subtitles.
The two-disc set will feature a
ninety-minute documentary, History Through a Lens: Tora! Tora! Tora! A
Giant Awakes, and a twenty-minute featurette about the making of the
film, Hollywood Back History, with behind-the-scenes footage and an
interview with director Richard Fleischer. The set will also contain ten
Movietone News segments; a production gallery (71 images); and a
theatrical trailer. Worryingly, the press release makes no mention of the
commentary track that appears on the US edition (as part of Fox's Cinema
Classics Collection range). The RRP is £17.99.
Metrodome is releasing a collection of
discs featuring the early-90s Emmy Award-winning series Shakespeare -
The Animated Tales on January the 29th.
There are three discs: Act 1 - The
Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth, Act 2 - Julius Caesar and
Twelfth Night, and Act 3 - Hamlet and The Tempest. Each episode
runs for approximately twenty-five minutes. Cast members include Brian
Cox, Zoe Wanamaker, Clive Merrison, Joss Ackland, William Rushton, Hugh
Grant, Tilda Swinton, Timothy West, Stephen Thorne and Alun Armstrong. The
episodes were adapted by best-selling children's novelist Leon Garfield.
Each disc has an RRP of £5.99. Hopefully
they'll eventually be re-released on one disc, to save some precious shelf
space! Here's the sleeve art...
Volumes four and five of VCI's Hammer
Film Noir series of DVDs have been delayed slightly - they will now be
released on December the 26th.
TOM BAKER NEWS
has brought Tom Baker back as the voice of its text-to-landline serve,
following a very successful stint earlier this year. Customers who send a
text message to a fixed line or home phone will have it read out by Tom’s
voice. BT will donate two pence to Shelter for every text message sent,
from now until January the 8th, to support the charity in its 40th
As part of a charity campaign called Text
Aid, and to mark Tom's return, BT is making a version of The Kinks' number
one hit You Really Got Me using lyrics created using the digital
Tom available as a download.
The Text Aid track can be pre-ordered now
from 7Digital and will be officially on sale from December 18 from a range
of online retailers including eMusic and iTunes.
Tom Baker said: “I'm delighted to have been
asked back by BT as the voice of text-to-landline. It's rather like being
Santa Claus, delivering all your festive greetings - I only wish I could
hear what I’m saying! I find it fascinating all the things you can do with
technology these days - I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams
that I'd be a pop star, virtual or otherwise!”
Text Aid is aiming to raise at least
£100,000 for the charity over the festive period, which would allow
Shelter to "fund an awareness-raising campaign in primary and secondary
schools during 2007 as well as supporting frontline services to help
vulnerable children and young people cope with housing problems".
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