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5th February 2007


I've added some menu screens from Second Sight's forthcoming Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde DVD (which was announced here last week). You can see them here.

It seems that the DVD version might be slightly longer than the old VHS version. The DVD version runs for 114'19", about five minutes longer than the "109m" quoted for the VHS release.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Mike Judge's ill-treated science-fiction comedy Idiocracy on DVD on April the 23rd.

The film stars Luke Wilson as the unwitting subject of a government experiment in hibernation techniques, who is accidentally put into stasis until the year 2505. When he revives, he finds that the average IQ has plummeted, and that he's now the smartest man alive...

The film, from the creator of cult favourite Office Space (not to mention the man who spawned Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill) was given a tiny theatrical release in the US, where Judge's fans accused the studio of deliberately sabotaging it's chances.

The film arrives on DVD with English HoH subtitles. No further technical details were announced. There are apparently no bonus features, so the UK is missing out on the meagre handful of deleted scenes that are on the Region 1 disc. The RRP is £15.99.

Optimum Classic will release a new edition of Russell Mulcahy's fine 1986 fantasy classic Highlander on February the 26th.

The Highlander - Immortal Edition is a two disc set that will feature a "new and exclusive" director's commentary, a "new and exclusive" ninety-minute documentary; a Christopher Lambert interview; and a trailer. The set will apparently be released in steel-tin packaging.

The film will be presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen format, with Dolby Digital "stereo" audio. Further details and clarification will follow if I receive the check disc I've asked for. The RRP is £17.99.

Universal Pictures will release two science-fiction TV series on DVD on March the 26th.

The first is the "six-hour" mini-series Revelations, which was shown on ITV2 last year. The series will be presented on a two-disc set, which will include an on-set featurette; on-set interviews with stars Bill Pullman, Solaris' Natasha McElhone and Michael Massee, and writer / producer David Seltzer (the man who wrote The Omen). The set has an RRP of £24.99.

The second is the fifteen-episode series Surface, which received generally positive reviews when it appeared on Sky last year.

The series will be offered on a four-disc set, with deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, Sci-fi Special Effects; and cast interviews. The set has an RRP of £30.99.

Here is some sleeve art...


The BFI IMAX cinema at Waterloo has announced their February After Dark schedule.

Here are the details, from the press release:

Films are screened in their original theatrical 35mm formats using standard projection (i.e. not IMAX or IMAX digital re-mastering); the image fills approximately one third of the screen, making it one of the biggest pictures in London. As the auditorium is designed as a sound studio, sound quality is excellent. The BFI IMAX, a 485-seater auditorium two minutes from Waterloo station, offers a perfect view from steeply raked seats. Alcoholic drinks along with snacks, sweets and soft drinks are available to buy.

The After Dark programme changes regularly and customers are advised to check local listings information for details. Tickets prices are: Adults £8.50, Concessions £6.25

Casino Royale  (15)
Fri 26 January - Thurs 8 February (except 7 Feb) at 9pm

Flags of Our Fathers  (15)
Fri 9 - Thurs 15 February at 9pm

Black Book  (15)
Fri 16 - Thurs 22 February at 8.45pm, with additional shows at 6pm on Mon 19 and Weds 21

Déjà Vu  (15)
Fri 23 February - Thurs 1 March at 8.45pm, with additional shows at 6pm on Tues 27 Feb and Thurs 1 March

The BFI IMAX is located at South Bank, London SE1. Nearest tube is Waterloo. Tickets can be bought in advance from the ticket desk or by telephone on 0870 787 2525 or online from

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