2nd May 2007
Notes on a Scandal will be released on DVD by Twentieth Century
Home Entertainment on June the 4th.
The film, a psychological blackmail
thriller about an elderly teacher who fixates on a colleague who is having
an affair with one of her pupils, stars Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, who
were both nominated for Oscars for their roles.
The disc will feature a commentary track by
director Richard Eyre; three featurettes (The Story of Two Obsessions,
Behind The Scenes and In Character With Cate Blanchett);
three webisodes (Judi and Cate - Behind the Scandal, The
Screenplay - Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett); and Four
Conversations with Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy (Casting,
Characters, On Set and Love Scenes).
The disc has an RRP of £19.99.
Gondry's eagerly-awaited follow-up to
Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind, the romantic fantasy
Science of Sleep, will be released on DVD by Warner Home Video on
June the 25th.
The film will be presented in 1.85:1
format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Bonus features include a commentary track
by Michael Gondry and cast (Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and
Sacha Bourdo, assuming it's the same as the R1 version); two featurettes (The
Making of... and Lauri Faggioni - Creator of Animals and
Accessories); and a music video, Rescue Me, by Linda Serbu.
Other features being listed by some sources - a short film by Linda Serbu,
Adopt Some Love, and a trailer - were not mentioned in the press
release (they are on the US edition, however).
RRP for the UK version is £19.99.
Fabulous Films will release two cult
favourites starring the amazing Reiko Ike on DVD on May the 28th:
& Fury, and its sequel,
Female Yakuza Tale.
The films, which were recently featured in
the Jonathan Ross show Japanorama, are widely acknowledged as one
of the inspirations for Tarantino's Kill Bill movies.
Both films will be presented in their
original uncut glory, with a theatrical trailer and promotional material
archive as bonus features. No technical details were announced. RRP for
each disc is £15.99.
Some of the etailers are using the US
versions of the sleeves in their listings. Here are the UK versions...
Optimum have once again moved back the
release dates for their
James Mason and
Dirk Bogarde Screen Icons sets: they'll now be released on
July the 23rd. They still haven't announced the fifth title in the Mason
set or the extra "titles" (sic) in the Bogarde set (which currently
includes four known titles).
Henri-Georges Clouzot Collection has been re-scheduled for release
on June the 25th.
The set will feature three "fully
re-mastered" films (Le Corbeau, Quai Des Orfevres and The
Wages of Fear), Le Corbeau will have an introduction by film
critic Ginette Vincendea, and an artwork gallery; Quai Des Orfevres
is supported by a trailer; and The Wages of Fear is supplemented by
stills and poster galleries, cast and crew biographies, and an original
trailer for Les Diaboliques.
All three films will be presented in 4:3
format, with mono French audio and English subtitles.
Momentum will release an uncut version of
recent theatrical hit
Hannibal Rising on DVD on June the 25th.
The new version of the film will feature
fourteen minutes of new footage, making eight previously-unseen scenes. It
will be presented with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (no other technical details
The disc will feature a trailer; a Making
of... featurette; and (TBC) deleted scenes, and an audio commentary with
director Peter Webber and producer Martha De Laurentiis.
The disc will be released to rent on June
the 11th. RRP for the retail edition will be £17.99.
Play.com is offering exclusive art cards with the disc.
entry for the Best Foreign Film at the 2007 Academy Awards, the epic war
Company, will be released as a two-disc Collector's Edition
deluxe DVD by Contender Home Entertainment on June the 11th.
The film, Russia's highest-grossing film to
date, features fifteen-hundred extras, thirty T-64-B tanks, ten MI-24 and
ten MI-8 helicopters, and twenty-two AN and MIG fighter planes.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
2.35:1 format, with Russian DOlby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks,
with optional English subtitles.
Disc two's bonus features include a
Making of... documentary; a 20 Years Later documentary (which
examines the real-life events depicted in the film); footage from the
premiere; and a trailer gallery. The RRP is £19.99.
An action-packed clip from the film can be
30th April 2007
ZETA MINOR NEWS
We have a new review on the site today. It
features two of the titles in BBC Audiobooks' Classic Sci-Fi range:
adaptations of John Wyndham's The Chrysalids & Survival and The
Midwich Cuckoos. Click on the sleeve images, left, or
got to Ceri Laing's review.
guide to new and forthcoming DVD releases continues to be updated,
with lots of newly-listed titles, and links to our affiliated retailers
(enabling you to find the best etailer offers!)
much time for news today, sorry, but what there is, is GREAT news!
Hammer Films website
is reporting that DD Home Entertainment has signed a deal with Sony
Pictures that will allow them to release thirteen Hammer movies that were
originally distributed by Columbia.
The films in question are The Camp On
Blood Island (1958, Val Guest), Cash on Demand (1961, Quentin
Lawrence), Creatures the World Forgot (1971, Don Chaffey), The
Damned (1963, Joseph Losey), Donít Panic Chaps! (1959, George
Pollack), The Gorgon (1964, Terence Fisher), Maniac (1963,
Michael Carreras), Never Take Sweets From a Stranger (1960, Cyril
Frankel), The Stranglers of Bombay (1960, Terence Fisher), Sword
of Sherwood Forest (1960, Terence Fisher), Taste of Fear (1961,
Seth Holt), The Terror of the Tongs (1961, Anthony Bushell) and
Watch It, Sailor! (1961, Wolf Rilla).
Hammer fans will be familiar with most of
these titles, if not some the films themselves (I doubt that anybody has
seen Don't Panic Chaps! or Watch It, Sailor! in the last
twenty years!) Many, including Cash on Demand (pictured), have
never been available on any home video format.
The deal is wonderful news for Hammer fans
because it will plug some significant gaps in their collections.
Many fans speculated that some of the less
politically correct films that Hammer made (The Stranglers of Bombay,
The Terror of the Tongs and The Camp on Blood Island,
specifically) were unlikely to be released by the studio that currently
owns them, Sony Pictures. This deal allows their release without drawing
attention to the company's involvement.
DD Home Entertainment has already released
numerous titles from the Hammer library on DVD in the UK (including
Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell and Captain Kronos).
They've generally been excellent discs, with solid bonus features, and
accompanied by very nice collector's booklets. However, several of their
releases have been plagued by nagging technical problems (incorrect
anamorphic flagging, and non-anamorphic transfers), which betray the
company's relative inexperience in releasing widescreen movies.
Hammer DVD Guide has been updated accordingly.
The new deal means that only a handful of
Hammer's horror, science-fiction and fantasy films won't be available on
Notable by their absence are: The Two
Faces of Doctor Jekyll (another Columbia title, available on VHS in
the US), The Shadow of the Cat, The Old Dark House (last
seen in the UK on a VHS release licensed to Encore Entertainment by
Columbia), MGM's little-seen Hysteria, goofy 2001-inspired
sci-fi 'Western' Moon Zero Two (Warner Bros), 1971 thriller
Crescendo (Warner Bros, I think), When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth
(Warner Bros), and the out-of-print official Satanic Rites of Dracula
(rights seem to be in limbo - may be Warner Bros or Studio Canal). How
ironic that it now seems to be Warner Home Video, who pride themselves on
the depth of their catalogue releases, and who released many of Canal
Plus' Hammer titles, are now the studio that controls the lion's share of
unreleased Hammer movies.
As if DD Home Entertainment's Hammer news
wasn't enough, the Hammer site also reports that they will also be
releasing a Special Edition of Columbia's classic 1957 horror film
Night of the Demon.
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