NEWS ARCHIVE - 8th to 14th OCTOBER 2007


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8th October 2007


Many newly-announced titles have been added to our forthcoming releases database, Incoming, this week, as well as additional details for many titles, and many more etailer links. Please use the links to support Zeta Minor!


Full details of Eureka's Masters of Cinema Series edition of Murnau's 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu are now available.

The two-disc set features a brand new, tinted "definitive fully-restored" version of the film on disc one.

The film is accompanied on this DVD for the first time by Hans Erdman's original score (the previous Eureka! edition had a modern industrial grunge score; the BFI edition had a score by Hammer maestro James Bernard).

The film is accompanied by an optional commentary track, by silent cinema specialist R. Dixon Smith and film journalist Brad Stevens.

Disc two features a new fifty-odd minute documentary, The Language of Shadows: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and His Films, and a short (and rather vague) restoration demonstration.

The set will be accompanied by a ninety-six page book, featuring essays on the film.

The RRP is £22.65. Menu screens and sample frame grabs from the two discs can be found here. Reviews of Eureka's previous DVD edition, and the BFI edition can be found here.


Menu screens and screen grabs comparing Showbox Home Entertainment's forthcoming UK versions of The Evil of Frankenstein and The Brides of Dracula with their equivalent in Universal's Hammer Horror Series - Franchise Collection R1 set have been added to the site.

Neither of the new discs compares favourably. Showbox, a company more used to releasing titles like Girls Gone Wild – All New Dormroom Fantasies 2 and Playboy’s Lusty Latin Ladies, have chosen to release both titles in 4:3 format. In the case of The Brides of Dracula, this means considerable cropping at the sides of the image. With The Evil of Frankenstein the un-matted presentation reveals extra information at the top and bottom of the screen (largely 'dead' space), but it loses picture information from the sides. See for yourself, here and here.

The Evil of Frankenstein disc has theatrical trailers for both films. The Brides disc has the Brides trailer. There's a gallery on the Evil disc, but it only amounts to about half a dozen images. Details of both discs have been added to the relevant section of the Hammer DVD Guide.


Kevin Smith will be signing copies of his new book My Boring Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith at the Forbidden Planet store in Shaftesbury Avenue, London, on Tuesday October the 16th, between 5 and 6pm. Copies of the book will be sold for £7.99, £2 less than its RRP.

Signed copies can be ordered by post, from the Mail Order department, on 020 7803 1900.

Former Doctor Who assistant Anneke Wills, who also starred in the ITC crime series Strange Report, has recently published the first volume of her autobiography, which charts her career as a busy actress in the swinging sixties. She is promoting the book, Self Portrait, with a signing tour, which will include...

October 20th - Tenth Planet, Barking

November 18th - Doctor Who Day, The Kennet Centre, Newbury, Berkshire

November 24th - Memorabilia, NEC, Birmingham

November 30th - Beccles, Suffolk (with Elisabeth Sladen and Terry Molloy)

December 1st - Norwich Library

More details at her official website.

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