NEWS ARCHIVE - 5th to 11th NOVEMBER 2007


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5th November 2007


Many newly-announced titles have been added to our forthcoming releases database, Incoming, this week, including the first appearance of the Warner Home Video's eagerly-awaited Stanley Kubrick special edition discs. We've also added additional details for many titles, and many more etailer links. Please use the links to support Zeta Minor!

Other especially-notable newly-listed titles includes Richard Linklater's Slacker, which will receive a long-overdue DVD re-release on Boxing Day (ignore what the etailers are saying - Boxing Day is the official release date). Metrodome also have the UK DVD debuts of Alex De La Iglesia's Accion Mutante, and 800 Bullets, both also due on Boxing Day. Optimum have announced provisional details for the acclaimed German film Eagle vs Shark.


Details of three forthcoming HD releases from Optimum Home Entertainment have been added to Incoming. These are...

Pan's Labyrinth  HD DVD    Blu-ray

The Host   HD DVD    Blu-ray

Wolf Creek   HD DVD    Blu-ray

Until these titles were announced, Optimum had only released on HD DVD. They released the following statement as part of the press release for the new titles:

From November 2007 Optimum are going to be stepping up their involvement in the expansion of the new high def formats, with the release of three key titles on both Blu Ray and HD DVD.

The titles in question are the gritty, nerve-shredding Wolf Creek, comic-horror epic The Host, and the enchanting, Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth. Each will combine the crispest picture and sound, alongside a host of extras on each disc.

To date we have published four key catalogue titles on HD-DVD - The Pianist, Mulholland Drive, La Haine and The Deer Hunter courtesy of Studio Canal's collaboration with Toshiba. Optimum are taking an agnostic stance in terms of the relative values of each format, so we are now in a position to extend the line-up to include the afore-mentioned key titles on both formats for the Christmas period. Although we're remaining non-partisan about the result of the format war, we do recognize the need to support the evolution of DVD in the hope of restoring value to the market. Our release of these three titles is our response to the demand for a greater variety of product, which we are sure will increase considerably as the new wave of cheaper hardware appears this autumn.


Kaleidoscope have announced details of their Christmas gathering...

Kaleidoscope Christmas Event

Saturday 1st December 2007, 12:00 - 7:00 pm

Amblecote Room, Stourbridge Town Hall,

Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK

Free Admission


12:00 Swap of the Pops - Noel Edmonds introduces artists including
ABBA, Cliff Richard, Harry Secombe, Showaddywaddy, Status Quo, Wings and The Wurzels in this show from Christmas 1977. This is the first thirty minutes of the programme, part two follows later in the day.

12:30 The Little Matchgirl - Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale
is brought to life in this ATV production from Christmas 1974.

13:00 Educating Marmalade - The Nativity Play. Bad Girl Warning!
Charlotte Coleman stars as Marmalade Atkins in Andrew Davies' fondly
remembered kids' show, also featuring early appearances by Julia Sawalha and Lynda La Plante.

13:30 All Star Comedy Carnival - Doctor in Charge. A festive
mini-edition of the long-running sitcom series from 1973.

13:40 Tinsel and Trimmings - rareties and surprises galore in this
compilation of Christmas continuity.

13:45 Break

14:00 Kaleidoscope Grand Charity Auction 2007 - our annual auction
extravaganza returns, in support of the Royal National Lifeboat
Institution. Bid on a selection of items donated by our guests and
attendees throughout the year. Please note we accept bids in person only.

15:00 Top of the Pops - a rare treat as we present the surviving
footage from the Christmas Day 1969 edition. Followed by Elton John
singing "White Christmas" on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

15:15 Origami - Have your piece of paper at the ready for this
Christmas themed edition.

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 The Fairy on the Tree - a selection of Christmas television

16:05 Metal Mickey - Pantomickey. The hugely popular silver robot
and his friends star in a seasonal episode of the series created by
Michael Dolenz, formerly of The Monkees.

16:30 Shine on Harvey Moon - A Christmas Truce. Kenneth Cranham,
Elizabeth Spriggs and Maggie Steed lead the cast in a rarely seen
episode from Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran's forties family saga.

17:00 BBC Christmas Globes 1974-2006 - Christmas wouldn't be
Christmas without the BBC's wonderful festive idents - relive happy
memories of Christmases past in this special compilation.

17:15 Swap of the Pops - the final sixty minutes of the show from
Christmas Eve 1977, presented by Noel Edmonds.

18:15 Crossroads - Enjoy a Christmas at King's Oak in this episode
from Christmas Eve 1975.

18:40 Thames Television hands over to Carlton Television, New Year's
Eve 1992.

19:00 Closedown

All material at Kaleidoscope events is screened with the permission of
the copyright holders. Programmes and timings may be subject to change
before the day.

In 2007, Kaleidoscope is supporting the Royal National Lifeboat
Institution once again.

The latest details of this event and Kaleidoscope's other activities can
always be found on our web site:

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