19th February 2008
CULT TV NEWS
promised Virgin 1 that I'd give a plug to new acquisition Terminator:
The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which premieres on the channel on
Thursday at 10pm.
If you're a fan of the movies, you should
enjoy the TV series (particularly the show's first episode, which packs an
awful lot of action into forty-five minutes).
Firefly fans might want to tune in
to see Summer Glau kickin' butt alongside the show's eponymous heroine,
who's played by The Brothers Grimm's Lena Headey (left).
More details are available on
18th February 2008
Lots of new information has been added to
Incoming database this week, including listings or additional info
for Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly's bewildering - and not in a good
way - new movie
Southland Tales; the
DVD editions of the Invasion of the Bodysnatchers remake The
Invasion (due on sale today), and a new horror movie from Revolver,
Other titles added to the database in the
last week include first sightings of the
Lucky Man! Special Edition; season nine of
Frasier; the first seasons of
The Cosby Show,
Laverne and Shirley and
Ironside; Channel 4 dramas
Camomile Lawn and
Porterhouse Blue; and the new version of
Bionic Woman (which stars Jekyll's Michelle Ryan). You'll
also find details for the first UK DVD release of the off-kilter Oliver
Wild Palms, which Fremantle will be releasing next month.
Acorn has confirmed that the
Campion Complete Collection DVD set that's due on May the 12th
will indeed feature eight adventures for the dapper detective played by
Peter Davison, including four which have not been released on DVD in the
UK before: Sweet Danger, Dancers in Mourning, Flowers for
the Judge and Mystery Mile.
HMV's pre-order price of £17.99 (against an RRP of £29.99) all the
HD DVD AND BLU-RAY NEWS
I'm sure most of you will have heard about
the recent seismic developments in the battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD
formats: two major US retailers (Best Buy and Wal-Mart) and another large
rental chain, Netflix, have decided to effectively drop the format. Stick
a fork in it, folks, HD DVD is done.
Toshiba, HD DVD's principal backer, hasn't
yet released an official statement, but word from reliable sources within
the company (reported by Japanese news service
subsequently picked up by
Reuters), say that it's only a matter of time before the company
throws in the towel.
This will presumably leave the only two HD
DVD major studios, Universal and Paramount, free to announce a switch to
dual format support or, more likely, that they'll be joining the rest of
the industry in releasing on Blu-ray exclusively (that is, if Universal
can surmount their long-standing animosity with Sony).
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