Morning, folks! Got your coffee and danish handy? Good... let's start
with some new DVD announcements today then.
Warner Bros. has revealed a new 4-movie box set, The
Peckinpah Collection, for release on 1/10/06 (SRP $59.98).
Included will be a new 2-disc Pat Garrett &
Billy the Kid: Special Edition (available separately on 1/10
at SRP $26.99) and The Wild Bunch: Special
Edition (also $26.99 separately), along with The
Ballad of Cable Hogue and Ride the
High Country ($19.97 each by their lonesome).
Warner has a trio of new TV titles on the way as well. The
Flash: The Complete Series will hit shelves on 1/10/06
(6-discs, SRP $59.98). Following on 1/17 are The
Adventures of Superman: The Complete Second Season (5-discs,
$39.98) and Lois & Clark: The Complete
Second Season (6-discs, $59.98).
Disney has released two more Walt Disney's
Classic Cartoon Favorites DVDs (they were released on 9/27 -
SRP $19.99 each). Volume 8: Holiday
Celebration with Mickey and Pals includes the shorts Mickey's
Good Deed, Peculiar Penguins,
The Clock Watcher, Rescue
Dog, Corn Chips, Lend
a Paw and Toy Tinkers.
Meanwhile, Volume 9: Classic Holiday Stories
features The Small One, Pluto's
Christmas Tree and Mickey's
The studio also has Walt Disney's Timeless
Tales, Volume 3 set for 1/3/06 (SRP $19.99). Included will be
Casey at the Bat, Little
Hiawatha, The Wise Little Hen,
The Golden Touch, Morris
the Midget Moose and Ben and Me.
For you camp classic fans, Buena Vista recently acquired the Roger
Corman library, so they expect to deliver a trio of Corman titles as
special editions on 12/13 (SRP $19.99 each). They'll include Rock
'n' Roll High School, Death Race
2000 and Big Bad Mamma.
Each will include retrospective featurettes, audio commentary with
Corman and cast members and more. Corman's latest producing effort, Dinocroc,
will also street on DVD on 12/13. Note that Rock
'n' Roll High School and Big Bad
Mamma will also be available on UMD format for Sony's PSP
(we'll update our PSP Release List
Around the Net today, there's a couple interesting stories over at Video
first piece deals with how some TV shows get their later season
releases delayed if the first season's release on DVD underperforms.
second reveals that Paramount is planning to premiere 6 to 9
movies a year directly to DVD (bypassing a theatrical release).
Back here at The Bits today, our
very own Barrie Maxwell has checked in with
of his great Classic Coming Attractions columns. In this
edition, Barrie reviews Warner's outstanding new
4-Disc Collector's Edition, along with Universal's recent
Bela Lugosi Collection and Paramount's
Goes. All are now available in stores.
We've also got
installment of Jahnke's Electric Theatre for you today.
This one's a BRAND NEW edition, featuring Adam's thoughts on four films
currently in theaters, including Wallace &
Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Capote,
Good Night, and Good Luck and In
Her Shoes. He even tosses in a review of the classic Shane
just for good measure.
In case you missed it on Friday afternoon, I've posted my own in-depth
review of Paramount's new
Special Collector's Edition 3-Disc Set (due on 10/25). I know
some of you have been looking forward to that review, so be sure to
check it out.
We've also updated all of the DVD hardware and software stats we track
here at The Bits (above),
including the complete
DVD Player Sales numbers for the month of September (some
2,065,892 units were shipped as of 9/30). All of our charts have been
And we've even kicked off SIX new
today, giving you the chance to win Warner's
of the Traveling Pants and
Mars: The Complete First Season, HBO's
Big Lebowski: Collector's Edition, Anchor Bay's
from the Sun: Season Two and a whopping
titles from our friends over at Geneon! The contests will run
until Noon (Pacific) on Sunday, October 23rd. Click on the links to get
started good luck!
Before we go, a quick personal note: Let me just say congratulations to
our own Matt Rowe on
beloved White Sox finally making it to the World Series. Matt's
been waiting a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time for this to happen, let me tell you.
That's the kind of pain you endure as a dedicated sports fan, so I'm
hoping good things are in store for Matt. As for me, well... my
Minnesota Vikings are... well... man, I don't even know what to say
about the Vikings at the moment. Just when you think they can't stoop
any lower, they find a new bottom to hit. Ugh. Can anyone out there
spare a decent head football coach? And about 20 law-abiding,
controversy-free players? Maybe a decent stadium to play in? Sheesh. I
am one disgruntled Vikes fan right now, let me tell you. I think I'm
gonna jump on Matt's baseball bandwagon for a few weeks to get me
through the purple doldrums. I'm sure he'll make room on the ol'
buckboard for a pal. ;-)
Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned!
Okay... we've got two quick things for you to end the week right.
First up, a bit of DVD release news: Universal has announced a new Repo
Man: Special Edition due to hit stores on 1/24/06 (SRP
$19.98). The disc will include the film in anamorphic widescreen video,
with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras are yet to be announced, but are
expected to include audio commentary, deleted scenes, a theatrical
trailer and at least 2 featurettes (Up Close
with Harry Dean Stanton and Repossessed).
And FINALLY today, we're pleased to present you with my in-depth review
of Paramount's new
Special Collector's Edition 3-Disc Set The video and audio
quality is excellent, and there's a LOT of bonus material to go through
on the DVD release (which is due to street on 10/25). Thankfully, it's
mostly good stuff. There are a couple of disappointments, however. It's
best to just check out the review for yourself and you'll see what I
Have a great weekend, folks, and we'll see you all back here on Monday
with more from Adam Jahnke and Barrie Maxwell. Best!
Afternoon, folks! We've got some good reviews for you all today. No, we
haven't got Titanic done yet.
Turns out there's a lot more content on the 3-disc set than I could
watch in one evening, so I'll be back with that review late tomorrow.
However, we're not going to leave you hanging today. Our own Adam
Jahnke has just sent in
latest installment of The Bottom Shelf, in which he
reviews 6 recent DVD releases, including Fox's
Pitch, New Line's
Platinum Series, Warner's
Director's Cut and
Dollar Baby: 3-Disc Deluxe Edition, Sony's
State of the Union, and Lions Gate's
At least a FEW of those films (and DVDs) are worth your time and money.
Also today, we've posted
more installments of Jahnke's Electric Theatre, featuring
Adam's thoughts on scores of recent theatrical film releases. It's good
fun, so do check them out. Just look for the columns marked as NEW.
And yes... as promised today, we've FINALLY posted some of those
Ranch photos for you to check out - four pages in all from our
visit there last week. We've even thrown in a few shots of George Lucas'
new Letterman Digital Arts Center at the Presidio in San Francisco. So
enjoy those. ;-)
See you back here tomorrow!
Boy... have we EVER heard from Bits
readers regarding the problem of older Universal DVDs no longer working
on newer model DVD players. We've gotten hundreds of e-mails from you
guys about this issue. It certainly seems that this is no isolated
problem. We're going to dig into this and post more over the next few
days, so stay tuned...
We've got a lot of new title announcements to report today. First up,
Warner Bros has announced The Dukes of
Hazzard remake film for 12/6. The film will be available in
both PG-13 (full frame) and Unrated (full frame and widescreen) editions
(SRP $28.98 each). Extras will include additional scenes, gag reels, the
theatrical trailer, Jessica Simpson's These
Boots are Made for Walking music video and 4 featurettes (Daisy
Dukes: The Short Short Shorts, The
General Lee Lives, How to Launch a
Muscle Car 175 feet in 4 Seconds and The
Hazards of Dukes: Behind the Scenes).
Also announced by the studio for release on 12/20 is Must
Love Dogs (SRP $28.98) in separate full frame and anamorphic
widescreen versions). Extras will include additional scenes, a gag reel
Disney has set Benji the Hunted,
The Devil and Max Devlin, My
Dog, The Thief and Wild Hearts
Can't Be Broken for release on 1/17, with the animated Bambi
II (SRP $29.99) for release on 2/7/06.
Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox will release Alien
Nation: Season One and Cloud 9
on 1/3/06, American Women on 1/10,
Mary Tyler Moore: Season Three on
1/17, Hill Street Blues: Season One
and Time Tunnel: Volume One on
1/24, and finally Love's Long Journey
on 1/31. Alien Nation will include
audio commentary by Kenneth Johnson on the 2-part pilot, while Time
Tunnel will include the series' unaired pilot episode, along
with Irwin Allen home movies, network promo spots, radio spots, an FX
camera test, galleries of production art, production and merchandise
photos, and a comic book.
And Paramount has announced a pair of titles for you Gunsmoke
fans: Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Edition,
Volume 1 and Gunsmoke: 50th
Anniversary Edition, Volume 2. Each is a 3-disc set
(presumably containing a "best of" selection of episodes) due
You fans of Peter Jackson should appreciate this: a look at the
packaging and bonus items that will be included in Universal's 2-disc
King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries
box set (due on 12/13 - SRP $39.98), which packs booklets, production
artwork prints and more.
We've also got more cover artwork for you today. Here's a look at
Universal's Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.0
(12/20) and SeaQuest DSV: Season One
(12/26), along with Warner's The Dukes of
Hazzard: Unrated Edition...
We'll have those Skywalker Ranch photos for you soon. And if you're
lucky, I just MIGHT get my review of Paramount's long-awaited, 3-disc
Titanic: Special Collector's Edition
up for tomorrow.
(LATE UPDATE -
10/10/05 - 3 PM PDT)
There's a lot of sad news today here on planet Earth, what with 30,000
reported dead in that
in Pakistan. As with the hurricanes relief effort here in the
States, we encourage you to be generous in helping those who are
affected by donating to the
Red Cross, the International
Red Cross and Red Crescent and other charitable organizations
In the film world today, there's also the sad news that
Aardman Animations building in the U.K. was destroyed by a fire,
resulting in the loss of virtually the company's entire stored history
of artwork, props and the like. Yeah, I know it's not the same as 30,000
people dying, but it's still disheartening to fans of Wallace
and Gromit, Chicken Run
and the company's other animations. Ironically, the just released Wallace
& Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit feature film was
the #1 film in the U.S. over the weekend.
We'll post those Skywalker Ranch photos tomorrow. Turns out Sarah took
a LOT more than I suspected, so there's a lot to go through in picking
the best ones for you to see. ;-)
In the meantime, we've kicked off FIVE new
here at The Bits today, giving
each of you the chance to take home copies of Fox's
TV anime titles from Geneon, Capital Entertainment's
Duckula: The Complete First Season, Universal's
Land of the
Dead: Unrated Director's Cut,
Unrated Edition and
five great UMD
titles from Anchor Bay! Entries will be accepted until Noon
(Pacific) on Sunday, October 16th. Click on the links to get started and
One last note today... we've noticed a strange thing here at The
Bits. In going back to a lot of our very early Universal DVD
releases (released in 1997 and 1998), we've discovered that many of
those discs have simply stopped working in our DVD players. We don't
know if the discs' bonding layers have gone bad, or if they're simply
not compatible with newer players, or what. Affected so far are our
original copies of the special collector's editions of Apollo
13, Psycho, Vertigo
and others. We recommend that you check the older Universal titles in
your own collections for similar problems. Let us know if you're
encountering this as well.
Back tomorrow. Stay tuned...
(EARLY UPDATE - 10/10/05 -
12:01 AM PDT)
Morning everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I did my share of
relaxing these last couple of days - slept in for a change and even
found time to catch a movie at the local google-plex. Not too bad.
As you may have noticed, we made a surprise post on Friday afternoon
with our in-depth review of Lucasfilm and Fox's 2-disc
Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith DVD, which hits stores
on 11/1. It's going to blow you away in the picture and sound
department, let me tell you. Do check out the review and enjoy.
On the news front this morning, we have word that Universal has
announced the DVD release of a recent favorite of mine, Steve Carrell's
The 40-Year-Old Virgin, for 12/13
(SRP $29.98). There will be three versions available on DVD - an
anamorphic widescreen unrated edition with 17 minutes of additional
footage, and full frame versions of the theatrical cut and the unrated
version (as with Romero's Land of the Dead,
the theatrical cut will not be available in widescreen). Extras will
include a gag reel, additional footage from the You
Know How I Know You're Gay? scene, Line-o-Rama
(featuring a look at the cast saying their lines in different ways) and
more. The unrated edition will add additional deleted footage (under the
label Andy's Fantasies) and My
Dinner with Stormy (a featurette in which actor/co-producer
Seth Rogen has dinner with porn star Stormy Daniels).
We also have confirmation on some of the extras to be included on
Universal's Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.0,
due on 12/20. You WILL get all of producer Ron Moore's podcast
commentaries, along with over 40 deleted scenes and a preview of the
second half of the season. We're also told (although this part is yet to
be confirmed) that the mid-season finale episode, Pegasus,
will be presented in an extended version on DVD (12-15 minutes longer
than the broadcast version). Nice.
We'll be back later today with some pictures from our trip to Skywalker
Ranch last week, as well as some new Contests.
In the meantime, we'll leave you with new DVD cover art. Here's a look
at Universal's The 40-Year-Old Virgin:
Unrated Edition and The Island
(12/13), as well as Disney's Kronk's New
Groove (also 12/13).
We've got a surprise treat for you Star Wars
fans today to close out the week. Sarah and I made the quick plane hop
up to San Francisco yesterday, to attend the Episode
III DVD press event at the Skywalker Ranch. As today marks my
38th year on this planet, it was quite the nice way to spend an
afternoon. I'll tell you more about it all (and post some pictures Sarah
took) on Monday.
One interesting note from the event: Producer Rick McCallum and ILM
animation director Rob Coleman confirmed that Lucas has continued to
digitally massage the other Star Wars
films. Specifically, Coleman indicated that the puppet Yoda from Episode
I has been replaced with a digital Yoda that matches the
character as seen in Episodes II
and III. The CG performance was
specifically tailored to match to Frank Oz's puppet performance. You'll
be pleased to know that Coleman also told me, in no uncertain terms,
that Oz's puppet work in The Empire Strikes
Back and Return of the Jedi
will NEVER be replaced with CG. So you fans can rest easy. You'll get to
see the new changes on a future, as-yet-unscheduled box set release of
the entire Star Wars saga on DVD
One other interesting item to report from the event: McCallum expects
there to be 22 Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
DVDs in all, 3 of which have been completed. The discs will include some
66 historical featurettes, now in production. Work has been ongoing for
about 18 months on the Young Indy
DVDs, with about another 18 months worth of work yet to be done. If all
goes well, the plan is to tie the DVD release to the theatrical debut of
Indy IV (the script for which
Lucas is expected to finish this Sunday).
Anyway, as you're probably hoping, I've just posted my in-depth review
of the 2-disc
Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith DVD, which streets on
11/1. If you thought the video and audio quality on the previous Star
Wars DVDs was impressive, just wait until you get your hands
So you guys go enjoy that. Meanwhile, I'm taking the rest of the day
off to relax. ;-)
Have a great weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday!
Morning, everyone. We're checking in early today with some good stuff,
so let's get right into it.
But first, a quick reminder: In case you missed them yesterday, be sure
to check out my reviews of Warner's 2-disc
Begins: Deluxe Edition (street date 10/18) and Paramount's
Trek: Nemesis - Special Collector's Edition (now available).
Now then... we're very pleased this morning to present you with
Jahnke's interview with special effects guru Tom Sullivan! Adam
chats with Tom about his career, his work on the Evil
Dead films and his creepy new packaging for Anchor Bay's Evil
Dead 2: Book of the Dead 2. It's a fascinating interview, so
be sure to check it out when you've got a moment. And watch for Adam's
review of the DVD release itself in a forthcoming edition of The
Around the Net today, there's some breaking news on the Blu-ray Disc/HD
Week is reporting something that we've been expecting for a
couple days now, namely that Warner Home Video is about to announce that
they're going to follow Paramount's lead and support BOTH the HD DVD and
Blu-ray Disc high-definition formats when they debut next year. If this
happens, and we expect it will (we also expect Universal to follow suit
as well), the writing may be on the wall for HD DVD. All of the major
Hollywood studios will have announced support for Blu-ray Disc, while
only Paramount, Warner, New Line, HBO and Universal have proclaimed
support for HD DVD. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out over
the next few days and weeks, but it's definitely a BIG deal (not to
mention an interesting development). Stay tuned on that.
Now then... some DVD release news. Universal has officially announced
some major new titles for December and January. First up, look for
Michael Bay's The Island on 12/13
(SRP $29.99). Separate anamorphic widescreen and full frame versions
will be available, each with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras are still
TBA, but we expect them to include audio commentary with Bay, several
behind-the-scenes featurettes on the stunt work and more.
Next up is a title that had been previously announced by Universal, but
was then pulled for a time. David Lynch's Dune:
Extended Edition will now officially street on 1/31/06 (SRP
$27.98). The 2-disc set will include both the original theatrical
version (137 minutes), plus an all-new "extended version" (177
minutes) in anamorphic widescreen video, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Extras are currently expected to include deleted scenes with
introduction by Raffaella De Laurentiis, 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes
(including Designing Dune, Special
Effects, Models & Miniatures
and Wardrobe Design), a gallery of
production photos and production notes. We don't yet have official word
from Universal as to whether or not Lynch himself participated (the
title was originally delayed in the hopes that he would agree to be
involved). We'll try to find out and let you know in the next few days.
Meanwhile, Universal has also announced School
of Life for release on 1/3/06, with Phil
the Alien following on 1/31/06.
We're not done yet with Universal. If you check out
Rumor Mill today, you brown-coat Joss Whedon fans may just
find a little somethin' somethin' about the soon-to-be-announced DVD
release of Serenity. Don't miss
One last bit of DVD news:
Criterion Collection has revealed that it will release Akira
Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well (cat
#319) in January, along with John Ford's Young
Mr. Lincoln (#320), Ingmar Bergman's The
Virgin Spring (#321) and Vittoria De Sica's The
Children Are Watching Us (#323).
Before we go, given all of the HD DVD/Blu-ray Disc hype, news and
controversy lately, we thought you might enjoy your first look at an
actual piece of HD DVD hardware - something that you should actually be
able to buy early next year. This is the manufacturing prototype for
Toshiba's HD-XA1 HD DVD player.
There are no official specs yet, and both the street date and retail
price are TBA, but current plans call for it to arrive in stores in the
1st Qtr of 2006 (look for it to be priced somewhere between $1000 and
$1500). We understand it's a solid, weighty unit, and the while
faceplate rises to allow you to insert the disc and access hidden
playback controls. That blue light under the display tells you it's
playing back a disc.
We'll leave you today with a look at some more cover art. Here's
Universal's Dune: Extended Edition,
along with Rhino's Still Growing Up: Peter
Gabriel Live & Unwrapped (due 11/15) and Criterion's The
Bad Sleep Well (due in January)...
Back tomorrow. See you then!
Greetings, Bat fans! How's your Wednesday afternoon shakin'?
Seems like I promised you a couple of new DVD reviews, didn't I? Well,
okay then... here you go. Now available here at The
Bits, you'll find my very own, in-depth reviews of Warner's
Begins: Deluxe Edition (street date 10/18) and Paramount's
Trek: Nemesis - Special Collector's Edition (now available).
Both titles are well worth your time DVD-quality wise, while Batman
Begins is obviously the better film of the two by a wide
margin. So there you go. Enjoy!
By the way, I went out last night to get my hands on a copy of
Police: Synchronicity Concert, which was supposed to hit
stores yesterday, and was unable to find it anywhere. Go figure.
According to Amazon, however, the title IS now available, so I went
ahead and ordered a copy. I'll try to post a review when it comes in.
We'll be back late tonight with a special new feature interview by our
own Adam Jahnke. We'll also catch you up the latest DVD news, so stay
We're going to wait until tomorrow to post my DVD review of Paramount's
2-disc Star Trek: Nemesis - Special
Collector's Edition, which streets today. What you need to
right now (before you rush out to buy it this morning) is that it
includes EVERYTHING that the previous DVD release had extras-wise, plus
a lot more. It also improves upon the previous DVD release's already
great video and audio quality. We'll have all the details for you
tomorrow, along with that other review we promised as well.
The reason for the delay of MY reviews, is that our own Barrie Maxwell
has checked in with
big new Classic Coming Attractions column this morning! In
this edition, Barrie runs down all the latest classic release
announcements. He also reviews more than 30 new and recent classic film
DVDs from 20th Century Fox, including
Young: Special Edition,
Farewell to Arms (1957),
Along the Mohawk,
Man Who Never Was,
Shirley Temple Collection: Volume 1 (which includes new DVD
Hush, Sweet Charlotte,
to Kill (1941), the Sherlock Holmes classics
by Night and
on Haunted Hill,
Guide for the Married Man,
Hobbs Takes a Vacation,
Man Called Peter,
Cabinet of Caligari (1962),
Innocents and a trio of film noir classics including
House on 92nd Street,
in the Night and
If you love vintage films, there's definitely something in Barrie's
column for everyone. We hope you enjoy it!
We'll be back this afternoon with more, so stay tuned...
In case any of you missed it yesterday, Paramount's
officially announced that it will support BOTH the HD DVD and
Blu-ray Disc formats when they launch in early 2006 - a rather
surprising development to be sure. We're watching this situation
closely, so stay tuned for more on the high-definition format front in
the coming days.
We've got some DVD release news for you this morning. First up,
Universal has bumped the street date for its 3-disc Miami
Vice: Season Two from 11/22 to 12/13. Revise your purchase
Next, Paramount has announced three titles for January '06: Hustle
and Flow and a repackaged Election
will street on 1/10, with Avatar Book 1,
Volume 1 following on 1/24.
Finally, 20th Century Fox has set American
Women for release on 1/10/06 as well.
Also today, remember that
Mill post from the other day about the possibility of a Superman
II: Director's Cut coming to DVD in 2006? Well, we've been
able to confirm with our sources that there's definitely something to
the story. Warner is hard at work on BIG promotion and tie-in plans for
the theatrical and DVD release of Superman
Returns, and new special edition DVDs of the original Superman
II, III and IV
are definitely among them. We'll post more as it comes in.
And for you Lord of the Rings
fans, we've got some interesting soundtrack news: Reprise Records is
going to be releasing all 180 minutes worth of music recorded by
composer Howard Shore for The Fellowship of
the Ring. The 4-disc The Lord of
the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - The Complete Recordings
will arrive in stores on 11/22 (SRP TBA). The first three discs of the
set will contain the score in CD stereo format, while the fourth disc
will be a DVD containing the complete score in 5.1 surround sound. Other
extras will include artwork and a booklet of liner notes entitled The
Music of The Lord of the Rings Films - Part I: The Fellowship of the
Ring, written by Doug Adams. Nice. Thanks to Bits
reader Patrick J. for the heads-up on this. You can read the company's
official press release
at Market Wire.
Around The Bits today, we've got
a pair of new DVD reviews for you to check out from yours truly: Rhino's
The Video Show and A&E's
Boston Red Sox: 2004 World Series - Collector's Edition. Both
are now available. I'll be back with more new reviews tomorrow,
including Star Trek: Nemesis and
at least one other big forthcoming title, so be sure to check back then.
Meanwhile, here's a look at some hot new cover art... Disney's Toy
Story 2: Special Edition (12/26), Dimension's Sin
City: Uncut, Extended, Unrated (12/13), 20th Century Fox's
The Shield: Season 4 (12/27),
Disney's Valiant (12/13), and New
Line's Wedding Crashers: Uncorked
and Dumb and Dumber: Unrated (both
Well... here's a surprise weekend development. Paramount Home
Entertainment announced on Sunday morning that it will support Blu-ray
Disc in addition to its already announced support for HD-DVD. This makes
Paramount the first major Hollywood studio to support BOTH of the rival
high-definition disc formats expected to launch in early 2006. You can
read more at these links at
Media Retailing. Blu-ray's support in the Sony PS3 was
apparently a factor in this decision.
In addition to Paramount's announcement today, there seems to be a
feeling in the industry that Warner and Universal may soon follow
Paramount's lead in supporting both formats. The move almost certainly
gives Blu-ray Disc an advantage in the format war, particularly if
Warner and Universal do follow suit.
This is just getting uglier and uglier, isn't it? What's been going on
these last few weeks is classic PR brinksmanship by both camps, each
trying to intimidate the other into blinking.
You know, I really hope that retailers just come out and say, "We
aren't carrying either of these formats until you guys get your crap
We'll be back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned...
We've got some interesting things for you to check out this afternoon,
so let's get to it.
First up, we're pleased as punch to present the debut of
Electric Theatre here at The
Digital Bits. For about a year now, two or three times a
month, Adam's been e-mailing some of us around here this little
newsletter that includes his thoughts on the latest movies he's seen in
theatres. We've really been getting a big kick out of Jahnke's cinematic
musings... and it finally occurred to us: Why not share them with all of
YOU as well? So we've added Jahnke's Electric
Theatre as a new regular feature here at The
Bits, in addition to Adam's existing (and wildly popular)
Shelf column. Adam's three most recent installments are now
available for your reading pleasure. We'll add new ones every few days
until the entire sordid history of his Electric
Theatre is permanently archived here at the site. There are
seventeen back issues in all, each containing an average of five or six
films reviews. And we'll post new installments as Adam sends 'em out
into the ether. We hope you enjoy it ('cause we sure do)!
Some DVD announcement news today: Disney will release its animated Valiant
Universal has announced the DVD release of SciFi's Battlestar
Galactica: Season 2.0 on 12/20. The 3-disc set (SRP $49.98)
will include the just aired first half of the show's second season - 10
episodes in all, plus extras. As with the first season, the episodes
will be presented in anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
We expect the bonus material to include all of Ron Moore's podcast
commentaries, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes and an
extended version of the mid-season finale, Pegasus
(that according to Ron himself). FYI, the latter half of the second
season debuts on SciFi in January.
Universal has also announced the release of a fascinating DVD title...
King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries.
The 2-disc limited edition set is due to street on 12/13 (SRP $39.98)
and will include 54 production diaries (in anamorphic widescreen with
Dolby Digital 2.0 audio), an 80-page scrapbook, 4 exclusive art prints,
"collectible packaging" and more. It's a sort of pre-release,
pre-DVD release I guess. We believe the dairies are the same ones some
of you have been enjoying on the
is King website.
Around the Net today,
It Cool News has posted screen shots of some of those deleted
scenes we talked about yesterday from the Star
Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith DVD (due 11/1).
They're definitely worth a look.
Our friends over at
Home Theater Forum have posted their coverage of this year's CEDIA
convention, which includes streaming video of a special conference
session entitled Direct from Hollywood: The
Prospects for Next-Generation Media. For all those of you
interested in HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, it's well worth viewing.
has just posted a good interview with Ghost
Lake director Jay Woelfel on the process of making an
independent horror film in HD. You can read our review of the DVD
We'll be back with more tomorrow, including (just maybe) a new DVD
review or two from yours truly.
(LATE UPDATE - 9/28/05 -
1 PM PDT)
We've gotten word from 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm that they're
going to be releasing the Star Wars Trilogy:
Limited Edition on DVD on 12/6, in separate widescreen and
full frame versions (SRP $49.98 each). This will be a repackaging of the
previous movie DVDs, simply without the 4th bonus disc. We've confirmed
that these will be the "special edition" versions of the
films. Here's a look at the cover art for each set...
Also this afternoon,
official Star Wars website has FINALLY posted more details
on the extras that you'll find on the Star
Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith DVD (due 11/1). The
2-disc set will include a newly recorded audio commentary (featuring
Lucas and key members of the movie's crew), the Within
a Minute feature-length documentary (chronicling the
years-long effort to create a single 49-second sequence of the film,
from pre-production to final footage), several deleted scenes finished
with complete visual effects and audio mixing (including Anakin and
Obi-Wan infiltrating Grievous's battle cruiser, multiple scenes of the
formation of the Rebel Alliance with Padme, Bail Organa and Mon Mothma,
Grievous killing Shaak Ti and Yoda's arrival on Dagobah), The
Chosen One featurette (focusing on Anakin Skywalker's
transformation into Darth Vader), the It's
All for Real featurette (on the stunt work involved in
creating the climactic lightsaber duel between Anakin Skywalker and
Obi-Wan Kenobi), the 15-part web documentary on the making of the film,
theatrical trailers, TV spots, Easter eggs and more.
We'll be getting our first look at this new 2-disc set very soon, so be
sure to watch for our complete coverage of the release.
(EARLY UPDATE - 9/28/05 -
We've got another follow-up story for you on Microsoft and Intel's
announcement yesterday of support for HD DVD,
one from business news service Bloomberg. Of note in the
piece is the finally open admission by Sony president Ryoji Chubachi of
something that we've suspected for a while now - specifically, that his
company isn't interested in format unification. Here's his statement to
reporters yesterday in Tokyo: "We at Sony
don't believe that a unified standard is possible. We will continue to
push and persuade HD DVD supporters that Blu-ray is better. Ultimately
the winner will be decided by the consumer." So... format
war, here we come.
Microsoft and Intel's support is no surprise, as Microsoft in
particular has been working with the HD DVD camp on their spec for a
long time now. They were co-developers of the iHD interactivity layer,
based on XML, which only HD DVD chose to implement (Blu-ray Disc instead
went with a Java-based scheme called BDJ).
Hardware Guide has a good interview today with Jordi Ribas,
Microsoft's director of technology strategy for Windows Digital Media
(and also one of Microsoft's lead representatives on the DVD Forum
Steering Committee) about exactly why the company believes HD DVD is the
better option. More to the point, Ribas talks about exactly why Blu-ray
Disc failed Microsoft and Intel's key tests. It's well worth a read, so
do check it out.
One of the interesting reasons is that, just yesterday,
"two of the world's leading China-based DVD
player production facilities announced their support for HD DVD over
Blu-ray," reportedly citing the relative openness of the DVD
Forum compared to the Blu-ray Disc Association. This gives HD DVD
advantage in the cost of manufacturing hardware (some 75% of the DVD
players sold in the U.S. are made in China). Even more surprising
however, is Blu-ray Disc's supposed disc capacity advantage. The HD DVD
camp is close to demonstrating, in actual production situations, the
manufacture of 30 GB discs (see
story). Blu-ray has yet to be able to get their 50 GB discs out of
the lab (the best they've reportedly replicated under actual production
conditions is 25 GB). The gist of all of these things means that HD DVD
technology is actually more proven and tested than Blu-ray Disc, and in
many ways closer to market. We'll have more on all this in the next few
Also this morning, we've got word on Get
Smart and a possible Superman II:
Director's Cut in The
Finally, we want to thank all those of you who were involved in our
Digital Bits Art Auction on eBay -
all of the artists who donated items to the auction, and everyone who
placed bids. We raised more than $1400 for charities that benefit the
hurricane relief effort, so thanks very much to all of you! And
congratulations to all the winners.
Back later with more, so stay tuned...
(LATE UPDATE - 9/27/05 -
1:30 PM PDT)
Well... the big news today is that the HD-DVD format has gotten a bit
of a much needed boost: Microsoft and Intel have officially endorsed the
format. That's not too much of a surprise, but it does give the HD-DVD
folks a little something to crow about, given all the recent Blu-ray
Disc news. You can read more
at CNN Money.
Let's catch up on some DVD release news shall we?
Universal has finally rescheduled their delayed The
Return of the Pink Panther for release on 1/10/06.
Sadly, there's no word yet on Sony's delayed Pink
Panther animated collection. Meanwhile, Sony HAS set the
following for release on 12/6: Ladies in
Lavender, Green Acres: The
Complete Third Season (4 discs), The
Magnificent Seven: The Complete First Season (2 discs), A
Fine Mess, Arizona,
Belle of the Yukon, Kid
Galahad, Kid Millions,
Raiders, the Matt Helm Lounge
box set (4 discs, including Silencers,
Wrecking Crew, Ambushers
and Murderer's Row), Ride
Beyond Vengeance and The Shadow
Riders. Also coming on 12/6 are: All
the King's Men (repackaged), a Boyz
'N The Hood/Baby Boy/Poetic Justice box set, a 12-disc Cirque
du Solei: The Anniversary Collection box set, Fun
with Dick and Jane (repackaged) and the Pam
Grier Collection box set (including Foxy
Brown, Coffy, Sheba,
Baby and a new bonus disc).
New Line has announced a Dumb and Dumber:
Unrated Edition for release on 1/3/06. The studio will also
release a number of new UMD titles on 1/3 as well, including Wedding
Crashers, Dumb and Dumber: Unrated,
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,
Rush Hour, Rush
Hour 2, Friday and Austin
Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Meanwhile, Warner will release the BBC's Walking
with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs on 1/17/06. We've their
previously announced DVD release of The Last
Days of Pompeii, which had been set for release on 11/22,
WILL be happening as expected. There was some concern that it might have
been delayed, but we've confirmed with the studio that it's still on.
And in light of Matt's U2: Vertigo Live
announcement news (it's due on 11/15 - read more at our
MusicTAP site), I wanted
to mention a trio of additional music titles that are now available or
are on the way. First, you can now finally order A&M's
Police: Synchronicity Concert on Amazon (the title is due to
street on 10/4). Another favorite of mine, Peter Gabriel, is the subject
of two more DVDs. The documentary
Gabriel: The Growing Up on Tour - A Family Portrait is
available now. And streeting on 11/15 is the 2-disc
Gabriel: Still Growing Up - Live & Unwrapped concert DVD.
We'll be back with more reviews tomorrow, so stay tuned...
(EARLY UPDATE - 9/27/05 -
12:01 AM PDT)
Okay... FINALLY. I'm starting to get caught up again. We've got a MESS
of new DVD reviews for you to check out today.
But first, we want to remind you that our
Bits Art Auction for charity on eBay ends today. Most of the
items close this later this morning, and the last two close this
afternoon. Remember, it's for a good cause. All
of the proceeds from the sale of these items benefit the American Red
Cross and other charities assisting in the hurricane recovery efforts in
the Gulf. This is your last chance to bid, so please bid
I'm afraid we have some sad news to report this morning, that really
hits home with us here at The Bits.
Adams has passed away here in L.A., at the age of 82. As most of
you know, Don was best known as the infamous Agent 86... Maxwell Smart
on TV's Get Smart. He was also the
voice of the title characters in the animated Inspector
Gadget and Tennessee Tuxedo and
His Tales. I'm not even going to say it, because you KNOW
we'll miss him something awful. Sure would be nice if whichever studio
it is that owns Get Smart and The
Nude Bomb feature film would get around to releasing them on
DVD, wouldn't it? Hhmm...
Now then... as I mentioned, we've got a whole bunch of DVD reviews for
you to check out today. Our own Adam Jahnke has done the impossible, and
sat through a whopping twenty-three recent and classic horror flicks on
your behalf, and he's lived to tell the tale. Or more precisely, he's
lived to tell you what he thinks of them. So here's his latest edition
Bottom Shelf, featuring reviews of Universal's
Noise, 20th Century Fox's
and Seek, Sony's
Special Edition, Lions Gate's
Cockroaches, New Line's
Guyver 2: Dark Hero, Tartan Asia Extreme's
The Iron Man and
Stairs, and Anchor Bay's
Pack #1: The Devil Made Me Do It and
Pack #2: Campy Classics, containing
the Devil... a Daughter,
of the Devil,
Mistress of the Dark,
of the Killer Tomatoes,
to Horror High,
Around the site today (technically yesterday), we've kicked off ELEVEN
giving each of you the chance to win copies of Warner's
the Travelling Pants and
The Complete Fourth Season, five Warner TV Favorites including
The Dukes of
Corea: Akoustic Band and
and Weather Update, a pair of Spanish
titles from Ventura along with the
35th Anniversary Ultimate Collection, Tartan's
Hitchcock Presents: Season One,
Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection box set,
My Summer of
Order SVU: The Second Year, Anchor Bay's
Man with the
Screaming Brain, Bandai's
Bebop: Remix 1, Rhino's
Spectacle: The Very Best of Elvis Costello - The Videos and
finally five copies of Anchor Bay's
Evil Dead 2:
The Book of the Dead 2 signed by special effects designer Tom
Sullivan! These contests will run for TWO WEEKS, until Noon (Pacific) on
Sunday, October 9th. Click on the links to get started and good luck!
We'll be back later this morning to catch you up on the latest DVD
release news, so stay tuned...
Hey guys. Sorry today's update is late. I've just gotten slammed by
about 10 things all at once in the last 24 hours, and I'm struggling to
catch up. Today's post should be up in a few hours, so thanks for your
In the meantime, one thing that IS at least going smoothly today...
charity art auction on eBay. There's only one day left, so please
do get your bids in. Take home a nice piece of art, and do a little good
for those in need at the same time.
Back later. Stay tuned.
Well... we've reached the end of yet another week. My, how they do fly
We've got a bit of news and some reviews for you here at the Bits
today. Let's start with that news.
New Line has officially announced the DVD release of Wedding
Crashers for 1/3/06. There will be two versions... an R-rated
theatrical edition and a 9-minute longer Uncorked
edition (SRP $28.98 each). Each will include anamorphic widescreen video
(the Uncorked edition will also be
available separately in full frame). Among the extras to expect are
audio commentary with director David Dobkin, another commentary with
stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, deleted scenes, 2 featurettes (A
Crash Course in Wedding Crashing and Event
Planning), the Wedding Crashing
interactive game, an "interactive soundtrack promo", The
Sights' Circus music video and the
film's teaser and theatrical trailers. The Uncorked
edition will add the 99 Red Balloons
scene and "test audience reaction to specific scenes."
By the way, New Line will release Wedding
Crashers on UMD format the same day (SRP also $28.89). Are
people REALLY paying the same prices for UMD releases with no extras as
they would for a fully-loaded DVD of the same film? Damn. Anyway, our
Release List has been updated accordingly.
Now then... we've got a new addition to The
Bits' staff today! Greg Brobeck checks in with his first
reviews here at the site, including Universal's
Season One and
Season One, and Paramount's
The Complete Sixth Season and
The Complete Sixth Season. Be sure to
drop Greg an e-mail
and give him the Bits reader
howdy-do. Welcome aboard, Greg!
While we're talking DVD reviews, it's time to set the ol' Wayback
machine for 2004, because we've got Rob Hale's take on Universal's
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind too. It's a nifty little flick
if ever there was one, and it's well worth a spin on disc.
Don't forget to check out our
Bits Art Auction on eBay, 100% of
the profits from which will be donated to charities involved in the
Hurricane Katrina relief effort, including the American Red Cross.
We've got 12 great items up for auction now, including original pieces
of artwork from some of our many
the Month and more. The auction runs until Tuesday, so be sure
to get your bids in soon if you're interested (and remembering the
cause, please bid generously)!
Look for more new DVD reviews on Monday from Adam Jahnke. You can also
look forward to another new Classic Coming
Attractions column from Barrie next week, and much more. I'll
also tell you all about the HD-DVD goings-on from that Digital Hollywood
conference I attended earlier this week.
So with that, have a great weekend and we'll see you Monday! And you
kids down in the Gulf Coast, try to keep your heads down and your feet
dry, okay? Stay safe...
We've got a pair of new DVD reviews for you this afternoon. Our own
Barrie Maxwell has checked in with
new Classic Coming Attractions column, featuring reviews
of the BBC's
Time Goes By: Complete Series 8 & 9 and the hefty
History of World War II box set. Both are now available on
disc, distributed by Warner here in the States.
In other news today, we've got some new details on a few
previously-announced upcoming DVD releases. First up, we've learned that
Paramount's Four Brothers (due on
12/20) will include audio commentary by director John Singleton, 9
deletes scenes, 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes and the film's
Paramount's remake of The Bad News Bears
(due 12/13) will include audio commentary by director Richard Linklater
and writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, 6 deleted scenes, 3 outtakes,
4 behind-the-scenes featurettes, the film's theatrical trailer and "video
Also, we seem to have missed this one, but 20th Century Fox has
announced a 40-disc Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
The Chosen One collector's set (due 11/15 - SRP $199.98). The
box will include all seven seasons of the series, along with an
exclusive bonus disc that contains an introduction by Joss Whedon and 7
all-new featurettes (Back to the Hellmouth: A
Conversation with Creators and Cast, Breaking
Barriers: It's Not a Chick Fight Thing, Love
Bites: Relationships in the Buffyverse, Evil
Fiends, Buffy: An Unlikely Role
Model and Buffy Cast and Crew:
Also, do we have any Bruce Campbell fans in the house? Yeah... I KNOW
we do. You'll all be pleased to learn that Campbell is going to be doing
a series of West Coast signing events next week to promote the audio CD
release of his Make Love the Bruce Campbell
Way, due on 9/27 from Rykodisc (a hardcover book version is
already available). Here's where you can find him:
Tuesday, September 27th - 6:00pm
Tower Records - 8801 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Wednesday, September 28th - 6:00pm
Tower Records - 2568 Jones Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Thursday, September 29th - 6:00pm
Scarecrow Video - 5030 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Friday, September 30th - 6:00pm
Music Millennium - 801 NW 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97210
No doubt you'll be able to get him to sign copies of Anchor Bay's The
Evil Dead 2: Book of the Dead - Limited Edition as well,
which is also set to street on 9/27. If you're in the area and you can
make it to any of these events, don't miss it!
Here's a look at more new cover artwork: Paramount's Four
Brothers, The Bad News Bears
(2005) and MTV's Jackass: The Box Set
(12/6), along with Warner's just announced March
of the Penguins (11/29) and Fox's Buffy
the Vampire Slayer: The Chosen Collection complete series box
set (11/15). And this one isn't new, but we haven't posted it here in
the daily column yet - Universal's The
Frighteners: Peter Jackson's Director's Cut (11/19)...
Back tomorrow with still more DVD reviews, including new TV titles from
a recent addition to The Bits
staff... Greg Brobeck. Stay tuned!
(LATE UPDATE - 9/21/05 - 6
We've just gotten official word from Warner Home Video that they'll be
releasing the hit documentary March of the
Penguins on DVD on 11/29. Separate anamorphic widescreen and
full frame versions will be available (SRP $28.98 each). Extras will
include 2 behind-the-scenes featurettes (Crittercam:
Emperor Penguins and Of Mice and
Penguins), the classic Looney
Tunes animated short 8 Ball Bunny
and a preview of Warner's feature-length animated Happy
Feet (coming to theaters in 2006).
Holey moley... was that a pig that just flew past my office window?!
It can only mean one thing. Yes... our own Todd Doogan has finally
uncloaked here at The Bits today
brand new Doogan's Views column. In this rarified edition,
Todd waxes philosophic in reviews of a pair of great anime releases on
disc from the fine folks at Bandai Entertainment, including the complete
in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (all seven volumes - both
the Standard and Special
Editions) and the spiffy new
Bebop: Remix 1 DVD.
How do ya like them apples?
We've got more new DVD reviews coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!
(EARLY UPDATE - 9/21/05
- 1 AM PDT)
Morning, Bits-ers. Got your
coffee in hand and your perky morning faces on? Good, 'cause we've got
some new DVD announcements to report today.
First up, we've have an update on the Frank
Miller's Sin City: Recut & Extended Edition, due from
Dimension on 12/13. The extended edition of the film will include
expanded versions of each of the film's four individual segments (Customer
Is Always Right, The Hard Good-bye,
Big Fat Kill and That
Yellow Bastard) split out into short films on their own, each
with their own title cards. You'll be able to watch them each
separately, or in any order you like.
Now then... Sony has announced a number of new titles for release on
11/29, including a Legends of the Fall:
Deluxe Edition, the A River Runs
Through It: Deluxe Edition, Death
to the Supermodels, Lila Says
and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.
Also coming on 11/29 from the studio are Joe
Dirt, White Chicks and
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo on
UMD format for the Sony PSP. Our
Movie Release List has been updated accordingly.
Universal has revealed a 2-pack of King Kong
vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes
for release on 11/29 as well (SRP $19.98). Both titles will be in
By the way, while we still have no official word on the extras on
Universal's The Frightners: Peter Jackson's
Director's Cut (also 11/29), we do know that the disc will
include more than four hours worth of bonus material produced by Jackson
Meanwhile, Miramax has finally announced the revised street date for
Chicago: The Razzle-Dazzle Edition.
You can now look for the 2-disc set on 12/20.
In Disney news, the studio has officially revealed the animated Pooh's
Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin, which will
street on 3/14. Meanwhile, the straight-to-video sequel Kronk's
New Groove is due on 12/13. For animated TV fans, Chip
'n' Dale Rescue Rangers: Volume One and Duck
Tales: Volume One will street as twin 3-disc sets on 11/8
(SRP $39.99 each).
Buena Vista will release an Oprah Winfrey Presents title, Their
Eyes Were Watching God, on 11/29.
And in a bit of Warner news, the studio appears to have indefinitely
delayed its release of The Last Days of
Pompeii, which had been expected on 11/22. It's no longer in
Warner's system, no retailers have it listed for sale and we have no
further word at this time.
Around the Net today, the
official Roger Moore website has indicated that Sir Roger has just
begun recording new audio commentary tracks for the seven Bond films in
which he starred. His first recording session, for A
View to a Kill, was completed this last weekend. Word is,
these tracks will be included on new Ultimate
Editions of the Bond films set to be released by Sony in 2006
(and no doubt timed to coincide with the theatrical debut of Casino
Royale). You can bet they'll likely be issued on Blu-ray Disc
format in addition to standard DVD.
Bringing it back here to The Bits,
we've updated all of the DVD sales and rental data we track this morning
DVD Player Sales numbers for the complete month of August
(note that the numbers for the first two weeks of August have been
revised). All charts have been updated accordingly.
Anyone interested in a little more cover art? Here's a look at some TV
DVD titles - Fox's 24: Season Four,
Universal's The Rockford Files: Season One
and Warner's The West Wing: The Complete
Fifth Season (all three are due on 12/6)...
In case you missed it yesterday, just a reminder that we've kicked off
Bits Art Auction on eBay, 100% of
the profits from which will be donated to charities involved in the
Hurricane Katrina relief effort, including the American Red Cross.
Several of our Artists
of the Month have generously donated their own works and other
items for the auction. It's a good opportunity to take home a great
piece of artwork, and to lend a helping hand to those who desperately
need it. Given that there's another hurricane bearing down on the Gulf
Coast, these relief groups are going to need all the help they can get.
So please bid, and bid generously (and thanks in advance for doing so)!
We'll be back later this morning with a bunch of those new DVD reviews,
so stay tuned...
We've got some exciting things for you here at The
First of all, we'd like to announce the start of
Digital Bits Art Auction on eBay. Given all the destruction in
the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, and the huge number of lives that
have been disrupted, we wanted to do everything we can to help the
relief efforts. After a lot of thought, Sarah had a pretty wonderful
idea. She contacted our past (and current)
the Month to see if they might be willing to donate a piece of
their work that we could auction off to raise money. Several of them
were kind enough to provide pieces of artwork and other items. This
auction will run for seven days (it will close on Tuesday, September
27th). 100% of the profits will be donated to
charities involved in the relief effort, including the American Red
Cross. So here's a chance to take home a great piece of
artwork, and to lend a helping hand to those who desperately need it.
Please check out the auction, bid of you can... and bid generously!
We'd also like to announce another new regular feature here at The
Digital Bits today. Our own Russell Hammond, whom you may
already know from his heroic work on our
DVD Cover Art section, has begun an effort to compile a list
Exclusives & Bonus Discs. Love them or hate them, there
are a LOT of exclusive bonus items out there from such retailers as Best
Buy, Wal-Mart, Target and others. Most are only available for a very
limited time. Some of the bonus discs include nifty extra features not
available anywhere else, so here's a great way to keep track of them
all. We think you'll find the list useful. Be sure to e-mail
Russell to tell him
know what you think of the section, and also to let him know about other
exclusives not yet included in the list. He'll be updating the section
Speaking of exclusives, we've just gotten word that Wal-Mart is going
to be offering an exclusive with Lucasfilm & Fox's forthcoming Star
Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith DVD (due on 11/1). If
you buy the disc at Wal-Mart stores, you'll get a bonus disc called The
Story of Star Wars. It includes the hour-long R2-D2
& C-3PO's Chronicles of Luke and Anakin Skywalker
documentary. You can visit
page at Wal-Mart for more. Here's a look at the artwork:
Okay... around the site, we've kicked off FIVE new
today, giving each of you the chance to take home copies of Warner's
The Complete Novel and the BBC's
Peep Show: The
Original UK Series, along with Universal's
10th Anniversary Extended Edition and
Galactica: Season One, Paramount's
Enterprise - The Complete Third Season and five great anime
titles from Geneon, including
Underground Vol. 4,
Spirit Vol. 7,
Vol. 6, Kyo
Kara Moah Vol. 3 and
Cossette Vol. 1! The contests will run for a week, until Noon
(Pacific) on Sunday, September 25th. Click on the links to get started
and good luck!
Now then... we'll be posting more of those DVD reviews tonight (for
tomorrow). Also, I learned a lot of interesting things about HD DVD at
the Digital Hollywood conference yesterday, so I'll be talking more
about that in the next couple days as well.