Afternoon all! There's one fairly significant bit of DVD interest
today, which is that Universal has revealed the DVD cover art for their
Dawn of the Dead remake. The
street date and features for the disc have yet to be announced, but we
figured you might enjoy at look at the cover. We'll have more details as
soon as they become available...
Also today, there's
story up over at CNN.com on a new DVD player from RCA that uses
ClearPlay software to censor "objectionable" material out of
movies on disc. So, you know... if you're just dying to show your
underage kids movies like (for example) Dawn
of the Dead, Last Tango in Paris
or Natural Born Killers, but don't
want them to see any naughty bits, this $70 piece of poo is right up
your alley. MMmmmmm... makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and safe inside!
Any guesses as to where you can buy this player? Yep... Wal-Mart, that
retail bastion of moral decency which, to this day,
sells guns and ammo in its stores (Low Prices on Brands You
Trust... like Beretta, Ruger and Savage!). I have nothing against guns -
it's the hypocrisy that drives me crazy. Personally, I'd rather just
wait until my kids were old enough to see a movie the way it was MEANT
to be seen. Ah well. It's a truly puzzling world.
Anyway, we're very pleased today to bring you a new regular column by
our own Matt Rowe -
Matt's our resident music expert here at The
Digital Bits, so he's created a special column in which he
can focus on reviews of interesting music titles on DVD. TAPNotes
will be updated once or twice a month. In it, Matt will take a closer
look at concerts, band retrospectives, video compilations and the like -
any music-related DVD Video titles. And don't forget, you can always
read the latest high-resolution DVD-Audio and SACD title reviews from
Matt and his team at our MusicTAP
affiliate site, of which Matt is the editor. Matt has a daily column
over there with all the latest music news. So anyway, we hope you enjoy
Be sure to drop him an e-mail
to let him know what you think!
We've got a couple of things for you today. First up, Warner has
officially announced the DVD release of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's
Starsky & Hutch remake on 7/20
(SRP $27.95). The disc will include anamorphic widescreen or full frame
video (in separate versions), Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, director's
commentary, a gag reel, deleted scenes, the Fashion
Fa Sizzle Wit Huggy Bizzle featurette, a Last
Look spoof documentary and more.
Also streeting on 7/20 from Warner is another Owen Wilson film, The
Big Bounce (SRP $27.95). The disc will also be available in
both full frame and anamorphic widescreen versions, with Dolby Digital
5.1 audio. Extras will include several featurettes (including The
Big Bounce: A Con in the Making, Wicked
Waves - stunt surfer outtakes - and Surfing
the Pipeline: Surfing in the Aloha State) and more. There
will also be a 2-pack containing both the 2004 and original 1969
versions of The Big Bounce for
just $2 more - SRP $29.98. Go figure.
In other release news, Columbia TriStar has announced that they'll
debut Monsieur Ibrahim, Fly
by Night, The Show,
Side Out and Wholly
Moses (What a movie!) on 7/6.
Here's cover art for Starsky & Hutch,
Monsieur Ibrahim and Wholly
In terms of reviews today, Todd's checked in again with his latest
Release Roundup, in which he takes a closer look at some 17
new DVD releases that hit stores this week. Some great stuff this time
around, so you definitely don't want to miss it.
Also today, our TAP crew has
delivered a review of
Dan: Goucho on high-resolution SACD format.
And around the Net today, Renee Graham of The
posted an interesting story on a subject that's near and dear to
us here at The Bits - greedy
studios dumbing down DVD to squeeze more blood from the stone, and
cranking out multiple versions of movies on disc to "take multiple
bites from the apple". You studio guys think this is a trivial
issue? Not judging by the flood of vitriol we got in our e-mail after
Kill Bill story in the NY Times broke last week. A
word to the wise at the studios: you're pissing your most avid customers
off - big time.
(LATE UPDATE - 4/26/04 - 4
Now that I've gotten all the news and site business out of the way
today, I wanted to tell you about an interesting event I attended about
a week ago. One of the advantages of living in Irvine, CA is that the
Digital TV R&D division of Mitsubishi Electric is just a few miles
down the road from me. I've long been a fan of Mitsu TVs (I've been
using their HD-ready 65" WS-65908 since 2001 here at The
Bits' left coast offices). So when the company was gearing up
to show off its latest DTVs, at their 2004 product line show, they
invited me to come by and check it out. I thought some of you might like
a sneak peek at what's on the way.
Mitsubishi has long gone after a higher-end videophile market with its
Medallion and Diamond lines of rear projection DTVs. This year, the
company has 12 new models of CRT-based rear projection DTVs on the way
(in 42", 48", 55", 65" and 73" sizes - all
widescreen of course). In addition, Mitsu has unveiled 5 new models of
LCD flat-panel DTVs (22", 30", 42" and 55" - all
widescreen), 3 new Plasma flat-panel DTVs (42", 50" and 61"
- all widescreen), and 7 new models of MicroDisplay (or MD) rear
projection DTVs (in 52", 62" and 82" sizes - all
Mitsu is working hard to implement the FCC's DTV Tuner Mandate. They
expect all of their displays to be 100% integrated by 2005 (for 2004,
there will still be a few models of HD-ready displays that require
separate DTV tuners). They're also working with the Cable TV industry to
ensure that their sets all comply with the emerging Digital Cable Ready
standard, also known as CableCARD.
The whole idea behind CableCARD, is that your new DTV will work
anywhere in the country, with whatever cable operator may service the
area you live in. Instead of getting a set-top, digital cable box when
you sign up for digital cable service, you'll get what's called a
CableCARD - literally an electronic card that plugs into a slot in the
back of your DTV. This card programs your DTV with all of the digital
services and channel offerings your local cable operator provides. Once
your CARD is installed, the coax cable from the wall plugs right into
your DTV - no other hardware is needed. If you move to another city, you
just turn in your CableCARD to your old operator, and get a new one from
your new cable provider when you settle into your new home. It's that
easy. This is all thanks to a recent "plug-and-play" agreement
between consumer electronics manufacturers and the cable industry.
CableCARD/DCR (Digital Cable Ready) is just starting to become available
now with select cable operators around the country (eventually, they'll
all have it), and CableCARD-ready DTVs are just starting to arrive in
stores (all DTVs sold in the U.S. will be so equipped in the future).
18 of Mitsubishi's 27 new 2004 DTVs will be CableCARD/DCR compatible,
and they expect their entire line-up will offer the feature from 2005
on. Mitsu says their CableCARD/DCR compatible DTVs will have all-digital
signal paths, high-quality upconversion of analog (480i) channels, a
full range of formatting and multi-image settings, ChannelView program
guides on all models, NetCommand record manager and FireWire output,
allowing you to connect future HD recording devices (like HD-ready
harddisk recorders, D-VHS VCRs and future Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD
recorders) so you can record non-copy protected HD material.
Remember those 7 models of MicroDisplay (MD) rear projection DTVs I
mentioned earlier? All but one of them use Mitsu's proprietary DLP Light
Engine, featuring a 0.85" T.I. chip with a 1280x720 pixel matrix, a
7-segment color wheel and Mitsu's Perfect Color optimization (which lets
you independently control the attributes of 6 color settings for each
input your on your DTV - so you can have one setting for DVD, one for
D-VHS, one for Cable and Broadcast DTV, etc). It's the high degree of
control over these settings that should appeal to many videophiles,
particularly those high-end types who are into ISF-style calibration of
their displays. Mitsu's largest MD DTV for 2004 - the Alpha 925
(WL82925) 82" display - by-passes DLP for Mitsu's 1920x1080p 3-chip
LCoS Light Engine.
Are you into TiVo or ReplayTV-style hard drive recording of your
favorite TV programs? Well, several of Mitsu's 2004 MicroDisplay (MD)
rear projection DTVs also include a 120 GB hard drive, which is enough
to record 12 hours of full-bandwidth HD material, as well as many times
that of Standard Definition Digital programming. This also includes a
built-in SD MPEG-2 encoder for recording 480i analog TV signals. Just
like a TiVo, you can pause in the middle of a recording if the phone
rings, or scan back if you'd like to see something again. If you decide
to keep the program, you can output it to D-VHS (or future Blu-ray Disc
of HD-DVD recorders) via the FireWire cable.
At the risk of sounding like a Mitsu salesman, I have to tell you that
the line show was quite an eye-opener for me. The features being offered
on new DTVs these days are very impressive (no doubt other DTV
manufacturers are ramping up their product features as well). For years
we've heard words like convergence, but we're finally starting to see
the results. If you're heavy into DVD-based home theater, one of these
large widescreen, rear-projection DTVs is an ideal display for your
system. Trust me - I've been using one for 3 years now, and the features
and quality are only going to get better, whether you buy a Mitsu or
another brand. Plus, these new TVs (the ones that have HDMI inputs, and
virtually all new DTVs do) are already equipped to work with the
forthcoming Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD formats when they finally arrive.
And with CableCARD/DCR (Digital Cable Ready) sets finally starting to
appear in dealer show rooms, consumers can finally buy a Digital TV
without fear that their set is going to be made obsolete by some new
standard or technology. As prices for these features and compatibility
continue to drop, well... if you've been waiting to buy a Digital TV,
now may be the right time to start getting serious about it again.
For more on HDTV, including
primer on the technology (PDF format), be sure to visit the
Association's HDTV website.
And for more on Mitsubishi's 2004 DTV models, including product images
and specs, check out
link at the
Back tomorrow. Stay tuned...
(LATE UPDATE - 4/26/04 - 11:45 AM PDT)
Just another quick update this morning. We've just posted Barrie
Coming Attractions column for you to check out. In this
edition, Barrie looks at the history of Warner Bros.' work in the
Western genre and runs down all of the recent classic DVD release
announcements as well. It's another great film history retrospective, so
don't miss it.
Also this morning, we've kicked off FOUR new
today, giving each of you a chance to win copies of MGM's
Buena Vista's Ghosts
of the Abyss, Lion's Gate's
and Universal's new
Monsters releases. The contests will run until Noon PDT on
Saturday, May 1st, so get your entries in!
Back later this afternoon with one more post - see you then!
(EARLY UPDATE - 4/26/04
- 12:01 AM PDT)
So did you all have a good weekend? Sarah's father was in town, so the
three of us spent our Saturday climbing rocks, taking pictures and
generally wandering our way through Joshua Tree National Park. What a
strange and wondrous place it is!
Hope you've got your coffee brewing, because we've got some interesting
DVD news for you this morning, as well as some darned cool cover art.
Let's get to it...
20th Century Fox has announced the release of their long-awaited Predator:
Collector's Edition for 7/20 (SRP $26.98). The 2-disc set
will contain the film in anamorphic widescreen video with Dolby Digital
and DTS 5.1 audio. Extras on Disc One will include audio commentary with
director John McTiernan, text commentary by a film historian (TBA), an
Inside Look featurette, a preview
trailer for Aliens vs. Predator,
and sneak peek featurettes for Aliens vs.
Predator and I, Robot.
Disc Two will include the If It Bleeds, We
Can Kill It documentary, 7 Inside
the Predator featurettes, a deleted scene, 3 outtakes, 3 Predator
"Red Suit" special effects featurettes, 2 Predator
camouflage tests, a stills gallery, a Predator profile, an Alien
Quadrilogy trailer, and 3 Easter eggs (which we won't spoil
Next up, Fox has announced the DVD release of Alex Proyas' Garage
Days for 7/6 (SRP $27.98). This 2-disc set will include the
film in both anamorphic widescreen video and full frame, along with
audio in Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras on Disc One (widescreen) will include
audio commentary by director Proyas, 6 deleted scenes and outtakes. Disc
Two (full frame) will include Proyas commentary (we don't know if it's
the same or different, but it's probably the same), the Garage
Days Backstage Pass documentary and the Behind
the Garage Door: Interviews featurettes.
The studio will release Never Die Alone
on 7/13 (SRP $27.98). This will be a 2-sided disc, with anamorphic
widescreen on one side and full frame on the other, both with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include audio commentary with director
Ernest Dickerson and stars DMX and David Arquette, 11 deleted scenes
with optional commentary, and a making-of featurette.
Fox's next Studio Classics title, The Prime
of Miss Jean Brodie, will arrive on 7/6 (SRP $14.98). Look
for the film in anamorphic widescreen video with Dolby Digital 2.0
stereo and mono audio. Extras will include audio commentary with
director Ronald Neame and actress Pamela Franklin, the teaser and
theatrical trailers and a stills gallery.
Finally, you should know that Fox will release an R-rated version of
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers
on 7/13 in addition to the Unrated version. Extras for both discs will
be the same.
Some Warner news this morning... the studio will release a 6-disc Jane
Austen: The Complete Collection on 8/24 (SRP $59.98). This
will include the original BBC versions of Emma,
Mansfield Park, Persuasion,
Pride and Prejudice and Sense
and Sensibility (all of which are or will be available
separately as well).
Since we posted Spider-Man: The '67 Classic
Collection cover art on Friday, it's only fair that we tell
you that the 4-disc Batman: The Animated
Series - Volume One will hit store shelves on 7/6 (SRP
$49.98). You'll get 28 episodes in their original full frame video
format with Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround audio. Extras will include audio
commentary with Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Eric Rodomski, and the Batman:
The Legacy Continues featurette. And here's the cover art...
As you might have guessed, that's also the art for Predator,
Garage Days and Never
Die Alone, as well as Universal's The
Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury animated prequel to the
forthcoming film trilogy (6/15 - SRP $14.98), and Warner's Challenge
of the Superfriends: The First Season (7/6 - SRP $29.98).
Challenge will be a 2-disc set,
featuring 16 episodes (full frame, Dolby Digital mono audio), plus audio
commentary (participants TBA), biographies and the Saturday,
Sleeping Bags & Super Friends retrospective documentary.
Back later with more. Stay tuned...
Here's some news that's got us excited here at The
Bits. Our friends over at
have officially announced that they're working on a 3-disc The
Battle of Algiers release for this Fall. Here are the details
from the announcement:
Criterion's upcoming release of Gillo
Pontecorvo's landmark 1965 film The Battle of Algiers will be a
three DVD set. This special edition will include a new transfer
supervised by cinematographer Marcello Gatti and a number of features
created specifically for the Criterion release, including new interviews
with writer/director Gillo Pontecorvo, producer/actor Saadi Yacef, actor
Jean Martin, Marcello Gatti, composer Ennio Morricone, and historians
Benjamin Stora and Alistair Horne. Also featured will be filmmakers
speaking to the film's importance, including directors Steven
Soderbergh, Julian Schnabel, and Spike Lee. Look for Criterions
The Battle of Algiers this autumn.
Let me just personally say... nice.
Here's something for Stan's True Believers... the cover art for Buena
Vista's 6-disc Spider-Man: The '67 Classic
Collection (due 6/29 - SRP $59.99)!
I almost hate to admit it, but I remember this show when it was still
relatively new. ;-)
Around the site today, we've updated all of the DVD sales and rental
stats we track (above),
along with the
Top 100 Films on DVD list and the
DVD Player Sales numbers. The CEA numbers now include all of
March (1,545,112 units in all for the month). That takes the format
total to date to just shy of 70 million players here in the States. All
charts have been updated accordingly.
We've got some interesting information for you fans of David Lynch and
Stanley Kubrick in
Rumor Mill today, along with addition word on more upcoming
MGM DVDs. Don't miss it.
And that's it for now. Have a great weekend and we'll see you back here
The big news today in terms of DVD releases is that 20th Century Fox
has finally announced Chris Carter's Millennium:
The Complete First Season for 7/20 (SRP $59.98). All 22
episodes will be presented in their original full frame aspect ratio,
with audio in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Extras will include audio
commentary on the Pilot episode by
Chris Carter, audio commentary on the episode Gehenna
with director David Nutter, audio commentary on the episode The
Judge (with participants TBA), 3 featurettes (Order
in Chaos: Making Millennium Season One, The
Academy Group and Main Title
Design), TV spots for all the episodes, and bonus trailers
for other Fox Sci-Fi titles (including The
Alien Quadrilogy, Planet of the
Apes: 35th Anniversary Edition, Predator:
Special Edition, and The X-Files:
The Complete TV Series). Here's a look at the cover
Other newly announced Fox titles include Garage
Days for 7/6, and Never Die Alone
and Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers
(NC-17 version), both for 7/13. The Dreamers
will include anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio
commentary by director Bernardo Bertolucci, writer Gilbert Adair and
producer Jeremy Thomas, 2 featurettes (Events
of May '68 and The Making of The
Dreamers), Michael Pitt's Hey Joe
music video, the theatrical trailer and trailers for other Fox titles.
Also, Warner Bros has just announced a new batch of film noir classics
for 7/6. The 5-film Shadows, Lies and Private
Eyes: The Film Noir Collection box set (SRP $42.92) will
include John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle,
Murder My Sweet, The
Set Up, Out of the Past
and Gun Crazy. Extras will include
commentary from actor James Whitmore, directors Robert Wise and Martin
Scorsese, and more.
One other bit of title news today - although consider it rumor until
it's officially announced - the Dugpa.com
website is reporting that director David Lynch said recently in an
online chat on his
own website that Wild at Heart
will be released on DVD in R1 as early as July.
In other news today, industry buzz is that
is in talks to purchase MGM for something in the range of $5
at Sony have reportedly called this "speculation" only).
The reasoning? Sony, which already owns Columbia TriStar, is interested
in gaining control of MGM's huge library of films, as well as the Bond
franchise. Here's the more interesting reasoning if you read between the
lines: Blu-ray Disc. Combined access to the Columbia TriStar/Sony
Pictures and MGM catalogs would mean a HUGE pool of new and classic
titles to support the launch and growth of their high-definition video
disc format. You can bet the timing is no coincidence.
Around the site today, we've got a new DVD review for you and it's a
major title. Our own Adam Jahnke takes an in-depth look at Universal's
Also, George Bennett over at our MusicTAP
site has given
Who: Live at The Royal Albert Hall a spin on high-resolution
SACD. Don't miss it.
Universal's just announced a pretty big batch of forthcoming catalog
titles for July and August. Here's what's coming:
On 7/6, look for the film noir classics The
Big Clock, Black Angel,
Criss Cross, Double
Indemnity, This Gun for Hire
(1942) and Touch of Evil (all SRP
$14.98), and a pair of new collections. The
Don Knotts Reluctant Hero Pack (SRP $19.98) will include The
Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The
Reluctant Astronaut, The Love God?
and The Shakiest Gun in the West.
Meanwhile, The Woody Allen 4-Movie Comedy
Collection (SRP $26.99) will include Anything
Else, Curse of the Jade Scorpion,
Hollywood Ending and Small
7/13 will see the release of The Bourne
Identity: Explosive Extended Edition (with a new opening, an
alternate ending and all new bonus features, plus a ticket to see The
Bourne Supremacy in theaters - SRP $29.98) and Tempo
On 7/27, look for High Art and
The Celebration (SRP $19.98 each).
Following on 8/3, you'll get the comedy titles I'm
Not Rappaport, Moon Over Parador
and The Sting II, along with the
Sandra Dee/Bobby Darin titles If a Man
Answers, Come September
and That Funny Feeling (all $14.98
SRP). You'll also get the The Best of Bud
Abbott and Lou Costello: Volume 3 box set (SRP $26.98) which
will include Abbott and Costello Go to Mars,
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion,
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man,
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris
Karloff, Comin' Round the Mountain,
Lost in Alaska and Mexican
Hayride. Also coming on 8/3 is a Deanna
Durbin Sweetheart Pack (SRP $26.98), including 100
Men and a Girl, Can't Help Singing,
First Love, It
Started with Eve, Lady on a Train
and Three Smart Girls.
Finally, on 9/7, look for the Halloween-themed titles The
Funhouse, Ghost Story,
The Legacy, The
Sentinel and Sssssss
(SRP $14.98 each), a Cryptkeeper's Deadly Duo
Pack (SRP $19.98) containing Tales
from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood and Tales
from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, a Monster
Bash Fun Pack (also $19.98) containing Alvin
and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, Alvin
and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman, Monster
Mash and Archie & the
Riverdale Vampires, and finally a James
Stewart: Hollywood Legend Series box (SRP $59.98) containing
Vertigo (letterbox widescreen),
Rear Window (anamorphic
widescreen), Harvey, Winchester
'73 and Destry Rides Again
(all full frame).
Also today, Columbia TriStar has announced the DVD release of Secret
Window for 6/22 (SLP $28.95). The disc will include
anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio commentary
with director David Koepp, 4 deleted scenes (with optional commentary),
3 featurettes (including From Book to Film,
A Look Through It and Secrets
Revealed), animatic storyboards for 4 scenes and "bonus"
The studio has also announced the DVD release of 3
Way, No Small Affair,
Dawson's Creek: The Complete Third Season,
You Got Served: Take It to the Streets
and a You Got Served: SE/You Got Served: Take
It to the Streets 2-pack (all for 6/29).
Here's cover art for The Bourne Identity,
Secret Window and Dawson's
In other news today,
Magrathea website has posted a new interview with Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy producer Nick Goldsmith and director
Garth Jennings, in which they discuss the long-awaited film production
of the Douglas Adams classic, which just started shooting in the U.K. In
addition to the film, they touch briefly upon the eventual DVD release,
which they are already preparing for. Says Jennings in the interview: "I
don't think there's ever been a film more suited to the DVD format."
Nice! Brilliant casting in this film too -
for more on that from Douglas Adams.com.
Finally this morning, I've saved the best (or worst) for last.
NY Times has a new story up on how the Hollywood studios are
rushing to cash in on the DVD boom. Here's your happy, happy, joy, joy
from the article... Miramax is reportedly preparing to release a
half-dozen different DVD editions of Kill
"This is the beauty of having two volumes,"
said Rick Sands, chief operating officer at Miramax. "Vol. 1
goes out, Vol. 2 goes out, then Vol. 1 Special Edition,
Vol. 2 Special Edition, the two-pack, then the Tarantino
collection as a boxed set out for Christmas. It's called multiple bites
at the apple. And you multiply this internationally." Mr. Tarantino
has also cut an alternate version of the movie for Japan.
I'm gonna ask the obvious right now: Can you believe the BALLS required
to make a statement like that in public? To a reporter? For a story that
people are going to READ?! Do you suppose Miramax planned to let fans of
the film know about all this, so they could... oh, I don't know... maybe
make informed decisions about which version they want to spend their
hard-earned cash on? I can understand the need to put out multiple DVD
versions of a film on occasion, but DAMN! A half-dozen different DVD
editions, and Tarantino wants to release stand-alone Beneath
the Crust-style discs of supplemental materials as well?!
Multiple bites at the apple, huh?
And to think the entertainment industry has the nerve to wonder why
some people download this stuff. Greedy bastards. Doh!
(LATE UPDATE - 4/20/04 - 12:30 PM PDT)
Okay... we're back this afternoon with Todd's
Release Roundup. Todd profiles 13 new titles you'll find on
store shelves today. Don't miss it!
Finally, here's one last reminder that tonight at 5 PM PDT, the staff
of The Digital Bits will be
participating in a live chat with our friends at IGN
DVD. We'll answer your questions about upcoming titles,
Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, and basically whatever strikes your fancy. We
expect the chat to run for an hour or two.
here for all the details on how to participate. Hope to see you
(EARLY UPDATE - 4/20/04
- 12:01 AM PDT)
Lucasfilm has finally provided more details on their Star
Wars Trilogy 4-disc set, which streets on 9/21 (SRP $69.98).
The set will include more than 10 hours of bonus content in all, in
addition to the films. Each film will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen video (that full frame version shouldn't even exist as far as
we're concerned) certified by THX and lovingly restored and remastered
by the folks at Lowry Digital. Audio for all three films will be Dolby
Digital 5.1 Surround EX. Each film will also include audio commentary
with the likes of creator George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner, actress
Carrie Fisher, sound designer Ben Burtt and ILM's Dennis Muren.
Disc Four will feature all new and exclusive bonus material. The
centerpiece of the disc Empire of Dreams: The
Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. According to Lucasfilm: "This
two-and-a-half hour documentary traces the evolution of the saga, from a
low-budget labor-of-love space saga to the movie phenomenon that defied
the odds and reinvented the rules. This comprehensive documentary
features all new interviews with George Lucas and more than 40 members
of the cast and crew from the original trilogy, as well as a host of
filmmakers and media personalities. Empire of
Dreams includes some never-before-seen behind-the-scenes
footage from the making of the three films."
When you're done with that, you can check out the Episode
III behind-the-scenes preview featurette, The
Return of Darth Vader, in which Lucas discusses how Anakin
Skywalker became Darth Vader. We also get a first look at the new Vader
costume for Episode III, and see
how actors Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor prepared for the epic
lightsaber battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Next up, The
Birth of the Lightsaber featurette takes a look at the
origins and creation of "this elegant weapon from a more civilized
age." The Characters of Star Wars
featurette takes an in-depth look at how all the classic characters
developed, from original concept art to interviews with Lucas and the
cast. The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of
Star Wars featurette looks at the influence of the Star
Wars films on filmmaking and entertainment as a whole, and
includes interviews with "the most notable filmmakers of our time."
Rounding out the film content on this disc, are the original theatrical
teaser, launch and re-release trailers for each film, plus TV spots, a
gallery of hundreds of rare production art images and photos, and a
gallery of poster and print campaign artwork.
Then there's "the rest of the disc", which will be of less
interest to film fans. This includes preview trailers for the Star
Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars:
Episode III videogames, an Xbox playable demo of Battlefront,
and DVD-ROM access to a special online site with additional exclusive
All in all, not too bad. Certainly not the definitive special edition
treatment of these films on disc, but you know that'll happen later on
Blu-ray Disc or HD-DVD, so not bad for now. We'll post more information
as Lucasfilm makes it available. In the meantime,
here for the official announcement of the above details on the
Star Wars website.
Speaking of Lowry Digital, we've gotten a lot of interesting feedback
negatives" story the NY Times ran over the weekend.
Definitely a lot of people out there who are curious about this
technology. One reader also reminded us of
story we linked to back in September about Japanese broadcaster
NHK, which originated the basis for the current HDTV system, recently
experimenting with a 4K HD video system. Looks like 4K may be the future
of TV... albeit many years down the line. I'd like to point out that I
first saw experimental HDTV demonstrations back in the mid-1980s... and
we're only just now making the slow conversion to HDTV 20 years later.
Still, it'll be interesting to watch as HD technology continues to
progress and be refined.
Around the Net today,
posted an article on the looming format war between Blu-ray Disc
and HD-DVD. There's nothing really new in the article in terms of
information, but it's an excellent primer on the current state of next
generation video discs. One interesting point is made by Geoffrey
Kleinman of DVD Talk, who was
interviewed for the story - consumers aren't really clambering for
either of these new formats. He's right - it's the consumer electronics
industry that's dying to get the new technology into consumers' homes.
Specifically, they want to rejuvenate the gravy train of licensing and
royalty fees they'll make from whichever format takes hold.
Still, while all this is interesting and seems rather ominous, you guys
should relax. First of all, whichever format wins this war, all the
machines will be able to play your current DVD discs (a point reiterated
in the article), so you needn't worry about your existing DVD movie
collection becoming obsolete. As long as you've been buying anamorphic
widescreen DVDs (like we've been telling you for years), you're movies
are going to look great on the new players. Second, if I had to guess,
my feeling is that unless Hollywood really takes a stand one way or
another, these high-definition videodisc formats will take hold very
slowly and there won't be a clear winner for some time. It may even be
that the formats will coexist uncomfortably for years. Why do I think
this? Because that's exactly what's happening right now in
high-resolution audio with DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD. Both are
excellent in terms of quality, with each format having its own strengths
and weaknesses. But the existence of two formats has basically killed
the momentum of both, meaning that most consumers (who are plenty happy
with current CDs) are warming the bench, at least for this generation of
high-resolution audio technology. I guess no one ever said change was
easy. CD and DVD might have been obvious choices for consumers, but the
high-resolution revolution, be it audio OR video, is going to be a long,
tough slog. Our advice with Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD will likely be the
same as our position right now with DVD-A and SACD - either wait until
there's a clear winner, or wait until there are affordable combo players
that play both formats. Nothing wrong with good old CD and DVD in the
Around the site this morning, we've kicked off SIX new
giving you all a chance to win BBC and Warner's
The Complete Second Series, Disney's
Casa de los
Disaster, a great
prize package from The History Channel in honor of Band
of Brothers, ABC's
Mole: Hawaii and Universal's
The Cat in
the Hat. The contests will run until Noon PDT on Saturday,
April 24th, so get your entries in.
Finally, don't forget that tonight at 5 PM PDT, the staff of The
Digital Bits will be participating in a live chat with our
friends at IGN DVD. We'll answer
your questions about upcoming titles, Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, and
basically whatever strikes your fancy. We expect the chat to run for an
hour or two.
here for all the details on how to participate. Hope to see you
Back later this morning with Todd's Weekly
Roundup. Stay tuned...
Yeah... I know you've all been waiting for news on Paramount's Star
Trek: The Original Series complete season sets. Well, we have
nothing new yet from the studio, however a number of U.K. retailers are
reporting Region 2 street dates as follows: Season
1 on 8/30, Season 2 on
11/1 and Season 3 on 12/6 (one
would expect the U.S./Region 1 dates to be similar). We also have a
tentative early look at the Region 2 packaging for Seasons
2 & 3 (though the R1 art is likely to be quite different,
if Paramount follows its past history with Trek
releases in the U.S.). Here's what the U.K. will get...
We'll post more info/art as soon as we have it.
In news today,
very exciting word over at CNN about the discovery of a
one-of-a-kind print of the 1922 silent film Beyond
the Rocks, starring Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson. The
film had been thought lost for nearly 75 years, but a copy was just
found in a private collection which was bequeathed to the archive
Filmmuseum in the Netherlands. If only more private collectors would
open up their libraries to film historians, many more long-lost gems
might be re-discovered. Just goes to show you, you never know what you
might find in your attic.
Also today, Fred Kaplan over at
New York Times has revealed a fascinating new project the
folks at Lowry Digital have been working on in secret for the last few
months (the story was in the Sunday issue - a free subscription is
required to access the online article). As you know, John Lowry and his
team specialize in the digital restoration of classic films, and have
recently worked on such films as Once Upon a
Time in the West, Raiders of the
Lost Ark and the Star Wars
trilogy for their respective DVD releases. The project that Lowry has
just revealed is nothing less than an attempt to create "digital
negatives" of films.
A little background is in order - current DVD carries 525 lines of
picture resolution, while full HDTV carries 1,080 lines of resolution
(this is the same resolution of the forthcoming Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD
formats). However, in order to duplicate the full resolution of 35mm
film in digital video, you'd need to scan the prints at a whopping 4,000
lines (also known as 4K resolution). That's exactly what Lowry is
attempting. By scanning entire films at full 4K resolution, they're
creating digital copies of films that are every bit as good as the
original optical camera negatives. These digital files can then be
digitally cleaned of dust, scratches and other impurities, and can also
be color corrected by the original director or D.P. (if they're still
with us) to ensure that the resulting image is exactly as the filmmakers
intended it to look. This 4K file is then of high enough resolution that
perfect quality film prints can be made from it for future theater
screenings. What's more, a 4K resolution master is more than good enough
for HDTV, HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc uses. They're of high enough
resolution, in fact, that they're likely to be good for future (as yet
undreamed of) home video formats as well. Best of all, these "digital
negatives" will never fade or deteriorate over time, as long as the
data drives are properly stored and cared for.
The process is absolutely fascinating, and could have a HUGE impact on
the preservation of our film heritage for future generations. You should
know that MGM recently commissioned the 4K scanning of 6 of its classic
James Bond films. These 4K masters could be used to generate new DVD,
HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases. Even if they're just released on
standard DVD at 525 lines, because the source is of such high
resolution, these new DVD copies should look far superior to MGM's
previous DVD releases of the films. We'll have to keep a close eye on
this. Fascinating, no?
In terms of upcoming DVD news, the May issue of Diamond Comics' Previews
catalog is reporting a July release window for Warner's Batman:
The Animated Series - Season One box set (SRP $44.98). The
set will include all 27 episodes in production order. Also on the way
from Warner is a Challenge of the
Superfriends: Season One DVD set (SRP $29.98) and Justice
League: Starcrossed - The Movie (SRP $19.97). Additional
titles reported by Previews for
July release include ADV's Farscape: Season
4, Collection 5 (SRP $39.98 - which I believe completes the
series) and 20th Century Fox's Millennium:
The Complete First Season (SRP $59.98). Many of these titles
have yet to be officially announced, so consider this Rumor
Mill material until they do.
here for an Adobe PDF file of the May Previews
order form online. Scan down to the bottom for the DVD info.
All right... we know what you've all been waiting for this this
afternoon. We promised you a big
DVD Cover Art update for today... and a BIG one we've got for
you. We've just posted nearly 140 new cover scans! There are some great
titles and much of this art is hot off the presses, so we hope you enjoy
it. As always, all the titles can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com by
clicking on the covers, which helps support our continued work here at
The Bits. We appreciate it!
We'll be back tonight to kick off a new batch of Contests.
Sometime in the next couple of years, high-definition disc technology
will start finding its way onto store shelves and into your living
rooms. And as you know, we're going to be closely following the
development and roll-out of both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the months
ahead. But every once in a while, a wrinkle develops in new technologies
that is just absolutely fascinating. And here's a perfect example:
Sony Electronics and a Japanese printing company
announced the development of a new type of optical disc, which
will be compatible with the forthcoming Blu-ray Disc format, that is 51%
made from paper. I don't know what advantage of that would be, other
than maybe making the discs cheaper and more environmentally friendly if
they eventually end up in a landfill, but... damn. Pardon my
grammatically incorrect phraseology, but don't that just beat all?
It's a wierd and wondrous world we live in.
Anyway, there's not much news to report today, so we're going to start
working on next week's content. Look for a bunch of new reviews, another
Roundup from Doogan and, on
Monday, a big Upcoming DVD Cover Artwork
post. I mean big, as in TONS of cover art. Godzilla big.
'Til then, have yourselves a merry little weekend. Peace out.
Oh, those pesky Visitors are back and they just can't stop with the
wanting to take over the Earth and have Humanity for lunch. What's that
mean for all of you? Yes... V: The Complete
Series is finally headed to DVD on 7/27 from Warner (SRP
$39.98). The 3-disc set will include the entire 19-episode series in its
original full frame video with Dolby Digital 1.0 mono audio. It doesn't
look like there will be much in the way of extras, but frankly having
this series on DVD at all is a bit of a miracle. Here's the cover art
As you can see, Warner will also release Spartan
(staring Val Kilmer, Derek Luke and William H. Macy) on 6/15 (SRP
$24.98). Extras will include commentary with Kilmer.
That's also the cover art for Columbia TriStar's modern take on cheesy
1950's horror, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
(6/22), which will include anamorphic widescreen video, director and
cast commentary, character commentary, a blooper reel, video of the
American Cinematheque Q&A session, the Obey
the Skeleton featurette, a photo gallery, the Skeleton
Frolic short film and bonus trailers (of actual 1950s horror
By the way, I had the chance to catch the premiere screening of Roger
Nygard's Trekkies 2 at the
Paramount lot last night. It's every bit as funny as the original Trekkies,
this time featuring a look at the international Trek
fan phenomenon. There are also some fun updates on what a few of the
people in the first film have been up to since we last saw them, as well
as a look at a Trek-themed bands
and some shockingly elaborate fan film productions. Roger tells me that
he's already hard at work on the DVD release, which will feature
animated menus designed by Bakersfield, CA's now infamous Gabriel Köerner,
and much more. The DVD will street later in 2004 from Paramount. In the
meantime, you can catch the film in theaters on the festival circuit,
starting with the Newport Beach Film Festival on Tuesday, April 20th. Be
sure to visit the
official site for information on upcoming screenings in your area.
Speaking of Paramount, we've gotten word from the studio that their
Untouchables: Special Collector's Edition,
which had tentatively been slated for July, may now get pushed back to
later in 2004. We'll update you when we hear anything new on the title.
Today, we're gonna break down some new DVD news and announcements for
you, so here goes.
First up, according to the latest issue of Video
Business, director Quentin Tarantino has big plans for both
Kill Bill, Volume 1 and Volume
2 on DVD. The director has been quoted as saying that he cut
an alternate version of Kill Bill, Volume 1
for release in Japan, that will be released in the States eventually.
This version contains both new footage and omissions. He also plans to
assemble a complete 4-hour version of both films together for art house
theatrical screenings. Look for a multi-disc "major special edition"
of both films on DVD, which may include significant deleted scenes
(including the original introduction to the character of Bill, who
originally fought Michael Jai White, as well as the original scene at
the wedding chapel). Tarantino is also reportedly considering releasing
additional stand-alone supplemental discs after the main DVD release. He
was apparently inspired to do this by Universal's recent American
Pie: Beneath the Crust DVDs.
Okay Quentin... we're ALL for a killer Kill
Bill mega special edition, believe me. But the Beneath
the Crust additional bonus disc idea is lame. Beneath
the Crust did little but piss off fans who had already
purchased multiple versions of the American
Pie films on DVD - you could only get them by buying yet
ANOTHER version of the films. Our advice is just release one massive
special edition with everything, and if you really have to do more, wait
for high-definition. Just our two cents.
In other news, Hellboy director
Guillermo del Toro is preparing 2 different versions of that film for
DVD. The first will be a 2-disc set for the more casual fans of the
film. Then, for the hard-core fans, there will be a longer version of
the film (by about 20 minutes) as a 3-disc special edition. There will
be very candid and in-depth material on that more elaborate version,
consistent what the kind of material that appeared on his Blade
II DVD - commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes and the
like. Look for the first version to possibly be released by Columbia
TriStar in August, with the more elaborate version possibly arriving in
December (exact dates are still TBD/TBA).
In other news,
is reporting that Morgan Creek head James Robinson is lobbying to
get Warner Bros to release Paul Schrader's never-before-seen, original
version of Exorcist: The Beginning
on DVD, as a possible bonus item on (or as a simultaneous release with)
Renny Harlin's final version. Harlin's Exorcist:
The Beginning is already set to be released into theaters on
8/20. Schrader's version was reportedly scrapped by Warner because it
wasn't scary enough. Schrader, however, maintains that he delivered
exactly the film the studio asked for, but that the studio later changed
their minds. The dual DVD release would be a way to resolve the "the
contractual issues of his [Schrader] being owed a preview and an
official screening." It would also avoid possible Directors Guild
of America credit arbitration on Harlin's version. There's no comment
yet from Warner or the DGA.
Confirmed Warner DVDs newly announced by the studio include La
Femme Nikita: The Complete Second Season on 7/20 (SRP
$99.98), and the 2004 remake of The Goodbye
Girl on 7/20 as well (SRP $24.98).
MGM is reportedly prepping a Species 3
direct to video DVD for release later this year, as well as new special
editions of the first two films in the series for 2005.
DreamWorks is tentatively planning a multi-disc Gladiator:
Director's Cut DVD for 2005, which will include Ridley
Scott's longer version of the film (many of the deleted scenes on the
previous DVD release will be edited back into the film, and there will
be new bonus material as well).
Columbia TriStar will release The Secret
Window on 6/29. This would normally go in The
Rumor Mill (along with the Gladiator
tidbit), because the title hasn't been announced yet. Just FYI.
Columbia TriStar HAS announced The Lost
Skeleton of Cadavra: Special Edition and Songwriter
for 6/22, as well as the 50 First Dates:
Special Edition, Hangman's Knot
and a Black Hawk Down: Superbit
DVD for 6/15.
NBC's Boomtown will find its way
to DVD as a 6-disc set on July 20th, complete with cast and crew audio
commentary and more.
Buena Vista has just announced the release of Confessions
of a Teenage Drama Queen for 7/20 (SRP $29.99). Extras will
include audio commentary, a deleted scene and a behind-the-scenes
featurette, along with both full frame and widescreen video on the same
The studio will also release a Freaky Friday
2-pack with both the original 1976 version and the new 2003 remake in
the same set. Look for that on 6/1 (SRP $39.99). The original Freaky
Friday will include anamorphic widescreen video and an
all-new interview with Jodie Foster.
Additional titles newly announced for DVD by Buena Vista include The
Princess Diaries: Special Edition (8/3 - SRP $29.99), The
Shaggy Dog and The Shaggy D.A.
(both 8/3 - SRP $19.99 each) and After Image
(Miramax - 7/13 - SRP $29.99).
And Universal has announced 2 Brothers and a
Bride for 7/6, as well as both Knight
Rider: Season One and Sliders:
Seasons 1 & 2 for release on 8/3.
Finally today, in a bit of site news, I'd also like to announce that
staffers from The Digital Bits
will be doing another live online chat with our friend Andy Patrizio at
IGN DVD. The chat will start at 5
PM PDT on Tuesday, April 20th, and will continue for a couple of hours.
here for all the details on how you can participate. Save up all
your DVD questions for the chat, and we'll try to answer them!
That's all for now. Stay tuned...
(LATE UPDATE - 4/13/04 - 11 AM PDT)
We're back with Todd's
Release Roundup! Not a lot of new titles hit stores this week,
but there are a few good ones in there. Don't miss it!
(EARLY UPDATE - 4/13/04 - 12:01 AM PDT)
We've got a pair of new DVD reviews to kick things off this morning,
and both have a decidedly SciFi bent. Adam Jahnke's got his thoughts on
the capper to the Wachowskis' cyber cool trilogy in Warner's 2-disc The
Matrix Revolutions. He also takes a look at Paramount's
adaptation of Michael Crichton's 16th Century time travel romp,
otherwise known as
Also today, we've added two more
to the batch from yesterday, including one for Anchor Bay's
Season Four and one for a Biography Channel Cult TV prize
package including Kids
in the Hall: Season One and more. Be sure to get your entries
Back later with more. Stay tuned...
For those of you who celebrate Easter or Passover, I hope you all had a
nice holiday weekend. We had a nice relaxing weekend around here. My
appearance on the Techtalk Radio with Mike
and Andy radio show (on Sunday) was a lot of fun. We talked
about DVD movies, what's ahead for the technology and the like. They're
a bunch of fun guys over there, no doubt about it. You'll be able to
listen to the archived show on the Techtalk
Radio website soon, so do check it out if you missed it.
By the way, have any of you guys been watching HBO's new series, Deadwood?
Damn, what a great piece of work. I've seen 4 or 5 episodes now, and not
a bad one in the bunch. It's a Western, set in the makeshift mining camp
of Deadwood, South Dakota during the gold rush. The show's got a real
gritty feel to it, and a fantastic ensemble cast - TONS of faces you'll
recognize, but they all fit in perfectly. The feel of the series reminds
me a lot of the film Tombstone.
Anyway, it's great stuff. Be sure to catch it if you can - Sunday nights
right after Sopranos (which has
also been great this year so far).
Let's get to news. Paramount has announced more new DVD releases for
July. On 7/6, look for Big Top Pee-Wee,
Crazy People, Critical
Condition, First Monday in October,
Heartburn and Star
Trek: Voyager - The Complete Third Season. Following on 7/13,
look for Danger: Diabolik, The
Assassination Bureau, The
Counterfeit Traitor, The Spy Who
Came in from the Cold and Against
the Ropes (the recent Meg Ryan film). By the way, Against
the Ropes will feature a pair of featurettes (A
Ringside Seat and Queen of the
Ring: Jackie Kallen, Then & Now) and the theatrical
Additional titles to look forward to from Paramount in July include the
long-awaited The Untouchables: Special
Collector's Edition, Miss Lettie
and Me, Rocket Power: Island of
the Menehune and a Star Trek: The
Next Generation - Captain Picard box set.
Around the site today, our own Barrie Maxwell has checked in with
Reviews Roundup, featuring reviews of 8 new releases from
Warner, including The
Chaplin Collection, Volume 2, For
Me and My Gal, Gaslight,
Great Ziegfeld, In
the Good Old Summertime, the Meet
Me in St. Louis: Special Edition, Mutiny
on the Bounty and The
Prisoner of Second Avenue. Don't miss it!
We've also updated all of
the DVD sales
and rental data we track, including the
DVD Player Sales numbers (for the 3rd week or March). Just
And we've kicked off 4 new
today as well, giving you all a shot to take home copies of Warner's
Babylon 5: The Complete Fifth Season,
HBO's The Hitchhiker, Buena
Vista's Kill Bill, Volume 1, Paul
McCartney: The Music and the Animation Collection and The
Third Wheel and a pair of Comedy Central titles by comedian
Mitch Hedberg (a very funny guy - just saw him last week at the Brea
Improv), including Mitch All Together
(DVD & CD) and Strategic Grill Locations
Hunt - photo by Mark
today, I wanted to take a moment to spotlight our current Artist
of the Month, Mark Robert Halper.
For a long time now, I've been needing to have head shots done, for
use here on The Bits and for
interviews, magazine articles and the like. Sarah and I have also been
wanting to have good pictures of the two of us taken to give to our
family. As it turns out, people photography is high among Mark's many
talents. He's photographed an amazing and diverse group of celebrities
and other personalities - everyone from cast members of Farscape,
Enterprise and Angel,
to the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Bill Gates and the band Tears for
Fears. When he applied for our artist program, he was an easy choice.
As you can see for yourself when
you visit his website, his work really is fantastic.
Turns out, Mark is also a longtime reader of The
Digital Bits. So Sarah and I recently spent an afternoon in
his Hollywood studio. We were thrilled with the result (you can see a
few samples from
our photo session here or by clicking on the photo of yours
truly). We actually had such a great time that we all went out to dinner
and a movie at the Arclight afterwards. Long story short, Mark's a
really great guy, he's affordable and he's a helluva talent. If you're
an actor, a filmmaker, an artist, etc, and you need good head shots
taken, he's the guy to call. Be sure to tell him The
Bits sent you.
Okay... enough for now. We'll be back tomorrow with another edition of
Doogan's Weekly Release Roundup
(LATE UPDATE - 4/9/04 - 2
Okay... this was just too good not to post before we sign off for the
week. Paramount has just announced the DVD release of South
Park: The Complete Fourth Season for 6/29 (no SRP but retail
is expected to be under $40). The 3-disc set will include all 17
episodes in their original full frame with Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround,
along with mini commentaries on each episode by series creators Matt
Stone and Trey Parker. Here's the cover art...
And yes, that's also art for Reno 911!: The
Complete First Season and The Joe
Schmo Show: Season One Uncensored (both street on 6/22). Reno
911! is a 2-disc set which will include all 14 episodes plus
alternate/deleted scenes and audio commentary on 4 episodes by the
director and cast. Joe Schmo will
include all 8 episodes on 3 discs, plus 5 uncensored deleted scenes,
extended cast interviews, the "extended and unblurred Chocolate
Sauce on Models sequence, and The
Making of the Meal featurette.
I also wanted to let you know that I'll be appearing for about 10
minutes on Techtalk Radio with Mike and Andy,
this Sunday at 11:35 AM PDT, to talk about the latest in DVD news. The
show is broadcast on KTKT/KLPX in Tucson, Arizona, and you can also
listen online at the
show's official website. Catch you on the airwaves!
NOW, we're done. See you Monday!
(EARLY UPDATE - 4/9/04 - 1
Today's Two Cents is going to be
a little light, because we're already hard at work on Monday's post! But
we do have a couple of parting gifts for you to end the week...
First up, we have details on Paramount's Star
Trek: Voyager - Season Three. The set will street on 7/6 and
will include all 26 episodes in their original full frame video, with
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include the Braving
the Unknown: Season Three, Voyager
Time Capsule: Neelix, Voyager Time
Capsule: Kes, Flashback to "Flashback",
Red Alert! Amazing Visual Effects,
Real Science with Andre Bormanis
and Lost Transmissions (interviews
with cast & crew) featurettes, a photo gallery and Easter eggs.
Also today, we've posted two new audio/music reviews for you from our
TAP crew: a DVD review of
Crimson: Eyes Wide Open and an SACD review of Columbia's
Joel: The Stranger.
We've got some great new DVD cover art for you to check out today as
well. Here's Star Trek: Voyager - Season Four
(street date TBA), HBO's K Street: The
Complete Series (7/20), Warner's Friends:
The Series Finale - Exclusive Limited Edition (5/11), MGM's
The Day After (5/18), the Charlie
Chan: Chanthology box set (7/6), the Thunderbirds:
International Rescue Edition 2-disc set (7/27) and the Showgirls:
VIP Edition box set (also 7/27)...
Okay... we'll see you back here on Monday with a new column from our
own Barrie Maxwell. We've also got a big cover art update slated for
next week, TONS of new DVD reviews (including The
Matrix Revolutions) and much more.
Have a great weekend, folks! Peace out.