UPDATE - 11/9/04 - 12:30 PM PST)
We also have a few new details for you on Paramount's forthcoming Sky
Captain and the World of Tomorrow DVD (due 2/1/05). The film
will be released in separate anamorphic widescreen and full frame
versions, each with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include 5
behind-the-scenes featurettes (on the production, the film's special
effects, the vision behind the film's animation and more), the original
short that inspired the film, deleted scenes, a gag reel and other
(EARLY UPDATE - 11/9/04 -
11:30 AM PST)
We've got some more details for you on 20th Century Fox's Taxi.
The DVD, which will street on 2/15 as we said the other day, will be
released in a single version with full frame on one side of the disc and
anamorphic widescreen on the other (SRP $29.98). Extras will include
audio commentary by director Tim Story and star Jimmy Fallon, deleted
scenes and 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Meanwhile, Universal has announced the high-school football film Friday
Night Lights for 1/18 (SRP $29.98). The film will be
available in separate full frame and anamorphic widescreen versions.
Extras on each will include deleted scenes and 3 behind-the-scenes
featurettes (including Tim McGraw: Off the
Stage, Player Cam and
Real Life, Real Games, Real People).
We have a few more details on Universal's Miami
Vice: Season One (2/8 - SRP $59.98) for you today. As we said
yesterday, the 3-disc set will include all 21 first season episodes
(plus the 2-hour pilot) in their original full frame aspect ratio (with
remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 audio). Extras will include 5
behind-the-scenes featurettes (Series
Introduction from Michael Mann, The
Vibe of Vice, Back-Story: Miami
Vice, The Fashion and
The Music). The first season
episodes include classic music from the likes of Phil Collins, U2, The
Police, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and
Also today, Columbia TriStar has announced the DVD release of The
Forgotten, Never Get Outta the
Boat, Rosenstrasse and
Stella Street for 1/18. The
Forgotten will include anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio, 2 different versions of the film (the theatrical
version and a never-before-seen extended cut with deleted scenes and an
alternate ending incorporated), audio commentary by director Joseph
Ruben and writer Gerald DiPego's commentary, 6 separate deleted scenes,
trailers and 2 featurettes (The Making of The
Forgotten and Remembering the
Here's a look at the artwork for Friday
Night Lights, Miami Vice: Season
One and The Forgotten...
Morning, everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend as usual. Like many
of you, a few of us here at The Bits
went and saw The Incredibles this
weekend. It was, as expected, incredible. Well worth your time.
Before we get started, I wanted to mention a great new DVD that I
checked out this weekend. Matt will have a more detailed review of it
soon, but I was so excited about it that I wanted to mention it here
this morning. It's Warner Music's new
Gabriel: Play. The disc streets on 11/16, and it's absolutely
outstanding. It features some 23 classic and new music videos from
Gabriel, all presented in their original aspect ratios (some are 4x3,
some are 16x9). Each of the videos has an introduction by Gabriel, some
of which include vintage behind-the-scenes footage. The audio for each
of the videos is available in the original stereo (Dolby Digital 2.0),
and you also get new surround sound mixes in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and
DTS 5.1. Better still, the DTS mixes are encoded in full 96/24! Let me
tell you, the DTS sounds absolutely amazing - subtle, immersive and
richly textured. Gabriel's music is perfectly suited to surround
presentation and trust me... you won't be disappointed. I'll tell you,
Gabriel's DVD production team continues to impress the hell out of me.
If you're a fan, Play is
absolutely a must-have.
Now then, we're very pleased today to present you with another great
industry interview by our own Robert A. Harris. This time,
chats with Columbia's Grover Crisp about the studio's new 2-disc
Dr. Strangelove: 40th Anniversary Special
review here). I think you'll find the interview fascinating as
usual, so definitely don't miss it.
Also today, our MusicTAP
crew has posted a new DVD-Audio review for you:
Zappa's QuAUDIOPHILIAc from DTS. Be sure to check it out.
We've got some great new DVD announcements to tell you about you this
morning. First up, Warner has announced a nice batch of catalog titles
that we know a lot of you have been waiting a long time for. It all
starts on 2/8/05 with a 2-disc Malcolm X:
Special Edition. Chain of Fools,
Arthur 2: On the Rocks, Disorderlies,
Pirates, Oh God! Book 2,
Oh God! You Devil!, Other
People's Money, Richie Rich
and Young Einstein will all follow
on 2/15. Finally, the long awaited Heat:
Special Edition will round things out on 2/22.
The Malcolm X: Special Edition
(SRP $26.99) will include anamorphic widescreen video (aspect ratio
1.85:1), Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio commentary (with director Spike
Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Barry Alexander Brown and Ruth Carter), 10
deleted scenes with optional director's audio commentary, the
feature-length 1972 Malcolm X
documentary, the By Any Means Necessary: The
Making of Malcolm X documentary and the film's theatrical
trailer. Details are more sketchy for the Heat:
Special Edition at the moment, but we expect anamorphic
widescreen video, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio commentary, deleted
scenes, multiple documentaries and the film's theatrical trailer. SRP
will be $26.99 for that as well.
Universal's got some great news for you fans of power blue suits. You
guessed it... Miami Vice: Season One
is finally coming to DVD on 2/8/05 (SRP $59.98). The 3 disc set will
include all first season episodes in their original full frame aspect
ratio (with remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 audio). No word yet on extras.
20th Century Fox has announced a few new titles for February. On 2/15,
look for Taxi and Frostbite.
And following on 2/22 is Love's Enduring
Promise. No word yet on extras for any of these.
On 2/8 look for HBO to release The Cherokee
Kid and The Last Outlaw.
Also, Paramount will release Hysteria: The
Def Leppard Story on 1/25/05. I
Love Lucy: The Complete Third Season is set for 2/1/05, with
A Separate Peace following on
2/8/05. Also coming in February from the studio is Cheers:
The Complete Fourth Season (street date TBA).
Finally, Manga Entertainment is set to release a new Ghost
in the Shell: Special Edition on 1/11/05 (SRP $34.95). No
other details on the release are available at this time.
Around the site this morning, we've updated all the DVD format stats we
track (above). The
DVD Player Sales chart has been updated with the latest
numbers from the third week of October (ending 10/22). With this update,
the number of DVD players sold into retail in the U.S. (since the format
began back in early 1997) moves past a whopping 80 million!
We've also kicked off THREE new Contests
today, giving each of you the chance to win copies of Warner's
Complete Eighth Season,
Sunset and the new 4-disc
the Wind: Collector's Edition. Plus, don't forget that the
Shout! Factory contest for the
Leafs jersey signed by the stars of SCTV (including Martin
Short, Catherine O'Hara, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis, Tony
Rosato, Robin Duke and producer Andrew Alexander) is still on for
another week. All of these contest will run until Noon PDT on Sunday,
November 14th. Good luck!
Around the Net today, there's
good article over at PC World.com that you're going to
want to check out. It seems one of their staffers was able to get his
hands on two of the new Blu-ray Disc player/recorders that are currently
available in Japan, and he's given them both a test drive. Definitely
worth a read.
We'll leave you this morning with some more new upcoming DVD cover art.
Here's Universal's Anchorman: The Legend of
Ron Burgundy - Unrated Edition and Anchorman:
Wake Up Ron Burgundy (available together in The
Ultimate Ron Burgundy 2-Pack on 12/28), along with Warner's
Heat: Special Edition, Malcolm
X: Special Edition, Fandango
and Ice Pirates...
Well, the big news today I suppose is that Shrek
2 is in stores and is sure to be a massive seller. You can
all pick that one up on the way to (or the way home from) seeing The
Around the site today, we've got some 8 new DVD reviews for you from
Todd in his
latest Doogan's Views column. He's checked in with a look
at Home Vision's Animal
Farm: Special Collectors Edition, Columbia TriStar's Castle
Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb: 40th
Anniversary Special Edition and Philadelphia:
Anniversary Edition, Universal's Dazed
& Confused / Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Ultimate Party
Collection and New Line's Even
Cowgirls Get the Blues, Proof
Finally today, this is just a reminder to all of you out there with
high-definition TVs: The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring is being shown in HD on the WB
network starting this Sunday (11/7) at 8 PM Eastern & Pacific (7 PM
here for details). We don't know if this is the theatrical version
or the extended version, but it should be pretty freakin' cool to see
nonetheless. We believe that the WB plans to show the rest of the
trilogy in HD in the months ahead, so don't miss it!
We'll be back on Monday with more, including another new insider
interview from Robert Harris. So have a great weekend and we'll see you
So you Star Wars fans are
probably giddy with excitement today. The trailer for Episode
III is now available to Hyperspace members on
and if you subscribe to AOL, you can now view it there as well. It will
also be shown on MTV's TRL and
Access Hollywood later today. Star
Wars.com will have high-quality versions available for free
next Monday (11/8). Plus, as I said yesterday, you'll be able to see it
in theaters this weekend. Todd and I have seen the online version and I
have to admit, it's a bit cool. We're cautiously optimistic about the
flick. It definitely looks dark in tone, so cross your fingers.
Moving on, we've got a bit of new information in
Rumor Mill today about a possible Titanic:
Special Edition that may finally be coming your way for 2005.
Don't miss it.
On the new announcement front, Buena Vista will release Mr.
3000 on DVD on 2/1/05 (SRP $29.99).
Universal has also announced that it will release more new catalog
titles on 3/1/05, including D.C. Cab,
Ghost Dad, Paradise
Alley, White Palace and
Yanks. Most will be anamorphic
widescreen (Ghost Dad is unknown)
and they'll SRP for $9.98 each.
Finally today, there's a rumor that's been circulating around for a
couple of days, to the effect that Warner, Paramount and Universal are
working on making an announcement (by the end of 2005) that they'll
adopt HD-DVD as their HD disc format of choice. The story actually
in Business Week of all places, giving it seeming
legitimacy. Our sources within both the industry are telling us that
it's rubbish. Virtually everyone we talk to in the Hollywood community
(including studio sources) tell us that for any studio (other than
Columbia TriStar and perhaps Warner, given their obvious ties to the
electronics industry) to back either of these formats in the next few
months would be foolhardy. Hollywood is keenly aware that if two,
competing HD disc formats are launched simultaneously at consumers, the
result will be an almost complete disaster for the continuing
development of the market for movies on packaged media. So for the time
being, we advise you all to take these rumors with a HUGE grain of salt.
Rest assured, we'll keep you up to date on this issue.
(LATE UPDATE - 11/3/04 - 4 PM PST)
We're back this afternoon with
new Classic Coming Attractions column from Barrie Maxwell.
Barrie checks in today with his regular rundown of the latest classic
release announcements. Don't miss it!
Also today, we've kicked off FIVE new
giving each of you the chance to win copies of Warner's
The West Wing:
The Complete Third Season,
Tunes Golden Collection, Volume 2 and
A Home at
the End of the World, Universal's remade
Dawn of the
a Toronto Maple
Leafs jersey signed by the stars of SCTV (including Martin
Short, Catherine O'Hara, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis, Tony
Rosato, Robin Duke and producer Andrew Alexander) courtesy of Shout!
Factory. How cool is that? Very! The contests will run until Noon PDT on
Sunday, November 14th. Good luck!
(EARLY UPDATE - 11/3/04 - 12:01 AM PST)
Morning everyone! We'll be back later today with our usual post, but I
just wanted to jump in here to let you all know that the Star
Wars: Episode III trailer is going to be shown on
Hollywood tomorrow night (Thursday), in addition to being
available on Star
Wars.com (only to paying Hyperspace members of course). It
will also be in theaters this weekend with The
Incredibles. And you can reasonably expect that ripped copies
of it will be available to download everywhere around the Net soon
enough. Just FYI.
Back later. Stay tuned...
You know... it's amazing how hard it is not to have Internet access for
even just a day or two. It's really pretty shocking how much we've come
to depend on it these days. Online news, sports scores, the latest DVD
announcements, e-mail... I felt like I was naked in the dark without my
cable modem. Needless to day, it sure is nice to be back.
Speaking of the latest DVD announcements, we have a BUNCH of cool new
ones to tell you all about today. So let's get started, shall we?
Columbia TriStar has revealed four interesting titles for release on
1/11/05 - Silver City, Touch
of Pink, The Fifth Element:
Ultimate Edition and Léon:
The Professional - Deluxe Edition. Each will carry an SRP of
$24.96. The Fifth Element: Ultimate Edition
(2 discs) will include anamorphic widescreen video, both Dolby Digital
and DTS 5.1 audio, a factoid trivia track, 4 behind-the-scenes
featurettes (The Star Element,
The Visual Element, The
Alien Element and The Digital
Element), film galleries, camera, costume and set tests and
more. Léon: The Professional - Deluxe
Edition (2 discs), will also include anamorphic widescreen
video and both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio, along with 3
behind-the-scenes featurettes (The
Professional: Ten Year Reunion, Trial
by Fire: Natalie Portman as Mathilda and Birth
of a Star: Jean Reno as Léon) and more.
Paramount has announced that its Sky Captain
and the World of Tomorrow DVD will now be released on 2/1/05
(it had previously been slated for 1/25/05). No word yet on extras.
Universal has checked in with a few new announcements that might get
you excited - one in particular. At long last, the Orgazmo:
Special Edition will street on 2/15/2005 (SRP $19.98) in
anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. Also due on 2/15 are
separate full frame and anamorphic widescreen versions of the Half
Baked: Fully Baked Edition (SRP $19.98), each with both Dolby
Digital and DTS 5.1 audio. Newly announced for 1/25/05 from Universal
are an October Sky: Special Edition
(SRP $14.98 - anamorphic widescreen with both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1
audio) and the delayed Backbeat: Special
Edition (SRP $19.98). And coming from the studio on 2/1/2005
are the Playa' Pack box set
($39.98, containing The Best Man,
How to Be a Player, Deliver
Us from Eva and Trippin')
and The Life in separate R and
Unrated editions ($27.98 each). We have no word yet on the extras for
any of these releases.
Moving on, New Line has announced Bright
Young Things for 2/8/05 (SRP $27.95). The disc will include
anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio commentary
with writer/director Stephen Fry and the From
the Bottom Up behind-the-scenes documentary.
Criterion has a fantastic slate of titles newly announced for release
in January (exact street date TBA). Look for Seijun Suzuki's Fighting
Elegy (SRP $29.95, catalog #269) and Youth
of the Beast ($29.95, #268), Jacques Becker's Touchez
pas au grisbi ($29.95, #271) and Casque
d'or ($39.95, #270), and the one we're most excited about
here at The Bits... Akira
Kurosawa's Kagemusha ($39.95,
#267). Kagemusha will be a 2-disc
set with video in anamorphic widescreen (from a new HD transfer), Dolby
Digital 2.0 audio, audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince,
a 40-minute documentary on the making of Kagemusha
(part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira
Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create), new video interviews
with executive producers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas (Helping
a Master: Coppola, Lucas, and Kagemusha), the Image:
Kurosawa's Continuity featurette on reconstructing the film
through Kurosawa's paintings and sketches, and a booklet featuring new
essays by scholars Darrell Davis and Peter Grilli, as well as
biographical sketches by Japanese film historian Donald Richie. Visit
Criterion website for the rest of the details on features and
20th Century Fox has just revealed a number of interesting new early
2005 releases. First Daughter will
street on 1/25/05 (SRP $27.98) in separate full frame and anamorphic
widescreen editions. Each will feature Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio
commentary by director Forest Whitaker, another commentary with the cast
(including Katie Holmes), deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes
Wonderfalls: The Complete Series
will follow on 2/1/05 from Fox (SRP $39.98) featuring 3 discs in
anamorphic widescreen video and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will
include audio commentary on several episodes by the show's cast and
crew, and the Greetings from Wonderfalls
and Fantastic Visual Effects
Murder One: Season One will street
on 2/8/05 (SRP $59.98) on 6 discs (full frame video, Dolby Digital 2.0
audio) with audio commentary on 2 episodes by director Randall Zisk and
actor Jason Gedrick, and the Making the Case:
Season One featurette.
The Grid mini-series also streets
on 2/8/05 (SRP $26.98) on 2 discs (full frame video, Dolby Digital 5.1
audio) with audio commentary by director Mikael Salomon and executive
producer Tracey Alexander, deleted scenes and the Factual
Fiction and The Globe of The Grid
Angel: Season Five arrives on
2/15/05 (SRP $89.98) on 6 discs (anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby
Digital 2.0 audio) with commentary on several episodes (participants
include Joss Whedon, David Boreanaz and many of the cast and crew) and
the Angel: The Final Season, Hey
Kids! It's Smile Time, Angel 100,
Angel: Choreography of a Stunt,
To Live & Die in L.A.: The Best of Angel,
Halos and Horns: Recurring Villainy
and Angel Unbound: The Gag Reels
Fox has a 2-disc Donnie Darko: Director's
Cut set for 2/15/05 as well (SRP $26.98). The 253-minute
version of the film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen with
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include audio commentary with
writer/director Richard Kelly and Kevin Smith, the Donnie
Darko Production Diary (with optional commentary by director
of photography Steven Poster), a storyboard-to-screen comparison, the
Director's Cut theatrical trailer,
and the They Made Me Do It Too: The Cult of
Donnie Darko and #1 Fan: A
Finally, Fox will release The Shield: The
Complete Third Season on 2/22/05 (SRP $49.98) on 4 discs
(full frame video, Dolby Digital 2.0 audio). Extras will include audio
commentary on several episodes with the cast and crew (including series
star Michael Chiklis), deleted scenes (with optional commentary) and
several behind-the-scenes featurettes.
How about a little new upcoming DVD cover artwork for you this morning?
Here's Columbia TriStar's Léon: The
Professional - Deluxe Edition and The
Fifth Element: Ultimate Edition, Warner's Chariots
of Fire: Special Edition (2/1/05) and 20th Century Fox's Paparazzi
(1/11/05) and both the widescreen and full frame cover art for Alien
vs. Predator (1/25/05)...
Around the site today, we've updated all the DVD hardware and software
sales and rental stats we track, including the
DVD Player Sales numbers for the second week of October
(ending 10/15). All charts and listings (above)
have been updated accordingly.
In other news today, Ralph Tribbey and Video
Store Magazine's excellent industry resource, The
DVD Release Report, has reported that we've officially
crossed the mark of 40,000 DVD titles released or announced since the
format launched back in early 1997. That includes the 39,123 number you
see in the listing above, along with some 2,000 titles that have been
discontinued over the years. Very cool news indeed.
By the way, in a side note, Video Store
Magazine is soon to change their name to Home
Media Retailing (so when we mention it in the future, you'll
know what we're talking about).
Okay... that's all today. Be sure to get out and vote, then stop on by
your local video store to pick up some of the great new DVD releases
available today as a reward for good citizenship. There's Star
Trek: The Original Series - Season Two, The
Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume Two, Festival
Express, the new Dr. Strangelove:
SE and lots more. And despair not if your candidate doesn't
win today. There's lots of great stuff coming in the weeks and months
ahead to keep your mind off how things are going to hell in a hand
basket... like The Incredibles in
theaters later this week, a new U2 album later this month, the Return
of the King: Extended Edition in December, one last Star
Wars movie next year, etc. As the Pythons (Monty) say, "Always
look on the bright side of life!"
Feel free to start whistling.
We've got more from Robert, Barrie and Doogan coming later this week
(plus some reviews from me too).
Hope you guys all had a great weekend. Sorry for the lack of a post
today. Right after I uploaded Friday's post (late Thursday night), my
cable modem died on me. I was able to get a replacement from Cox late on
Friday afternoon, but there was some kind of glitch with their database
that prevented them from provisioning the new modem during the weekend.
I was finally able to get it all resolved just a few minutes ago, after
about 20 calls to tech support. So, I'm finally just able to access the
Net for the first time since Thursday night.
We'll be back with our regular post tomorrow. Thanks for your patience
and stay tuned!
Morning, disc spinners! Yes, we've got cover art for most of those
awesome Warner Gangster Collection
titles that were announced yesterday for 1/25/05! Get a load of this,
If that ain't the bee's knees, we don't know what is. We'll show you
Public Enemy as soon as it comes
in. Sure is good to see those classic flicks finally on the way to DVD.
Been waiting too long.
We've got a bit of a surprise for you today. No, it's not Star
Wars on DVD. That already happened. This is even more
shocking... Doogan's back! Yessir, after more than two full months of
recoverin' time, Todd has returned with
Doogan's Views column. In this edition, he gives you his
unique spin on 5 new DVD releases, including Columbia TriStar's
China Syndrome: Special Edition and
Chicks: Unrated & Uncut, Universal's
of the Dead: Unrated Director's Cut, Synapse's
Deadly Spawn: Special Edition and Anchor Bay's
Jump Street: The Complete First Season. Enjoy!
Speaking of Star Wars, Lucasfilm
officially released the teaser poster for Revenge
of the Sith yesterday. You'll find that
Cue the heavy breathing. And don't forget that the teaser trailer will
be available next week online (and in theaters with Disney and Pixar's
The Incredibles - as if you needed
another reason to go see that).
If those two words (or the number 42) mean anything to you, here's a
bit of news you're going to love. The
Radio website has posted the transcript of a chat with Dirk Maggs.
He's the director of the new Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy: The Tertiary Phase radio series. For
those of you who haven't been tuned into the Sub-Ether lately (or who
may have lost your Babel Fish), the 6-episode Tertiary
Phase features nearly all of the same voice cast as the
original Hitchhiker's series, and
continues the adventures of Arthur Dent through the events of Douglas
Adams' Life, the Universe and Everything.
You can buy both
original radio series and
new Tertiary Phase on CD right now at
BUT... here's the great news: In the chat, Maggs says that they're
currently working on two more series that will air next year (covering
the last two books in the Hitchhiker's
series, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
and Mostly Harmless). When that's
done, Maggs hints that they'll release a 5.1 surround version of the
complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
on DVD-Audio. How cool would that be? Almost as cool as a Pan Galactic
Gargle Blaster after a hard's day slog through Vogon poetry, that's how
Finally, don't forget (as if you could), this coming Tuesday is
Election Day here in the States. I think I speak for all Americans when
I say, thank GOD this will all be over soon. Maybe. Hopefully. At least
this is the beginning of the end. With a little luck, and a LOT of legal
maneuvering, we might know who our next President will be by this time
next month. Maybe.
Democracy is a messy bit of work, isn't it?
Anyway, I bring it up because your local Sunday papers this weekend
should have nicely printed and detailed voting guides, explaining all
the issues and propositions and candidates' positions. So we want to
encourage all of you to be good little citizens and do your Patriotic
duty. Take ten minutes to research those issues and propositions and
candidates' positions, and make sure you go to the polls on Tuesday to
cast your vote. We'd give you a sticker or something, but you get enough
of those damn things already every time you crack the wrapper on a new
DVD these days.
As for us... well, Matt, Sarah and I have already cast our absentee
ballots to the winds of Fate. Therefore, I'm going to spend this weekend
spinning discs so as to dazzle you all with some long overdue reviews
In the meanwhile, have a great weekend and we'll see you next
Wednesday! Or was that Monday? Sorry... got all Landis on you there for
a moment. Definitely Monday.
Oh... and much love out to all you Sox fans! Glad your curse thingie
was finally kaboshed. You're next Cubs fans.
You Oscar film fans will be pleased to learn that Warner has just
announced that they'll release a 2-disc Chariots
of Fire: Special Edition on 2/1/05 (SRP $26.99). The previous
and out of print DVD release was full frame only, but this new version
will be anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Over 3 1/2
hours of extras will be included. Expect audio commentary with director
Hugh Hudson, 11 deleted scenes, screen test footage for Ben Cross and
Ian Charleson, the Wings on their Heels: The
Making of Chariots of Fire and Chariots
of Fire: A Reunion documentaries, 2 Easter eggs and the
theatrical trailer. Should be a good release.
Boy, I've been waiting for this. Warner will finally release James
Cagney's White Heat on 1/25/05,
along with Angels with Dirty Faces,
Little Caesar, The
Petrified Forest, The Public Enemy
and The Roaring Twenties (SRP
$19.97 each). They'll all be available together in the Warner
Gangsters Collection box set (SRP $68.92) the same day. Top
of the world, ma!
Also newly announced by Warner are Broadway
Melody of 1929, The Life of Emile
Zola, China: The Panda Adventure
(IMAX), Hidden Dimension (IMAX),
Mark Twain's America (IMAX) and
Oz: The Complete Fourth Season
(all for 2/1/05), followed by Scooby-Doo:
Aloha Scooby-Doo! and Yogi the
Easter Bear (on 2/8/05).
Our MusicTAP crew has
posted a new DVD review of Eagle Vision's
Who: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. George Bennett
gives the release high marks, so it's well worth a look if you're a
By the way, Robert Harris has also sent us an update to
recent column in which he interviewed Warner Home Video's George
Feltenstein. The update can be found
this link at the end of the second page of the interview, and
pertains to the details of the 1978 George Eastman House fire (and the
films that were thought to be lost in it). Be sure to check it out.
We're very pleased this morning to present you with Barrie Maxwell's
edition of Classic Coming Attractions here at The
Digital Bits. In today's installment, Barrie reviews a
whopping 15 classic DVD releases (more than 22 films/programs in all),
Black Orchid and
Counterfeit Traitor, 20th Century Fox's
Snake Pit and
Boston Strangler, MGM's
at Nuremberg: Special Edition and
Charlie Chan Chanthology (6 films), Warner Bros.'
Entertainment!: The Complete Collection (3 films) and
Spencer Tracy Legacy documentary included in
& Hepburn: The Signature Collection, Aircraft Films'
Memphis Belle: 60th Anniversary Collector's Edition and
finally Music Video Distributors'
Era: Duke Ellington in Hollywood and
Frank Sinatra Show: Welcome Home Elvis.
By the way, with those reviews, our database of DVDs reviewed here at
The Digital Bits has officially
passed the 2,000 titles mark!
Around the Net today,
Money has a brief story on this week's launch of DualDisc.
Video Store has stories about
effects being prepared for a Spider-Man 2.5 DVD release
(you knew that was coming, double-dippers) as well as
endings for The Grudge's eventual DVD release.
Thank God for Buena Vista Home Entertainment president Bob Chapek. He
seems to be the loudest and clearest industry voice warning anyone who
will listen about the damage the impending HD-DVD/Blu-ray Disc format
way is going to cause the home video market. This week's
Business has an article about Chapek's latest comments on the
issue at yesterday's North American DVD Forum Conference. Well
worth a read. I hope you HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc guys are listening, but
I'd be surprised if any of you are taking his message to heart.
We've just gotten the official word from MGM that their Martin
Scorsese Film Collection, which had previously been announced
for 12/14 (but was then delayed indefinitely) has been re-announced for
release on 2/8/05. The set will include the New
York, New York: Special Edition, a new, 2-disc Raging
Bull: Collector's Edition, the previously released The
Last Waltz: Special Edition and Boxcar
Bertha. The New York, New York:
Special Edition will be presented in 1.66:1 letterboxed
widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 and mono audio (SRP $19.98
separately). Extras will include audio commentary, alternate takes,
deleted scenes, a photo gallery, and the film's theatrical and teaser
trailers. The Raging Bull: Collector's
Edition will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen
with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround audio (SRP $29.98 separately).
Extras will include audio commentary by Scorsese and editor Thelma
Schoonmaker, a separate cast and crew commentary, a "storytellers"
commentary, 3 documentaries (including Before
the Fight: The Writing and Casting of Raging Bull, Inside
the Ring: The Making of Raging Bull and The
Bronx Bull), 3 featurettes (After
the Fight: Creating a Classic, La
Motta Defends Title and De Niro
vs. La Motta) and the theatrical trailer. The
Last Waltz: Special Edition is the same disc that was
previously released by MGM (read
review here). Boxcar Bertha
is also the same disc as previously released.
Here's a title I've really been looking forward to. HBO will be
releasing Deadwood: The Complete First Season
on 2/8/05 (SRP $99.98). The 6-disc set will include the episodes in
anamorphic widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will
include HBO's 30-minute Making of Deadwood
special, the 45-minute History of Deadwood
documentary, a 45-minute inteview with series creator David Milch
conducted by Keith Carradine and audio commentary on 4 episodes
(participants include David Milch, Molly Parker, Keith Carradine, Brad
Dourif, Robin Weingart, Ian McShane and Tim Olyphant). Can't wait!
Also today, we have word on some new titles coming from Paramount. On
1/18/05, look for William Wyler's Carrie
(starring Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones), Joseph Anthony's The
Matchmaker (with Shirley Booth, Shirley MacLaine and Anthony
Perkins) and Melville Shavelson's A New Kind
of Love (with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward). The SRP for
each will be $14.99.
New Line has announced Bright Young Things
for release on 2/8/05 (SRP $27.95). The disc will include the film in
anamorphic widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio
commentary with writer/director Stephen Fry and the From
the Bottom Up behind-the-scenes documentary.
Here's cover art for HBO's Deadwood: The
Complete First Season, MGM's Raging
Bull: Collector's Edition and Warner's We
Don't Live Here Anymore (12/14)...
We'll be back early tomorrow morning with a new column from our own
Barrie Maxwell. Stay tuned!
(LATE UPDATE - 10/25/04 - 2:30 PM PDT)
We're very pleased today to being you Robert A. Harris' latest Yellow
Layer Failure column here at The
Digital Bits. In this edition, we present
in-depth interview Robert has conducted with George Feltenstein,
Warner Home Video's Sr. VP of Marketing for Classic Catalog. If you're a
fan of classic films, you definitely don't want to miss this. It's a
great read, and you'll learn quite a lot about the process Warner
engages to restore and release its great classic titles on DVD. Robert
and George talk in depth about Warner's new That's
Entertainment Collection, as well as the Looney
Tunes shorts and numerous other films. You'll also get a
sneak peek at many of the classic titles you can expect to see from
Warner in 2005 and beyond. We hope you enjoy it!
And when you're done,
on over to this thread at The Home
Theater Forum to discuss the interview with Robert and other
classic film enthusiasts.
(EARLY UPDATE -
10/25/04 - 12:01 AM PDT)
Is it Monday already? Sheesh! Hope you all had a great weekend.
I wanted to talk a little bit more about the new DualDisc format this
morning. While I've been busy keeping my eye on the latest developments
with HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc, I have to confess, DualDisc kind of snuck
up on me. I talked briefly about it the other day, and was a little
skeptical about yet another new music format. Well, Matt informs me that
the best way to think of DualDisc is that it's basically DVD-Audio v
2.0. We've gone most of the year now with few (if any) really major
releases on DVD-A, and it seems that DualDisc is the reason. DualDisc is
basically a DVD disc on one side and a regular CD on the other. It's
intended to go after much the same market as a hybrid SACD disc (which
contains both SACD and regular CD content on the same disc), except that
it can also include video material. You don't need a special player for
it - DualDiscs should work on all existing DVD players. Many of the
releases will contain high-resolution audio in addition to video
material. 5.1, EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music and Warner Music are all
supporting DualDisc (although Sony releases on the format will not
include high-resolution audio - you'll find that only on their SACD
releases). So anyway, there you have it. Here's a link to
official format website for more. I'm frankly still pretty
skeptical, but you can be sure we'll talk more about DualDisc in the
We've got a bit of interesting information in
Rumor Mill today. It's something you Twin
Peaks fans will certainly want to check out, so don't miss
In DVD release news this morning, Universal has announced that they'll
debut Vanity Fair on DVD on 2/1/05
Also, Columbia TriStar has announced Little
Black Book, Magic in the Water,
Ride the Wild Surf, Slappy
and the Stinkers, Augustus,
Riding Giants: Special Edition and
Forever Knight: The Trilogy Part 2.
All will street on 1/4/05.
Later this morning, we're going to post a new interview our own Robert
Harris conducted last week with George Feltenstein, the Senior Vice
President for Classic Catalog titles at Warner Home Video, so be sure to
check back for that.
Speaking of "our very own", we also want to let you all know
that Dw. Dunphy of our MusicTAP.net
site has just released an album of HIS very own! It's called Proud
Sons of the Suburbs and it's available now
this link at CafePress.com. Well done, Dunphy!
Back later. Stay tuned...
Well, another Friday is here at least. Sure will be nice to have a
couple of days to relax, won't it?
We've got a few things for you today. First up, 20th Century Fox has
just officially announced the DVD release of Alien
vs. Predator for 1/25/05 (SRP $29.98). The theatrical version
of the film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen video, with both
Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio. Extras will include audio commentary
(by Paul W.S. Anderson, Lance Henriksen and Sanaa Lathan), a second
commentary (by Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr. and John Bruno), the
ability to watch the film with an alternate opening, 3 deleted scenes (The
Other Mexico, O Sole Mio
and Predator Humor), The
Making of AVP featurette, "Inside Look" previews of
Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Elektra,
a Darkhorse Comics AVP cover
galley (with 65 stills), a DVD-ROM version of Darkhorse's first edition
of the AVP comic book and a
preview of the first 16 pages of the up-coming AVP
graphic novel. Sure hope that's better than the film was.
Also newly announced by Fox for 1/11/05 is Paparazzi
(SRP $27.98). The disc will include full frame on one side and
anamorphic widescreen on the other, each with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Extras will include audio commentary by director Paul Abascal, 2 deleted
scenes with optional commentary, a "making of" featurette, the
film's theatrical trailer and a BTS Stunt
Warner has announced that they'll release Gilligan's
Island: The Complete Second Season on 1/11/05 (SRP $39.98).
Also on the way from Warner are Kung Fu: The
Complete Second Season (1/18/05 - SRP $39.98), One
Tree Hill: The Complete First Season (1/25/05 - $59.98) and
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Complete Second
Season (also 1/25/05 - $39.98).
Buena Vista and ESPN will release the 3:
Collector's Edition on 12/14 (SRP $29.99). The 2-disc set
includes the film itself (in anamorphic widescreen video) along with
more than 5 hours of material on the life and racing career of Dale
Earnhardt. You'll get exclusive interviews with Earnhardt from the ESPN
archives, racing footage from his best races, the 3
Nation: The Life and Legacy of Dale Earnhardt documentary,
rare Earnhardt TV appearances, a featurette on the making of the film
Around the Net today,
has a good story on Lowry Digital's restoration work on the recent
Star Wars Trilogy DVDs. The story
features before and after screenshots of the films. Having seen clips of
the films before restoration personally, while visiting THX recently, I
can definitely vouch for the quality of this effort. It's nothing less
Speaking of Star Wars, Lucasfilm
has announced that the first teaser trailer for Star
Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith will be attached to
most prints of Disney and Pixar's The
Incredibles when it opens in theaters on 11/5. So in just two
weeks, fans will get their first look at the last Star
Wars film ever.
official Star Wars website has also let it be known that
paying subscribers to their exclusive Hyperspace
website will get to see the trailer online first on 11/4. Just FYI.
Finally today, don't forget that Star Trek:
Enterprise is all new tonight on UPN (broadcast in HD in many
markets), and it's even better this season than last thanks to new head
writer Manny Coto. The crew of the Enterprise finally returns home after
their successful mission to save Earth from the Xindi, while Trip and
T'Pol pay a visit to Vulcan. Better still, next week's episode begins a
three-part story arc in which Archer and his crew must prevent a
Hannibal Lector-like scientist from resurrecting the genetic supermen
from the Eugenics Wars. The scientist is played by none other than Brent
Spiner (Data of Star Trek: The Next
Generation). The genetic supermen should ring a pretty big
bell with Trek fans - they were
first depicted in The Original Series
episode Space Seed (Khan was one
of them). Also appearing in this arc are another race Trek
fans haven't seen since The Original Series
- the Orion slavers. And the next three episodes after that will deal
with a civil war on Vulcan, including an appearance by Original
Series characters T'Pau (Amok Time)
and Surak (The Savage Curtain).
Don't miss it!
We'll be back on Monday with a new behind-the-scenes interview from
Robert Harris. For Tuesday, we have a review column planned from the one
and only Barrie Maxwell. Our very own Todd Doogan will make his
long-awaited return next week (after recovering from knee surgery) with
a host of new DVD reviews, and you might even get one or two new DVD
reviews from me as well.
In the meantime, have a great weekend, enjoy the start of the World
Series and, as always, stay tuned!
First things first today. Congrats to you Sox fans. The Bambino's curse
is well on its way to being lifted, so go win yourselves a World Series,
Things are a little hectic around The Bits
today I'm afraid. As some of you may know, we've been having torrential
rains here in Southern California these last few days. Unfortunately,
we've got a little bit of flooding in one of the rooms of our house. Not
a lot, but the room in question is our home theater, so you know...
In the meantime, the music industry is set to debut the new DualDisc
format this week. Since high resolution audio seems on the wane, the
music industry is (of course) eager to find new ways to get your money.
DualDisc is basically a combo format - it's a regular CD disc on one
side, then you flip it over and it's a DVD disc on the other. So you
could get a band's album on one side, and then all the music videos, a
documentary on the making of the album and a live performance on the
It sounds good at first, sure. But if you're thinking, "Well isn't
this sort of like what DVD-Audio was supposed to give us?" you'd be
right. Except that with DualDisc, you don't necessarily always get a
high-resolution version of the music (some discs do include a 96/24
version of the album on the DVD side, but there's no guarantee that all
of them will). And knowing how cheap the record companies are, you won't
get much DVD video content either. You know, they love to sell you the
music CD and the concert DVD separately to squeeze a little more blood
from the stone.
Personally, I think it's lame. We'd much rather the record companies
strengthened their commitment to the existing SACD and DVD-Audio
formats. Unfortunately, thanks to the fact that the industry launched
two competing formats, consumers haven't really gotten on board. So a
revitalized commitment to either format now seems unlikely any time
soon, if ever.
Sound familiar? We might be in for the same with high-definition video.
Video Business' Scott Hettrick has
good editorial column this week (registration required). The gist
is that if Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD cannibalize each other, the real
winner of all this might be the Video On Demand and Pay Per View forces.
Moving on, we have some bad news for you Tom
and Jerry fans. It seems that a few of the animated shorts
included on their just released Tom and Jerry
Spotlight Collection were edited (they're supposed to be
original and uncut). All three of the shorts are on Disc One of the
collection. The shorts in question are The
Milky Waif, The Truce Hurts
and The Little Orphan. The good
news, however, is that Warner Bros is aware of this issue and says that
it was unintentional. Steps are being taken to remaster Disc One with
the original uncut shorts, and to make replacements available to those
who purchased the set at no cost.
here for comments on the problem from producer Jerry Beck (via the
Animation Show forum - slide down
to his post about halfway down the page). We'll post replacement details
as soon as we have them.
In other news today, the winners or the first ever TV
DVD Awards were announced last night at the Century Plaza
Hotel in Los Angeles. Three nominees were chosen in each of twelve
categories (from over 150 entries), by a panel of experts that included
myself, USA Todays Mike
Snider, veteran home video journalist Bruce Apar,
TV Shows on
DVD.com's Gord Lacey and DVD
Talk's Geoffrey Kleinman, and the final winners were selected
by the public through online voting.
the official press release announcing the winners, and here's
Best 1950s Series - I
Love Lucy: The Complete Second Season (Paramount)
Best 1960s Series - Star
Trek: The Original Series Season One (Paramount)
Best 1970s Series - Battlestar
Galactica: The Complete Epic Series (Universal)
Best 1980s Series - The
Kids in the Hall: Complete Season One (A&E)
Best 1990s Series - The
Simpsons: Complete Fourth Season (20th Century Fox)
Best 2000s Series - 24:
Season Two (20th Century Fox)
Best Animated Series - The
Simpsons: Complete Fourth Season (20th Century Fox)
Best British TV Release - The
Best Compilation - The
Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection (R2 Entertainment)
Best Made-for-TV Documentary -
The World at War (A&E)
Best Miniseries or TV Movie - Shogun
Best Special Feature - 24:
Season Two: Exposed Part One &
Part Two featurette (20th Century Fox)
In addition to the awards listed above, Image Entertainment and
producer Paul Brownstein received a well-deserved Best
of Show Award for their five "complete season" sets
of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and
Carl Reiner received a TV DVD Lifetime
Achievement Award. Congratulations to all of the winners!
Okay, that's it. I am SO rooting for the Boston Red Sox. What a great
ALCS! And this is a Twins fan saying that. Here's hoping you Sox fans
will finally get that curse off your backs. My fingers are crossed for
you. Can't wait for tonight's Game 7.
We've got a few more new DVD announcements for you today. First up,
Universal has announced that they'll release an Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Collector's Edition on 1/4/05.
The 2-disc set will feature anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital
and DTS 5.1 audio, audio commentary with director Michel Gondry and
writer Charlie Kaufman, deleted scenes, 2 featurettes (A
Look Inside Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and A
Conversation with Jim Carrey and Director Michel Gondry),
Polyphonic Spree's Light & Day
music video and the Lacuna commercial. A commemorative photo book will
also be included. Additional features are still TBA. There's no SRP set
Universal will also release a 4-disc Monk:
Season Two set on 1/11/05 (SRP $59.98). The studio has more
direct-to-video animation on the way as well, with The
Land Before Time XI: The Invasion of the Tinysauruses due on
1/11/04 and Balto III: Wings of Change
following on 2/1/05.
Our friends over at
have learned more about Lions Gate's forthcoming Farscape:
The Peacekeeper Wars. The DVD will street on 1/18/05 (SRP
$19.98). Look for anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio,
the 30-minute The Making of The Peacekeeper
Wars documentary, an interactive concept art gallery,
production storyboards, a spacecraft gallery and more.
20th Century Fox will release Pauly Shore Is
Dead on 1/25/05 (the film will get limited release in
theaters starting 10/29). The DVD will feature audio commentary by Shore
(who directed), along with deleted scenes (introduced by Eminem and
Proof and hosted by Shore, Charlie Sheen and the Hilton sisters), a
parody of the Aaron Lewis song It's Been a
While and a making-of featurette both (introduced by Eminem
here to read more via Video Business.
By the way, we've confirmed with the studio that Fox's Millennium:
The Complete Second Season (1/4/05 - SRP $59.98) WILL feature
anamorphic widescreen video (our previous information was that this was
a full frame title). Just FYI.
Paramount has something to crow about today. According to VideoScan and
retail sources, its recent Chapelle's Show:
Season One - Uncensored has become the all-time best-selling
TV series release on DVD, with over 2 million units sold. To celebrate
the news, they've just announced that Chapelle's
Show: Season Two - Uncensored is already slated for release
on DVD on 2/8/05.
Around the site today, we've updated all the DVD hardware and software
stats we track (above),
DVD Player Sales numbers, which are now up to date through the
first week of October (ending 10/8). Note that the final month-to-date
sales numbers from August and September have been adjusted by CEA (our
chart reflects these changes).
Okay, that's enough news for today. How about a little more new cover
art, hmmm? Here's Universal's Shaun of the
Dead, final art for Battlestar
Galactica: The Miniseries (12/28) and Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Collector's Edition, 20th
Century Fox's Garden State
(12/28), Lions Gate's Farscape: The
Peacekeeper Wars and what the hell... how 'bout a cool music
title? Rhino's David Byrne: Live at Union
As always, stay tuned...
(LATE UPDATE - 10/19/04 - 1 PM PDT)
We're back again this afternoon with word on a whopping
TEN new Contests
that we've just kicked off here at The Bits.
You will each have the chance to win copies of Warner's
The OC: The
Complete First Season, the
Jerry Spotlight Collection,
The Complete Series,
Skelter: Director's Cut and
The Miniseries, Universal's
Ren & Stimpy Show Uncut: The First and Second Seasons,
Shout! Factory's SCTV:
Volume 2, Anchor Bay's
Five and a
Halloween DVD collection featuring Dead
Ringer, The Bad Seed,
of the Damned/Children of the Damned and The
Lost Boys: Special Edition. Entries will be accepted until
Noon PDT on Sunday, October 31st (that's Halloween, folks). Good luck!
Also today, we have a pair of new
Digital Bits Power
Buys up, featuring special pricing on Sony's
VPLHS51 3-chip LCD HDTV projector and DirecTV's
HR10-250 High Definition satellite receiver/HD-TiVo! Don't miss
out on these great deals.
(EARLY UPDATE - 10/19/04 -
12:01 AM PDT)
Morning, everyone! Congrats to you Sox fans on your team staying alive
for at least one more match-up with the Yankees. Some pretty damn good
baseball last night, I'll tell you.
We've got a bunch of new DVD announcements to cover today. First up,
Image Entertainment has announced that it will release The
Twilight Zone: The Definitive Edition - Season 1 on 12/28
(SRP $119.99). This 6-disc set will include all 36 episodes mastered
from new high-definition transfers using the original camera negatives,
audio in the original mono, audio commentaries (by Earl Holliman, Martin
Landau, Rod Taylor, Martin Milner, Kevin McCarthy, Ted Post and William
Self), vintage audio "recollections" (with Burgess Meredith,
Douglas Heyes, Richard Bare, Buck Houghton, Anne Francis and Richard
Masterson), Rod Serling audio lectures from Sherwood Oaks College,
isolated music scores (featuring the work of Bernard Herrman, Jerry
Goldsmith and more), Rod Serling's promos for "next week's show",
the original unaired pilot episode (Where Is
Everybody?) featuring Serling's network pitch, a rare Serling
blooper, the 466-page Twilight Zone Companion
book by Marc Scott Zicree and more! Is that an amazing list of extras
for this set or what?
Image is also releasing The Twilight Zone
(1985): Season 1 on 12/28 as well (6 discs, SRP $69.99),
which will include a Wes Craven video interview, over a dozen audio
commentaries (by the likes of Craven, Philip DeGuere, Alan Brennert,
Bradford May, James Croker, JD Feigelson, William Wu, Harlan Ellison and
Greg Bear), photo galleries and more.
Columbia TriStar has revealed that it will release a 2-disc Resident
Evil: Apocalypse - Special Edition on 12/28 (SLP $28.96). The
set will include audio commentary with the director and producer, a cast
commentary with Milla Jovovich and others, a writer and producer
commentary, 23 deleted scenes, outtakes, the Game
Over: Resident Evil Reanimated multi-part documentary, Corporate
Malfeasance featurettes, the Game
Babes and Symphony of Evil
featurettes, a poster gallery and previews. Video will be available in
both anamorphic widescreen and full frame (mastered from an HD
transfer), and audio will be Dolby Digital 5.1. You'll also be able to
buy a 2-pack, containing the special edition versions of both this film
and the original Resident Evil,
for SLP $39.95.
Also on tap for 12/28 from Columbia are Tour
of Duty: The Complete Second Season, Trois:
The Escort, a Trois 3-pack
(containing the R-rated version of Trois,
Trois 2: Pandora's Box and Trois:
The Escort), Wake of Death,
Cyber Bandits and Venus
Universal will release Shaun of the Dead
on 12/21 (SRP $29.98). Extras will include extended scenes, outtakes,
casting tapes, Simon Pegg's video diary, Edgar & Simon's pitch to
the studio, a special effects comparison, extended scenes from the
television shows that Shaun watches in the film and galleries of
production photos, ad campaign art and theatrical poster designs. Look
also for both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio.
Universal will also release Ghost in the
Shell 2: Innocence and Wimbledon
on 12/28. Ghost in the Shell 2
will feature 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen video and the original
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (with English subs). Wimbledon
will feature 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital and DTS
5.1 audio, audio commentary with actor Paul Bettany and director Richard
Loncraine, the Wimbledon: A Look Inside,
Welcome to the Club, Ball
Control and Coach a Rising Star
featurettes, the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM features. Both will SRP
Evil Remains will street from
Universal on 1/11/05.
New Line has announced the DVD release of a 3-disc Blade
Exclusive DVD Set for 11/9 (SRP $26.98 SRP). The set will
include both the original Blade
and Blade II DVDs along with a 3rd
disc of all new bonus material including a preview of the forthcoming
Blade: Trinitys action
sequences, video of the panel discussion with director David Goyer and
stars Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds from this year's Comic-Con, an
exclusive preview of the film's soundtrack and theatrical trailers.
New Line has also revealed that it will release the Cellular:
Platinum Series on 1/18/05 (SRP $27.95), including anamorphic
widescreen video, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio commentary (with
director David Ellis, writers Larry Cohen and Chris Morgan), deleted
scenes with optional director's commentary, the Celling
Out, Dialing Up Cellular
and Code of Silence: Inside the Rampart
Scandal featurettes, the theatrical trailer, and a DVD-ROM
Also in January, New Line will release The
Story of the Weeping Camel (on 1/25/05).
Not done yet. Criterion
has announced that they're working on a soon-to-be-announced DVD
release of Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha,
featuring new interviews with filmmakers George Lucas and Francis Ford
Coppola (you can bet Todd and I are jazzed about that)!
Last, but certainly not least, Paramount has announced that they'll
release Jonathan Demme's remade The
Manchurian Candidate on 12/21.
Anyone up for some cover artwork? Here's Universal's Ghost
in the Shell 2: Innocence, New Line's Cellular:
Platinum Series, Columbia TriStar's Resident
Evil: Apocalypse - Special Edition, Image's The
Twilight Zone: The Definitive Edition - Season 1 and
Paramount's The Manchurian Candidate
and Star Trek: The Original Series - Season
Whew! Stay tuned...
(LATE UPDATE - 10/18/04 - 2:45 PM PDT)
We're back as promised with the latest edition of Adam Jahnke's
Bottom Shelf! In this go-round, Adam reviews 9 recent DVD
releases, TV titles all, including... Warner's
Teen Hunger Force: Volume One,
Teen Hunger Force: Volume Two,
2021: Season One and
5: The Movie Collection, Rhino's
Science Theater 3000: The Essentials, Anchor Bay's
Hammer! Season One and MGM's Gerry Anderson's
International Rescue Edition 2-pack, which includes
Are Go and
6 (both are also available separately). Enjoy!
(EARLY UPDATE - 10/18/04 - 12:15 PM PDT)
Afternoon, everyone! We'll be back in a few hours with Adam's latest
edition of The Bottom Shelf, but
first we wanted to check in with some cool information on a few upcoming
Paramount SCEs tentatively planned for 2005. You'll find that in
Rumor Mill today, so don't miss it!
This is just a quick reminder to all you Farscape
fans, that the first part of the concluding miniseries airs tonight on
the SciFi Channel. Part one of Farscape:
The Peacekeeper Wars will be shown at 9 PM (8 PM Central).
Part Two will follow tomorrow night at the same time. I've seen the
miniseries, and I can tell you that if you love Farscape,
you'll really enjoy this. Don't miss it.
By the way, Bits reader Seth D.
e-mailed me this weekend to let me know that he recently received a
postcard advertising tonight's miniseries with this message:
"Look for Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
on DVD from Lions Gate Home Entertainment in early 2005." We
had previously assumed it would be released by either ADV or Universal
(we've corrected Friday's post accordingly). So there you go. Thanks,
See you tomorrow!