Afternoon, folks! We've got some interesting information for you all
today on upcoming, in-the-works and newly announced DVD releases.
Before we get into that however, we should take a moment to acknowledge
passing of actress Anne Bancroft on Monday. Bancroft won a Best
Actress Oscar in 1962 for her role in The
Miracle Worker, but she's best known for her turn as the
infamous Mrs. Robinson in Mike Nichols' The
Graduate, opposite a young Dustin Hoffman. She also appeared
in a trio of Mel Brooks films, including Silent
Movie, To Be or Not to Be
and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
She'll be missed.
Now then, we have some new information from our various industry
sources today on a number of titles in the works at Fox and Universal.
That's in The
Rumor Mill and you definitely don't want to miss it. Think
mockingbirds, aliens, Jedi, TPS reports, etc.... Get the picture?
In other news today, Universal has announced the release of House:
Season One for 8/30. The FOX series will hit DVD on 3 discs
featuring all 22 episodes (including the pilot) in anamorphic widescreen
video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. SRP for the set will be $59.98.
There's no word on extras if any.
Speaking of Universal, we've learned that their Rumble
Fish: Special Edition (9/13) will include deleted scenes,
audio commentary with director Francis Ford Coppola, the A
Look Back... The Making of Rumble Fish documentary, The
Percussion Based Score featurette (featuring archival footage
and new interviews with Stewart Copeland of The Police), and Copeland's
Don't Box Me In music video. Nice.
See the artwork below.
20th Century Fox has set The Cabinet of
Caligari, The Doctor and the
Devils, Dressed to Kill
(1941), The House on Haunted Hill
(1958), The Innocents, Killer
Tomatoes Eat France!, Killer
Tomatoes Strike Back and The Omen
4: The Awakening for release on 9/6.
Warner has announced Taboo: The Complete
Second Season for release on 9/20, with the animated Atomic
Betty: Volume 1: Betty, Set, Go!, Atomic
Betty: Volume 2: Betty to the Rescue and an Atomic
Betty 2-pack due to follow on 10/13.
In other news today, Paramount has finally released cover artwork for
Star Trek: Enterprise - Season Three.
According to label on the cover, the 7-disc set will include (at least)
more deleted scenes and outtakes. The U.S. street date and full specs
are still officially TBA, but we have a tentative date of 9/20.
And for samurai flick fans, AnimEigo will release Samurai
Banners (starring Mifune Toshiro) on 7/12, with Red
Lion (also starring Mifune) tentatively following in
On the HD-DVD/Blu-ray Disc front,
has just announced the development of recordable HD-DVD disc
technology. This move is certainly intended to counter the fact
that recordable Blu-ray Disc hardware and media is already available in
Japan. It's yet to be determined how soon after the format's launch
later this year the recordable option will become available to
All right... let's round out today's post with some new DVD cover
artwork, shall we? Here's Sony's The Brown
Bunny: Superbit (8/16), Paramount's Star
Trek: Enterprise - Season Three, Witness:
Special Collector's Edition (8/23) and Sahara
(8/30), Universal's Rumble Fish: Special
Edition and Disney's The Muppets'
Wizard of OZ (8/9)...
So we've figured out the reason for the Pink
Panther: Cartoon Collection delay. MGM (now Sony's)
live-action remake, starring Steve Martin, had been set for an 8/5
release to theaters. Sony however has made the decision to delay the
release of the film until 2/10/2006. Says Sony Pictures Releasing
president Rory Bruer, in a statement to the press (see
"With the recent acquisition of MGM, we
wanted to give our marketing department the time and opportunity to
launch this very important franchise. We've seen the movie, and we
really love this film. It's a franchise we believe in and are really
excited about, and Steve Martin is great as Clouseau."
No doubt Sony's decision to delay The Pink
Panther: Classic Cartoon Collection DVD set from its original
7/26 street date reflects this theatrical re-scheduling move. After all,
as they say, timing is everything in Hollywood. We've also learned that
MGM/Sony's live-action Pink Panther
DVD re-issues that had been set for 7/26 have been delayed as well
(although MGM's previously-released Pink
Panther Film Collection set will remain on store shelves).
We'd frankly be surprised if Universal didn't delay their planned 7/26
release of The Return of the Pink Panther
too, but we'll have to wait and see.
In other news today, MGM WILL release The
Ballad of Jack and Rose on 8/16.
Sony's set TJ Hooker: The Complete First and
Second Seasons for release on 8/2.
Warner's The Gilmore Girls: The Complete
Fourth Season has been announced for 9/27.
HBO will street Curb Your Enthusiasm: The
Complete Fourth Season on 8/30.
Here's a nifty little surprise: Blue Underground is prepping a Fire
and Ice: Special Edition DVD for 8/30. That's the 1983 Ralph
Bakshi animated film.
And in the "You Knew It Was Coming" category, a pair of adult
publishers (Glay'z and H.M.P.) have announced that they're going to
start releasing UMD titles for Sony's PSP in Japan next month. And by
UMD titles... I mean ADULT UMD titles. Porn. I don't even want to know
what the titles translate to, but we've added them to our
(LATE UPDATE - 6/6/05 - 7 PM PDT)
Just a quick update before we sign off for the day. We've just been
informed by studio representatives that The
Pink Panther: Classic Cartoon Collection 5-disc box set,
previously announced for 7/26 from MGM, has been delayed until further
notice. We have no information as to what the specific reason for the
delay might be, but it's likely a decision that's been made by Sony
(which now owns and distributes MGM titles). We'll let you know when we
hear anything further on this.
(EARLY UPDATE - 6/6/05 - 5
Today's post comes a little later than I expected, but we're doing a
little remodeling work here at Casa Hunt on the left coast, and I kinda
got caught up in it all. Life happens, you know?
In the meantime, our own Robert Harris has checked in today with
new Yellow Layer Failure column. In this edition, Robert
takes a look at a couple new documentaries just released as extras on a
DVD special edition - extras that are actually of real value for a
change. Don't miss it.
On the DVD news front, Buena Vista has announced a number of new
titles, including Track Down, Dear
Frankie and Prozac Nation
on 7/5, Momentum and When
Billie Beat Bobby on 8/2, A Lot
Like Love on 8/23, Den of Lions,
Haven and Paris
Is Burning on 9/6, and Twin
Sisters (De Tweeling) on 9/13.
Also newly announced by Buena Vista is the third wave of Walt
Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites titles, which will include
Volume 8: Holiday Celebration with Mickey and
Pals and Volume 9: Classic Holiday
Stories, both on 9/27 (SRP $14.99 each).
Not done yet - the studio has announced a trio of new Miramax re-issues
for 9/30 as well, including a Don't Be a
Menace: Special Edition, an unrated Scary
Movie 3.5 DVD and a 3-disc
Chicago: Miramax Collector's Series set.
Don't Be a Menace will include the
film in anamorphic widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio,
featurettes on the making of the film and The
Wayans Brothers Behind-the-Scenes, audio commentary with the
filmmakers, deleted scenes, the film's theatrical trailer and TV spots.
Scary Movie 3.5 features a new
unrated, 85-minute cut of the film in anamorphic widescreen video with
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, along with audio commentary (with director
David Zucker, producer Robert K. Weiss, and writers Craig Mazin and Pat
Proft), new deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary, the
Making Scary Movie 3 and Making
Scary Movie 3... For Real documentaries, outtakes and
bloopers, an alternate ending and the Hulk
vs. Aliens: Behind the Scenes of the Alternate Ending
The long-awaited, 3-disc Chicago
will include the film in anamorphic widescreen video with both Dolby
Digital and DTS 5.1 audio, audio commentary with the director and
screenwriter, extended musical performances, song rehearsal footage, a
behind-the-scenes featurette, the deleted musical number Class
performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah, a VH1:
Behind the Movie episode, 5 new featurettes (including Chita
Rivera's Encore, From Stage to
Screen: The History of Chicago, An
Intimate Look at Director Rob Marshall, Academy
Award-winning Production Designer John Myre and Academy
Award-winning Costume Designer Colleen Atwood) and the film's
16-song soundtrack available on DVD (we assume this is a set-top,
Don't Be a Menace: Special Edition
and Scary Movie 3.5 will SRP for
$19.99 each, while Chicago will
carry an SRP of $34.99.
In other news, Universal has informed us that their One
Last Dance DVD, which has been expect to street on 8/30, has
been moved to 8/23. Adjust your plans accordingly.
Finally, Paramount will release Winter
Solstice on 9/13, the new The
Longest Yard re-make on 9/20 and Branded
Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned...
Afternoon, folks! Well, in light of the information we posted yesterday
regarding Russell Crowe having just completed a new audio commentary
track for the forthcoming Gladiator: Extended
Edition DVD (a track he recorded together with director
Ridley Scott, by the way), we now feel comfortable offering you the
COMPLETE and accurate spec listing for the 3-disc DVD set (which streets
on 8/23 - no SRP, but expect the price to be in the $25-30 range).
Here's what to look for:
Disc One will include two versions
of the film in anamorphic widescreen video, presented via seamless
branching - the original 155-minute theatrical cut and a new 172-minute
extended cut - audio in English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 and English
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, the all-new audio commentary track with
director Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe, a video introduction to
the film by Scott and an Are You Not
Entertained? subtitle-style trivia track.
Disc Two will include the
feature-length Strength and Honor: Creating
the World of Gladiator documentary, composed of 7
topic-specific featurettes (Tale of the
Scribes: Story Development, The
Tools of War: Weapons, Attire of
the Realm: Costume Design, The
Heat of Battle: Production Journals, The
Glory of Rome: Visual Effects, Shadows
and Dust: Resurrecting Proximo and Echoes
in Eternity: Release and Impact).
Disc Three will include an Image
and Design section with 2 featurettes (Production
Design Primer: Arthur Max and Storyboard
Demonstration: Sylvain Despretz), a production design
gallery, storyboard gallery and multi-angle storyboard-to-film
comparisons (with optional audio commentary) for 3 sequences from the
film, including the Germania Battlefront, the Chain Fight and the
reenactment of the Battle of Carthage. You'll also get a gallery of
Ridleygrams (a sampling of the director's own personal storyboard
drawings), a costume design gallery, an in-depth production photo
gallery and a Supplemental Archive
featuring VFX Explorations of Germania and Rome, a gallery of trailers
and TV spots and finally, a collection of abandoned sequences and
deleted scenes (Alternate Title Design, Blood Version, the Rhino Fight
and the newly-discovered Chose Your Weapon deleted scene) including film
footage, storyboards, VFX tests and audio optional commentary.
The entire 3-disc set was created by longtime Ridley Scott DVD producer
Charles de Lauzirika and his team - the same people responsible for such
great past DVD releases as Fox's The Alien
Quadrilogy and Sony's Black Hawk
Down: Deluxe Edition and Spider-Man
2: Special Edition - so you know it'll be damn well worth the
wait. Even if it doesn't have a DTS track. Just remember, folks...
there's only so much room on a single DVD-9.
We've posted it before, but here's the Gladiator:
Extended Edition cover art, along with new artwork for Sony's
Kung Fu Hustle (8/9) and xXx:
State of the Union (7/26). I wonder whose brainless idea it
was not to pay Vin Diesel more and replace him with Ice Cube instead?
Man, what a dumb move. I really liked the original, but I've got no
interest in the xXx series without
Diesel as Xander Cage (judging by the paltry box office numbers, neither
did anyone else). But I digress. Here's the artwork...
Speaking of Sony (by way of MGM), we've been informed that the
previously announced DVD release of Jiminy
Glick in La La Wood (which had been expected 7/19) has been
cancelled until further notice. We don't know why, but we'll update you
when we hear anything.
Also today, Criterion has announced a trio of new DVD releases for
August (street date TBA). Look for Roberto Rossellini's The
Flowers of St. Francis (cat #293), Jean Renoir's Boudu
Saved from Drowning (#305) and Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri
Finally today, we've got a great new
Bits Power Buy offer, exclusive to our readers, thanks to our
partnership with DocDVD! This
offer is for the Sharp 56DR650, a
truly great 56" rear projection DLP HDTV. Don't wait too long to
take advantage if you're interested, because they won't last long.
Okay, that's all for this week. We'll be back on Monday with lots more,
so have a great weekend and we'll see you then!
Okay... we're back as promised this morning with Barrie Maxwell's
Coming Attractions column. In this edition, Barrie reviews
more than 20 new and recent classic films DVD releases, including
Flynn: The Signature Collection and
Doris Day Collection, Anchor Bay's
War Collection and
Studios Comedy Collection, MGM's
on the Iron Coast,
Noose Hangs High and
with Me, Henry, Image's
Temple: Little Darling Pack and 20th Century Fox's
Best of Everything,
Street with No Name.
and the King of Siam,
of Bamboo. There's something there for everyone, so enjoy!
Also today, we've got a couple of interesting tidbits in
Rumor Mill from our sources on DreamWorks' forthcoming Gladiator:
Extended Edition and Paramount's TBA (classic) War
of the Worlds: Special Collector's Edition.
Around the site today, we've updated all of the DVD format stats we
track, including the
DVD Player Sales numbers for the first two weeks for May. All
have been updated accordingly.
Around the Net this morning,
New York Times has a fascinating story up on how DVD sales may
actually be hurting theatrical ticket sales. As you may know, ticket
sales have been down this year from last. The Times'
argument is that the reasonable price, convenience and high quality of
DVDs these days is such that most people would just as soon wait to
watch a film on disc in the comfort of their own homes, rather than
fight crowds at the theaters. It's a damn good argument if you ask me.
When you consider the soaring cost of ticket prices, soda and popcorn at
the local cineplex these days, along with the irritation of ringing cell
phones, crying babies and rude audience members who can't shut the hell
up during a film, I'd rather just wait to see most films on DVD myself.
That's especially true when you consider that so many films these days
are arriving on disc soon after the theatrical debut. The piece is well
worth a read, so don't miss it. Special thanks to my ol' pal Weatherman
Dave for that link.
If you missed it late yesterday, be sure to check out our new
Bits Guide to UMD Movies for PSP. It includes
complete list of all the titles that are currently available or
announced for the format, that we'll update regularly. Frankly, we're
floored by the number of titles already slated for UMD release. We wish
some of these studios had supported DVD as enthusiastically this early
in the format's life!
Finally, we'll leave you this morning with a look at some new DVD cover
artwork. Here's Universal's The Office:
Season One (8/16) and The Blues
Brothers: 25th Anniversary Edition (8/30), and Miramax's My
Left Foot: Collector's Series (8/16)...
Okay... I haven't slept in like 36 hours, so I'm off to bed. You all
have a great day, and we'll see you tomorrow (Friday)!
We've got some great news today for you Zatoichi fans out there (and
judging by the amount of e-mails we get, I know there are a lot of you).
We've officially confirmed with Media Blasters that the company has
obtained the Region 1 DVD rights to the Japanese Zatoichi
Monogatari TV series! The series ran for four seasons (in
1974, '76, '78 and '79 respectively), with approximately 100 hour-long
episodes produced in all. Media Blasters is currently planning to
release the entire first season (26 episodes) on DVD in 2006. If sales
of that first season are good, the company will continue releasing the
remaining seasons until the complete series is available on DVD. Media
Blasters has promised to keep us updated as their plans develop, so keep
checking back here at The Bits for
Now if we could only convince Miramax to release Zatoichi's
Pilgrimage on disc (click
here for our recent update on that)... Harvey, Bob? You guys
Moving on today, we've got something else for you that we think you'll
find pretty cool...
Digital Bits Guide to UMD Movies for PSP! Sony's new
PlayStation Portable (PSP) videogame system is selling very well at the
moment, and one of the most interesting things about it is its ability
to play movies on Universal Media Disc (UMD) format. Six major Hollywood
studios have announced movie titles on UMD for PSP, and several
independents intend to release UMD titles as well. So we've put together
a primer on the subject, which includes
complete release list of available and announced titles. We'll
keep the list up-to-date as new titles are announced, for the
convenience of those Bits readers
who have adopted the PSP. Enough of you guys have certainly been asking
us for a list like this, so we've done you proud. We hope you find it
helpful. By the way, if you're into UMD movies and you purchase them
online, we'd appreciate it if you'd do so
our Amazon links. It'll help support our continuing work here at
In DVD release news today, Universal has announced The
Office: Season One for 8/16 (SRP $28.98). The
critically-acclaimed U.S. version of the popular U.K. series has already
been renewed for another season by NBC. All 6 half-hour episodes will be
included on a single disc in anamorphic widescreen video, with audio in
Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. Extras will include deleted scenes, outtakes
and more (given how funny series lead Steve Carrell is, those should be
Other titles newly announced by Universal include Smile
for 9/6 and Silver Hawk, staring
Michelle Yeoh, for 9/27.
In other news today, we've learned that Columbia TriStar's Kung
Fu Hustle (due 8/9 - SLP $28.95) will include 2 deleted
scenes, a blooper reel, audio commentary with members of the cast and
crew, the Making of Kung Fu Hustle: A TV
Special featurette, a Ric Meyers interview with Stephen Chow,
an international poster art exploration gallery and trailers. Video will
be anamorphic widescreen with the original Cantonese and dubbed English
Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround audio (optional
English and French subtitles will be available). The film will also be
available in full frame and UMD for PSP the same day.
Around the Net,
is reporting briefly today that Warner Bros. will finally release
the fully-restored, original 1933 version of King
Kong on DVD later this year, likely shortly BEFORE Peter
Jackson's re-imagined version hits theaters on December 14th. You
normally have to be a subscriber to read Variety's
online articles, but if you watch a commercial for Warner's James
Dean Collection on DVD first, you can read any complete store
for free. Not a bad deal, so do check it out.
Finally today, we've added one more Contest
for you, giving you a chance to win Capital Entertainment's
World War I
in Color: The Complete Series on DVD. Like
we kicked off yesterday, it will run until Noon (Pacific) on
Thursday, June 9th. Click the link to get started and good luck!
For those of you who have been waiting patiently for Barrie Maxwell's
latest Classic Coming Attractions
column, never fear! It WILL be up later tonight or early tomorrow
morning, come hell or high water. There are only just so many hours in
the day, you know?
Welcome back, everyone! I hope all of you had a nice weekend... a LONG
weekend for you folks here in the States.
We want to kick off the new week (Tuesday-style), with a trio of fresh
DVD reviews from our own Adam Jahnke. Adam's delivered
new Bottom Shelf column in which he spins a trio of
biopics on our favorite format, two of them brand spankin' new and one a
title that finally streeted last year after a long wait. So here's
Adam's take on Warner's
Aviator: 2-Disc Widescreen Edition, 20th Century Fox's
2-Disc Special Edition and Touchstone's
Wood: Special Edition. All are well worth your time, and I
think you'll find Adam's reviews well worth a read too.
Speaking of reviews, we're going to have a bunch of them for you this
week. We'll have Barrie's new column tomorrow, in which he looks at more
than 19 classic films on DVD. Then I'll check in on Thursday and Friday
with a number of new reviews too... yes, including The
Around the site today, we've kicked off FIVE new
giving each of you the chance to take home copies of Warner's
The Complete Collection box set,
Woman: The Complete Third Season and
The Dukes of
Hazard: The Complete Third Season, Sony Music's
Tour: The Bad Boys of Poker, Universal's
Order: The Third Year - 1992-1993 Season and the
Order: Justice is Served PC game, and
a pair of 12"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series figures from Sideshow
Collectibles - Vampire Spike and Vampire Willow! These contests
will run until Noon (Pacific) on Thursday, June 9th. Click on the links
to get started and good luck!
And before I sign off this morning, I wanted to take a moment to note
passing on Thursday of actor Eddie Albert. Albert was probably
best known to TV audiences as Oliver Douglas on Green
Acres, but he appeared in many other films and series over
the years, and was Oscar-nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category
for his roles in Roman Holiday and
The Heartbreak Kid. Personally,
I'll always recall him fondly as Jason O'Day in Disney's Escape
to Witch Mountain. He'll be missed.
We're going to kick things off today with some new DVD announcements
and cover artwork.
The big one we need to report today, is that Warner has officially
announced the release of a Ben Hur: 4-Disc
Collector's Edition for 9/13 (SRP $39.92). The film has been
carefully remastered from the original 65mm film elements. You'll find
that on Disc One and Two of the
set, in anamorphic widescreen video (2.76:1 aspect ratio) with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio. These first two discs will also include audio
commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher (with scene specific
comments from actor Charlton Heston), a music-only track showcasing
Miklos Rozsa's score, screen test footage, a vintage newsreels gallery,
film highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards ceremony and a theatrical
trailer gallery. Disc Three will
include the 1925 Silent Version of Ben-Hur,
presented in the Thames Television Restoration, complete with
stereophonic orchestral score by composer Carl Davis. Finally, Disc
Four will include a new documentary Ben-Hur:
The Epic That Changed Cinema (featuring interviews with
current filmmakers like Ridley Scott and George Lucas reflecting on the
importance and influence of the film), the 1994 documentary Ben-Hur:
The Making of an Epic hosted by Christopher Plummer, the 1986
Directed by William Wyler
documentary (featuring the last interview with Wyler before his death)
and Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures
( a new audiovisual recreation of the film via stills, storyboards,
sketches, music and dialogue). All told, the 4-disc set includes more
than 10 hours of bonus material. You'll find the cover art below.
Warner has also announced a New Jack City:
Special Edition for 8/23 (SRP $26.99), featuring the film in
anamorphic widescreen video (1.85:1) along with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Extras will include audio commentary by director/co-star Mario Van
Peebles, the New Jack City: A Hip-Hop Classic,
New Jack City: Harlem World and
Harlem World: A Walk Inside
documentaries, Ice T's New Jack Hustler,
Christopher Williams' I'm Dreamin'
and Color Me Bad's I Wanna Sex You Up
music videos and the film's theatrical trailer.
In the meantime, not a day after I review the studio's
X-Files: Abduction - 4-Disc Mythology Collection, 20th Century
Fox goes and announced the next volume, The
X-Files: Black Oil - 4-Disc Mythology Collection, Volume 2,
which will street on 8/2 (SRP $39.98). According to Fox's press release,
the set will include the following episodes from seasons 3-5: Nisei,
Maru, Apocrypha, Talitha
Cumi (with commentary by Bob Goodwin), Herrenvolk,
Memento Mori (with commentary with
Rob Bowman), Tempus Fugit, Max
(with commentary with Kim Manners), Zero-Sum,
and Redux II. You'll also get the
Threads of Mythology - Black Oil
documentary. All of the episodes will be in full frame except Redux
and Redux II, which are anamorphic
widescreen. Audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. You'll find this cover
art below as well.
Fox has also announced The Simpsons: Season
6 for 8/16 (SRP $49.98). No word yet on extras.
Here's some new cover art for you: Warner's Ben
Hur: 4-Disc Collector's Edition, Fox's The
X-Files: Black Oil - 4-Disc Mythology Collection, Volume 2
and Futurama: Monster Robot Maniac Fun
We'll be back bright and early on Tuesday (after the Memorial Day
holiday) with that review of Life Aquatic
and a new column from our own Barrie Maxwell. See you then.
A great (and safe) holiday weekend to you and yours!
Well, it looks pretty certain now that we're in for an HD-DVD/Blu-ray
Disc format war. Both Sony and Toshiba are now making statements in the
media to the effect that the market will eventually have to decide which
format will stick. You can read reports on their latest comments at
There's also a ThomasNet
report on the new variations of HD-DVD discs recently announced by
Frankly, part of me hopes that both of these formats languish (as seems
to have happened to the same camps' DVD-Audio and SACD high-resolution
audio formats), so that these idiots might learn a measure of common
sense. It's too soon to say whether we'll endorse either format here at
The Bits. More likely we'll just
cover both to a degree, while giving each side hell for being so
pig-headed. When is the consumer electronics industry EVER going to
learn that it can't keep jerking consumers around like this?
Okay on to better things. New DVD reviews are the order of the day here
at The Bits this afternoon. I've
just completed EIGHT of them for you: Paramount's
Trek: Insurrection - Special Collector's Edition (which
streets 6/7), Warner and the BBC's
to the Planets and Beyond (now available), Warner's
Jacques Cousteau Odyssey - The Complete Series box set (now
available), Lions Gates'
Racer: Limited Collector's Editions - Volumes 1-3 (all now
available) and finally, 20th Century Fox's
X-Files: Abduction - Four-Disc Mythology Collection (coming on
6/7). That a nice variety of reviews for one day, I'd say. There outta
be something in there for everyone.
I'll be back tomorrow with that review of Criterion and Touchstone's
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
that I mentioned yesterday, and possibly a couple more. We'll see how
ambitious I am tonight.
I'm working to get those reviews done this afternoon, but in the
meantime, I wanted to check in with a bit of new information.
First of all, we've got word in
Rumor Mill today on tentative street dates for a few upcoming
Paramount DVDs. We're talking new films and BIG catalog titles, so you
definitely don't miss it.
Also today, we have word that Warner Bros. is going be releasing a trio
of catalog Gene Hackman films on DVD on 7/12, including Twice
in a Lifetime, Night Moves
and Scarecrow. Twice
in a Lifetime will include audio commentary by Ann-Margret,
Amy Madigan and director Bud Yorkin, along with the film's theatrical
trailer. Night Moves will feature
the vintage featurette The Day of the
Director and the film's theatrical trailer. Scarecrow
will include the vintage featurette On the
Road with Scarecrow and the theatrical trailer. All three
will SRP for $19.97 each.
Universal's Rumble Fish: Special Edition
(9/13 - SRP $19.98) will include anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio, commentary with director Francis Ford Coppola,
deleted scenes, featurettes and more.
Universal has also announced The Blues
Brothers: 25th Anniversary Edition on 8/30 (SRP $22.98) which
will include 2 versions of the film - the director's cut that appeared
on the original DVD release and the theatrical cut (released for the
first time on DVD). Other extras will include an introduction by Dan
Aykroyd, a behind-the-scenes documentary, concert footage and more (much
of this will likely be recycled from the previous DVD). This DVD will be
available in both full frame and anamorphic widescreen versions.
There are a couple more TV announcements today by Universal as well -
Adam-12: Season One and Emergency!
Season One, both for 8/23 (SRP $39.98 each). Been waitin' on
old Gage and DeSoto to come rolling out on disc, sirens blaring...
There are a couple of interesting stories around the Net today. First
up, Iomega is apparently trying to apply nanotechnology to create 800GB+
optical discs. You can read more on this at
and also at ITVibe).
Storage Pipeline is reporting that in light of the
unification talk failure, both the Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD camps are
soldiering on with plans to roll-out their competing formats in the next
12 months or so.
Also today, Time Magazine film
critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel have posted
list of what they consider the 100 all-time best films. I've
looked it over, and I have to tell you, it's a pretty damn impressive
list. You've got Ridley Scott's Blade Runner,
Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Decalogue,
Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, a
pair of films from Stanley Kubrick (Barry
Lyndon and Dr. Strangelove),
a pair from Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in
the West and The Good, The Bad and
The Ugly), a pair from Akira Kurosawa (Ikiru
and Yojimbo), Fritz Lang's Metropolis,
Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity,
Terry Gilliam's Brazil, some
Hitchcock, some Fellini, some Truffaut, films from Spielberg, Lucas and
Peter Jackson, some older classics, some newer classics. Yessir, a DAMN
fine list indeed. Do check it out and, if you haven't seen some of these
films, we highly recommend that you do.
Okay... it's back to the review mines here at The
Bits. We'll get a bunch of them posted as soon as we can, so
The big DVD news today is that Disney has officially announced the DVD
release of The Muppet Show: Season One
for 8/9. The long-awaited 4-disc set will include all 24 first season
episodes, along with Jim Henson's original pitch reel for the show, a
gag reel, the original pilot episode and a feature called Muppet
Movies. You'll find possible cover art for the set below.
Also on 8/9, the studio will release The
Muppets' Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Now then, as many of you out there know, we're MAJOR fans of the
film series, which depicts the adventures of a legendary blind
swordsman played by the late Shintaro Katsu. All of the 26 films in the
series are now available on DVD in the States (from Home Vision,
AnimEigo and Media Blasters)... save one: Zatoichi's
Pilgrimage, the missing 14th tale in the series. Exactly WHY
this film is unavailable on DVD here, and who owns the release rights to
the title, has been a mystery we've been investigating for close to
three years now. But we've finally uncovered the answer to those
questions... and they might surprise you.
As it turns out, Miramax purchased the U.S. rights to the film a number
of years ago. Apparently, director Quentin Tarantino was interested in
doing a remake of the film. Of course, not long after this, Japanese
director Takeshi Kitano (also known as Beat Takeshi) created his own
updated version of the series, Zatoichi,
which was also released to theaters and DVD in the U.S. through Miramax.
Because of this, the future of Tarantino's version is uncertain.
Unfortunately, also uncertain as a result of all this has been the fate
of a U.S. DVD release of the original Zatoichi's
Pilgrimage. We would like to strongly urge Buena Vista and
Miramax to release the film on DVD, and we encourage all of you who are
fans of these films to let the studio know you want Pilgrimage
on disc ASAP. Sadly, pretty much everything DVD related at Miramax is on
hold at the moment due to
Disney-Miramax split. In the meantime, we've updated
Zatoichi series review page with this new information.
In other DVD news today, Paramount has announced The
Truman Show: Special Collector's Edition for release on 8/23.
The release will include anamorphic widescreen video (at last), along
with 8 deleted/extended scenes and the 2-part The
Making of The Truman Show documentary. You'll find cover art
Sony has announced the release of their xXx:
State of the Union - Special Edition for 7/26. Guess
Who (Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher) will follow on 8/2. The
Discovery Channel's recent Alien Planet
and The Brown Bunny: Superbit will
street on 8/16. Also coming on that day are Dave
Chappelle: For What It's Worth and The
Deal. In addition, Sony will release MGM's The
Ballad of Jack and Rose and a Breakin'
Collection (featuring Breakin,
Breakin 2, Beat
Street and an exclusive bonus disc) on 8/16 as well.
magazine is reporting that recent U2 performances at Chicago's
United Center were recorded for a forthcoming Vertigo
Tour DVD release.
Around the site today, we've updated most of the DVD format stats we
DVD Player Sales numbers (for the complete month of April).
On a Star Wars note, for those of
you interested in seeing Episode III
in a digital theater (as it was meant to be seen), our friends over at
Script to DVD have compiled a list of digital engagements of
the film around the world. The list even notes which theaters are known
to showing the film digitally at 2K resolution. By the way, there were
rumors going around that the digital versions of this film might be
slightly longer than the regular film version, but we've been unable to
confirm this. It's possible that the longer version is being held back
by Lucasfilm for the DVD release instead.
Here's cover art for Disney's The Muppet
Show: Season One, Paramount's The
Truman Show: Special Collector's Edition, Sony's Downfall
(8/2), Guess Who and Ghostbusters
1 & 2 Gift Set (8/2), and New Line's The
Okay, we're off to finish up a bunch of DVD reviews. We'll be back
tomorrow with new reviews of Criterion's The
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Paramount's Star
Trek: Insurrection - Special Collector's Edition and more.
Well, there's more bad news today on the HD-DVD/Blu-ray format
unification talks. While we believe the presidents of Sony and Toshiba
have yet to meet, a number of press outlets are now claiming that the
talks have failed altogether. We're getting more details from
on last week's hard-line comments by Matsushita president Kunio
Nakamura, and let's just say things are not looking good.
In other (better) DVD-related news this morning, there are whispers
within the animation biz that there's in-house talk at Fox of creating
new content based on the animated Futurama
for direct-to-DVD release (see report
This COULD mean new episodes of the series, but consider the information
grain-of-salt-worthy until we get some kind of confirmation from the
studio. As we mentioned
couple of days ago, Fox has already announced a Futurama:
Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection for release on 8/23.
In a quick Episode III follow-up,
it's being reported (see
link from AP via Yahoo) that the final Star
Wars film ever grossed a whopping $158.5 million in its first
four days of release (Thursday to Sunday), shattering previous
single-day, opening day, three-day and four-day box office records in
North America. The previous three-day record holder was 2002's Spider-Man
with $114.8 million (Episode III
took in $124.7 million in that same time), while the previous four-day
winner was 2003's The Matrix Reloaded
at $134.3 million. Add another $144.7 million from overseas ticket sales
this weekend, and Episode III
clicks in at a whopping $303 million worldwide in just four days. With
an estimated budget of $115 million, the film likely paid for itself
sometime late on Thursday night or early Friday. It will be interesting
to see where its box office numbers go in the weeks ahead, and the DVD's
just six or seven months away.
Of course, bootleg DVD versions of the film (reportedly based on a
time-coded, VHS-quality workprint) have already leaked online and are
being sold by street vendors in New York, Asia and elsewhere around the
world (see this story at
You knew that was coming. We'll just wait for the REAL DVD, thanks.
Around the site this morning, we've kicked off FIVE new
giving each of you the chance to take home copies of Warner's
Animated Series - Volume Three,
Training for Power - Volume One,
Jack: Season Two and
Friends: Volume Two, Showtime's
The Complete First Season, Fox's
Season Eight and three Frank Sinatra titles from Fox including
and Lady in
Cement, and finally NINE great catalog westerns and war movies
from Fox including
That's NINETEEN titles we're giving away, folks! The contests will run
until Noon (Pacific) on Sunday, May 29th. Click the links to get started
and good luck!
We've got some new DVD announcement news for you today. First up,
DreamWorks and Universal have finally revealed their Gladiator:
Extended Edition for release on 8/26. The 3-disc set will
include two versions of the film in anamorphic widescreen video on Disc
One - the regular 155-minute theatrical cut and a newly assembled
171-minute extended edition (that's 16 minutes longer for those of you
who hate to do the math). Audio will be available in English and French
Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0. Disc Two will feature an in-depth documentary
on the making of the film, while Disc Three will feature many
additional supplements. All of this will be included in Digipak
packaging with an outer slipcase, plus a 12-page booklet. No SRP has
been set. We expect official details on the set's extras soon (although
you'll find tentative details
here from a
Rumor Mill post on the title). In the meantime, you'll
find the cover art below.
Universal has also announced a Coal Miner's
Daughter: 25th Anniversary Edition and a new Rumble
Fish: Special Edition, both for release on 9/13. There are no
details yet on the Rumble Fish
extras, but Coal Miner's Daughter
will include audio commentary with Sissy Spacek and director Michael
Apted, the Tommy Lee Jones Remembers Coal
Miner's Daughter and President
George Bush, Sr. Salutes AFI and Coal Miner's Daughter
featurettes, a new interview with Loretta Lynn and Apted and more.
In other release news, Buena Vista has finally announced Touchstone's
Once and Again: The Complete Second Season
for 8/23. Based on your e-mails, a surprising number of you have been
waiting for the second season of that show. Must be Billy Campbell's
recent appearance on The O.C..
Hey, speaking of Campbell, what the hell is taking Buena Vista so long
to release The Rocketeer: Special Edition
anyway? Now THERE'S a title I'd pay good money for.
Also today, Warner Bros. has announced the release of the animated ThunderCats:
Volume One for 8/9 (SRP $64.92). The 3-disc set will include
the show's first 33 episodes in their original full frame video with
Dolby Digital 1.0 mono audio, along with the Feel
the Magic, Hear the Roar: ThunderCats Fans Speak Out
In other news today, there's unfortunately been some rather negative
developments on the HD-DVD/Blu-ray Disc front. For those of you who
think that giant media conglomerates are above waving their dicks around
to see whose is bigger, here's proof to the contrary. Not a week after
Toshiba defiantly announced their three-layer, 45GB HD-DVD disc, TDK has
upped the ante by announcing a four-layer, 100GB recordable Blu-ray Disc
(see the story here at
Good lord... a 100GB disc. Oh, we're not done.
Matsushita president Kunio Nakamura (a Blu-ray Disc proponent) then
went ahead yesterday and basically gave Toshiba the very public finger,
by saying that it's up to Toshiba and the HD-DVD camp to yield their
position in the stalled talks for a unified format, and that Matsushita
and Sony won't budge (you can read more on this at
As you recall, there had been rumors that the two sides were close to a
deal based on using the physical Blu-ray disc spec along with HD-DVD
data writing software, but Toshiba quickly and publicly denied this.
Word is Toshiba is afraid of angering its partners in the HD-DVD camp,
many of which have already been re-tooling their production lines to
replicate discs based on the HD-DVD spec. If the final format was based
more on Blu-ray, they'd have to once again re-tool their production
equipment (read more on that
Look... Toshiba DOES need to back down in my opinion, because far more
serious than angering its partners is the danger of angering consumers
and early adopters with a format war, which would likely kill interest
in high-definition content on disc, at least for the next several years.
And the reality is, the Blu-ray Disc spec appears to be superior, and
has the support of virtually the entire computer and consumer
electronics industry. But still, acting like petulant children isn't
going to help anything. Sometimes you just want to sit these guys down
in a room and give 'em a good solid scolding, you know? I'll tell you,
our technology may have gotten better in the last thirty or forty
thousand years or so, but humans are all basically still just different
tribes of cavemen clubbing each over the head to get the best watering
hole or tastiest piece of mammoth meat. "My god is better than your
god!" BONK. "We're taking sixty percent and you're getting
forty!" CLONK. "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this
Ah well. Just keep reminding yourself... 6 x 9 = 42. Douglas was a wise
On a more upbeat note,
has informed Video Business that they expect to release a
whopping 240 TV titles in 2005, and the studio is already planning next
year's slate. It's more proof that the TV on DVD category has become a
huge growth area for the format. And yet, here I sit... STILL waiting
for Quark and Supertrain...
Here's an even MORE upbeat note, if you're George Lucas anyway.
is reporting that Star Wars: Episode
III raked in a whopping $50 million clams in North America on
its opening day (including the Midnight shows on Thursday morning),
utterly destroying the previous single-day record of $44 million set by
Shrek 2 in May 2004. Keep in mind,
this doesn't include ticket sales today, tomorrow or Sunday, and it
doesn't include ticket sales worldwide either. Anyone have a wager as to
how much this flick will take in for the 4-day opening weekend in North
America? $150 million? $200 million? I wouldn't even DARE to hazard a
guess as to what the global haul will be this weekend.
Speaking of Episode III, a LOT of
you have been e-mailing me to ask about those two surprising pieces of
information you learn in film - the things I mentioned in
review a couple weeks ago. One I'm sure most of you caught, but
the other it seems a lot of people don't. So here they are (I'll make
the text black so those of you who haven't seen the film yet aren't
spoiled - just highlight the following with your mouse pointer if you
want to read it):
When Palpatine tells Anakin the story of Darth
Plagueis, he says that Plagueis knew the secret of using the Force to
influence the midi-chlorians to create life, that Plagueis taught this
power to his apprentice, and that his apprentice killed him in his
sleep. Palpatine, of course, was that apprentice, which implies that
either Plagueis created Anakin before Palpatine killed him... or
Palpatine created Anakin himself. It rings true as the obvious payoff to
both the midi-chlorian concept and Anakin not having had a father (from
Episode I). On the other hand, Palpatine was lying about
Plagueis knowing how to save people from death - simply playing on
Anakin's fears about Padme. The second bit of information, is when Yoda
reveals to Obi-Wan that Qui-Gon learned how to retain his consciousness
after death, and that Qui-Gon will teach both Yoda and Obi-Wan this
secret during their years of exile on Dagobah and Tatooine. In the
film's shooting script, there was actually a brief conversation between
spirit Qui-Gon and Yoda, but the scene was later cut (click
here to read the scene in text format). You just see the
tail end of it in the film now - Yoda appears to be meditating when Bail
Organa comes into say that Obi-Wan has made contact (en-route from
Mustafar). I hope Lucas shot the whole scene, because I'd love to see it
on the DVD release.
Okay... there you go. Major stuff. Watch for it the next time you see
We're going to leave you today with some new upcoming DVD cover art.
Here's DreamWorks' Gladiator: Extended
Edition, Dimension's Frank
Miller's Sin City (8/16), Sony's Steamboy:
Director's Cut (7/26), Warner's ThunderCats:
Volume One, and Touchstone's Life
As We Know It: The Complete Series (8/23) and Once
and Again: The Complete Second Season...
We're working on a bunch of new DVD reviews for Monday and Tuesday
(barring any major breaking news), so have a great weekend and we'll see
Ah yes... the great Episode III
day after hangover. How many of you out there are suffering? Feel
comforted in knowing that you've got a LOT of company.
We've got a couple things for you today. First up, our very own Adam
Jones checks in this afternoon with three more new DVD reviews... MGM's
III: Unrated Edition, New Line's
of The Mask: Platinum Series and Anchor Bay's
Rogers' Neighborhood: Adventures in Friendship. A more diverse
trio of reviews in a single shot we DARE you to find. Enjoy.
Also today, we've got a couple interesting stories to report from
around the Net. First,
has a piece up on a research group in the UCLA Department of Silly
Persons that's come up with a new kind of anti-piracy measure - biometic
restriction of DVD movies. Yes, this wunderbar technology would insert
an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag into DVD discs. When you
purchased the DVD at the store, you'd have your fingerprint scanned, and
that information would be recorded onto the disc's tag. Then, when you
get the movie home and pop it into your DVD player, the use of a special
fingerprint reader on your player would be required in order to view the
movie. If your newly-scanned print matches the one on the disc, the
movie starts playing normally. If not, the joke's on you (and you're a
double-dumbass for buying a DVD player with a fingerprint reader on it
in the first place).
Hey... I feel like giving my DVD player the finger too some days, but
come on! Methinks a few researchers at UCLA have WAY too much time on
their hands. Do they give out grant money for this stuff?
The other interesting story is at
- an interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In the text,
Ballmer implies that there may be some future hardware "surprises"
with regard to their just announced Xbox 360 game machine. He hints that
Microsoft is going to be "agile on our feet, relative to the issues
between HD DVD and Blu-ray." Could this be taken to mean that
Microsoft may somehow add HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disc compatibility to their
machine down the line (possibly as a Mark II unit or as an add-on device
to the 360)? Hhhmmm.... Cagy, Ballmer. Very cagy.
Yes... it's a sad day in the streets of Gotham. Frank Gorshin, best
known as Batman's arch-nemesis The Riddler on the classic 60s TV series,
away yesterday at the age of 72. We'll always remember him fondly
here at The Bits for his creepy
turn as Dr. Fletcher in Terry Gilliam's 12
Monkeys, and for his black-on-the-RIGHT-side Bele on the
original Star Trek episode Let
That Be Your Last Battlefield. Judging by his
list of credits at IMDB, Gorshin kept himself quite busy in recent
years. He'll most certainly be missed.
Okay, on to better news. We've got a bunch of new upcoming DVD release
announcements for you.
First up, Universal has announced The
Wedding Date for 8/16 and One Last
Dance for 8/30.
Sony has announced some new August titles for 8/9, including Kung
Fu Hustle (for both DVD and UMD/PSP), Look
at Me, Off the Map,
Murder at the Presidio, a Kung
Fu Hustle/The Medallion 2-pack, T.J.
Hooker: The Complete First and Second Seasons (6-discs) and
The Replacement Killers (UMD/PSP).
Sony has also announced some of the MGM titles they expect to release
in August. On 8/9, watch for a number of live action fairy tale films,
including Beauty and the Beast
(1986), Huckleberry Finn (1974 -
directed by J. Lee Thompson), Rumpelstiltskin
(1987), The Emperor's New Clothes
(1988), Hansel and Gretel (1987),
Puss in Boots (1988), Snow
White (1987) and Tom Sawyer
Buena Vista and Dimension have confirmed that Frank
Miller's Sin City will street on 8/16 (SRP $29.99). The disc
will feature 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen video, with both Dolby Digital
and DTS 5.1 audio. The extras are as yet unannounced, but look to be
just a production featurette and storyboards. You can expect a more
elaborate release later in 2005 or sometime in 2006.
20th Century Fox has unveiled a big DVD slate for August as well. On
8/9, look for Because of Winn-Dixie,
Big Black Comedy: Volume 3, Dunston
Checks In, a re-issue of Dr.
Dolittle (1997), Far from Home,
Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, In
Old Chicago, The Man in the Gray
Flannel Suit, Oh Heavenly Dog
(Chevy Chase) and Roswell: The Final Chapter
- The Complete Third Season. Following on 8/16 is The
Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season. On 8/23, you'll see The
Adventures of Ociee Nash, Futurama:
Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection, The
Roach Approach: Don't Miss the Boat and The
Roach Approach: The Mane Event. Finally, rounding out the
month on 8/30, you'll get Garfield and
Friends: Volume 4, Strawberry
Shortcake: Moonlight Mysteries and new editions of three
Shirley Temple films, including Heidi,
Curly Top and Little
New Line has announced King's Ransom
for release on 7/26, and The Purifiers
Finally, Warner Bros has announced Garbo:
The Signature Collection for 9/6 (SRP $99.92). The 10-disc
set includes Anna Christie, Anna
Karenina, Camille, Flesh
and the Devil, Grand Hotel,
Christina, Mata Hari, a
double feature of The Mysterious Lady
and The Temptress on the same disc
and the TCM Archives: Greta Garbo
documentary. Flesh and the Devil,
The Mysterious Lady and The
Temptress will also be available separately on the TCM
Archives: Garbo Silents 2-disc set (also due on 9/6, SRP
Other Warner titles streeting on 9/6 include a BBC Charles
Dickens Collection (SRP $59.98), featuring Bleak
House, Great Expectations,
Hard Times, Oliver
Twist, Martin Chuzzlewitt
and Our Mutual Friend (which are
also available separately), the BBC's Doctor
Who: Episode 92 - Horror of Fang Rock and Doctor
Who: Episode 45 - The Mind Robber, The
Cutting Edge: The Magic of Editing, Magic
School Bus: Catches a Wave, Magic
School Bus: Human Body, Trollz
Volume 1: Best Friends for Life and Trollz
Volume 2: Magic of the Five.
On a completely different topic, a lot of you have e-mailed me in the
last few days to ask what I though of Star
Trek: Enterprise's final two hours. Well, I'll tell you, Terra
Prime was simply outstanding. The episode had a classic Trek
feel and subject matter, it involved the entire cast at their best,
guest star Peter Weller chewed up the scenery as the vile (but
idealistic) Paxton and the episode's final scene was one of the most
poignant endings of a Trek episode
in years. It was easily one of the best hours of the season.
Unfortunately, the series finale, These Are
the Voyages..., was just absolutely awful, depressing and
disappointing. It almost completely ruins Terra
Prime's touching final scene by backing away from a character
relationship that had taken two full seasons to FINALLY reach a
satisfying place, then actually kills off one of the pair in a contrived
and arbitrary subplot involving a kidnapping, a stolen jewel and Silly
Aliens of the Week (TM). Most of
the rest of the Enterprise cast
are reduced to being guest stars on their own show, with little screen
time and almost nothing in the way of character development. Sadly, the
episode's real stars are Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis, as Riker and
Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation
- the entire hour is basically the continuation of a mediocre TNG
episode. All of the Enterprise
scenes take place in the Enterprise-D's holodeck, meaning that none of
what you see is real anyway. Even the episode's conclusion, in which
Archer is about to give Another Big Gazelle Speech
(TM) at the signing of the
Federation charter, is ruined by Riker, who has the balls to say "Computer,
end program" before Archer gets to utter a single word. All of this
is frosted with a quick montage of three ships named Enterprise -
stunningly, it's the only thing in the episode that's NOT likely to
trigger a brain aneurysm among those brave souls who stuck with this
series through four difficult seasons.
If this had been a regular episode of Enterprise,
it would still have been a damned weak episode of The
Next Generation. But as the Enterprise
series finale, it was absolutely abysmal and frustrating. Many of the
cast and crew of Enterprise have
openly criticized the finale, and they're right to do so. It's just
appalling, ranking right up there with Voyager's
finale (in which the crew finally gets home to Earth but ends before you
get to see it) and Captain Kirk's death by falling off a bridge in Star
Trek: Generations (not the bridge of a starship but a LITERAL
bridge). Fans have once again been screwed over by Trek
executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who naturally wrote
These Are the Voyages... (and, not
coincidentally, were also responsible for the Voyager
finale, Kirk's silly death and Enterprise's
aimless first two seasons which eventually killed the series).
To Manny Coto, Mike Sussman, Judith Reeves-Stevens, Garfield
Reeves-Stevens, Andre Bormanis and all the rest of the cast and crew of
Enterprise, I really want to say
this... thank you. You guys gave the fans a helluva great last season
and you restored my faith in Star Trek.
I hope you all get the chance to return to Roddenberry's universe
And to Rick Berman and Brannon Braga... what the hell were you guys
thinking? Seriously, what have you both been smoking? Thanks for tossing
salt in the wound and adding insult to injury. I hope Paramount finally
sees your half-assed stewardship of Star Trek
for what it is and shows you both the door. But hey, good luck in
whatever you do next, 'cause if karma exists, you're REALLY going to
need it. This is what happens when you rest on your laurels for a
decade: "Computer, end franchise."
Okay, turning to another sci-fi franchise that's about to come to a
close... I know for a lot of you, today is a very, VERY big day. Many
thousands of you are, even as I type this, waiting anxiously in line for
the 12:01 AM opening of the last Star Wars
film ever. Countless more of you are planning to play hooky from work
tomorrow to head to your local theater. As I said in
review of the film a couple of weeks ago, I think most of you are
going to find that it was by and large worth the wait. Matt, Sarah and I
are going to be joining those of you in line at the Irvine Spectrum for
one of tonight's screenings, so maybe we'll see you there. Let me just
say this to Star Wars fans
everywhere: I hope you all enjoy Episode III.
Savor every minute of the experience, because tomorrow is the first day
of the rest of your lives. You'll understand that tomorrow, believe me.
Okay, that's it for now. Our best to you all, "May the Force..."
and whatnot, and we'll see you back here tomorrow. Stay tuned...