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UPDATE - 8/14/06 - 4:15 PM PDT)
Okay... we've got a VERY cool late update for you high-def fans this
afternoon. We've spoken to Paramount and learned that BOTH the HD-DVD
and Blu-ray Disc versions of Mission:
Impossible 3 (due 10/30) will be 2-disc sets. The first disc
in each set will include the film, while the second will include the
majority of the extras. And both discs in each set will be
high-definition discs. We've got a complete breakdown for you this
afternoon of the extras on the HD versions. All the extras are identical
on both high-def versions except where noted (specifically, the
commentary). Bonus features actually in 1080 high-definition are
indicated with (HD) - the rest are standard definition. Here's the
The Blu-ray and HD DVD presentations will each be 1080p High Definition
with English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital Plus
on HD-DVD only), with English, English SDH+, French and Spanish
subtitles and includes the following special features:
Disc One - audio commentary by Tom
Cruise and director J.J. Abrams (enhanced with picture-in-picture for HD
DVD, audio-only for Blu-ray Disc)
Disc Two - The
Making of the Mission documentary (HD), deleted scenes (all
in HD including: Ethan fights at the top of the stairs, Zhen fights in
the computer room, Musgrave cemetery conversation, Lindsey graduates and
Vatican entry extended), Inside the IMF
featurette, Mission Action: Inside the Action
Unit featurette (HD), Visualizing
the Mission featurette (HD), Mission:
Metamorphosis featurette (HD), Scoring
the Mission featurette (HD), Moviefone
Unscripted: Tom Cruise/J.J. Abrams, Launching
the Mission (New York, Rome, Paris, London, Tokyo), Mission
Marketing: theatrical trailers (HD), TV spots & photo gallery
So this marks the first time we'll see 2-disc sets in either HD format,
much less both. Very cool indeed. Should be something to see. You'll
find the cover art for both HD versions below. FYI, the 2-disc DVD
special edition features the very same extras (save the enhanced part of
the commentary) only in standard-definition video.
(LATE UPDATE -
8/14/06 - 2:15 PM PDT)
Okay... a couple more things for you today. First up, Sony has
announced more new DVD releases for 10/24, including The
Road to Guantanamo, Bewitched: The
Complete Fourth Season, Creature
Comforts: The Complete Second Season, Creature
Comforts: Merry Christmas Everybody!, a Creature
Comforts: Seasons 1 & 2 2-Pack, The
Facts of Life: The Complete Third Season and new releases of
The Snowman and Father
Also today, we have word that the first HD-DVD title has been released
in Europe. The animated film Elephants Dream,
from Imagion AG, becomes the first title available on the format outside
of the U.S. and Japan (price is 14,90). The title includes a
picture-in-picture documentary, audio commentaries and a
script-to-screen feature, in addition to 1080p video. You can learn more
about the title here,
and here's a look at the cover artwork...
As you can see, we've also posted the HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc cover art
for Paramount's Mission: Impossible 3,
due on 10/30. We posted the single-disc DVD art
week, and we'll have the 2-disc SE DVD art soon.
We've updated the
Release List with the Imagion title.
(EARLY UPDATE - 8/14/06
- 11:15 AM PDT)
Morning all! Hope your weekend worked out to your satisfaction. Ours
was certainly good. Sarah and I had a friend and his family in town.
Plus, the Vikings play on ESPN HD tonight, so it doesn't get much better
We've got a couple interesting pieces of DVD-related news to report for
you this morning.
First up, Sony is expected to imminently announce the release of the
CG-animated Monster House on
10/24. Additional details will follow.
Also, Sony BMG is going to be releasing a 2-disc Transformers:
The Movie - 20th Anniversary Special Edition on 11/7 (SRP
$21.98). The set will be packaged with a 3-D lenticular cover that
features the robot characters transforming. Video will be presented in
both full frame and newly-remastered anamorphic widescreen. Extras will
include an "Autobot Matrix of Knowledge" trivia track,
exclusive interviews, commentaries and much more - more than 5 hours of
bonus material in all. You'll find more information
Here's a look at the cover art...
And as you might have noticed, Paramount has also released the cover
art for its Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete
First Season and Melrose Place:
The Complete First Season, both of which are due to street on
One last thing we wanted to point out this morning: We've updated the
details on the high-definition release of M:i:III
which we reported on Friday. ONLY the HD-DVD version of the film on disc
will include the "enhanced" commentary. The Blu-ray Disc
version will apparently include just the same audio commentary seen on
the regular DVD. Just FYI.
Hey, what do you know? Guess what just got officially announced by
Paramount today... M:I:3 (actually
it's M:i:III). Just a day after we
broke details about the DVD release and extras, Paramount has officially
confirmed that Mission: Impossible 3
will street on 10/30 in DVD, HD-DVD AND Blu-ray Disc formats. This will
mark the second time a major new theatrical film release has launched
simultaneously on all three formats on the same day (the first will be
Warner's The Lake House on 9/26).
Just as we told you yesterday, there will be an anamorphic widescreen
2-disc collector's edition (SRP $24.99). The HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc
versions will both sell for SRP $29.99. All three will include 5 deleted
scenes, 4 featurettes (The Making of the
Mission, Mission Action: Inside
the Action Unit, Visualizing the
Mission and Scoring the Mission),
Easter eggs and trailers. The 2-disc DVD will also include audio
commentary with Abrams and Cruise, a Moviefone
Unscripted segment, "tribute montages" and a photo
gallery. The high-def releases will add 1080p video and Dolby Digital
Plus audio. The HD-DVD version will also feature an "enhanced"
picture-in-picture version of the commentary (this will not be available
on the Blu-ray Disc version). There will be a single-disc DVD version as
well (SRP $19.99), available in both full frame and anamorphic
widescreen, that will include only the commentary, The
Making of the Mission featurette and the deleted scenes. You
can read more
at Home Media Retailing.
While we're talking Paramount, they've announced another cool DVD
release today as well... a single-disc Scrooged:
Yule Love It! Edition, due on 10/31. We'll post more details
on that when they're available.
Here's a look at the cover artwork for M:i:III
(the standard DVD edition) and the Scrooged:
SE, along with Sony's Art School
Confidential (due on 10/10)...
Speaking of the new high-def formats,
News has posted a story in which research firm Screen Digest
predicts that the format war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc is going to
end in a stalemate. Whatever perceived advantages supporters may see for
one format or the other, the prediction may very well end up being
right. Why? Having recently spoken to players on both sides in this
format war, I can tell you that neither camp has any intention of
throwing in the towel any time soon. We'll see.
Also today, just a little Blu-ray-related FYI: Sony has informed us
that because the distribution of MGM titles has moved to 20th Century
Fox, they'll no longer be releasing the Blu-ray Disc version of RoboCop.
It's been pulled from their schedule. Look for it to be rescheduled for
release by Fox later this year, once Fox officially announces their
first Blu-ray Disc releases.
Note that we've updated the
Release List accordingly with all of the above news.
We've got a little bit of TV news for you today. The Sci-Fi Channel has
announced that they'll be airing Season Two of the BBC's new Doctor
Who TV series starting in September, kicking off with
"a two-hour premiere that will include the
Christmas Invasion special in which David Tennant (Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire) was introduced as the tenth Time
lord." Nice. I can almost forgive them for cancelling Farscape
Also, and this is cool news if you're a Battlestar
Galactica fan, Best Buy stores are going to be offering a
retail exclusive bonus disc with the forthcoming DVD release of Season
2.5 (due 9/19). The disc will include the hour-long Battlestar
Galactica: The Story So Far recap special, which will be seen
on NBC this Sunday night (on the West Coast, after NFL Pre-Season
Football), and about a month later on Sci-Fi, HDNet and other venues (click
here for dates and times).
In other news today, Matt has learned over at
that the much ballyhooed DualDisc audio format... which was the bastard
stepchild of the previously much ballyhooed DVD-Audio format... is soon
to give up the ghost. The record labels have decided to scale back on
what few DualDisc format releases they've done due to low sales. Gee,
how did we KNOW that was coming? Hhhmmm...
Finally today, for those of you who live in the Chicago area, I'll be
participating in a short segment about new and upcoming DVD releases on
Richards' Sunday Morning radio show on WGN Radio (720 AM on
your local radio dial). I'll be on with Dean for about 10 minutes
between 9:30 and 10 AM (Central). If you're living in the Windy City, be
sure to tune in and give us a listen. As for the rest of you, you'll be
able to hear the show too... streaming live on the Internet via
RealPlayer. Just visit the WGN
Radio website and click on "listen now" on the top left
corner of the page (make sure you install the RealPlayer software first
if you don't already have it). Hope you all tune in and enjoy!
Anyway, have a great weekend and we'll see you Monday. Peace out.
Pretty slow news day today. Well... maybe not so much a SLOW news day,
as a slow DVD news day. You folks flying in and out of the U.K. probably
WISH it were a slow news day. Nothing like waking up to see the plot of
a typical episode of 24 playing
out on CNN. Speaking of which, we'd just like to doff our caps at this
time to all you fine folks over at MI5, MI6 and Scotland Yard. Kudos.
Pfff... terrorists. Always with the shoe bombs. What are you gonna do?
For those of you stuck at the gate at Heathrow (and all the rest of you
too), we do have a couple interesting things to keep your mind occupied
First up, M:I 3. (Or should we
say MI3?) This would normally go
in The Rumor Mill, but for ease of
posting this afternoon here's where you'll find it (qualified as
unofficial appropriately): Paramount has now set 10/30 as the street
date for their DVD (and very likely HD-DVD) release of Mission:
Impossible III. Yes... you read that right. It's a Monday. "Mission
Monday" as the studio is calling it. There will be two versions on
DVD - a single-disc including the movie along with audio commentary by
star Tom (not Pablo!) Cruise and director J.J. Abrams, The
Making of the Mission featurette, 5 deleted scenes and more.
Then there will be a two-disc edition that includes the disc just
mentioned along with a second platter of additional bonus material: 8
featurettes, marketing campaign material (poster art, trailers and TV
spots), a production photo gallery and more. Watch for the official
announcement from Paramount very soon.
While we're talking Abrams properties, also just announced for DVD
release by Buena Vista Home Entertainment is Alias:
The Complete Collection - Seasons 1-5 (due 11/21, SRP
$199.99). The set is expected to include all five seasons as previously
released on DVD (complete with all of the extras therein), along with a
hidden bonus disc that includes 6 new featurettes: Head
of Security (an interview with Abrams and Jennifer Garner's
first interview after being given the role of Sydney Bristow), Case
Closed (the final on-set cast reunion during the show's last
week of filming), Identity Theft
(Sydney's best disguises), Secret Agents
(a tribute to the fans), Dossier 47
(on the show's infamous number) and the Alias
in Overdrive action montage. You also get a hardcover book
with introduction by Abrams, and a stamp of authenticity. All of this
will be contained in a foil-embossed replica of The Rambaldi Box (a key
prop from the series). Here's what it'll look like (photo by
of the packaging on display at Comic-Con):
The other interesting news today is all high-def related.
has apparently confirmed to Video Business that their
first HD-DVD format release will be The
Sopranos: Season Six, Part One (due 11/17, SRP $129.95).
That's day and date with the standard DVD version (SRP $99.95). HBO will
apparently release additional seasons of the series on HD-DVD in 2007,
along with Blu-ray Disc versions as well.
Also today, Disney CEO Bob Iger let it be known that his studio has no
plans to release major A-list titles like Cars
and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's
Chest on Blu-ray Disc format this year. They're apparently
waiting for greater market penetration for the format down the line to
release their bigger titles. We think that's a bit of a mistake. If
either of these formats is going to take off, someone is going to have
to start releasing some really serious eye-candy, box-office powerhouse
and critically acclaimed titles. Dinosaur
and Eight Below are all fine and
dandy, but I can't think of many early adopters who are just dying to
watch either of them, even in HD. How about Kill
Bill? Armageddon? An
Oscar flick like The English Patient?
Something with a little more appeal to the folks who are actually BUYING
these discs right now. Anyway, just our take. You can read more on this
also at Video Business.
There's a little more high-def news from the Entertainment Media Expo
event here in L.A.. Warner Home Video's Steve Nickerson claimed
yesterday that "consumer spending on HD DVD
and Blu-ray Disc titles will total $10 million, jumping to between $225
million and $500 million during the fourth quarter."
Unfortunately, it will be hard to independently verify those numbers.
Hardware sales numbers for the new high-def formats are tough to come
by. We're hoping soon that the Consumer Electronics Association will
begin tracking HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales numbers, as they currently
do with DVD. Unfortunately, it's up to the manufactures themselves to
make those numbers available - something they've been reluctant to do
thus far. And the studios are even more cagy with software sales
numbers. Nickerson went on to say that, Sales
of the two formats will be faster than DVD, which has been up to this
point the most successful consumer electronics product launch."
A bold prediction to be sure. You can read more on Nickerson's comments
at Video Business.
On the DVD front, Criterion's latest e-mail newsletter teases this
news: "Janus Films. Fifty Years, Fifty
Films. One Book, One Box. Coming This October." Plan
The Weinstein Company (via Genius Products) is going to be releasing
the Wordplay documentary (on New
York Times/NPR "puzzle master" Will Shortz and crossword
puzzle fans) on 11/11 (SRP $24.95). Extras will include commentary with
Shortz, an interview gallery and a featurette on The
Five Greatest Puzzles Ever Made.
Also today, you might be interested to know that The Horror Channel is
going to be hosting a broadband screening of Re-Animator
this Friday night (8/11 - 9 PM Pacific), featuring a live chat with
director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna.
for more details on how you can participate. In honor of the event,
we're going to be giving away a copy of the Re-Animator
DVD signed by Gordon and star Jeffrey Combs, along with some cool
here for details on the contest (which ends THIS Sunday), and be
sure to tune in this Friday night!
Finally this morning, we've got more tentative street dates in
Rumor Mill for upcoming theatrical film DVD releases. Think
Miami Vice, Snakes
on a Plane, etc...
We've got more news for you today on both the DVD and HD-DVD fronts, so
let's get right to it. We'll start with DVD...
Warner has announced a trio of great new box sets featuring classic
film actors. The first is the 6-disc Gary
Cooper: The Signature Collection due on 11/7 (SRP $49.92). It
will include the Sergeant York: Two-Disc
Special Edition, along with The
Fountainhead, Springfield Rifle,
The Wreck of Mary Deare and Dallas.
All will be exclusive to the collection except Sergeant
York and The Fountainhead
(SRP $26.99 and $19.97 individually).
Next up is The Marlon Brando Collection
(SRP $59.92) also due on 11/7. Look for it to include a new Mutiny
on the Bounty: Two-Disc Special Edition, along with Julius
Caesar, The Formula,
Reflections in a Golden Eye and
Teahouse of the August Moon. All
will be exclusive to the collection except Mutiny
on the Bounty and Julius Caesar
(SRP $26.99 and $19.97 individually).
Following on 11/14 is The Paul Newman
Collection (SRP $59.92), a 7-disc set that will include Harper,
The Drowning Pool, The
Left-Handed Gun, Mackintosh Man,
Pocket Money, Somebody
Up There Likes Me and The Young
Philadelphians. All are exclusive to the set except Harper
(SRP $19.97 individually).
Also newly announced by Warner are the suspense thriller Avenger
(10/3) and the Dukes of Hazzard: The Complete
Seventh Season box set (12/5), which marks the series' final
season to be released on DVD.
In another cool bit of DVD news today, our friends over at
Shows on DVD.com have some good news for you Speed
Racer fans. It seems that Lionsgate is releasing Volume
Five (the final volume of the series on DVD) sooner and
cheaper than expected. Can we hear an "amen"? It's due on
10/31 for just SRP $19.98 (that's about $3 cheaper than the previous
sets). Of course, there's no extras (other than a collectible miniature
license plate), but I'm glad just to FINALLY have the last volume and be
done with it! You'll find the cover art below.
Now on to the high-def news: At the Entertainment Media Expo event here
in L.A. yesterday, Warner, New Line, Paramount and Universal revealed a
little bit more about their HD-DVD release plans through the end of the
year. Here's the relevant details:
Warner - Expects to release
between 35 and 50 additional HD-DVD titles before the end of the year
(in addition to the 21 already available). They'll have more Blu-ray
Disc titles available as well, but weren't specific as to how many.
Universal - Plans to have a
60-title HD-DVD slate out by the end of the year.
Paramount - Has 10 HD-DVD titles
available now (or soon to be available) and will likely release 10 more
by the end of the year, including Mission:
Impossible III. They're also expected to release at least a
few Blu-ray Disc titles by the end of the year.
New Line - Is waiting until early
2007 to begin releasing titles, and plans will depend on how the fourth
quarter plays out for both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc. They'll begin with
day-and-date new releases and continue with strong catalog titles like
Blade and Se7en.
You can read more about the event
Also at the event yesterday, Microsoft showed off their forthcoming
HD-DVD add-on drive for the Xbox 360 game system. Microsoft claims that
if you already own a 360, the add-on will be the cheapest HD-DVD player
on the market. They also say it will be available in time for the
holidays this year, although the specific price and release date are
still TBA. It will connect to the 360 via the USB 2.0 port. You can
listen to Microsoft's
Major Nelson podcast here to learn more about how it will work
(just slide down the page a bit and you'll find the specific audio
links). Here's what the device will look like...
While we're at it today, here's some more cover art for you: Fox's The
Omen (2006 - due 10/17), final art for Buena Vista's The
Tick vs. Season One (8/29) and Lionsgate's Speed
Racer: Volume Five...
And be sure to check out our
DVD Cover Artwork section for a look at today's major new DVD
releases - some good stuff in there! FYI, we have a new update of this
section on the way soon.
We've got some new announcements in both standard and high-definition
formats for you today.
First up, the standard DVD news: Sony has revealed the release of Hard
Luck, Starsky & Hutch: The
Complete Fourth Season, a re-packaged Dream
for An Insomniac and the 2-disc Boris
Karloff Horror Flicks Collection (SRP $24.96 - which will
include The Black Room, The
Man They Could Not Hang, Before I
Hang and The Boogie Man Will Get
You), all due on 10/17.
Also Paramount has finally re-announced the The
Martin & Lewis Collection: Volume 1 for 10/31. It had
been previously expected on 6/13, but was delayed. The set will include
The Caddy, Jumping
Jacks, Money from Home,
My Friend Irma, My
Friend Irma Goes West, Sailor
Beware, Scared Stiff and
That's My Boy.
Synapse Films will release the Street Trash:
Meltdown Edition on 9/26.
And our friends over at Anchor Bay are releasing a Greatest
American Hero: The Complete Series - Limited Collector's Edition
tin box set on 10/3 (SRP $99.98). The set will include all three seasons
of the show along with a full-size replica cape, an iron-on transfer of
the hero logo, and a replica of the infamous "instruction manual".
Now for the high-def news, and it's all Blu-ray Disc today: Sony has
officially set Gattaca and The
Professionals for release on Blu-ray on 10/17.
Also, Lionsgate has revealed Wave 3 of their Blu-ray Disc slate, also
due on 10/17. It's expected to include American
Psycho, First Blood,
Saw II and Young
We've updated our
Release List accordingly.
Closer to home, our MusicTAP
staff has checked in with reviews of Universal Music's new
Replay X3 DVD, as well as RCA's
Hornsby: Intersections 1985-2005 CD/DVD box set.
Finally today, we've kicked off FIVE new
giving each of you the chance to take home copies of Paramount's
Butt-Head: Season 3, Magnolia's
The Complete First Season, and Warner's
Stewart: The Signature Collection box set,
Reagan: The Signature Collection box set,
Vendetta: Special Edition,
TV: The Complete Second Season,
Nikita: The Complete Fourth Season,
The Worst Week
of My Life: The Complete First Season,
Phooey: The Complete Series and
Gorilla: The Complete Series! Whew! Entries for all these
contests will be accepted until Noon (Pacific) on Sunday, August 20th.
Click on the links to get started and good luck!
(LATE UPDATE - 8/4/06
- 6 PM PDT)
Okay... we've got just a couple of last notes for you this week...
20th Century Fox has just announced The
Omen: The Complete Collection for release on 10/17, a 6-disc
set (SRP $49.98) that will include The Omen
(2006), the original 2-disc The Omen:
Collector's Edition, Damien: The
Omen II, The Omen III: The Final
Conflict and The Omen IV: The
Also, Universal has set Waist Deep
for release on 10/10.
Closer to home today, our very own Russell Hammond has just posted a
major update of his DVD
Fanboy website, featuring lots of new information on retailer
exclusives for such titles as Inside Man,
Laguna Beach, Prison
Break and more. Do check it out.
Finally today, there's been a bit of confusion out there about Warner's
forthcoming release of The Green Mile:
Special Edition. It seems that a few eagle-eyed types, who
have seen the back of the DVD packaging posted on retail sites, noticed
that the running time for the film was listed as 169 minutes, rather
than the 188 minutes of the theatrical cut. Rest assured that this is
just a typo. I've spoken with Warner and the DVD will include the full
188-minute version. The packaging is being corrected as we speak. So
there you go.
We'll leave you this week with a look at the DVD cover art for Disney
and Pixar's just-announced Cars
(11/7), along with Touchstone's Alias: The
Complete Fifth Season (11/21) and Lionsgate's Blu-ray Disc
version of the Stargate: Extended Cut
Have a great weekend and we'll see you Monday!
(EARLY UPDATE - 8/4/06 -
2 AM PDT)
Just checking to see if you guys were paying attention. Have enough
cups of coffee and ANYTHING will make sense after a while. You know,
I've got to stop doing these things at 2 AM. ;)
Anyway... the big news this morning is that Buena Vista has officially
announced the release of Disney and Pixar's Cars
on 11/7. Strangely, the DVD is appallingly light on bonus material.
You'll get separate anamorphic widescreen and full frame editions (SRP
$29.99), each of which is single-disc. Extras will include the Mater
and the Ghost and One Man Band
animated shorts, 4 deleted scenes, the Inspiration
for Cars featurette and a preview trailer for Pixar's
forthcoming Ratatouille animated
feature film. That's it. You can read more
at Video Business.
Also today, Lionsgate has revealed that they'll release a SAW
II: 2-Disc Uncut Edition on 10/24 (SRP $26.98), timed to
promote the theatrical release of SAW III.
Look for anamorphic widescreen video, audio commentary with director
Darren Lynn Bousman and other crew members, the Zombie
short film (also directed by Bousman), 2 behind-the-scenes features and
As promised, we've got Barrie Maxwell's latest edition of
Coming Attractions for you this morning, in which Barrie
reviews 7 new, recent and forthcoming classic film DVD releases
including 20th Century Fox's
Rogers Collection: Volume 1,
Keys of the Kingdom,
River's Edge and
Moto Collection: Volume 1, Unknown Video's
Silent Comedy Mafia: Volume 1 and Milestone's
the Rocks. He runs down the latest classic film DVD release
announcements as well.
Also today, our TAP
crew checks in with a review of the long-awaited Columbia release of
Floyd: PULSE on DVD. They've also given
Music's Pure '80s: The Ultimate DVD Box a spin for you.
Finally this morning, as a follow-up to that bit about the Forbidden
Planet DVD cover art we posted yesterday... it seems that
Warner was attempting to recreate the look of the original Italian
release poster for the film, which DID feature altered color uniforms.
I'd rather they just use the artwork itself, but that's me. Here's a
comparison (thanks to Bits reader
John B. for spotting that)...
We may be back later with more release news, but if not, have a great
weekend and we'll see you back here bright and early on Monday. Stay
(LATE UPDATE - 8/3/06 -
12:15 PM PDT)
We've checked with Warner and have learned that The
Lake House HD-DVD will be a DVD/HD-DVD Combo format release,
which explains why it's priced $5 more than the Blu-ray version. We
should have guessed this, but it was pretty late last night when we were
putting the post together, so it slipped by us. Thanks to those of you
who pointed that out as the likely suspect.
By the way, while we're talking Warner, we've gotten a LOT of
complaints about that cover art for the Forbidden
Planet DVD we posted last night...
That's it on the left. As many readers have correctly pointed out,
those uniform colors are have been digitally tweaked to make the cover
art "pop" more visually. Both the red and green uniforms
should be a blue-gray color, as they are in the film itself. Personally,
I'd much prefer the studio just stick with the poster image on the
right, which is the cover for the tin Ultimate
Collector's Edition case, rather than the Photoshop cut and
paste job on the left. Ugh. Anyway... speaking of the Ultimate
Collector's Edition, here's a look at what you'll get in the
Looks like a very cool little package to me. Now if they'd just
announce the high-def versions...
By the way, we've kicked off a new Digital
Bits Power Buy today that might interest those of you
interested in picking up a Pioneer Elite DV-79AVi HDMI-upconverting DVD
player or a Pioneer Elite 1080P 50" PRO-FHD1 plasma at a good
here for more details.
(EARLY UPDATE - 8/3/06 -
12:01 AM PDT)
Morning, all. Sorry for the lack of an update yesterday, but we've got
some home improvement work going on here. I was also gathering some
background information with our industry sources and the combination
took up more of my time and attention than I expected. Nevertheless,
we've got lots of good news this morning to make it up to you.
First up, we have more details for you today on the DVD release of
Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand. The
title will be available on 10/3 in separate anamorphic widescreen and
full frame editions (SRP $29.98 each). Each version will include Dolby
Digital 5.1 EX audio, audio commentary with director Brett Ratner and
writers Zack Penn and Simon Kinberg, a second commentary with producers
Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, deleted and extended
scenes with optional commentary, 3 alternate endings, 3 sets of animated
menus (one featuring the X-Men and one the Brotherhood), the Inside
Look: A Night at the Museum featurette, trailers for Daredevil,
Elektra and Fantastic
Four, and promos for other Fox titles. Also available will be
an X-Men: The Last Stand - Stan Lee
Collector's Edition (SRP $39.98), which will include a
100-page book that features an all-new custom comic written by Stan Lee,
along with reprints of Lee's 3 favorite X-Men
comics. There will also be an X-Men Trilogy
Pack (SRP $44.98) containing all three films. As we reported
the other day, a UMD version has been announced for 10/3 as well, and
industry sources are telling us to expect a Blu-ray Disc version too
(TBA), once Fox officially unveils their first releases on the format.
In other Fox news, the studio has announced The
Omen (2006) for release on 10/17, as we predicted in
Rumor Mill last week. Separate full frame and anamorphic
widescreen versions will be available (SRP $29.98 each), each of which
will include audio commentary with director John Moore, producer Glenn
Williamson and editor Dan Zimmerman, an unrated alternate ending, 2
extended scenes, "Omenisms", the Abby
Road Sessions and Revelations 666
featurettes, theatrical trailers and the trailer for the 1976 film
version on DVD.
Meanwhile, Warner has announced that it's going to be releasing The
Lake House on DVD on 9/26 (SRP $28.98), also as expected. The
film will be available on HD-DVD (SRP $39.99) and Blu-ray Disc (SRP
$34.99) on 9/26 as well. There's no word yet as to the extras due to be
included on each version, so I wouldn't read too much into the price
difference in the two high-def formats. It's quite possible that the
HD-DVD will include extras while the Blu-ray won't, due to differences
in compression and disc space available on each format. We'll let you
know when we do.
Warner has also announced a 2-disc The Green
Mile: Special Edition for release on 11/14 (SRP $20.97).
You'll get anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio
commentary by director Frank Darabont, deleted scenes, 2 documentaries (Miracles
and Mystery: Creating the Green Mile and Walking
the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile), 2 featurettes (Michael
Clarke Duncan's Screen Test and Tom
Hanks' Make-up Tests), the film's teaser and theatrical
trailers and something called The Teaser
Trailer: A Case Study.
Anyone interested in Warner's The Exorcist:
The Complete Anthology box set on 10/10 (SRP $42.92)? The
6-disc set will include both the theatrical and 2000 cuts of the
original Exorcist, along with Exorcist
II: The Heretic, The Exorcist III
and both versions of the most recent film (known as Dominion:
Prequel to The Exorcist and Exorcist:
The Beginning, respectively).
By the way, we've been told to expect a lot of these major catalog
releases to be eventually announced by Warner for release in both
high-definition formats. They're working hard to get them done, but
there's still a lot of uncertainty associated with high-def authoring
and production schedules at the moment. It's all pretty new, so they
can't always announce the high-def versions at the same time as the
DVDs. Anyway, be sure to stay tuned, because we expect to see a lot more
of these titles in HD in the months ahead.
We're still not done with Warner this morning: The studio has also
announced the release of The Last Voyage
(10/24), National Geographic's Mega
Structures, Thou Shalt Laugh
and The Souler Opposite (11/7),
and Thundercats: Season Two, Volume Two
Speaking of high-def, there's word today that LG Electronics has
decided against releasing an HD-DVD/Blu-ray Disc combo player at this
time. They're sticking to just Blu-ray for now instead. You can read
While we're talking high-def, The Weinstein Company has sent us their
anticipated initial HD-DVD release slate, due to arrive in December from
distributor Genius Products. If all goes well, look for Clerks
II, Derailed, Wolf
Creek and Scary Movie 4
on 12/5, DOA: Dead or Alive on
12/12, and Pulse and The
Matador on 12/26. We've updated the
Release List accordingly. Note that these dates are subject to
Finally today, we've confirmed with Universal Music that Stewart
Copeland's new Everyone Stares: The Police
Inside Out documentary will arrive on DVD on 9/12. U-Music
has also confirmed the 9/19 street date for the U2:
Zoo TV - Live from Sydney DVD (both a single-disc regular
edition and a 2-disc limited edition will be available).
We'll leave you this morning with a look at some new cover art: Fox's
X-Men: The Last Stand, the X-Men:
The Last Stand - Stan Lee Collector's Edition and Ice
Age: The Meltdown (11/21), Warner's The
Green Mile: Special Edition, their final artwork for the Forbidden
Planet: 50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition (11/14 -
the art we posted last week was for the limited edition tin set) and
The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology...
We'll be back tomorrow (bright and early) with a new Classic
Coming Attractions column from Barrie Maxwell. Stay tuned...
(LATE UPDATE - 8/1/06 -
3:15 PM PDT)
We've got GREAT news to report today, folks! I just got off the phone
with MGM and have learned that, just as we suspected, the studio's
long-awaited A Fish Called Wanda: Special
Edition will now be released on DVD by 20th Century Fox Home
Entertainment. The new street date is 10/10, so reset your plans
What's more, MGM also confirmed with me that they're finally planning
Region 1 versions of those three Sergio Leone DVD special editions that
were released last year in the U.K. (A
Fistful of Dollars, A Fistful of
Dynamite and For a Few Dollars
More) sometime in 2007, also to be distributed by Fox. Don't
that just beat all?
(LATE UPDATE - 8/1/06 - 2
Some more new announcements this afternoon...
Universal has set The Breakup Artist
for release on 11/7 (SRP $24.98).
20th Century Fox has set Ice Age 2: The
Meltdown for release on 11/21 (SRP $29.98). The disc will be
available in both full frame and anamorphic widescreen versions. A UMD
version will also be available, as well as a 2-pack of both the original
film and the new sequel.
And Warner has officially announced the DVD/HD-DVD Combo format release
of Good Night, and Good Luck for
8/22 (SRP $39.99). Also due on 8/22 is the HD-DVD release of Caddyshack
and The Searchers (SRP $28.99
each). Nice to see some more deep catalog coming to the format.
Suggestion to Warner: How's about high-deffin' The
American President, Excalibur,
Blade Runner and 2001:
A Space Odyssey before 2006 is over? Actually, I think those
last two at least are already in the works...
For HBO, Warner has announced the DVD release of The
Hitchhiker, Volume 3 on 10/31 (SRP $34.98). Also coming on
that day is a Six Feet Under: The Complete
Series box set (SRP $279.99). HBO's Thin
documentary will follow on 11/14 (SRP $24.98).
Finally, Anchor Bay will release a new Castle
of Cagliostro: Special Edition on 8/29 (SRP $24.98).
And in a bit of fun-but-non-DVD news this afternoon, MTV officially
turns 25 today. What's very cool for you Gen-Xers out there, is that if
you visit their website
today, you can watch the ENTIRE FIRST HOUR that MTV ever
broadcast, way back on August 1st of 1981 (yes... even Todd Rundgren's
hilariously primitive looking Time Heals
video - it's all there). You younger types probably won't care except
out of curiosity, but anyone old enough to have actually watched this
hour the first time around (as I did), will get a huge kick out of it.
Ahhh... music in stereo out of your TV, and you could actually SEE it.
All that and Atari too. Times were good. Now, of course, MTV barely even
plays music videos anymore, and I'm listening to all the original MTV
VJs on Sirius Satellite Radio. Go figure.
"Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll...!"
(EARLY UPDATE - 8/1/06 - 2 AM PDT)
We've got reviews for y'all this morning, just as promised. See? Told
you they were coming.
Adam Jahnke kicks off the fun in
latest edition of The Bottom Shelf, offering his thoughts
Ice Harvest and Sony's
Pink Panther: Special Edition.
Next, our very own Todd Doogan checks in with
Doogan's Views column, in which he gives his take on
Very Long Engagement, Synapse Film's
'n' Roll Nightmare: Special Edition and Cult Epics'
Page: Dark Angel: Two-Disc Limited Edition.
And rounding it all out today, Matt and the gang over at
serve up a bunch of new music DVD reviews, including Atlantic's
Cab for Cutie: Directions, MCA's
Clower: Clower Power, Columbia Music's
Priest: Live Vengeance '82 and Hip-O's
Waters: Classic Concerts, as well as reviews of the new CD/DVD
remasters of Depeche Mode's
for the Masses and
All in all, not a bad way to kick off a bright, shinny August morning.
Don't forget to check out our late post from last night, including word
of the unfortunate demise of Sony's A Fish
Called Wanda: Special Edition and more. We're working to
follow up on that, so we'll let you know what we learn.
(LATE UPDATE - 7/31/06
- 8 PM PDT)
After consulting with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment this afternoon,
we've learned that the previously announced A
Fish Called Wanda: Special Edition, which had been set to
street on DVD tomorrow, has been pulled from the studio's release
schedule. As of now, there's no new release date. We're just
speculating, but given that the film is an MGM title, it's possible that
it will eventually be released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Fox now has the home video distribution rights to MGM titles). We
expect to learn more soon. Either way, this is a major bummer. We were
very much looking forward to this DVD here at The
Bits, and we know a lot of you out there were too.
Speaking of Fox, the studio has officially confirmed the 10/3 street
posted last week for the DVD release of X-Men:
The Last Stand. Additional details and artwork will be
It's not exactly DVD-related, but there are a couple of interesting
bits of movie news have made themselves known this evening. First up,
Warner is apparently about to reveal that the next Batman
feature film will be called The Dark Knight.
It will be directed by Christopher Nolan and it will co-star Heath
Ledger as The Joker. Official announcements are expected tomorrow, but
you can read more at
Soon in the meantime.
Also, New Line has confirmed that actress Nicole Kidman has signed on
to star in director Chris Weitz's big screen adaptation of author Philip
Pullman's His Dark Materials: The Golden
Compass. The film starts shooting in September and is
expected to arrive in theaters in November 2007. Kidman will play the
role of Mrs. Coulter, in case you were wondering. The
Golden Compass (known as The
Northern Lights pretty much everywhere other than the States)
is the first of a trilogy of novels by Pullman. It's followed by The
Subtle Knife and The Amber
Spyglass. Matt turned me on to these books earlier this year
and, having now read all three, I can tell you that they're pretty great
pieces of work. In fact, I'm as excited for these films as I am for
almost anything else that's in the works from Hollywood at the moment,
save for maybe Warner's 300
(directed by Zack Snyder) and The Weinstein Company's Grind
House (directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino).
Both productions had great showings at Comic-Con, and I was hoping New
Line would have more to say about Compass
at the Con, but such was not the case. Anyway, you can read a bit more
on this casting news
FYI, those DVD reviews I mentioned earlier will be posted shortly, so
if you check back first thing in the morning, you'll find them ready to
In the meantime, here's a little bit more cover art for you:
DreamWorks' Over the Hedge (due
from Paramount on 10/17) and the DVD and DVD/HD-DVD Combo versions of
Universal's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo
(EARLY UPDATE -
7/31/06 - 12:30 PM PDT)
Afternoon, folks! Hope the weekend was good to you. Matt, Adam and I
managed to take in a screening of Little Miss
Sunshine on Saturday, which is a pretty good little film.
Alan Arkin is very funny, and the film is well worth the ticket price
for him alone. Matt and I, joined by our wives, also spent Saturday
evening closing out The Orange County Fair... so it's pretty hard to
complain about a weekend like that.
We've got some interesting new DVD news for you today, starting with
word that Warner has officially announced the DVD release of Albert
Brooks' Looking for Comedy in the Muslim
World on 8/29 (SRP $27.95). The 98-minute film will be
released in anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Warner has also just announced The Tarzan
Collection, Volume 2 box set for release on 10/31 (SRP
39.92). The set will include Tarzan Triumphs,
Tarzan's Desert Mystery, Tarzan
and the Amazons, Tarzan and the
Leopard Woman, Tarzan and the
Huntress and Tarzan and the
Mermaids, all of which are brand new to DVD (they were never
available on VHS) and are available exclusively in this box set. We
believe they're all original full frame aspect ratio and will have Dolby
Digital mono audio.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate has announced Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles, Volume 5 for DVD release on 8/29 (SRP
$14.98), which will include 12 episodes of the animated TV series (Corporate
Raiders from Dimension X, Pizza by
the Shred, Super Bebop and Mighty
Rocksteady, Beware the Lotus,
Blast from the Past, Leatherhead,
Michaelangelo's Birthday, Usagi
Yojimbo, Case of the Hot Kimono,
Usagi Come Home, The
Making of Metalhead and Leatherhead
Meets the Rat King).
Universal will release The Ground Truth
and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
on 9/26. The Ground Truth (SRP
$14.98) is Patricia Foulkrod's documentary on the human cost of the Iraq
war from the Focus Films label. It'll be on DVD in anamorphic
widescreen. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo
Drift will be available in separate full frame and anamorphic
widescreen DVD versions (SRP $29.98 each), as well as a DVD/HD-DVD Combo
disc (SRP $39.98). DVD extras are expected to include deleted scenes,
the Drifting School and Tricked
Out to Drift featurettes and more. The HD-DVD version will
also include Universal's new U-Control interactive experience, that
gives you picture-in-picture access to behind-the-scenes material while
you watch the film. It also allows you to use GPS to track the cars
through the streets of Tokyo, AND we've heard that you'll actually be
able to customize the look of one of the cars in a scene from the film
and then watch it in that scene. It should be interesting to see.
Also today, Sony has announced the DVD release of Art
School Confidential on 10/10.
Disney has set Hannah Montana: Volume One
and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
for release on 10/24.
Paramount will release JAG: The Complete
Second Season and the PBS Warplane
documentary on 11/7, with CSI: The Complete
Sixth Season and NCIS: The
Complete Second Season following on 11/14. They've also
announced that they'll release Wallace &
Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit for DreamWorks on 11/28.
Media Retailing has posted a story today on how industry
analysts expect that the winner in the HD format war won't emerge until
well after the holidays at the earliest. They also have
interview with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment president Mike Dunn,
in which he notes that his studio is very excited about both DVD and
Blu-ray Disc moving forward.
We'll be back this afternoon with new reviews from Adam and Todd. Stay
We've talked to our industry sources today, and have posted a bunch of
anticipated DVD street dates in
Rumor Mill for you. These are major feature film titles, some
of which are currently in theaters, so do check them out. We figured
that'd be a nice way to close out the week.
We've also got a bit of new HD news for you this morning. Warner has
revealed that they'll soon be releasing Stanley Kubrick's Full
Metal Jacket on Blu-ray Disc format. The exact street date is
still TBA, but it's nice to see another title that we'll be able to
compare on both Blu-ray and HD-DVD. And speaking of that other HD format
(the one in the RED case), Warner has also revealed that they're
readying the 2005 House of Wax
remake for release on HD-DVD. We expect official details on both
releases very soon.
This isn't exactly DVD news, but it's really going to get your blood
pumping if you're a fan of Sci-Fi's Battlestar
Galactica. The full
Three teaser trailer is currently available for your viewing
pleasure over at YouTube, and it's seriously badass (sure like to see it
in higher quality though). Emmy might have overlooked Adama and company,
but Peabody sure as hell didn't (and rightly so). October can't come
fast enough for us.
Around The Bits today, we've just
Jahnke's latest edition of The Electric Theatre, in which
he reviews Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead
Man's Chest, Who Killed the
Electric Car?, A Scanner Darkly
and... uhh... Bollero. Yeah,
that's right... that Bo Derek flick from the 80s. Only Jahnke.
And here's a bit of new DVD cover artwork for you: 20th Century Fox's
Point Break: Pure Adrenaline Edition,
the Return to the Planet of the Apes: The
Complete Animated Series and Thank
You for Smoking (all due on 10/3)...
Finally, we wanted to remind you all to take a moment to check out the
work of our current Artist of the Month
here at The Bits.
Rosenberg is a fantastic nature photographer, who specializes
in landscape imagery. His work is really impressive - some of these
photos are absolutely stunning. You can view lots more of them in the
gallery on his own
website. We think you'll be glad you did.
Okay, now that we've cleared out all of the major Comic-Con and
post-Comic-Con DVD announcements... we'll see you back here on Monday to
kick off a full week of wall-to-wall disc reviews... DVD, HD-DVD AND
Blu-ray Disc! Many of them are already in the can with that sweet, sweet
factory-fresh smell, all ready to go. Among them you'll find reviews
from myself, Barrie Maxwell, Adam Jahnke, Todd Doogan and much more. No,
I'm not kidding.
Have yourselves a fine weekend in the meantime, and we'll see you back
here on Monday! Peace out...
(LATE UPDATE -
7/27/06 - 4:45 PM PDT)
Okay... after making my Superman
box set post earlier this afternoon, I've received even MORE confused
e-mails. So I decided to go right to the source to help you all
understand what's really happening with the whole 8-disc vs. 14-disc
thing (just forget what I said earlier - in fact, I've deleted it from
the post). I contacted Warner Home Video today about the whole Superman
box set issue, and here's the real skinny: Basically Warner sort-of
announced earlier in 2006 that they were going to be releasing a massive
14-disc Superman Legacy Collection
box set with all the films and other materials... and then at Comic-Con
the studio finally announced only an 8-disc Christopher
Reeve Superman Collection box set. So people were left to
wonder, what happened to the 14-disc set? Was it cancelled? Did the
plans change and is the 8-disc set all we're getting now? The latter is
what we had, in fact, been told by a number of sources and it was the
logical conclusion to make. But according to the Warner Home Video
representative I contacted this afternoon, there MAY still be a larger
Legacy Collection release.
However, it's not certain to happen, it's not yet officially announced
and there are some issues that have to be resolved before it can come to
fruition. Hopefully, things will play out such that we'll know more
sooner rather than later. In the meantime, however, what IS for sure is
that the 8-disc Christopher Reeve Superman
Collection box set will street on 11/28, along with a
separate release of Superman II: The Richard
Donner Cut. As for Superman
Returns, it will be officially announced in the weeks ahead.
So to summarize, you're getting 8 discs plus the Donner
DVD for sure, along with Superman Returns
(TBA, but likely due out by the end of the year), and there MAY still be
an even more elaborate Superman
DVD box set in 2006 or 2007, which hopefully we'll know about soon. And
that's official. Sort of. It's at least as much as can be officially
confirmed as of now.
Got it? Okay. Whew!
And on that perplexing note... stay tuned...
(LATE UPDATE -
7/27/06 - 2 PM PDT)
Here you go... Universal has finally sent over the complete DVD details
and cover art for the King Kong: Deluxe
Extended Edition, due to street on 11/14 (SRP $34.98). The
3-disc set will include a 13-minute longer version of the film in
anamorphic widescreen video, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The film will
be split over the first two discs in the set. The new footage will
include over 230 additional special effects shots. Some 40 minutes worth
of additional deleted scenes will be included separately on the 3-disc
set as well. Here's the disc by disc breakdown:
Disc One - The Film, Part One -
audio commentary with director Peter Jackson and co-writer/producer
Philippa Boyens, 16 deleted scenes
Disc Two - The Film, Part Two -
audio commentary with director Peter Jackson and co-writer/producer
Philippa Boyens, 5 featurettes (The Eighth
Blunder of the World, The Present,
A Night in Vaudeville, Kong
Kong Homage, Weta Collectibles)
and theatrical trailers
Disc Three - The King Kong Archives
- introduction by Peter Jackson, 8 featurettes (The
Origins of King Kong, Pre-Production,
Part 1: The Return of Kong, Pre-Production,
Part 2: Countdown to Filming, The
Venture Journey, Return to Skull
Island, New York, New Zealand,
Bringing Kong to Life, Part 1: Design and
Research, Bringing Kong to Life,
Part 2: Performance and Animation), 5 video galleries (The
1996 King Kong, The Venture,
Skull Island, New
York, Kong), 5 Pre-Viz
Animatics (Arrival at Skull Island,
Bronto Stampede, T-Rex
Fight, Kong's Capture,
Empire State Building Battle), 3
Motion-Capture/Animation Comparisons (Ann
Disarms Kong, Kong's Capture,
Kong in New York), DVD credits,
the 1996 and 2005 screenplays (via DVD-ROM) and more
In addition, as we mentioned earlier, you'll be able to purchase the
same 3-disc set in a King Kong: Deluxe
Extended Limited Edition DVD Gift Set (SRP $79.98) in
collectible packaging, which will also include "A
beautifully crafted King Kong figurine, created exclusively for the
package by the Oscar-winning artists at Weta Workshop and Weta Digital,
the company responsible for the film's creature design, special makeups,
miniatures and dazzling visual effects." Here's a look at
the DVD cover artwork for the King Kong:
Deluxe Extended Edition and also the new figurine that will
be found in the Gift Set...
(LATE UPDATE - 7/27/06 -
11:15 AM PDT)
There's still more new DVD news for you this morning, so let's get to
On 11/14, Universal will deliver the Bing
Crosby: Screen Legend Collection (includes Waikiki
Wedding, Double or Nothing,
East of Heaven, If
I Had My Way and Here Come the
Waves), the Cary Grant: Screen
Legend Collection (includes Thirty
Day Princess, Kiss and Make Up,
Wings in the Dark, Big
Brown Eyes and Wedding Present)
and the Rock Hudson: Screen Legend Collection
(includes Has Anybody Seen My Gal?,
A Very Special Favor, The
Golden Blade, The Last Sunset
and The Spiral Road). SRP for each
By the way, we've confirmed again with the studio that 3-disc King
Kong: Deluxe Extended Edition will street on 11/14 (SRP
$34.98). The 3-disc set will also be available in a Limited
Edition Gift Set with additional premiums (SRP $79.98). More
details will follow.
Buena Vista and Miramax have officially announced the DVD release of
Keeping Up with the Steins on
10/31 (SRP $29.99). Meanwhile, for Disney BVHE has announced The
Fox and the Hound: 25th Anniversary Edition for release on
10/10 (SRP also $29.99). Extras will include The
Best of Friends sing-along, the Forest
Friendship game, the New Best
Friends DVD storybook, the Passing
the Baton featurette on the "Golden Age Animators and
the New Breed," an artwork gallery and the bonus vintage animated
shorts Lambert the Sheepish Lion
and Lend a Paw.
Warner has also announced a number of interesting new titles for the
3rd and 4th Quarters, including The Stephen
King Thriller Collection on 9/12 (SRP $23.97, includes The
Shining, The Shawshank Redemption
and The Dreamcatcher), The
Astaire & Rogers Collection: Volume 2 (SRP $59.92,
including Carefree, Flying
Down to Rio, The Gay Divorcee,
Roberta and The
Story of Vernon & Irene Castle), The
Astaire & Rogers Ultimate Collector's Edition (SRP
$119.98, including The Barkleys of Broadway,
Down to Rio, Follow the Fleet,
The Gay Divorcee, Roberta,
Shall we Dance, The
Story of Vernon & Irene Castle, Swing
Time, Top Hat and the
Astaire and Rogers Partners in Rhythm
bonus disc), Eternal Enemies, In
Search of the Jaguar, Last Stand
of the Great Bear, Whales in
Crisis and the National Geographic
Wildlife box set (including the last four titles we just
mentioned) all on 10/17, the Body Heat:
Deluxe Edition on 10/24, the BBC
Atlas of the Natural World: Western Hemisphere (for the BBC),
Land of the Eagle, Spirits
of the Jaguar and Wild South
America on 10/31, The West Wing:
The Complete Seventh Season and The
West Wing: The Complete Series Collection (SRP $299.98) on
11/7, Friends: The Complete Series Collection
(SRP $299.98), Black Books: The Complete
Second Series, a Black Books: The
Complete First and Second Series 2-pack, Looney
Tunes: Bah Humduck and the Looney
Tunes: Spotlight Collection - Volume 4 on 11/14, and finally
a How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Deluxe
Edition on 11/21. We expect to have more details on some of
these titles soon.
FYI, we do know that The West Wing: The
Complete Series Collection (SRP $299.98) will include all
seven seasons on 45 discs, along with a reproduction of the script for
the pilot episode with a written introduction by series creator Aaron
Sorkin. Friends: The Complete Series
Collection (SRP $299.98) will include all of the series'
episodes on 40 discs, packaged with a 60-page book with lots of
behind-the-scenes photos and other material. Otherwise, the disc-based
extras on these two sets are identical to what was in the
previously-released season sets.
Finally this morning... our friends over at
have learned that Paramount will finally be releasing a 6-disc Beverly
Hills 90210: The Complete First Season on DVD on 11/17 (click
here). Also coming on that date is an 8-disc Melrose
Place: The Complete First Season DVD set (click
here). The site also has
update today on Time-Life's plans for Get
Smart on DVD later this year. Do check it out.
(EARLY UPDATE -
7/27/06 - 1:15 AM PDT)
We've covered some of the major studios over the last couple days, so
how about a little indie DVD news this morning?
While participating in our DVD Sneak Peek
2006 panel at Comic-Con last week, DVD producer Andy Mangels
unveiled a pretty spectacular line-up of Saturday morning animated and
live-action titles that he's producing special features for on behalf of
BCI Eclipse's new Ink & Paint label. In addition to his work on the
just-released The Best of She-Ra: Princess of
Power, Flash Gordon: The Complete
Series, He-Man and the Masters of
the Universe: Season Two, Volume One, Prince
Valiant: The Complete Series - Volume One and Ultraman:
Series One, Volume One, Andy is working on the following
(street dates are included as known): Blackstar:
The Complete Series and Space
Sentinels & The Freedom Force: The Complete Series (both
8/22), Defenders of the Earth: Volume One
(10/10), Groovie Goolies: The Saturday "Mourning"
Collection, A Snow White Christmas
and Journey Back to OZ: Special Edition
(10/24), She-Ra: Princess of Power - Season
One, Volume One, Ark II: The
Complete Series, Ghost Busters:
The Animated Series - Volume One and Dungeons
& Dragons: The Complete Series (11/7), Mission
Magic: The Complete Series and The
New Adventures of He-Man: Volume One (late 2006), Space
Academy: The Complete Series, The
Cat Pack: Waldo Kitty & Fraidy Cat - Volume One, Prince
Valiant: The Complete Series - Volume Two, She-Ra:
Princess of Power - Season One, Volume Two, Defenders
of the Earth: Volume Two, Zorro &
The Lone Ranger: Volume One and The
Legend of Bravestarr: Special Edition (early 2007), Ghost
Busters: The Animated Series - Volume Two, Snow
White: Happily Ever After - Special Edition, The
New Adventures of He-Man: Volume Two and Jason
of Star Command: The Complete Series (Spring 2007) and She-Ra:
Princess of Power - Season Two, Hero
High: The Complete Series, The
Legend of Bravestarr: The Series - Volume One, The
Ghost Busters: The Complete Series (live action), Zorro
& The Lone Ranger: Volume Two, Fabulous
Funnies: The Complete Series, The
Legend of Bravestarr: The Series - Volume Two and The
Secrets of Isis: The Complete Series (Summer 2007).
That's a pretty damn impressive line-up by any measure. Here's a look
at the cover artwork for select titles mentioned above...
Back with more later. Stay tuned...
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