Morning everyone! We've got some new information on a few DVDs you
sci-fi fans are going to appreciate today.
First up, our friends over at
have confirmed our information that Paramount does indeed plan to
release all four seasons of Star Trek:
Enterprise on DVD next year. They've sniffed out the
tentative release schedule for the series, which currently calls for
Season One in May, Season
Two in mid Summer (around July), Season
Three in early Fall and the just underway Season
Four right before Thanksgiving.
Next up, we've got word on the extras to look forward to on Universal's
Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries
(12/28). As we mentioned yesterday, the DVD will feature the mini in
anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. You'll also get
audio commentary with director Michael Rymer and executive producers
David Eick and Ron Moore, deleted scenes and the Battlestar
Galactica: The Lowdown featurette.
In other news today, we've got details on the extras to look for on
Fox's 6-disc Millennium: The Complete Second
Season (1/4 - SRP $59.98). The episodes will be presented in
full frame with Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround audio. Bonus material will
include audio commentary on The Hand of Saint
Sebastian by Tom Wright, audio commentary on The
Mikado by Michael R. Perry and a pair of documentaries - The
Turn of the Tide: Making of Season 2 (33 mins) and Academy
Group: Victimology (24 mins).
This falls in the category of rumor, but we're hearing that work has
already begun on an eventual DVD release (due in early 2005) of the
upcoming Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars
miniseries. Look for that to be released by Lions Gate.
For you animation fans today, look for The
Brak Show: Volume One on 2/1/05 (SRP $29.98) from Warner. The
2-disc set will include full frame video, audio commentary, Easter eggs,
episodic recaps and extended takes.
Warner has also announced the release of Westender,
We Don't Live Here Anymore and
Blessed for 12/14, with Coronado
following on 12/28.
HBO will release the Emmy Award-winning Something
the Lord Made on 1/25 (SRP $26.98).
Artisan/Lions Gate will release the Rambo:
Ultimate Collection 3-disc box set (including First
Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II
and Rambo III) on 11/23 (SRP
$44.98). The films will also be available individually for $19.98 each.
The DVDs will include all-new extras, including audio commentary with
Sylvester Stallone, deleted scenes (including the never-before-seen "suicide"
alternate ending to First Blood),
enhanced/interactive "Meta" modes for viewing the films
(allowing you access to additional content while watching the films), a
playable Full Spectrum Warrior
Xbox game demo and Portable Media Center versions of the films.
MGM will release The Ranch in
R-rated and Unrated editions on 11/23 (SRP $25.98).
And here's a bit of news that makes me personally very happy...
Wellspring is releasing a Breaker Morant: The
Masterworks Edition on 11/23 (SRP $34.98 - note that Amazon
has the date listed wrong). The DVD will include newly-remastered
anamorphic widescreen video (1.85:1) from a new HD transfer, Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio, an interview with actor Edward Woodward, audio
commentary by director Bruce Beresford, the original theatrical trailer,
a character breakdown, a director biography and filmographies.
Here's cover art for Millennium: The
Complete Second Season, the Rambo:
Ultimate Collection and Breaker
Morant: The Masterworks Edition...
Finally today, we missed this when the news first broke a couple of
weeks ago (how I don't know, but it slipped by us nonetheless). We'd
like to take a moment to acknowledge
passing of Psycho star Janet Leigh. She was 77.
See you back here on Monday with a new column from Adam Jahnke. Have a
Well... how do you like this. I got called up for jury duty today. Doh!
Naturally, being one of those big pro-civic responsibility types, I'm
going in like a good citizen. Deferments are for wimps!
There's not much news today anyway, but we do have word that the
Guild just reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of
Motion Picture and Television Producers on the issue of DVD residuals
Screen Actors Guild is still sticking to its guns).
Entertainment expects to post a nice boost in earnings for its second
fiscal quarter - very good news for the independent retailer given
the tough market. Well done, guys.
In terms of DVD news,
have word that DreamWorks' Collateral
(due 12/14) will feature an in-depth documentary, City
of Night: The Making of Collateral, which will cover Tom
Cruise's weapons training, Jamie Foxx's stunt driving practice and
director Michael Mann's private exchanges with the cast and crew.
There's also gag feature called Special
Delivery, which is video of Cruise in a Fed-Ex uniform
delivering a package in L.A. on hidden camera. Video for the release
will be anamorphic widescreen and audio will be available in both Dolby
Digital and DTS 5.1.
On the Universal front, you Battlestar
Galactica: The Miniseries fans will be pleased to know that
the DVD release (12/28) will feature anamorphic widescreen video and
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Let's see... some other news. Anyone have a crush on Kristy McNichol
back in the 1970s? Me too (you better believe I never missed an episode
Way as a kid)! Well then, you'll be pleased to hear that
Anchor Bay's finally going to be releasing The
Pirate Movie on DVD in mid-2005. Also on the way in 2005 from
our friends at The Bay are Return to the
Batcave (Holy smokes, Batman!), George Romero's Season
of the Witch, Turk 182,
Dario Argento's uncut version of Trauma,
Rob Lowe in The Specials, Peter
Fonda in Race with the Devil, a
new special edition of Free Enterprise,
Alex Winter's Freaked, Peter
Yates' Eyewitness and much more.
here for all the details.
Now if we could just get
Last Chase (Lee Majors, Burgess Meredith),
the Rainbow (Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher, man!),
Crusoe on Mars,
Man Who Saw Tomorrow,
the Legend of Bigfoot,
the Academy and
Incredible Shrinking Woman on DVD, we'd really have something.
And why the hell isn't someone doing an anamorphic special edition
reissue of Capricorn
One? I mean, come on! If not for us, how 'bout for all those
kooks out there who believe we never landed on the moon! And since TV on
DVD is all the rage these days, how about box sets of
of Star Command,
II and the Logan's
Run TV series? You can't tell me any of those would take more
than a couple of discs each. How about
Cargo remastered on DVD? What about the COMPLETE
and Golaith? How about
Banana Splits Adventure Hour? How about
Link/Secret Chimp for crying out loud? Image? Anchor Bay? VCI?
Bueller? Bueller? Anybody?
Who says there aren't classics yet to be mined on this format? Get busy
DVD producers! There's plenty of work yet to be done.
Yeah... it REALLY is a slow news day. ;-)
By the way, we've heard Paramount's finally looking into Robinson
Crusoe on Mars at least, so cross your fingers.
As promised, we're very pleased to bring you
Harris' latest Yellow Layer Failure column. In this
edition, Robert discusses American Pantheon filmmakers, the latest Fox
Studio Classics titles, new titles from Miramax and Disney, the two
aspect ratios of The Country Girl,
new film noir titles from Warner, Lord Jim
in 70mm, David Mamet, new Michael Moore on DVD and the Ken
Burns America collection from Paramount. Don't miss it!
We've got lots of new announcements to cover today, so here goes...
Columbia TriStar has announced Anacondas: The
Hunt For the Blood Orchid (SLP $26.96), an Anaconda/Anacondas:
The Hunt for the Blood Orchid 2-pack (SLP $37.95), Pursued
and Stander (both SLP $24.96) for
release on 12/21.
Columbia TriStar is also re-releasing Adam
Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights: Special Edition in special "holiday"
packaging on 12/21 (SRP $19.94).
Buena Vista has announced the contents of The
Lost Disc on the Pirates of the
Caribbean: The Curese of the Black Pearl 3-disc gift set (due
on 11/2 - SRP $29.99). Look for 8 new featurettes (including Becoming
Captain Jack, Becoming Barbarossa,
Thar She Blows!, The
Monkey's Name Is Jack, Pirates
Around the World, Fly On the Set,
Spirit of the Ride and Sneak
MGM has announced more of their December and January DVD slates. Look
for Kitchen Stories and This
So-Called Disaster (both 12/14), De-Lovely:
Special Edition (12/21), Wicker
Park and Code 46 (both
12/28), King (2-discs - 1/11/05),
Fool, Something Short of Paradise,
Until September, Jeremy,
Paperback Romance, The
Boyfriend School, Anna Lucasta
and a One More Time/Salt & Pepper
2-pack (all 1/25/05).
And Warner has an impressive slate of newly announced titles. Look for
Everyday People (16x9, DD 5.1,
audio commentary with director Jim McKay and executive producer Nelson
George, The Process featurette -
SRP $26.98), Ice Station Zebra
(16x9, DD 5.1 - SRP $19.97), Ivanhoe
(full frame, DD 1.0 - SRP $19.97), King
Solomon's Mines (1950 - full frame, DD 1.0 - SRP $19.97),
The Letter (1940 - full frame, DD
1.0 - SRP $19.97) and Random Harvest
(full frame, DD 1.0 - SRP $19.97) all on 1/11/05. The studio will
release Zolar: The Extreme Sports Movie
on 1/11/05 as well (16x9, DD 5.1 - SRP $14.96). Curb
Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Third Season will follow on
1/18 (2-discs, 4x3, DD 2.0, video of U.S. Comedy Arts Festival panel
with the cast and crew, episodic previews - SRP $39.98). On 1/25, watch
for Coupling: The Complete Fourth Season
(2-discs - SRP $24.98), Men Behaving Badly:
The Complete Series 1, Men
Behaving Badly: The Complete Series 2 (SRP $19.98 each) and a
Men Behaving Badly: The Complete Series 1 and
2 2-pack (SRP $39.96). Finally, look for the 2-disc Sealab
2021: Season Two on 2/1/05 (SRP $29.98).
Finally, we have some new cover art for you. Here's Warner's Sealab
2020: Season Two, Ice Station
Zebra and Ivanhoe, New
Line's The Notebook: Platinum Series
(2/8/05) and Harold and Kumar Go to White
Castle (1/4/05), and MGM's De-Lovely:
See you tomorrow! Stay tuned...
Okay... we've nearly got our server issues resolved. Seems like once a
year or so, we end up moving the website for whatever reason, and then
there's always about a 30-day settling in period. So thanks to everyone
for your patience.
We WILL be back with Robert Harris' new column tomorrow, and we have a
new one from Adam Jahnke on the way this week as well.
In the meantime, we've got some very cool news that you Alien
vs. Predator fans are going to like in
Rumor Mill today. Be sure to check that out.
Also, we've got a little bit of new cover art for you today. Here's
temp art for Universal's Battlestar
Galactica: The Miniseries (12/28), Miramax's The
Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan (1/11/05) and Criterion's
Fanny & Alexander 5-disc box
Around the Net, our friends over at the always excellent
have posted word that Warner expects to start releasing
and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman on DVD next year.
There's also word of a forthcoming
Albert and the Cosby Kids DVD release. Don't miss it.
And finally, we've kicked off two new
today, giving each of you the chance to win copies of Warner's
Special Edition and
Entertainment box set! The contest will run until Noon PDT on
Sunday, October 17th. Good luck!
I'm afraid we have some very sad news to report today. Actor
Reeve has passed away of heart failure at his home in New York. He
was 52. Though he was confined to a wheelchair in recent years after a
riding accident left him paralyzed, Reeve will forever be remembered as
the one and only Man of Steel. It's almost impossible to measure the
impact Superman had on a
generation of young moviegoers, myself included. Perhaps it's best to
simply link to
review of the film on DVD, and recommend that you give it a spin
(along with Somewhere in Time).
I'd like to post something more fitting, but I'm sure I speak for a lot
of you out there today when I say that... well, it's just hard to find
the words right now.
I should also take a moment to acknowledge the passing (last week) of
another actor and comedian much loved by film fans,
Dangerfield, who appeared in such classics as Caddyshack
and Back to School. He'll get
nothing but respect from us, that's for sure. He was 82.
Well... as you might have noticed, we've been having a little bit of
server troubles around The Bits
this weekend. The site's been very slow and we're getting reports of
graphics loading wrong. That's to be expected I suppose with a new
server. We're having some adjustments made, so hopefully things will be
back to normal in the next 24 hours or so. As a result, we'll save
Robert Harris' column for tomorrow, when hopefully you'll all actually
be able to view the site correctly and read it.
In the meantime, we're going to keep the update light today. But we do
have some DVD release news. We've gotten word from Paramount that the
studio expects to release Sky Captain and the
World of Tomorrow on DVD on 1/25/05. Also coming in January
from Paramount is Without a Paddle
on 1/11. No details yet on specs, but we'll have them for you as soon as
Also, just to let you know, we've updated all the DVD player and
software stats we track here at The Bits
(see the list above),
DVD Player Sales chart.
Our MusicTAP crew has
turned in reviews of four new music DVD titles: Abkco's The
Rolling Stones: Rock & Roll Circus, Warner's Wattstax:
Special Edition, Universal Music's Abba:
In Concert and Epic's Los
Lonely Boys: Texican Style - Live in Austin. Be sure to check
Finally, we've got a couple of pieces of new cover art for you. Here's
a look at 20th Century Fox's The Simpsons:
The Complete Fifth Season (12/21) and Criterion's M
and King of Kings (both 12/7)...
Back tomorrow. Stay tuned...
Afternoon, folks! First up, thanks for all the kind words yesterday.
We've got something for you today that I know many of you really look
forward to... our latest
DVD Cover Art update. And thanks (as always) to the hard work
of our in-house art guru, Russell Hammond, this is our biggest update
ever. Over 300 new cover scans have been added in one fell swoop.
There's tons of great art for you to check out, some of which you most
certainly haven't seen before, so enjoy!
There's also one interesting bit of news today. According to the Hollywood
reported by the CBC), filmmaker Michael Moore has set a new record
for documentary success on home video. Love it or hate it, his Fahrenheit
9/11 sold roughly two million units (on VHS and DVD combined)
in its first day of release. We don't have DVD numbers broken out yet,
but those are certainly big numbers. Combined unit sales are expected to
top three million by the end of the week.
One last note today - tonight is the season premiere of Star
Trek: Enterprise on UPN. I envy those of you who get to watch
this in high-definition. UPN 13 here in L.A. hasn't joined the 21st
Century yet unfortunately. But tonight's episode, Storm
Front, Part 1 starts to wrap up last season's Xindi plotline
(it's a decent ep -
seen it). The Xindi arc will conclude next week in Storm
Front, Part 2, and then I predict this show will start really
getting interesting (so stick with it). The third episode of the season
will take us to Vulcan, then we'll get a 3-episode arc about the
Eugenics Wars (you remember - that's where Khan came from in the classic
episode Space Seed) co-starring
Brent Spinner and featuring the return of the Orions from The
Original Series. Following that, there's a 3-episode Vulcan
Civil War arc planned that will set our favorite purveyors of logic back
on the straight and narrow path, a single-ep story about the guy who
invented the transporter, and then a 3-episode arc that has those damn
Andorians up to no good (with the Tellerites along for good measure).
All this will lead up to the beginnings of the Federation later in the
season. New show runner Manny Coto is really working hard to make this
season a Trek fan's dream, so be
sure to tune in and see for yourself. I think you'll enjoy it.
Okay... that's it for another week. Everybody have a great weekend.
We'll be back on Monday with updated stats and a new column from Robert
Harris. See you then!
Today's update is going to be brief. It's my birthday and I could used
a day off, you know?
Anyway, I'm not going to leave you completely empty handed today. I
know how much you've all been looking forward to this title, so I can't
disappear for a day without letting you know that Warner's announced
Catwoman for release on 1/18/05
(SRP $27.95). You'll get anamorphic widescreen video. You'll get Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio. You'll get deleted scenes and alternate endings. And
you'll get The Many Faces of Catwoman
documentary and an HBO First Look.
And of course, you'll get the movie... which may or may not be a good
thing (I'll let you decide).
Here's better news - Fox has announced the DVD release of The
Simpsons: The Complete Fifth Season for 12/21 (SRP $49.98).
Extras are way too numerous to list at the moment, but expect audio
commentaries (featuring the likes of Matt Groening, Al Jean, Hank
Azaria, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Martin, Mark Kirkland, Jon Vitti, David Mirkin,
James L. Brookes, Conan O'Brien, Jim Reardon, David Silverman, Greg
Daniels, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein), animation showcases, animatics,
TV commercials, deleted scenes and much more.
How can I leave you without a little artwork? Here's Fox's I,
Robot (12/14) and M*A*S*H: Season
Seven (11/9) and of course, Warner's aforementioned Catwoman.
I'll be back tomorrow with a major Upcoming
DVD Cover Art update and more, so stay tuned!
There's been a lot of speculation over the last few days about
Century Fox's recent announcement that it's joining the Blu-ray
Disc Association in an advisory capacity (here's
a story on the official launch of the Association, listing the
companies that have so far joined). We mentioned this the other day, and
commented on it then, but it seems a LOT of people missed it. We want to
make it COMPLETELY clear that Fox says this is NOT an official
endorsement of the format. This does NOT mean that Fox is going to start
releasing its films exclusively in Blu-ray Disc when the format launches
late next year. The studio simply (and understandably) wants to have a
say in how these next-generation videodisc formats develop, so that when
they do finally come to market, the Hollywood studios' opinions and
considerations are taken into account as much as the electronics
manufacturers' have been (the latter having been almost the sole driving
force behind the development of Blu-ray Disc up to now). Keep in mind,
Fox is already a longtime member of the DVD Forum, which is responsible
for the development of HD-DVD. Fox has been actively working with the
HD-DVD people as well. This is simply a studio wisely hedging its bets.
As I said the other day however,
news services immediately blew this story out of proportion by
claiming that Fox has now officially adopted the Blu-ray Disc format.
One other thing to note: There's been a rumor going around these last
couple days that Paramount was about to follow Fox's lead in joining the
Blu-ray Disc Association. According to studio representatives I've
spoken with, this is not true. It's just a rumor.
I've said before on this site that I think it's very important that
only a single, unified high-definition disc format be presented to
consumers as an ultimate replacement to standard DVD. Right now,
unfortunately, two competing formats are almost inevitably going to be
launched. We don't think this, we KNOW it to be true - that's a mistake
of massive proportions. Unfortunately the electronics manufacturers
simply aren't listening to reason. Personally, I've been more impressed
with the Blu-ray Disc technology (I'm still waiting for the HD-DVD
people to show me that they have their act together as much as the
Blu-ray people do - or show me ANYTHING for that matter). Ultimately, I
don't really care which format wins... just that the BEST FORMAT FOR
CONSUMERS wins (keep in mind that the manufacturers all say that players
of both formats are going to be backwards compatible with existing DVD
software). I'll tell you this - if the two groups don't start working
together, or if one of these competing formats doesn't win and win
quickly, the market for high-definition movies on disc is going to
collapse and languish for years. How do I know? Here's how...
high-resolution audio discs have been available for almost 4 years now.
They represent a massive quality improvement over existing music CDs.
Despite this, how many of you have upgraded to either DVD-Audio or SACD?
Not too many. Why? Because there are two competing formats.
Mark my words... unless sanity prevails, high-resolution movie discs
will fall into the very same abyss. If that happens, you just watch how
fast the broadband/Video-On-Demand folks take advantage of the
(LATE UPDATE - 10/5/04 - 1:30 PM PDT)
Afternoon, folks! I wanted to check in here this afternoon with a
couple of quick things.
First of all, MGM has just announced the DVD release of De-Lovely
for 12/21 (SRP $26.98). The disc will include audio commentary with
director Irwin Winkler and Kevin Kline, a second commentary with Winkler
and writer Jay Cocks, the Making of De-Lovely
and Music of De-Lovely
featurettes, 2 Anatomy of a Scene featurettes, deleted scenes, and a
never-before-seen alternate ending.
Coming on 12/14 from MGM are Kitchen Stories
and This So-Called Disaster (SRP
On 12/28, look for the studio to release Wicker
Park (SRP $26.98), featuring audio commentary,
bloopers/outtakes, deleted scenes, music videos, the theatrical trailer
and a photo gallery. Also on 12/28, look for Code
46 (SRP $26.98), with new interviews of Tim Robbins, Samantha
Morton and director Michael Winterbottom, the Making
of Code 46 featurette and deleted scenes.
Finally today, we've kicked off a new
this one giving you the chance to win copies of Warner's 2-disc
Redemption DVD. Entries will be accepted until Noon PDT on
Sunday October 10th. Good luck!
(EARLY UPDATE -
10/5/04 - 12:01 AM PDT)
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a special screening at
Paramount of the first Star Trek
episode ever to be shot in high-definition video. The screening (which
was attended by Star Trek: Enterprise's
producers, much of the production staff and nearly the entire cast) was
billed as a sort of kick-off celebration in honor of the new season, and
the show's recent move to fully-digital production.
The first thing I can tell you is that the high-definition footage
looks absolutely amazing. For the new season, Enterprise
is shooting with Sony's HDW-F900 digital camcorder, on HDCAM videotape
and using Sony's CineAlta 24P processing instead of the usual 35mm film
and photochemical processing (note that this is the exact same camera
system recently used to film Paramount's Sky
Captain and the World of Tomorrow). The resulting picture
quality is absolutely outstanding. When you watch the episode (Storm
Front, Part 1, which debuts this Friday night on UPN stations
around the country) note that the "Previously on Enterprise"
recap at the start is almost entirely shot-on-film material from last
season. The rest of the episode, however, is all HD originated material.
You simply can't tell the difference. Keep in mind, we were watching the
episode on a full-sized theater screen via a 2K DLP digital projection
system. Anyone concerned that the quality of this series might suffer
for the switch to HD video needn't worry. Enterprise
is going to look better than it ever has this season (now if only UPN 13
here in L.A. would get off their asses and start broadcasting in HD,
we'd really have something).
In a Q&A session following the screening, director of photography
Marvin Rush noted that not only is the quality as good (for TV
production) as 35mm film, it's actually better in some respects. There
are a number of very dark, night scenes in the episode, and yet you
never miss out on shadow detail. There's even one scene that's lit
entirely with two flashlights held by the actors... and you still don't
want for image detail. Rush and the episode's director, Allan Kroeker,
also noted that being able to see the final shot on HD monitors on set,
without having to wait for film dailies, means that if something's not
working with a shot, it can be fixed immediately to everyone's
satisfaction. That translates not only to production time and money
saved, but also to extra time for experimentation and more camera
set-ups completed per day.
On the DVD front,
expected this week there was good news. It wasn't quite the
typical studio announcement, but in the Q&A, series co-creator and
executive producer Brannon Braga confirmed that Enterprise
is indeed coming to DVD in 2005 as we've been saying. When I asked for
additional information about the DVD release, Braga said he thought the
current plan was for the episodes to begin arriving in May of next year.
He and new (for season four) executive producer Manny Coto also noted
that the first round of interviews for the DVD extras have already been
completed. Coto joked that his personal home movies would appear as an
Easter egg (it was, of course, just a joke... but Manny, we're game if
I also spoke briefly with actors Scott Bakula (Captain Archer) and
Connor Trinneer (Commander Tucker) at a reception following the event.
Bakula told me that he'd just finished participating in the initial
round of interviews for the DVDs. Trinneer hadn't yet been involved with
the DVD production, but said that he expected to participate at some
point in the near future.
You can bet we'll keep you up to date on all the Star
Trek: Enterprise DVD news in the weeks and months ahead. A
quick reminder to you Paramount Home Video folks: Repeat after me...
deleted scenes, audio commentaries and outtakes. Since this series is
currently in production, fan expectation for these DVDs is a lot higher.
Do keep that in mind, will you? The usual featurettes, trailers and
photo gallery isn't going to cut it this time.
By the way, in case you were wondering about Storm
Front, Part 1... it's a fun way to kick off what promises to
be the best season of Trek in many
years (and if that promise is met, you can thank Coto for that). The
episode is a nice change of pace from last season's Xindi arc, and by
the time it's done, the resolution of the Xindi arc and the show's
long-standing Temporal Cold War storyline is well underway. Fans should
really enjoy it. And, like I said... the episode damn sure looks great.
If your local UPN affiliate broadcasts Enterprise
in HD, definitely be sure to watch it that way.
That's all for now. Stay tuned...
(LATE UPDATE - 10/4/04 -
9:30 AM PDT)
We're very pleased this morning to bring you Barrie Maxwell's latest
Coming Attractions column. In this edition, Barrie reviews
some 22 Westerns including
Black Whip/The Bold Caballero,
in the Sun,
and the Badman,
Across the Pecos,
Man from Colorado,
of New Mexico,
Gun - Will Travel: The Complete First Season,
Came to Cordura,
of the Magnificent Seven,
Magnificent Seven Ride!,
Gunsmoke Movie Collection (including Return
to Dodge, The Last Apache
and To the Last Man), and the
Wayne, American Legend documentary. Enjoy!
Also this morning, New Line has officially announced the DVD release of
The Notebook for 2/8/05, along
with Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
for 1/4/05. The Notebook (SRP
$27.95) will include both anamorphic widescreen and full frame video,
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, 12 deleted scenes, 4 production featurettes,
audio commentary with director Nick Cassavetes, another commentary with
novelist Nicholas Sparks, Rachel McAdams' screen test, the theatrical
trailer and a DVD-ROM script-to-screen option. Harold
& Kumar Go to White Castle (also $27.95) will be
available in separate R-rated and
Extreme Unrated versions. Both
will be anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras on
the R-rated version will include
deleted/alternate scenes, 4 interview/production featurettes, audio
commentary with director Danny Leiner and actors John Cho and Kal Penn,
another commentary with writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the
theatrical trailer and a DVD-ROM script-to-screen option. The Extreme
Unrated version will include these extras plus "extreme"
outtakes, a bonus "extreme" commentary by Danny Bouchard and
All Too Much's Yeah music video.
Finally, in case you missed it (and you're interested),
2nd X-Prize flight this morning was successful, winning the $10
million purse for Burt Rutan's team.
(EARLY UPDATE - 10/4/04 -
12:01 AM PDT)
Morning, everyone! Hope you all got the chance to relax a little this
weekend. Maybe spin a good DVD. Casa Hunt (otherwise known as The
Digital Bits - West Coast office) is getting a new roof
today, so as you can imagine, things are gonna be a little busy around
Because of the whole roofing deal, I decided against attending
SpaceShipOne's final X-Prize flight later this morning. Kinda bummed
about that, but life does have a way of making these decisions for you.
Anyway, you can bet I'm going to be watching the proceedings live -
there's a webcast
planned as well as a live broadcast on the Discovery Science channel.
Take off is set for 7 AM PST (the webcast starts at 6 AM). If all goes
well, Burt Rutan and
Paul Allen's little project will win $10 million this morning...
and the rest of us will be a lot closer to the dream of spaceflight.
Good luck, guys!
In DVD news today, Lions Gate has officially announced the DVD release
of the fascinating documentary on the Arab news network Al Jazeera, Control
Room, on 10/26. I saw this doc at the Film Forum when I was
in New York earlier this year, and I'll tell you it's well worth a
viewing. Absolutely fascinating. You can visit
film's official website here. Also coming from Lions Gate is Open
Water on 12/28.
Miramax has officially announced the release of M. Night Shyamalan's
The Village: Vista Series for
1/11/05 in full frame and anamorphic widescreen versions. Also on the
way are The Buried Secret of M. Night
Shyamalan documentary (also 1/11/05) and Shall
We Dance? (for 10/12).
Universal has announced that it will release Bullfighter
Columbia TriStar will release Son of
Godzilla (1967) on 12/14, along with a Godzilla
3-pack that includes Son of
Godzilla (1967), Godzilla: Tokyo
S.O.S. (2003) and Godzilla vs.
Finally this morning,
Century Fox is expected to announce that it's joining the Blu-ray
Disc Association in an advisory capacity. Fox says this is NOT an
official endorsement of the format, but the studio wants to have a say
in how these next-generation videodisc formats develop (Fox is already a
longtime member of the DVD Forum, which is responsible for the
development of the Blu-ray Disc rival, HD-DVD).
news services, of course, have already blown this story by
claiming that Fox has now officially adopted the Blu-ray Disc format.
Here's the cover artwork for Control Room,
The Village and Universal's Las
Vegas: Season One - Uncut & Uncensored (1/4/05)...
We'll be back later this morning with Barrie's long-awaited Classic
Coming Attractions column - promise!
We've posted this cover art a few times already over the last couple of
months, but we're posting it again now. The reason? New Line's The
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Special Extended DVD Edition
is now available for pre-order on
(street date 12/14). Here's the art for the 4-disc set, the gift set
(which includes the 4-disc set, the bonus Howard
Shore: Creating The Lord of The Rings Symphony - A Composers Journey
Through Middle-earth DVD and the Minas Tirith gift box) and
the box set of all three Special Extended DVD
Editions covering the entire Lord
of the Rings: Motion Picture Trilogy...
According to New Line's press release, here's a sampling of some of the
new scenes you can expect to find in the Extended
Edition (contains SPOILERS):
"With close to 50 minutes of added footage
and 300 new special effects shots, fans can expect several extended
sequences that did not appear in theaters. A central character in the
Trilogy, not seen in the theatrical edition of The Return of the
King, makes a final appearance as the evil wizard Saruman
(Christopher Lee) is confronted by Gandalf The White (Sir Ian McKellen)
at the ruins of Isengard. One of the most powerful and treacherous
figures in all of Middle-earth, Saruman will at last get the fate he so
Entirely new to viewers is the Mouth of Sauron, one of the Dark Lord's
most grotesque and horrifying physical manifestations. When Aragorn
(Viggo Mortensen) leads the charge on the Black Gate at Mordor in order
to create a diversion for Frodo (Elijah Wood), the gate opens to reveal
a terrifying figure on an enormous black horse. With an armored face
like a skull mask, this figure, known as the Mouth of Sauron, reveals
Frodo's mithril shirt to the assembled warriors, leading them to believe
Frodo has died pursuing his quest.
Another sequence that can be seen only in the Special Extended DVD
Edition occurs between Faramir (David Wenham) and Éowyn
(Miranda Otto). After his deranged father Denethor (John Noble) attempts
to burn him alive, Faramir is taken to the Houses of Healing - a
Middle-earth-style hospital - where he has an emotionally charged
encounter with Éowyn.
Finally, fans will relish a surprising cameo by Peter Jackson. Though
the mastermind behind the Trilogy could be glimpsed in the theatrical
cut playing one of the pirates whose ship is overtaken by Aragorn and
the newly raised Armies of the Dead, in the Special Extended Edition,
Gimli (John-Rhys Davies) causes one of Legolas's (Orlando Bloom) arrows
to misfire, accidentally hitting and killing Jackson!"
Sounds pretty damn great to me. Can't wait!
(LATE UPDATE - 10/1/04 - 11:30 AM PDT)
So... any of you out there slaving away like drones in the corporate
sweat farm? Any of you get chewed out recently for leaving the cover
sheets off your TPS reports? Anyone ever miss work, but not really "miss"
it, if you know what I mean? Well kids... unroll your Jump to Conclusion
mats and get ready to leap, cause we've got some cool news for you in
Rumor Mill today. But before you click on over there, turn off
that damn Michael Bolton CD, will you? Seriously, it's just better that
(EARLY UPDATE - 10/1/04 - 12:01 AM PDT)
Boy, can you believe we're into October already? The days and weeks
sure seem to fly by, don't they? Anyway, I wanted to jump in here early
this morning with some cool DVD release news and cover artwork.
First up, Universal has announced the DVD release of Las
Vegas: Season One for 1/4/04, with Land
Before Time XI: The Invasion of the Tinysauruses following on
1/11. Las Vegas will include
uncut/uncensored versions of the episodes on 3 discs in anamorphic
widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (SRP $59.98).
Next up, Warner has just announced We Don't
Live Here Anymore (starring Laura Dern, Mark Ruffalo, Naomi
Watts and Peter Krause) for release on 12/14 (SRP $27.95).
Also, 20th Century Fox has announced that Millennium:
The Complete Second Season will street on 1/4/05 as a 6-disc
set (SRP $59.98). Extras will include audio commentary by Tom Wright on
The Hand of Saint Sebastian, audio
commentary by Michael R. Perry on The Mikado,
the 33-minute The Turn of the Tide: Making of
Season 2 documentary and the 25-minute Academy
Group: Victimology featurette.
Finally this morning, here's that cover art I mentioned... your first
look at Paramount's Top Gun: Special
Collector's Edition (12/14), Fox's Napoleon
Dynamite (12/21) and Warner Music's Peter
Gabriel: Play (11/16). All are available for pre-order now
Back with more later, so stay tuned!
At the risk of incurring Barrie Maxwell's wrath, we're going to hold
his latest Classic Coming Attractions
column one more day. The reason is that we've discovered a little server
glitch that we're sorting out as we speak. If you're reading this now,
you're seeing The Digital Bits on
its brand new server. The transition has been nearly flawless. The one
minor issue is that when the domains were re-routed,
www.thedigitalbits.com was pointed toward
the new server, but www.digitalbits.com
wasn't! We didn't realize this until last night, when we started getting
a few e-mails from worried readers who wondered why we hadn't updated
the site in a week. Turned out they'd been using the
digitalbits.com address. Anyway, we should
have this straightened out by the end of the day, so we'll post Barrie's
column tomorrow. We've gotta make sure ALL our readers get the chance to
see it and not just some!
In news today,
Washington Post website has the transcript of a chat with an
old friend of The Bits, DVD
producer Van Ling, who was involved with the recent Star
Wars DVDs. It's well worth a read. Among the many interesting
points Van makes is that (as we expected) the next likely release of
these films we'll get will be for the 2007 30th anniversary of A
New Hope. We first interviewed Van back in 2000, right after
he finished work on the T2: Ultimate Edition
(you can read
full transcript here). He's also produced the DVD releases of such
films as The Abyss, Independence
Day and the original Terminator.
While we're on the subject of the Star Wars
DVDs, we've been getting many, many questions and complaints about the
audio changes and "music issues" on A
New Hope. All we can tell you is that Lucasfilm claims the
audio on the disc is exactly as they intended it to be. HOWEVER, we are
also getting a lot of complaints from readers who have been experiencing
a disc playback problem with A New Hope.
Apparently, on many players, the disc freezes for a few seconds (we
suspect near the layer switch point) and then skips ahead several
minutes. Fox Customer Service is taking the names
and addresses of people who are experiencing this problem so they can
arrange to send you a fixed replacement disc. You can call them at
888-223-2FOX. Again, this addresses the freezing problem only.
This is not a replacement for any sound issues. Just FYI.
We've got some interesting Blu-ray Disc news to catch you up on. First
World magazine is reporting that Sony will announce next month
that it has developed an 8-layer version of the Blu-ray Disc, capable of
storing a whopping 200GB of data. Sony also plans to "commercialize"
a 4-layer 100GB version as early as 2007. Standard dual-layered Blu-ray
Discs (which are nearly ready for prime time) have a storage capacity of
about 54GB, while standard dual-layered HD-DVD discs have about 30GB.
has also announced that their audio format will be mandatory
technology for inclusion in both the Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD formats.
That means a DTS decoder will be built into every next generation player
that incorporates either HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disc.
I'll tell you, the Blu-ray Disc folks are moving and shaking. All this,
along with Sony's pending acquisition of MGM (and thus its catalog) and
the announcement that the PlayStation 3 is going to use Blu-ray Discs to
play videogame and movie software? The HD-DVD group had better get busy
or this format war is going to be over before it began.
On that front,
World magazine is also reporting that the official DVD Forum
has just approved the physical disc specifications for the rewritable
version of HD-DVD.
Finally, in DVD release news today, Spacecraft Films will debut another
of its From the NASA Archives DVDs
on 10/15. Apollo 13 will be a
3-disc set (SRP $39.99) featuring complete TV transmissions and onboard
film taken during the mission, footage of mission training, launch and
recovery, extensive Mission Control and Press Conference footage during
the in-flight emergency and more. Other titles on the way from
Spacecraft Films are sets featuring Apollo 7,
Apollo 9 and Apollo
10 and more. Should be awesome for you space nuts (like me)
out there! You can learn more about these forthcoming releases at the
Morning, everyone! We've got a brief update for you this morning. First
of all, there's word that the DGA (Directors Guild of America) has
reached a new 3-year deal with the studios which basically leaves the
issue of DVD residual payments to directors unchanged (meaning the
residual payment terms stay as they were in the previous agreement). You
can read more
at Video Business.
Here's more evidence that Star Trek:
Enterprise DVDs are on the way (as reported in
Rumor Mill the other day). Over at
the official Star
Trek website, there's
production report for the forthcoming episode The Augments
(note that the report contains spoilers). In the text, it's mentioned
that a special camera crew was on set to conduct interviews and shoot
behind-the-scenes footage for "a future Star
Trek: Enterprise DVD set." We should have the first
official details from Paramount next week.
In DVD news today, Universal has moved the street date for its Relative
Evil up to 12/14 (from 12/21).
Disney has announced the DVD release of The
Princess Dairies 2: Royal Engagement for 12/14 (SRP $29.99).
Extras will include bloopers, deleted scenes with introduction by
director Gary Marshall, "making of" featurettes, interactive
games, Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway
music video and more.
Also this morning, we have a street date for Peter
Gabriel: Play, which we mentioned in yesterday's post. It's
due on 11/16 from Warner Music.
Over at our MusicTAP
site, while Matt drowns his sorrows over the lackluster performance of
his Chicago Bears (you asked for it Matt), staff reviewer George Bennett
has turned in his thoughts on a recent a music DVD release,
Lonely Boys: Texican Style - Live from Austin, available now
We've got a new Classic Coming Attractions
column on the way from Barrie Maxwell for later this evening/early
tomorrow morning, so be sure to watch for that.
Finally, this has nothing to do with DVD, but some of you may remember
that a few months back that I attended
first ever private manned spaceflight. Well... the little
spaceship that could, SpaceShipOne, is making its first attempt to win
the Ansari X-Prize this morning, and you
can watch it live online at the official prize website. I may be
attending the second flight on 10/4, so if I do, I'll be sure to post
more pictures then.
Fans of Peter Gabriel will be happy with the news we have for you
musician's official website has revealed that a new DVD is in the
works featuring all of Gabriel's music videos over the years. Peter
Gabriel: Play hasn't yet been slated for a specific release
date, but you can likely expect it sometime in late 2004 or early 2005.
The disc will feature 23 music videos, with fully restored video and new
5.1 mixes by Gabriel and Daniel Lanois in both Dolby Digital and
96khz/24bit DTS (a Dolby 2.0 Stereo mix is also included). Each video
will have a short introduction featuring behind-the-scenes footage
and/or Gabriel interview footage over the years. There's also an option
to allow you to create a custom play list of up to 18 tracks, which can
be viewed once or looped to repeat. The DVD will include 3 bonus videos
in addition to the main 23, also in 5.1 sound. Finally, you'll get
trailers for the DVD releases of Growing Up
Live, A Family Portrait
(a documentary look behind the scenes on the Growing
Up Live tour directed by Anna Gabriel - available through the
website) and Secret World Live.
The specific list of videos on the DVD includes Father,
Son, Sledgehammer, Blood
of Eden, Games Without Frontiers,
I Don't Remember, Big
Time, Lovetown, Red
Rain, In Your Eyes,
Don't Give Up, The
Barry Williams Show, Washing of
the Water, Biko, Kiss
That Frog, Mercy Street,
Growing Up, Shaking
the Tree, Shock the Monkey,
Drop, Zaar, Solsbury
Hill and Digging in the Dirt.
The bonus videos will include Games Without
Frontiers (recorded live in 2004), Modern
Love and The Nest That Sailed the
Sky. All in all, pretty damn cool. Thanks to Bits
reader Dan for the heads-up.
In other news today, Paramount has revealed that they'll be releasing
Jonathan Demme's remade Manchurian Candidate
on 12/21. No word yet on extras. Also coming in December from the studio
(street date TBA) is the well-received Metallica:
Some Kind of Monster documentary.
DreamWorks will release Michael Mann's Collateral
on 12/14 (SRP $29.99) in separate, 2-disc full frame and anamorphic
widescreen editions, each with audio in both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1
surround. No word yet on extras. We're betting that the announcement of
Collateral means that you can
reasonably expect Warner to reveal its long-awaited Heat:
Special Edition soon. We'll be sure to let you know.
We certainly expected this... New Line has announced that the 4-disc
Special Extended DVD Editions of
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the
Ring, The Two Towers
and The Return of the King will
all be available in a single box set on 12/14 (SRP $119.97). So if you
haven't gotten them yet, here's the perfect chance. Basically, the three
separate 4-disc sets will be packaged together in a new outer slipcase.
There's nothing new in this release - no exclusive bonus discs or
anything. This is just a way to sell all the Extended
Editions in one package for those who may wish to purchase
them that way.
Moving on this morning, Columbia TriStar has announced the DVD release
of Anacondas: The Hunt For the Blood Orchid,
an Anaconda/Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood
Orchid 2-pack and Naked Fish
You may be pleased to learn that film critic Roger Ebert let it slip on
Ebert & Roeper this weekend
that Criterion might be giving Beyond the
Valley of the Dolls special treatment on DVD next year. Ebert
apparently recorded an audio commentary for the disc a while back (Ebert
wrote the script for the film, which was directed by Russ Meyer who just
passed away last week). Thanks to Bits
readers Charles L. and "Wilson" for that.
Also today, we have word on the extras for Universal's Thunderbirds,
which we mentioned yesterday is on the way for 12/21. Look for audio
commentary with director Jonathan Frakes, behind the scenes featurettes
(including Secrets of Tracy Island Revealed,
Lady Penelope's Pink World, Creating
the Ultimate Action Sequence, Lady
P. & Parker Lose Their Cool: Fun & Stunts and FAB1:
More Than Just a Car), a music video by Busted and the film's
Around the site today, we've kicked off one more
giving you each a chance to take home copies of Universal's
I Wanna Hold
Your Hand on DVD. Like the others we're currently running,
this contest runs until Noon PDT on Sunday, October 3rd. Good luck!
Finally this morning, I wanted to mention this because I know a lot of
you are really looking forward to it. I had the chance to see the
forthcoming Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
this past weekend. The 2-part mini-series debuts on the Sci-Fi Channel
on Sunday, October 17th (click
here to view the trailer and more). Trust me when I say that if
you're a fan of Farscape, you're
going to absolutely love it. The mini-series wraps up most of the loose
ends from the series, including the finale's brutal cliff-hanger ending,
and gives each major character, relationship and story arc (and even
many minor ones) a satisfying resolution. It also marks a potential new
beginning for the character of John Crichton (if the mini-series does
well, the folks at Henson say there's the potential for more adventures
to follow). The scale is bigger and grander than ever before, and the
effects work is spectacular. Most importantly, the characters are all
back just as you know and love them. Each is given due attention and an
important part to play in the story. I'll tell you, I thoroughly enjoyed
all 200+ minutes of Peacekeeper Wars
and I can't wait for the eventual DVD release. You can read
more in-depth review of the mini-series over at Genre
That's all for now! Stay tuned...
We've got some damn good news for you Tolkien fans today. New Line has
just finally, officially announced the DVD release of the 4-disc The
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Special Extended DVD Edition!
As we expected, the DVD will street on 12/14, featuring a 250 minute
version of the film with over 50 minutes of new footage and scenes. The
film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen video (2.35:1) with
audio in both Dolby Digital 5.1 EX and DTS 6.1 ES surround sound. The
film will be presented on Discs One & Two, complete with four
newly-recorded audio commentaries by the director and writers, the
design team, the production team and the cast. These will feature more
than 30 participants (including Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin,
Orlando Bloom, Richard Taylor, Howard Shore and many more). The cast
commentary will also feature a dialogue between split-personality
characters Gollum and Smeagol (Andy Serkis).
Discs Three & Four (The Appendices)
will include the usual in-depth documentaries and other features. Disc
Three (The War of the Ring) will
include a video introduction by Peter Jackson, the final part of the
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth
documentary, the From Book to Script: Forging
the Final Chapter documentary, an abandoned concept
featurette: Aragorn Battles Sauron,
the final parts of the Designing Middle-earth,
Workshop and Costume Design
documentaries, design galleries with more than 2,100 images (divided
into The Peoples of Middle-earth,
The Realms of Middle-earth and
Miniatures), the Home
of the Horse Lords documentary, and more interactive Middle-earth
Atlas: Tracing the Journeys of the Fellowship and New
Zealand as Middle-earth interactive maps (with production
Disc Four (The Passing of an Age)
will include a video introduction by Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd
and Dominic Monaghan, the final part of the Cameras
in Middle-earth documentary on the making of the film, a
production photo gallery with more than 60 images, the last part of the
Weta Digital visual effects
documentary, a multi-angle The Mumakil Battle
interactive demonstration, the Editorial:
Completing the Trilogy, Music for
Middle-earth, The Soundscapes of
Middle-earth and The End of All
Things documentaries, The Passing
of an Age documentary, the Cameron
Duncan: The Inspiration for Into the West documentary, the
DFK6498 and Strike
Zone short films and finally the usual DVD-ROM content on all
Whew! Can't think of a better way to spend the holidays, can you?
Pre-orders for the title begin on 10/1. You can read more
at the official Lord of the Rings website.
In other news today, Universal has announced the DVD release of the
live-action Thunderbirds and
Jean-Jacques Annaud's Two Brothers
for 12/21 (SRP $29.98 each). Two Brothers
will be available in dual full frame and anamorphic widescreen editions,
with audio in Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras will include audio commentary
with director Annaud, the director's journal, the Call
of the Wild, Wild About Tigers,
Tiger Brothers, Tiger
Trainers, Tiger Tech,
Tiger Cam, Location
Scouting and Costume Design
featurettes, a gallery of storyboard art and DVD-ROM weblinks. Thunderbirds
will also be available in dual full frame and anamorphic widescreen
editions, with audio in Dolby Digital 5.1. Extra features are still TBA.
Also announced for 12/18 is Drunken
Jackasses: The Quest (SRP $27.98) in four versions - full
frame and anamorphic widescreen in both R and Unrated editions.
Disney has announced its direct-to-video Mulan
II for release on 2/1/05 (SRP $29.99). No word yet on extras,
but we've heard that the entire original voice cast was reunited for the
release. Buena Vista has also announced The
Hole (staring Kiera Knightley and Thora Birch) for 10/19 (SRP
If you're a fan of Criterion DVDs, you should know that the company has
just announced that two of its titles, Paul Morrisey's Flesh
for Frankenstein and Blood for
Dracula, are now officially out of print. If you want them
and you haven't gotten them yet, you'd best head to your local video
store before they're gone.
20th Century Fox has announced the release of Garden
State on 12/28 (SRP $29.98). We believe the disc will include
both anamorphic widescreen and full frame video with Dolby Digital 5.1
audio. Extras will include audio commentary with writer/director Zach
Braff and Natalie Portman, a second commentary with Braff, director of
photography Lawrence Sher, editor Myron Kerstein and production designer
Judy Becker, 16 deleted scenes with optional commentary, The
Making of Garden State featurette, outtakes and bloopers, and
a soundtrack promo spot. Also newly announced by Fox for December are
M.A.S.H.: TV Season 7 and Garfield
and Friends: Volume 2 (both 12/7), along with Reba:
Season 1 (12/14).
By the way, we've received word that Warner's Batman:
The Animated Series - Volume Two and Superman:
The Animated Series - Volume One, both of which had
originally been announced for release on 12/7, are now expected to
street on 1/25/05. Adjust your Bat-plans accordingly.
On the Contest
front today, we've kicked off two new ones, giving each of you the
chance to take hope copies of Universal's
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and
limited edition and retired Angel figure from Sideshow
Collectibles! The contests will run until Noon PDT on Sunday, October
3rd, so get your entries in quick.
Finally this morning, we've got some cool new cover art to show you.
Here's a look at Image Entertainment's Pee-Wee's
Playhouse: Volumes 1 & 2 (11/16), Disney's Mulan
II, Universal's Thunderbirds
and Two Brothers, and Anchor Bay's
21 Jump Street: Season One
(10/26). All are available for pre-order now from
and doing so through our links helps support our continuing work here at
The Bits (so we appreciate it!)...
Sorry for the late post today, but I think you'll agree it was worth
the wait. I spent the day with the
Home Theater Forum folks again, on their last full day in Los
Angeles, visiting our friends over at Paramount Pictures. We spent the
morning touring the studio lot (always fun - Paramount is the last
original studio in Hollywood and there's plenty of history to see). We
also attended a digital mastering demonstration given by Ron Smith, the
Senior Project Manager in the studio's Digital Mastering department.
We've spoken to him in the past -
here for our feature on Ron's remastering work for the original
Star Trek DVDs from back in 2000.
Thanks to Ron and the whole DVD/technical staff over at Paramount for a
Anyway, here's the good news - we've finally got an official street
date for Paramount's 2-disc Top Gun: Special
Collector's Edition. The title had originally been expected
in November, but it's now officially set to hit store shelves on 12/14.
By the way, we hear the DTS soundtrack on the disc is to die for. ;-)
The other cool bit of news we have for you this afternoon isn't
official yet, so you'll find it in
Rumor Mill today. But... well, let me put it to you this way.
You Star Trek: Enterprise fans are
about to get really, really happy. Nuff said. ;-)
That's all for this week. Have a great weekend and we'll see you back
here on Monday!