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UPDATE - 1/15/03 - 1:45 PM PST)
Just a quick update here. We've gotten reliable word from industry
sources today, that when The Ring
debuts on DVD from Dreamworks on 3/4 (in separate widescreen and full
frame versions), the studio will also release Hideo Nakata's Ringu,
the original Japanese film that inspired it. FYI, The
Ring will include a behind-the-scenes featurette, DTS sound
and the Ringu trailer. Ringu
itself will be widescreen. Watch for an official announcement soon.
How reliable is this? Well... you can already pre-order both
on DVD at many online retailers, including
UPDATE - 1/15/03 - 12:01 AM PST)
Sources at Paramount have given us some hints about upcoming titles for
2003. First of all, there are serious plans to bring a number of classic
TV series to DVD this year, including Frasier,
Cheers and Soul
Food. There are no dates or other details yet, but certainly
good news for fans.
Star Trek fans will also be happy
to know that complete seasons of Star Trek:
Deep Space Nine are on schedule for release throughout the
remainder of 2003. Season One
arrives on 2/25, as you know. Additional seasons will arrive every two
months thereafter, with Season Two
set to street on 4/1, Season Three
due on 6/3, Season Four on 8/5,
Season Five on 10/7, Season
Six on 12/2 and Season Seven
at the end of December.
And on the movie side of things, Roman Polanski's The
Tenant is back on the schedule for release in 2003, as are
both Brady Bunch feature films.
Finally, we're hearing that DreamWorks' The
Ring is tentatively set for a 3/4 debut on disc.
Word is beginning to circulate from sources that Disney will soon begin
releasing the Miyazaki animated films on DVD, as 2-disc special
editions. According to several sources, the first wave of these titles
will arrive in April (4/17 to be exact), and is expected to include the
recent Spirited Away, as well as
Kiki's Delivery Service and Castle
in the Sky (a.k.a. Laputa).
If this turns out to be accurate, it's absolutely wonderful news for
For those of you not familiar with the work of Hayao Miyazaki, know
that he's widely regarded as one of (if not the) greatest animators in
the world, and not just in Japan. Many of Disney's best animators
consider him their inspiration. His work is well worth a look for those
who love animation and film in general. Even though it's only a
movie-only edition, we suggest checking out Miramax's Princess
Mononoke for starters.
Let's get right to this thing, shall we? We've gotten word from retail
sources on two big upcoming titles for 2003. Look for Columbia TriStar's
Black Hawk Down: Special Edition
to finally hit stores in June. And James Bond will Die
Another Day on DVD from MGM in May if all goes well.
And on the TV front, we've got word that Paramount's C.S.I.:
The Complete First Season will street on 3/25, while their
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season Two
will arrive in April.
Word is coming in from R2 that Warner's planned Looney
Tunes releases, the first of which was set for release in
February in R2, have been pulled from the release schedule indefinitely.
Our guess is that the company will re-announce these titles in R2, and
announce them in R1, later in 2003. The release of Looney
Tunes to DVD is obviously a big deal, and the studio no doubt
wants to get its ducks lined up in a row so as make the most of the
announcement. But our sources are telling us that the releases are
definitely in the works, so stay tuned.
Also, we've got a report from several Bits
readers who attended a special screening of Confessions
of a Dangerous Mind at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood last
night. Director George Clooney and star Sam Rockwell were on hand for
discussion afterwards, and they revealed that the first cut of the film
was 165 minutes in length (the final running time is 125 minutes).
According to those in attendance, Clooney said that the 125-minute cut
is his favorite. When asked about the deleted footage, he noted that a
few of the scenes (but definitely not all) might find their way on to
the eventual DVD release. Clooney apparently doesn't like it when
deleted scenes get edited back into the film for the DVD, because that
makes it seem like the film that was released was not as the director
intended. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed us on this.
Could the greatest gorilla movie of all time finally be on its way to
DVD? Just maybe. Word has reached us that a King
Kong DVD finally might be in the works for later this year.
There's nothing official yet from Warner, but 2003 is the title's 70th
anniversary, so a release this year would make a lot of sense.
File this one in the WAAAAAYYYYY rumor category, but Region 2 retailers
Megastore are already taking pre-orders for The
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on DVD. This would be the
2-disc theatrical version, which they have slated for June 30th release.
You can indeed expect a 4-disc extended edition later in the year. If
this U.K. date holds true, you can expect the U.S. date to be similar.
Keep in mind though, that nothing is official until New Line announces
Sources are telling us that in addition to the in-progress special
editions of Dances with Wolves
(April '03) and Escape from New York
(December '03), MGM is also developing To
Live and Die in L.A., Wild at
Heart and Valley Girl
as special edition releases in 2003. More on these titles in the coming
Retail sources are checking in with street dates on a few big 1st and
2nd Quater 2003 DVD releases. Keep in mind, all these dates are
2/25 - Knockaround Guys
3/11 - South Park: The Complete Second
Season, Swimfan, The
3/18 - White Oleander, Smallville:
The Complete First Season
4/1 - Red Dragon
4/22 - Friends: The Complete Third Season
5/13 - La Femme Nikita: Season One
6/17 - South Park: The Complete Third Season
Thanks to everyone who checked in with this. Stay tuned...
Here's a couple brief but cool bits of news, both confirmed with the
studios. First, DreamWorks is currently hard at work on a DVD release of
Steven Spielberg's Taken
miniseries, which is now playing on the Sci-Fi Channel. The release is
set for next year.
Also, you fans of Paramount's Tom Clancy film series will be happy to
know that Patriot Games, Clear
and Present Danger and The Hunt
for Red October are all in the process of being overhauled as
special edition releases for 2003.
And this from
Fox chat the other night - there's word from the studio that 2003
could be a big year for the Alien
films. Other POSSIBLE titles for 2003 (remember, most of these are NOT
yet officially announced - just planned or tentatively planned) include
Big Trail, Cavalcade,
3 Women, A
Valley of the Dolls, Beyond
the Valley of the Dolls, The Panic
in Needle Park, Journey to the
Center of the Earth, Heaven Can
Wait, Terror Train,
Cemetery Man, One
Million Years BC, Predator: SE,
Predator 2, Song
of Bernadette, Miller's Crossing,
Barton Fink, Laura,
My Darling Clementine, Cocoon,
Cocoon 2, All
That Jazz and possibly True Lies:
SE. I encourage you all to read the chat, as some titles are
confirmed and others are only tentative.
Among the list of TV releases for 2003 (a few ARE confirmed), look for
24: Season Two, The
Shield: Season One, The Simpsons:
Season Three, NYPD Blue: Season
One and more X-Files,
as well as (possibly) Lost in Space,
The Time Tunnel, Futurama,
Son of the Beach, Dark
Angel, Angel, Family
Guy, King of the Hill
and Millennium. Once again, please
refer to the
text for the context in which these titles were mentioned.
Finally, you can reasonably expect eventual DVD releases of new 2003
Fox films like Daredevil, Master
and Commander, The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen and X-Men
2 before the end of next year.
A list of titles comprising allegedly Warner's Region 2 release slate
for 2003 began appearing around the Net this weekend, and it's
interesting enough that we decided to post it here. A word of warning:
this is NOT from our sources and these titles have NOT been confirmed
officially. BUT... we do know that some of these special edition titles
are indeed in production, so the list could very well be legitimate.
Note that since this is a R2 list, specific titles and street dates may
differ from their R1 counterparts. In particular, the TV titles may not
be released in the States for syndication reasons. Here's the list.
3/TBD - Masters of the Universe
4/7 - Tom & Jerry, Volume 1
4/28 - Adam's Rib
5/19 - Smallville: Season 1, Volume 1
5/26 - Robin Hood Prince of Thieves: Special
5/TBD - Babylon 5, Season 2
6/30 - The Color Purple
7/7 - Giant: Special Edition
(2-disc), The Right Stuff: Special Edition,
The Deer Hunter: Special Edition
8/4 - Smallville: Season 1, Volume 2
9/8 - Tom & Jerry 2
9/29 - Omega Man, Soylent
Green, The Hunger
9/TBD - Babylon 5, Season 3, Scooby-Doo:
Harlem Globetrotters, Scooby-Doo:
Meets the Boo Brothers
10/6 - Casablanca: Special Edition
10/20 - The Sopranos, Season 4,
Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico
10/TBD - Stephen King Legacy (8
11/TBD - Goodfellas: Special Edition,
Connery 3-pack, The
Matrix: Reloaded gift set, Matrix:
Reloaded/Revisited 3-pack, Name of
the Rose, A Christmas Story,
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman,
Greystoke: Special Edition
Some damn good titles in that batch if this list turns out to be the
real deal. We can only assume that The Color
Purple and A Christmas Story
are new special editions, since they're already released. We'll let you
know when we get any kind of official comment from Warner.
We're hearing all kinds of additional buzz from our sources that Warner
Bros. is gearing up to finally announce the DVD release of classic Looney
Tunes shorts in early 2003. And we've just gotten word that
no less than four titles in the series have already been revealed for
2/17 - Looney Tunes: Bugs Bunny
3/19 - Looney Tunes: Daffy Duck
4/14 - Looney Tunes: Tweety Pie &
5/12 - Looney Tunes: Wile E. Coyote &
There's no official word from Warner yet as to whether these discs will
be the same for Region 1, but we expect to hear something soon. If this
information holds true, it would seem that Warner is following Disney's
fan approved example with its Walt Disney
Treasures line, which has thus far featured collections of
Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphonies and soon Goofy. Whether the above titles
are multi-disc sets, and how many shorts they will each contain is TBA.
But we feel confident, based on what our sources are telling us, that
Looney Tunes fans are going to
have a lot to celebrate in 2003.
We've got street dates for you on a few upcoming Fox TV series DVD
sets. First up, Fox's Angel: The Complete
First Season arrives on DVD on 2/11. M*A*S*H:
The Complete Third Season will arrive on 2/18. NYPD
Blue: The Complete First Season will follow on 3/18. We have
word that The Simpsons: The Complete Third
Season will street sometime in April of next year. The
X-Files: The Complete Seventh Season will follow in May. And
looking down the line, word is from our sources that Chris Carter's Millennium
is also being prepped for DVD release before the end of 2003.
And in another TV-related note, Video Business is reporting that NBC's
Will & Grace is going to be
released on DVD next year through Lion's Gate. We say, let's see The
West Wing next.
We have it on good authority that Fritz Lang's restored version of Metropolis
will finally reach DVD from Kino (here in R1) on February 18 as a
special edition release. This is the new, German restoration that is
currently making a tour the art house circuit.
Additionally, we have it on good authority that a several classic Akira
Kurosawa films will arrive on DVD in 2003. Kagemusha
from Fox, Dreams from Warner Bros
(watch for an announcement soon) and MGM's Rhapsody
in August. The good folks at Criterion are also working on a
number of new Kurosawa DVDs as well, including Dodes'ka-den,
for next year. Expect Wellspring's new restoration of Ran
to finally hit DVD (apart from the Amazon-only collection) in 2003.
Sadly, we've been told by sources that a decision has been made to push
back the release of MGM's Escape from New
York: Special Edition until December of 2003, rather than
January as had been reported by director John Carpenter recently. Just
Finally this morning, look Fox's The Day the
Earth Stood Still to finally arrive on DVD in March (with
director commentary) as part of Fox's Studio Classics line. As you know,
the first batch of titles from this line will be All
About Eve, Gentleman's Agreement
and How Green Was My Valley. An
Affair to Remember will follow in the second batch. Look for
My Darling Clementine to be part
of this line in 2003 as well.
Sources have been telling us for a couple days now that Paramount may
be allowing director William Shatner to go back and revisit Star
Trek V: The Final Frontier for its upcoming special edition
DVD release. It's been reported elsewhere on the Net and our sources say
talks are definitely happening. No final decision's been made yet, but
it looks good. Many of you Trek
fans know that Final Frontier is
the weakest of the film series, but part of that was apparently due to
budget cuts the studio made at the last minute. Personally, I think the
script was weak, but who knows what some overhauled CGI effects can do.
Cross your fingers.
Also, our sources have checked in with word that Artisan's Stargate:
Ultimate Edition DVD (which was originally expected on 10/22)
is still coming. Expect the official announcement from Artisan in the
next 2-3 weeks.
You fans of director John Carpenter, who are waiting patiently for
MGM's promised Escape from New York: Special
Edition, will be pleased to hear what this reader has to say.
Bits reader R.J. sent this in over
"I was at a screening in NYC at the Walter
Reade Theater where they were showing The Thing and preceding
the event was a Q&A with director John Carpenter. According to him,
the MGM Special Edition disc of Escape from New York is
scheduled to be released January 2003 and it will include 10 minutes
that was originally cut from the theatrical release, showing a robbery
leading to the arrest of Snake Plissken. This scene was shown in dribs
and drabs during a featurette on the previous laserdisc release by New
Line, that included commentary w/ Carpenter and Kurt Russell. Whether it
will get put back in the movie or included as a separate deleted scene
is unknown. But you heard it first from the prince of darkness himself,
Cool news! We're waiting to hear back from MGM with confirmation on
this, and we'll post details as soon as we have them. Thanks, R.J.!
UPDATE - 9/30/02 - 2 PM PDT)
We know some of you have been looking forward to this title for a long
time. So here's the deal. MGM's Dances with
Wolves: Collector's Edition is tentatively slated for April
release to DVD. Look for a 2-disc edition featuring approximately 6
hours and 20 min of running content. We've confirmed the following
specs. You'll get the extended director's cut of the film in anamorphic
widescreen video (2.35:1 aspect ratio), Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio
commentary with director Kevin Costner and producer Jim Wilson, a second
audio commentary with DP Dean Semler and editor Neil Travis, a 28-minute
"making of" featurette, a 70-minute documentary, an original
music video, a Dances scrapbook, a
poster art gallery, an Easter egg and several TV spots and trailers.
And in other MGM news, our sources are telling us that Barbershop
will arrive on DVD from MGM in January on 1/7.
UPDATE - 9/30/02 - 12:45 PM PDT)
We've got a look for you at Paramount's complete December slate. Most
of these have already been announced, but here's the list...
12/3 - Star Trek: The Next
Generation: Season Six, The
Duellists: Collector's Edition, Serpico
and War and Peace (1956)
12/10 - K-19: The Widowmaker,
The Emperor's New Clothes, Damaged
Care, Bleacher Bums,
MTV's Jackass, Volumes 2 & 3
(there is no Volume 1 - a joke by
the Jackass people)
12/31 - Star Trek: The Next
Generation: Season Seven
Look also for a recent animated title to arrive on 12/31 (you can
probably guess which one). In January, we've been told to expect more
good news for fans of MTV's The Real World,
as well as fans of Elvis. And complete seasons of Star
Trek: Deep Space Nine are on tap for early 2003 as well, but
these will probably not start arriving in stores until March.
Also, on behalf of Star Trek
fans, we asked Paramount about the possibility that The
Animated Series will find its way to DVD. Don't expect it
anytime soon. TAS is very low on
the priority list.
Here's a short but sweet update of The Rumor
Mill for you... we've heard from our sources to expect
Universal's Blue Crush and The
Bourne Identity on DVD in January, with DreamWorks' Road
to Perdition following in February in time for Academy Award
consideration. Perdition will also
include a full-length audio commentary by director Sam Mendes.
Okay... it's been a couple weeks since we updated The
Rumor Mill. So how about a good one today?
We've been hearing rumblings from our sources that Warner Bros is
getting closer to their Looney Tunes
animated catalog titles finally being released on DVD. We have no
details yet on the release format (we're hoping for big box sets), but
it looks as though Bugs and the gang could finally see the light of day
Speaking of Warner animated titles, look for The
Iron Giant: Special Edition to be released in 2003 as well.
In addition, our retailer sources are telling us that New Line's Austin
Powers in Goldmember DVD will street on 12/3.
And we have what we believe are the close-to-final stats on the Back
to the Future DVD set. This is (in fact) the UK spec listing
(thanks to reader Fran):
Back to the Future movie, The
Making of Back to the Future (a rare behind the scenes look),
Making the Trilogy: Chapter 1
(retrospective look featuring cast and crew), all new feature commentary
with director/writer Robert Zemeckis & producer/writer Bob Gale,
hilarious outtakes, deleted scenes, original make-up tests, Did
you know that? Universal's animated anecdotes, (watch the
movie and learn more interesting facts), production Archive
(photographs, original storyboards & props),
storyboards-to-final-feature comparisons, theatrical trailer
Back to the Future II movie, Back
to the Future II featurette (a rare behind the scenes look),
Making the Trilogy: Chapter 2 (a
retrospective look featuring cast and crew), hilarious outtakes, deleted
scenes, Hover Board test on location, production archive (photographs,
original storyboards & props), storyboards-to-final-feature
comparisons, theatrical trailer
Back to the Future III movie, Making
the Trilogy: Chapter 3 (a retrospective look featuring cast
and crew), hilarious outtakes, deleted scenes, ZZ Top music video for
Doubleback, production archive
(photographs, original storyboards & props),
storyboards-to-final-feature comparisons, theatrical trailer
We expect the U.S. spec list to match this closely, with the possible
addition of a few other items as well. By the way,
has a 5 1/2 minute preview trailer online for this set now. Be sure to
check it out.
And finally today, we've got what our sources are telling us is the
final deleted scene list for the Star Wars:
Episode II DVD. Scenes in yellow
have already been confirmed:
1. Padme addresses the Senate
2. Obi-Wan talks with the Analysis Droids
3. Obi-Wan learns of the "Lost Twenty" Jedi
4. Obi-Wan and Mace discuss Anakin at the
5. Anakin and Padme with Padme's Family
6. Anakin and Padme on Trial on Geonosis
7. Extended version of the Yoda/Dooku lightsaber duel
8. Jedi Raid on the Droid Control Ship
If the rest of that list pans out... that's a damn cool list of deleted
material. Rumor is the extended Yoda/Dooku duel features Dooku fighting
with two lightsabers. Just having ANY more of short stack in action is
cool to us...
We're hearing from a number of our retail sources that Paramount has
tentatively set February 25th of next year as the launch date for Star
Trek: Deep Space Nine on DVD. Expect the complete first
season on that date (or thereabouts), with subsequent seasons following
every couple of months throughout the rest of 2003. The format and
extras for these boxed sets should closely resemble the current The
Next Generation DVD sets. And you can reasonably expect Voyager
UPDATE - 8/22/02)
We've got a look for you at MGM's expected DVD release slate for
December - some good stuff here! Look for 24
Hour Party People, The Crocodile
Hunter (crikey!), The Producers
Special Edition, as well as the following catalog titles:
Alphabet City, Bad
Influence, Blue Steel,
Body of Evidence (R and Unrated),
Company Business, Dead
of Winter, Miami Blues,
of Grace and The Whistle Blower.
The following "classic" line titles can also be expected: The
Children's Hour, A Kiss Before
Dying, Legend of the Lost,
Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song,
The Road to Hong Kong, The
Thief of Bagdad and Where's Poppa.
That's a nice little batch by any measure.
UPDATE - 8/22/02)
Bits reader Johnnie Y. reports
that he recently had the chance to speak with representatives of Rhino
Home Video about their upcoming DVD plans. Reportedly in the works for
2003 are an H.R. Pufnstuf complete
series DVD box set (planned for March release) and the entire first
season of Land of the Lost
(planned for Fall 2003 release), with the second season to follow a few
months after that. This sure is a great time for TV fans!
Also this morning (following up on news we've reported previously),
word is Paramount's currently laying out plans for the DVD release of
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine next
year. Look for the release to be patterned closely after this year's
on-going DVD release of The Next Generation,
meaning you can likely expect complete season box sets every few months
throughout 2003. I'm already jonesin' for season one of Enterprise
in anamorphic widescreen, but looks like we'll have to wait a couple
years at least. Doh!
We've got a quick tidbit for you Stargate:
SG-1 fans. Word from the show's producers at the recent
Comic-Con convention is that Season Three of the series is tentatively
set for DVD release in January.
Also today, we've got word that Buena Vista is already working to bring
its animated Lilo and Stitch to
DVD, possibly before the year is out. And don't forget that with
Disney's The Lion King
to debut in IMAX and "large screen" theaters in December,
you'll have the film as the studio's next Platinum Edition in 2003.
Another MGM update this morning. Sources are telling us that among
MGM's tentatively slated DVDs for 2003, you'll find Akira Kurosawa's
Rhapsody in August, the 1939 Wuthering
Heights and (as mentioned previously) Wim Wender's Wings
of Desire. MGM recently obtained the rights to Wuthering
Heights from HBO and released the film on VHS. This should
come as good news to those of you who have been looking to pay upwards
of $150 for the now out of print HBO DVD on Ebay.
Speaking of Kurosawa, we understand that his Kagemusha
is under consideration for future DVD release from 20th Century Fox.
Criterion is expected to release almost everything earlier than Dodes'ka-den.
And don't forget that Wellspring's (formerly Fox Lorber) new anamorphic
widescreen re-issue of Ran is due
in 2003. Now if we could just get Warner to release Dreams,
we'd be all set. Hint, hint...
One other little bit of good news. Artisan is going to be releasing the
first volume of Speed Racer
episodes on DVD in R1 before the year is out. And if you fans buy enough
copies, the rest of the series MIGHT follow next year.
Last note -
is now taking R2 pre-orders for Steven Spielberg's Minority
Report on DVD. Street date is listed as 11/25, which could
mean that U.S. consumers will find it on store shelves here in R1 (from
DreamWorks) around the same time. November is REALLY going to be an
expensive month for DVD fans.
We've got some details on MGM's forthcoming Dances
with Wolves: Special Edition DVD for you today. Look for the
2-disc set to street early next year, complete with the 232-minute
European version of the film in anamorphic widescreen (by comparison the
U.S. release clocked in at 181 minutes), a pair of newly-recorded,
feature-length audio commentaries (including one with director/star
Kevin Costner), multiple "behind-the-scenes" documentaries,
trailers and much more. Should be a very cool release for fans. We'll
have more specific details for you in a future update.
Yes... it's true. We're hearing from a number of good sources who tell
us that Buena Vista's recently announced Ed
Wood DVD caught the notice of none other than the film's
director, Tim Burton. The good news is that Burton's decided that he
would like to add more content to what was already announced. The bad
news is that, because of this, the disc will probably be delayed until
early 2003. But let's focus on that good news, shall we? Now maybe Ed
Wood's gonna be the kind of disc it should have been in the
first place! We're willing to be it will be worth the wait.
Our friend Garth Franklin over at
Horizons is reporting that HBO's Band
of Brothers miniseries will finally arrive on DVD on 11/5.
There's been no official word from the studio yet, but the disc will
reportedly contain the 80 minute documentary We
Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company, an interactive
field guide for enhanced viewing, a 30 minute Making
of Band of Brothers featurette, actor Ron Livingston's video
diaries and footage from the premiere on Normandy.
A number of retail sources have checked in with us on what they're
being told is the official street date for Lucasfilm and Fox's Star
Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones DVD. If they're
right, look for the 2-disc set to hit store shelves on November 12th
(note that our friends at
Force.net are hearing similar reports). I expect official details
to be leaked or announced in the next couple of weeks.
Howdy gang! You fans of foreign cinema should be pleased to learn that
MGM will release Y Tu Mama Tambien
on DVD on 10/8, in two versions (R-rated and Unrated). Look for an
Also today, just in case you didn't read it in the daily column the
other day, Lucasfilm asked Latino Review
to remove the Star Wars: Episode II
DVD insert artwork, basically admitting that it's the real deal. So the
spec list you see below should be very close to what's announced in the
Review website has been posting scans of what it claims is the
DVD case insert for the upcoming Star Wars:
Episode II DVD. Don't ask me how they got this - we've got no
idea. We're working to determine if this is legitimate or not with our
sources, but there's enough detail here that we've at least decided to
post the purported specs here:
2-discs, anamorphic widescreen video (2.35:1), Dolby Digital 5.1 EX and
2.0 audio, THX-certified with Optimizer, feature-length audio commentary
(with writer/director George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, sound
designer Ben Burtt, animation director Rob Coleman and effects
supervisors Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow), 8 deleted scenes
with introduction by George Lucas, Rick McCallum and Ben Burtt, From
Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in Episode II
documentary, State of the Art: The
Previsualization of Episode II documentary, Films
Are Not Released: They Escape sound documentary, three
featurettes (on storyline, action scenes and love story), Star
Wars.com 12-part web documentary, Across
the Stars music video, poster art and print campaign gallery,
3 theatrical trailers, launch trailer and 12 TV spots, R2-D2:
Beneath the Dome "mocumentary" trailer, production
photo gallery, Visual Effects Breakdown
montage, DVD-ROM weblinks to special DVD-only website, scene selection
So is this the real deal? We'll let you know as soon as we know.
Our sources have checked in today with details on Artisan's High
Noon: 50th Anniversary Edition which is currently in
production. The disc will reportedly feature a pair of newly-recorded
audio commentaries to include: Tim Zinnemann (the son of director Fred
Zinnemann), Johnathan Foreman (the son of co-writer Carl Foreman) and
Maria Cooper-Janis (the daughter of star Gary Cooper). Other extras are
TBD. Should be a cool disc.
South Park website has announced that South
Park: Season One will be released on DVD on 11/12. Word is
that each of the of set's 3-discs will include audio commentary by
series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Any updates will be posted
here in The Rumor Mill until
Warner makes an official announcement.
And finally today, we've had several retailers check in with word that
HBO's landmark miniseries, Band of Brothers,
will find its way to DVD on 11/19. Other DVD sites are also hearing this
same date, so this looks like the real deal (at long last). Watch for an
official announcement soon.
A little more Fox news for you today. You fans of director Robert Wise
will be pleased to know that a special edition of his classic The
Day the Earth Stood Still is on tap for release in 2003.
Also coming from the studio in 2003 are a trio of Coen Brothers DVDs
with at least some special edition content - Miller's
Crossing, Barton Fink
and Raising Arizona.
Coming from MGM in early 2003 will be Ridley Scott's Thelma
and Louise: Special Edition. In addition, a special edition
of Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire is
on tap for later in the year. That's a title I've been waiting for a
LONG time. Also, be aware that the studio's Dances
with Wolves: Special Edition is still set to be released
before the end of this year (reportedly with both the U.S. and European
versions of the film included).
We've got some good Fox news for you today. We've been able to confirm
with our sources that the studio is working on a DVD release of the
first season of 24. Look for it to
hit stores in time for the broadcast debut of season two. Fox is also
working to bring Malcolm in the Middle
and NYPD Blue to DVD in complete
The studio's Ice Age will get a
major 4th quarter release on DVD, packed with extras. Expect an official
announcement for the title sometime this week.
As far as the Predator: Special Edition
that's been released internationally, don't expect a similar release
here anytime soon. With two versions of the film already released on DVD
in R1, the studio is going to wait and see if the international release
sells better than expected before releasing a third version on the
In other news, the Office Space: Special
Edition is unfortunately languishing in extended limbo, due
to various issues that need to be worked out. Don't expect it anytime
soon. Likewise, their True Lies: Five Star
Collection disc, which is awaiting the availability of
director James Cameron.
Finally, we've confirmed that some Musicland Group stores (Suncoast,
Media Play, etc) are already taking pre-orders for Star
Wars: Episode II on DVD. They're reporting a street date (as
we've been saying) of 11/26. Unofficial word from retailers (which
we've posted here before) is that you'll get a 2-disc set in
anamorphic widescreen video, with Dolby Digital 5.1 EX surround sound,
THX-certification and director's commentary (possibly multiple
commentaries) on Disc One. Disc Two will include deleted scenes, an
hour-long documentary, web featurettes, trailers, TV spots and more.
Think of this disc as the best kept secret that's never really been a
secret. So you kids quit buying those bootlegs off Ebay - you'll be
spinning the real disc soon enough. ;-)
Since the mountain's in the news today, we've got a quick note on an
upcoming Ridley Scott title from the studio. The
Duelists: Collector's Edition is now in production and word
is, Paramount's shooting for a release before the end of the year.
Another Paramount Scott title, 1492: Conquest
of Paradise, MAY follow sometime in 2003.
Also, we've been getting a TON of e-mails lately from readers who are
wondering why the James Bond Collection
gift sets aren't available anymore. The reason is that MGM placed them
on moratorium last year. But, with Die
Another Day on its way to theater screens, watch for the DVDs
to be re-released accordingly. Announcements should begin soon.
We've got more word on Paramount titles from a host of sources, not the
least of which are retail contacts. Look for the release of the
long-awaited Grease DVD on
September 17th. And as we mentioned yesterday, Saturday
Night Fever and Staying Alive
are indeed coming in the 3rd Qtr - October 8th to be specific, along
with Urban Cowboy, Flashdance
and Footloose. The studio will not
confirm at this time, but announcements are expected sooner rather than
later. Looks like its a toe-tappin' good time on disc from the mountain
In other news, Fox is working to release a DVD version of their hit
series 24 sometime before the year
is out. A Region 2 release has already been confirmed, and
New York Daily News has an online story that refers to an
eventual Region 1 release. According to the article, Fox Television
Entertainment Group Chairman Sandy Grushow has indicated that "a
DVD version will also soon be available in the U.S., which will help
offset the show's expensive production budget."
And finally today, we've got word on the extras for Universal's October
1st DVD release of Brotherhood of the Wolf.
Look for anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (in
English and the original French), deleted scenes, filmographies,
production notes and trailers.
We've got word from a host of sources that Paramount will be releasing
Major League, Trading
Places and Sunset Boulevard
in the 3rd Qtr (think September - November). Staying
Alive and Saturday Night Fever
are still alive for the 3rd or 4th Qtr as well. We're hearing that Sunset
will include an all-new documentary on the film (with new interviews
with Glenn Close and others) as well as an audio commentary by Ed Sikov,
the author of the Billy Wilder biography On
In Fox news, the studio is hard at work on their X-Men:
Special Edition, which will include deleted scenes, audio
commentary and much more. Word is, it may even include a sneak peak at
X-Men 2, which is now in
production). Look for it in time for the holidays. Fox also has more war
movies in the pipeline, along with a few older classics for early next
year. My Darling Clementine
Also, we'd heard the date before, but our friends over at
have apparently confirmed it - the Back to
the Future Trilogy will street 12/17.
And in other Universal news, word is that Brotherhood
of the Wolf will be released on 10/1. No word on features,
although we're hearing you'll at least get deleted scenes.
We're hearing from a number of our sources that Buena Vista is finally
gearing up to release some of its ABC/Touchstone TV product on DVD. When
contacted officially, studio reps will only confirm that TV series
product IS in the works, but will not confirm specific titles. We expect
to hear more in the next month or so. BUT we're not gonna leave you
hanging - the buzz is that the ENTIRE series (both seasons) of Sports
Night is on tap, along with the complete first seasons of
Once and Again and Felicity.
Other shows may be released as well. We'll be sure to post here as soon
as we know more. If that Sports Night
news pans out, I'm gonna be one SERIOUSLY happy camper. ;-)
Just thought you South Park fans
would like to know - we've confirmed with our sources inside Warner
Bros. that the studio is currently working to bring the ENTIRE animated
series to DVD in complete season sets. No word yet on features or street
dates, but there's reason to believe that the first season will street
before the end of the year. We'll post more when we can confirm it.
We've got a little bit of information on New Line's Blade
2 from retail sources. Expect a 2-disc set with director's
commentary, deleted scenes, production featurettes, cast & crew
interviews, trailers and more. Word is street date will be 9/3. Watch
for official announcements soon.
In other vampire news, look for Warner's Queen
of the Damned on 8/27, in two versions - full frame and
You Region 1 Back to the Future
fans will be happy to learn that the eventual U.S. DVD release
(according to retailers tentatively set for 12/17, but it now looks like
Universal may be pushing to get it out a month earlier) will probably
include more than the international version. We received this report
from Bits reader Will last night:
"The Back to the Future screening at
USC today was informative and fun. We screened a brand new 35mm print
that was struck from new elements for the Hi-Def video transfer to DVD.
Representatives from Universal said the DVDs are scheduled for a
Thanksgiving release in the States. Also, for the very first time,
Zemeckis openly discussed why Eric Stoltz was dropped from the film and
recast--hopefully, this bit will make it onto the DVD. And while the Q&A
session was promoted primarily as a venue for the DVD commentary tracks,
they also videotaped the entire conversation and said that some of it
may appear on the DVD as such. One more interesting tidbit that seemed
rather hush-hush: writer/producer Bob Gale, who was quite articulate and
humorous, said that the primary reason why the trilogy had not been
released on DVD until now was due to studio politics. Apparently, when
DVDs were first produced, Universal was one of the studios that decided
to hold off on releasing popular titles until they knew if the market
was going to be profitable. As a result, they opted to license some of
their films to be released by Columbia. When Columbia released Jaws
overseas and it became a huge seller, Universal then decided to wait
until their contract with Columbia expired so that they could release
their own movies and reap the profits. Bob Gale specifically said that
the contract expires on June 30th of this year! I doubt this will be
included on the DVD."
Thanks for the report, Will!