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You know, it seems like we go through this about once a year. But, at
the risk of inducing lots of eye rolling out there, here we go again.
We've heard from a number of industry sources we trust (and who have
proven their reliability in the past) in the last few weeks. They're
reporting that Lucasfilm is seriously considering releasing the Star
Wars Trilogy on DVD late next year. In fact, our information
indicates that some work is already under way toward a 4th Qtr, 2004
release. Word is that Lucasfilm is pleased with the format of The
Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection
they're releasing on 10/21 in conjunction with Paramount - so pleased,
in fact, that they're planning to use the same format to release the
classic Star Wars films. This
would presumably mean a 4-disc set, with a disc for each film and a
fourth disc of special edition materials for all three films. It would
certainly make sense. First, it would be a great way to get a buzz going
into early 2005, when the final film, Episode
III, is set to arrive in theaters. Also, Lucasfilm has said
in the past that there aren't a lot of behind-the-scenes materials
available for the original films, so having a single bonus disc of
extras (as opposed to three) would make life easier for them.
Interestingly, as we were working to learn more about this from our
sources, we received an e-mail from a Bits
DVD column on the BBC's film site (slide down the page to near the
bottom). It seems that Channel.com
(sort of a U.K. version of Columbia House, run by Universal) listed the
original Star Wars Trilogy as
coming to DVD in 2004 in their latest brochure to members.
Of course, we've certainly heard similar reports many times in the
past, so we encourage you to take this information with a large dose of
salt. Only time will tell if this is... FINALLY... the real deal. At the
recent DVD conference in L.A., I spoke with Lucasfilm's Jim Ward, who
predictably wouldn't discuss the DVD release plan for the original Star
Wars films, other than to say that they WOULD be released on
DVD at some point. He did, however, say that Episode
III was being well documented for DVD, and he once again
noted that the original theatrical versions of these films no longer
exist - the new SEs are George's ultimate vision for these films.
Frankly, we're really looking forward to these films being released on
DVD... if only so we don't have to keep reporting on them here! In any
case, THIS is the extent of what we know, so please don't bombard us
with a lot of questions. You know as much as we do at this point. When
we learn more, we'll post it here.
With all the news lately about different TV shows being released on
DVD, and with an
conference on this very subject set for next month, we've learned
that Warner is planning on releasing more animated TV product on our
favorite format. Specifically, sources are telling us that 2004 could
see the release of full seasons of Tiny Toon
Adventures and Batman: The
Animated Series from the studio, with the possibility of Animaniacs
and more superhero animated TV product further down the line.
Also, you Highlander fans might
like to know that the entire TV series is expected to be released on DVD
from Anchor Bay by the end of next year. Look for Season
Three this November, Season Four
in March, Season Five in July and
Season Six in November 2004.
We have some information from our sources on upcoming Fox DVDs. Sources
are now reporting 28 Days Later as
a 10/21 release, with X-Men 2: X-Men United
following on 11/25 and The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen due on 12/2. The new X-Men
date contradicts what we've heard before, but multiple retail and
industry sources have separately reported these dates to us in the last
few days, so we have a feeling they're more reliable.
Also, just FYI, Amazon.com is currently reporting that Paramount's Young
Sherlock Holmes will street on 12/2 as well.
Okay superhero fans... a number of retail sources have checked in over
the weekend with tentative street dates for a couple of big titles. 20th
Century Fox is reportedly soon to announce 9/12 as the street date for
its 2-disc X-Men 2: X-Men United
DVD. And Universal is reportedly eyeing October 28th for its The
Hulk: Collector's Edition. Watch for official announcements
In other Fox news, you'll be happy to know that 12/9 is the tentative
street date for Fox's Firefly: The Complete
Series box set. And we've confirmed that My
Darling Clementine is being prepared for release late in 2003
or early 2004.
We've got a few interesting new tidbits of information for you. First
up, MGM is getting ready to announce their Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang: Special Edition. Can you say anamorphic
widescreen? Watch for the official word soon.
Word from attendees at Comic-Con is that actor Richard Hatch let slip
some details on the new Battlestar Galactica:
The Complete Epic Series DVD. Apparently, Hatch and other
actors contributed to the audio commentary track on some of the
episodes. In addition, Hatch says Universal "obtained approximately
20 minutes of previously unreleased scenes from the 3-hour television
version of the first episode" that is going to be added back into
program for the DVD release. Great news if it pans out. Thanks to Bits
reader Dave P. for that.
20th Century Fox is soon to announce a 2-disc special edition of X-Men
2: X-Men United. They're also working on a single-disc
special edition of 28 Days Later -
the recent zombie thriller that was a hit with critics. The
X-Files: The Complete Eighth Season is being prepped for
November release. A box set of classic Lost
in Space is in the planning stages, while Firefly:
The Complete Series is now in production (look for 2 or 3
unbroadcast episodes to be included). And for next year, Fox is in the
very early planning stages on a Planet of the
Apes: 35th Anniversary Edition. You can reasonably expect
that it will include a new anamorphic widescreen transfer in addition to
Finally today, word from retailers is that Paramount's working on Cool
World, Fairytale: A True Story,
Joseph Andrews, King
David, The Last Tycoon,
Oliver's Story, Pretty
Baby, The Out-of-Towners,
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,
Plaza Suite, Star
Spangled Girl and, of course, Once
Upon a Time in the West for November. And among the titles in
the works for December are The Great Gatsby,
Property is Condemned, Wuthering
Heights (1992) and Young Sherlock
Here's some information you Scarface
fans are going to love. We've gotten confirmation from retail sources
that Universal will be releasing a new Scarface:
Collector's Edition on 9/30, along with a Scarface
gift set that includes a re-done version of the original 1932 Scarface.
Okay folks... a couple of very cool rumors today. First of all, we have
it from very reliable sources that Universal is prepping a Schindler's
List special edition tentatively set to be released in
February of 2004. Sadly, Spielberg said no to audio commentary, but
there will be lots of other extras.
Also, our information is that The Matrix:
Reloaded will be released on DVD (in both anamorphic
widescreen and full frame versions) on October 14th. Watch for an
official announcement soon. But here's the apparently close to final
We've got some good Universal/DreamWorks rumors for you today. How
about a list of street dates for their major films of recent weeks?
According to industry sources, look for 2
Fast 2 Furious on 9/30, The Hulk
on 10/28, the animated Sinbad on
11/18, Bruce Almighty on 11/25 and
the forthcoming American Wedding
at the end of December (12/30).
Also we've got another Indy tidbit for you. Word is, Spielberg is
making one single change to the original Raiders
of the Lost Ark (whoops... maybe that should be two, since
they've also changed the name to Indiana
Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark). And if this is true,
the change could easily fall into the "digital cleaning and
re-mastering" category. Remember that shot where Indy falls into
the snake pit, and you briefly see reflections on the glass that's
protecting Harrison Ford's face from the snakes? Well... our sources are
telling us those reflections are being digitally removed from the shot
so you can't see the glass. While there will no doubt be purists who get
tweaked by this, we think most people will appreciate the fixed effect.
Anyway, remember that this is tentative information, so digest
We've got an interesting glimpse at what we might expect to be included
in Paramount and Lucasfilm's forthcoming The
Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection
(11/4). Information from retailers in the U.K. indicates that extras
will include several featurettes on the making of the films, the stunt
work and sound effects and music mixing, along with deleted scenes,
screen test footage, documentaries, something called The
Adventure Continues, trailers and galleries of still photos
and artwork. It's vague, but tantalizing. With any luck, the powers that
be will make more official, detailed announcements of extras soon.
We've got interesting details on a few more upcoming DVDs for you
today. First up, we've learned that, with next year being Miramax's 25th
anniversary, the company has plans to re-release The
English Patient as an anamorphic widescreen special edition.
The title is tentatively set for spring release.
More Paramount news today... as you may know, Star
Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star
Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country are both being prepped for
release as 2-disc Collector's Editions. These will both contain the
same, previously released cuts as before, but with additional special
edition materials. Both will obviously be anamorphic (Star
Trek VI was previously letterboxed widescreen only on DVD).
Star Trek V will be released
before the year is out, with Star Trek VI
following in 2004.
Finally, Universal has confirmed the information we posted yesterday
about the Monty Python's The Meaning of Life:
Special Edition. So here's another interesting tidbit for
you. We've actually been hearing rumors about this for a while now, but
we've started to get confirmation from industry sources on it. Word is,
a more elaborate DVD version of Scarface
is on the way for release in November.
Okay... in our last update, we mentioned Warner's The
Matrix: Reloaded DVD as streeting sometime in October. How
does October 28th sound? You'll be gettin' busy with Neo and all the
gang in time for Halloween.
We've got some new Fox DVD news too. Speaking of Halloween, the studio
is releasing Blood Moon, The
Calling, Creepy Crawlers,
Do You Wanna Know a Secret?, Frightmare,
Ginger Snaps, Hellion,
Reign in Darkness and Severed
on 9/2 (SRP $9.98), along with The Simpsons:
Treehouse of Horror ($14.98). They also have more TV titles
on the way, including Futurama: Volume 2
(August 12), Family Guy, Volume 2
(September 9), Angel: Season 2
(September 2) and NYPD Blue: Season 2
(August 19). Watch also for the features Chasing
Papi (August 26) and The Good
Thief (August 19).
And on the Paramount front, look for a great batch of catalog titles in
September, as well as a couple of new TV offerings. On the way are Regarding
Henry, Nobody's Fool,
Losing Isaiah, Milk
Money, An Almost Perfect Affair,
Leap of Faith, Campus
Man, I.Q. and The
Homecoming, as well as C.S.I.:
Season Two and MTV Cribs.
Oh, but there's more! Universal is set to announce the DVD release of
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life: Special
Edition on September 2nd! Can you hear us all giggling like
school girls here at The Bits?
Look for anamorphic widescreen video, both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1
audio, a new introduction by Eric Idle, audio commentary, deleted
scenes, The Meaning of Making the Meaning of
Life documentary and a slew of featurettes (including The
Songs, Snipped Bits,
Un Film de John Cleese, Songs
Unsung, Education Tips,
a Masterpiece, Song and Dance,
Virtual Reunion and Selling
the Meaning of Life). SRP will be $26.98. How bleedin' cool
We've been getting some early information from various industry sources
over the last week about Warner's eventual DVD release of The
Matrix: Reloaded. Word is, the disc will street sometime in
October if all goes well. That would make sense, given that The
Matrix: Revolutions is due in theaters in November.
In addition, we've been told by sources that both Universal's Schindler's
List and an anamorphic widescreen re-issue of Paramount's
Top Gun are on tap for 2004.
We've got some interesting details for you today on Disney's
forthcoming The Lion King: Platinum Edition
DVD (street date 10/7). Some of this is already known, but there are a
few new details here that have been leaked to us, which is why this is
in The Rumor Mill. The disc, which
has been in production for well over a year now, will include new
interviews with Elton John and Tim Rice. You'll get a look at several
deleted scenes, in the form of original storyboards, which were never
fully completed. The discs' animated menus reportedly feature both new
traditional cell and CG animation. The character of Zazu hosts the menus
on Disc One, for example, and explains what you'll find on the disc.
Using the latest digital technology, the filmmakers have apparently
restored and "added more detail" to the image, to bring more
clarity and vibrancy to the film. In addition, a special Enhanced Home
Theater sound mix has been created for the first time on this DVD
release, that is specially designed to "envelop the listener in the
sound" and enhance the emotional impact of the film. You will be
able to choose to view either the original theatrical version of the
film or the new special edition version (with the new musical number,
Morning Report, created by the
original filmmakers). And, for BOTH versions of the film, you will be
able to choose to listen to either the original theatrical audio, or the
new Enhanced Home Theater mix. Here's the cover...
Just FYI, here's also a look at The Lion
King: Special Edition Collector's Gift Set, which will
include the DVD, plus 5 exclusive character portrait drawings signed and
sketched by the original animators and a new The
Lion King: Special Edition book, all contained in a custom
slipsleeve case. SRP is $49.99. It streets the same day. Clicking on the
images will take you to pre-order pages at DVD Planet.
Also today, we've got a pretty good idea now why Warner Bros. has
delayed The Iron Giant: Special Edition,
which had been slated for release on 8/26, until 2004. Pixar's The
Incredibles anyone? Here's
link to a streaming preview trailer for the film, which is
currently running in theaters attached to Finding
Nemo. It's written and directed by Brad Bird, who (not
coincidentally) directed The Iron Giant.
So Warner is likely planning to tie into that theatrical release with
its DVD. The shame of it is, The Iron Giant:
Special Edition has been done for over a year now. Hey
Warner... maybe we'll get a 2-disc set for waiting so long? Hint,
Finally today, we're hearing that Fox's 24:
Season Two is tentatively set for release on 9/2. But keep in
mind that it's not official until announced by the studio.
Word has reached us from a number of independent industry and retail
sources that Paramount is preparing their announcement of the Indiana
Jones Trilogy DVD box set. The buzz is that the studio will
make the news official in the next few weeks. Our sources are telling us
that the set will be 4 discs in all - 1 each for the films (all in
anamorphic widescreen) along with a 4th disc of bonus content. The films
will reportedly only be available in the box set. And the set is
expected to see worldwide release in November. Thanks to everyone who's
sent in information on this. Keep in mind, that this is still very much
in the rumor stage. But even the various talent involved has confirmed
that the DVDs are in the works, so we felt it important to post this
information as a sort of heads-up. Of course, we'll post any and all
official news on this release in the daily column the moment it comes
in. Stay tuned...
to director Peter Jackson, direct from The
Lord of the Rings: Official Fan Club Magazine, the 4-disc
The Two Towers: Extended Edition
(tentatively set for release in November) will have 43 additional
minutes of footage. Much of it will reportedly expand upon the various
characters, as was the case with The
Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition.
is more than 150 new effects shots have been completed for the new
cut as well (since there are many new scenes with Treebeard). Thanks to
Dr. T. for that tidbit.
Finally, we've gotten word from sources at Disney about the next set of
Platinum edition animated titles to expect from the studio. As you know,
The Lion King will street on DVD
on 10/7. The Platinum title for 2004 is expected to be Aladdin.
In 2005, look for The Little Mermaid.
And finally, Bambi will hit DVD in
Here's an interesting bit of DVD information that's come to us in the
last few days from retail sources here in the U.S. and Canada. It's
already been posted to several online DVD discussion boards, so we felt
it appropriate to mention here. It's a look at MGM's planned DVD release
slate for the rest of 2003. Keep in mind that all of these dates and
titles are tentative until officially announced:
7/22 - Nicholas Nickleby
8/5 - Agent Cody Banks,
The Sure Thing: SE, Valley
Girl: SE, Breakin',
Last American Virgin, Bright
Lights, Big City, Flamingo Kid,
Hot Dog: The Movie, Johnny
B. Good, Rachel Papers,
8/15 - Carrie (TV movie),
Bulletproof Monk: SE
8/26 - The Howling: SE
9/2 - Stargate SG-1: Season Four,
The Outer Limits: The Original Series -
9/9 - City of Ghosts
9/16 - Just for Kicks,
10/7 - Silkwood, Alien
from L.A., Impulse,
Street Smart, Straight
out of Brooklyn, Whales of August
10/14 - Shredder
10/21 - It Runs in the Family
11/4 - Legally Blonde 2: SE,
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: SE (maybe
anamorphic widescreen this time?), Green
Acres: Season One, Mr. Ed: Season
One, Custer of the West,
Duel in the Sun, Hell
in the Pacific, Junior Bonner,
Too Late for the Hero
11/18 - Together, Hour
of the Wolf, Passion of Anna,
Egg, Shame, plus
Bergman special editions
11/25 - Boardheads
12/26 - Escape from New York: SE
It's worth noting that this list does NOT include several special
editions that MGM has already released in Europe (but not yet in the
States), among them more elaborate editions of Robocop,
Man and The Great Escape.
And in a bit of Fox DVD info,
it Cool News is reporting a few possible details on the
studio's planned Firefly box set.
All the episodes (including a few that were never aired) will reportedly
be released on disc later this year, in anamorphic widescreen video,
with other extras TBA. Here at The Bits,
we've heard that this will include audio commentary with series creator
Joss Whedon and various cast members for each episode. Just FYI.
We have an additional update on the Walt
Disney Treasures DVDs expected to be released later this
year. The latest intelligence indicates that you'll get The
Chronological Donald, Disney: The
War Years (which will include Victory
Through Air Power as expected) and Mickey
Mouse in Living Color 2. The other title we mentioned the
other day, Disney in Outer Space,
IS in production, but we're told now that this will probably not make
the 2003 slate.
We've gotten some interesting info on this year's potential slate of
Walt Disney Treasures DVDs. Word
from Leonard Maltin himself is that Disney in
Outer Space is among the titles in the works, which would
include all three of the classic Ward Kimball/Werner von Braun TV
collaborations (Man in Space, Tomorrow
the Moon and Mars and Beyond).
Additional extras on the disc would include the 1959 satellite short
Eyes in Outer Space. Also a
potential 2003 release in this series would be the title delayed from
last year, Wartime Disney, which
may include the rare Victory Through Air
Power feature. And there's also every likelihood of another
character set as well, probably featuring Donald Duck. We'll post more
when it's official.
We've got something very cool today for you fans of TV shows on DVD.
Amazon has revealed 20th Century Fox's TV DVD plans through the end of
2003, and even into very early 2004. Keep in mind that these titles
haven't been officially announced by the studio, so it's to be taken as
unofficial only. Also, things can change at any time. But here's the
NYPD Blue: Season 2 ($59.98) -
Angel: Season 2 ($59.98) - August
Futurama: Volume 2 ($49.98) -
24: Season 2 ($59.98) - September
Family Guy: Volume 2 ($49.98) -
The Shield: The Complete Second Season
($59.98) - October 7
Dark Angel: The Complete Second Season
($59.98) - October 21
The X-Files: The Complete Eighth Season
($149.98) - November 4
King of the Hill: Season 2
($39.98) - November 11
M*A*S*H: Season 5 Collector's Edition
($39.98) - December 9
Lost in Space: Season One ($79.98)
- January 13, 2004
TBA - Simpsons: Season 3 and Malcom:
Season 2. Also, be aware that work is underway to release
Firefly on DVD in 2003.
Thanks to Gord L. for alerting us to this. Stay tuned!
We've got an interesting tidbit for you Looney
Tunes fans this afternoon.
Voice.com has posted an interview with historian Jerry Beck,
author of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies,
which is a complete guide to the Warner Brothers animated shorts. In the
interview, Beck reveals the planned street date for the long awaited
Looney Tunes DVDs! Here's the
"RV: What projects are you working on
related to cartoon research or anything else at the moment?
JB: I'm working on the DVD release of Looney Tunes - and a new book,
LOONEY TUNES: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL GUIDE, both of which will be out in
Obviously, this is to be considered tentative until Warner makes an
official announcement. But it does represent the first confirmation of
an approximate release date by someone involved in the actual
Just a quick tidbit for you today... you'll be very pleased to learn
that the long-overdue 2-disc The Right Stuff:
Special Edition will soon be announced by Warner Bros. for
release this summer. Look for digipack packaging (like the studio's
other recent SEs), plenty of supplemental bang for your Buck (Rodgers
that is) and, with any luck, no doo-doo in the Capsule.
Correction... no doo-doo in the Spaaaaaaacekraft.
Word coming in from retail sources is that Fox's Daredevil:
Special Edition will street in early to mid-June (6/10 is the
date that's apparently being targeted). If everything holds together,
that same day you can expect Solaris
as well. And Just Married will
follow later in the month. Look also for The
Song of Bernadette: Fox Studio Classics on 6/3 (tentatively).
Here's some additional corroboration to the rumor we've been reporting
about The Indiana Jones Trilogy
FINALLY coming to DVD later this year from Paramount and Lucasfilm. In
an interview with In
Focus magazine (which is a publication for theater owners),
writer/director Lawrence Kasdan (the man who scripted both Raiders
of the Lost Ark and The Empire
Strikes Back) has let on that the Indy DVDs ARE indeed in the
works. Here's the relevant passage:
Now, you told Starlog in 1981 about your Raiders script
rewrite: A little bit of my script's logic and character
development fell out along the way. What was missing? And will it
show up on the Indiana Jones DVDs?
[Kasdan] I don't think so.
[laughs] Actually, I ran into Frank Marshall over the holidays, and he's
working on that [DVD] collection. I dont think there's going to be
a lot of.... I don't know what they have planned. They obviously made a
lot of smart decisions about what should be in the movie and what
When you're a beginning writer, you know, you hurt for everything
that's lost. After you've directed 10 movies, you see that you cut stuff
for a reason.
here to read the complete interview at In
Focus. Thanks to the MANY Bits
readers who sent this in. Slowly but surely, the evidence is mounting
that old Indy will indeed be cracking his whip in your home theaters
before the year is out.
Retail sources are informing us that both Columbia TriStar's Black
Hawk Down: Special Edition and DreamWorks' Catch
Me If You Can are expected to arrive on DVD in May. We'll
post dates when we can better confirm them. Also, word is that
DreamWorks is tentatively planning to release Steven
Spielberg's Taken on DVD late this year (likely 4th Qtr). And
we're also hearing from industry and retail sources that New Line's The
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers DVDs will follow the same
August 2-disc/November 4-disc schedule as was used last year for The
Fellowship of the Ring. The June rumor reported previously
has been laid to rest as just that.
Retail sources are telling us to expect the 2-disc theatrical version
of New Line's The Lord of the Rings: The Two
Towers in June (tentatively 6/30). And the eagerly
anticipated 4-disc extended version of the film will arrive in November
(this will include between 20 and 30 minutes of added footage, as was
the case with The Fellowship of the Ring).
This information is also being reported by various Rings
fans sites. We'll post more when it's available.
We've gotten word from our sources (as well as several fans of the
band) that BMG will be releasing more DVDs of live concert performances
by the Dave Matthews Band later in 2003. Three shows were apparently
recorded in September of last year (at The Gorge in Washington state)
for inclusion as part of a future DVD release.
And in other band news, any Tenacious D fans out there? The director
behind the band's past music videos, Liam Lynch, has let it be known
that he's working on a DVD release with the band. The disc is expected
to include a live concert performance, backstage and on-the-road tour
footage, the videos for Wonderboy
and Tribute (along with video "making
of" material) and the three HBO specials (six shorts altogether).
Look for the disc in Q3 2003 (we're hearing September).
We wanted do a quick follow up on that Steven Spielberg deleted scene
story we posted yesterday. It seemed a little strange to us, so we
checked in with our contacts at DreamWorks to get the full story (they
went so far as to hunt down the actual interview tape and gave it a
viewing for us so we could get the complete and accurate details). The
story is that Spielberg was on The Today Show
on 12/19. During a lengthy interview with Matt Lauer to promote Catch
Me If You Can, Spielberg was asked about deleted scenes in
his films - what becomes of them. That's when the director revealed that
there was some 30 minutes of footage cut from Catch
Me, and good hour from Schindler's
List. He then proceeded to explain that he keeps them in his
own personal collection (apparently on DVD and obviously the original
film as well) for reference purposes. But as DreamWorks explained to me,
Spielberg has yet to include much in the way of deleted material on his
DVD releases thus far, so there's no guarantee that any of this material
will ever be publicly released on disc. Thanks to our contacts at
DreamWorks for helping us get to the bottom of this rumor.
This hasn't been announced, but it comes directly from authorized
studio sources, so you can consider it official. We've been told by
Warner that their upcoming special edition release of King
Kong will NOT be released in 2003. The studio very much
wanted to make it happen this year, given that it's the film's 70th
anniversary, but their greater concern is to make sure that the film is
presented in the highest possible quality on DVD. Apparently, the
process of fully restoring and remastering the film has been very time
consuming and the studio wants to make sure it's done properly. If all
goes well, look for Kong in 2004.
It's going around the Net this morning, that during a recent appearance
on NBC's The Today Show, director
Steven Spielberg spoke briefly on the subject of DVD deleted scenes.
Reportedly, there's a half hour of extra material from Catch
Me If You Can, and nearly an hour of deleted material from
Schindler's List, which could
possibly find its way onto the eventual DVD releases for each film. Catch
Me is soon to be announced by DreamWorks, but there's no word
on when Schindler's will be
released. We didn't see this interview, so we can't confirm the story.
But if it's accurate... good to know he's at least thinking about the
And here's a fun little Spielberg rumor our industry sources have been
buzzing about for a while... and which has now been reported by Video
Business in their latest issue of DVD
Premieres. It seems Paramount and Lucasfilm may be gearing up
to release the Indiana Jones Trilogy
at the end of this year. Also noted in the issue are The
Hitcher 2, TimeCop 2
and a Fast and the Furious: Tripped Out
re-release from Universal, a new Terminator
2: SE from Artisan with new extras (in June)... and of
course, the eventaual DVD releases of Chicago
(possibly with a new musical number included on the DVD), 2-disc and
4-disc versions of The Lord of the Rings: The
Two Towers and a Die Another Day:
Special Edition (soon to be announced by MGM - we've heard
According to TV Guide, the first
season of Alias will be released
on DVD on September 2nd. Executive producer J.J. Abrams told the
publication a little bit about his plans for the DVD
a recent interview: "There are going to be a lot of great
special features. When I filmed the pilot, a good friend of mine shot
like eight or nine hours of behind-the-scenes footage and did interviews
with most of the cast. So, in addition to a number of other really cool
features, we're going to edit together a behind-the-scenes piece on the
making of the pilot."
Amazon is reporting a street date of 5/15 for Disney's Vault Disney
release of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
20th Century Fox is set to release Son of
the Beach on 4/29.
And Universal's April DVD releases are expected to include Red
Dragon, The Truth About Charlie,
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the
Mists, The Land Before Time V: The
Mysterious Island, The Land Before
Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock, The
Andromeda Strain, Continental
Divide and Fahrenheit 451
and The Breakfast Club (4/1) and
A Night at the Golden Eagle
Sources at Paramount have let it be known that the classic Shogun
miniseries is planned for DVD release later this year.
Also, and consider this very tentative, a couple of retailer sources
have sent us street dates for interesting upcoming product. According to
these contacts... Sex and the City: The
Complete Fourth Season will street on 5/20 and E.R.:
The Complete First Season will street on 6/3. Frasier,
Cheers and Arliss
are also tentatively slated for 5/20 as well.
Finally this morning, we have word from reliable sources that while the
first season of Smallville was in
consideration for DVD release this year, it's now tentatively set for
next year. This is also borne up by
statements by Warner Television and a new report by