THE DAILY SPIN: Flying Saucers Over Hollywood
First off, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced an October 19th street date for the DVD premiere of Season One of Jason Bateman’s (yes, that Jason Bateman’s) surprisingly twisted dysfunctional family comedy Arrested Development. The Episodes will be presented in 1.78:1/16x9 widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio/
Its supplements will reportedly include:
• Audio Commentaries for Selected Episodes
• Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
• Q&A w/ Creator and Cast
• Sneak Peek at Season Two
• Easter Eggs
The set will be retailing for something around $39.99.
BMG has officially announced that the critically acclaimed Sci-fi series Eerie Indiana, will finally find its way to DVD on October 12th. The Eerie Indiana: The Complete Series 5 DVD box set will include all 19 episodes that originally ran on NBC in 1991. Each DVD has been digitally remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound and has instant episode access and full motion interactive menus. As they failed to include a suggested retail price within their announcement, I can only conclude that the box will be offered as a kind of consolation gift to soothe the aching brows of this fine show’s long suffering fans.
You’ll get to explore the most legendary horror studio of all time on October 5th, when Flesh & Blood: Hammer Heritage of Horror makes its first appearance in the dark and stormy night that’s the world of DVD releasing . . . A (self-professed) fascinating, frightening journey hosted by terror titans Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. England's most successful independent film company, the "fear factory" of Hammer Studios, has a history filled with feuds, censorship battles and streaks of luck both good and bad. Now the legacy of horror returns, featuring interviews with such Hammer legends as Raquel Welch, Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Jimmy Sangster, Hazel Court, Martine Beswicke, Freddie Francis, Val Guest and Ray Harryhausen. Plus you'll be treated to behind-the-scenes home movies and nonstop shock scenes from over 40 classic films, including Horror of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out, Curse of the Werewolf and many more! It's (supposedly) the definitive study of one of the greatest names in horror! The film will be presented in Full Frame with English Mono subtitles and audio. Interested parties will be shelling out $19.99 for the privilege.
And lastly (and only least in the good way) . . . If by some odd chance, that wouldn’t really be all that odd at all, you find that your curiosity has been especially piqued after catching site of Tim Burton’s long delayed masterpiece Ed Wood on its new Special Edition DVD . . . You’ll finally be able to check out its source material when the Ed Wood, Jr. Collection hits the street on October 5th. The most legendary B-movie director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jr. assaulted audiences worldwide with a string of bizarre, no-budget fusions of horror, science fiction, noir and comedy. Now his oddball legacy is finally collected in one indispensable box set! Feast your eyes on his first feature, the madcap Glen or Glenda? in which Eddie himself portrays a transvestite struggling with his addiction to angora while Bela Lugosi offers inscrutable narration. Blackmail, outlaws on the run, and plastic surgery collide in the surreal crime drama Jail Bait , featuring a young Steve Reeves, while Bela returns to create the Bride of the Monster in a heady collision of atomic experiments, a rampaging octopus and clumsy assistant Lobo (played by wrestler Tor Johnson). Wood's indisputable disasterpiece, Plan 9 from Outer Space, offers pie-plate flying saucers, incompetent alien leaders, all-seeing psychic Criswell, goth favorite Vampira and a post-mortem appearance by Lugosi himself in his last film role. Then Lobo and a phony spiritualist usher in a Night of the Ghouls at a spooky marsh filled with shuffling undead and wailing ghosts. Finally, learn all about the man himself with The Haunted World of Ed Wood, a comprehensive disc packed with interviews, film clips, TV rarities and much more! It's enough to make you scream! The 6-Disc Set’s extras will include: Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion, a Feature-Length Documentary; Crossroads of Laredo, a Rarely Seen 23-minute Short Film by Ed Wood; Audio Commentary by Bela Lugosi, Jr. and Brett Thompson; Theatrical Trailers; The Ed Wood Reunion at the Palm Springs Film Festival; Galleries, Production Documents and much more! The above mention cinematic misfortunes will be presented full frame with mono audio. The bravest among you will be shelling out something in the vicinity of $39.99 to enjoy the perversity.