THE DAILY SPIN: Summer: The Second Coming
Like most every would-be blockbuster riddled summer of recent memory, this last one held its fair share of lived up to expectations (read: Spider Man 2), pleasant surprises (IE: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle) and misbegotten failures of both quality and imagination (think: The Day After Tomorrow) and now all of the above and more will be headed soon to the DVD racks of a Best Buy near you...
First off, Fox Home Entertainment has announced a December 7th release date for Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story which also starred Rip Torn and Christine Taylor. This recent Rawson Marshall Thurber directed comedy, will set you back somewhere in the region of $27.98.
Touchstone Pictures has announced a December 21st street date for its summer dud King Arthur, starring Clive Owen and it-girl Keira Knightley. The film will be available in separate rated and unrated editions. The PG-13 rated edition will include the theatrical cut of the film, whereas the unrated edition will include a never-before seen extended Director’s cut of the film. Both discs will include an audio commentary with director Antoine Fuqua, deleted scenes with optional director commentary, an alternate ending with an optional director commentary, a new Blood On The Land: Forging King Arthur making of featurette and a Round Table Video Commentary with cast and filmmakers. Completing the packages will be a Knight Vision pop-up trivia feature, a playable X-Box video game demo as well as producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s personal photo gallery. As for the technical specs, the theatrical cut will be available in seperate 2.35:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 full screen releases, whereas the director's cut will be available in widescreen only. All will carry an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track.
Meanwhile, Universal has set a December 7th release date for its hit, expectation exceeding, action thriller The Bourne Supremacy. This Paul Greengrass directed sequel, will be available to own in separate widescreen and full screen releases. The widescreen disc will include a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation along with English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Both discs will retail for around $29.98.
Universal has also announced a November 16th release date for its “other” summer sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick which stars Vin Diesel, Thandie Newton, Judi Dench and Keith David. The David Twohy directed sequel in both rated and unrated director's cuts. Both of the discs will carry 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers along with English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround tracks. Extras on both discs will include a Riddick Insider Facts on Demand feature which displays scene-specific facts and trivia during the movie, a Riddick's Worlds extra that takes you on a 360 degree view of eight different locations from the film, an inside look at the cool visual effects of the film and one full level from the new Riddick Escape from Butcher Bay X-Box game. Completing the package will be an interactive virtual guide to the film from the perspectives of the films characters, trailers and more. We can also confirm that the director's cut will include over ten-minutes of extra footage along with deleted scenes and an audio commentary with Writer and Director David Twohy and Actors Karl Urban and Alexa Davalos. Each of the discs will retail for an over-priced $29.98 a shot.
The guys over at Paramount Home Entertainment have officially announced an October 26th street date for the Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Faith Hill, Matthew Broderick starer The Stepford Wives.This remake, will carry a price-tag of around $19.95. As well as an anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the disc will include an audio commentary by director Frank Oz, a gag reel and two theatrical film trailers, thirteen deleted scenes with intros by Frank Oz and four new featurettes entitled a Stepford: A Definition, Stepford: The Architects, Stepford: The Builders and The Stepford Wives and The Stepford Husbands.
And lastly, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment has announced not one (which would have been more than enough) but two editions of their, unfortunate, Wayans produced, directed and staring summer entry White Chicks. Both discs will be available to own from the 26th October this year, priced at around $28.95. Each of these will include an anamorphic widescreen transfer and English Dolby Digital 5.1 track, along with a new commentary from the Wayans Brothers, a How'd They Do That? featurette which takes a a look behind the scenes at the make-up and the special effects used in the film, A Wayans Comedy featurette on the idea, process and humour of creating a comedy and a STARZ! Encore featurette which also takes a look behind the scenes of the film.