Now that I've gotten all that crap off my chest, let's get on with the day's DVD news . . . First off, Warner Bros has announced that Brad Dourif, Ian Mcshane, Robin Weingart, Timothy Olyphant and Keith Carradine's "white-guys-can-be-tough-guys-too" HBO western series Deadwood: The Complete First Season. Every single episode from its EXCELLENT first season will be presented in their original anamorphic widescreen and English Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound.
Disc Extras Will Include:
• Audio commentary by David Milch on the first episode, Molly Parker and Keith Carradine on episode four, Brad Dourif and Robin Weingart on episode five and Ian McShane and Tim Olyphant on episode twelve.
• A thirty minute HBO Making of Deadwood featurette
• A fourty-five minute featurette entitled the History of Deadwood
• An inteview with David Milch conducted by Keith Carradine.
This six-disc package will be hitting your local Best Buy's shelves on February 8th, 2005 toting the standard HBO series retail price of something like $99.99.
Happily, Fox Home Entertainment has provided me with yet another opportunity to let all of you know just how much I loathed AVP by announcing that they'll be releasing a brand new DVD version of Danny Glover, Gary Busey and (forgotten former Latina it girl) Maria Conchita Alonso's only mediocre, and therefore infinitely superior to that aforementioned latest film, series entry . . . Which is just my overly verbose way of saying that Predator 2: The Collector's Edition will be released on January 25th, 2005. The technically proficient not-exactly-classic sci-fi actioneer will reportedly be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Surround and French Dolby Surround Sound options.
Disc Extras Will Include:
• Audio commentary by Director Stephan Hopkins and the writers Scott and JimThomas
• Deleted sequences
• A "The Predator Goes to Town" featurette from 1990
• An International featurette from 1990
• A "Creating the Ultimate Hunter" featurette.
• The original theatrical trailer, Trailers A, B and C and five TV spots
• A promotional gallery
• A gag reel
Like its predecessor's recently re-released retake, this two-disc set disc will be retailing for 'round about $19.99.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros has also (with that there "also" skipping back one item) announced that they'll be releasing a spankin' new special edition of a "modern-classic" that I care absolutely nothing about, namely: Ben Cross and Ian Charleson's, Vangelis scored, from 1981, Olympic melodrama Chariots of Fire.
(which wasn't so much a bad film as just a terribly boring one) The Oscar winning film will apparently be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Mono audio options.
Disc Extras Will Include:
• Audio commentary by director Hugh Hudson
• Eight additional scenes including: "Cricket in the Ballroom," "Two Masters and Abrahams," "Tea Dance," "Nationalism," "Eric and Jennie Liddell," and "Sam Mussabini Speak of Speeding up the Pace"
• A "Wings on their Heels: The Making of Chariots of Fire" featurette
• A "Chariots of Fire: A Reunion" feature
• Screen tests for both Ben Cross and Ian Charleson
• The theatrical trailer
• Easter Eggs
The all of the above bearing two-disc special edition will be hitting the streets on February 1st, 2005 carrying a $26.99 price tag. I'd recommend just watching paint dry or a full 24-hours of CSPAN instead, but hey, what could I possibly know.
On the "Warner Bros to release classics that I actually do care about" side of today's news we've got their official announcement that The Warner Gangsters Collection will be arriving on January 25th, 2005. The set will reportedly arrive featuring not one, not two, not three but six of Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney's immortal gangster outings; we're talkin': Angels with Dirty Faces, Little Caesar, The Petrified Forest, The Public Enemy, The Roaring Twenties and (the "well worth the price of admission all on its own" must-see crime classic) White Heat. They'll all be presented in 1.37:1 Academy aspect ratios with English Mono Audio, English, French and Spanish subtitles. Each disc will be available separately for right around $19.99, and the set in question will retail for something in the neighborhood of $68.99.
Lastly, Luc Besson's amazingly cool, Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich starring, live-action Heavy Metal comic The Fifth Element will finally get the special edition it so deserves on the very same day (January 11th, 2005) that Besson's just as amazingly cool Natalie Portman, Jean Reno and Gary Oldman match-up Leon (The Professional) will at long last get the very same treatment. stars. The Fifth Element's extras will reportedly include a Star Element featurette and film gallery, a Visual Element featurette and film gallery, a Digital Element featurette, an Alien Element gallery of featurettes and even more. Leon's SE will also thankfully include a s-load of extra material, including the Superbit™ presentation of the unrated international version of the film, a ten year reunion featurette entitled The Professional, a Birth of a Star: Jean Reno As Leon featurette, a Trial by Fire: Natalie Portman As Mathilda featurette and much more. You'll find both with retail prices of around $24.99 each and be justifiably happy to have done so . . . or else.
Dont't forget to also check out: Deadwood