Given the overheating political season, it should come as little to no surprise that the same film-makers who’ve been “lovingly” battering The Bush Administration all summer, are preparing to hit the DVD circuit with their wares. Between now and the end of October you’ll be treated to a veritable paradise of “progressive” home entertainment options: Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11strikes again on 10/5 - bearing tons of bonus material including ' Outside Abu Ghraib Prison' and footage on the 9/11 Commission, John Kerry - Brothers in Arms on 9/7 - a look at the crew of patrol craft 'fast 94' and John Kerry's service in Vietnam, Bush Family Fortunes on 9/28 - an in-depth look at the Bush Dynasty. If you’re interested in this kind of thing, there are a few political docs out now including: Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism - a jaw dropping look at Fox 'News', Uncovered: The Whole Truth about The Iraq War- a strong condemnation of the war in Iraq and Disinformation: The Complete Series .
But first off in today’s announcements, Lions Gate Home Entertainment has announced a October 26th street date, for the best piece of “actual” journalism and my personal favorite of the bunch, Jehane Noujaim’s Control Room -- a controversial inside look at the Media surrounding the Iraq War. This critically acclaimed documentary should retail for around $26.98. The film itself will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen along with an English Dolby Stereo track. Extras will include commentary by Director Jehane Noujaim, commentary by Central Command Press Officer Josh Rushing, commentary by Al Jazeera staffers Hassan Ibrahim, Samir Khader and Deema Khatib and more than 50 Deleted Scenes. English, Spanish, French and Arabic subtitles will also be provided.
Not to be left out, Fox Home Entertainment has announced a September 28th release date for The Hunting of the President. The documentary delves into the story of a sustained and well-funded campaign to discredit and defeat and destroy Bill Clinton --that eventually led to his bizzaro-world impeachment trial. With fairness in mind, the doc also goes into what’s charitably referred to as Clinton’s reckless behavior, along with the “panicky, defensive, and occasionally less-than-perfectly honest” responses from the White House press office, didn’t hurt his opponents. Investigative journalism at its juiciest, The Hunting of the President is a surprising valediction to a far-from-angelic public leader who often out-maneuvered his enemies with otherworldly skill. It will be presented on a double-sided disc you will find both anamorphic widescreen and full screen editions of the documentary present, with Stereo sound and optional English and Spanish subtitles. The disc should retail for $19.98.
For those interested in political history, Home Vision will be releasing the first filmed adaptation of George Orwell’s must-read short novel, whose political themes of oppression, greed and cyclical oppression are as topical today as they were during its original theatrical release, on November 2nd. Animal Farm: 50th Anniversary Special Collector's Edition will include a new digital restoration, scenes as told through original storyboards, an audio commentary by film historian Brian Sibley, Down on Animal Farm - a 30-minute BBC produced making-of featurette presented by Tony Robinson, liner notes by author and art historian Karl Cohen (Forbidden Animation: Censored Cartoons and Blacklisted Animators in America.), and intriguing looks at how and why the film was initially covertly funded by the C.I.A. to be used as anti-Communist propaganda.
For the not so socio-politically minded, Universal has also announced a November 16th release date for the complete series of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century . This five-disc set should set you back somewhere in the region of $89.98. I'm afraid that details are still very sketchy on this one at the moment, although we can tell you that each of the hit episodes will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame.
Warner Bros has announced a November release for its Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Volume 2. The two-disc set will include thirty popular cartoons, totalling around 220 minutes. Each of these will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame along with English, French and Spanish Mono tracks. No extra material will be included. The set will retail for around $26.99.
And just in time for its up-coming sequel, Miramax Home Entertainment will release the Collector’s Edition of the highly popular comedy Bridget Jones's Diary (starring Renée Zellweger & Hugh Grant) on December 9th. This disc will be presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, along with and English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. Extras will the original audio commentary (with Director Sharon Maguire), deleted scenes, four featurettes (“The Bridget Jones Phenomenon”, “Today's Single Woman”, “Portrait of the Makeup Artist” & “Making of”), complete Bridget Jones's Diary columns, reviews, a Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason excerpt, and trailers.