It doesn’t happen all that often, but occasionally there’s an only ok flick when you’re talking about insisting that victims and friends alike check it out at their local theatres that becomes a must-see/must-recommend the moment it threatens to hit DVD shelves -- and today Universal Home Entertainment has done me the favor of starting of my week with exactly that kind of film. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s hugely over-hyped but still way fun zombie-fest Shaun of the Dead will be devouring K-Mart shoppers near you as of December 21st. The film will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. Its extra features have yet to be confirmed but if the region 2 disc was any indication, expect video diaries from Simon Pegg and Lucy Davis, around four audio commentaries from cast and crew, makeup tests, extended scenes, trailers and more. Barring an untimely invasion of the undead, it’ll be retailing for around $29.99.

As usual, the nice folks over at Universal just couldn’t bear to leave the good mood incited by their first announcement alone, and so have also officially announced a December 28th court street date for Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst’s here today gone tomorrow romantic-tennis-comedy Wimbledon. The misfired film in-question will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with English Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Disc extras will reportedly include audio commentary from Paul Bettany and director Richard Loncraine, a Coach a Rising Star featurette, a Ball Control featurette, a Wimbledon: A Look Inside featurette, a Welcome to the Club featurette and the film’s theatrical trailer. The disc will be retailing for something unfortunately close to $29.99.

Having apparently decided to make up for the immediately preceding news bit by appealing to the fourteen year-old Cinemax addict in us all (well, in me at any rate) Universal has sent over word that Estella Warren and Ashley Scott’s “graduate student preparing mythology thesis leads friends to old Big Easy plantation estate reputed to mysteriously cause madness and death” H.P. Lovecraft rift (that is to say: rip-off) Evil Remains will hit DVD shelves on January 11th, 2005. Expect the film itself to be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and English Dolby Digital 2.1 Stereo. In lieu of the unrated extended footage a DVD release like this one demands—extras will reportedly be limited to a necessarily brief selection of filmographies. It’ll be retailing for around $27.99, but you aren’t paying for cable for nothing are you?

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Meanwhile, Fox has taken some time off from trying to get Bush re-elected to likewise officially announce a January 11th, release date for Tyson Beckford, Flex Alexander, Stickey Fingaz and Henry Chan’s comedy Gas. (I’d let you in on why they bothered, but that’s Ms. Cleo you’re thinking about) This questionable disc is all set to arrive bearing both full screen and anamorphic widescreen presentations and English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Not wanting to overtly disguise the fact that this sucker is basically a throw-away, Universal will only be including a few film trailers as extras. If you’re still interested, this one will be carrying a price tag of around $19.99 or thereabouts.

And lastly, (and don’t I always at least try and save some good news for last) those nice folks over at DreamWorks have kindly set a December 28th street date for Mamoru Oshii’s viscerally fascinating sequel to a masterpiece Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. The film will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 with English subtitles. Its extras will reportedly include a Making of Ghost in the Shell 2 featurette, an audio commentary and a selection of trailers. The disc should and will be setting you back something in the region of $29.99.