Ok, so Thursday was one really, really, really, slow DVD news day . . . but today . . . Universal set a November 5th street date for the almighty master of summer box-office better known as Shrek 2. This single-disc release will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Surround Sound. Its extras will reportedly include an audio commentary with directors Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon, and a second commentary by producer Aron Warner and editor Mike Andrews, the behind the scenes features a Meet Puss in Boots, The Tech of Shrek and technical goofs, a sneak peak from Dreamworks Animation and over twenty interactive games and activities including Save Fiona and Find Puss in Boots. Completing the package will be Shrek's Music Room which includes a Counting Crows music video, a sing-along with the Fairy Godmother and more. The hit sequel will be priced at around $29.99.
Universal has also set the official release date of December 21st for the Jonathan Frakes’ misbegotten take on Gerry Anderson’s immortal Thunderbirds. The film itself will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen along and English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1. Its extras will include the featurettes: Discover Tracy Island and How the Amazing FAB1 Car Was Designed and a music video (?!?). The disc will be setting both the unlucky and the unwise back somewhere in the region of $29.99.
And on the off chance that anyone cares, Universal has also penciled in December 21st as the release date for Two Brothers, the story of . . . well . . . Two tigers who are separated as cubs, taken into captivity then reunited years later as enemies by explorer Guy Pearce. The film will be presented in both Widescreen and Full Screen with English, French and Spanish DD5.1 Surround Sound and English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Disc extras will reportedly include:
• Jean-Jacques Annaud's Journal
• Feature Commentary with Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
• Wild About Tigers
• Tiger Brothers
• Call of the Wild
• Tiger Trainers
• Tiger Tech
• Tiger Cam
• Location Scouting
• Costume Design
• DVD-ROM Features
Both Widescreen and Full Screen editions will be available for around $29.99.
Meanwhile, Image will at long last be releasing Battle Beyond The Sun, a visually spectacular sci-fi adventure, wherein two post-nuke nations race against the clock to reach the planet Mars (no, you’re not wrong . . . that isn’t really beyond the sun) and claim dominance over the world beyond imagination. Commissioned by schlock-cinema legend Roger Corman and assembled by The Godfather’s Francis Ford Coppola from the ‘remains” of Russian sci-fi classic Niebo Zowiet, this drive-in favorite from 1962 will finally hit DVD on November 16th, presented in full frame with a mono audio track and bearing only its theatrical trailer as an extra. It’ll be retailing for ‘round about 19.99, so be sure to pick it up.
And lastly, you’ll soon be able to see Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Jambi the Genie, Reba the Mail Lady, Captain Carl, Tito, the King of Cartoons and the rest of the gang for the first time ever on DVD, because Image has also announced a November 16th release date (no pun intended) for Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Volume Two. Winner of an amazing 22 Emmy® Awards! During its six-year run, this show has enchanted millions of children and adults alike! Starring Paul Reubens, Larry Fishburne, S. Epatha Merkerson, Lynne Stewart. The set will nclude 6 Never-Before-Seen Lost Episodes plus Pajama Party, Reba Eats and Pterri Runs, Dr. Pee-wee and the Del Rubios, Rebarella, Let's Play Office and many more besides presented in “Full Frame - Color - English – Stereo.” (how’s that for terse?) This weird bit of fun will retail for somewhere around $49.99