First off, we’ve got a trio of MGM Home Entertainment announcements—including the December 21st street date they’ve set for a special edition of Kevin Kline and criminally underused Ashley Judd’s Cole Porter musical-bio-pic De-Lovely. The film will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Stereo Surround and Spanish Stereo Surround tracks. Disc Extras will reportedly include audio commentary from Director Irwin Winkler and Kevin Kline, a second commentary by Director Irwin Winkler and Writer Jay Cocks, a Making of De-Lovely featurette, a Music of De-Lovely featurette, an Anatomy of a Scene: Be a Clown and Love for Sale featurette, a soundtrack TV spot, the original theatrical trailer and deleted scenes. Music fans will shell out around $26.99 for the singing and dancing.
MGM has also announced a December 14th release date for James Gammon, Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn and Sam Shepard’s Sam Shepard as playwright introspective This So-Called Disaster. The disc will apparently be a barebones type deal presented in Full Screen with English Mono audio with optional English subtitles. Theatre buffs will be parting with something in the neighborhood of $29.99 to listen in.
Determined to continue their trend of only releasing films to DVD that I’ve never actually heard of (ok, so I’m actually seceretly a Cole Porter fan so I’d heard of that one) MGM has announced that Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton’s “futuristic tale of forbidden desire” Code 46will hit your local shelves on December 28th.
Disc Features Will Include:
• 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
• English DD5.1 Surround
• English, French and Spanish subtitles
• "Obtaining Cover: Inside Code 46" Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
• Original Theatrical Trailer
All that Michael Winterbottom directed fun will be retailing for around $26.99 in case you’re interested.
Meanwhile, Universal Home Video has announced a January 4th 2005 release date for Rune Bendixen, Olivier Martinez, Willem Dafoe, Michell Forbes, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Parks, Jared Harris, (man, this is what I call a cast) Robert Rodriguez and Guilliermo Del Toro’s straight-to-video appropriately titled neo-noir Bullfighter.
Disc Features Will Include:
• Cast Interviews with Olivier Martinez, Willem Dafoe and Michelle Forbes
• 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
• English DD2.0 Surround (Pro-Logic)
• Spanish subtitles
I’m not sure precisely why but you’ll have to give up around $27.99 for the privilege.
And lastly, Columbia will be releasing Christian Slater, Michael Clarke Duncan and Estella Warren’s ‘homicidal corporate headhunter’ thriller Pursued on December 21st this year. (hey, don’t look at me it’s not like I wrote it) The film will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and English Dolby Digital 5.1. Apparently trailers for other Columbia releases will be included in place of actual extras. Retail for this one probably shouldn’t be anywhere near $24.99—but like the man said—deserving has got nothin’ to do with it boy.