Sometimes a film can transcend literally everything about itself to become a classic. It can be based on a foolish and merely-profiteering-on-an-"in"-genre type idea, be exploitation in name only to the point of providing neither sex-skin nor action-violence enough to excite even your average hormone-ruled thirteen-year-old male, have generally poor production values and not so special at all special effects, be incompetently shot, directed and acted, have innumerable jokes that fall so flat that they couldn't even potentially elicit laughter and numberless instances of feigned serious drama that unintentionally do . . . and still become a cinematic endeavor so beloved that normally rational individuals will actually actively lobby the studio responsible for its existence to get it released on DVD. In case you were wondering, the case-in-point I'm referring to is Warner Bros decision to set a February 15th, 2005 launch date for "Spencer For Hire's" Robert Urich, "Buck Rodgers"space-babe Mary Crosby, yep that Anjelica Hustonn and "Hellboy"himself Ron Perlman's disastrous 1984 sci-fi masterpiece Ice Pirates. This singularly inexplicable classic will be presented in its original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with both English and French mono audio options. Considering how embarrassed all of the above must now be to have been involved -- it's no surprise at all that no extras will reportedly be included on the disc. Even so, it's still going to be setting some of us (yeah, that's right, I'm hapless before its ridiculous might too) back around $14.99 retail. May the movie-gods have mercy on our souls.
On the "somewhat-less-embarrassed-about-having-enjoyed-it" news front: The nice folks over at Sony Home Video have leaked, as opposed to announced, a January 18th, 2005 street date for Julianne Moore, Gary Sinise, and Alfre Woodard's 96-minute "folded" acting lesson and "Twilight Zone" episode The Forgotten. (and, is it just me or does Julianne deserve an award for being the most consistently robbed by Oscar ® actress of her generation) The film iself will be presented in anamorphic widescreen with English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will reportedly include audio commentary from director Joseph Ruben and screenwriter Gerald Di Pego, a making of featurette, two behind the scenes featurettes and a selection of deleted scenes. Rapid (but relatively sane) Moore fans like myself will be shelling out somewhere around $28.99 for the privilege.
Because the love of my life demanded it, Universal has gone and announced a January 25th, 2005 release date for Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern's "coal miner's son inspired by Sputnik to take up rocketry against his father's wishes" bio-pic October Sky: The Special Edition. This 1999 film will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with English DD5.1 & DTS 5.1, French and Spanish DD5.1 and English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Disc Extras Will Include:
• Feature Commentary from real-life "coal miner's son inspired by Sputnik to take up rocketry against his father's wishes" Homer Hickam
• An "Aiming High: The Story Of The Rocket Boys" documentary
• A "Spotlight On Location" featurette
• Production Notes
All of that there Northern Appalachia set inspirational melodrama will arrive bearing a $14.99 price tag.
Meanwhile, Fox Home Entertainment has announced a February 22, 2005 street date for The Shield: Season 3for 22nd February 2005. FX's magnificent premiere series will be presented in its native 1.33:1 Full Frame with English, French and Spanish Dolby Surround Sound and English and Spanish subtitles.
Disc Extras Will Include:
• Optional Commentary from writer/creator Shawn Ryan on Deleted Scenes from Four Episodes
• Commentary on "Bottom Bitch" from Scott Brazil, "Thing-to-be"Michael Chiklis, Adam E. Fierro and Michael Jace
• Commentary on "Mum" from Walton Goggins, Michael Hicks, Benito Martinez, Shawn Ryan and Kurt Sutter
• Commentary on "Slipknot" from Michael Chicklis, Walton Goggins, Kenneth Johnson, and David Snell
• Commentary on "Fire in the Hole" from Catherine Dent, Nicki Micheaux, CCH Pounder, and Cathy Cahlin Ryan
This four-disc set will be hitting the award-winning cop drama's fans up for around about $49.99.
And lastly, Fox Home Entertainment has also announced a February 8th, 2005 release date for their Dylan McDermott and Julianna Margulies vs. terrorism inc. summer mini-series The Grid. (which left me thinking of nothing so much as Roger Ebert's infamous review of 2000's Winona Ryder vs. Lucifer "thriller" Lost Souls. . . wherein he made the excellent point that if things had gotten so bad here on Earth that it could potentially be up to Winona Ryder to save us from Satan, we were in some serious trouble . . . because I felt exactly the same way about needing Dylan and Julianna to save us from terrorist) At any rate, each episode will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame with English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Its extras will reportedly include commentary from Executive Producer Tracey Alexander and Director Mikael Salomon, a "The Globe of The Grid" featurette, a "Factual Fiction" featurette and a selection of deleted scenes. The two-disc set will be retailing for around $26.99.