When I started doing The Daily Spin, for some bizarre reason or other I foolishly decided to try and sift "daily themes," or at the very least something like them, out of the week’s DVD related news tidbits – figuring that since the studios don’t generally operate in a random fashion (unless you count whichever cosmic burp was responsible for what should be laughingly referred to as Paul Walker’s career) that such a theme would always be readily apparent. Well, guess what? I was wrong . . .
It’s not that I didn’t try to figure out some connection, but it appears that in completely unrelated news Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has announced that three new catalog titles will hit the shelves on November 16th. Released as a tie-in for the big-budget remake is the original swinger comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, plus one of those low-brow inside the world of filmmaking comedies released in The Player'swake The Pickle, and lastly the family-friendly animated adventure First Snow of Winter. Each will be presented in anamorphic widescreen and Dolby 2.0 (except Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, which will be mono only) and include bonus trailers. They’ll retail for ‘round about $19.95 a pop.
Rounding out today's news is another high-profile double-dip reissue. On December 14th, Universal Studios Home Video will release a new version of the megahit Meet the Parents, just in time for the theatrical debut of its highly-anticipated sequel. To be available in separate anamorphic widescreen and full screen versions, each includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track, plus the new extras "Robert De Niro Sings 'Love Is In The Air' segment, "Meet the Cast of Meet The Parents and Meet The Fockers" featurette, 23 minutes of outtakes, and deleted scenes with commentary. The disc will retail for something like $29.95.