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 . . .
First up, Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced a December 7th street date for the complete seventh season of M*A*S*H. The episodes will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame along with English Mono tracks. English and Spanish subtitles will also be provided. As before, the only extra material included with the set will be an option to watch the episodes with or without laugh track. This three-disc package should set you back somewhere in the region of $39.98.
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.
In better news, Universal has announced a November 23rd release date for the Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta Jones and Stanley Tucci starrer The Terminal. This new Steven Spielberg offering, will be available as both a single and a double-disc limited edition gift-set. Each will carry a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation along with English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS 5.1 Surround and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo tracks. English, French and Spanish subtitles will also be included. Extras on the limited edition set will include The Take Off: Making The Terminal featurette, a feature that gives you an exclusive tour of the incredible sets of the film, Boarding: The People of The Terminal which includes interviews with Hanks, Spielberg etc and an In-Flight Service: Music of The Terminal featurette. Capping off the limited edition set will be an exclusive/mysterious The Terminal gift.
Meanwhile, MGM Home Entertainment has supplied early details on the Species III due to premiere on DVD December 7th. The film features original alien/human biological clock impaired femme fatale Natasha Henstridge, and newcomer Sunny Mabrey. MGM has arranged for a one-time-only debut showing of Species III on the Sci-Fi Channel this November 27th that will mainly serve as an extended promotional-spot for marketing of this DVD. The disc itself will be available in two separate editions. The first of these will offer a racy R-rated version, and the second will include an even saucier unrated version, to feature near to one whole minute of additional nudity not to be included within the R-rated cut. Wow! (you do understand that I’m being facetious, correct?) And, double wow!
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.