First off for today we have a personal favorite of mine, because Ren and Stimpy have finally gone digital. Paramount insists that it will actually be releasing the complete first and second seasons of The Ren and Stimpy Show this October 12th. Purportedly, each of the inexplicably uncut episodes will be presented in its original 1.33:1 fullscreen aspect ratio, and the set will include a “Ren & Stimpy: In The Beginning” featurette, an audio commentary from the original voice creators, and an image gallery.
Next up we’ve got Universal’s two hour 2005 GTO commercial featuring Dennis Hopper The Last Ride. This trifling bit of made for TV action from “the producers” of The Fast and the Furious, will hit the streets on November 16th. The film itself will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Extras will include a behind the scenes featurette, commentaries from the director and the cast, a GTO Test Drive, a 2005 GTO First Look, and a GTO Historical Video. The disc will retail for around $19.99, but there should actually be a law.
The Folks over at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have announced the imminent release of the “other” reality video series featuring heiress Paris Hilton The Simple Life 2. Yep, that’s right guys, perennial Maxim/Stuff Magazine favorites Paris and Nicole are back for a cross country trek. On one double-sided disc, all 10 episodes will be presented in their original full frame aspect ratios with English Dolby Surround audio and optional English subtitles. Bonus features will apparently include episode 8 from the first season and (God forbid) outtakes. The aforementioned empty-headed drivel will arrive on November 2nd bearing a retail over-price of $19.99.
In slightly better news, Fox will release the short-lived Seth Green and Eugene Levy series Greg the Bunny this October 19th. The uncut and uncensored episodes will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame and English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio tracks. Disc Extras will reportedly include two featurettes (“The Humans Behind the Fabricated Americans” & “Puppet Auditions”), commentaries by the cast and crew, 20 minutes of deleted and extended scenes (with optional commentary by Dan Milano), conceptual artwork, interviews, a “Jimmy Drives Gil Crazy “ director's storyboard and publicity galleries. There was no retail price included in the announcements, so I suppose you’ll just have the haggle.
Not wanting to leave out the anxiously awaiting the big-screen Dukes of Hazzard crowd, Fox has announced a December 28th release date for Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge’s King of the Hill Season Three. All 25 episodes from the third season will be presented in their original Full Frame aspect ratios and English and Spanish audio (Dolby Surround) with subtitle options. Expect to shell out around $39.99 for the privilege.
Why they couldn’t have just stopped while they were ahead is something I’ll never know, but Fox will also be releasing Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Laura Prepon’s That 70's Show: the Complete First Season this October 26th. (just in time scare away annoying trick-or-treaters on Halloween) Episodes will be presented in 1.33:1 full screen and English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. Disc extras will reportedly include a “Hello Wisconsin!” Season One featurette, audio commentaries on eight episodes, a trivia quiz, a Cheap Trick video eastereggs and audition tapes for Ashton Kutcher and Laura Prepon.
No serious weird film aficionado could possibly sleep comfortably tonight without adding The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies to his or her personal shelves. In case you don’t already know, Zombies is a funky 60’s horror flick set in a sleazy roadside carnival about a deranged fortune teller who creates a series of grotesque monsters and imprisons them in the back of her tent. Problems ensue when a string of unsolved murders plague the carny. "Truly bizarre film features gorgeously saturated color, awful acting, hideous dialogue, haunting atmosphere and little plot" (Leonard Maltin). Featuring the “acting talents” of Cash Flagg, Brett O'Hara, Atlas King, Sharon Walsh and Madison Clarke. It is truly a smorgasbord of the bizarre, psychedelic, and nightmarish, mixed in with action, and singing and believe it or not, dancing. This movie is a grand slam, it's ridiculous, hilarious, entertaining, unpredictable and script-less. And if that weren’t enough, it’s the home of the Mixed-Up Zombie Stomp. The film will be presented in letterboxed format -- and the disc will apparently Include an introduction, interviews and a commentary track by drive-in movie-guru (well-redneck) Joe Bob Briggs. Not to be missed.