First off, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has announced that Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews’ second pairing. The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement, ‘will officially be available for slumber party viewing’ on December 14th. The film will presented in anamorphic widescreen and English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Its extras will reportedly include deleted scenes, a Kelly Clarkson music video, (who?) royal bloopers and more. This sequel (to one hell of an charming film) will be setting interested parties back something like $19.99.

Disney has also announced that the straight to video Mulan II will be arriving on DVD shelves on Febuary 1st 2005. Disc specs have yet to be released but their initial press release promises 'great wall-to-wall laughs, irresistible new songs and outstanding bonus features'. This girl-powered sequel will be priced somewhere around $29.99 for reasons solely related to puffing up profit margins.

Meanwhile, the kindly folks over at Warner Bros have announced an October 19th street date for the release of the inexplicably famous Hilary Duff’s A Cinderella Story. This aptly titled disc will feature and 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and its extras the will include a Find Your Prince/Princess Challenge with which you see video clips and answer questions to see who your true love is, (huh?!?) an audio commentary with Hilary Duff and other cast members, (no, seriously) a featurette on the costumes and makeup of the film and a Our Lips are Sealed music performed by both Hilary and Hallie Duff. (there’re two of them?) I know it probably shouldn’t set anyone back ‘round about $27.99, but apparently it will.

And finally, on the I couldn’t hold my tongue a moment longer front, we also have Warner’s announcement that they’ll finally be releasing the incredibly cool, in a no pun intended kind of way, cold war thriller Ice Station Zebra, one of the few good films that Hollywood ‘should’ remake Ivanhoe, uh . . . two other films The Letter, & Random Harvest and finally . . . the only watchable version of King Solomon's Mines (1950)in early 2005. Each of the discs will feature a remastered print, bonus features and at least some special content. But, there’s no word yet on a retail price.

Cinemark Movie Club
Brian B.