Ok, so what we have here is not a failure to communicate but rather a failure to produce an unblemished day of ones and zeroes worthy DVD release news . . . Which is not to say that we’re leading off today’s with bad news. (we meaning me . . . by the way) MGM Home Entertainment has announced a special edition of John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, James Gandolfini, Dennis Farina and Barry Sonnenfeld’s take on QT’s rampant success Get Shorty. Time to coincide with it’s Rock-heavy sequel, the latest DVD version of the film will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. The two disc set’s extras will reportedly include a Get Shorty: Wiseguys And Dolls featurette, a thirty-minute Get Shorty: Look At Me featurette on the creation of the film, a deleted scene featuring Travolta, Hackman and a young Ben Stiller, a Get Shorty Party Reel containing bloopers and outtakes, a Going Again feature which gives you a behind-the scenes look at one scene with Travolta, DeVito and Russo, a Page To Screen full length Bravo special on the film, a photo gallery, four hidden features and the original theatrical trailer. For WWF fans the set will also include both a free ticket to see and a sneak peak at the aforementioned Be Cool. As there was no suggested retail price included in MGM’s announcement one can only assume that devotes will be expected to get into the spirit of Get Shorty by acquiring their copy via grift.

On the far side of today’s bad news we’ve got Warner Home Video’s announcement that Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt and Sharon Stone’s misbegotten non-comic-book comic-book adaptaion (yep, you guessed it) Catwoman will hit the street on January 18th 2005. For reasons that beggar description someone will take the time to present this 100-million dollar dud in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen with English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. The discs extras will apparently include an HBO First Look Special, a documentary on the many faces of Catwoman, alternate endings and additional scenes. (Why?) Interested parties not only should but reportedly will be charged something around $27.99 for their flirtation with folly.

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As if single handedly attempting to make my day Columbia Tristar has announced yet another round of 50th Anniversary Godzilla DVD’s with 1967’s underrated Son of Godzilla and the big green uber-reptile’s most recent outing Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.. Due to arrive on December 14th, they’ll both come bearing the features below:

Son of Godzilla 1967

• 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

• Japanese and English soundtracks

• English subtitles

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 2003

• 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

• Japanese and English 5.1 Surround

• English subtitles

• Toho Produced Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Individually they’ll run around $24.99 and a Godzilla 3-Pack will also be available featuring not only both of the above but 1974’s Godzilla® vs. Mechagodzilla all for the low, low, price of ‘round about $72.99. Enjoy!

Continuing that happiness in me making trend Fox Home Entertainment has announced a December 21st release date for nothing less than The Simpsons: The Complete Fifth Season. Each episode will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Stereo and French audio.

Extras Will Include:

• commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Wes Archer and David Silverman on Rosebud.

• commentary on Homer's Barbershop Quartet by Matt Groening, Al Jean, Hank Azaria, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Martin and Mark Kirkland

• commentary on Homer Goes to College by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, James L. Brookes, Conan O'Brien, Jim Reardon and David Silverman

• commentary on Cape Feare by Matt Groening, Al Jean and Jon Vitti

• commentaries on Treehouse of Horror by Matt Groening, James L. Brookes, David Mirkin, Conan O'Brien, Greg Daniels, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein and David Silverman and Marge on the Lam by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Mark Kirkland, David Silverman.

• animatics and storyboards with illustrated commentary

• Tree House of Horror Sketches and deleted scenes entitled Homer's Barbershop Quartet, Cape Feare, Homer Goes to College, Rosebud and lastly Treehouse of Horror IV.

• commercials

The set in total will be available for something right around the general area of $49.99.


Paramount Home Entertainment has released a new special collector's edition of Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Andy Garcia and Brian DePalma’s letter perfect (and what a soundtrack) near masterpiece The Untouchables. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound, the disc includes at least five new featurettes and a price tag of $19.99.