First off for today (well, tonight to be completely honest) Universal has finally announced a December 28th street date for Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries, a both popular and despised redux that I alone, among the original show’s fans appear to have enjoyed. I mean hey, they had the good sense to cast Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell and then actually make them the main characters. The episodes will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. English, French and Spanish subtitles will be provided. This double-sided disc will retail for around $27.99.
In completely unrelated news, Universal has also set a December 21st release date for its straight to video Jennifer Tilly/David Strathairn thriller Relative Evil. (Ok. So is it just me or has Jennifer been pathetically underused by Hollywood since Bound?) The film will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and English Dolby Digital 2.1 Stereo with English subtitles. This one will be setting you back somewhere in the region of $27.99 if you really think it’s worth the risk.
Just in time to cash in on Oliver Stone’s take on the same material, MGM has announced its first ever release of Richard Burton and Claire Bloom’s version of Alexander The Great. The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen and English Stereo, French Mono and Spanish Mono. It’s lone extra will be the film’s theatrical trailer. It’s going to be retailing for a very reasonable 14.99, so rush right out and see the Colin Ferrell do the conqueror tango instead.
Next up, we’ve got Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s announcement that a guilty pleasure of will be hitting DVD shelves as King Possible: The Villain Files on December 7th. It’ll only be retailing for $19.99, so you too will be able to watch Kim and her lovable (or is it faithful?) sidekick, Ron Stoppable, battle bad guys and foil sinister plots. Their newest DVD will feature a never-before-seen episode, the music video “It’s Just You” by LMNT and a something called a “Villain House Party.”
Finally, we’ve got Paramount Home Entertainment’s threat to release their Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight starring remake of one serious cold war classic, namely The Manchurian Candidate on December 21st. Its extras will include an audio commentary featuring Director Jonathan Demme and Screenwriter Daniel Pyne, five deleted and extended scenes, two behind the scenes featurettes, a Liev Schreiber Screen Test, two outtakes, and a Political Pundits feature with Director Commentary. It will be retailing for around $27.99.
So, how was your weekend?