So here it is...Election Night and while I sit here in a coffee shop waiting for Shades to get out of rehearsal, I'm posting a few DVD bits while listening to a live stream from Air America to keep up with the races. I'm sipping a tasty triple mocha to get juiced for the rest of the evening's follies...and heck, if it ends earlier than predicted, I can always play Hordes!
Columbia TriStar has four interesting titles for release on 1/11/05 - Silver City, Touch of Pink, The Fifth Element: Ultimate Edition (jeez, how many times are they gonna milk that one?!) and Léon: The Professional - Deluxe Edition. Each will carry an SRP of $24.96. The Fifth Element: Ultimate Edition (2 discs) will include anamorphic widescreen video, both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio, a factoid trivia track, 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes (The Star Element, The Visual Element, The Alien Element and The Digital Element), film galleries, camera, costume and set tests and more. Léon: The Professional - Deluxe Edition (2 discs), will also include anamorphic widescreen video and both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio, along with 3 behind-the-scenes featurettes (The Professional: Ten Year Reunion, Trial by Fire: Natalie Portman as Mathilda and Birth of a Star: Jean Reno as Léon) and more.
The Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow DVD will now be released on 2/1/05 (it had previously been slated for 1/25/05). No word yet on extras.
Trey Parker's Orgazmo: Special Edition will street on 2/15/2005 (SRP $19.98) in anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. Newly announced for 1/25/05 from Universal are an October Sky: Special Edition (SRP $14.98 - anamorphic widescreen with both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio) and the delayed Backbeat: Special Edition (SRP $19.98). No details yet on extras.
Criterion has a bunch of titles newly announced for release in January (exact street date TBA). Look for Seijun Suzuki's Fighting Elegy (SRP $29.95, catalog #269) and Youth of the Beast ($29.95, #268), Jacques Becker's Touchez pas au grisbi ($29.95, #271) and Casque d'or ($39.95, #270), and Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha ($39.95, #267). Kagemusha will be a 2-disc set with video in anamorphic widescreen (from a new HD transfer), Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince, a 40-minute documentary on the making of Kagemusha (part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create), new video interviews with executive producers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas (Helping a Master: Coppola, Lucas, and Kagemusha), the Image: Kurosawa's Continuity featurette on reconstructing the film through Kurosawa's paintings and sketches, and a booklet featuring new essays by scholars Darrell Davis and Peter Grilli, as well as biographical sketches by Japanese film historian Donald Richie.
Wonderfalls: The Complete Series will be out on 2/1/05 from Fox (SRP $39.98) featuring 3 discs in anamorphic widescreen video and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include audio commentary on several episodes by the show's cast and crew, and the Greetings from Wonderfalls and Fantastic Visual Effects featurettes.
Fox also has Angel: Season Five, 2/15/05 (SRP $89.98) on 6 discs (anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 2.0 audio) with commentary on several episodes (participants include Joss Whedon, David Boreanaz and many of the cast and crew) and the Angel: The Final Season, Hey Kids! It's Smile Time, Angel 100, Angel: Choreography of a Stunt, To Live & Die in L.A.: The Best of Angel, Halos and Horns: Recurring Villainy and Angel Unbound: The Gag Reels featurettes.
DVD Savant has been really busy lately...did I mention I think he's the best web-based DVD reviewer out there? He writes well and is one of the few reviewers of DVDs, in print or on the web, whose writing about the films themselves is worth reading. He's a bit light on the techie aspects of the discs, but he's always got something interesting to say. Here's what he has today:
That's Entertainment (the box with all three films)
Fox's latest Studio Classics release, The Three Faces of Eve (1957).
And Warner's new 2 DVD set of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954 with *both* the 'Scope and the flat versions!).