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A collection of recent announcements for you from over the pond...

First of all, the Canadian Exclusive edition of Black Christmas we covered here is no longer a Canadian Exclusive, as US distributor Eclectic DVD have picked it up for a domestic US release scheduled for December 3rd with identical specs and a $24.95 retail price.

On December 24th Columbia Tristar will bring you the Kevin Bacon thriller Trapped. Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with English DD5.1 audio you will find two audio commentaries with director Luis Mandoki and writer Greg Iles, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, production notes, filmographies and the trailer. Retail is $27.95.

Columbia Tristar have announced several catalogue titles for January 2003. On the 7th you can expect bare-bones releases of Educating Rita (Anamorphic Widescreen, English and French Stereo tracks, Trailers) and Brother John (Anamorphic and Fullscreen transfers, English and French Mono Audio Tracks, Trailers). Later in the month on the 21st comes Shampoo that also features Anamorphic Widescreen and Fullscreen Transfers, English and French Mono Audio tracks and Bonus Trailers. Retail is $24.95 each.

Warner have announced the December 24th Region 1 release of Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever, a film that is coming to DVD just months after its theatrical run comes to a close in the US. Expect a fairly average release that sports an Anamorphic Widescreen transfer, DD5.1 Audio, the HBO First Look featurette, Theatrical Trailer and the 'Know Your Enemy' Interactive Challenge. A few days later on the 27th Warner will debut the Clint Eastwood title Blood Work. Again, the disc is hardly extensive but will include the Making-of "Blood Work", A conversation in Spanish with Clint Eastwood, Wanda DeJesus and Paul Rodgriguez (subtitled in English) and the Theatrical trailer. This one will be available in separate Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen versions, each offering English DD5.1 Audio. Retail is $26.95 each.

MGM have announced the Ice Cube comedy Barbershop for a January 1st 2003 release. Presented with Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen transfers with DD5.1 Audio you will also fine the following extra features: an audio commentary with director, producers and Ice Cube, 4 making-of featurettes, deleted scenes with optional commentary, a blooper reel, still gallery, "Barber School" interactive game, and the "Trade It All" music video. Later on the 14th January 2003 MGM will debut Our Song. Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with DD5.1 audio you will find an audio commentary with director Jim McKay, the "JRC Steppers Marching Band" article that inspired the movie, and the theatrical trailer. Then on January 21st you can expect brit movie 24 Hour Party People to be presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with DD5.1 Audio, two audio commentaries with Steve Coogan, Tony Wilson and producer Andrew Eaton, two featurettes, a still gallery, and trailers. Retail is $26.95 each.

For those of you who prefer Region 1 then MGM will finally be releasing the Thelma & Louise SE (Region 2 Review linked) on February 4th with a $24.95 retail price.

Due on February 14th from MGM are a selection of catalogue titles all priced at just $14.95. Mel Brooks Life Stinks is the only title to receive any form of extras as it contains audio commentary with Brooks, Rudy de Luca and Steve Haberman and a making-of featurette. Life Stinks will be presented with both Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen transfers, as will the other February 14th bare-bones releases of Meteor Man, Maxie, Waiting for the Light, and Mr. North. The following will only be available in Full Frame, How to Beat the High Cost of Living, Basic Training and Bank Shot.

Source: DVDFile.com

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