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Rhino Home Video have announced the November 26th Region 1 DVD release of The Transformers: Season Two Part One. Featuring the first half of season two (24 episodes) spread over four discs and presented in full frame with newly-remixed DD5.1 audio you will also find a range of extra features. Expect the following: 2 limited edition cels of Transformer characters, the A taste of Botcon 2002 featurette including interviews with The Transformers creators, voice talent and footage from the convention, a reel of Animation Mistakes complete with commentary by a Transformers advisor, and an Interview with scriptwriter Earl Kress. Retail is $59.95 for the set, or you can buy the four individual volumes from the same day with a retail price of $19.95 each. Expect the second box set that will complete Season Two of The Transformers in April 2003.

Black Christmas is all set to receive the special edition treatment courtesy of Canadian distributor Critical Mass. This new Canadian Exclusive Region 1 version of Black Christmas is due on December 3rd and will feature a remastered 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer, audio commentaries with director Bob Clark and an actor track with John Saxon and Keir Dullea, the brand-new Black Christmas Revisited documentary, an alternate title sequence, still gallery, and the complete Dark Dreamers interview with Saxon, TV spots and a special reversible cover featuring the original 1974 artwork. Retail is $24.95.

Sony Music have announced two live performance DVD releases for November 19th that could not be more different from each other. First up is Robin Williams: Live on Broadway that is presented in 4:3 Full Frame with DD5.1 and PCM 2.0 Stereo and also features a Robin Williams interview and the 'Backstage Before the Broadcast Noises' featurette. Retail is $19.95.

The second release is Korn Live, a DVD featuring 16 live tracks from the band's June 10th 2002 performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Presented in 4:3 with DD5.1 and PCM 2.0 Stereo audio you will also find multi-angles on selected tracks, behind the scenes footage and a discography. Retail is $24.95.

Hardly worth reporting is the news that Warner Home Video will release the Eddie Murphy box office failure The Adventures of Pluto Nash just in time for Christmas on December 24th. You will find an Anamorphic Widescreen transfer, English and French DD5.1 Audio, deleted footage, the "Ain't No Need' music video and making-of, and the Theatrical Trailer. Retail is $24.95.


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