Eight Legged Freaks, Back to the Future R1 Trilogy Update and more
Big budget B-Movie Eight Legged Freaks has just been given a R1 DVD release date of October 29th 2002. Warner Home Entertainment will release it in separate Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen editions, both will feature English and French DD5.1 Audio options, an audio commentary with David Arquette and Ellory Elkayem, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, the short film Larger Than Life that inspired the movie, spider trivia, the theatrical trailer, and the DVD-ROM interactive extra Spider Killing Challenge.
Also due from Warner is Sandra Bullock's latest, Divine Secrets of Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Due for release on November 7th in separate Anamorphic Widescreen and Full screen editions both will feature English and French DD5.1 Audio tracks, commentary by director Callie Khouri, executive producer Lisa Stewart, producer Bonnie Bruckheimer, producer Hunt Lowry and star Ashley Judd, the HBO First Look making-of The Scrap Book, deleted scenes, the Sitting In The Window Of My Room music video by Alison Krauss, and the theatrical trailer. Retail for both titles is $26.95 each.
Outdoing the UK release of a UK show yet again is the recently announced R1 DVD release of cult British comedy series The Young Ones: Every Stoopid Episode which arrives on September 20th 2002. As the title suggests this box set will feature 'every stoopid episode' presented in 4:3 full frame with all new DD5.1 Surround remixes alongside a host of extras including a new 15-minute Creating The Young Ones and 6-minute The Young Ones and the 80s featurettes, talent files, a guide to the guest stars, a look at the bands featured on the show, and even bonus episodes of related British comedies Filthy Rich and Catflap and Bottom! Retail is $59.95.
The Back to the Future Trilogy has finally seen a DVD release, only rather than debuting in the US it was released on Region 4 DVD first! For those of you waiting on the R1 release due on December 17th 2002 then you may be interested to read what writer/producer Bob Gale had to say about the R1/International Version differences for the box set as detailed in full here , and summarised for you below.
- There will be no DTS tracks on the R1 box set due to there being little to no difference between the DTS & DD5.1 tracks. By removing the DTS tracks they can include as much as 30-minutes of extra material per disc
- There will be no screen tests on the R1 set (these are present on the R4 set)
- Additional behind-the-scenes footage from BTTF2 has been found and will be edited down for inclusion
- The BTTF3 EPK was found and has been re-edited (to remove repetition) with some additions and will be included
- A further two Deleted Scenes have been found as well as the full version of Doc's Suitcase, this brings the total running time of deleted and extended scenes to around 11-minutes which is apparently way more than the R4 version
- Michael J. Fox recorded a commentary for BTTF Part 1, though it only covers a small portion of the film
- Bob Gale and Neil Canton did scene-specific commentary for all three movies while Bob Gale also did commentary for the Deleted Scenes - none of this appears on the International versions