Region 1 Announcements Update

Here are the details on several recently announced Region 1 DVD releases...

The live action take on children’s classic Scooby Doo will be receiving the now almost standard Special Edition treatment from Warner. Arriving on the 15th October in both Anamorphic Widescreen and Full screen incarnations you will find two audio commentaries with the cast and crew, a behind-the-scenes documentary, two featurettes, 10 minutes of never before seen footage, the Land of a Million Drums music video, easter eggs, and DVD-ROM extras including 7 interactive challenges on both releases. Retail is $26.95 for either version.

Also arriving on the 15th October from Warner is Christopher Nolan's Insomnia. As is slowly becoming the norm separate full frame and Anamorphic Widescreen versions will be available, both sporting the same set of extra features that include two audio commentaries by director Christopher Nolan and cast and crew, deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary, the Day for Night - The Making of Insomnia, 180 Degrees: Christopher Nolan Interviews Al Pacino, In the Fog and Eyes Wide Open featurettes, a From the Evidence Room still gallery and trailers. Again retail is $26.95 for either version.

Long awaited now in the US ever since Warner started releasing 'best of' compilations is the beginning of the South Park entire season collections. On November 12th Warner will release South Park: The Complete First Season box set at a retail price of just $39.95. Containing all 13-episodes from Season 1 presented in 4:3 Full screen with DD2.0 Surround audio you will also find introductions and audio commentary on every episode from creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Jay Leno's South Park guest appearance, the "O Holy Night" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" music videos, and promo spots.

MGM have announced both R Rated and Unrated releases of Y Tu Mama Tambien. The R Rated release will feature both Full screen and Anamorphic Widescreen transfers, Spanish DD5.1 Audio, production notes and a trailer while the Unrated edition loses the full screen transfer to make way for an audio commentary with director Alfonso Cuaron and actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, the Cuaron short film "Me la Debes," and the trailer. Retail is $26.95 for either release.

Also due on the 15th October from MGM is John Woo's latest American effort Windtalkers. A poor box-office taking in the US appears to have led to a rather bare-bones offering in the form of a disc that features an anamorphic widescreen transfer, DD5.1 Audio, production notes and two trailers for its $26.95 retail price.

Paramount will release the latest Jack Ryan thriller The Sum of all Fears on October 29th. Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with English DD5.1 and DD2.0 Surround audio tracks you will also find two audio commentaries by director Phil Alden Robinson and cinematographer John Lindley, and Robinson again with novelist Tom Clancy, the Making-Of The Sum Of All Fears and Creating Reality: the Visual Effects of The Sum Of All Fears featurettes, and the theatrical trailer. Retail is $29.95.

Moving on a month Paramount have a slate of special edition classics for your entertainment all arriving on the 5th November 2002. Sunset Boulevard will feature a 1.37:1 full screen original aspect ratio transfer with English mono sound alongside an audio commentary by Ed Sikov, The Making Of Sunset Boulevard and The Music of Sunset Boulevard featurettes, a Hollywood Location Map, and the theatrical trailer. Roman Holiday will feature a newly restored 1.37:1 full screen transfer, a mono soundtrack, the all-new Remembering Roman Holiday documentary, two featurettes entitled Edith Head - The Paramount Years and Restoring Roman Holiday, and three trailers. The last classic to receive the Special Edition treatment is The Italian Job. Featuring a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and new DD5.1 surround mix you will also find an audio commentary by producer Michael Deeley and author Matthew Field, three new documentaries, a deleted scene with optional commentary, and two trailers. Retail on these is just $24.95 each.

Two further classics both starring Cary Grant are also due on the 5th November via Paramount but are not quite worthy of 'Special Edition' status. To Catch a Thief and Houseboat will both feature Anamorphic Widescreen transfers with Mono audio, still galleries and trailers while the former will also include the Writing and Casting of To Catch A Thief and The Making Of To Catch A Thief featurettes. Retail on these titles is again $24.95 each.

Finally we have two slightly overdue announcements for you. The first is for the re-release of Swingers on September 24th in a new Miramax Collectors Series guise. Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with English DD5.1 Audio this release sports a huge number of extra features that include an audio commentary with director Doug Liman, an illustrated action commentary with stars Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn and four featurettes - Art Imitates Life: Writing The Story, Life Creates Art: Getting Swingers Made, Life Imitates Art: Swingers Culture and Art Creates Life: Life After Swingers. Further extras include sections entitled The Cutting Room Floor, The Kiss, Drunken Diners (with optional director's commentary) outtakes, conceptual art & storyboards, Jon Favreau's original artwork tour, "Swingblade" short film and trailers! The 'Suggested Retail Price' on this is just $19.99.

The other slightly overdue announcement comes from New Line Cinema and is for the latest outing from Jason Voorhees, Jason X: Platinum Edition, that is due on October 8th. This looks set to be a great offering from New Line and features an Anamorphic Widescreen transfer with both English DD5.1 and DTS Surround Audio tracks, Audio commentary by director Jim Isaac, writer Todd Farmer and producer Noel Cunningham, two original documentaries: The Many Lives Of Jason Voorhees and By Any Means Necessary: The Making Of Jason X, a Jump-to-a-death menu feature with "Random Kill" and "Kill All" buttons, the original theatrical trailers and a DVD-ROM Screenplay option. Retail is $26.98.

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