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Various R1 Announcements

Here are some more recent R1 Announcements separated by distributor...

Buena Vista

Following on from the success that Fox had with Moulin Rouge there will be further Baz Luhrmann Special Editions including a Buena Vista SE for Strictly Ballroom. In a move that will sadly not be echoed in the UK with their separate Die Hard Special Edition releases Fox and Buena Vista will team up when Fox release the Red Carpet box set which will feature BVs edition of Strictly Ballroom alongside the Fox editions of Moulin Rouge and their forthcoming re-release of Romeo & Juliet. On with the specifications though for this BV release of Strictly Ballroom which is set to include a new 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio, French and Spanish subtitles, an Audio Commentary with Director Baz Luhrmann "and others" still TBA, the "Samba To Slow Fox Dancing" featurette, a "3-D gallery," a deleted scene hidden as an easter egg, and trailers. This release will retail at $29.95 from 19th March but sadly we have no word on the Red Carpet box set release.

New Line

New Line will release the acclaimed Kevin Kline drama Life As A House on 26th March as a Platinum Series title. Expect a 2.10:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer (as specified by the Director of Photography), DTS and DD5.1 Audio tracks, an Audio Commentary with Director Irwin Winkler, co-producer Rob Cowen and writer Mark Andrus, "Character Building Inside Life as a House" and "From the Ground Up" Featurettes, four deleted scenes with optional commentary, the original theatrical press kit, trailers, and DVD-ROM extras including a screenplay viewer and the theatrical website. Retail is $24.95.

USA Entertainment will debut the interesting looking thriller, Session 9 on R1 DVD for the 26th February. The film was shot on Digital Video and has been transferred to DVD as such and will be presented in its original 1:78:1 Aspect Ratio with Anamorphic Enhancement while on the Audio side of things we get a DD5.1 Surround track. Extra features include an audio commentary with director Brad Anderson and co-writer Steve Gevedon, deleted scenes, storyboards and stills, additional making-of footage, production notes, Filmographies, and the Theatrical Trailer. All this for just $24.95 RRP.

MGM

Due on 2nd April is the Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thorton comedy Bandits. Expect the choice of Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen transfers, English DD5.1 Audio with additional French, Spanish and Portuguese DD2.0 Audio tracks, an Audio Commentary with Director Barry Levinson and "cast and crew," two featurettes, a stills gallery, and trailers.

Also coming on 2nd April are two versions of the Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas erotic thriller Original Sin, which will be available in both the R-rated Theatrical Cut and Unrated release that contains an extra 12 minutes of additional (most likely steamy) footage. Both releases will feature an Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer and DD5.1 Audio (while the R-Rated release will also feature a Full Frame transfer). But things start to differ when it comes to the extra features with the R-Rated Release receiving just the Theatrical Trailer, while the Unrated Edition boasts an Audio Commentary with Director Michael Cristofer, an animated still gallery, and a Gloria Estefan music video. All three titles retail at $24.95.

And finally, some Mistakes that you should all be aware of on forthcoming releases...

Paramount are aware of a defect with their Vampire In Brooklyn DVD due out on the 29th January which contains an incorrectly mixed DD5.1 Audio Track which sees the front right channel swapped with the Left Surround! Hopefully Paramount will see fit to correct this mistake but for now you would be best advised to hold off purchasing this release.

Columbia Tristar are also guilty of faulty products but this time it is a case of incorrect labelling that promises features that just aren't available on the disc you will find inside. In the case of Groundhog Day Special Edition which is due on the 29th January the packaging states a DTS track is present, which is incorrect as the disc only contains DD5.1 and 2.0 Audio Tracks. Also, the February 5th release of Funny Lady does not contain a Full-Frame version as stated on the packaging, but then the 2:35:1 Anamorphic version should suffice! Columbia Tristar have said future pressings of these releases will have corrected packaging.

Thanks as always to The Digital Bits and DVDFile for the information.

Last updated: 19/04/2018 18:20:07

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