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Fox gets foxy with Cleo and Marilyn

Not to be outdone on the special edition front, Fox has announced an impressive Region 1 lineup for 2001, with plenty of two and even three-disc editions, many boasting DTS soundtracks.

The three-disc set is the legendary Burton/Taylor folly Cleopatra (April) - still probably the most expensive film ever made if you adjust for inflation. The package includes a brand new anamorphic transfer, and promises "over seven hours" of extras. These include an audio commentary (contributors to be advised), a new documentary: Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood, the original production featurette, rare archive footage, trailers, a historical timeline and a "collectable" booklet.

Two-disc sets include Big Trouble in Little China (May), Die Hard (June), both featuring DTS soundtracks... and almost certainly Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in November, though I must stress that no official announcement has been made on that particular subject (the other Star Wars films will almost certainly not be out this year - at least not in any legal form).

While on the subject of sci-fi, Zardoz, Alien Nation and Enemy Mine are out at the end of March, and the Die Hard special edition will be accompanied by single-disc remastered DTS versions of the two sequels, along with similarly beefed-up editions of Chain Reaction and Point Break.

There will also be a special edition of Robert Altman's groundbreaking M*A*S*H later in the year, though precise details have yet to be announced, other than the fact that it will act as a teaser for a DVD edition of the legendary TV series that it spawned.

Marilyn Monroe fans are in for a treat with five remastered DVDs of her Fifties classics Bus Stop, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch and There's No Business Like Show Business, available separately or in a box with a bonus sixth disc.

TV box sets include the third series of The X-Files (May), with the fourth to follow later in the year, Region 1 will belatedly get the first series of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, while the most exciting news in this department is the long-awaited DVD debut of The Simpsons... but although the first season box set will definitely be out this year, the date and details have yet to be announced (it's safe to expect lots of extras, though).

Michael Brooke

Last updated: 19/04/2018 19:32:55

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