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MGM in November

Full details of MGM's November releases have just arrived.

The big title of the month has to be a new DVD release of Raging Bull. Starring Robert De Niro and directed by Martin Scorsese, there is little doubt that Raging Bull is in the running for the most violent movie ever. Based on the life of real-life boxer Jake La Motta, the film charts his rise from the Bronx to middleweight boxing champion of the world and then his decline.

The DVD rerelease is due on 20 November and will take the form of a two-disc set retailing at a very reasonable £19.99. The disc will feature a brand-new documentary featuring interviews with Jake La Motta, Thelma Schoonmaker and a bunch of 'influential film critics', 'Jake's Jokes' - a selection of Jake La Motta's stand-up favourites, the original theatrical trailer, a 16 page booklet and a selection of postcards.

Of course, not a month goes by without a Bond release and 27 November will see two further Bond films making their DVD debut. The Man With The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me both star Roger Moore.

The Man With The Golden Gun pits Bond up against Fransisco Scaramanga played by the excellent Christoper Lee while Britt Ekland plays Bond girl Mary Goodnight. The DVD will feature an anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer and a remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack along with a selection of interesting extra features which include a commentary by Guy Hamilton along with various cast and crew members, a couple of documentaries ('Inside The Man With The Golden Gun' and 'A Look At The Greatest Bond Stunts and Stuntmen'), trailers and TV & radio spots.

The Spy Who Loved Me sees Bond team up with a beautiful Russian agent played by Barbara Bach and the first appearance of Richard Kiel's unforgettable Jaws! Once again, quality is the name of the game for this disc and we can expect a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer along with the ubiquitous remixed DD5.1 soundtrack. Extras? Well, we've got another choice selection which includes two more documentaries ('Inside The Spy Who Loved Me' (notice a pattern yet!) and 'Ken Adam: Designing Bond'), an audio commentary featuring Lewis Gilbert, Ken Adam, Christopher Wood and Michael Wilson, trailers and TV & radio spots.

Frank Sinatra stars in The Manchurian Candidate, directed by John Frankenheimer. The DVD is due on 13 November and will feature interviews with Frank Sinatra, John Frankenheimer and George Axelrod, the original theatrical trailer, a commentary by John Frankenheimer and a 8-page colour booklet.

Peter Mullan's critically acclaimed Orphans is due on 27 November and the DVD will feature two short films ('Close' and 'Good Day For The Bad Guys'), the original theatrical trailer, a making-of documentary, deleted scenes and cast auditions.

Overboard and The Three Amigos (1.85:1, anamorphic, DD2.0) are due on 13 November and will both be presented in widescreen with the original theatrical trailers. Joining them are two war films - A Bridge Too Far and Run Silent, Run Deep (1.66:1, non-anamorphic, DD1.0), both featuring the original theatrical trailers and 8-page booklets.

Colin Polonowski

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