Warner Home Video UK looks to the year ahead
Warner Home Video has issued a press release outlining their UK Region 2 DVD plans for the New Year. Those titles we already have the details for are linked appropriately, while the rest will, as the press release says, be announced accordingly.
Warner Home Video, owners of arguably the greatest film vaults in the world announce their intentions for the year ahead to excite DVD enthusiasts with special editions of sweeping classics and cult favourites in 2004. The following titles are a mere teaser of the offering for the forthcoming year from the pioneers of the DVD format. Many releases will be digitally remastered where possible and stunningly repackaged and loaded with bonus materials. Full details on each title will be released accordingly.
In January the legend of Robin Hood is explored with two contrasting special editions in Errol Flynn's classic The Adventures of Robin Hood and Kevin Costner's Robin Hood Prince of Thieves - Extended Version. Classic movie lovers can expect an exhaustive edition of Casablanca in time for Valentine's along with two Humphrey Bogart box sets setting the challenge for Bogart appreciation and discussion.
Academy Award winners from the 1930's and 1940's making their DVD debut in February are Mutiny on the Bounty, Mrs Miniver, Grand Hotel, Great Zeigfeld, Gaslight and Goodbye Mr Chips. With so many multi award winning epics in their library, Warner Home Video will be offering a 2 for £20 offer across 32 DVD titles through the January/February awards season leading up to the Academy Awards. Titles will include Batman, Ben-Hur, JFK, L.A. Confidential, The Perfect Storm and many more. Choose from BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award Winners to build an enviable collection.
The 40th Anniversary of the smash hit musical My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison will be celebrated with a special edition DVD release and coincides with an Audrey Hepburn season at the NFT from March. To mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Warner Home Video presents a collection of classics tackling the subject of War at the end of May to mark the heroics of the nation's soldiers.
June sees the release of six Westerns, from the classic The Searchers to the hilarious Blazing Saddles Special Editions. Three Godfathers, Mogambo and Shalako join the gritty Wyatt Earp providing enough inspiration for yehaws! all around.
The critically acclaimed science fiction classic THX-1138 made by film student George Lucas is due in June.
Three seasons of World Cinema greats from Akira Kurosawa, Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Renoir, John Cocteau, Jean-Pierre Melville and more finally arise from the vaults of Studio Canal beginning in March and with further sets in June and September.
In July Michael Mann's critically acclaimed cult classic Heat starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino gets even hotter on a two-disc special edition. The most eagerly anticipated release of the year however will surely be the two-disc special edition DVD of Goodfellas with extensive input from Martin Scorsese alongside his films After Hours, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Who's That Knocking at my Door? currently planned for September.
A season of monster mashing in June marks the arrival of Van Helsing on the silver screen with The Hunger, Fearless Vampire Killers and more from Hammer. Comedy fans are in for a treat with Police Academy's 20th Anniversary Special Edition along with The Complete DVD Box Set of all 7 films!
August offers two discs to get your hips swinging if you visit Elvis at Jailhouse Rock and in Viva Las Vegas. Beat your chest and get ready to swing from the curtains with a Tarzan extravaganza as Warner releases the classic Tarzan the Ape Man and a Johnny Weismuller box set plus Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan starring Christopher Lambert as the vine ape out of water in Edwardian England.
With Tarantino's Bruce Lee influenced Kill Bill wowing audiences Kung Fu gets even more lethal with a two-disc special edition of Lee's Enter the Dragon plus a debut for Cleopatra Jones DVD Double and Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires completing a bumper summer in August.
Warner hit a real purple patch in August with a trilogy of Prince musicals including a two disc special edition of the mega-hit Purple Rain, based on his best-selling album plus it's sequels Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge.
1980's cult favourite vampire chiller The Lost Boys will receive the special edition treatment in September.