It’s that time of year again, you know, when the studios inundate us with special interest titles, interactive games, festive re-releases etc. in an attempt to crash our inboxes and your bank accounts! Below is an incomplete rundown of the titles coming your way, covering everything we’ve been told about so far, with more to be added as we learn about them…
5th November 2007
Jimmy Carr – Comedian - £19.99 - Channel 4 DVD - Recorded live this year at London’s Bloomsbury theatre, Jimmy Carr’s third live stand-up DVD features over 90 minutes of new, uncensored material and also includes an hour of extras.
DVD extras include: Thumbing In A Softie – Jimmy’s exclusive DVD Sketch Show; coverage of Jimmy’s one-off Second Life gig, where he became the first major comedian to do a live gig in the virtual reality world; footage from Soccer Six, Rubber Face Jimmy (featuring Leigh Francis of Bo Selecta) plus Jimmy’s classic radio interviews with Chris Moyles and Steve Wright.
Marc Bolan: The Final Word - £19.99 – Universal Pictures – This documentary celebrating the life and music of Marc Bolan was recently broadcast by the BBC to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of his untimely early death at the age of 29 in 1977. In addition to the main feature, THE FINAL WORD includes more than 50 minutes of additional footage amongst which are deleted scenes, extended interviews, promotional films, and an ‘In The Studio’ segment with record producer Tony Visconti working with the original master tapes of the smash hits Ride A White Swan and Jeepster, offering an exclusive insight as to how the T. Rex sound was created by Marc and Tony.
12th November 2007
Beat the Intro 2007/2008 Edition - Liberation Entertainment - This updated version of the interactive music quiz based around intros, lyrics and album covers of best-selling pop tracks from the 1960s to the 2000s features both a quick fire single player round and multi-player options.
Gary Lineker’s Action Replay - Liberation Entertainment – This compilation of the best, worst and funniest moments in football as voted for by the readers of FourFourTwo is presented by Gary Lineker who is joined by a panel of guests who commentate on what is being seen. Extras include: The best and worst UGC footage, as sent in by the fans!, Uncut opinions from the comedians and FourFourTwo readers’ re-creations.
The Holiday (2-Disc Gift Edition) - £12.99 – Universal Pictures – This rom-com starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black returns to UK DVD as a two-disc release which Universal tells us “features a host of extras, including a 20 minute, behind-the-scenes feature”…but that’s all they’ve confirmed and it’s the only thing we can find at the BBFC as well.
Universal Pictures Interactive DVD Games - Full line-up details here.
19th November 2007
Deal or No Deal Family Challenge - £19.99 – Channel 4 DVD - Noel Edmonds guides players through this interactive game featuring “exclusive unseen studio footage” and brand new game play with options to play solo, take the Family Challenge or test your nerves against The Banker.
Billy Connolly: Was It Something I Said? - £21.99 – Universal Pictures – New live stand-up from Billy Connolly.
Peter Kay: Stand Up UKay - £21.99 – Universal Pictures – This live comedy DVD features routines especially chosen by the British public, including Garlic Bread, Dipping Biscuits, the dancing skills of people at weddings, as well as the video for the No. 1 smash-hit ‘(I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles’.
Michael Ball: One Voice One Special Night - £19.99 – Universal Pictures - Filmed live at the Hammersmith Apollo during his 2007 national tour, this DVD features Michael performing some of his favourite songs which include Barry Manilow’s ‘One Voice’, Amy Winehouse’s ‘Rehab’ Rainbow’s ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’, Elton John’s ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ ‘and Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop’.
Spiceworld The Movie (10th Anniversary Edition) - £9.99 – Universal Pictures – Re-released in advance of the horrifying event that is Scary, Ginger, Baby, Sporty and Posh at the O2 arena this December, Spiceworld The Movie 10th Anniversary Edition DVD extras are 5 Spice Girl Postcards!
26th November 2007
Fingers on Buzzers - £24.99 – Channel 4 DVD - This multiplayer game promises no more passing the handset round the room to play, as it comes with 4 Multi-Buzzer handsets. Each game can be played in a long (25 minutes) or short (12 minutes) version and between two to four players, each with an individual handset and character.
Russell Brand: Doing Life - Universal Pictures – This live stand-up was filmed at the Hackney Empire.
Peter Kay – The Early Years - Liberation Entertainment – Ian Coyle hosts this look back to his very own video interview with Peter Kay filmed in 1994.
It’s A Wonderful Life (Collector’s Edition) - £17.99 – Universal Pictures – Usually we’d feature this in its own news piece, but Universal release this genuine classic every year around Christmas and there is little reason to believe this edition is any different. Presented in anamorphic widescreen with English DD5.1 Surround audio, there are no listed extras though 50p from the first 100,000 copies sold will be donated to Samaritans going towards the costs of recruiting new volunteers.
The Vicar of Dibley – A Holy Wholly Happy Ending - £19.99 – Universal Pictures - Featuring the final episodes of the long-running series starring Dawn French, A Holy Wholly Happy Ending includes The Handsome Stranger and Vicar in White, along with The Story of The Vicar of Dibley which includes interviews with cast and other key figures.
The Vicar of Dibley – The Ultimate Collection - £49.99 – Universal Pictures – A DVD Box Set including every Vicar of Dibley episode ever made, The Seasonal Specials, The Specials and A Very Dibley Christmas will be released at the same time.
3rd December 2007
River Cottage: Gone Fishing! - £19.99 – Channel 4 DVD – Following on from the brand new television series on Channel 4 (broadcast on 8th, 15th and 22nd November at 8pm), celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s new installment to the River Cottage series looks at alternative seafood options.
17th December 2007
Lucas & Walliams: The Early Years - Liberation Entertainemnt – Presented by Ian Coyle this documentary features a selection of clips and interviews detailing the beginnings of comedy duo Matt Lucas and David Williams (best known for Little Britain).