With Christmas fast approaching the studios are starting to release wave after wave of special interest DVDs, from stand-up comedians to TV specials, interactive DVD game shows and more. Below are the titles we’ve been told about, they represent a mere handful of what's coming your way, but we'll keep adding to the list should we get any other title announcements of this kind...
20th October 2008
Alan Carr’s Now That’s What I Call a Ding Dong - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Universal Pictures, this disc collects together the best bits from the first series of Channel 4’s game show Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong Also included are exclusive new bits such as unseen footage from the series and a selection of stand up material from Mr Carr himself.
3rd November 2008
Arsenal’s Greatest Ever Goals - Priced at £17.99 RRP and released by ITV DVD, this disc features 300 of Arsenal’s greatest goals.
By Any Means - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Universal Pictures, Broadcast on on BBC2 in September, By Any Means is a 6-part series that documents the journey of gritty adventurer Charley Boorman as he embarks on his most challenging journey to date, travelling from his home town in Wicklow, Ireland, to Wollongong in Australia, using over one hundred different forms of transport. Extras include a post travel interview with Boorman and interactive map with photo gallery.
Derren Brown – The Specials - Priced at £29.99 RRP and released by 4DVD, this set features four one-off programmes with the ‘master of mind control’ Derren Brown. They are: Russian Roulette Live, The Heist, Séance, and The System.
Family Fortunes – All New Family Edition - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Fremantle Home Entertainment, this release marks the fourth outing of the game show on interactive DVD and features a brand new set of 'Survey Says' questions and answers.
Jimmy Carr in Concert - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by 4DVD, this disc marks the fourth live stand-up DVD from the comedian. Recorded live earlier this year at London’s Bloomsbury theatre during his 2007/2008 Repeat Offender tour, extras to supplement the 90-minute main show include a specially commissioned 36-minute cartoon – a montage of Jimmy Carr’s most brutal audience putdowns – brought to life by Jimmy drawn in various different animated guises. There are also nine bespoke static cartoon comic strips of Jimmy’s best gags as well as hilarious alternative subtitles - Scouse, Glaswegian, Polish, Australian and Welsh.
10th November 2008
Elf Bowling: The Movie - Priced at £9.99 RRP and released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Elf Bowling is based on the videogame of the same name. When Santa’s half-wit brother kidnaps the elves, Santa and super-Elf Lex team up to save the day. A barebones release, the film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with English DD5.1 Surround audio.
Frankie Boyle Live - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by 4DVD, this disc features 90 minutes of raw and uncut material recorded live this year at London’s Hackney Empire theatre. DVD extras include: an exclusive commentary with Frankie and friends road testing herbal highs, all five Rush Hour sketches and a documentary; Frankie’s very own behind-the-scenes tour of Scotland titled F**k Off Scotland which will give viewers a glimpse of some of the unseen wonders of the North.
Jim Jeffries – Contraband Live - Released by Universal Pictures, this disc features the controversial Aussie stand-up’s critically acclaimed show ‘30’ recorded live in London last year.
Russell Brand’s Ponderland - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Universal Pictures, this disc features the first series of the show which sees Brand tackle random topics in each episode. Extras include nearly an hour of unseen live stand up recorded at pre-Ponderland warm up gigs and nightly before taping the show.
Tim Minchin – So F**king Rock Live! - Released by Universal Pictures priced at £17.99 RRP and available exclusively at HMV stores or HMV.co.uk, this disc features musician, comedian, writer and actor, Tim Minchin, who toured the smash hit show So F**king Rock, to packed houses across the UK, culminating in a six week, off Broadway run in New York. The two hour show combines his sell-out stage show ‘Dark Side’ – which won the Festival Directors’ Award at Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival – and his new stage show ‘So Rock’.
Viva La Diva - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Warner Music Entertainment, this disc offers a recording of prima ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE and international opera sensation Katherine Jenkins’ ‘all singing all dancing’ UK tour.
17th November 2008
Brendon Burns Live – So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now! - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Universal Pictures, this disc features the Australian comedian’s if.comedy award winning show.
Dara O Briain Talks Funny – Live in London - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Universal Pictures, this disc features the popular Irish stand-up and host of BBC 2’s Mock the Week, Dara O Briain filmed in front a live audience at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. As well as the critically acclaimed show, the DVD also features an exclusive extras package which will include Dara’s sell out show at Dublin’s Vicar Street and a personal, critical review by comedian / actor David Mitchell and Dara himself on the contents to the DVD.
Golden Balls: The DVD Game - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by 4DVD, Jasper Carrott presents the interactive DVD version of the TV game show.
Michael McIntyre - Live & Laughing - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Universal Pictures, this DVD features the comedian recorded in front of a sold out audience at the Hammersmith Apollo in September and will include 90 minutes of Michael’s unique stand-up. The disc also features Michael’s appearance on Live at the Apollo, BBC1.
Sean Lock Live - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Universal Pictures, this disc features a show from the comedian that was filmed live earlier this year at the London Hammersmith Apollo. Extra scenes include a video diary of Sean on the road and his critically acclaimed performance on the BBC One show Live at the Apollo.
Star Stories Series 2 - Released by 4DVD, the second series of this spoof show comes with extras including behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode, deleted and extended scenes.
24th November 2008
Ray Winstone’s Football Blinders and Blunders - Released by 4DVD, Ray Winstone presents this collection of blinding goals, unbelievable blunders, brilliant free-kicks, nightmare misses, players going bonkers, and moments of mind-blowing magic. The title also features an interview with Ray talking about all aspects of the game, including why he loves it so much, his favourite football heroes and villains.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (10th Anniversary) - Priced at £24.99 RRP and released by Universal Pictures, this new edition of the interactive game hosted by Chris Tarrant gives you the chance to win a ‘Live like a Millionaire’ weekend in real life if you get to the millionaire question. This version of the DVDi game also promises to be “faster and more competitive than ever before”, and offers 750 new questions, archive show footage plus all the original questions taken from chosen shows from the last 10 years. There are two game modes, ‘The Multi-Millionaire Challenge’ where upto four players compete, and ‘Special Anniversary Games’ which offers 11 anniversary games from the last 10 years. The set comes with 4 hand-held multiple choice buzzers.
1st December 2008
Dom Joly’s Golfing Greats, Gaffes and Goofs - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Fremantle Home Entertainment, this disc combines golf-themed comedy sketches and witty commentary from Dom Joly with professional footage of some of the most outstanding, fluky and downright ludicrous golf play in the history of the sport.
Phil Daniels’ Football Match Day Madness - Priced at £19.99 RRP and released by Fremantle Home Entertainment, this disc features actor Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia, EastEnders) presenting a selection of the best, worst, and funniest football clips ever seen on a football pitch.