UK DVD News Round-up March/April
Below is a round-up recent UK DVD announcements from mostly smaller labels for titles arriving in March and early April…
Fabulous Films have a trio of classic TV releases arriving on 22nd March 2010. Saved by the Bell Season 1 (£29.99 RRP) is a 3-disc set with all 16 episodes from Season 1 alongside synopses, a still gallery and an information booklet. ”It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.” Season 1 (£39.99 RRP) is a 4-disc set with all 16 episodes from Season 1 plus commentaries on 5 episodes, ‘Getting There’ The Road to the Show, Television Parts – Sketches and an information booklet. Street Hawk: The Complete Series (£39.99 RRP) is a 4-disc set with some extensive extras:
- Original Pilot Episode 73mins
- All 12 Original Episodes x 43mins
- Unbroadcasted Pilot featuring different Street Hawk firepower (73mins)
- Street Hawk, The Making of a Legend- A brand new documentary featuring Rex Smith, Joe Regalbuto and Jeannie Wilson (41mins)
- Stills Galleries
- Episode Synopsis
- 8 – Page Collectors Booklet
- Stunning Motion Menus
Momentum Pictures have announced a few titles for UK DVD release in March. These include Stephen Milburn Anderson’s Cash on the 1st, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s Johnny Mad Dog on the 15th and Stephen Poliakoff’s Glorious 39 on the 29th. There are no listed extras.
Mediumrare Entertainment have announced Seasons 2 and 3 of Kojak for UK DVD release on 26th April 2010. Starring Telly Savalas each season of this crime drama series carries an RRP of £34.99.
Metrodome will release the WWII drama Anonyma: The Downfall of Berlin on 1st March 2010. They will also release a zombie horror Apocalypse of the Dead on the 1st which includes a making-of and a trailer. Also from Metrodome on 29th March is The House of the Devil which includes deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a commentary with writer-director-editor Ti West and actress Jocelin Donahue.
Metrodome’s budget DVD label, In2Film will release five cult classics from the vaults of Roger Corman on 5th April 2010. Representing the first half of The Roger Corman Collection, a ten-disc series of titles, the first batch includes the creepy horror movie, The Unborn, starring Brooke Adams; the sci-fi shocker, Forbidden World (aka Mutant), the martial arts actioner Blackbelt, co-directed by Rick Jacobson (Bitch Slap) and starring Don 'The Dragon' Wilson, the women-in-chains exploitation flick, The Big Bird Cage, starring Pam Grier, and the infamous Big Bad Mama, starring Angie Dickinson, William Shatner and Tom Skerritt. RRP is £5.99 each.
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Ninja on UK DVD (£12.99) and Blu-ray (£19.99 RRP) on 15th March 2010. Directed by Isaac Florentine this martial arts movie stars Scott Adkins. The only extra on the disc is a featurette “Way of the Warrior: Ninja”. Audio is DD5.1 on DVD and 5.1 DTS-HD MA on BD. Then on 29th March Lionsgate will release Clive Barker’s Dread which is written/produced by Barker and directed by Anthony DiBlasi. The disc is barebones.
Indi Vision have the metaphysical comedy Cold Souls coming to UK DVD on 15th March 2010. Directed by newcomer Sophie Barthes and starring Paul Giamatti, the disc appears to be barebones. The following month indi Vision has Michael Keaton’s directorial debut - The Merry Gentleman - scheduled for 5th April 2010. Extras include a making of and trailer.
Dogwoof Pictures will release the documentary We Live in Public on 5th April 2010. The film tells the story of the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of "the greatest Internet pioneer you've never heard of," visionary Josh Harris. Extras are plentiful and include: Josh Harris audio commentary, Ondi Timoner audio commentary, Behind the Scenes: Sundance 09, We Live in Public Trailer (Original), Making of with Ondi Timoner, Josh Commentary Video Highlights, Inside the Bunker: The Pods, Inside the Bunker: The Guns.
Bluebell Films have two African films arriving on 6th April 2010 with an RRP of £14.99 each: Radu Mihaileanu's award-winning, fact-based drama of a young boy's search for identity, Live and Become and Marion Hansel's heart-rending parable Sounds of Sand, which tells the story of a family travelling hostile lands to find peace and water. They are barebones discs.
ICA Films will release Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely on barebones DVD on 8th March 2010.
Mr. Bongo offers another piece of Cuban cinema on 1st March with the release of Lucia from director Humberto Solas. There are no extras.
Second Sight will release Derek Jarman’s adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s 16th century play Edward II on 1st March 2010. This newly remastered edition includes HOH subtitles and ‘Derek’s Edward’ an exclusive documentary featuring cast and crew interviews.
Kaleidoscope invites you to discover the lives of two branded stalkers in the documentary I Think We’re Alone Now which arrives on barebones DVD on 8th March.
Voiceprint will release the Graham Fellows written, directed, produced and starring spoof comedy Southern Softies on 1st March 2010. Extras include:
- Trailer for Southern Softies narrated by Joan Chitty (4 minutes)
- Pop Promo of "I Can't Go Back To Savoury Now" animated by Kevin Baldwin (3 minutes)
- Photo gallery of at least 100 stills from the movie with pleasant musical accompaniment
- A previously unheard Shuttleworth song - a plaintive ballad with rhythmic accompaniment courtesy of a clapping gorilla
- Deleted Scenes
Not really a small label, but a fairly small release from Warner Home Video is Secret Diary of a Call Girl Season 3 which arrives as a barebones 2-disc set on 15th March 2010.
HBO will release the first season of Eastbound & Down on 15th March 2010. The comedy series starring Danny McBride includes the following extras: making of, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers, Kenny Powers: Greatest Hits and Will Ferrell fake car commercials.
New Wave Films will release Sergey Dvortsevoy’s Tulpan on 22nd March with an RRP of £19.99. The only extra is the original trailer.
Anchor Bay Entertainment have got a few titles planned for March with Personal Effects and iMurders arriving on the 8th, Not Forgotten on the 15th and Falling Up on the 22nd. Only the first one has any listed extras, and even then you only get a making of.
Revolver Entertainment has Salvage, a British horror film from first-time director Lawrence Gough, arriving on 22nd March 2010. Extras include audio commentary by director Lawreance Gough, writer Colin O’Donnell, actor Shaun Dooley and associate producer Alan Pattison, on-set cast and crew interviews and a behind the scenes featurette.
High Fliers Films have The Deal arriving on 8th March. This rom-com stars William H. Macy and Meg Ryan and is given a barebones release. A month later on 12th April they will release the debut feature by writer-director Shana Feste, The Greatest, which stars stars young British talent Aaron Johnson and Oscar and double BAFTA Award nominee Carey Mulligan alongside established stars Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon in a study of a family’s grief caused by the loss of a loved one. Again, the disc is barebones.
MVM have a couple of film releases in March starting with Zombeak (a satanic killer chicken movie apparently) on the 1st and ending with The Sinking of Japan (a Japanese disaster movie) on the 22nd.
Fremantle Home Entertainment have a trio of comedy DVDs arriving on 1st March 2010. They are: The Ken Dodd Laughter Show, Dick Emery: The Thames Television Specials and The Max Bygraves Specials. Apparently none of which has been seen since their respective television broadcasts over 30 years ago, while each DVD offers three hours’ worth of entertainment, songs, skits and sketches.