Another indie round-up

I've just had a pile of press releases for independent distributors drop through the door. There are some real gems in this lot - although it's hard to see many of these titles have much of a market!!!

The first disc to catch my eyes is released by IMC Vision on 6 November. Baby one more time Karaoke looks like an essential purchase for all self-respecting DVD enthusiasts! Everyone's favourite all-American pop starlet Britney Spears has had a number of her most 'popular' tracks transferred to this Karaoke DVD... Wow! The interesting thing of note is the disclaimer on the sleeve which reads 'This programme does not contain any moving film footage or performance by Britney Spears' - so there we have it, Britney disc without the most important bit! The DVD is presented in an aspect ratio of 4:3 and the soundtrack is Dolby Digital 2.0.

Before I go on, please note the extensive use of sarcasm in the above paragraph - I don't want hundreds of e-mails from Britney fanatics!

Now were back to more mundane releases!

Aviva have announced a pile of discs including the ubiquitous November installment of the Twilight Zone discs. Volume's 13 and 14 are due on 13 November and contain a further four episodes each of the popular cult Sci-Fi show.

The Twilight Zone Volume 13 features Judgement Night (featuring Patrick Macnee), The Purple Testament, The Obsolete Man (featuring Batman's Burgess Meredith) and A Quality of Mercy (featuring Quantum Leap's Dean Stockwell).

The Twilight Zone Volume 14 features One For The Angels, The Man In The Bottle, The Arrival and In Praise Of Pip (featuring Quincy's Jack Klugman and Lost in Space's Bill Mumy).

In addition to the above, Aviva continue to churn out their range of specialist musical titles. Starting with My Favourite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, Live at Carnegie Hall which is due on 13 November retailing at £19.99. The disc features performances from people such as Julie Andrews, Bebe Neuwirth and Liza Minelli and is expected to include both Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 soundtracks. Presumably we're looking at a 4:3 transfer.

The Beauty That Drives A Man Mad, Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, Man of La Mancha, Look For The Silver Lining/Tomorrow, And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going, Nothing, Everyboy's Girl, Ain't Misbehavin', Mean To Me, Fifty Percent, Love Changes Everything, Unexpected Song, I Don't Know How To Love Him, Falling In Love with Love, Life Upon The Wicked Stage, Down With Love, Could I Leave You?, I Wanna Be A Rockette, I Can Cook Too, Adelaide's Lament, The Ladies Who Lunch and One.
The Jazz Channel Presents Jeffrey Osborne is released on 13 November. The disc contains DTS and Dolby Digital (5.1 and 2.0) soundtracks along with an interview, biography and discography. Expect this one to set you back £19.99 as well.
We Party Hearty, Second Time Around, On The Wings Of Love, Stay With Me Tonight, Da Butt, Kreepin', Holding On (When Love Is Gone), Concentrate On You, Don't You Get So Mat, I Really Don't Need No Light, That's For Sure, (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again, Love Ballad and You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)
Dancin' In The Street features a selection of 60's and 70's soul classics presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. Once again, expect this one on 13 November retailing at £19.99.
Mary Wells: You Beat Me To The Punch, Two Lovers, The One Who Really Loves You, My Guy; Martha Reeves: Ready For Love, Come And Get These Memories, Nowhere To Run, I'll Have To Let Him Go, Jimmy Mack, Heatwave; David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks: Just My Imagination, Ain't Too Proud To Beg, Girl, Girl, Girl, My Girl Medley, The Way You Do The Things You Do, (I Know) I'm Losing You; Mary Wells with Curtis Womack: Wonderful World, He Will Break Your Heart, Chain Gang, Bye Bye Baby, Shout; David Ruffin: My Whole World Ended, Statue of a Fool; Eddie Kendricks: Get Ready, Keep On Truckin'; Martha Reeves & Co: Dancing In The Street Finale.
The Moody Blues: Live From The Royal Albert Hall is also released on 13 November retailing at £19.99. It features DTS and Dolby Digital (5.1 and 2.0) soundtracks and it's a recording of the May 2000 concert.
Overture, Tuesday Afternoon, English Sunset, Words You Say, The Story In Your Eyes, I Know You're Out There Somewhere, Haunted, Your Wildest Dreams, Isn't Life Strange, I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock N Roll Band), Nights In White Satin, Legend Of A Mind, Question and Ride My See-Saw
Finally, to round off we have Sunday in the Park with George based on the picture 'Un dimanche aprés-midi á l'Ile de la Grande Jatte' by George Seurat. The DVD will feature an audio commentary by Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, Mandy Pitinkin and Bernadette Peters. The disc will feature a DD2.0 soundtrack and is released on 13 November retailing at £19.99.

Colin Polonowski

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