Catching up on last week’s news (Part 1)

I just wanted to mention a few titles announced last week that I didn’t cover in my first updates on the site.

Coming on the 16th of October from Columbia is the French hit thriller The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières pourpres), starring Vincent Cassel and Jean Reno and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Retailing at $24.95, the DVD features an anamorphic widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, audio commentary featuring the director and stars, a making-of-documentary called “The Investigation,” four featurettes, filmographies and trailers.

I’ve yet to confirm exactly what the soundtrack is on the movie – I would assume that it is the original French language and that there will be optional English subtitles, but the pessimist in me has a fear that it will be a dubbed English version, especially since there is no mention of any subtitles being on the disc. However, should the pessimist be wrong, this disc looks like a very good alternative to the currently available 2-disc French R2 edition, which doesn’t have any subtitles for us non-French speakers. For more information on both the movie and the French DVD, Alex Larman’s review can be found here.

Some good news for any Hammer horror fans now, as Warner look set to begin to release the titles they have under exclusive license. On the 2nd of October comes the 1959 version of The Mummy starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and directed by Terence Fisher. I would imagine the plot is familiar to most now, with three archaeologists discovering the tomb of an Egyptian princess and suffering the wrath of an ancient curse when they open the tomb. The disc will retail at $19.98 and will feature a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and English and French audio. No extras have been announced, which leads me to believe that it will be a bare bones release.

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