Enter the Pokémon
Warner have announced a few additions to their UK DVD catalogue. First we have Pokémon 3 which is due on 8 October retailing at £19.99. Parents everywhere will be ecstatic to find out that the latest installment of the Pokémon franchise has 100 new characters! The quest begins when Ash, Misty and the crew go in search of a bizarre new form of Pokémon - the Unown. These elusice, powerful monsters take the form of the 26 letters of the alphabet and apparently have the ability to turn the dreams of human beings into reality.
The Pokémon 3 DVD also features a 22-minute 'mini feature' entitled Pikachu and Pichu. This 'stars' the much loved Pikachu in his own escapade with the Pichu brothers and backed by a Dixieland jazz-inspired score imported from the original Japanese release. The disc also includes the making-of the music video 'To Know the Unown', little known Unown facts, Johto Pokerap, a commentary, 'Wizards of teh Coast Unown "J"' game card, Pikachu's Winter Vaction and the theatrical trailer. Technically we can expect Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
On 27 August we will see a DVD release of Rio Bravo starring John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson and directed by Howard Marks. On one side is an army of gunmen dead-set on springing a murderous sidekick from jail. On the other is Sheriff John T Chance (Wayne) and his two deputies: one a drunk (Martin), the other a cripple (Walter Brennan). Place your bets. The £12.99 disc will feature the original widescreeen aspect ratio and the original theatrical trailer.
Exciting news for Bruce Lee fans is that we can expect a brand new special edition release of the martial arts hero's stunning Enter The Dragon - for the first time the film is to be released uncut in the UK and to celebrate Warner have packed quite a lot onto the disc including an audio commentary by Paul Heller and Michael Allin, a 5.1 channel music only track, an introduction by Linda Lee, Linda Lee Cadwell interview gallery, original 1973 featurette, "Backyard Workout with Bruce", "Bruce Lee in his Own Words", four trailers, seven TV Spots, a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. The DVD will retail for £19.99 - or alternatively you can but a boxset retailing for £24.99 which will include the above DVD along with 10 exclusive Enter The Dragon postcards, a reproduction of 8 original lobby cars and a reproduction of the original UK press brochure. Enter The Dragon will be released on 8 October.
Bruce Lee also stars in Bruce Lee: A Warriors Journey. John Little (Bruce Lee: In His Own Words), drawing on invaluable film footage missing for 28 years, constructs this superb look at the man and his uncompleted movie. Part documentary (with previously unseen home reels of Lee and more), part movie experience (with the long-missing footage assembled according to script notes found among Lee's personal effects) and wholly entertaining, Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey is a must-see journey for any Lee fan. The DVD is released on 8 October for £19.99 and will feature a 1.33:1 transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, "The Story" documentary, "Ode to an Artist" music video, a feature length audio commentary by Writer / Producer / Director John Little and a trailer.
More uncut malarky comes in the form of the aptly (if unwieldly) titled The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen which is also released on 8 October. This new release includes a number of restored scenes which 'you've never seen' - unless of course you've already imported the Region 1 release that hit the shelves quite some time ago. There are a total of eleven minutes of new scenes reintegrated into this release. They include a "nervous disorder" diagnosis, expansion of Father Merrin's arrival before the ritual, priestly doubts during the ritual, an epilogue with Lt. Kinderman and Father Dyer and most notably, the legendary Spider Walk. In addition, the disc also features a new audio commentary by Director William Friedkin and TV and radio spots. The 19.99 disc will also feature a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer and a Dolby Digital 5.1EX soundtrack.
Finally, Scooby Doo fans will rejoice that the crime-solving canine is set to appear on DVD in Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase which will hit the shelves on 22 October. Join Scooby, Shaggy and all of the orginal crew as they delve into a computer generated world and do the digital doo. The £15.99 disc will feature in addition to the main film, a making-of featurette, a music video, virtual detective game, a teaser trailer, special edition Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase postcards and two bonus episodes of the original TV series.