MGM in July
The latest studio to announce their July line-up is MGM. To be honest, there's not really a lot to shout about in this lot - no real blockbusters appear to be on the schedule and not even a Stargate SG-1 disc. That said, there is certainly something for most people here so without further ado let's get down to business...
There are two batches of releases in July - first up we have the following on 9 July.
Kicking off with Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (£15.99), the DVD isn't really anything too outstanding - it features a 1.77:1 anamorphic transfer and a stereo soundtrack along with the original theatrical that makes up the entirety of the extras. Mel Brooks' rather bizarre sci-fi spoof (taking most of it's cues from Star Wars), Spaceballs (£12.99) will feature a non-anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer along with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. We also get a theatrical trailer here as well.
Michael Caine and Steve Martin star in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (£12.99). This one is at least graced with an anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer and DD5.1 sound. Once again the extras consist of one theatrical trailer. Throw Momma From The Train (£12.99) continues the comedy theme, this time it's the turn of Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito to create the laughs. The DVD is non-anamorphic and (surprise) contains a theatrical trailer.
For those of you who want a little more action we have Colors (£12.99) with Sean Penn and Robert Duvall. The DVD features the theatrical trailer and a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer. Finally, the last release of the day will be Jean-Claude Van Damme's Death Warrant (£12.99) which also features a trailer, anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer and a stereo soundtrack.
The second batch of titles are due on 23 July. Starting with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally (£15.99). At last it appears we have a disc with a little more in the way of content - starting with the tech-specs we have a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer and DD5.1 sound. In addition, we have the theatrical trailer, 'How Harry Met Sally' making-of, an audio commentary by director Rob Reiner, the Harry Connick music video 'It Had To Be You' and a selection of deleted scenes.
Aidan Quinn stars as a mechanic looking after his mentally ill sister in Benny & Joon (£12.99). The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer is joined by a Dolby Surround soundtrack and the original theatrical trailer. Julia Roberts heads the cast of Mystic Pizza (£12.99) which has exactly the same specs as Benny & Joon as does Mermaids (£12.99) starring Cher and Winona Ryder.
To round off the July schedule, Richard E Grant and Imogen Stubbs are Jack & Sarah (£15.99) and feature on a DVD with a non-anamorphic 1.66:1 transfer and a Dolby Surround soundtrack. Extra-wise we have two trailers and four TV spots on this one (I can barely contain my excitement).