R1 News this week

Its all been a little slow this week so we have saved up the headlines till today, or should that be we forgot to update the site so we are doing it all at once? You decide!

We have all known about it for a while now but Universal have officially announced the 4 editions of American Pie 2 due out for release on January 15th 2002, each version carries a $26.95 Retail Price. The 4 Editions consist of the 'R' Rated Cut and the Unrated Editions, both of which will be available in Widescreen and Pan & Scan releases (so one of each cut in each screen format!) - have Universal still not heard of 'seamless branching'? It would appear not, but at least each version contains the same extra features and specifications, which are...

  • Anamorphic 1:85:1 Widescreen or 4:3 Pan & Scan Picture formats
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 Surround Tracks
  • Audio Commentary with Director James.B.Rogers and Writer Adam Herz
  • Audio Commentary with Cast Members
  • The Making of American Pie 2 Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes and Outtake Reel
  • Original Casting Tapes
  • Jason Biggs Intro

and the usual Production Notes, Filmographies, and Trailers with DVD-Rom features to be announced.

Dreamworks have announced Woody Allen's latest, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion for a 29th January 2002 release. Extra features are limited to a Trailer and some Production Notes while the film is bestowed with a 2:35:1 Anamorphic Transfer and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Mix. Retail is an extortionate $32.99!

Warner has announced a selection of catalogue titles due for release on the 5th February 2002. Klute Features a 2:35:1 Anamorphic Transfer, English and French Mono Tracks, filmographies, a Trailer and the Klute in New York: A Background for Suspense Documentary. Summer of '42 features a 1:85:1 Anamorphic Transfer, English and French Mono Tracks, filmographies and a Trailer. Designing Woman and A Touch of Class both feature a 2:35:1 Anamorphic Transfer, English and Mono French Tracks, filmographies and Trailers while Designing Woman also features an Interview with Costume Designer Helen Rose. The last title on Warners 5/02/2002 slate is The Bad and the Beautiful which features a 1:33:1 Full-Frame transfer, English Mono Audio, the Turner Documentary Lana Turner: A Daughters Memoir and select scoring session music cues. All 5 discs retail at $19.95 each.

Columbia's mysterious last minute changes to the original R1 release of The 6th Day have now become clear as they have just announced a 2-disc SE that looks to be identical to the R2 disc! Looks as though they are taking a leaf out of Universals book along the lines of their so-called 'Ultimate Editions'. Anyway, the new 2-disc SE is set for release on 22nd January 2002; retailing at $24.95 the specifications are as follows…

Disc One
  • 2:35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Audio Tracks with French, Spanish and Portuguese DD2.0 Tracks
  • English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Composer Trevor Rabin with 5.1 Isolated Music Score
  • Production Notes

Disc Two
  • On the 6th Day: 9 Behind-the-scenes Featurettes
  • Showtime Special: The Future is Coming
  • 3 Storyboard Comparisons
  • 2 Animatics
  • RePet Informercial and TV Spot
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Filmographies and DVD-Rom Link to the Official Website

Looking through those specs you will see it is all but identical to the R2 release apart from the inclusion of the extra Audio Tracks which are also the only reason it requires a 2nd Disc for the extra features.

In other Columbia news they have a selection of catalogue titles due for release on the 5th February 2002 including the Robert Zemeckis comedy, Used Cars and its sequel Funny Lady, another comedy with an unfortunate name, Life without Dick and the Grateful Dead rockumentary, Grateful Dawg. We have no specs for those titles right now but we do have the specs for another 05/02/2002 release which is the Bruce Willis comedy, Blind Date. Featuring both 2:35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and 1:33:1 Pan & Scan Transfers on the same disc we are also provided with Dolby Digital 2.0 Audio Tracks in English, French and Spanish with the same subtitle languages also included. Retail is $19.95.

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