Region 1 Announcements and Street Date changes

The announcements never stop in the land of Region 1 DVD so here is a round up of the high-profile titles that will be coming your way in the near future...

Warner Home Entertainment will start September with the Val Kilmer indie title The Salton Sea. Arriving on the 10th September the disc will present the film in Anamorphic Widescreen with English and French DD5.1 Surround Audio while extra features comprise of two documentaries, Embracing the Chaos: A Conversation with the cast of The Salton Sea and Meth and Method: Production Design for The Salton Sea, filmographies and the Theatrical Trailer.

One week later on September 17th, Warner will bring you the Edward Norton/Robin Williams starring Death to Smoochy. Both Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen versions will be released, each of which will sport an Audio Commentary from Director Danny DeVito, a Making-of-featurette, 11 Deleted Scenes, an 'Interactive Ice Show', outtakes, storyboards, a still gallery (with production stills and real and fake ad materials), and of course the Theatrical Trailer.

Then in the last week of September on the 24th Warner will debut the latest Sandra Bullock title, Murder By Numbers. Again both Anamorphic Widescreen and Full-screen versions will be available, both featuring English and French DD5.1 Surround Audio, an Audio Commentary with director Barbet Schroeder and editor Lee Percy, filmographies and the Theatrical Trailer. All titles will retail at $26.95.

Paramount are looking towards their extensive back-catalogue of comedies for their September 24th releases when they debut four titles. Trading Places with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd will be presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with English DD5.1 and DD2.0 Surround Audio options. Extra features include new retrospective interviews and the Theatrical Trailer. Another Eddie Murphy title, Boomerang, also makes up part of the line up and will be presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with DD5.1 Audio, an Audio Commentary with Director Reginald Hudlin, and both extended and deleted scenes will also be available with optional commentary. Finally we have Major League and Flashback, both are presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with DD5.1 Audio but contain no extra features. Retail is $24.95 each.

Trimark will release Bill Paxton's directorial debut Frailty on September 17th, just 11 days after its currently scheduled UK Theatrical run begins. Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with DD5.1 Audio you will also find an Audio Commentary and video interview with Bill Paxton, a making-of-featurette, the Sundance 'Anatomy of a Scene' special, stills gallery, storyboards and the Theatrical Trailer, all for a retail price of $24.95.

To round things up we also have some snippets on various titles for you. Comedy Central have officially unveiled that the Complete First Season of South Park box set is due on 12th November and is expected to contain episode introductions and audio commentary from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker plus much more. Paramount have delayed their previously announced September 17th release of Grease by one week to the 24th September, and to make this more news-worthy we also have the cover-art for you.

And finally, those of you looking to purchase Resident Evil on July 30th may want to cancel your orders as Columbia Tristar have announced we can expect a 2-disc set later in the year, while director Paul Anderson had the following to say in an interview with Empire Online...

“There was a different ending to start with,” says Anderson, “so that’ll be on the disc. There’ll be a lot of additional commentary, a lot of documentary stuff on the visual effects. We did a special feature where I got together with Marilyn Manson and we talk about scoring the movie, which is an additional shoot that we did, so there’ll be a tonne of stuff. In America they’re doing two versions, the first version is the regular movie with director’s commentary and trailers and stuff like that but then later in the year there’s going to be a special, special edition with… well there’s so much stuff it’ll be on two DVDs.”


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