Universal/Dreamworks R4 in January

Universal Pictures are set to release the first R4 Dreamworks discs this January. These will be:

Deep Impact, the 'other' asteroid-hits-Earth film originally released at the cinema around the same time as Armageddon, starring Morgan Freeman and Tea Leoni. The only extras will be a couple of trailers.

The Haunting, with Liam Neeson, will also contain two trailers, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette.

The Peacemaker will be a bit better as far as extras go, with deleted scenes and stunt footage featuring alongside the obligatory pair of trailers.

The 'chilling' (as the press release puts it) In Dreams, starring Annette Bening, is the worst of these discs for extra material, with only a single theatrical trailer. Steven Spielberg's Amistad is not much better, with only a 'making-of' featurette complementing the trailer.

All these discs are expected on 24 January. The press release is not very informative when it comes to aspect ratios, but they are all quoted as being in 'widescreen format', which hopefully means we can expect an anamorphic transfer. In the sound department, all of these releases will have a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack.

Finally, Universal will also be releasing their own disc Guest House Paradiso, with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmundson, on 10 January. Extras will take the form of outtakes, trailers, a 'making-of' featurette, and some interactive DVD-ROM content. The transfer will be in widescreen, but as with the above releases, the aspect ratio is unknown. Universal have also failed to include any details of the soundtrack on this disc.

Matthew Fuller

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