HUGE SPIDER-MAN DVD NEWS!!!
and a lot of slightly less-amazing news about other fantastic superpowered DVD’s…
including STAR TREK 4!! FUTURAMA, KING OF THE HILL and FAMILY GUY!!!
Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment is pairing up with Cingular Wireless to treat SPIDER-MAN DVD owners to a landmark treat. On Sunday December 15, those with the SPIDER-MAN DVD and access to a DVD-Rom with weblink capabilities, can log on and enjoy a night of technological marvel (pardon the pun) with the first ever LIVE audio commentary for DVD. Toby Maguire and J.K. Simmons will be providing an introduction as well as a live commentary throughout the film. Also included in the festivities will be a guide to the DVD Easter Eggs, previews for other CTHE products, and an exclusive sweepstakes, including a top prize of a walk-on cameo in SPIDER-MAN 2!!! Go to the official SPIDER-MAN website for more details…
Paramount Home Entertainment has released deets on the upcoming Special Edition of STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME. The 2-disc set will be released March 4 and is the popular 1986 entry, where Kirk and Co. travel back through time to eighties San Francisco to procure a whale and save the future from a mysterious alien doomsday device. Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with 5.1 DDS, and 2.0 Surround audio tracks and accompanied by audio commentary from William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, and the ever-pesent text commentary from Treksperts Micheal and Denise Okuda. Disc 2 will contain a massive number of featurettes including TIME TRAVEL: THE ART OF POSSIBLE, THE LANGUAGE OF WHALES, A VULCAN PRIMER, KIRK’S WOMEN, FUTURE’S PAST: A LOOK BACK, ON LOCATION, FROM OUTER SPACE TO THE OCEAN, THE BIRD OF PREY, and THE RODDENBERRY SCRAPBOOK. Also included are extra features like a Dailies deconstruction, a Featured Artist profile on actor Mark Lenard, interviews with Shatner, Nimoy and DeForrest Kelley, a storyboard archive and theatrical trailer. ToDSaH Hab SoSlI’ Quch !!!
Universal Home Video has a wealth of catalogue titles making their way to DVD in the new year. February 4, look for the Tom Hanks, Shelley Long comedy THE MONEY PIT in 1.85:1 AW and 5.1 DDS and DTS with a featruette and trailers. Also on February 4 are A LITTLE SEX?, COLD COMFORT FARM and CASUAL SEX, all in Anamorphic Wide, A LITTLE SEX? In mono and the other two in 2.0 Surround.
Also for February 4 are a collection of classics, including SEND ME NO FLOWERS, THE THRILL OF IT ALL, A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG, and the Douglas Sirk drama IMITATION OF LIFE. Also add a new George and Gracie triple bill to the list with the release of HERE COMES COOKIE, LOVE IN BLOOM and SIX OF A KIND on one disc, and a separate twofer of MAN’S FAVORITE SPORT and STRANGE BEDFELLOWS on another.
Finally, from our pals at Fox Home Entertainment, comes a bevy of info on upcoming TV series releases on DVD. After the success of sets like THE SIMPSONS, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, 24 and the ever-present X-FILES and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER sets, Fox is ready to unleash another wave of titles in the new year. The lineup will include FUTURAMA, KING OF THE HILL, THE SHIELD, SON OF THE BEACH, NYPD BLUE, DARK ANGEL, THE FAMILY GUY and ANGEL. Other long awaited releases, including ALLY MC BEAL, ROSWELL and WKRP IN CINCINNATI have been hung up because of the prohibitive costs of resecuring home video rights for the enormous amounts of heavily liscensed pop music used in the shows.
Fox also announced some catalogue titles coming in the next year, including ALL THAT JAZZ, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, the COCOON films, LAURA and a new Special Edition version of ALIEN. They also announce that catalogue titles will no longer be considered for the 5-STAR brand, and will only be releasing newer films in 5-STAR packages.