Top Selling High Def Titles in June
HD-DVD: 1 PLANET EARTH: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (BBC/WB, $99.98); 2 BLACK SNAKE MOAN (PAR, $39.99); 3 THE BIG LEBOWSKI (UNI, $29.98); 4 BREACH (UNI, $39.98); 5 BATMAN BEGINS (WB, $28.99). Blu-ray: 1 PLANET EARTH: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (BBC/WB, $99.98); 2 GHOST RIDER (SONY, $38.96); 3 BLACK SNAKE MOAN (PAR, $39.99); 4 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (DIS, $34.99); 5 BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA (DIS, $34.99) (Source: Video Business Market Data as at July 1. RRP in USD).
Update on Silence of the Lambs!
I have had a flurry of response to my news item of yesterday with many people annoyed by the new 2-Disc collectors edition of Silence of the Lambs (Released 3 July 2007). It would seem that not only are some of the titles at the beginning missing but also the locational captions which were burnt into the original film are missing. On previous editions they were an automatic subtitle stream, however to get them on this edition you need to have the full subtitles turned on, according to one reader. I will email Fox to ask for a response. On the plus side the disc seems to include a DTS track which is not mentioned on the cover...
Some readers will be aware of a horror film called The Plague which was released recently and was reviewed by us here. A reader has written to us letting us know that a website has been started dedicated to getting the Writer & Director's cut of the film released on DVD. Part of the site's press release reads as follows... "In the fall of 2005, the film was taken away from its writers and director during post. After an 8 year struggle to get the film made, the footage was re-cut from scratch by the producers without the involvement of the film's creators. Stock footage was added, new dialogue recorded, and the film completely restructured. It was released to dvd in September of 2006 at a running time of 88 minutes under the title CLIVE BARKER'S THE PLAGUE, though it was not based on any of Barker's work (it was an original screenplay by director Hal Masonberg and co-writer Teal Minton) and Barker, personally, had very little to do with the making of the film. That version of the film in no way reflects the years of hard work, creativity, or artistic intent of the writers and director of the film. It is solely and completely a "producers' cut"." If this interests you why not check out their site here
Silence of the Lambs gets shorter?????
We have had a report from a reader that the new Collector's Edition of Silence of the Lambs is missing a few seconds at the beginning, so that the credits start with the names of some of the lesser cast members and does not include the title. If anyone else has bought this disc and is having this problem please email. Addendum: Another reader has emailed me since I posted this item to let me know that the run time is the same as previous editions, it's just that some of the titles do not appear onscreen. Strange...
Amazon.com and Microsoft partner to push HD-DVD
Amazon.com and Microsoft have teamed up in a push to encourage independent film makers to produce films in the HD-DVD format. The new alliance aims to make HD-DVD a more affordable format for smaller producers to produce and distribute films. The jointly sponsored 1,000 HD-DVD Indies Project from Amazon and Microsoft will provide free authoring and setup services for up to 1,000 selected "indie" titles. According to project executives, the initiative is designed to lower the barriers to entry for filmmakers to produce and distribute movies in the HD-DVD format using Amazon's CustomFlix service, a 'just in time' system that enables physical media to be produced in a variety of formats on order. Amazon currently lists 415 Blu-ray titles and 366 HD-DVD titles for sale at its online store. But CustomFlix, a subsidiary of Amazon, has stated it will bring as many as 1,000 feature-length independent films in HD-DVD format to Amazon customers using the CustomFlix DVD on Demand technology. According to the company, the model greatly improves the cost structure for independent filmmakers by eliminating the need for costly inventory. “This collaboration with Microsoft is a great opportunity for independent filmmakers to reach Amazon customers with their films via the HD DVD format,” said Peter Faricy, vice president of music and movies at Amazon.com. “By working together with Microsoft and leveraging the proven CustomFlix DVD on Demand model, we can lower the barriers to entry for independent filmmakers and dramatically increase the selection we offer our customers” said Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, co-founder and managing director of CustomFlix. “With retail shelf space at a premium, our model eliminates the risk of carrying inventory and immediately expands the number of great HD-DVD titles available to consumers.”
Casino Royale (Blu-ray) (2006)
"Casino Royale" re-invented James Bond for the 21st Century, and while this excellent film is available on DVD, it is also available on a superior, 50 GB Blu-ray disc, with uncompressed 48 kHz/24-bit surround audio, and a high definition transfer, presented in 1080p, encoded using AVC MPEG-4 compression. Both the film and this Blu-ray disc are first rate.
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Clarke, Justine-I Like to Sing! (2007)
Is kids' entertainment driving you up the wall? The next time you feel like strangling a Teletubby, or throwing Barney out the window of your car, buy this. Justine is the patron saint of kid's music. Intelligent, well produced Australian entertainment for kids. I can't recommend it highly enough!
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The Shield-Complete Third Season (2004)
A faultless season of an amazing show – definitely not for everybody, but undeniably brilliant, and bloody. Unfortunately, while we have superior video to the R1 release, we only have a stereo English audio and may have a censored version.
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The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)
Big Cat Diary (2004)
This show takes you about as 'up close and personal' as you would want to get with the big cats of Africa. This set includes both the 2004 & 2005 series of this excellent and dramatic documentary series. Quality extras too!
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American Werewolf in London, An (HD DVD) (1981)
An American Werewolf in London's charm and humour have not aged in the slightest, and it is certain to remain a fan favourite for years to come. The transfer is the best the film has received to date. The extras are ported from the 20th Anniversary Special Edition.
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Constructing Australia (2007)
In a nod to the BBC's Seven Wonders of the Industrial World, Constructing Australia looks at three great Australian engineering projects; the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Perth to Kalgoorlie Pipeline and the Overland Telegraph Line from Adelaide to Darwin. Each documentary is approximately one hour long and features archival footage as well as recreations and provides an interesting insight into some awesome projects. The transfers are satisfactory without being remarkable. A worthy addition to any Australian documentary collection.
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