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Ultimate DVD #08

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The special editions of both Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World are due for release around the end of October/early November, but the distributors of the disc, Universal, have made sure that the amazing releases will be worth the wait.

Jurassic Park, for instance, has a mammoth amount (sorry, couldn’t resist!) of added value: a Making of Jurassic Park featurette, behind the scenes footage of pre-production meetings, storyboards, foley art, Phil Tippet’s animatronics, production photos, production notes, a dinosaur encyclopedia, cast and film-maker bios, DVD-ROM content and the theatrical trailers for Jurassic Park, The Lost World and the upcoming Jurassic Park III...

There’s certainly a stunning array of features for this Spielberg double-whammy, which is expected to emerge for the bargain price of £14.99 each.

Scream again and again

Drew, Sarah Michelle and Jenny: Scream and scream againHot on the heels of the Region 1 release of the third chapter in Wes Craven’s horror franchise comes news of the Scream trilogy box-set. This comes with what is becoming an industry standard – the extra disc, filled to the brim with added value.

Firstly, Scream will benefit from an anamorphic print as well as all the extras currently available on the current collectors edition. Scream 2 will benefit from an anamorphic 2.35:1 print with DD5.1 plus an audio commentary by Wes Craven and two producers. There will also be deleted scenes with commentary, a ‘Making of’ featurette, outtake montage and music videos, trailers, TV spots etc.

Scream 3 is the same as the current DVD release, but the real gems can be found on the fourth extra disc. Behind the Scream is a documentary looking at the franchise, there will also be more outtakes, a Cutting Room feature which allows you to edit your own scene from the comfort of your armchair, screentests from Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy and Skeet Ulrich and the Sunrise Studios trailers.

DVD-ROM features include the compulsory Trivia Game, the screenplays for all three films, links to the website and a Scream Saver (do you see what they did there?).

Also this month

  • More Muppets! But not for a while yet.
  • Could this be the end of Region hackable machines?
  • Ooh, look what’s happening over at the Lucas Ranch.
  • Buena Vista announce the dreaded Rental Window.
  • Disney produce a Toy-box we’ll all want to get into.
  • Fox get a buzz out of their latest horror releases.
  • Yipee! We can record on DVD, but which format should we be using?
  • Plus, the low-down on the latest extras-filled releases...

The Wrong Side of the Tracks
The finest quotes from recent DVD commentary tracks...

“The censor was a pain about this time in two different areas: the American censor was absolutely constipated about sex; the British censor couldn’t have cared less but was panic-stricken about violence.”
Goldfinger director Guy Hamilton on the censorship problems when your film contains a naked woman murdered with gold paint

“Making a movie is like preparing a beautiful meal for somebody you love.”
Antonio Banderas begins to emulate The Fast Show’s salesman character during the commentary on his directing début Crazy in Alabama.

“He asked me after a couple of shots, ‘Do I get paid for today?’”
Director John Badham recalls an ‘Isn’t he sweet’ story about actor Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Thelma and Louise), making his first movie appearance ever in Wargames

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