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Ultimate DVD #14

Ultimate DVD's news. Here's a few of this issue's stories, compiled by Grant Kempster

Blair 2, Arnie's 6th, Ben HurEXTRAS UPDATE
The latest on some packed DVDs coming your way

Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows

February 20 will see the release of the Blair Witch phenomenon’s underachieving sibling on US VHS only, although Artisan has released word on the DVD which may arrive some time later if there is any demand for it. The DVD is said to contain a widescreen transfer, audio commentary, a featurette titled The Secret of Esrever, deleted scenes, trailers and DVD-ROM content.

Ben-Hur

That’s right, Gladiator’s eldest relative has got a Region 1 DVD release date of March 13. Yes, we know it’s a long time to wait, but we think you’ll find it’s well worth it. The DVD-18 disc will feature an anamorphic 2.76:1 transfer (now that’s wide!), a remastered DD5.1 sound mix, an audio commentary with Charlton Heston – no, really! – a featurette entitled Ben Hur: The Making of an Epic as well as screen tests, cast highlights and the trailer, all for a bargain $24.95.

Lost Souls

February 27 has the Region 1 release of Winona Ryder and Ben Chaplin’s spooky movie hitting shelves across the US, featuring an anamorphic 2.40:1 transfer, DD 5.1 sound, an audio commentary with the first-time director Janusz Kaminski, deleted scenes, screenplay, trailer and cast filmographies in attendance. Expect this scary DVD to come in around the $24.95 mark.

The 6th Day

Arnie’s second comeback attempt will be arriving on Region 1 shelves on March 13 priced at $27.99. The disc will feature a 2.35:1 transfer with DD5.1 sound, a featurette entitled The Future is Coming, as well as a reported 10, yes that’s 10, featurettes. Also we can expect an isolated music score (which will include commentary by composer Trevor Rabin), storyboard comparisons, animatics, the RePet commercial, TV spots, production notes, cast and crew bios and trailers.

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

“So they must have been from outer space presumably?”
Doctor Who girl Caroline John works out the plot during the commentary track for episode three of… erm… Spearhead from Space

Caroline John in Doctor Who

“The fact that she turned out to be a chap was by-the-by. She was so gorgeous. She was probably the most gorgeous of all the girls there”
John Glen on Tula, one of the lovely ladies in For Your Eyes Only, whose secret was revealed months after filming was completed

“Those are not real cigarettes. They are lettuce leaves”
Director Rob Reiner responds to criticisms that his juvenile cast in Stand By Me are smoking

Also this month

  • The Terminator is back on DVD – and it’s special!
  • More Gerry Anderson shows on the way
  • DVD gets the thumbs up from the Oscar voters
  • Wharfdale respond to the Watchdog report
  • French buyers brace themselves for a depressing new court ruling on imports
  • The latest news on upcoming Region 1 titles.
  • More thoughts on DVD from the top movie stars and directors in our
    Spotlight on Hollywood...
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