Sunday, January 27, 2002

Saturday? Went to work, got rained on a lot, rode home damply and slept until 6:00pm and Sky One's repeat showing of this week's new "Buffy" episode. Written by Espenson and Petrie. V.Good.

That paragraph was written to order and should please friends of mine who've read this column and been truly knocked sideways by my propensity for using several 25 dollar words when simpler verbiage would suffice. It neatly sums up the essential gist of my weekend so far, anyway.

Took a Sunday morning walk into town today and was rather intrigued by the new DVD offers at my local branch of HMV. They have a new sale in progress, which is this time in association with Buena Vista and includes a "Two for £20" deal on titles like the remastered "Starship Troopers", "Scream" trilogy and the excellent two-disc "From Dusk Till Dawn" Collector's Edition - Yes, the one with Rodriguez commentary, lots of extra material and the entire "Full-Tilt Boogie" making-of documentary flick. If I were you, I'd get my ass down there, forthwith...

Just been meandering around eBay and was amazed to find one of those very hard-to-snaffle-up 4-disc Laserdisc box sets for Peter Jackson's desperately underrated scare-fest, "The Frighteners". Admittedly, I don't have a Laserdisc player or the 120 quid that the German seller was asking for, but a rare deal is a rare deal and you need to know these things if you happen to be amongst the three or four people in the world who get far too excited by stuff like this. The campaign for a remastered DVD release of this utter classic starts here!

Bid instead on a Region 3 DTS pressing of the Luc Besson-produced French actioner, "Yamazaki", which I may hopefully win and get to enjoy in the next few weeks. Let's face facts, after all - This flick won't ever get within sniffing distance of a UK release and thus the opportunity to see it must be grabbed firmly with both hands. There's a DTS copy of "Taxi 2" on eBay at the moment, too, and I suspect that I may be on the lookout for that in the near future: Someone really should show the "Taxi" movies to Rob Cohen before he commits to making "The Fast And The Furious 2", if only to educate him as to how one should film breakneck, terrifyingly fast car chase flicks. Doing away with overly intrusive CGI work might be a kind of cool start, Robster....

Forgot to mention the other day that I managed to catch the trailer for "Resident Evil" movie which is opening in the US and Germany in March (Not sure about the UK release yet). It's directed by former Wunderkind Geordie lad, Paul Anderson and stars the one-two tough gal punch combo of Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez, and is freely adapted from the exceedingly popular series of Capcom "Survival Horror" videogames.

Whilst I can't vouch for the end result, the trailer is a slam bang montage of elements from the games, with the deal-clincher for me being a drop-dead hilarious shot of our Milla doing some hardcore, Bullet-Time, Wire-Fu dropkick action on a v.scary mutant zombie Rotweiller Pooch From Hell: If THAT doesn't piss off some easily-irritated animal rights group, I'll very possibly drop my bacon sandwich. As long as the rest of the flick is jam-packed full of similarly absurd action and lots of unnecessarily excessive Zombie ass-whupping, I'll be one happy, popcorn-munching bunny.

I think that you can a find a link to the trailer on one of the week's editions of the Dark Horizons website - Try Wednesday or Thursday - and you can find that external site at, I think, http://www.darkhorizons.com/news.htm. Failing that, just punch in www.darkhorizons.com and dig around in the week's updates.

Just before I go, I thought that I might share some pertinent DVD release info with you - Dates for your diary, if you will.

Warners will be lightening your pocket in late May/Early June with a two-disc release of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". No word on extras, but I wouldn't necessarily expect a Chris Columbus commentary, as he's presently helming the second adaptation in the series, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets". I have to guess that my dream of a commentary from J.K. Rowling may come to naught, too, but a Potter-Phile can dream, can't he? Expect this film in the US on the 28th of May and over here a week later - WH Smith are currently pre-ordering it for some time in early June.

Meanwhile, you can catch up with everyone's favourite French fairytale on March 25th, as Momentum release "Amelie" at the bargain price of £19.99 (Play.com are pre-ordering it at a very agreeable £14.99). Again, no word on the extras, but the French edition released before Christmas was absolutely packed and also came out in a Limited Edition tin box styled to resemble the one which Amelie finds behind her bathroom wall. Fingers crossed for a similarly luxuriant treatment for this most deserving of romantic fables.

"Spaced series 2" is scheduled for a March 11th release and is as packed as the wonderful first season disc, with the whole gang doing commentary on all episodes, raw footage (Get your mind out of the gutter, Harry), episode trailers and other fabulous content streamed directly from the fevered brains of Pegg, Stevenson and Wright. You'll be buying it, or I'll be visiting your house armed with a collection of my most irritatingly verbose movie reviews and a burning desire to read every last word of them to you.

Other stuff? Well, "Back To The Future" gets the deluxe box set treatment in July (Tentative) and the imminent cinema re-release of "ET" is but sweet preamble to an eventual August release. With a Spielberg commentary? I hear that he'll be doing one for the scheduled "Schindler's List" disc, but no word on whether the architect of many an 80s child's dreams and nightmares will revisit probably his most famous movie with his observations. We can but hope.

Till Tuesday, then, Superfriends - Keep it digital.

Patster Hiroprotovitch

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