DVD’s You Will Want To Own
X-Men gets re-released with extra goodies
Although director Brian Singer’s original intent was to revisit his action hero film X-Men as a longer edition, he instead settled on the upcoming feature-laden disc X-Men Collectorís Edition coming from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Of course the new version of the film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen and the audio will be available in Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 flavors. The first disc in the set will also have room for an audio commentary with Singer and twenty four deleted scenes originally planned for reinsertion into the film. The second disc contains the documentary “The Making Of X-Men” broken up unto four parts: “Part 1 (Origin Of The X-Men)”, “Part 2 (The Uncanny Suspects)”, “Part 3 (X-Factor)”, “Part 4 (Shooting X-Men)” and “Part 5 (Remembering The X-Men)”. Trailers, TV spots, Internet ads, and some behind the scenes on “X-Men 2” are also included.
With a suggested retail price of $26.95, the set won’t arrive until February 11th.
Columbia TriStar spends An Evening with Kevin Smith
The charming film director Kevin Smith toured the country to talk with his fans, and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment was there. Now the interviews and discussions come together in An Evening with Kevin Smith.
“An Evening with Kevin Smith” is a no-holds barred Q&A session with one of Hollywood’s most popular and gifted indie filmmakers and renowned comic book writer (“Daredevil” and “Green Arrow”) as he shares his own unique life experiences, anecdotes and witticisms. Infamous for picking apart the pop culture landscape, the New Jersey native has become a veritable icon of independent film. Smith gives us a new lens to examine spirituality, sexuality, and human relationships. Get up close and – at times – very personal with the man everyone has been waiting to hear from!
Although the feature spans two discs, the set contains no extras to speak of. The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen.
Coming on December 17th, the set will be priced at $27.95.
Good Girl, Great DVD
Next up is good news for Jennifer Aniston fans, as everyone’s favorite Friend finally made a good movie! Arriving on January 7th from Fox Home Entertainment, the acclaimed slice-of-life drama The Good Girl comes complete with plenty of extras. Containing both anamorphic widescreen and full screen transfers and English and French 5.1 Dolby surround tracks, extras include audio commentary by director Miguel Arteta, writer Mike White and Aniston, 9 deleted scenes and an alternate ending with optional commentary, and the trailer. Retail is $27.95.
Also just announced from Fox is the recent Robin Williams thriller One Hour Photo, making its DVD debut on January 28th. This one comes in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 surround tracks, and plenty of extras: an audio commentary by director Mark Romanek and Williams, a “Charlie Rose Show” interview with the star, the Cinemax making-of and Sundance “Anatomy Of A Scene” specials, and the theatrical trailer. Retail is also $27.95.
Rounding out this latest batch of Fox announcements is M*A*S*H: The Complete Third Season, due to hit shelves on February 18th. This three-disc set includes all the third season episodes presented in full frame and English mono, and with or without the laugh track. There are no extras, and retail is $39.95 for the set.
Just Release The Damn Thing Already!
On again, off again… About a Boy is fast becoming the little DVD that could. After two dates and as many postponements, Universal Studios Home Video has given the Hugh Grant charmer a new January 7th street date. Sources say legal issues revolving around the use of the song “Killing Me Softly” held up the release, and the removal of the previously-announced “Killing Me Softly” sing-along karaoke feature. But there are plenty of other features to make up for the omission, including a new screen-specific audio commentary with directors Chris and Paul Weitz deleted scenes with optional commentary, both the “Silent Sigh” and “Something To Talk About” music videos by Badly Drawn Boy, an “English to English” dictionary, the complete “Santa’s Super Sleigh” lyrics, trailers and ROM extras including a link to exclusive content. Separate anamorphic widescreen and pan & scan versions will be made available, and retail is $26.95.
DVD’s You Will Want To Own