Big New DVD Release News
From far and wide across the entire internet here is a look at the hottest and freshest “Coming To DVD” news available. Included are FUTURAMA and FAMILY GUY dates!!
Guns & Ammo
After a few months delay, MGM Home Entertainment has announced the full specs for Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning lightning rod Bowling for Columbine. Now set for an August 19th release, this feature-packed special edition includes a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and English 5.1 Dolby surround track, plus an introduction by Moore, an audio commentary “by the production office receptionist and the interns,” the “Return to Denver/Littleton” and “Film Festival Scrapbook” featurettes, three Michael Moore interviews including his Charlie Rose Show appearance, a chat with Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart and a new interview post-Oscars, a Marilyn Manson “Fight Song” music video, a still gallery and the theatrical trailer. DVD-ROM extras include the “Teacher’s Guide” education materials and “Mike’s Action Guide,” plus further weblinks. Retail is $26.95.
Get ready for Little House on the Prairie, The Complete First Season and The Complete Second Season. Each features every episode in their original 4:3 full screen aspect ratio and English mono sound, with no extras except episode and airdate listings. Retail is $49.95 each.
Oval Office Humour
Comedian Chris Rock’s directorial debut, the hit laugh-fest Head of State will debut on August 12th from Universal Studios Home Video. Available in separate 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and full screen versions, each features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround tracks, audio commentary by Rock, a featurette, still gallery and theatrical trailers. Retail is $26.95.
TV on DVD
It seems every other announcement these days is for some new TV show on DVD, doesn’t it? Just in from Fox Home Entertainment is a new direct-to-TV sequel and plenty of second season follow-ups.
First we have Home Alone 4 (yep!), which bypassed the theaters and debuted directly on ABC earlier this year. MacCauley Culkin does not return. Streeting on September 2nd, this one includes 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and full screen transfers on opposite sides of the disc, English 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby surround tracks, and trailers for the Home Alone flicks. Retail is $19.95.
Next up on August 12th is the just-canceledFuturama Volume 2. This four-disc set features 4:3 full screen transfers and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround tracks, plus lots of extras: audio commentaries on each episode, deleted scenes, animatics for the episode “Why Must I Be a Crustacean In Love?”, a still gallery, a Futurama video game trailer, and some Easter Eggs. Retail is $49.95.
Due a week later on August 19th is NYPD Blue: The Complete Second Season, which is a six-disc set and also includes 4:3 full screen transfers, English Dolby Digital 4.0 surround tracks, audio commentaries on five episodes, the “Season Two: A Season of Change,” “Wedding Bell Blues” and “The Music of Mike Post” featurettes, and Script to Screen Comparisons. Retail is $59.95.
But wait, there’s more. Buffy may be gone, but we still have Angel: The Complete Second Season arriving on September 2nd. This six-disc box features 4:3 full screen transfers and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround tracks, plus an audio commentary by Tim Minear on “Are You Now or Have Ever Been,” and Fred Keller on “Over the Rainbow,” the “Making Up the Monsters,” “Inside the Agency,” “Stunts” and “Season 2 Overview” featurettes, complete scripts for the episodes “Darla” and “Disharmony,” and two still galleries. Retail is $59.95.
Last but not least comes The Family Guy Volume 2 on September 9th. This three-disc set also features 4:3 full screen transfers, English, French and Spanish Dolby 2.0 surround tracks, audio commentaries for the episodes “Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington”, “Death Lives,” “Mr. Saturday Night”, “Ready, Willing and Disabled,” “Brian Wallows” and the previously unaired “When You Wish Upon a Weinstein,” 15 minutes of animatics, the “Family Guy” pilot pitch and a series overview. Retail is $49.95.
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Can’t get enough of Michael Moore? Debuting on August 19th from Warner Home Video is the documentarian’s acclaimed Roger & Me, which will make a nice double bill with his Bowling for Columbine, which also hits stores in August. The DVD includes a transfer in the film’s original 1.33:1 full screen, a Dolby mono track, new audio commentary by Moore and the trailer. Retail is $19.95.
Big New DVD Release News