More Superbits; Buena Vista August title specs; Columbia unveils 'New Guy'
A story of two bits - 1:24pm
More Superbits are on the way from Columbia this summer to feed all of you bit-hungry fanatics out there, with the arrival on 8/27 of the giant rubber snake thriller Anacondaand the modern jousting rock drama A Knight's Tale. Both are simple Superbit titles, not Superbit Deluxe releases, and include only 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers, English Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround tracks, and English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai subtitles. Retail is $27.95 a pop.
"You let him get away with...EVERYTHING!" - 12:04am
Just in from Buena Vista are full specs for some of their biggest August DVD releases. In addition to another wave of low-priced catalog titles (see press release), two Oscar-winners are hitting DVD on 8/13. Alas, the specs for Best Picture nominee In the Bedroom are a bit disappointing; presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with English and French 5.1 Dolby surround tracks, there are no extras aside from the trailer. Also debuting on 8/13 is Iris, featuring Jim Broadbent's Oscar-winning Best Supporting Actor turn. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English and French 5.1 surround, supplements include "A special message from David Hyde Pierce," the "A Look at Iris" and "Alzheimers Association Honors Jim Broadbent" featurettes, and the trailer.
Last but not least, 8/13 also welcomes the Nicole Kidman disappointment Birthday Girl, featuring a 1.85;1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and English 5.1 surround track, "Behind the Scenes" featurette and "Somethin' Stupid" music video, and Ed Wood, the only catalog title of the bunch that features any sort of extras, including a new audio commentary with director Tim Burton and actor Martin Landau, "Pie Plates Over Hollywood" featurette and a music video. Retail is $29.95 each, except Ed Wood, which lists for $19.95.
As good as 'New' - 12:04am
Rounding out the start of this week's Disc News, Columbia has announced the full specs for The New Guy, just now leaving theaters and arriving on DVD on 8/27. But there doesn't seem to be much here, with only anamorphic widescreen and full screen versions, English and French 5.1 surround tracks, a music video, filmographies, and trailers Retail is $24.95.