Some good releases this week, starting off with the crazy Hong Kong football comedy Shaolin Soccer (review coming soon) which receives it's DVD debut thanks to Optimum Asia. The old classic skin-head flick Romper Stomper also gets the two-disc special edition treatment with added extras including a director's commentary and an interview with Russell Crowe.
Otherwise there's the Ginger Snaps Boxset from Mosaic for £24.99 featuring a great first chapter, and two so-so follow-ons, and there's also a release for Anacondas: The Hunt For the Blood Orchid which, it does have to be said, isn't really that great, but you might get some brain-free enjoyment from it for a friday night beer and pizza rental.
Shaolin Soccer Region 2 - Optimum Asia - £19.99
Stephen Chow writes, directs and stars in Shaolin Soccer, a deliciously over-the-top football comedy fusing ancient martial arts with hard-hitting physical comedy and the high-flying energy of competitive sports.
* Two versions of the film:
o Original Hong Kong release, extended version with Cantonese language
o International English dub
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Dolby Digital 5.1
* Making-of Documentary - (Cantonese with Subtitles)
* Outtakes (Cantonese with subtitles)
* Special Effects Featurette
* A Guide to the Shaolin Moves
Buy this DVD at Amazon.co.uk for £14.99 (correct at time of publishing)
Romper Stomper Special Edition Region 2 - Contender Entertainment - £16.99
Written and directed by Geoffrey Wright (Cherry Falls), Romper Stomper is the critically acclaimed and highly controversial film that propelled Russell Crowe to international stardom. The winner of three Australian Film Institute Awards, including a well-deserved Best Actor Award for Crowe, this powerful and violent film is being released as a two-disc special edition DVD packed with extra features that include a feature length audio commentary by the director and an exclusive interview with Russell Crowe.
* Audio commentary by director Geoffrey Wright
* Russell Crowe interview
* Cast and crew interview gallery
* Behind the scenes footage
* Original artwork gallery
* Original trailer
* Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS audio
* Limited edition packaging
Buy this DVD at Amazon.co.uk for £12.74 (correct at time of publishing)
Ginger Snaps Boxset Region 2 - Mosaic Entertainment - £24.99
Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle star in this horror trilogy consisting of Ginger Snaps, Ginger Snaps Unleashed and Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning.
Bonus features include...
Ginger Snaps - Screen tests, Featurettes, Production and Cast Notes.
Ginger Snaps Unleashed - Deleted Scenes, Auditions, Storyboards and Featurettes.
Ginger Snaps Back - Deleted Scenes, Director's Video Diary and Featurettes.
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