Probably the best release this week is the Collector's Edition of the Dreamworks remake of The Ring, co-inciding with the release of Ring 2 which will be appearing at our cinema screen very shortly. If you haven't got this film yet, then this is the version to get.
Aside from that - it's a relatively poor week with only a special edition of Jet Li's The Master provoking any real interest, although Ryan Phillipe's straight-to-DVD film The I Inside isn't all that bad. The Hillside Strangler is probably best avoided, unless you like seeing lots of naked girls being viciously (and needlessly) killed on-screen.
Over in the States it's a poor week too, but at least there's the long-awaited 'Special Edition' of Matt Stone and Trey Parker's 'almost classic' porn comedy, Orgazmo. Let's hope Team America gets a similar special treatment when that's released shortly.
The Ring: Collector’s Edition Region 2 - Dreamworks - £17.99
Just in time for the sequel (released theatrically on April 1st) comes this new edition of the highly successful American remake of the Japanese horror phenomenon.
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* English and German DD5.1 Surround
* English, German and Turkish subtitles
* “Rings”, an exclusive 16-minute short film that tracks the mysterious journey of the video tape from ‘The Ring’ to ‘The Ring Two’
* Making of The Ring featurette (7:58)
* ”Don’t Watch This” (14:47)
* Theatrical Trailers for 'The Ring' and 'The Ring Two'
* Ring 2 - The Tape (1:13)
Buy this DVD at Amazon.co.uk for £13.49 (correct at time of publishing)
The Master - Special Edition Region 2 - Hong Kong Legends - £19.99
Jet Li stars in director Tsui Hark's action-extravaganza shot entirely on location in L.A., and without the use of wire-rigs, this movie gives Jet Li the opportunity to show off the skills that made him one of China's foremost Wu Shu champions.
Features include: * Digitally re-mastered and restored anamorphic widescreen transfer
* Dual language format (English dubbed and Cantonese with re-mastered English subtitles)
* SDH subtitle option
* Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks
* Audio-commentary with Hong Kong cinema expert, Bey Logan
* Interviews with director Tsui Hark and actors Yuen Wah and Crystal Kwok
* "On Location With The Master" featurette
* Trailer Gallery
Buy this DVD at Amazon.co.uk for £12.74 (correct at time of publishing)
The I Inside Region 2 - Pathe - £15.99
When you don’t have a memory, how do you remember who to trust? This is the dilemma explored in The i Inside, starring Ryan Phillipe, Sarah Polley, Piper Perabo and Robert Sean Leonard.
Features include: * 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* English DD5.1 Surround
* English HOH subtitles
* Interview with Ryan Phillippe
* Interview with Piper Perabo
* Interview with Director - Roland Suso Richter
* International Trailer
* Photo gallery
* Movie production notes
The Hillside Strangler Region 2 - Tartan - £15.99
The so-called "Hillside Strangler" was actually two men, Angelo Buono Jr. and Kenneth Bianchi, who left a trail of sexually-violated and murdered young women in their wake, and threw Southern California into a state of terror for two long years. Directed by Chuck (Ed Gein) Parello, and starring C. Thomas Howell (The Hitcher) and Nicholas Turturro, these boys deliver plenty of gore and blood with their pizzas.
Presented in anamorphic widescreen with DD5.1 & DTS 5.1 Surround audio, DVD extras include director’s commentary, cast interviews, deleted scenes and DVD notes by Slasherama’s Jason Arnopp
Orgazmo Special Edition Region 1 - Universal - $19.98
Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s comedy on the porn industry has long been in the works for special edition DVD, and now it’s finally on the horizon with the latest date bringing it inline with the rumoured Team America DVD debut.
Presented on a DVD18 you will find the following features:
* Unrated Cut (95mins)
* NC-17 Theatrical Cut (93mins)
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* English DD2.0 Stereo
* English, French and Spanish subtitles
* Drunken Audio Commentary with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Stan Sawicki, Andy Kemler and Jason McHugh
* Cast Audio Commentary with Maki San, David Dunn, Robyn Rabb, Jason McHugh and Matt Potter
* Wild Audio Commentary with "South Park" Writing Staff (Pam Brady, Matt Pregger and Kyle McCulloch), Weird Al Yankovic, Dave Foley, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross (HBO's Mr. Show), Kevin Smith and David Zucker
* 60 min of deleted scenes and outtakes with optional commentary by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Dian Bahar, Stan Sawicki, Andy Kemler and Jason McHugh
* 40 min documentary "The Book of Orgazmo - Another Testament of Trey Parker"
* Dragon Con Interview
* EPK Interviews (in and out of character)
* Stills Gallery
* 40 min behind the scenes montage
Buy this DVD at Amazon.com for $13.99 (correct at time of publishing)
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