Friday, September 16, 2005

New DVD Stuff...

Well, it’s about time! Finally, The Rockford Files, Season 1, is coming to DVD December 6th. Took them long enough to get one of the best shows ever onto DVD. I think I’ve probably seen most of the episodes several times, but come on – it’s the Rockford Files! Wonder if there’ll be any good extras on the set…

Also, thanks to for the following bit of news:
Some news from around the Net today... Buena Vista and
Dimension have finally revealed that the Frank Miller's Sin City: Recut &
Extended Edition will street on 12/13 (SRP $39.99). The 2-disc set will feature
the theatrical version of the film along with a new 147-minute extended cut,
both in anamorphic widescreen video (1.85:1) with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1
audio. Extras are set to include audio commentary with director Robert Rodriguez
and Frank Miller, a second commentary with Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, a
third commentary containing the Austin Premiere crowd's reaction, 12
behind-the-scenes featurettes (15-Minute Film School with Robert Rodriguez, The
Movie in High-Speed Green Screen, The Long Take: 17 Uninterrupted Minutes of
Tarantino's Segment, Sin City Night at Antones: Filmmakers, Cast & Crew
Party, 10-Minute Cooking School with Robert Rodriguez, A Hard Top with a Decent
Engine: The Cars of Sin City, Making the Monsters: Special Effects Make-up,
Trench Coats and Fish Nets: The Costumes of Sin City, Booze, Broads & Guns:
The Props of Sin City, How It Went Down: Convincing Frank Miller to Make the
Film, Giving the Characters Life: Casting the Film and Special Guest Director:
Quentin Tarantino), the film's teaser and theatrical trailers, an outtakes reel,
the Sin-Chroni-City interactive game and the complete Sin City: The Hard Goodbye
graphic novel. Now THAT'S the DVD fans have been waiting for.

Now, I knew I was getting hosed on the first release DVD of Sin City, but that’s ok since I’ve played it enough already to get my money out of it. Can’t wait for the extended version though, and to work my way through all those extras. The extra track of the Austin Premiere audience reaction through the movie is an interesting extra. Plus, the complete Sin City: The Hard Goodbye graphic novel on disc – that’s pretty cool…

It looks like a DVD format war is still unavoidable, but it appears there may be some pressure from retailers on the big boys to sort their shit out. I guess stores are not looking forward to stocking HD-DVD, Blu-RAY, Standard DVD, Widescreen, Fullscreen, First Edition, Special Edition, and UMD formats of every movie that comes out. Best Buy will need a warehouse just to stock their DVD section. Well, if anybody can pressure the stubborn big shots to put their ego’s aside and work out a deal, it just might be the retailers. I mean, if the resellers refused to sell your product, then what have you got? I still don’t know why we need a new format anyway – how many more pixels do you need to enjoy a movie?

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