Wednesday, March 30, 2005

(Mostly weird) DVD news... reports that David Lynch, who promised never to go near the movie Dune again, has reconsidered and will be working on a SE DVD set. The longer version that played on TV, with added length and narration and stuff to try to make the film sensible, was not Lynch's, and carried the traditional Alan Smithee directorial credit. Now, however, it looks like this future DVD set will include the original theatrical cut of the film and, for the first time, an extended version that Lynch will call his own.

An extended cut (??) of Bruce Willis' already forgotten war pic Tears of the Sun will come out on June 7th. Weird, the films that get this sort of treatment.

More pleasing to a presumably wider base of fans, Bill Murray's Stripes is getting an extended cut with 18 (!) more minutes of material. No other extras have been announced, so that may be all the disc offers. Meanwhile, a 30th Anniversary, two-disc set of Jaws will hit shelves in June, although again no hints as to what it will offer have been provided, although I guess the full set comes with a book. Hopefully this means I will still get a call fro Universal about doing a commentary regarding the degradation of the series, as detailed in my world famous series of Jaws 1-4 reviews. Or maybe they'll let me put a documentary on the subject together.

Hey, I can dream, right?


At 12:19 PM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

I know I shouldn't, but I love Dune. I've talked to myself sternly many times, and even sent myself to my room once, but I just can't help it. I really think it's a cool movie.

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous twitterpate said...

Man, these movie studios must have some archives, if they can still find new footage to add to films as old as Dune.

Wish they'd keep my tax records for me.

At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Mr. Blue said...

On the topic of Jaws, man I hate it when they release a barebones DVD first, then come back years later with an special edition set. I'll wait and see before I spend the money.

At 1:51 PM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

It's generally called "Double Dipping," Mr. Blue. It makes me wonder if revenue suffers from this sort of thing, as people hold off buying a DVD with the hope of a Special Ultimate Collector's Unrated version to appear later.

Of course, last time I looked, DVD revenue hasn't suffered much.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Henry Brennan said...

That's why I'm glad I'm so far behind the "cutting edge". With me, it more like "Oh look, they're coming out with a special edition DVD - I'm gettin' that. Hey, wait a minute...when did that first come out on DVD. Didn't I just see that movie in theaters? (add pathetic looks from family as I'm given a second helping of tapioca pudding).

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Brad said...

Here's hoping that the New Special Edition of Jaws has the original mono soundtrack as one of the options. Hey, the 5.1 Dolby mix sounds great, but I've seen this movie too many times to count, and I still feel disoriented when, say, we hear the whalesongs, and it sounds different from the way you always remember it.

At 6:28 AM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

I know exactly what you mean, Brad. I've seen the VHS Return of the Living Dead so many times that I can't even watch the DVD, with its re-recorded soundtrack. It just sounds all wrong, jarringly so.


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