Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Coming to DVD (08/02/05)....

Nothing as big as the Kolchak box set recently announced, but there are a couple of goodies coming up.

Not only is the original King Kong getting a big DVD release to coincide with Peter Jackson’s upcoming film, but now Universal will be re-releasing the 1976 Dino De Laurentiis King Kong in a slighty better edition (better sound mix, etc.). Really, shouldn’t that be a King Kong/King Kong Lives box set? And might one hope that Media Blasters has the rights to Toho’s King Kong Escapes? See the new box art here.

The second season of Scrubs, the second funniest network sitcom of recent vintage (after Arrested Development) will be out on November 15th.

The slick early Jodie Foster thriller The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane will street on Oct 4th. An MGM release, it’ll go for around $10. Good stuff.

The 1989 not-very-Verne Journey to the Center of the Earth starring Kathy Ireland and Emo Philips (!!) as ‘Nimrod’, and directed by the immortal Albert Pyun, will also rise up from below on Oct 4th. Apparently it’s a sort-of sequel, believe it or not, to Ireland’s Alien from L.A. It was co-directed, sort of, by Rusty Lemorande, who tries to distance himself from the film in remarks here in the IMDB user comments for the film.

The short-lived Omen meet The O.C. series Point Pleasant is released on October 25th, and includes a number of unaired episodes. Meanwhile, they haven’t released American Gothic yet. &#^*@(

5 Comments:

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Zack Handlen said...

They're "releasing" the 1976 King Kong? That's a neat trick, since I bought that DVD a few weeks back- is this a new version with, dare I ask, special features? Jessica Lange telling us the various illicit substances she was on during shooting? Or is it just the same old crap. (Well, regardless of what else is on there, it's gonna be the same old crap.)

 
At 8:00 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

You're right, I meant 're-release.' Supposedly there are minor improvements, such as a better sound mix, etc. We'll see if they amp up the extras any.

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger thanoseid said...

It'd be nice if one of the minor improvements was including all of that footage that was only shown in the broadcast version. Not to mention putting Ms. Lange's breasts back into the movie. Uh, not that that's the only reason I bought it...

More importantly, do I buy the '33 film right away, or wait for them to release the "Extra-Super-Special Edition" next year...

 
At 7:38 AM, Anonymous twitterpate said...

EMO PHILLIPS in an Albert Pyun movie????

The world is a strange and mysterious place, indeed, where such things can be not only conceived of, but achieved.

 
At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KING KONG ESCAPES still belongs to Universal, as does the Americanized version of KING KONG VS. GODZILLA. Since Peter Jackson's remake is being distributed by Universal, it isn't unreasonable to believe that the company might release both (hopefully in widescreen) on DVD, to synergistically tie into the release of Jackson's KONG. I have heard a strong rumor that MGM recently lost the rights to Toho's ATRAGON (1963), and Media-Blasters might be putting out a nice DVD of that, pretty soon.

Universal doesn't own any other Kong-related material, as far as I know, unless they want to use this as an excuse to debut their 1950s "giant monster" epics, TARANTULA, THE DEADLY MANTIS and THE LAND UNKNOWN.

 

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