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Cameron
06-28-05, 01:14 AM
From Davis dvd

Wallace & Gromit

DreamWorks Home Entertainment has announced Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures for release on September 20th. The disc will feature the beloved shorts A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, along with Cracking Contraptions - a series of ten shorts, originally available online at Atomfilms.com, featuring more of the duo's hairbrained inventions and hilarious mishaps. The disc is rounded out with a sneak peek of the new theatrical feature The Wallace & Gromit Movie: Curse of the Wererabbit. Retail is $19.99.

I know some of you have been gripping those OOP disc tight...everyone else rejoice...yours is coming

Joe Molotov
06-28-05, 01:36 AM
Sounds good. Since I missed the original DVDs, I've been holding on to my VHS boxset.

abintra
06-28-05, 01:41 AM
From that description it sounds like it is lacking the extras from the previous releases but adds Cracking Contraptions.

slowcloud
06-28-05, 05:23 AM
From that description it sounds like it is lacking the extras from the previous releases but adds Cracking Contraptions.

True! I won't re-sell, unless the commentary tracks and primitive, but curious, early animations are included.

chess
06-28-05, 07:02 AM
I was worried after selling my first edition for $55, but am feeling much better about it now. :up:

Cameron
06-29-05, 01:07 AM
people are asking 60-100 bucks at most online sites...

i hope the special features do carry over though

mndtrp
06-29-05, 01:33 AM
Cool, I've been looking for these at a decent price. Here we go.

Wallace and Gromit rock!

Dane
06-29-05, 02:27 PM
people are asking 60-100 bucks at most online sites...

Which stores is that? It´s still available from around $15.00 or so. One just have to look the right places. Even the Warner release + Robbie the Reindeer can be found rather cheaply compared to the Amazon Market prices.

RichardW
06-29-05, 05:42 PM
I wonder if the music that was changed in "The Wrong Trousers" will ever get put back in.

eau
06-30-05, 01:44 PM
Initially there were 2 editions of Wallace & Gromit, right? First one was from FOX with a green cover and it went OOP. Then came the white cover version from WB, which also went OOP (I think). Which one is more superior or more sought after?

Fielding Mellish
06-30-05, 02:02 PM
Which one is more superior or more sought after?

Consensus is the first, FOX version. Better transfer and no replaced music. (ie: 'Happy Birthday')

Cameron
07-18-05, 11:23 AM
thanks to dvd answers for the cover art

http://tinypic.com/90dshe.jpg

DarthMarino
07-18-05, 11:33 AM
How are the 10 shorts included on the new one? I have the old one and I'm not sure if I should upgrade for those.

Ianscloset
07-18-05, 03:35 PM
Ill definatley will be picking this up, I owned "A close shave" on VHS a few years ago, and somehow mis-placed it, so a DVD is welcome!

Jon2
07-18-05, 10:33 PM
Despite being a big W&G fan and always intending to do so, I never managed to pick up either of the previous releases of the W&G shorts. Maybe it's because I have them on laser.

The only problem I have with buying this collection now is that Curse of the Were-Rabbit will probably be out no later than February or March (if it isn't released by Christmas), and will probably have the previous W&G shorts. Still, it might be worth it just for the other Ardman stuff.

I just read that the Creature Comforts series is going to be released and although it will contain the original CC short, I won't be getting rid of my copy of the original because it has other Ardman work on it.

slowcloud
07-22-05, 07:55 AM
Anyone hear about any differences between the up-coming re-issue and the older OOP one? Will the Nick Park's early shorts be included? How about the commentary tracks? As Jon2 points out Creature Comforts will be significantly different from the older OOP version. I wonder if the same applies to the Wallace and Gromit collection...

chess
07-22-05, 12:54 PM
Initially there were 2 editions of Wallace & Gromit, right? First one was from FOX with a green cover and it went OOP. Then came the white cover version from WB, which also went OOP (I think). Which one is more superior or more sought after?

I had the Fox version and sold it for a tidy profit, and I've seen the WB version. I think the Fox one may have looked better, but I actually like the music change in the WB one. The new music somehow better fits W&G.

That said, I can't think of a reason to buy either release vs. waiting for the new one.

Perkinsun Dzees
07-23-05, 03:02 AM
Unless they put the same extras on the new version, I'm keeping my WB disc and skipping this new version.

slowcloud
07-23-05, 07:09 AM
Unless they put the same extras on the new version, I'm keeping my WB disc and skipping this new version.

Don't you think the inclusion of the ten-episode series "Cracking Contraptions" worth the double dip? I've never seen these, so I don't know, and, like you, I want to be sure about the inclusion of all the extras before I sacrifice my old WB version to conserve shelf space.

Cosmic Bus
07-24-05, 03:45 PM
Very happy to see the Cracking Contraptions shorts on this one! I'd been looking for the R2 release of these at a resonable price (it was only available online for a very short period of time, IIRC) and was starting to wonder if it'd ever be reissued. Happy to double dip here.

garmonbozia
07-26-05, 05:32 PM
Don't you think the inclusion of the ten-episode series "Cracking Contraptions" worth the double dip?


I certainly do! If these were coming out by themselves on a disc for 20 bucks I'd be buying it.

Cameron
07-27-05, 11:42 AM
from home media retailing

Wallace & Gromit Making Their Way to DVD
Author: THOMAS K. ARNOLD
tarnold@questex.com
Posted: July 18, 2005

In time for the scheduled Oct. 7 theatrical opening of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, DreamWorks Home Entertainment is releasing a DVD that includes the claymation man-and-dog team’s previous adventures.

Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures is slotted to arrive in stores Sept. 20 (prebook Aug. 9) at $19.99. The DVD includes three half-hour shorts: the Academy Award winners “A Close Shave” and “The Wrong Trousers” and the Oscar-nominated “A Grand Day Out.” Also on the DVD will be “Cracking Contraptions,” a collection of 10 minishorts that depict each of Wallace’s well-intended but completely absurd inventions. The shorts were originally a series of photographic vignettes and have never before been seen in the United States.

“The short films deliver the same level of high-spirited fun and entertainment value that helped make Chicken Run one of the top-selling family videos,” said Kelley Avery, worldwide head of home entertainment for DreamWorks. Chicken Run writer-director Nick Park also created “Wallace & Gromit.”

Three Amazing Adventures also comes with a preview of the movie, including outtakes that won’t be seen on the big screen. Other bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes look at the claymation process and interviews with Park.

Avery said DreamWorks hopes to leverage the theatrical marketing campaign supporting the first-ever “Wallace & Gromit” feature film. “This timing gives us a terrific opportunity to re-introduce Wallace and Gromit to all audiences,” she said.

Also timed to coincide with the theatrical release of Were-Rabbit is the complete first season of “Creature Comforts,” also helmed by Park. The TV DVD package arrives Sept. 27 (prebook Aug. 18) at $19.94 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Perkinsun Dzees
07-27-05, 08:10 PM
Hmmm...maybe this new version is worth getting after all. Sounds like there's just enough new material on this (as opposed to what's on the WB disc) to make it a worthwhile double dip.

slowcloud
07-28-05, 07:03 AM
No denying the new version is worth getting, for W&G fans, but the big question remains: will it include all content from the first WB DVD? So far, I haven't seen evidence that it will. The commentary tracks are particularly entertaining and insightful, not to mention the behind-the-scenes material and the early shorts of Nick Park (as archaic as they are). You see, I'm interested in conserving as much shelf-space as possible and hate having redundancies in my collection-- like many others, I’m sure.

slowcloud
09-02-05, 07:58 PM
It's official: Stop selling your Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit DVDs! Check out the features on the new release as detailed by DVD Empire:

Product Information:

Features: [None]

Video: [None]

Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French


There's also a customer review on Amazon.com bitching that this new version lacks the earlier versions' special features. It seems to only include trailers to the new Were Rabbit flick. Glad I didn't sell mine!

baracine
09-30-05, 08:47 AM
It's official: Stop selling your Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit DVDs! Check out the features on the new release as detailed by DVD Empire:



There's also a customer review on Amazon.com bitching that this new version lacks the earlier versions' special features. It seems to only include trailers to the new Were Rabbit flick. Glad I didn't sell mine!

I live in Canada and the version I have is BBCVideo, which is the one you refer to as Warner's.

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005LC1I.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

It's called "The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit" and has all the extras mentioned here and without the music changes. The new DVD according to that Amazon.com rant has the 3 films with altered music and in the wrong order and no chapter stops.

The "Cracking Inventions" shorts are also slowed down by a half-tone, which sounds like a major goof as if compensating for a European 1/24 speed-up that isn't there!

I'm buying the new edition but also keeping the old one.

slowcloud
09-30-05, 02:08 PM
I'm glad I held on to my original release and did not sell it off in the anticipation fo the new release, which is at least cheap enough to pick for the "Cracking Contraptions" shorts. Otherwise, the old version, with commentary, chapter stops within the half-hour long shorts, behind the scenes documentaries and the early works of Nick Park is still very much a worthwhile DVD experience for the W&G enthusiast.

Dane
10-01-05, 04:35 AM
Furthermore, the Cracking Contraptions on the DreamWorks DVD are not anamorphic.

However, they are on the Exclusive Region 2 DVD. Read the review here:DVDTimes (http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=5516)

Note! A new Region 2 release will be available October 3rd.

http://images.play.com/covers/717673m.jpg

Features:
* Audio commentary on all 3 films from director Nick Park and members of his creative team
* Introduction from Nick Park
* New photo gallery with blueprints of inventions
* 'Inside the Wrong Trousers' featurette (25 mins)
* 'The Making Of A Close Shave' featurette
* 'The Amazing World Of Wallace And Gromit' featurette

baracine
10-01-05, 07:08 AM
As was pointed out, the "Cracking Contraptions" mini-shorts, which add up to roughly 23 minutes (almost a "new" episode" in itself) with intro and end titles and are definitely a must-have, are presented in 16x9 format, which seems to be the new standard for BBC shows but they have not been enhanced for widescreen TVs. This is somewhat compensated by a very high bitrate, though.

There is no French track on "The Wrong Trousers", which was present in the Warner/BBC Video edition. That is a mystery to me. And the French-language setting for "Cracking Contraptions" only brings up French subtitles. As Wallace would say: "That is taking liberties!" It's also shoddy work from DreamWorks.

And I was wrong about the music not being changed on the Canadian edition of the Warner/BBC Video DVD. I guess I remembered the original songs from the VHS edition. On the plus side, an organ rendition of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" played very loud on the Penguin's radio is quite as offensive in itself as the original "How Much is that Doggie in the Window" for a discriminating listener like Gromit.

All in all, I will of course keep the old version alongside the new one.

slowcloud
10-01-05, 07:35 AM
There is no French track on "The Wrong Trousers", which was present in the Warner/BBC Video edition. That is a mystery to me. And the French-language setting for "Cracking Contraptions" only brings up French subtitles. As Wallace would say: "That is taking liberties!" It's also shoddy work from DreamWorks.

Which reminds me! The Warner one also has a Spanish language track, as well as French-- great for me to share with my family in Mexico, when we go and visit. Does the new one feature a Spanish language track?

baracine
10-01-05, 10:57 AM
Which reminds me! The Warner one also has a Spanish language track, as well as French-- great for me to share with my family in Mexico, when we go and visit. Does the new one feature a Spanish language track?

No. Spanish subtitles only.

slowcloud
10-01-05, 02:32 PM
No. Spanish subtitles only.

Well, there you go. Glad I kept it. So many reasons to! What a step backward the new release is. Also, seems like the UK version is better for the 10 Cracking Contraptions as they are anamorphic, and I am region free.

Dane
10-02-05, 11:02 AM
Also, seems like the UK version is better for the 10 Cracking Contraptions as they are anamorphic, and I am region free.
Cracking Contraptions is long Out-of-Print, and is therefore not available in the UK. This very limited DVD was available exclusively through CDWOW and Aardmans web-store only - back in 2002.

Unless, Cracking Contraptions also will be available on the Region 2 October 3rd re-release. But nothing in that regard has confirmed that. I doubt they will.