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Upcoming Network releases (U.K.): Jan/Feb 2009

Old 01-14-09, 06:00 PM
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From DVD Times:
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Carnival of Souls - £14.99 RRP - This horror directed by Herk Harvey and first released in 1962 comes to DVD with the following features:

* Audio commentary with horror experts Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
* Booklet written by Kim Newman

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The Ghoul (Special Edition) - £14.99 RRP - Boris Karloff stars in this “horror classic” that was thought lost for many years until a subtitled – but of poor quality – print surfaced in Prague. Many years later a copy of the uncut British print was found, and it is this version which has undergone extensive digital restoration for this release. Features include:

* Audio commentary with horror critics Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
* Commemorative booklet written by Stephen Jones
At those prices I'll definitely double dip for the commentary tracks - Jones and Newman do wonderful work. Horrible cover art though.

Here is more of Network's upcoming slate:

26th January 2009:
Escape From Sobibor - £12.99 RRP - Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula and Rutger Hauer star in this Holocaust film. On 14th October 1943, inmates of ‘death camp’ Sobibor, in Eastern Poland, carried out a terrifyingly audacious plan to escape. Those organising the revolt knew that the plan must include every prisoner – leaving no one behind to face reprisals from the SS. This film recounts those events.

Noel Coward’s This Happy Breed (Special Edition) - £14.99 RRP – Digitally remastered 2-disc set of what was David Lean’s first official credit as a director. The film adaptation from Noel Coward’s hit stage play would be one of several successful collaborations between Lean and Coward.

Features include:

* Brand new-digital restoration
* Original theatrical trailer
* Re-release trailer
* Restoration comparison featurette
* Extensive South Bank Show feature on David Lean
* Commemorative booklet by noted British film historian David Rolinson
* Extensive stills gallery, including behind the scenes images
* Original Pressbook and material in PDF format


Room at the Top (Special Edition) - £14.99 RRP - Directed by Jack Clayton (The Great Gatsby), Room at the Top chronicles the life of an ambitious young working-class man called Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey) who moves into the Yorkshire town Warnley. There he pursues Susan (Heather Sears), against the wishes of her father, a powerful local industrialist. But Joe then falls in love with Alice (Simone Signoret), an older unhappily married French woman. Inevitably, their intense affair does not remain a secret and when Susan becomes pregnant, Joe is forced to choose between the two women – and the opposing worlds they represent.

Features include:

* Brand new transfer from the original 35mm film elements (1.66:1 Widescreen)
* Audio commentary with and commemorative booklet by noted film historian and writer Neil Sinyard
* Image Gallery
* Jack Clayton's press cuttings scrapbook (PDF)


West End Jungle - £16.99 RRP - Released through Strike Force Entertainment and Network, West End Jungle offers a comprehensive insight into the history and once referred to, ‘seedy reality’ of the sex industry of the early sixties in Soho. The film was banned in 1961 but is now coming to DVD.

Features include:

* 4:3, English Mono
* Newsreel: Clubs Galore! (Soho 1958)
* Newsreel: Sir John Wolfenden on Prostitution and the Street Offences Act 1959
* Director Arnold Miller in Conversation
* Viewing Notes Booklet

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Old 02-01-09, 08:27 PM
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DVD Times on This Happy Breed, West End Jungle and Escape from Sobibor.
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DVD Times on Carnival of Souls. The transfer looks terrible, and the Jones/Newman commentary is apparently an unfocused letdown, which is surprising. I'll cancel my pre-order.
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Old 02-25-09, 08:00 PM
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DVD Outsider on The Ghoul. The transfer looks to be the same as the sharp MGM disc, so this is a definite upgrade for the commentary track.
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