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September 14th, 2000

Short Update... with X-Men DVD News!

Not so much new today. Anthony has written a splendind review of Marnie which I think all of you should read, and I have written up a review of the soon-to-be discontinued Wallace & Gromit, because of the new BBC/Warner partnership.

Anyhow, I do have some great release news today. First off, I should mention I have confirmed that the audio commentary on Chicken Run (made by Aardman, those behind Wallace & Gromit) will be with Peter Lord and Nick Park, just as I hoped. Again, the disc is due out 11/21 in R1 for $26.99. Check out yesterday for more details. And for all you eager fans of the movie (such as myself), here's a box art picture for your enjoyment (it seems pretty packed, I'm surprised it's not in Dreamworks' "Signature Selection" series):

Next, a really anticipated title, is X-Men, this past summer's box office smash hit. I didn't see the film myself, but a lot of my friends did and loved it, and it earned some pretty good reviews. Anyhow, it's also due on November 21st. There will be six deleted DVD exclusive scenes, 10 minutes of deleted footage, 170 Concept Art Stills, Two Animatics, Hugh Jackman's Screen Test, a featurette, excerpts of director Bryan Singer on Charlie Rose and more soon to be announced. Does sound like a fantastic disc as of now, and will be priced at a nice 29.98. There has been a lot of anticipation for this disc, and it will seem worth it. Fox has been blessing us with some great special editions and such lately, so be on the look out...

Finally, on November 7th, The Straight Story, last Fall's small criticially acclaimed hit from David Lynch, will be released (yeah, David Lynch doing a G rated film). Anyhow, the specs are due soon, and it will be priced at the usual odd Disney price of $32.99. There has been some anticipation for this disc as well.

On another note, I'm sure you'll be happy to learn Leon/The Professional International Cut will be shipping to stores next week, with a remastered soundtrack. Many complained surrounds sounded incredibly soft during the original mid-August release, so you better get on line to return your copy. Heh, now I'm glad I waited to purchase the disc.

Well, that's it for today. The weekend is almost here! You can expect a bunch of new reviews this weekend, so be on the lookout for those. Well, see ya soon.

- Zach B.

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