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September 22nd, 2000

Lotta updates

I'm pretty sure if you're reading this now and follow DVD to the extreme, this is all old news, so bear with me.

First up, the X-Men DVD will NOT have a DTS audio track as originally planned. I apologize for any confusion, but Fox has stated that having both audio tracks on the discs effect the quality of the video. I say kudos to Fox, who make sure we're getting the most for our buck and not to disappoint any fans.

Gladiator has been officially announced, and will be hitting November 21st! It will indeed be a two disc set, and seems magnificent. November is going to be a huge month for summer titles (and Dreamworks owns 11/21 with "Chicken Run" too... but there will be Fox's X-Men as well), and Gladiator really sweetens it all. There will be eleven deleted scenes totaling about 25 minutes in length, with optional commentary from Ridley Scott. Scott has also done a commentary for the whole film with editor Pietro Scalia and cinematographer John Mathieson which should be a good listen. A special montage is being created for this release that will total 7 minutes, plus there will be an interview with composer Hans Zimmer (one of my favorite composers) about the music, the HBO "First Look" feaurette, an hour documentary about the real Gladiator games, trailers, behind the scenes production photos and stills, storyboards TV spots, cast and crew bios, production notes, a diary from actor Spencer Treat Clark and to sweeten all of this, a Dolby Digital 5.1 track and DTS track all on the same disc. The transfer is anamorphic as well, something that we've come to expect from Dreamworks. Mark your calenders for this one!

Two big Disney summer hits, Scary Movie and Gone In 60 Seconds will make their DVD debuts on December 5th and 12th. Scary Movie has deleted scenes, the trailer and other details to be announced, while 60 Seconds will have an audio commentary, trailer and other details to be announced as well. Each will feature anamorphic transfers, plus 5.1 audio. I'm curious about Scary Movie and the whole re-dubbing of a certain line about Gwenyth Paltrow, at the request of Harvey Weinstein...we'll see soon enough.

And older Pokéfans, you're out of luck. Like the first movie's release, Pokémon: The Movie 2000 will have a full frame transfer. I mentioned a few updates ago that the transfer was still to be announced and the controversy over the first movie's transfer and how it was not widescreen, so, it's final, and to you kiddies who like widescreen and fans, it is disappointing.

We got some new disc reviews for ya... Ren gives his look at an action favorite, Face/Off, while I check out the original Rushmore disc. Trust me, the Criterion is a ton better and worth the extra money.

I'll also be adding another new member to the website next time, so stayed tuned for that! Have a good weekend, everyone!

- Zach B.

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