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Week of August 13, 2001


Episode II title announced. It's official! Love it or hate it, Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones is coming to theaters next May - and word has it that we'll probably see the first trailers for Attack Of The Clones attached to this fall's eagerly awaited Harry Potter film. Source: Lucasfilm Ltd.


Now you see it, now you don't! Early last week, Amazon.com started taking pre-orders for the first Babylon 5 DVD - only to close the ordering page mere days later. The release date was the first week of December. Now we are told that Warner Bros. Home Video has indeed confirmed the release date, but Amazon may hold off on allowing pre-orders for a while. We'll let you know when they open the floodgates (or, if you like, the jumpgates) again - the pre-orders piled up in less than a week to put the first Babylon 5 DVD right on the edge of Amazon.com's DVD Top 10.


Pining away for Twin Peaks? Your wait's almost over - Artisan will be releasing the entire first season of Twin Peaks on DVD later this fall, though that box set will be missing the pilot episode (!) due to rights issues. It looks like the dismal theatrical follow-up, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, is also in the DVD pipeline. There's no word on any bonus features, though we'd love to hear an audio commentary track to clarify what on Earth director/creator David Lynch was thinking with his surrealist dark-underbelly-of-a-small-town murder mystery (particularly when he put guest star David Duchovny in drag). Add SF cult faves Ray Wise and Kyle MacLachlan to the mix, and how can you miss? We'll have pre-order information for the Twin Peaks DVD box set as soon as it's available. Source: Sci-Fi Wire


The Doctor and Bernice ride again (almost). It's not quite the New Adventures-era Doctor Who reunion we were hoping for after last year's outstanding audio drama Shadow Of The Scourge, but it'll do. Big Finish Productions has revealed that next year's three-part audio miniseries Excelis has now gained a fourth episode, an epilogue-type adventure featuring former companion Bernice Summerfield. Additionally, the popular Iris Wyldthyme character - a female Time Lord with designs on the Doctor's body - will be teaming up with the object of her desires in the first episode (starring Peter Davison) as well as in the epiloque with Bernice. An actress has not yet been named for this role, but as Big Finish is hoping to launch a series of solo audio adventures for Iris, the casting announcement will be big news when it comes. And there's other good news for fans of Doctor Who minus visuals: BBC Online has given producer Dan Freedman the go-ahead to finish the previously-abandoned radio adventure Death Comes To Time based on the amount of traffic the pilot episode has received at the BBC's web site. It is not known if the remainder of that story will be an online-only endeavour, or if perhaps it will be released on CD by the BBC Radio Collection (an idea which had previously been nixed). Source: Outpost Gallifrey


Battle of the Planets fans, rejoice! Kid Rhino is releasing your favorite animè series on DVD this fall...but this isn't it. This week's Killer DVD pick is a box set containing the first three volumes of the new Gatchaman OAV features - OAVs being Original Animated Videos, a popular direct-to-video format in Japan. Although Gatchaman was later adapted into English, becoming Battle Of The Planets in the process, these three OAVs are not the original Gatchaman, but a new version cooked up in the 90s to update the legend. The characters look vastly different, the ships are all but unrecognizable, and gone is the distinctive music of Bob Sakuma, replaced by smooth R&B grooves that seem just a little bit out of place. However, while you're biding your time waiting for the new Battle Of The Planets DVDs, you might want to check out The Gatchaman Collection, just to see how the story has been retold in its native land.

The Gatchaman Collection

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