Week of July 23, 2001
Buckaroo Banzai coming to DVD.
Let the fans rejoice - MGM is preparing to release Buckaroo Banzai
on DVD, with plenty of extras and deleted scenes, in time for Christmas this
year (with a widescreen VHS version also hitting the shelves around the same
time). Pocket Books will be cashing in by re-releasing the novelization of the
film in a deluxe edition at the same time - and why do I have a feeling that,
at around the same time all this is happening, we'll suddenly get some big piece
of news about the BB series which has been pitched to Fox for the past two years?
Source: Sci-Fi Wire
Mists Of Avalon does well for TNT - on night one.
TNT's two-part miniseries adaptation of Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists Of
Avalon set records for the network on its first night (July 15th) - and
then seemed to all but vanish on the following night for the climax of the story.
But hey, that's not stopping them from cashing in - a soundtrack CD is already
available (truth be told, the Lee Holdridge/Loreena McKennit score was one of
the best things about the show), and it seems more than a little bit likely that
we'll be seeing the entire two-part epic (with obligatory extras) on DVD down
Technomage chronicles continue.
The second book of the Babylon 5 literary
trilogy subtitled "The Passing of the Technomages" arrives this
month. In Jeanne Cavelos' Summoning Light, Galen - the rebellious
Technomage who later joins Captain Gideon and the crew of the Excalibur in
Crusade - takes center stage, and we
learn of the circumstances surrounding the death of his lover Isabella, an
event which was referenced numerous times in Crusade. As with the previous
two trilogies concerning the origins (and fall) of the Psi Corps and the
fate of Emperor Londo Mollari, the Technomage boooks are based upon an outline
by B5 creator J. Michael Straczynski
and are considered official in the shows' storylines.
Babylon 5: Summoning Light
Daleks, Darwin and Silurians...
..oh my. Big Finish Productions is starting to double up - no,
triple up - on its audio drama releases in July. This month sees the
release of Big Finish's latest Doctor Who Audio
Adventure, Bloodtide, starring Colin Baker and Maggie Stables in a tale
involving the reptilian Silurians and evolutionist Charles Darwin (!). The
Doctor's arch enemies, the Daleks, are back in the second installment of their
own four-part audio series, The Human Factor, starring Gareth Thomas
of Blake's 7 fame. And the third CD of
music from the Doctor Who Audio Adventures - the first to feature the music of
composer Russell Stone - is also now available.
Source: Big Finish Productions
Is it a planet or a disease?
We can't seem to get anyone to confirm the title of this book - it's been
hopping back and forth between Arcade Planet and Arcade Fever for
a few months. And from the few pre-publication reviews we've seen, it may not
matter - John Sellers' book has already ruffled feathers in retrogaming
circles for its abrasive style and its tendency to repeat facts that many gamers
already know by heart. So depending on your taste, we may still be
waiting for Van Burnham's eagerly-awaited Supercade
(or for me to land a Phosphor Dot Fossils book
deal) for the definitive video game history book.
Arcade Fever (Planet?)
More Who on DVD in the U.S. than in the U.K.?
In six weeks, Doctor Who hits American shores on shiny round discs, but once
upon a time it seemed as though we'd never see the Doctor on DVD. But
now, word has it that U.S. and Canadian viewers may get more Doctor Who on DVD
than British fans are seeing! How is it possible? Warner Bros. Home Video is
rumored to be readying a second line of Doctor Who DVDs which will not
be counterparts to those released in the U.K.; as new adventures come out on
VHS in the States, so too will budget-priced DVDs of the same titles, minus
virtually any features whatsoever - no commentaries, no promos, no deleted
scenes. The first title being readied, according to sources, is the 1985
Colin Baker season 22 premiere
Attack Of The Cybermen. Word has it that the titles in this series
will be simultaneously released with their VHS counterparts, and that DVDs
will only be pressed of those stories which are unlikely to undergo
restoration anytime soon. As of this time, there's no confirmation from
Warner Bros. (the new American distributors of BBC Video products) of this
potential series of "featureless" releases, and no dates have been
Source: Outpost Gallifrey
An old friend makes it into print.
Australian Xena fan and author Mary
D. Brooks, who was also active on the Fidonet fan scene during the early days of the LogBook, is now a
published author. Her Eva and Zoe series chronicles the lives and loves of
two women in World War II-era Greece, and though it's not trying to be an
official continuation of the Xena story, it will appeal to fans of that show
(particularly the "subtext" fans, judging by the back cover blurbs).
Mary has already sent the sequel to the printers, and further books in the
series are planned. (Okay, seems like all of my friends have gotten book deals
now - can I get one!?)
Out Of Darkness by Mary D. Brooks
Many fans regard it as a seminal animè experience, one which deals not so
much with spandex and mecha as it does the darker recesses of the human psyche -
and a ton of ass-kicking. Akira is being re-released this week as
a special limited edition 2-disc DVD box set in a collectible tin, complete with
a new English dub from a freshly translated version of the original Japanese
script. Also included are tons of extras, inlcuding documentary features on the
restoration of the original film and the making of this new version. But keep
reading past the links - there are more Akira goodies!
Akira: Special Edition
Need a little reminder of Akira sitting on your desk at work? One of
theLogBook.com's sponsors, AnimèNation, is having a special
this week only on a couple of McFarlane Toys' Akira action figures, to
coincide with the movie's release on DVD.
Akira Tetsuo action figure
Akira Kaneda action figure
Is everything going to the PS2?
It looks like game companies are leaving the Playstation for dead, throwing
all their weight behind the PS2. (That didn't take long.) And sadly, among
those upcoming titles available only for the PS2 are some interesting
Retro Revivals, including Pac-Man
World 2 and new updated versions of Frogger, Defender and Spy Hunter.
Word also has it that a new volume of the Namco Museum series could
be in the works, containing a dozen games never before emulated officially.
We'll let you know when these games hit the shelves (and, of course, you'll be
able to order them here).