Thursday, August 18, 2005

Upcoming Home Entertainment Releases

According to ICV2 the following Home Entertainment items are on their way to stores in the near future.

  • Batman Begins Deluxe Edition DVD (October 18) -- Will include a 72 page comic book.

  • Carcassonne: The River II -- This is an updating of a previous release, more than a sequel, in that it is designed to work with other Carcassonne updates. Carcassonne is an innovative and enjoyable tile based game of "world construction and control" where players lay tiles attempting to create cities or roads to control. The name comes from the famous French city known for its vast fortifications. It's history stems from Rome to the Albigensian Crusades to the Hundred Year's War. The growth of the city and regions are the inspiration for the Carcassone board game, the fortress is the inspiration for the Carcassonne: The City version of the game.

  • Frank Miller's adaptation of Thermopylae 300 starts filming in October as well. Ironically, it will begin filming in Montreal a city not known for its "Gates of Fire." The film will be directed by Zack Snyder of Dawn of the Dead remake fame. While I very much enjoyed Miller's 300, I wish that Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire was the work being adapted. That being said, I don't know if it is better that the writer of such epics as Freejack and Above the Law be left behind and the writer of Robocop 2 and Robocop 3 be rewarded. Oh, and if you mention Sin City, I just have one thing to say...over-rated. Sky Captain and the World of Tommorrow did the computer environment better, and as I even have to begin going down that road. I'll take Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Gilda, Criss Cross, Ace in the Hole (aka The Big Carnival) and at least a dozen films over Sin City's watered down Noir anyday.
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