17 February 2006


Horrible news. According to someone on the IMDb message boards, Warner has yet again delayed the two-disc DVD version of Ken Russell's The Devils. I realize that the IMDb message boards are not a very reputable source (just look at any of the topics related to The Brown Bunny if you want to see how unbelievably moronic the people who use those boards are), however Warner has delayed this release numerous times. Initially, they delayed the release because the English found the cut footage that was believed to have been lost. Now... I have no idea. This is also the case for Nicolas Roeg's Performance. All would be fine and dandy if someone in Europe had already beaten Warner to the punch, but as of this year, no one has released either title on DVD in any region.

2006 was supposed to be an amazing year for studios finally throwing out the rest of their catalogues, but I'm afraid Warner's delays may be only the first of a series of 2006 disappointments. Paramount still claims they're working on Season 2 (and possibly a rerelease of Season 1 with the pilot) of Twin Peaks, but their claim is that they are awaiting transfer approval from David Lynch... though David is quite busy wrapping up Inland Empire (which will probably premiere at Cannes and come to the States sometime this fall). While Lynch's reteaming with Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, Harry Dean Stanton, and Justin Theroux sounds ever-so-promising, Season 1 came out over four years ago, and with video stores slowly phasing out VHS, Twin Peaks is becoming harder and harder to come by.

And while Warner will probably shelve Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point for as long as they can, at least Paramount is releasing The Passenger on April 25th. Paramount also has Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist on their bill for this year, finally. Maybe there will be some joyous surprises for 2006 DVD. Just keep your fingers crossed, I guess.

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