No more Remastered news yet, I’m afraid – but a couple of releases you might be interested in. First up is Series 1 of Hyperdrive, due for release on 7th May. That is an impressive set of extras – cast and crew commentaries, a making of, a tour of the set featurette, deleted scenes, a video diary, and a photo gallery.
The real shame about this release is that it doesn’t look like the pilot episode has been included. It starred Mark Gatiss as York, and Sanjeev Bhaskar as Henderson (and not Omid Djalili as SFX claimed) – and was directed by Armando Iannucci! I didn’t like what I saw of the resulting series, but I’m desperate to see that pilot – I’m sure it’d be absolutely fascinating, as pilots usually are. A look into what could have been – and with two main characters recast, it must have had a very different feel to the resulting series. We can only hope that Play don’t have the full extras list… but to be honest, it wouldn’t surprise me if it isn’t on there. And that’s a pity.
The series has been an oddly long time coming for a DVD release these days, considering it was broadcast in January 2006 – I expected it late last year. It’s presumably scheduled to coincide with the start of the second series, which has been shot, and is currently in post-production. According to Wikipedia, it’s is due to be broadcast in April. And if you’re wondering why I’ve resisted the urge to be hugely rude about the show so far, it’s because I only watched the first episode of Series 1, and I fully intend to give it another go. Although I have to say, it’s a rare comedy show that grows on me – I usually know whether I like something within the first five minutes of the first episode. When it, you know, actually makes me laugh. Oh, bollocks. And I was doing so well.
Moving on – and thanks to Sam Moore on the Webboard, who points out that Back In Business is out on DVD on the 19th March. It looks like a pretty good package – although deleted scenes aren’t mentioned, but that could be just Play being rubbish – and I’m especially intrigued to know what the “poor man’s process commentary” is. Calling it a Special Edition is stupid though – because there’s no standard edition release. And yes, I’m going to keep banging on about that. We’ll probably have a review next century.
Oh, and Play – I listen to my own music when browsing the net. I don’t want a bloody film trailer starting up obscuring my wonderful playlist of Girls Aloud tracks, every single Tomorrow’s World theme, and old Radio 1 jingles.