Yes, like the proverbial dormouse, I have woken up and am ready for action. Unfortunately, this means a long and boring news story, on stuff that you all already know about anyway. Sorry about that.
TEH DWARD: Firstly, Amazon have The Bodysnatcher Collection for £21.97 – a frankly absurd price for such a great DVD, and well worth buying if you had objections to the cost before. Meanwhile, HMV have the individual 1-VIII releases (along with Just The Smegs) for a patently ridiculous £5.99 each. They really weren’t kidding, were they?
SPITTING IMAGE: After banging on about wanting it for years, I can’t believe I haven’t actually talked about this yet – SERIES 1 OF SPITTING IMAGE IS OUT NOW. I’m determined to review this one for once, so stay tuned for that – in 2034 – but despite the lack of extras, it’s brilliant that something like this can get a release; I never thought it’d actually happen. It looks like Series 2 is due on the 23rd June – although as usual, that date could change. Anyone want to place bets on how many out of the 18 series they’ll get to before calling it a day? Mind you, with amazing stuff like this going on, maybe they will release all of them…
JOKING APART: The other big release at the moment – at least in my world – is the release of Series 2 of Joking Apart, which is out now. We all know the story of how fan of the show, Craig Robins, set up his own company and made the first series release happen by himself – but as time passed, I was getting worried that it just hadn’t worked out for him, and Series 2 would remain unreleased, so this is great news. I loved the first series – both the actual programme and the release itself – and the second series release seems to have taken my entire review to heart (although I’m sure he was going to do it all anyway…), with commentaries across all six episodes, and the original pilot included. Check out Replay’s website for further details – including a fascinating article on restoration, and a wonderful behind-the-scenes piece for the Series 2 DVD. And the news that there are three more releases currently being negotiated is bloody excellent – who could read this and not find it heartwarming?
(Incidentally, Craig Robins got in touch with me to tell me that my wish for a Colin’s Sandwich release might be granted – but not by Replay. Apparently, the show was already on his list of things to look at before my NTS review, but 2 | entertain said that they had plans to release it themselves. Which is great news, although – unless Adam Tandy gets involved – I doubt the release will be anything like as good as Replay would have managed. It comes to something when a small outfit like Replay can shame a company like 2 | entertain…)
M.I. HIGH: In mad binman-baiting-freak news, the first half of M.I. High Series 1 was released in January, with the the second half due at the end of this month. The show has been recommissioned for a third series, and at some point before the next Ice Age, I might actually get round to watching an episode.
CHRIS BARRIE STUFF: The horror series When Evil Calls, originally released for mobiles, came out on DVD in January – but only in Region 1. It seems that a Region 2 release is planned, but it’s not listed in any of the online shops as of yet. In other Chris news, Brittas was apparently re-released last year (PDF) at a lower price – and Amazon now have it for a shade under £30, which is a stupid price for 36 excellent episodes of comedy, and 16 acceptable ones (one of which at least has an excellent sequence involving a load of kids being graphically electrocuted, which will bump the score up of any sitcom). FINAL CHRIS BARRIE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: whilst Massive Engines and Massive Machines have both been released by Eureka, Massive Speed is nowhere to be seen. Did the first two series just not sell enough?
STARHYKE: This was due out on DVD late last year, but information about the release seems to have disappeared from the official site (which has a nasty habit of crashing my browser, Camino) – to be replaced with hints that a broadcaster may finally be buying the show to air in the Spring. We’ll see, although with six episodes shot, surely it has to come out at some point…
And that’s the weather – *points* – for now.