John’s Newsround – 18/2/06 News Posted by John Hoare on 18th February 2006, 22:47 Ian: “I had a poo earlier that looked like haggis. Plus, GREEN AND YELLOW VOMIT.” Oh dear. I’ll do it myself, then: VIII INTERNATIONAL COVERS: I still think the R1 covers are rubbish. Could the picture and logo be any bigger? The R2 ones are far more tasteful. The R4 ones were fine until they introduced that hideous classification labelling. More of which here. MAID MARIAN: We reported on this a bit ago, but check out the large image of the cover, and a glimpse of the booklet. And also the news that the second series is also planned for release, provisionally in July. Hooray! Of course, the real question is – have Eureka got a decent ident yet? RED DWARF USA STORE: Is closing. Hurry over there for UNMISSABLE OFFERS SAVE $$$$ R@RE ITEMS. According to Andrew on the Webboard, the people running the RD USA store just decided they didn’t want to do it any more. GNP (Sob!) seem to have decided to make this a positive thing, and are planning the launch of one big international store later in the year. Excellent. Any chance of some more t-shirts? Speaking of Andrew: Ho ho! There’s also news that RDSUK have cheap deals going on for VIII. Once you take into account £2.99 for P&P, the plain VIII DVD costs £15.38 compared to Play‘s £15.99; however, the skutter giftset costs £19.49 compared to Play’s £16.99. Bearing in mind that absolutely nobody reading this is going to want to go for the standard release, I think you can guess what I’m going to recommend you go for. FRENCH II RELEASE: Something we didn’t report on last week – the French II release. Interestingly, unlike their release of Series 1, they’re not going with the raw model footage on the extras. Which was actually the highlight for me of the R2 Series 1 release. Ah well… CAST STUFF: There’s also some cast stuff. Evil Aliens looks this: fantastic. Interestingly, ContentFilm (in its former guise of Winchester Entertainment), were at one point involved with the Dwarf movie. Well, I say interestingly, but I actually mean tediously and irrelevantly. That’s yer lot. For anyone wondering where the revamped Noise To Signal is – it’s nearly ready. Just sorting out a few technical difficulties. We’ve got lots of content just ready to be published… And finally:whilst Maid Marian’s songs are indeed excellent, do they beat this?