home video digest
Celebrated B-movie producer Sam Katzman is finally getting a little respect. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Oct. 16 will release "The Sam Katzman Collection" as the latest entry in its "Icons of Horror" DVD series. The two-disc set includes four of Katzman's most notorious features from the mid- and late 1950s, none previously available on DVD: "The Giant Claw," a sci-fi thriller about a giant bird from outer space; "Zombies of Mora Tau"; "Creature With the Atom Brain"; and "The Werewolf."
"Angel" is the latest TV series to get the complete series treatment. All five seasons of the supernatural drama will be released together in a 30-disc collector's box on Oct. 30 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The collection includes all 110 episodes, plus such extras as a personally signed letter to fans from creator Joss Whedon and a companion booklet.
Lionsgate is giving consumers a heavy dose of the gruesome horror franchise "Saw" in time for Halloween. The minimajor on Oct. 23 will release on DVD a director's cut of "Saw III" and a trilogy pack of all three films. "Saw III: Director's Cut" includes such bonus materials as a trivia game and a music video featuring star Shawnee Smith.
Coming Sept. 25 from the Criterion Collection is "Cinema16: European Short Films," a collection of rare and never-before-seen films by such directors as Ridley Scott, Lars von Trier and Christopher Nolan. The two-disc set will also feature other shorts, including Toby MacDonald's "Je t'aime John Wayne."