I came upon the following by clicking the ‘Specials’ icon on the “Movie Mail” website: Alice In Wonderland (DVD) RRP £19.99 MovieMail Price £17.99 Directed by: Miller, Jonathan BFI BFIVD519 UK 1966 72+8 mins | DVD | Cert PG With: Peter Sellers, Peter Cook, Michael Redgrave, Alan Bennett, John Gielgud, Leo McKern, Wilfrid Brambell Released: Apr 21st 2003 DVD Extras: Audio Commentary by Jonathan Miller and a 1903 silent version of Alice in Wonderland from the BFI Archive. Bande A` Part (DVD) RRP £19.99 MovieMail Price £17.99 Directed by: Godard, Jean-Luc BFI BFIVD549 France 1964 92 mins | DVD | Cert With: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey Released: Apr 21st 2003 DVD Extras: Interactive A-Z Guide featuring Anna Karina, Quentin Tarantino, clips, stills, on-set footage and informative narration; Interview with cinematographer Raoul Coutard; Audio Commentary by Dr Roland-Francois Lack; Theatrical Trailer. Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, The (DVD) RRP £19.99 MovieMail Price £17.99 Directed by: Richardson, Tony BFI BFIVD511 UK 1962 100+18 mins | DVD | Cert 12 With: Tom Courtenay, Michael Redgrave, James Bolam, John Thaw Released: Apr 7th 2003 DVD Extras: Audio Commentary with Alan Sillitoe, Tom Courtenay and Robert Murphy; Video Essay by cinematographer Walter Lassally. Mark Of Zorro, The (1940) (DVD) RRP £15.99 MovieMail Price £14.39 Directed by: Mamoulian, Rouben 20CFX 01663DVD USA 1940 90 mins | DVD | Cert U With: Basil Rathbone, Tyrone Power Released: Apr 7th 2003 Persona (DVD) RRP £19.99 MovieMail Price £17.99 Directed by: Bergman, Ingmar TARTN TVD3418 SWEDEN 1966 80 mins | DVD | Cert 15 With: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Bjornstrand Released: Apr 28th 2003 DVD Extras: Original US Theatrical Trailer; Fully uncut and with newly created, uncensored subtitles. Rififi (aka Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes) (DVD) RRP £17.99 MovieMail Price £16.19 Directed by: Dassin, Jules ARROW FCD127 FRANCE 1955 118 mins | DVD | Cert 12 With: Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel Released: Apr 14th 2003 Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (DVD) RRP £19.99 MovieMail Price £17.99 Directed by: Reisz, Karel BFI BFIVD512 UK 1960 85 mins | DVD | Cert PG With: Albert Finney, Shirley Ann Field, Hylda Baker, Rachel Roberts Released: Apr 7th 2003 Extras: Audio Commentary with Alan Sillitoe, Freddie Francis and Robert Murphy; Excerpt from interview with Albert Finney. Viva Zapata (DVD) RRP £15.99 MovieMail Price £14.39 Directed by: Kazan, Elia 20CFX 01352DVD USA 1952 108 mins | DVD | Cert PG With: Anthony Quinn, Marlon Brando, Jean Peters Released: Apr 7th 2003 Year of the Sex Olympics, The (DVD) RRP £19.99 MovieMail Price £17.99 Directed by: Michael Elliott BFI BFIVD552 UK 1968 103 mins | DVD | Cert 15 With: Leonard Rossiter, Brian Cox, Suzanne Neve Released: Apr 21st 2003 DVD Extras: Introduction by Kim Newman (also on VHS); Audio Commentary by Brian Cox, DVD-ROM content of original script. Well, mostly it’s good news – particularly the BFI stuff - but for anyone who has bought the recently-released Criterion DVD of BANDE A` PART (aka: BAND OF OUTSIDERS), the inclusion here of a full-length Audio Commentary sticks out like a sore thumb! The same thing happened to me when I purchased the R2 DVD of Godard’s A` BOUT DE SOUFFLÉ (1959), which I was very pleased with – until the R1 edition (albeit of a reportedly substandard quality) came along, which was accompanied by a Commentary track! And, of course, RIFIFI (1955) was also released by Criterion on R1 (and which I just purchased) with few supplements, though the lack of any info regarding extras on the R2 edition doesn’t bode well for it – thankfully, I might add. I’m also disappointed by the lack of any substantial features on the much-anticipated Tartan release of PERSONA; I hope Movie Mail is mistaken in its details, and likewise for THE MARK OF ZORRO - which in the US is coming out in October as part of Fox's “Studio Classics” line of releases – and VIVA ZAPATA! As for the BFI releases, I’ll surely be picking up SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING and THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER – along with other classic British films like A TASTE OF HONEY (1961) and THE CARETAKER (1963), both of which the BFI recently released, and the R1 edition of BILLY LIAR (1963), released by Criterion. The only DVD I’ve purchased so far in the BFI’s line of “Archive Television” releases was Ken Russell’s DELIUS – SONG OF SUMMER (1968). I’ve been contemplating whether or not to get ELGAR (1962), CULLODEN (1964), THE WAR GAME (1965), WHISTLE AND I’LL COME TO YOU (1968), THE STONE TAPE (1972), A WARNING TO THE CURIOUS (1972) and THE SIGNALMAN (1976) for months now and, perhaps this announcement, which includes another two releases that interest me - and which have been highly praised - should definitely do it for me! Another BFI title I have my eyes on is John Ford’s Silent Western classic THE IRON HORSE (1924).