I recently came across a website dedicated to the controversial British film-maker Peter Watkins (www.peterwatkins.lt), perhaps best known for his atomic war short THE WAR GAME (1965) - which should be released, along with Watkins’ CULLODEN (1964), on R2 DVD by the BFI in the upcoming months. The website features a lengthy discussion of each and every film Peter Watkins ever made. One of the films which particularly intrigued me was a little-seen political allegory set in the near future, PUNISHMENT PARK (1971). I was curious to learn if this has ever been released on DVD so I searched for any reviews on the indispensable DVD-Basen website. I was overjoyed to find out that the film had indeed been given a DVD release in France from Doriane Films last January. The disc is a Region 0 DVD but is NTSC encoded. Among the supplements featured on the disc, there are two short films by Watkins: THE DIARY OF AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER (1959) and THE FORGOTTEN FACES (1960). Anyway, the DVD-Basen directed me towards two reviews. One of these French DVD review sites, Devil Dead, lists an extensive schedule for upcoming DVD releases of sci-fi/horror titles on all regions: (http://www.devildead.com/indexfilm.php3?FilmID=267) Imagine my surprise when I found Robert Wise’s all-time sci-fi classic THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) listed as being scheduled for a Region 1 DVD release on 9/17 with a couple of choice supplements to boot!: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL French title : LE JOUR OU LA TERRE S'ARRETA USA - 1951 Directed by Robert Wise Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe & Billy Gray EXISTING DVD DVD Format: Double Layer Runtime: 90 minutes Release Date: 17 Sep. 2002 Image Format: 1.33:1 Sound Format: English (Mono), English (Stereo), Francais, Spanish Subtitles: English, Spanish Supplements: Audio Commentary; Featurette; Trailer; Photo Gallery I cannot vouch for the reliability of such information, but one hopes for it to be true. I have to admit that this piece of news came out of the blue for me because I was not expecting the long-rumored SE of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL from Fox before 2003 at least!