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Friday, 31 August 2001 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
EMI, the parent company behind Virgin Records and Capitol Records announced that they will release 17 new SACD titles. The first group of artists are projected to include Geri Halliwell, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Beverley Knight, Coldplay, Joe Cocker, David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Tina Turner and Paul McCartney. Virgin Records also has artists like Blue Man Group out on the competing format, DVD-Audio. EMI’s UK representatives weren’t available for comment on whether or not Sony is paying any part of development costs for their SACD titles as Sony is doing for Universal (UMG). There has been no mention as to how many of the tiles will be remastered into 5.1 as opposed to simply a higher resolution stereo version. Surround mixes require quite a bit more mix not to mention creative input from top engineers, producers along with the artists. For ...
Thursday, 30 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
The pilot of the chartered Cessna twin engine plane than crashed with 22 year old R&B star Aaliyah on board, had plead no contest to cocaine possession just 12 days before the ill-fated flight. The FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen, says the pilot, Luis Antonio Morales Blanes, had not been approved by the FAA to fly for the charter company, Blackhawk International Airlines. In Los Angeles, fans of Aaliyah have erected an impromptu memorial for the singer on her promotional billboard on the side of Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard. Mourners have written their last respects right on the giant poster while also leaving flowers and lighting candles in memory of Aaliyah. Sources: MSNBC.com
Wednesday, 29 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
BATMAN: THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is the surprisingly (and intentionally) hilarious 1966 feature film based on the TV series about an insanely straight-faced superhero and his sidekick, portrayed respectively by Adam West and Burt Ward. Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith and Frank Gorshin also star under Leslie H. Martinson’s direction; Lorenzo Semple Jr. authored the wonderfully silly screenplay. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Stereo, English Mono and French Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from actors West and Ward, a new making-of featurette, a featurette on the Batmobile with designer/builder Bob Barris, two stills galleries, the theatrical trailer and a teaser trailer. MPAA rating is PG.
Tuesday, 28 August 2001 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Contacts inside of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) deny rumors that they are soon releasing any DVD-Audio titles from their prolific roster of artists of expansive back catalog. Ileane Santana of BMG’s Corporate Publicity Department said "BMG does support the DVD-A format but there are no titles to be released yet. Its just all rumors – so far."
Monday, 27 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
In 1985 the world of rock music drastically changed. Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.) released Speak English or Die featuring members of Anthrax and other groups. This was the first combination ofpunk/metal/rap and went on to go Platinum. Now, Megaforce Records is releasing a commemorative DVD called SPEAK ENGLISH OR LIVE. The DVD features two digitally remastered live concerts, candid behind the scenes footage with theband and in the studio, as well as audio commentary by band members. The DVD will be released on September 25th.
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