>> Thursday, June 17, 2010
"Apocalypse Now" shows signs of having been bumped from the earlier release schedule after it had already progressed far enough for Philips to print booklets and sleeves: the booklet of the released version that I have, authored 11/94, has the "Digital Video" designation, and a sticker is affixed to its sleeve to indicate that it's in fact a Video CD. The CD-i DV promotional video shows clips of "Apocalypse Now" in pan and scan format, while the eventual release is letterboxed; perhaps the question of how to present the film for CD-i was a sticking point.
And while I'm making wild guesses about why titles may have been delayed, I'll note that the CD-i DV promotional video also shows brief clips of a Michael Douglas interview and of footage taken on the set of "Fatal Attraction" under the narrator's claim that "selected movie...titles will offer...celebrity interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and more." Perhaps Philips Interactive Media ran into snags in preparing or gaining approval for such material for "Fatal Attraction" and shelved the project. Does the European release of "Fatal Attraction", one of the early releases there, contain anything like that?