Robert Rodriguez Wants Preacher, Jeff the Immortal, Transformers DVD Release Dates and Details

Preacher TV Series: Word out of comic book land is that no other than Robert Rodriguez is eyeing the directing gig on the pilot of the upcoming “Preacher” HBO TV series. Of course, this is just rumor, as anyone who has read comics, or the Preacher comics, knows that being associated with the show is a prime gig. For those not in the know, “Preacher” is the comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon that follows a down and out preacher named Jesse, his ex-girlfriend Tulip, and a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy as they wander the American wasteland and basically kill, screw, and scream out enough vulgarities to make Andrew Dice Clay blush.


Jeff the Immortal: This is funny. I was wondering when someone would make a sort of parody of the “Highlander” movies, and now it appears we have it, and it’s called “Jeff the Immortal”. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

“Immortal” is a supernatural comedy that follows a slacker who discovers that he is the latest in a long line of immortal warriors and, a la “Highlander,” must fight to achieve his destiny.

Got some potential there, I think…


Transformers: The Big F–king Robots are coming to a DVD shelf near you, specifically on October 16, 2007, when it will be released on regular DVD and HD-DVD, which is not the same as Blu-Ray, but is high-definition. That is, you’ll only care if you own one of them fancy high-def DVD players. I don’t, so I don’t really care. Anyhoo. Here are the DVD details sent out by Paramount Home Video (via)

Regular DVD:

The Transformers DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Total runtime is 143 minutes.

Transformers Special Edition DVD bonus features include:

Disc 1:
– Feature film
– Commentary by Michael Bay

Disc 2:
– Our World

The Story Sparks – Steven Spielberg discusses his love for the franchise and early concept art for the film. Explores how the writers adapted the cartoon into a live-action movie and why Michael Bay is the perfect director for the film.
Human Allies – A look at how the actors were selected and their experiences on the set.
I Fight Giant Robots – An exploration of the military training that
Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson underwent for their roles and the various stunts that the actors were asked to perform.
Battleground – A piece on the senior officials from the Department of Defense and Air Force who consulted on the film to give it authenticity and the key locations that the U.S. government provided access to.

– Their War

Rise of the Robots – Explores the interaction between Hasbro designers and Michael Bay to bring the toy line roaring to life.
Autobots Roll Out – Michael Bay discusses working with Chevy and its designers and the modifications that were made to the cars seen in the film.
Decepticons Strike – The film’s military advisors discuss the “toys” they allowed the production to borrow: F-22 Raptors, Ospreys and A-10 Warthogs.
Inside the AllSpark – ILM’s digital artists discuss the challenges of bringing the Transformers to life.

– More Than Meets The Eye

From Script to Sand: The Skorponok Desert Attack – An in-depth look at the making of this particularly epic and challenging scene from initial storyboarding through production and visual effects.
Concepts – Early sketch concepts of the robots.


The HD DVD is presented in 1080p High Definition with English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus and English, English SDH+, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. In addition to the above features that will be presented in high definition, the Transformers HD DVD will also offer the following exclusive content:

Disc 1:

Transformers H.U.D. (Heads Up Display) – In this mode, viewers can access running text-based behind-the-scenes background information on the production during the feature. Users can also watch relevant picture-in-picture b-roll and video with Bay, Spielberg and other filmmakers during select sequences.

Transformers Intelligence Mode web-enabled features consist of:

– Transformation Mode
– Health Meter
– Weapon Mode
– Robot Bio
– In Scene Indicator
– Text Ticker

Disc 2:

Transformers Tech Inspector – Gives viewers an unprecedented look at the Transformers robots through the exquisitely detailed models created by ILM artists. Users can zoom in on each detail for a closer examination and pause and change the rotation of the models.