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 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Yup, been waiting for The Pit & The Pendulum, I have a nice little original French poster of it on the wall (La Chambre Des Supplices). Amazon want too much money in their pre-order, so I'll wait & maybe buy it in HMV. I have The Haunted Palace & The Masque Of The Red Death from Germany, the only two left I'd like are The Raven & Tales Of Terror.

And John, get your finger out & send me that address.


I thought you had it big grin
I'll send it on.

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have revealed that they are planning to add a number of exciting titles to their Blu-ray catalog between July and September. Amongst them are David Cronenberg's Shivers (1975), Jules Dassin's Brute Force (1947), and Michael Armstrong's Mark of the Devil (1970).

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

First they faked his death and gave him a new identity. Now a top secret organisation is training a former New York cop to combat corrupt forces operating outside of the law. His mentor, Chiun, is an ageing Korean master of the martial arts who can run on water and dodge speeding bullets.

Born on the pages of Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir's The Destroyer series of men's adventure novels, Remo Williams was placed in the capable hands of Bond director Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, The Man with the Golden Gun) for his big-screen outing. Fred Ward (Tremors) plays the trainee assassin, with Academy Award-winner Joel Grey (Cabaret) occupying the role of Chiun.

With its classic set-piece atop the Statue of Liberty, much-loved score by Craig Safan and a healthy sense of its own silliness, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins… offers up a cracking slice of mid-eighties action.

Special Features:
High definition digital transfer
Newly created and exclusive content including interviews with cast and crew
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film and more
More to be revealed closer to the release date

STREET DATE: JULY 7TH.

Bound

Before making their name with worldwide smash hit The Matrix and its two sequels (which they similarly wrote and directed), sibling duo The Wachowskis debuted with this sizzling neo-noir thriller financed by legendary Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis.

Gina Gershon (Showgirls, Face/Off) plays Corky, a young woman recently released from a five-year jail term for, as she puts it, the "redistribution of wealth". After a brief lift encounter with her sexy and sultry neighbour Violet (Jennifer Tilly) the pair strike up a steamy love affair under the nose of Violet's unhinged Mafia boyfriend Caesar (Joe Pantoliano). Soon the two women are hatching a plot to steal $2 million from Caesar and his associates – but if you're going to mess with the mob, you'd better be sure you do it right…

Hugely well received upon its release, reviews for Bound saw some critics comparing the Wachowskis with the Coen Brothers – and Blood Simple in particular – whilst Roger Ebert heaped praise on the film, declaring it to be "one of those movies that works you up, wrings you out and leaves you gasping". By turns shocking and funny (and with plenty of lesbian sex scenes thrown in for good measure) Bound is an astoundingly assured debut which oozes style and sensuality.

Special Features:
High definition digital transfer
Audio Commentary with Writer/Directors the Wachowskis, Stars Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, and Joe Pantoliano, Editor Zach Staenberg, and Consultant Susie Bright
Femme Fatales - Interviews with Stars Gina Gershon & Jennifer Tilly
Hail Caesar! – An Interview with Actor Joe Pantoliano
Here's Johnny! – An Interview with Actor Christopher Meloni
Modern Noir: The Sights & Sounds of Bound – Interviews with Director of Photography Bill Pope, Editor Zach Staenberg, and Composer Don Davis
Vintage EPK Featurettes (US & International Versions)
Theatrical Trailers
TV Spots
Still Gallery Images
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed!
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film

STREET DATE: JULY 14TH.

The Assassin

Released within months of Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Antonioni's La Notte, Elio Petri's dazzling first feature L'Assassino also stars Marcello Mastroianni, this time as dandyish thirtysomething antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli, arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover Adalgisa (Micheline Presle). But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less and less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is effectively put on trial.

Best known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and The Tenth Victim, Petri was one of the finest and yet most underrated Italian directors of the 1960s and 70s. Highly acclaimed on its original UK release but unjustly neglected since, L'Assassino is a remarkably assured debut from one of the cinema's sharpest chroniclers of Italian social and political realities. Petri said that he wanted to reflect the changes wrought by the early sixties, and to examine "a new generation of upstarts who lacked any kind of moral scruple".

Arrow Academy is proud to present the first ever UK video release of L'Assassino in a gorgeous high-definition restoration created by the Cineteca di Bologna.

Special Features:
New 2K digital restoration from the Cineteca di Bologna
Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
Elio Petri and L'Assassino, an introduction by Italian cinema expert Pasquale Iannone
Tonino Guerra: A Poet in the Movies: Nicola Tranquillino's documentary about the great Italian screenwriter
Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Elio Petri expert Camilla Zamboni, plus a selection of contemporary reviews

STREET DATE: JULY 21.

The Beast

Originally turned down flat by the British Board of Film Censors and initially released exclusively in London in a version heavily cut by its nervous distributor, The Beast is Walerian Borowczyk's most notorious film, although it's much wittier and more playful than its subject matter might suggest.

Lucy Broadhurst (Lisbeth Hummel) is due to inherit a substantial fortune, but on condition that she marries the son of her late father's best friend. But Mathurin de l'Espérance (Pierre Benedetti) seems more interested in his horses than in his bride-to-be, and when Lucy finds out about the story of his 18th-century ancestor Romilda (Sirpa Lane) and brings her to life in one of the most outrageous dream sequences in cinema history, we begin to realise just how bizarre Mathurin's bloodline truly is.

Receiving its Blu-ray world premiere, this new high-definition restoration by Argos Films is supported by the original short-film version of The Beast, and Venus on the Half-Shell (1975), Borowczyk's portrait of the painter Bona Tibertelli de Pisis and her erotic fusions of men, women and molluscs.

Special Features:
New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts
Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
Optional English subtitles
Introduction by film critic Peter Bradshaw
The True Story of the Beast of Gévaudan (1972), the original short-film version of The Beast
Venus on the Half-Shell (1975)
The Making of 'The Beast': camera operator Noël Véry provides a commentary on footage shot during the film's production
Frenzy of Ecstasy, a new visual essay on the evolution of Borowczyk's beast and the sequel that never was, Motherhood
Theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original poster design
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and archive pieces by David Thompson and Craig Lapper, illustrated with original stills

STREET DATE: JULY 28TH.

Branded to Kill

Seijun Suzuki's delirious 1967 hit-man film has drawn comparisons with contemporaries Le Samourai and Point Blank and influenced directors such as John Woo, Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino among others.

The story of laconic yakuza Hanada, aka 'No. 3 Killer', the third rated hit-man in Japan who takes an impossible job from the mysterious, death obsessed Misako. Hanada bungles the hit and finds himself the target of his employers and a bullet ridden journey leads him to face the No. 1 Killer.

Shot in cool monochrome with beguiling visuals, Branded to Kill is an effortlessly cool crime film with a jazzy score that caused Suzuki to be fired by the studio's executives but is now rightly recognised as his masterpiece.

Special Features:
New High Definition digital transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Newly translated English subtitles for both films
Interview with director Seijun Suzuki
Interview with star Jo Shishido by critic and author Koshi Ueno
Trapped in Lust [Aiyoku no wana] (1973) – A delirious roman porno re-imagining of Branded to Kill from Atsushi Yamatoya, one of Branded to Kill's screenwriters and Suzuki's regular collaborators
Original Trailers for Branded to Kill and Trap of Lust
Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
Booklet by Japanese film expert Jasper Sharp, illustrated with original stills and new artwork by Ian MacEwan

STREET DATE: JULY 28TH.

Mark of the Devil

Once proclaimed as "positively the most horrifying film ever made", Mark of the Devil finally arrives uncut in the UK.

A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devilsees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder's apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black.

Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later penEskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years – especially now that British audiences can finally see it in one piece.

Special Features:
High definition digital transfer
Newly created and exclusive content including interviews with cast and crew!
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!
More to be revealed closer to the release date

STREET DATE: AUGUST 4TH.

Kidnapped

Following difficulties in his career, Mario Bava happened across an idea that would enable him to compete with the younger directors lighting up the Italian box office such as Dario Argento and Sergio Martino.

Rabid Dogs begins as $70,000 of wages are being transferred when the Ajaccio gang hit. With a hail of bullets in a quick raid they speed off in their waiting getaway car. Tough, violent and realistic, Bava's film ramps up the tension and doesn't stop as hostages are added and the film builds to its dizzying finale.

Unfolding in real time, a rare device seen only in earlier films such asHigh Noon and 12 Angry Men yet totally unheard of in Italian cinema at the time, Rabid Dogs is a singular film in Bava's filmography and one of the greatest crime films of the period.

Special Features:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; 'Rabid Dogs' – Bava's original version posthumously completed from his notes & 'Kidnapped' – the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored version, supervised by Bava's son and assistant Lamberto Bava and producer Alfredo Leone
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both versions
Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
End of the Road: The Making of Rabid Dogs – A documentary featurette including interviews with Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone and star Lea Lander
Original Trailer
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Stephen Thrower, a history of the multiple versions of the film from Semaforo Rosso to Rabid Dogs to Kidnapped by Peter Blumenstock, illustrated with original stills and posters
More to be announced!

STREET DATE: AUGUST 11TH

Brute Force

Before making the French crime classic Rififi, Jules Dassin was arguably the greatest of film noir directors, responsible for a string of gems including The Naked City, Thieves' Highway and Night and the City. Brute Force kickstarted that run of pictures and never did a film live up to its name more.

Burt Lancaster is Joe Collins, one of a number of convicts squeezed into cell R17 intent on staging a prison break. Not only does he need to return to the side of his cancer-ridden wife (Ann Blyth), he also wants to escape the clutches of sadistic warden Captain Munsey (an unforgettable performance from Hume Cronyn) who enjoys a reign of terror over the inmates.

Beautifully shot by the great William H. Daniels, tautly written by Richard Brooks (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood) and impeccably acted by its ensemble of noir familiars, Brute Force remains a prison movie classic.

Special Features:
High definition digital transfer
Newly created and exclusive content
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed!
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!
More to be revealed closer to the release date

STREET DATE: AUGUST 18TH.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Clowns can be terrifying at the best of times – especially when they're Killer Klowns from Outer Space! When Mike and his girlfriend Debbie turn up at the local police station warning that a gang of homicidal alien clowns have arrived in the town of Crescent Grove, the cops are naturally sceptical. Talk of popcorn-firing guns and a spaceship shaped like a circus tent out in the woods hardly helps to convince them.

Before long, however, reports start coming in from anxious locals reporting similar run-ins with the colourfully-dressed, large shoe-wearing assailants. There can no longer be any doubt - the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here and they're out to turn the population into candy floss!

The sole directorial effort from the Chiodo brothers – the special effects team behind such hits as Critters and Team America: World Police – Killer Klowns from Outer Space is the wacky 1988 horror comedy classic against which all other knowing B-movie efforts should be measured. So, in the words of the film's opening theme song, hop aboard the "nightmare merry-go-round" and brace yourself for a cinematic experience unparalleled in this galaxy!

Special Features:
High definition digital transfer
Audio Commentary with the Chiodo Brothers
The Making of Killer Klowns – a 20-minute featurette comprising interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
Komposing Klowns – interview with composer John Massari
Visual Effects with Gene Warren Jr.
Kreating Klowns – with Charles Chiodo and creature fabricator Dwight Roberts
Chiodo Brothers' Earliest Films - a look back on the first Chiodo Brothers' productions
Two Deleted Scenes with Director's Commentary
Killer Bloopers
Klown Auditions
Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed! [Amaray only]
Limited Edition SteelBook featuring original artwork [SteelBook only]
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film

STREET DATE: AUGUST 25TH.

Stray Cat Rock: The Collection

The Stray Cat Rock series stars Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Blind Woman's Curse) who with these five films began her reign as the badass action queen of the era. In these five tales of rebellious youth she stars alongside the gorgeous Bunjaku Han (Love Letter) and Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of the Senses).

In Delinquent Girl Boss, the girl gang go up against criminal organisation the Seiyu Group, following a fixed boxing match blood is shed and friendships are tested. In Wild Jumbo, Kaji and the gang get involved in a kidnapping and the robbery of a religious organisation. InSex Hunter Kaji's girl gang go up against The Eagles, a group led by Fuji where sex and violence erupt over the treatment of 'half-breeds'. In Machine Animal gang rivalry is once again the focus with two gangs pursuing some LSD pushers looking to move a big score. The series swansong, Beat'71, sees Kaji framed and sent to prison by her boyfriend's father and with the help of some hippies she strives to be re-united.

Directed by genre veterans Yasuharu Hasebe (Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song) and Toshiya Fujita (Lady Snowblood) the films feature a psychedelic mix of girl gangs, bikers, sex, drugs and rock and roll with plenty of ass-kicking to boot, all captured in a delirious mash up of pop aesthetics including split screens, freeze frames, injections of colour, frenetic editing and dizzying angles, making these films a riotous joy from beginning to end.

Special Features:
Limited Edition Blu-ray (2000 copies only)
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all 5 films in the Stray Cat Rock series, available in the English speaking world for the first time
Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
New English subtitle translation of all five films
Interview with Yasuharu Hasebe director of Delinquent Girl Boss,Sex Hunter and Machine Animal
Interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji, star of all five films
Original Trailers for all five films
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp

STREET DATE: AUGUST 8TH.

Salvatore Giuliano

Salvatore Giuliano can be seen as a Citizen Kane-like portrait of a man by those who knew him but is also as a crime film about the mafia and their entanglements with politics and corruption. Francesco Rosi's influential (its style can be seen as a strong precursor to The Battle of Algiers) film is, according to Rosi, best explained by the original title: Sicily 1943-60, a stunning investigative portrait that would form the template for his later films.

Telling the story of Salvatore Giuliano, Italy's most wanted criminal who is found dead with a hand gun and rifle by his side, Rosi's films asks difficult questions and courted much controversy in Italy upon release. Filming in the exact locations, utilising original court reports as well as casting the actual persons involved Rosi garnered stunning performances from his part non-professional crew but also from his stars, Frank Wolff (Once Upon a Time in the West) and Salvo Randone (Satyricon).

Stunningly shot by Gianni di Venanzo (Fellini's 8½), the film was never released in the UK despite glowing reviews; "outstanding" (Variety), "one of the most courageous things the Italian cinema has ever attempted" (Sight & Sound), "the most aesthetically satisfying and inventive film of its type in many years" (Monthly Film Bulletin), finally it can now be appreciated in a stunning new 4K restoration.

Special Features:
New 4K film restoration carried out with support from Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation at the Cineteca di Bologna film laboratory
Newly created and exclusive content
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned by Jay Shaw
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!
More to be revealed closer to the release date

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 15TH

Night of the Comet

Life can be tough when you're a Valley girl. First, there's making sure you're on time for pep squad practice. Then there's having to live under the same roof as your bitchy stepmother who, you suspect, is making it with Chuck from across the road. And then, of course, there's having to keep on the lookout for the occasional marauding zombie hungering after your flesh!

Eighteen year-old Reggie (Catherine Mary Stewart – Weekend at Bernie's, The Last Starfighter) misses out on the event-of-a-lifetime when she ditches watching the comet in favour of copping off with the projectionist at the cinema where she works. But this turns out to be a wise move when, the next day, she discovers that the entire population has been reduced to piles of red dust – leaving only Reggie, her sister Sam (Kelli Maroney – Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Chopping Mall) and a handful of other survivors to fend off the roving gangs of glassy-eyed zombies.

Taking its cue from classic "doomsday" movies such as The Day of the Triffids and The Omega Man (and with a healthy dose of Dawn of the Dead thrown in for good measure), Night of the Comet is an irresistible slice of Reagan-era B-movie fare which features Cyndi Lauper dance-alongs as well as some truly gravity-defying bouffant hairstyles… Well, it was acceptable in the 80s!

Special Features:
High definition digital transfer
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Thom Eberhardt
Audio Commentary with Stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart
Audio Commentary with Production Designer John Muto
Valley Girls At The End Of The World – Interviews with Stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart
The Last Man On Earth? – An Interview with Actor Robert Beltran
Curse of the Comet – An Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator David B. Miller
Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed!
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 22.

Shivers

Initially reviled in its native land (some critics took exception to the fact the film was largely funded by the Canadian taxpayer), Shivers is an intensely claustrophobic, subversive masterpiece and an essential entry in the oeuvre of one of the horror genre's most gifted auteurs. Some 40 years after its release, it still retains its power to shock.

Starliner Island is an idyllic community. Cut off from the rest of the world, the luxury apartment block affords its occupants the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. But this isolation is to prove fatal when a new breed of parasite – a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease which arouses sexual aggression in its hosts – is let loose in the building, resulting in an orgy terror and mayhem.

Known under a host of alternate titles such as The Parasite Murdersand They Came From Within!, Shivers is the startling debut full-length feature from director David Cronenberg which anticipates the body-horror concerns of his later films such as The Fly and Videodrome.

Special Features:
High definition digital transfer
Newly created and exclusive content
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed!
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!
More to be revealed closer to the release date

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 29TH.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14057

 
 Posted:   May 28, 2014 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Arrow Video have officially announced and detailed the limited edition Blu-ray release The Complete Dr. Phibes, which will include both The Abominable Dr. Phibes and its sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again. The release will be available for purchase on June 9th.

Synopsis: Horror legend Vincent Price (The Fall of the House of Usher, Theatre of Blood) is Dr. Phibes, former musician, current murderer. Seeking revenge from the medical staff that left his wife for dead, he sets about knocking them off one-by-one in a series of elaborate murders based upon a Ten Plagues of Egypt. Death by bats, by boils, by blood and more await the nurse and surgeons who failed to save the life of the beloved Victoria Regina Phibes!

A camp classic, The Abominable Dr. Phibes sets itself apart from the seventies horror crowd with its knowing humour and art deco sets, and also prefigures the Saw movies with its increasingly fiendish set of murder devices.

Pairing the original film with sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again, The Complete Dr. Phibes provides viewers with a double diabolical dose of macabre thrills and black comedy.

Special Features:

Limited edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing both films and 100-page collector's booklet
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rises Again, transferred from original film elements by MGM
Original uncompressed 1.0 Mono PCM Audio for both films
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for both films
Audio commentary on The Abominable Dr. Phibes by director Robert Fuest
Audio commentary on The Abominable Dr. Phibes by the creator of Dr. Phibes, William Goldstein
Audio commentary on Dr. Phibes Rises Again by critic and author Tim Lucas
Dr. Phibes and the Gentlemen – The League of Gentlemen fondly recall a pair of British horror classics
Daughter of Phibes – Victoria Price discusses Vincent Price's career
The Doctor Will See You Now – an interview with Vincent Price's biographer, David Del Valle
Original Trailers for both films
100-page collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by Julian Upton, Martin Jones, Justin Humphreys and Jonny Trunk, the on-set recollections of Caroline Munro, plus interviews with Tim Burton and AIP publicist Milton Moritz, all illustrated with rare and original archive stills

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14456

 
 Posted:   May 29, 2014 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have confirmed that they will release on Blu-ray Jörg Buttgereit's cult film Nekromantik (1988), starring Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski, and Harald Lundt, and Giulio Paradisi's The Visitor (1979), starring John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, and Joanne Nail. The two releases are expected to arrive on the UK market later this year.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14101

 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2014 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Italian director Elio Petri's directorial debut The Assassin a.k.a. L'assassino (1961), starring Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni, and Salvo Randone. The release will be available for purchase on July 21.

Released within months of Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Antonioni's La Notte, Elio Petri's dazzling first feature L'Assassino also stars Marcello Mastroianni, this time as dandyish thirty-something antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli, arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover Adalgisa (Micheline Presle). But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less and less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is effectively put on trial.

Best known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and The Tenth Victim, Petri was one of the finest and yet most underrated Italian directors of the 1960s and 70s. Highly acclaimed on its original UK release but unjustly neglected since, L'Assassino is a remarkably assured debut from one of the cinema's sharpest chroniclers of Italian social and political realities. Petri said that he wanted to reflect the changes wrought by the early sixties, and to examine "a new generation of upstarts who lacked any kind of moral scruple".

Arrow Academy is proud to present the first ever UK video release of L'Assassino in a gorgeous high-definition restoration created by the Cineteca di Bologna.

Special Features:
New 2K digital restoration from the Cineteca di Bologna
Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
Elio Petri and L'Assassino, an introduction by Italian cinema expert Pasquale Iannone
Tonino Guerra: A Poet in the Movies: Nicola Tranquillino's documentary about the great Italian screenwriter
Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Elio Petri expert Camilla Zamboni, Petri's own critical analysis of 1950s Italian cinema, plus a selection of contemporary reviews

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14456

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2014 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Joe Dante's The 'Burbs (1989), starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, Gale Gordon, Rick Ducommun, and Henry Gibson. The release will be available for purchase on September 15th.

Synopsis: The films of director Joe Dante have taken us to some strange places – a mysterious Chinatown antique store in Gremlins; a secluded resort populated by werewolves in The Howling; even deep inside the human body in Innerspace. But now he takes us to the strangest place of all – surburbia!

Family man Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is looking forward to a week of putting his feet up at home in the quiet, leafy cul-de-sac of Mayfield Place. But his plans are scuppered by the arrival of new next-door neighbours, The Klopeks, whose behaviour and habits are more than just a little kooky. But things go from kooky to downright sinister when local old boy Walter disappears, leading Ray and his buddies to suspect their new neighbours of killing and eating him! Sure, the Klopeks are a strange bunch what with their digging up the backyard in the middle of the night – but they're not devil-worshipping cannibal killers… are they?

If you're looking for a knowing slice of tongue-in-cheek terror then look no further than The 'Burbs. A standout horror comedy from a director who has given us more than his fair share of fun frighteners, The 'Burbs assembles a superb cast including Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher and Corey Feldman in a tall tale of small-town terror. You'll never look at those eccentric neighbours in the same way again!

Special Features:

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Theatrical cut, newly-restored from the original film elements
Original uncompressed 2.0 Stereo PCM Audio
Isolated Music and Effects Soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary with writer Dana Olsen, moderated by author Calum Waddell
There Goes the Neighbourhood: The Making of The 'Burbs - A new feature-length documentary including interviews with Dante, actors Corey Feldman, Courtney Gains and Wendy Schaal, director of photography Robert M. Stevens and production designer James H. Spencer
The original Workprint cut of the film transferred from Director Joe Dante's personal copy, on home video for the very first time - includes deleted and alternate scenes!
A Tale of Two 'Burbs – Video featurette comparing the differences between the Workprint and Theatrical cuts of the film, with optional audio commentary from Dante
Alternate ending, presented in HD for the very first time
Original Theatrical Trailer in HD
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kenneth J. Souza, author of Scared Silly: The Films of Joe Dante, and an article looking at the collaborations of Joe Dante and composer Jerry Goldsmith, illustrated with original archive stills and posters.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14618

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2014 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Michael Armstrong's Mark of the Devil (1970), starring Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina, Reggie Nalder, and Herbert Fux. The release will be available for purchase on September 29th.

A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devil sees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder's apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black.

Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later pen Eskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years – especially now that British audiences can finally see it in one piece.

Special Features:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements – available uncut in the UK for the first time!
Optional English and German audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Newly translated English subtitles for the German audio
Audio commentary by Michael Armstrong, moderated by Calum Waddell
Mark of the Times – exclusive feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions on the emergence of the 'new wave' of British horror directors that surfaced during the sixties and seventies, featuring contributions from Michael Armstrong, Norman J. Warren (Terror), David McGillivray (Frightmare), Professor Peter Hutchings (author of Hammer and Beyond) and famed film critic Kim Newman
Hallmark of the Devil – author and critic Michael Gingold looks back at Hallmark Releasing, the controversial and confrontational distributor that introduced Mark of the Devil to American cinemas
Interviews with composer Michael Holm and actors Udo Kier, Herbert Fux, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Schöner and Herbert Lom
Mark of the Devil: Now and Then – a look at the film's locations and how they appear today
Outtakes
Gallery
Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Anthony Nield, plus an interview with Reggie Nalder by David Del Valle, all illustrated with original stills and artwork

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14676

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn_0_YBreyA

British distributors Arrow Films have sent us a brand new trailer for the 20th anniversary Blu-ray release of Joseph Vilsmaier's film Stalingrad (1993), starring Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Sebastian Rudolph, and Dana Vávrová. Fully restored, Stalingrad will be available for purchase on November 3rd.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14767

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of David Cronenberg's Shivers (1975), starring Paul Hampton, Barbara Steele, and Lynn Lowry. The release will be available for purchase on September 29th.

Initially reviled in its native land (some critics took exception to the fact the film was largely funded by the Canadian taxpayer), Shivers is an intensely claustrophobic, subversive masterpiece and an essential entry in the oeuvre of one of the horror genre's most gifted auteurs. Some 40 years after its release, it still retains its power to shock.

Starliner Island is an idyllic community. Cut off from the rest of the world, the luxury apartment block affords its occupants the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. But this isolation is to prove fatal when a new breed of parasite – a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease which arouses sexual aggression in its hosts – is let loose in the building, resulting in an orgy terror and mayhem.

Known under a host of alternate titles such as The Parasite Murders and They Came From Within!, Shivers is the startling debut full-length feature from director David Cronenberg which anticipates the body-horror concerns of his later films such as The Fly and Videodrome.

Special Features:
New High Definition Digital Transfer supervised and approved by writer-director David Cronenberg
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Parasite Memories: The Making of Shivers – A brand new documentary featuring interviews with stars Barbara Steele, Allan Kolman and Lynn Lowry, special effects genius Joe Blasco and film critic Kier-La Janisse
On Screen! – An episode of the Canadian television programme which documents the release history of Shivers, featuring interviews with Cronenberg, co-producer Don Carmody, as well as other cast and crew
From Stereo to Video – A specially-commissioned video essay by Caelum Vatnsdal, author of They Came from Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema, charting Cronenberg's career from his experimental beginnings through to Videodrome, his first major studio picture
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nat Marsh (Amaray only)
Limited Edition SteelBook packaging (SteelBook only)
Collector's Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Paul Corupe, creator of the Canuxploitation website, reprinted excerpts of Cronenberg on Cronenberg and more, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14819

 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2014 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Arrow Video will add two titles to its Blu-ray catalog in October: Giulio Paradisi's The Visitor (1979) and Jules Dassin's The Naked City (1948). The distributors have also detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I (1987).

The Visitor

You may think you ve seen it all, but NOTHING can prepare you for The Visitor! The ultimate excursion into B-movie madness, this 1979 cinematic oddity from schlock producer extraordinaire Ovidio G. Assonitis, director of such deliciously guilty pleasures as Beyond the Door and Tentacles, brings together an extraordinary ensemble cast in a mind-bending tale of a girl and her pet hawk.

At first glance, Katy Collins is just like any other normal 8-year-old girl but appearances can dangerously deceptive. As it turns out, Katy is the Earthly incarnation of an ancient evil by the name of Sateen an intergalactic supernatural entity who was vanquished many light years ago. Katy possesses tremendous powers making her capable of great destruction powers which some are keen to eradicate, and some to harness...

A veritable cult phenomenon thanks to its recent re-discovery, The Visitor combines stunning imagery, incredible set-pieces alongside a truly jaw-dropping cast list which includes John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Shelley Winters and Franco Nero appearing as Jesus.

Special Features: • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements
•Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•Interview with Star Lance Henriksen
•Interview with Screenwriter Lou Comici
•Interview with Cinematographer Ennio Guarnieri
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Erik Buckman
•Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!

The Naked City

Jules Dassin followed up his explosive prison picture Brute Force with another slice of hard-boiled crime fiction. Within a decade he d make Thieves Highway, Night and the City and Rififi, thus confirming Dassin s position as one of the all-time-great film noir directors.

New York, the middle of summer. A blonde ex-model is murdered in her bathtub and detectives Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) and Halloran (Don Taylor) are assigned to the case. Their investigation will lead them through the entire city, from Park Avenue to the Lower East Side, culminating in a thrilling climax atop the Williamsburg Bridge.

Inspired by the work of the infamous tabloid photographer Weegee, The Naked City was the first major Hollywood production to be shot entirely on the streets of New York, making use of more than a hundred authentic locations. Both its editing and its cinematographer would earn Academy Awards, while the film itself would be recognised by the Library of Congress as one of American cinema s most significant motion pictures.

Special Features: •New high definition digital transfer of the film
•Original mono 1.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
•Audio commentary by screenwriter Malvin Wald
J•ules Dassin at LACMA a 40-minute interview with Bruce Goldstein in which the director discusses his career
•The Hollywood Ten a 1950 documentary short on the ten filmmakers blacklisted from Hollywood for their refusal to name names before the House of Un-American Activities, including The Naked City's screenwriter, Albert Maltz
•Gallery of production stills by infamous photojournalist Weegee
•Theatrical trailer
•Reversible sleeve featuring the original poster and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
•Collector s booklet containing new writing on the film by Alastair Philips, Barry Salt and Sergio Angelini, illustrated with original production stills

Withnail and I

Camden Town, the arse-end of the sixties. Two struggling, unemployed actors decide some respite is in order and so depart their miserable flat for a week in the Lake District – one that will involve rain, booze, minimal supplies, a randy bull and an even randier Uncle Monty.

Based on the real-life experiences of former actor turned writer/director Bruce Robinson, Withnail and I has become one of British cinema's most fondly remembered comedies. A cult film in the truest sense that has also become a classic.

Perfectly cast – with career-defining roles for Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths and Ralph Brown – and crammed with irresistibly quotable dialogue, Withnail and I is a sheer delight, even on the umpteenth viewing.

Special Features: •New 2K restoration of Withnail and I from the original camera negative, supervised and approved by director of photography Peter Hannan
• Bruce Robinson's follow-up feature, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, newly transferred from original film elements and approved by director of photography Peter Hannan
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentation of both films
• Original uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM audio for both films
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Audio commentary by writer-director Bruce Robinson
• Audio commentary by critic and writer Kevin Jackson, author of the BFI Modern Classic on Withnail and I
• All four original 'Withnail Weekend' documentaries, first screened on Channel 4 in 1999, including The Peculiar Memories of Bruce Robinson, which looks at the director's career, Withnail & Us, which focuses on the film's making, and two shorter documentaries, I Demand to Have Some Booze and Withnail on the Pier
• Newly filmed interviews with key members of WITHNAIL and I's behind-the-scenes team (TBC)
• Theatrical trailers for both films
• Exclusive limited edition hardback book packaging (2,000 copies) containing new writing on the films, reprints of key articles on WITHNAIL and I, deleted scenes and more across 200 pages, illustrated with original production stills

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14849

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2014 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

A nice Vincent Price/Corman/Poe box coming from Arrow:

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Release Date: 24th November 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Starring: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr, Jack Nicholson
Directed by:Roger Corman

Synopsis: From the Merchant of Menace, Vincent Price, and the King of the Bs, Roger Corman, come six Gothic tales inspired by the pen of Edgar Allan Poe.

In The Fall of the House of Usher, a young man learns of a family curse that threatens his happiness with his bride-to-be. In Pit and the Pendulum, a brother investigates the untimely death of sister, played by Barbara Steele. Tales of Terror adapts three Poe classics, Morella, The Black Cat and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, each starring a horror icon. The Raven is a comic take on the famous poem concerning three rival magicians. In The Haunted Palace, a newcomer in a New England town is suspected of being a warlock. And in The Tomb of Ligeia, filmed in Norfolk and at Stonehenge, a widower’s upcoming marriage plans are thwarted by his dead first wife.

The six films boast a remarkable cast list: not just Price and Steele (Black Sunday), but also Boris Karloff (Frankenstein), Peter Lorre (M, The Beast with Five Fingers), Lon Chaney Jr (The Wolf Man, Spider Baby), Basil Rathbone (The Black Cat) and a very young Jack Nicholson. Adapted for the screen by Richard Matheson (The Twilight Zone, I Am Legend) and Robert Towne (Chinatown), these Six Gothic Tales now rank as classic examples of sixties horror cinema.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- LIMITED EDITION BOXED-SET (2000 COPIES)
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of all six features, presented across six Blu-rays
- Original uncompressed mono PCM Audio for all films
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all films
- Numerous new and archive commentaries, interviews and featurettes for each film!
- The Directors: Roger Corman, an hour-long documentary on the filmmaker featuring contributions from James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard
- Original Theatrical Trailers
- Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork for all six films
- Limited edition 200-page collector’s book containing new writing on all films plus reprints and reproductions to be announced soon!

DETAILS:
Region: B
Rating: 12
Cat No: FCD1025
Duration: 507 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: 2.0 Mono
Colour

I understand that the individual films will be released next year, as some people have already bought some of the films in the box.

 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2014 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Arrow are doing a flash sale this weekend, sale runs until midnight Sunday 21st September (UK time).

http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=89

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2014 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Mario Bava's Rabid Dogs (1974), starring Lea Lander, George Eastman, and Riccardo Cucciolla. The release is expected to have a new street date soon.

Following difficulties in his career Mario Bava happened across an idea that would enable him to compete with the younger directors lighting up the Italian box office such as Dario Argento and Sergio Martino.

Rabid Dogs begins as $70,000 of wages are being transferred when the Ajaccio gang hit. With a hail of bullets in a quick raid they speed off in their waiting getaway car. Tough, violent and realistic, Bava s film ramps up the tension and doesn t stop as hostages are added and the film builds to its dizzying finale.

Unfolding in real time, a rare device seen only in earlier films such as High Noon and 12 Angry Men yet totally unheard of in Italian cinema at the time, Rabid Dogs is a singular film in Bava s filmography and one of the greatest crime films of the period.

Special Features:

•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of 'Rabid Dogs' – Bava's original version posthumously completed from his notes & 'Kidnapped' – the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored version, supervised by Bava's son and assistant Lamberto Bava and producer Alfredo Leone
•Original Italian mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
•Newly translated English subtitles
•Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
• End of the Road: The Making of Rabid Dogs – A documentary featurette including interviews with Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone and star Lea Lander
•Bava and Eurocrime – An interview with Umberto Lenzi
•Alternate Semaforo Rosso version opening title sequence
• Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Stephen Thrower, Peter Blumenstock on the history of the film's first distribution and more!

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15085

 
 Posted:   Sep 29, 2014 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Giulio Paradisi's The Visitor (1979), starring John Huston, Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero, Mel Ferrer, and Sam Peckinpah. The release will be available for purchase on October 6th.

You may think you've seen it all, but NOTHING can prepare you for The Visitor! The ultimate excursion into B-movie madness, this 1979 cinematic oddity from schlock producer extraordinaire Ovidio G. Assonitis, director of such deliciously guilty pleasures as Beyond the Door and Tentacles, brings together an extraordinary ensemble cast in a mind-bending tale of a girl and her pet hawk.

At first glance, Katy Collins is just like any other normal 8-year-old girl – but appearances can dangerously deceptive. As it turns out, Katy is the Earthly incarnation of an ancient evil by the name of Sateen – an intergalactic supernatural entity who was vanquished many light years ago. Katy possesses tremendous powers making her capable of great destruction – powers which some are keen to eradicate, and some to harness…

A veritable cult phenomenon thanks to its recent re-discovery, The Visitor combines stunning imagery, incredible set-pieces alongside a truly jaw-dropping cast list which includes John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Shelley Winters and Franco Nero appearing as Jesus!

Special Features:

•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements
• Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Interview with Star Lance Henriksen
• Interview with Screenwriter Lou Comici
• Interview with Cinematographer Ennio Guarnieri
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Erik Buckman
• Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15098

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2014 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray director William Sachs' The Incredible Melting Man (1977), starring Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning, and Myron Healey. The release will be available for purchase on October 13th.

Before he turned his hand to lycanthropes in An American Werewolf in London, shuffling zombies in the Thriller music video and hostile extra-terrestrials in Men in Black, special effects legend Rick Baker lent his talents to the creation of another memorable horror creature. Step forward, The Incredible Melting Man!

When spacecraft Scorpio V returns to Earth following a mission to Saturn, two of the crew are dead and the third, astronaut Steve West, is in a critical condition. Critical, that is, until he rises from his hospital bed to bite chunks out of a nurse before escaping into the surrounding countryside. The authorities set about trying to track Steve down before he claims any other victims, but they don't know the really bad news yet – Steve is also highly radioactive!

The Incredible Melting Man offers up a wealth of show-stopping B-movie moments in its relatively modest running time – chief among them, the scene in which a disembodied head floats down a river only to smash messily on the rocks further downstream – but the real star of the show here is Baker's ultra-icky special effects work which let you see the Melting Man's transition in all its gooey, glistening glory.

Special Features:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements
Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio Commentary with William Sachs
Super 8 digest version of the film
Interview with Writer/Director William Sachs and Make-up Effects Artist Rick Baker
Interview with Make-up Effects Artist Greg Cannom
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15164

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2014 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Independent distributors Arrow Video have confirmed that they are planning to release on Blu-ray Walerian Borowczyk's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne a.k.a. Docteur Jekyll et les femmes (1981), starring Udo Kier, Marina Pierro, Patrick Magee, Howard Vernon, Gérard Zalcberg, and Rita Maiden.

The film, which will receive a brand new restoration from the original 35mm negative, will be released simultaneously in the U.S. and UK in 2015.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15177

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2014 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Arrow Video has detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Mario Bava's The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963), starring Letícia Román, John Saxon, and Valentina Cortese. The release will be available for purchase on November 17th.

This new deluxe release will include both The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Bava's original version and Evil Eye, the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-titled US version.

Arrow Video have worked from the original pre-print film elements to present The Girl Who Knew Too Much in a brand-new digitally remastered edition. As with previous Bava titles, this set contains both versions/cuts of the film, in this case the US re-edit Evil Eye, in high definition.

Together with both versions, the disc contains a newly translated English subtitle track, alongside an audio commentary with Mario Bava biographer Tim Lucas. Also present are the featurette All About the Girl, in which filmmakers Luigi Cozzi (The Killer Must Kill Again) and Richard Stanley (Dust Devil), alongside authors Alan Jones (Profondo Argento) and Mikel Koven (La Dolce Morte) reflect on Mario Bava's classic giallo, plus by Jones, the international and US trailers and a collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kier-La Janisse, encased in a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.

Synopsis: With a nod to Hitchcock and a wink in the direction of Agatha Christie, The Girl Who Knew Too Much inadvertently created a genre that would dominate Italian cinema for years to come: the giallo.

A young American secretary with a taste for lurid paperbacks witnesses a murder whilst visiting Rome – or does she? Nobody will believe her, but she appears to have stumbled upon the work of a serial killer active ten years earlier. The victims' surnames began A, B and C… and hers begins with the letter D!

Starring the striking Letícia Román and John Saxon (Enter the Dragon, Tenebrae, A Nightmare on Elm Street), The Girl Who Knew Too Much is presented in both its original Italian version and the longer US cut, entitled Evil Eye, that was re-edited and re-scored by American International Pictures.

Special Features:

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film: The Girl Who Knew Too Much – the original Italian version; and Evil Eye – the re-edited and re-scored US version prepared by American International Pictures
Original uncompressed 2.0 mono PCM audio for both versions
Optional English subtitles for The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for Evil Eye
Audio commentary by Mario Bava's biographer Tim Lucas
Introduction by writer and critic Alan Jones
All About the Girl – Filmmakers Luigi Cozzi (The Killer Must Kill Again) and Richard Stanley (Dust Devil), alongside authors Alan Jones (Profondo Argento) and Mikel Koven (La Dolce Morte) reflect on Mario Bava's classic giallo
International trailer
US trailer
Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kier-La Janisse

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15419

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2014 - 6:15 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have announced that they will add a number of new titles to their Blu-ray catalog in early 2015. Amongst them are Michael Mann's Thief, John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate, and David Cronenberg's Rabid.

Thief

Synopsis: For his first theatrical feature, Michael Mann (Manhunter, Public Enemies) returned to the rain-soaked streets of his hometown, Chicago, for a stunning piece of neo-noir starring James Caan (The Godfather, Rollerball) at his toughest.

Caan plays Frank, a jewel thief and former convict who is looking to settle down with his girlfriend (Tuesday Weld, Once Upon a Time in America) and begin a family. But when his 'fence' is thrown from a window and the Chicago mafia begin to flex their muscles, his hopes of a quiet life become anything but…

With a sterling supporting cast in the shape of James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Willie Nelson and Dennis Farina, lush electronic score by Tangerine Dream and the assured direction of Mann, Thief is a standout eighties crime flick that paved the way for the his later urban thrillers such as Heat and Collateral as well as Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive.

Special Features:
Limited Slipcase Edition [3000 units] featuring two versions of the film
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the director's cut from a new 4K film transfer, approved by director Michael Mann, with uncompressed 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the original theatrical cut [Limited Edition Exclusive] with original uncompressed 2.0 Stereo PCM audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Optional isolated music and effects track on the theatrical cut
Audio commentary by writer-director Michael Mann and actor James Caan
The Directors: Michael Mann – a 2001 documentary on the filmmaker, containing interviews with Mann, James Belushi, William Petersen, Jon Voight and others
Stolen Dreams - a new interview with Caan, filmed exclusively for this release
Hollywood USA: James Caan – an episode of the French TV series Ciné regards devoted to the actor, filmed shortly after Thief had finished production
The Art of the Heist - an examination of Thief with writer and critic F.X. Feeney, author of the Taschen volume on Michael Mann
Theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Brad Stevens


Rabid

Synopsis: First come the Shivers… then, you turn RABID! Celebrated Canadian cult auteur David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome) followed up Shivers with this tense and gory thriller which expands upon the venereal disease theme of that film, this time unleashing it on the whole of downtown Montreal – with terrifying consequences.

When beautiful Rose (adult film star Marilyn Chambers) is badly injured in a motorcycle crash, Dr. Keloid, who is in the process of developing a revolutionary new type of skin-graft, seizes the opportunity to test out his as yet unproven methods. The surgery appears successful and Rose seems restored to full health. But all is not as it should be – Rose has been transformed into a contagious blood-sucker, endowed with a bizarre, needle-like protrusion in her armpit with which she drains the blood from those unfortunate enough to be in her vicinity.

An important landmark in the early career of Cronenberg, Rabid sees the director returning to the viral theme of his earlier work but on a much larger (and more assured) scale – where the infection has shifted from the confines of a single apartment block to the expansive shopping centres and motorways of Canada's second largest city.

Special Features:
Limited Edition SteelBook packaging
New High Definition Digital Transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature
Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio Commentary with writer-director David Cronenberg
Audio Commentary with William Beard, author of The Artist as Monster: The Cinema of David Cronenberg
Archive interview with David Cronenberg
Brand new interview with executive producer Ivan Reitman
Brand new interview with co-producer Don Carmody
Make-up Memories: Joe Blasco Remembers Rabid – A short featurette in which Blasco recalls how the film's various gruesome effects were achieved
Raw, Rough and Rabid: The Lacerating Legacy of Cinépix – Featurette looking back at the early years of the celebrated Canadian production company, including interviews with author Kier-La Janisse and special makeup artist Joe Blasco
The Directors: David Cronenberg – A 1999 documentary on the filmmaker, containing interviews with Cronenberg, Marilyn Chambers, Deborah Harry, Michael Ironside, Peter Weller and others
Original Theatrical Trailer
Collector's Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kier-La Janisse, reprinted excerpts of Cronenberg on Cronenberg and more, illustrated with original archive stills and posters.


Withnail and I (with How to Get Ahead in Advertising)

Synopsis: Camden Town, the arse-end of the sixties. Two struggling, unemployed actors decide some respite is in order and so depart their miserable flat for a week in the Lake District – one that will involve rain, booze, minimal supplies, a randy bull and an even randier Uncle Monty.

Based on the real-life experiences of former actor turned writer/director Bruce Robinson, WITHNAIL and I has become one of British cinema's most fondly remembered comedies. A cult film in the truest sense that has also become a classic.

Perfectly cast – with career-defining roles for Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths and Ralph Brown – and crammed with irresistibly quotable dialogue, WITHNAIL and I is a sheer delight, even on the umpteenth viewing.

Special Features:
New 2K restoration of WITHNAIL and I from the original camera negative, supervised and approved by director of photography Peter Hannan
Bruce Robinson's follow-up feature, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, newly transferred from original film elements and approved by director of photography Peter Hannan
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) Presentation of both films
Original uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM audio for both films
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Audio commentary by writer-director Bruce Robinson
Audio commentary by critic and writer Kevin Jackson, author of the BFI Modern Classic on WITHNAIL and I
All four original 'Withnail Weekend' documentaries, first screened on Channel 4 in 1999, including The Peculiar Memories of Bruce Robinson, which looks at the director's career, Withnail & Us, which focuses on the film's making, and two shorter documentaries, I Demand to Have Some Booze and Withnail on the Pier
Newly filmed interview with production designer Michael Pickwoad, who discusses his work on Withnail & I
An appreciation of Withnail & I by Sam Bain, co-creator of Peep Show and Fresh Meat
Theatrical trailers for both films
Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing by Vic Pratt and Frank Collins, an Empire interview with Bruce Robinson, Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann and Ralph Brown and more.


Withnail and I

Special Features:
New 2K restoration of WITHNAIL and I from the original camera negative, supervised and approved by director of photography Peter Hannan
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) Presentation
Original uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM audios
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Audio commentary by writer-director Bruce Robinson
Audio commentary by critic and writer Kevin Jackson, author of the BFI Modern Classic on WITHNAIL and I
All four original 'Withnail Weekend' documentaries, first screened on Channel 4 in 1999, including The Peculiar Memories of Bruce Robinson, which looks at the director's career, Withnail & Us, which focuses on the film's making, and two shorter documentaries, I Demand to Have Some Booze and Withnail on the Pier
Newly filmed interview with production designer Michael Pickwoad, who discusses his work on Withnail & I
An appreciation of Withnail & I by Sam Bain, co-creator of Peep Show and Fresh Meat
Theatrical trailers
Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing by Vic Pratt.


The Manchurian Candidate

Synopsis: After saving the lives of his platoon during the Korean War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is hailed as a bona fide American hero. This couldn't have come at a better time for his mother (Angela Lansbury) who is hell-bent on boosting the career of his stepfather, a senator straight from the McCarthyite wing of the US political spectrum with designs on the Presidency.

So far so familiar – but why does Shaw's former captain (Frank Sinatra) have recurring nightmares that suggest that his distinguished comrade-in-arms might not be all that he seems?

Based on the memorably paranoid bestseller by Richard Condon (Prizzi's Honor), this is one of the greatest of all Cold War suspense thrillers, not least for its alarmingly original take on the notion of "the enemy within". Angela Lansbury won multiple awards and an Oscar nomination for her performance as one of the most monstrous mothers in screen history, but perhaps the most unnerving thing about the film is the way that its political satire remains so perfectly on target more than half a century later.

Special Features:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature, transferred from original elements by MGM
Uncompressed 1.0 PCM soundtrack
Optional English SDH subtitles
Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
The Directors: John Frankenheimer, an hour-long portrait from 2000, including interviews with Frankenheimer, Kirk Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Roy Scheider, Rod Steiger and many others Interview with John Frankenheimer, Frank Sinatra and screenwriter George Axelrod from the film's 1988 revival
Queen of Diamonds: an interview with Angela Lansbury
A Little Solitaire: an appreciation of the film by director William Friedkin (The Exorcist)
Stills gallery
Theatrical trailer
More to be announced!


The Comedy of Terrors

Synopsis: From Jacques Tourneur, director of numerous horror classics including Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie and Night of the Demon, comes The Comedy of Terrors – a gleefully macabre tale which brings together genre greats Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff. Price plays Waldo Trumbull, a perpetually inebriated, down-on-his-luck undertaker who has struck on an interesting way to boost business – by hastening the deaths of those whom he buries. When landlord Mr. Black (Basil Rathbone) threatens to put him out on the street for falling behind with the rent, Trumbull, together with his reluctant and bumbling assistant Felix Gillie (Lorre), hatches an ill-advised plan to "kill two birds with one stone", so to speak…

The penultimate directorial effort from Tourneur, The Comedy of Terrors bears many of the hallmarks of the master filmmaker's earlier works, whilst adding a healthy dash of humour to the proceedings. Careful – you might just die laughing!

Special Features:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
Original Mono 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio Commentary with Price historian David Del Valle Extensive archive interview with Vincent Price
Whispering in Distant Chambers: The Nightfall of Jacques Tourneur – a specially-commissioned video essay by David Cairns, which charts the career of director Tourneur
Richard Matheson Storyteller – an archive featurette on the Comedy of Terrors writer
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Fujiwara, author of Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall, illustrated with original archive stills and posters.


The Haunted Palace

Synopsis: Although recognised as part of Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe cycle (its title comes from a Poe poem), The Haunted Palace has a much more significant place in film history for being the first high-profile adaptation of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, in this case his novella The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

Ward is one of two characters played by Vincent Price, the other being Ward's great-great-grandfather Joseph Curwen, burned as a warlock 110 years before. When Ward returns to the village of Arkham to reclaim the family mansion, his striking resemblance to his ancestor is just the first of many macabre events that proceed to unfold, including the screen debut of Lovecraft's legendary Necronomicon.

As before, Corman and his team worked wonders with their modest budget, with Daniel Haller's sets amongst the most elaborate in all the Poe cycle, enhanced by genuinely creepy moments such as the crowd of deformed villagers still living under Curwen's curse.

Special Features:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
Optional isolated music and effects track
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by Vincent Price's biographer David Del Valle and writer Derek Botelho
Kim Newman on H.P. Lovecraft, a look at the relationship between Lovecraft and the cinema, and the challenges of adapting his work
A Change of Poe, an interview with Roger Corman
Stills and Poster Gallery
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Roger Luckhurst, illustrated with original archive stills


The Tomb of Ligeia

For the last of his cycle of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, Roger Corman asked screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown) to turn Poe's story 'Ligeia' into another vehicle for Vincent Price, who once again plays a man so haunted by his past that he is unable to function in the present.

In this case the past comes in the form of his now-deceased first wife Ligeia, who casts a long shadow over an ill-advised second marriage to a woman who resembles her (Elizabeth Shepherd), particularly when he becomes convinced that Ligeia's spirit is returning to him in the form of a black cat. But is this actually a delusion on his part?

Although the doom-laden narrative and Price's tormented performance had become well established ingredients in the Corman Poe cycle, the film looks strikingly different from the earlier films, with much of it taking place in broad daylight, and shot in actual English locations (notably Stonehenge and Norfolk's Castle Acre Priory) instead of Hollywood sets.

Special Features:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
Optional isolated music and effects track
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by director and producer Roger Corman
Audio commentary by star Elizabeth Shepherd
All-new interviews with crew members including cowriter/production assistant Paul Mayersberg, first assistant director David Tringham, clapper loader Bob Jordan and composer Kenneth V. Jones
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
Collector's booklet containing new writing by Julian Upton, illustrated with original production stills.


The Killing / Killer's Kiss

Synopsis: An ex-con, a corrupt cop, a reformed alcoholic, a wrestler, a sharpshooter and a pair of inside men: these seven men intent on executing the perfect robbery and taking a racetrack for two million dollars. But this is the world of film noir, a tough, sour place where nothing quite goes as planned…

For his third feature Stanley Kubrick adapted Lionel White's Clean Break with a little help from hard-boiled specialist Jim Thompson (The Killer Inside Me), and in doing so created a heist movie classic, one to rank alongside John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle and Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. The robbery itself is one of cinema's great set-pieces, as taut a piece of filmmaking as you'll ever find, expertly controlled by Kubrick, who called The Killing his "first mature work".

Starring Sterling Hayden (Johnny Guitar, The Godfather), perennial fall guy Elisha Cook Jr (The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep) and Marie Windsor (The Narrow Margin) as his duplicitous wife, The Killing is quintessential film noir, still as brutal, thrilling and audacious as it was almost six decades ago.

Special Features:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature
Original uncompressed mono PCM Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Stanley Kurbrick's second feature, Killer's Kiss (1955), presented in High Definition (1080p)
An appreciation by filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers)
An extract from the French television series Journal de la cinéma featuring an interview with Sterling Hayden
A look at Kubrick's 1950s output with critic Michel Ciment
Original theatrical trailers for both films
More to be announced!
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
Collector's booklet containing new writing by Peter Kramer (author of volumes on Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange), Barry Forshaw and filmmaker Ron Peck, illustrated with original archive stills

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