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 Posted:   Feb 10, 2015 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



British distributors Arrow Video have sent us a brand new promo clip for their recent 2K restoration of John Mackenzie's classic crime thriller The Long Good Friday (1980), starring the late Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Dave King, Paul Freeman, Bryan Marshall, and Eddie Constantine.

The new restoration will open in select theaters across the United Kingdom on March 27, and will be available on Blu-ray on May 4.

Synopsis: Acclaimed gangster thriller starring Bob Hoskins as a top London crime boss whose attempts to launch a legitimate business enterprise are disrupted by a number of bombs from an unknown adversary. Harold Shand (Hoskins) is a gangster who has worked his way to the top with utter ruthlessness and a penchant for violence. Recognising that a more secure and prosperous future lies in moving to legal operations, he prepares to trade a life of crime for respectability through a plan to regenerate London's Docklands area. However, when unknown bombers begin targeting his properties and killing his associates, Shand only knows one response - violence. As he and his mistress, Victoria (Helen Mirren), try to hold his crumbling empire together, Shand finds himself facing the ironic prospect of all-out war just as he tries to convert to peace.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=16034

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2015 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Arrow Video UK have announced that they will add six new titles to their Blu-ray catalog: John Frankenheimer's The Train (1964), John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday (1980), Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa (1986), Masuharu Hasebe's Retaliation (1968), Brian Yuzna's Society (1989), and Nico Mastorakis' Island of Death (1976).

The Train

Directed by John Frankenheimer at the peak of his powers, The Train was made during a tremendous run of top-class pictures that also included Birdman of Alcatraz, Seven Days in May and The Manchurian Candidate, with Seconds soon to follow.

France, 1944. Art lover and fanatical Nazi Colonel Von Waldheim has plundered a Paris museum for its masterpieces, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Cezanne. His intention is to have them transported by rail to Berlin, but one man stands in his way. Aware that the Allied forces are fast approaching the French capital, Resistance fighter Labiche need only stall the train for a few more days, but he'll have to use all of his wits and skills to do so.

Featuring two Oscar-winners in its lead roles – Burt Lancaster as Labiche and Paul Scofield as Von Waldheim – and Jeanne Moreau and Michel Simon in support, The Train combines star power with spectacular action sequences to produce a classic war movie.

Special Features: • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film
• Uncompressed 1.0 mono PCM audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
• Optional isolated score by Maurice Jarre
• Burt Lancaster in the Sixties – a newly-filmed interview with Lancaster's biographer Kate Buford, tracing the actor's career throughout the decade
• French television report on the film's making, containing interviews with residents of the village of Acquigny who worked as extras
• Archive interview with Michel Simon
• Footage of The Train's gala screening in Marseilles
• Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
• Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Sheldon Hall, illustrated with original stills and artwork
STREET DATE: MAY 11.

Retaliation

In 1969 future sexploitation specialist Yasuharu Hasebe (Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter) teamed up with the inimitable Jô Shishido (Tokyo Drifter, Branded to Kill) for a follow up to their yakuza hit Massacre Gun.

A tale of gang warfare that features a raft of the period's most iconic stars, Akira Kobayashi (Battles Without Honor and Humanity, The Flowers and the Angry Waves) is a yakuza lieutenant who emerges from jail to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his sickbed. Shishido is the rival waiting to kill him and a young Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) is the girl caught in the crossfire.

Gritty and cynical, Retaliation is a hardboiled precursor to Kinji Fukasaku's revisionist yakuza pictures of the 1970s.

Special Features:
•Limited Edition Blu-ray (3000 copies only)
•Restored High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation, on Blu-ray for the first time in the world!
•Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
•Newly translated English subtitles
•Brand new interview with star Jô Shishido
•Interview with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns
•Original theatrical trailer
•Gallery featuring rare promotional images
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
•Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, newly illustrated by Ian MacEwan and featuring original archive stills
STREET DATE: MAY 11.

Society

After producing Stuart Gordon's hit Re-Animator, Brian Yuzna (Bride of Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead III) turned his hand to directing with 1989's Society, and gave birth to one of the ickiest, most original body horror shockers of all time.

Teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) has always felt like the odd one out in his wealthy, upper-class Beverly Hills family. For some reason, he just doesn't seem to fit in. But his sense of alienation takes a sinister turn when he overhears a surreptitious audio recording of his sister's coming-out party, which seems to implicate his family and others in a bizarre, ritualistic orgy. And then there are the strange things he's been seeing - glimpses of people with their bodies contorted impossibly out of shape... Is Billy going mad or is there something seriously amiss in his neighborhood?

Packing stomach-churning grue and thought-provoking social commentary in equal measure, Society is a biting horror satire which culminates in one of the most leftfield, gag-inducing "climaxes" in all of horror history - just don't eat beforehand!

Special Features:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
•Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•New Audio Commentary with Director Brian Yuzna
•Governor Of Society with Brian Yuzna
•The Masters Of The Hunt with stars Billy Warlock, Devin Devasquez, Ben Meyerson and Tim Bartell
•The Champions Of The Shunt with FX Artists Screaming Mad George, David Grasso and Nick Benson
•Screaming Mad George music video
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
•Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
STREET DATE: MAY 18.

Island of Death

Welcome to Mykonos, the holiday destination of choice for sun, sea and slaughter! From cult director Nico Mastorakis, Island of Death is a travelogue of atrocities with scenes so strong that the British Government was once compelled to ban it as a "video nasty".

Arriving on the idyllic Greek island, Christopher and Celia appear to be every inch the perfect, handsome young couple. Little do the welcoming locals realise that they are in fact a pair of murderous degenerates, determined to spread their own particular brand of perversion across the island. DIY crucifixions, opportunistic bestiality, sexual peeing and murder by all conceivable forms ensue - including death by makeshift blowtorch, samurai sword, dump truck and more!

Shocking, brutal and totally politically incorrect in its outlook, Island of Death is a gruelling cinematic experience devised by director Mastorakis to out-do the excesses of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which he was hugely inspired by. Now fully uncut and newly-restored from the original negative, fans can enjoy Island of Death in all its sleazy, lurid glory.

Special Edition Contents:
• Brand new restoration from the original negative
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
•Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•Brand new interview with director Nico Mastorakis
•The Films of Nico Mastorakis - the director hosts this documentary covering his varied career in cinema, including a look at Island of Death
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
•Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
STREET DATE: MAY 25.

The Long Good Friday

Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) is a businessman with great ambitions. Spotting the development potential of London's derelict Docklands area years before the Thatcher government, he tries to broker a deal with his American counterpart (Eddie Constantine) that will make them both millions. But who is killing Harold's other associates and blowing up his businesses - and why?

Universally regarded as one of the greatest British gangster films ever made, The Long Good Friday rocketed Hoskins to international stardom. He's given sterling support from Helen Mirren (as his upper-crust mistress), Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Derek Thompson (Casualty), and there's even an early appearance from future James Bond Pierce Brosnan.

But it's Hoskins' film through and through, his towering performance taking on a Shakespearean intensity as he's forced to resort to the down-and-dirty methods that he thought he'd put behind him in order to find out who's muscling in on his territory on what should be the best day of his life. He quickly finds out that this will be a very long Good Friday indeed…

Special Features:
• Limited Edition SteelBook™ Packaging featuring original artwork
• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentation of a brand new restoration sourced from the original camera negatives and approved by cinematographer Phil Meheux
• Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by director John Mackenzie
• Bloody Business, a documentary about the making of the film, including interviews with John Mackenzie, stars Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, producer Barry Hanson and Phil Meheux
• Brand new interviews with Barry Hanson, writer Barrie Keeffe and Phil Meheux
• Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and BFI curator Mark Duguid, illustrated with original production stills
• More to be announced!
STREET DATE: MAY 4.

The Long Good Friday + Mona Lisa (Arrow Video) Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-ray

6-DISC SPECIAL EDITION BOXED SET CONTENTS: • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentation of both films, in brand new restorations sourced from the original camera negatives and approved by cinematographer Phil Meheux (The Long Good Friday), director Neil Jordan and cinematographer Roger Pratt (Mona Lisa)
• Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Newly illustrated packaging by Matthew Griffin

THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY DISCS 1 & 2 - BLU-RAY & DVD ? Audio commentary by director John Mackenzie
Bloody Business, a documentary about the making of The Long Good Friday, including interviews with John Mackenzie, stars Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, producer Barry Hanson and Phil Meheux
Brand new interviews with Barry Hanson, writer Barrie Keeffe and Phil Meheux
Original Trailer
More to be announced!
THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY DISCS 3 & 4 - BLU-RAY & DVD [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE] ? Q&A with Bob Hoskins and John Mackenzie, moderated by Richard Jobson
Apaches (1977), John Mackenzie's notorious farm safety film, presented in High Definition (1080p) for the first time
Introduction to Apaches by cinematographer Phil Meheux
More to be announced!
MONA LISA DISCS 5 & 6 – BLU-RAY & DVD ? Audio commentary by Bob Hoskins and Neil Jordan
Brand new interviews with director Neil Jordan, writer David Leland and producer Stephen Woolley
Original Trailer
100-PAGE HARDBACK BOOK [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE] ? Featuring new writing on the film by critics Mark Duguid and Mike Sutton plus archive pieces, illustrated with original production stills

STREET DATE: MAY 4.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=16065

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2015 - 5:24 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Arrow Video have revealed that they are planning to add three new titles to their Blu-ray catalog: Takashi Miike's The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001), Luigi Cozzi's Contamination (1980), and Jack Hill's Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1967).

Please note that the announcement is for UK and U.S. releases. The U.S. releases will be distributed by MVD Entertainment Group.

The Happiness of the Katakuris

From Takashi Miike, the prolific director of such shocking hits including Audition and Ichi the Killer comes "The Sound of Music meets Dawn of the Dead"! The Katakuris are a family trying to run a peaceful country inn but with a lack of guests there is much excitement for their first visitor, until they wind up dead! As each guest in turn dies in strange circumstances the family agree to hide the bodies but will the coverups come back to haunt them... In The Happiness of the Katakuris scenes of grotesque stop motion animation, surreal musical numbers and zombies combine to make one of the finest horror-comedies ever made.

Special Features:
•New High Definition digital film transfer
•Presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD
•Original uncompressed Stereo PCM audio
•Audio commentary by director Takashi Miike
•The Making of the Katakuris - An original documentary from the film's production featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage with the cast and crew
•Interviews with the Katakuris cast members Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida, Tetsuro Tanba and Miike
•Animating the Katakuris - A look at the creation of the film's stop motion effects with animation director Hideki Kimura and Miike
•Trailer and TV Spots
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
•Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Johnny Mains and a re-printed interview with Miike conducted by Sean Axmaker, illustrated with original stills
U.S. RELEASE DATE: JUNE 16.
UK RELEASE DATE: JUNE 22.

Contamination

Synopsis: Branded as a "video nasty" in the UK, director Luigi Cozzi's Contamination takes the premise of Ridley Scott's classic Alien and peppers it with exploding guts galore and a dangerously infectious soundtrack from celebrated Italian prog-rockers Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria).

A cargo ship drifts up the Hudson River. Its crew: all dead, their bodies horribly mutilated, turned inside out by an unknown force. Its freight: boxes upon boxes of glowing, pulsating green eggs. It soon becomes clear that these eggs are not of this planet, and someone intends to cultivate them here on Earth. But who? And to what end?

Starring Italian horror veteran Ian McCulloch (Zombie Flesh Eaters), Contamination is an ultra-violent sci-fi epic that really gets under the skin. In space, no one can hear you scream – but on Earth, the terror rings loud and clear!

Special Features:
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
•Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•2014 Q&A with Cozzi and star Ian McCulloch, recorded at Abertoir Film Festival
•Luigi Cozzi on the Creation of Contamination – an archive documentary hosted by the director and including behind-the-scenes footage
•Theatrical Trailer
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
•Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
U.S. STREET DATE: JUNE 30.
UK STREET DATE: JUNE 29.

Spider Baby

The credits dub this "the maddest story ever told", a promise that's well on the way to being fulfilled in the opening scene alone, when Virginia traps and kills a hapless deliveryman in her makeshift web. She's one of three siblings who suffer from a unique genetic disorder that causes them to regress back to childhood, while retaining the physical strength and sexual maturity of adults.

Lon Chaney Jr gave one of his most memorable late performances as Bruno, their guardian and protector, who has managed to cover up their crimes until two distant relatives lay claim to their house. When they insist on moving in, Bruno has to cross his fingers and hope that the 'children' behave towards their new guests...

his was the first solo feature by Jack Hill, whom Quentin Tarantino dubbed "the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking", and it remains one of his wildest and weirdest.

Special Features:
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature, available in the UK for the first time
• Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
• High Definition transfer of the feature supervised and approved by director Jack Hill
• English SDH subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired
• Audio commentary featuring Jack Hill and star Sid Haig
•Panel discussion from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences FILM-TO-FILM Festival, recorded September 2012, featuring Jack Hill and stars Quinn K. Redeker and Beverly Washburn
• The Hatching of Spider Baby - Interviews with Jack Hill, Sid Haig, star Mary Mitchel, fan Joe Dante and more on the making of the film
• Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein - The composer of 'The Terror' and 'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' among others is remembered by Harlene Stein, Jack Hill, American Cinematheque's Chris D. and others
• The Merrye House Revisited - Jack Hill revisits the original house that was used as the main location in the film
• Alternate opening title sequence
• Extended scene
• Original Trailer
• Gallery of behind-the-scenes images
•The Host (1960) – Jack Hill's early short film featuring Sid Haig in his first starring role [30 mins]
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
• Collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by artist and writer Stephen R. Bissette, and an extensive article re-printed from FilmFax: The Magazine of Unusual Film and Television featuring interviews with the cast and crew, illustrated with original stills and artwork
U.S. STREET DATE: JUNE 16.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=16083

 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2015 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Arrow Video has announced that it will release six titles on Blu-ray in June: Terence Fisher's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Michael Mann's Thief, Fernando Di Leo's Milano Calibro 9, Luigi Cozzi's Contamination, Takashi Miike's The Happiness of the Katakuris, and Jack Hill's Spider Baby.

Please note that the announcement includes information for upcoming U.S. and UK releases.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes is the most filmed character of all time – but it is arguably this 1959 re-telling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tale The Hound of the Baskervilles, from legendary horror studio Hammer and starring genre stalwarts Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, which stands as the super sleuth's finest cinematic hour.

Rising up out of the swirling mists of Dartmoor, Baskerville Hall stands tall and gloomy. Its occupant, Charles Baskerville, has been found dead in mysterious circumstances. Could Sir Charles have been the victim of the so-called "Baskerville Curse", which tells of a deadly beast that stalks the surrounding countryside? Unperturbed by the legend, next-in-line Sir Henry Baskerville (a rare leading man performance from Lee) sets out to Dartmoor to assume inheritance of the family estate, under the auspices of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and right-hand man Dr. Watson (Andre Morell).

Imbued with an atmosphere as thick as fog, The Hound of the Baskervilles is a superlative gothic yarn which benefits from game performances from Cushing, Lee and Morell, as well as the expert direction of Terence Fisher, known for helming many of Hammer's most celebrated efforts including The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Devil Rides Out.

Special Features:

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) feature presentation
Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio Commentary with Hammer experts Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby
Brand new interview with hound mask creator Margaret Robinson
Brand new interview with assistant director Hugh Harlow
Andre Morell: Best of British – A featurette looking at the late great actor Andre Morell and his work with Hammer
The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes – a 1986 documentary looking at the many incarnations of Conan Doyle's celebrated character, narrated and presented by Christopher Lee
Actor's Notebook: Christopher Lee – an archive interview in the which the actor recalls his experiences of making The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hounds of the Baskervilles – Excerpts read by Christopher Lee
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Hammer archivist Robert J.E. Simpson, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

UK RELEASE DATE: JUNE 1.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=16227

 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2015 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


Contamination

Synopsis: Branded as a "video nasty" in the UK, director Luigi Cozzi's Contamination takes the premise of Ridley Scott's classic Alien and peppers it with exploding guts galore and a dangerously infectious soundtrack from celebrated Italian prog-rockers Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria).

A cargo ship drifts up the Hudson River. Its crew: all dead, their bodies horribly mutilated, turned inside out by an unknown force. Its freight: boxes upon boxes of glowing, pulsating green eggs. It soon becomes clear that these eggs are not of this planet, and someone intends to cultivate them here on Earth. But who? And to what end?

Starring Italian horror veteran Ian McCulloch (Zombie Flesh Eaters), Contamination is an ultra-violent sci-fi epic that really gets under the skin. In space, no one can hear you scream – but on Earth, the terror rings loud and clear!

Special Features:
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
•Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•2014 Q&A with Cozzi and star Ian McCulloch, recorded at Abertoir Film Festival
•Luigi Cozzi on the Creation of Contamination – an archive documentary hosted by the director and including behind-the-scenes footage
•Theatrical Trailer
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
•Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
U.S. STREET DATE: JUNE 30.
UK STREET DATE: JUNE 29.


Really looking forward to this one, the score is amazing!

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2015 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Release date 1st June, 2015.

SHERLOCK HOLMES’ MOST TERRIFYING ADVENTURE!

Sherlock Holmes is the most filmed character of all time – but it is arguably this 1959 re-telling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale The Hound of the Baskervilles, from legendary horror studio Hammer and starring genre stalwarts Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, which stands as the super sleuth’s finest cinematic hour.
Rising up out of the swirling mists of Dartmoor, Baskerville Hall stands tall and gloomy. Its occupant, Charles Baskerville, has been found dead in mysterious circumstances. Could Sir Charles have been the victim of the so-called “Baskerville Curse”, which tells of a deadly beast that stalks the surrounding countryside? Unperturbed by the legend, next-in-line Sir Henry Baskerville (a rare leading man performance from Lee) sets out to Dartmoor to assume inheritance of the family estate, under the auspices of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and right-hand man Dr. Watson (Andre Morell).
Imbued with an atmosphere as thick as fog, The Hound of the Baskervilles is a superlative gothic yarn which benefits from game performances from Cushing, Lee and Morell, as well as the expert direction of Terence Fisher, known for helming many of Hammer’s most celebrated efforts including The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Devil Rides Out.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) feature presentation
Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio Commentary with Hammer experts Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby
Brand new interview with hound mask creator Margaret Robinson
Brand new interview with assistant director Hugh Harlow
Andre Morell: Best of British – A featurette looking at the late great actor Andre Morell and his work with Hammer
The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes – a 1986 documentary looking at the many incarnations of Conan Doyle’s celebrated character, narrated and presented by Christopher Lee
Actor’s Notebook: Christopher Lee – an archive interview in the which the actor recalls his experiences of making The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hounds of the Baskervilles – Excerpts read by Christopher Lee
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Hammer archivist Robert J.E. Simpson, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/the-hound-of-the-baskervilles/

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2015 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have announced their August Blu-ray slate. Titles include David Cronenberg's Videodrome (1983), Joe Giannone's Madman (1982), and John Ford's My Darling Clementine (1948), amongst others.

Madman

Gather around the campfire, and hear the tale of Madman Marz: an ill-tempered old farmer who, one dark night, chopped up his wife and two children into pieces. When the locals caught wind of his heinous crime, they meted out revenge - sinking an axe into his head and hanging him from a nearby tree. But the next day, Marz's body was gone…

Thus the camp counsellor finishes his tale, closing with the warning never to say Marz's name above a whisper, lest the hideously-deformed farmer comes looking for them… Naturally, of course, the first thing that one of the young campers does is to call out Marz's name – precipitating a terrifying night of murder, mayhem and sexy Jacuzzi vignettes!

Inspired by the same Cropsey urban legend which informed its slasher peer The Burning, Madman stands as one of the very best of the camp-based terror flicks and was a clear influence on Hatchet, Adam Green's love letter to the slasher genre.

Special Features:
Brand new 4K transfer from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary with director Joe Giannone, Madman stars Paul Ehlers and Tony Fish and producer Gary Sales
New Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues
The Legend Lives: Thirty Years of Madman - 90 minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
New Interview with producer Gary Sales
New Interview with actor Jimmy Steele
New Interview with Madman star, Paul Ehlers
New Rare Acoustic Recording of the song inspired by his first viewing of Madman, 'Escape From Hellview', written, produced and performed by former CKY frontman, Deron Miller
Theatrical Trailers
TV Spots
Stills Gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
UK RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 3.

My Darling Clementine

Wyatt Earp has long fascinated filmmakers. Actors from Burt Lancaster and James Stewart to Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner have played the legendary gunfighter, but no portrayal is more definitive that Henry Fonda's in My Darling Clementine.

John Ford's first Western since his seminal Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine ranks among the director's finest. Telling the story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and the friendship between Earp and Doc Holliday, Ford renders this famous tale into a lyrical masterpiece, filmed in his beloved Monument Valley and full of iconic moments.

This limited edition contains two versions of the Western classic – the version that premiered in cinemas in December 1946 and the longer 'pre-release' cut that had played to preview audiences earlier that year – as well as another Wyatt Earp movie from 20th Century Fox, Allan Dwan's Frontier Marshal starring Randolph Scott and Cesar Romero.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of My Darling Clementine's theatrical and 'pre-release' versions and Frontier Marshal
Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw.

BLU-RAY DISC 1: MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (THEATRICAL VERSION)

4K digital film restoration
Commentary on the theatrical version by author Scott Eyman and Earp's grandson, Wyatt Earp III
John Ford and Monument Valley - a 2013 documentary on the director's lifelong association with Utah's Monument Valley containing interviews with Peter Cowie (author of John Ford and the American West), John Ford, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Stewart and Martin Scorsese
Movie Masterclass - a 1988 episode of the Channel 4 series, devoted to My Darling Clementine and presented by Lindsay Anderson
Lost and Gone Forever - a visual essay by Tag Gallagher on the themes that run through My Darling Clementine and the film's relationship with John Ford's other works
Stills gallery
Theatrical Trailer

BLU-RAY DISC 2: MY DARLING CLEMENTINE ('PRE-RELEASE' VERSION), FRONTIER MARSHAL AND OTHER WYATT EARP TALES [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

2K digital film restoration of the 'pre-release' version of My Darling Clementine
What is the Pre-Release Version? - a documentary by Robert Gitt, Senior Film Preservation Officer at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, comparing the two versions of My Darling Clementine

High Definition digital film transfer of Frontier Marshal, Allan Dwan's 1939 Wyatt Earp film starring Randolph Scott
Two radio plays inspired by Wyatt Earp - a 1947 adaptation of My Darling Clementine starring Henry Fonda as Earp and Richard Conte as Doc Holliday, and a 1949 Hallmark Playhouse production in which Conte played the role of Earp
Frontier Marshall Theatrical Trailer

40-PAGE BOOKLET [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
Booklet containing new writing on My Darling Clementine by Kim Newman (author of Wild West Movies) and on Frontier Marshal by Glenn Kenny, plus an extensive archive interview with screenwriter Winston Miller, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
UK RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 10.

Blood Rage

What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed (Terminator 2) French. Why, it's Blood Rage of course!

Todd and Terry seem like sweet kids – that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalised, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped – and he's heading their way. But has the killer twin in fact been in their midst all along? One thing's for sure, there WILL be blood…

Filmed in 1983 at the tail-end of the slasher golden era but not released until 1987, Blood Rage (also re-cut and released to theatres as Nightmare at Shadow Woods) has been lovingly restored from the original vault materials for its first ever appearance on Blu-ray and DVD. Happy Thankskilling!

Special Features:
Brand new 2K restoration from original vault materials of three versions of the film: Blood Rage, the original "hard" version, completely uncut and uncensored in a Blu-ray/DVD world premiere; the R-rated Nightmare at Shadow Woods 1987 re-cut, and a third "composite" cut combining all the footage from both Blood Rage and Nightmare at Shadow Woods
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new extensive making-of documentary featuring interviews with various cast and crew
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork to be revealed
Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
UK RELEASE DATE: 25th August 2015
US RELEASE DATE: 26th August 2015

La grande bouffe

The most famous film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead), La Grande bouffe was reviled on release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie yet won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini's 8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour), Ugo Tognazzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Zazie dans le métro) retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group sex with prostitutes and a local school teacher (Andréa Ferréol, The Tin Drum), who seems to be up for anything…

At once jovial and sinister, the film's jet-black humour has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into fart-filled chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind.

Special Feature:
Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Original French audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Newly translated English subtitles
The Farcical Movie – A French television profile of Marco Ferreri from 1975 in which the director discusses, among other things, the influence of Tex Avery, Luis Buñuel and Tod Browning's Freaks
Behind-the-scenes footage of the making of La Grande bouffe, containing interviews with Ferrari and actors Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret
Extracts from the television series Couleurs autour d'un festival featuring interviews with the cast and crew recorded during the Cannes Film Festival
A visual essay on the film with by Italian film scholar Pasquale Iannone
Select scene audio commentary by Iannone
News report from the Cannes Film Festival where La Grande bouffe caused a controversial stir, including Ferreri at the press conference
Original Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Johnny Mains, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
UK Release Date: 17th August 2015
US Release Date: 18th August 2015

Pit Stop

The most dangerous game ever devised, to pit man against man, flesh against steel – the figure-8 race! Jack Hill (Coffy, Foxy Brown) follows up Spider Baby, once again teaming up with Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses) in one of his greatest roles for this action-spectacular crash-o-rama!

Richard Davalos (East of Eden) stars as Rick Bowman, a street punk who winds up in jail after a street race goes wrong. Bailed out by race promoter Grant Willard, Davalos is put in the deadly track where he comes up against Haig's maniacal winner Hawk Sidney. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast including Brian Donlevy (The Quatermass Xperiment) in his last film appearance, Ellen Burstyn, billed as Ellen McRae (The Exorcist), and Beverly Washburn (Spider Baby), Pit Stop is one of Hill's lesser known films but arguably his greatest.

Filmed on a real figure-8 track, Hill and his crew were able to capture gripping real-life car wreck scenes lending the film a brilliant sense of realism. You've never seen a motion picture like this before – can you take it?

Special Features:
New High Definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Jack Hill
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Original Mono 1.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
New UK exclusive audio commentary with director Jack Hill moderated by his biographer Calum Waddell
Crash and Burn! - Jack Hill on the making of Pit Stop
Drive Hard - Actor Sid Haig speaks about his experience of acting in Pit Stop
Life in the Fast Lane - producer Roger Corman on the genesis of Pit Stop
Restoring Pit Stop – Restoration demonstration with Technical Supervisor James White
Original Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Glenn Kenny and musicologist and writer Gray Newell on the film's soundtrack, illustrated with original stills and artwork
U.S. STREET DATE: AUGUST 18.

Videodrome

Combining the bio-horror elements of his earlier films whilst anticipating the technological themes of his later work, Videodrome exemplifies Cronenberg's extraordinary talent for making both visceral and cerebral cinema.

Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for fresh new content for his TV channel when he happens across some illegal S&M-style broadcasts called 'Videodrome'. Embroiling his girlfriend Nicki (Debbie Harry) in his search for the source, his journey begins to blur the lines between reality and fantasy as he works his way through sadomasochistic games, shady organisations and body transformations stunningly realised by the Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker.

Hailed by his contemporaries John Carpenter ("he's better than all of us combined") and Martin Scorsese ("no one makes films like he does") as a genius, Videodrome, was Cronenberg's most mature work to date and still stands as one of his greatest.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
High Definition digital transfers of the uncut version of Videodrome and four of Cronenberg's early works
Original uncompressed mono audio tracks for all films
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all films
Limited Edition packaging, fully illustrated by Gilles Vranckx
Limited Edition Exclusive Extras
VIDEODROME – BLU-RAY DISC 1 AND DVD DISC 2:
Restored high-definition digital transfer of the unrated version, approved by director David Cronenberg and cinematographer Mark Irwin
Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, the on-set correspondent for Cinefantastique Magazine and author of Videodrome: Studies in the Horror Film
David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme – A documentary programme featuring interviews with Cronenberg, George A. Romero and Alex Cox on Cronenberg's cinema, censorship and the horror genre
Forging the New Flesh – A documentary programme by filmmaker Michael Lennick on Videodrome's video and prosthetic make up effects
Videoblivion: A brand new interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
A brand new interview with producer Pierre David
AKA Jack Martin - Dennis Etchison, author of novelizations of Videodrome, Halloween, Halloween II and III and The Fog, discusses Videodrome and his observations of Cronenberg's script
The complete uncensored Samurai Dreams footage with additional Videodrome broadcasts with optional commentary by Michael Lennick
Helmet Test and Betamax
Camera (2000) Cronenberg's short film starring Videodrome's Les Carlson
Fear on Film: A round table discussion from 1982 with Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis and Mick Garris
Promotional featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg, James Woods, Deborah Harry and Rick Baker
Original theatrical trailers

DAVID CRONENBERG'S EARLY WORKS: BLU-RAY DISC 3 AND DVD DISC 4 [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of four Cronenberg films
Transfer (1966) & From the Drain (1967), Cronenberg's previously unavailable short films newly restored by the Toronto International Film Festival [7 & 12 mins]
Stereo (1969) & Crimes of the Future (1970): Cronenberg's early amateur feature films, shot in and around his university campus, prefigure his later work's concerns with strange institutions (much like Videodrome's Spectacular Optical) as well as male/female separation (Dead Ringers) and ESP (Scanners). Newly restored from original lab elements [65 & 70 mins]
Transfer the Future – Author and critic Kim Newman discusses Cronenberg's early works
COLLECTOR'S BOOKLET [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
An illustrated 100-page hardback book featuring new writing including Justin Humphreys on Videodrome in a modern context, Brad Stevens on the alternate versions, Caelum Vatnsdal on Cronenberg's early works, extracts from Cronenberg on Cronenberg featuring Cronenberg's reminiscences of getting started in filmmaking and shooting all the films in this collection, plus more, illustrated with original archive stills
UK STREET DATE: AUGUST 10.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=16692

 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2015 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Arrow Video will add six new titles to their Blu-ray catalog in September: The Mutilator (1985), Zardoz (1974), Requiescant (1967), The Firemen's Ball (1967), Closely Watched Trains (1966), and Hard to Be a God (2013).

Please note that the announcement includes upcoming UK and U.S. releases.

Zardoz

In-between the Hollywood productions of Deliverance and Exorcist II: The Heretic, John Boorman embarked on one of the strangest films ever to come from a major studio, Zardoz. The year is 2293. Society as we know it has broken down centuries ago with the Earth's population split into three classes: the Brutals, who work the land and are forbidden from reproducing; their overseers, the Executioners; and the highly-civilised Eternals, who are protected from the outside world by a force-field. But when an Executioner, Zed (Sean Connery, light years from James Bond), smuggles himself into their isolated paradise, he risks unbalancing the system and threatening the status quo…

Photographed by Geoffrey Unsworth (2001: A Space Odyssey) and designed by Anthony Pratt (Excalibur), dystopian science-fiction has rarely looked so beautiful – or been so odd – as it appears in Zardoz.

Special Features:

New 4K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox
Uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM audio
Optional English subtitles
Audio commentary by writer-producer-director John Boorman
Brand new interview with Boorman
Brand new interviews with actors Sara Kestelman and Niall Buggy
Brand new interviews with production designer Anthony Pratt, special effects creator Gerry Johnston, camera operator Peter MacDonald, and hairdresser Colin Jamieson
Theatrical trailer
Radio spots
More to be announced!
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Julian Upton and Adrian Smith, plus archive interviews, illustrated by original production stills.
UK STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 14.

The Mutilator

Although the slasher film was in decline by the mid-1980s, there were still some grisly delights to be had… and they don't come much grislier than writer-director Buddy Cooper's sickening stalk-and-slash classic The Mutilator!

When Ed receives a message from his father asking him to go and lock up the family's beach condo for the winter, it seems like the perfect excuse for an alcohol-fuelled few days away with his friends. After all, his dad has forgiven him for accidentally blowing mom away with a shotgun several years ago… hasn't he? But no sooner are the teens on the island than they find themselves stalked by a figure with an axe (and a hook, and an onboard motor) to grind…

Originally entitled Fall Break (watch out for the incongruous theme song of the same name!), The Mutilator has earned a reputation amongst horror fans as one of the 'holy grails' of 80s splatter mayhem due to its highly inventive (and not to say, decidedly gruesome) kill sequences, courtesy of FX wizard Mark Shostrom (Videodrome, Evil Dead II). Finally making its long-awaited bow in High-Definition, The Mutilator has returned to terrorise a whole new generation of horror fans!

Special Features:

Brand new 2K restoration from original vault materials of the R-rated and Unrated versions of the film
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new interviews with cast and crew
The Mutilator locations visit
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork to be revealed
Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film alongside archive articles from Fangoria magazine
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
UK STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 28.
U.S. STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 29.

Requiescant

Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Wake Up and Kill, The Hills Run Red) and with a superb soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Day of Anger, Cannibal Holocaust), Requiescant – Latin for 'Rest in Peace' – ranks among the finest Spaghetti Westerns. Alex Cox named it the "one film to prove that the Italian Western was not solely Sergio Leone's".

Lou Castel (Fists in the Pocket, A Bullet for General) plays a young man who was raised to be a pacifist by a travelling preacher after Confederates massacred his family. But when his step-sister runs away, the pursuit reveals a natural talent as a sharp-shooter as well as a bloody and unexpected confrontation with his past.

Joining Castel are an impressive array of performers, including Mark Damon (Black Sabbath, The Fall of the House of Usher) as the sadistic aristocratic villain, Franco Citti (Accattone, The Godfather) as his henchman, and the great Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salò) in a rare acting role as a revolutionary priest.

Special Features:

Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Optional English and Italian soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono audio
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
An all-new interview with Lou Castel, recorded exclusively for this release
Archive interview with director Carlo Lizzani
Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Pasquale Iannone
UK STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 21.
U.S. STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 22.

The Firemen's Ball

t's the annual firemen's ball in a small Czech town, and the organisers decide to liven up the usually dull event with a raffle and a beauty contest. But with the former plagued by thievery and the latter by bribery, the event rapidly descends into farce – and that's before a fire breaks out...

The last film that Miloš Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus) made in his native country and language, The Firemen's Ball is a sparkling comedy that's also one of the best showcases of the director's uncanny ability to extract flawless performances out of an entirely non-professional cast largely made up of actual firemen.

It was nominated for an Oscar, but the Czech Communist authorities were so convinced that it was a satirical allegory about official incompetence that the film was officially "banned forever", or at least until the 1989 Velvet Revolution. It's now regarded as one of the greatest of all Czech films.

Special Features:

New 4K restoration by the Czech National Film Archive
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Czech soundtrack in uncompressed PCM mono audio
Optional English subtitles
Appreciation by Czech film expert David Sorfa
Archival interviews with director Miloš Forman, cinematographer Miroslav Ondrícek and co-writer Ivan Passer
New Wave Faces: Michael Brooke salutes the non-professional actors who made an indelible impression on 1960s Czech cinema
Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces of artwork from the original release
UK STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 28.

Closely Watched Trains

Shy teenage virgin Miloš gets his first job as a railway dispatcher and is suddenly forced to confront the realities of the adult world, not least the temptations of the opposite sex. But they in turn are more attracted to his more experienced colleague Hubicka and his distinctive way with an inkpad and rubber stamp…

This could easily have fuelled a light comedy, but Jirí Menzel's bittersweet feature debut is set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, and the various farcical goings-on threaten to distract attention from the far more pressing business of staying alive – especially since German trains are being attacked by resistance fighters and everyone is under suspicion of collaboration.

Co-written by the great Czech novelist Bohumil Hrabal (author of the classic source novella), Closely Observed Trains won Menzel a Best Foreign Film Oscar when he was still in his twenties, and it remains one of the best-loved of all Czech films.

Special Features:

New 4K restoration by the Czech National Film Archive
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Czech soundtrack in uncompressed PCM mono audio
Optional English subtitles
Appreciation by Peter Hames, author of The Czechoslovak New Wave
Archival interviews with director Jirí Menzel, cinematographer Jaromír Šofr and film historian Jan Lukeš
Closely Observed Films: Michael Brooke explores the six-film collaboration between Menzel and novelist Bohumil Hrabal
Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces of artwork from the original release
UK STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 28.

Hard to Be a God

A group of scientists visits the distant planet Arkanar, and discovers a society still trapped in its own medieval era. Unable to interfere with the course of its history, they can only watch in mounting horror as all sparks of intelligent and independent thought are mercilessly snuffed out by Arkanar's cruel rulers. Will they remain enmired in their squalid existence for ever, or can the visitors subtly nudge the more open-minded in the right direction? Truly, it's hard to be a god.

Legendary Russian sci-fi authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (whose Roadside Picnic was filmed as Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky) wrote the source novel, and adapting it was director Aleksei German's dream project for decades. It would take six years of shooting, a further six of post-production and a posthumous premiere before his masterpiece was finally unveiled.

But masterpiece it is: a visually astonishing, almost tactile recreation of an unnervingly recognisable alternative universe, drenched in blood, mud and the tears of the oppressed.

Special Features:

Original Russian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles
Exclusive interview with Aleksei German Jr, who completed his father's film after his death
Interview with co-screenwriter Svetlana Karmalita, the director's widow
The History of the Arkanar Massacre, an appreciation of the film by Daniel Bird
The Unknown Genius: Michael Brooke looks at Aleksei German's creatively dazzling but politically hobbled career
Imagery gallery
Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Andrzej Klimowski (to be revealed)
UK STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 7.

Society

After producing Stuart Gordon's hit Re-Animator, Brian Yuzna (Bride of Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead III) turned his hand to directing with 1989's Society, and gave birth to one of the ickiest, most original body horror shockers of all time.

Teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) has always felt like the odd one out in his wealthy, upper-class Beverly Hills family. For some reason, he just doesn't seem to fit in. But his sense of alienation takes a sinister turn when he hears an audio recording of his sister's coming-out party, which seems to implicate his family and others in a bizarre, ritualistic orgy. And then there are the strange things he's been seeing – glimpses of people with their bodies contorted impossibly out of shape… Is Bill going mad or is there something seriously amiss in his neighborhood?

Packing stomach-churning grue and thought-provoking social commentary in equal measure, Society is a biting horror satire which culminates in one of the most gag-inducing "climaxes"' in all of horror history.

Special Features:

Newly remastered 2K digital transfer of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary by Yuzna
Governor of Society – a brand new interview with Yuzna
The Masters of the Hunt – a brand new featurette including interviews with stars Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Ben Meyerson and Tim Bartell
The Champion of the Shunt – new featurette with FX artists Screaming Mad George, David Grasso and Nick Benson
2014 Q&A with Yuzna, recorded at Celluloid Screams Festival
Brian Yuzna in conversation backstage at the Society world premiere
'Persecution Mania' – Screaming Mad George music video
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Nick Percival
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Alan Jones, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
UK STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 7.
U.S. STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 8.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=16944

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2015 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Arrow Video have detailed their upcoming Limited Edition Blu-ray release of David Cronenberg's film Videodrome (1983), starring James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky, and Leslie Carlson. The release will be available for purchase on August 10.

Synopsis: Combining the bio-horror elements of his earlier films whilst anticipating the technological themes of his later work, Videodrome exemplifies Cronenberg's extraordinary talent for making both visceral and cerebral cinema.

Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for fresh new content for his TV channel when he happens across some illegal S&M-style broadcasts called 'Videodrome'. Embroiling his girlfriend Nicki (Debbie Harry) in his search for the source, his journey begins to blur the lines between reality and fantasy as he works his way through sadomasochistic games, shady organisations and body transformations stunningly realised by the Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker.

Hailed by his contemporaries John Carpenter ("he's better than all of us combined") and Martin Scorsese ("no one makes films like he does") as a genius, Videodrome, was Cronenberg's most mature work to date and still stands as one of his greatest.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
High Definition digital transfers of the uncut version of Videodrome and four of Cronenberg's early works
Original uncompressed mono audio tracks for all films
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all films
Limited Edition packaging, fully illustrated by Gilles Vranckx
Limited Edition exclusive extras

VIDEODROME – BLU-RAY DISC 1 AND DVD DISC 2
Restored High Definition digital transfer of the unrated version, approved by director David Cronenberg and cinematographer Mark Irwin
Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, the on-set correspondent for Cinefantastique magazine and author of Videodrome: Studies in the Horror Film
David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme – A documentary programme featuring interviews with Cronenberg, George A. Romero and Alex Cox on Cronenberg's cinema, censorship and the horror genre
Forging the New Flesh – A documentary programme by filmmaker Michael Lennick on Videodrome's video and prosthetic make up effects
Videoblivion – A brand new interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
A brand new interview with executive producer Pierre David
AKA Jack Martin – Dennis Etchison, author of novelisations of Videodrome, Halloween, Halloween II and III and The Fog, discusses Videodrome and his observations of Cronenberg's script
The complete uncensored Samurai Dreams footage with additional 'Videodrome' broadcasts, with optional commentary by Michael Lennick
Helmet Test and Betamax – Two featurettes by Michael Lennick on effects featured in the film
Camera (2000) – Cronenberg's short film starring Videodrome's Les Carlson
Fear on Film – A round table discussion from 1982 with Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis and Mick Garris
Deleted scenes from the TV version
Promotional featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg, James Woods, Deborah Harry and Rick Baker
Original theatrical trailer

DAVID CRONENBERG'S EARLY WORKS: BLU-RAY DISC 3 AND DVD DISC 4 [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of four Cronenberg films
Transfer (1966) & From the Drain (1967) – Cronenberg's previously unavailable short films newly restored by the Toronto International Film Festival [6 & 13 mins]
Stereo (1969) & Crimes of the Future (1970) – Cronenberg's early amateur feature films, shot in and around his university campus, prefiguring his later work's concerns with strange institutions (much like Videodrome's Spectacular Optical) as well as male/female separation (Dead Ringers) and ESP (Scanners). Newly restored from original lab elements [63 & 63 mins]
Transfer the Future – Author and critic Kim Newman discusses Cronenberg's early works

COLLECTOR'S BOOKLET [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
A 100-page hardback book featuring new writing including Justin Humphreys on Videodrome in a modern context, Brad Stevens on the alternate versions, Caelum Vatnsdal on Cronenberg's early works, extracts from Cronenberg on Cronenberg featuring Cronenberg's reminiscences of getting started in filmmaking and shooting all the films in this collection, plus more, illustrated with original archive stills

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=17083

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2015 - 5:14 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Arrow Video has announced that it will release on Blu-ray Kinji Fukasaku's Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973) and Carlo Lizzani's Wake Up and Kill (1966). The two releases will be available for purchase in the U.S. and UK.

Wake Up and Kill

Wake Up & Kill - this thrilling precursor to the Poliziotteschi genre tells the story of real-life 'machine gun soloist' Luciano Lutring and features of a raft of talent including director Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), screenwriter Ugo Pirro (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) and the iconic Ennio Morricone!

During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French Riviera. To the media he was the 'machine gun soloist', a name he'd earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To the public he was a Robin Hood figure, one who only targeted the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his criminal career.

Wake Up and Kill was the logical extension of such fame. It became the first feature to commit Lutring's story to celluloid, shooting having begun mere months after his eventual arrest. Capitalising on the breakthrough success of his performance in French television's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Robert Hoffmann is perfect as Lutring, bringing just the right amount of charisma and youthful exuberance to his first major big screen role.

Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), scored by Ennio Morricone, penned by the future screenwriter of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and featuring that film's star, Gian Maria Volonté, in a key supporting role, Wake Up and Kill's true-crime thrills serve as an enthralling dry run for the poliziotteschi movies that would follow a few years later.

Special Features:
Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Optional English and Italian soundtracks presented in their original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
Newly-translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
Theatrical trailer
Limited Edition illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography 1968-1980 and Italian Gothic Horror Films 1959-1969

UK RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 23
U.S. RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 24

Battles Without Honor and Humanity

Battles Without Honor & Humanity - this seminal series of epic gangsterism told with gritty realism plays like a head-spinning fusion of Martin Scorsese and Paul Greengrass! This Limited Edition collections features Kinji Fukasaku's (BATTLE ROYALE) original five films in the series with brand new extras, the never-before-seen in the west 'Complete Saga' and a 150-page hardback book! Limited to just 2000 copies (UK) and 3000 copies (USA). Individual editions of each of the five films (the Saga and book remain exclusive to this collection) will become available in 2016!

Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) gave the world Japan's answer to The Godfather with this violent yakuza saga, influencing filmmakers from Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs) to Takashi Miike (Graveyard of Honor, Audition). Made within just two years, the five-film series brought a new kind of realism and ferocity to the crime genre in Japan, revitalizing the industry and leading to unprecedented commercial and critical success.

Literally exploding onscreen with a mushroom cloud, and ending with Hiroshima's A-bomb Dome, the epic story of Battles Without Honor and Humanity follows over 100 characters through twenty years of gang wars, alliances, betrayals, and assassinations, in an exciting exploration of criminal power and politics in Japan. In the opening episode, ex-soldier Shozo Hirono escapes from the post-war black markets to become a key member of the Yamamori gang, but soon finds himself disillusioned by the selfish duplicity of his bosses. Hiroshima Death Match focuses on a demobilized kamikaze pilot drifting through the early 1950's, whose suicidal impulses find good use as a mob assassin. Proxy War and Police Tactics form a labyrinthine, two-part story of ambition and betrayal set against Japan's rapid economic growth of the 1960's, with Shozo caught between warring factions. Final Episode concludes the series in the 1970's as the former Yamamori gang transforms itself into an economic conglomerate called the Tensei Group, in a bid for mainstream respectability.

Fukasaku and his team broke with the longstanding studio tradition of casting marquee idols as honorable, kimono-clad heroes, defending their gang bosses against unscrupulous villains, and instead adapted true accounts torn from the headlines, shot in a documentary-like style, and with few clear-cut heroes or villains. The vibrancy and dynamism of the filmmaking, plus its shocking violence, Shakespearean plotlines, and wide tapestry of characters, launched a revolutionary new genre, establishing the series as one of the great masterpieces of world crime cinema.

Special Features:
Limited Edition Blu-ray Collection
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all five original films
Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
Optional English subtitles for all five films
Remembering Kinji – a new featurette about director Kinji Fukasaku and his work, featuring interviews with Kenta Fukasaku and film critic and Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
Secrets of the Piranha Army – a new documentary about the troupe of supporting actors who appeared throughout the series, featuring new interviews with original Piranha members Masaru Shiga and Takashi Noguchi, plus second-generation Piranha, Takashi Nishina and Akira Murota
All the Bad Guys – a new, comprehensive video guide to the actors in the films
Fukasaku Family – a new interview with Proxy War and Police Tactics assistant director Toru Dobashi
Man of Action – a new interview with series fight choreographer Ryuzo Ueno
Tales of a Bit Player – a new interview with supporting actor and stuntman Seizo Fukumoto
Last Days of the Boss – a new interview with Final Episode screenwriter Koji Takada
Yakuza Graveyard – a new interview with Takashi Miike about Kinji Fukasaku and the yakuza film genre
Original trailers for the series
Original poster gallery for the series
Limited Edition packaging and reversible sleeves for all five films including original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist

THE COMPLETE SAGA [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
English-subtitled premiere of the 224-minute compilation edition of the first four films, previously screened only as part of a limited Japanese theatrical release in 1980 and on the Toei cable channel
Introduction by Complete Saga editorial supervisor Toru Dobashi

THE YAKUZA PAPERS [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
150-page hardback book featuring writing on the history of the yakuza film genre, the background and continuing importance of the Battles series, and additional essays on the men who made them, including a newly-reprinted and fully annotated edition of Paul Schrader's classic 1974 Film Comment essay Yakuza-Eiga: A Primer, a new, exclusive English translation of screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara's 1974 Scenario magazine essay on his writing process for the first four films, as well as new essays and interviews from critics and authors Chris D., Grady Hendrix, Patrick Macias, Tom Mes, Mark Schilling, and Jasper Sharp.
UK LIMITED TO 2000 COPIES
U.S. LIMITED TO 3000 COPIES

UK RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 16
U.S. RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 17

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 Posted:   Aug 14, 2015 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Received the Videodrome set earlier this week, it looks stunning and the extras are extensive. I'm going to watch the early works this weekend.

Also have Arrow's Nightmare City and Hellraiser trilogy pre-ordered. They are certainly knocking them out of the park.

 
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