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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.