Friday, 5 May 2017

ARROW VIDEO MAY 2017 RELEASE SCHEDULE


April saw a mixture of movies come to DVD, Blu-ray and dual format releases. What do they have up their sleeves this month? Below you will find the May 2017 release schedule for U.K., U.S.A. and Canada releases.

PHENOMENA

Release Date:

8th May 2017 (U.K. ONLY Release)

Format: Limited Edition Blu-ray

Directed By: Dario Argento

From master of horror Dario Argento (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) comes Phenomena – one of his most eccentric and unique thrillers, featuring telepathic insects, maggots galore, and even a razor-wielding chimp!


Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly, Labyrinth), daughter of a world-renowned movie star, arrives in the so-called “Swiss Transylvania” to attend an exclusive girls’ school. However, a vicious killer is targeting the pupils, and sleepwalker Jennifer finds herself in the assassin’s headlights when her nocturnal wanderings cause her to witness the death of a fellow pupil. Aided by paraplegic etymologist John McGregor (Donald Pleasence, Halloween) and her own uncanny ability to communicate telepathically with insects, Jennifer sets out to track down the killer before she herself becomes the latest victim…

Released in 1985, towards the end of Argento’s decade-long golden age as a director, Phenomena co-stars Dalila Di Lazarro (Flesh for Frankenstein), Patrick Bauchau (Clear and Present Danger) and Daria Nicolodi (Tenebrae), and features lush cinematography by Romano Albani (Inferno) and a pounding prog rock score by Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria). Presented here in a sumptuous new 4K restoration of the film and a newly created “hybrid” English/Italian audio track on the full length 116-minute Italian version, this is the definitive release of Argento’s creepy classic.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all three versions of the film: the 116-minute Italian, 110-minute international and 83-minute “Creepers” cuts
New 5.1 surround mixes of the Italian (116-minute) and English (110-minute) soundtracks in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
New hybrid English/Italian soundtrack for the 116-minute version in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo★
Italian soundtrack for the 116-minute version in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo
English soundtrack for the 110-minute version in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo
English soundtrack for the 83-minute version in lossless PCM 1.0 mono
English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
The Three Sarcophagi, a new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie comparing the different cuts of Phenomena
New feature-length documentary including exclusive interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiorenza Tessari and Davide Marotta, co-writer Franco Ferrini, production manager Angelo Jacono, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci and composers Claudio Simonetti and Simon Boswell
Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
Limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by Mikel J. Koven, Rachael Nisbet and Leonard Jacobs
Jennifer music video, directed by Dario Argento
Rare Japanese vintage pressbook
Remastered soundtrack CD featuring the complete Goblin instrumental soundtrack, plus four bonus tracks by Simon Boswell and Andi Sex Gang
Limited edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

★ The 116-minute Italian cut features approximately six minutes of footage for which English audio does not exist. In these instances, the hybrid track reverts to Italian audio with English subtitles.

Region: B
Rating: 18
Duration: 116 / 110 / 83 minutes
Language: Italian / English
Subtitles: English / English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: 5.1 / 2.0 / 1.0
Colour
Discs: 3





BRAIN DAMAGE

Release Date:

8th May 2017 (U.K. Release)

9th May 2017 (U.S.A. & Canada Release)

Format: Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

Directed By: Frank Henenlotter

You can find all details of this release by clicking here:








WOLF GUY

Release Date:

22nd May 2017 (U.K. Release)

23rd May 2017 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray

Directed By: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is a martial arts "manimal" in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk.


Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind.



Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister Streetfighter, Wandering Ginza Butterfly, Karate Bear Fighter), Wolf Guy truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero and a collection of familiar 1970's Toei actors in support. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition digital transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original uncompressed mono audio
New optional English subtitle translation
New video interview with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba
New video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
New video interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp


Duration: TBC
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: TBC
Audio: Stereo
Colour
Discs: 1





COPS VS THUGS

Release Date:

22nd May 2017 (U.K. Release)

23rd May 2017 (U.S.A. & Canada Release)

Format: Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

Directed By: Kinji Fukasaku

Considered by many to be director Kinji Fukasaku's greatest single-film achievement in the yakuza genre, Cops vs Thugs was made at the height of popularity of Toei Studios' jitsuroku boom: realistic, modern crime movies based on true stories taken from contemporary headlines. Returning to the screen after completing their Battles Without Honor and Humanity series together, Fukasaku joined forces once again with screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara, composer Toshiaki Tsushima and star Bunta Sugawara to create one of the crowning achievements of his career, and a hard-boiled classic which is still ranked as one of the best Japanese films of the 1970's.


It's 1963 in the southern Japanese city of Kurashima, and tough-as-nails detective Kuno (Sugawara) oversees a detente between the warring Kawade and Ohara gangs. Best friends with Ohara lieutenant Hirotani (Hiroki Matsukata), he understands that there are no clear lines in the underworld, and that everything is colored a different shade of gray. But when random violence interrupts the peace and an ambitious, by-the-books lieutenant (Tatsuo Umemiya) comes to town, Kuno's fragile alliance begins to crumble. Greedy bosses and politicians alike seize the opportunity to wipe out their enemies, and Kuno faces the painful choice of pledging allegiance to his badge and keeping a promise to his brother.


Echoing the great crime films of Sidney Lumet and Jean-Pierre Melville, in Fukasaku's world, there's no honor among thieves or lawmen alike, and the only thing that matters is personal honor and duty among friends. Kasahara's shattering screenplay and Fukasaku's dynamic direction support an all-star, ensemble cast to create one of the most exciting, and deeply moving films about cops and criminals ever made.


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition digital transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles
Audio commentary by film scholar Tom Mes
New video interview with film scholar & Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
Sympathy for the Underdog, a new visual essay on Fukasaku's career by Marc Walkow
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan

First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film

Duration: TBC
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio:
Audio:
Colour
Discs: 2





EVIL ED

Release Date:

29th May 2017 (U.K. Release)

30th May 2017 (U.S.A. & Canada Release)

Format: Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

Directed By: Anders Jacobsson

WHEN HIS MIND BLOWS, ANYTHING GOES!


A blood-soaked love letter to the splatter films of the ’80s, video rental favourite Evil Ed returns in a brand-new Special EDition featuring an extended cut of the feature and hours of stomach-churning bonus features!


Mild-mannered film technician Edward enjoys his job. That is, until he finds himself transferred from his regular post to the “Splatter and Gore department”, where he’s forced to edit hours upon hours of grisly video nasty footage. Traumatized by the onscreen violence, Ed starts to lose his grip on reality – with ghastly (and bloody) consequences…


Owing a debt to films such as The Evil Dead, Re-animator and the early splatter classics of Peter Jackson, Evil Ed is a veritable smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads, busty babes and creepy creatures!


3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

Two versions of the film!
Original Stereo and 5.1 Audio Options
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film

DISCS 1 & 2 (BLU-RAY + DVD) – THE SPECIAL ED-ITION CUT

World premiere of the newly-extended version of the feature [95 min]
Keep ’Em Heads Rollin’ – making-of documentary
Reconstructing Edward – featurette on the creation of the Special EDition cut
Deleted scenes
Bloopers
Teasers and Trailers
Still Gallery


DISC 3 (BLU-RAY) – THE ORIGINAL CUT [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

Original Cut [93 mins]
Lost in Brainland – never-before-seen extended 3 hour version of the making-of documentary
PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!!!

Duration: 95 / 93 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: Stereo/ 5.1
Colour
Discs: 3





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