Wednesday, 9 August 2017

ARROW VIDEO AUGUST 2017 RELEASE SCHEDULE


Arrow Video have released their schedule for August and it will be another month of DVD, Blu-ray and dual format releases.. Below you will find the August 2017 release schedule for U.K., U.S.A. and Canada releases.

RE-ANIMATOR

Release Date: 8th August 2017

(U.S.A. Release Only)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: Stuart Gordon

HERBERT WEST HAS A GOOD HEAD ON HIS SHOULDERS… AND ANOTHER ONE ON HIS DESK.

One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon’s enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features!


When medical student Dean Cain advertises for a roommate, he soon finds one in the form of Dr. Herbert West. Initially a little eccentric, it some becomes clear that West entertains some seriously outlandish theories – specifically, the possibility of re-animating the dead. It’s not long before Dean finds himself under West’s influence, and embroiled in a serious of ghoulish experiments which threaten to go wildly out of control…

Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s classic terror tale ‘Herbert West – Reanimator’ and featuring a standout performance from Jeffrey Combs as the deliciously deranged West, Re-Animator remains the ground-zero of ’80s splatter mayhem and one of the genre’s finest hours.

2-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

4K restorations of the Unrated and Integral versions of the film
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Digipak packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer Michael Gingold
Re-Animator – the original 1991 comic book adaptation, reprinted in its entirety

DISC 1 – UNRATED VERSION

Unrated version [86 mins]
Audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon
Audio commentary with producer Brian Yuzna, actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott, and Robert Sampson
Re-Animator Resurrectus – documentary on the making of the film, featuring extensive interviews with cats and crew
Interview with director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna
Interview with writer Dennis Paoli
Interview with composer Richard Band
Music Discussion with composer Richard Band
Interview with former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone
Barbara Crampton In Conversation –the Re-Animator star sits down with journalist Alan Jones for this career-spanning discussion
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Trailer & TV Spots

DISC 2 – INTEGRAL VERSION – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE

Integral version [105 mins]
A Guide to Lovecraftian Cinema – brand new featurette looking at the many various cinematic incarnations of writer H.P. Lovecraft’s work
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Limited to 10,000 units




RONIN

Release Date: 14th August 2017 (UK. Release)

15th August 2017 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

RONIN. Noun, historical. A samurai who no longer serves a daimyo, or feudal lord.

From director John Frankenheimer (Reindeer Games, The Manchurian Candidate) comes Ronin, a pulse-pounding, action-packed crime thriller featuring an all-star cast headlined by Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, Heat) and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional).

On a rain-swept night in Paris, an international crack team of professional thieves assembles, summoned by a shady crime syndicate fronted by the enigmatic Deirdre (Natascha McElhone, The Devil’s Own). Their mission: to steal a heavily guarded briefcase from armed mobsters, its contents undisclosed. But what begins as a routine heist soon spirals into chaos, with the group beset by a series of double-crosses and constantly shifting allegiances, and it falls to world-weary former CIA strategist Sam (De Niro) and laconic Frenchman Vincent (Reno) to hold the mission together.

A latter-day return to form for Frankenheimer, the film evokes the same gritty milieu as classic 70s crime fare like The French Connection, in addition to anticipating the early 21st century trend towards more grounded, realistic action movies, exemplified by the likes of the Bourne franchise. Arrow Video is proud to present Ronin in a brand new, cinematographer-approved 4K restoration, allowing this jewel in the crown of 90s thriller cinema to shine like never before.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director of photography Robert Fraisse
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original English 5.1 audio (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
• Brand new video interview with director of photography Robert Fraisse
• Paul Joyce documentary on Robert De Niro
• Ronin: Filming in the Fast Lane, an archival behind-the-scenes featurette
• Through the Lens, an archival interview with Robert Fraisse
• The Driving of Ronin, an archival featurette on the film’s legendary car stunts
• Natascha McElhone: An Actor’s Process, an archival interview with the actress
• Composing the Ronin Score, an archival interview with composer Elia Cmiral
• In the Ronin Cutting Room, an archival interview with editor Tony Gibbs
• Venice Film Festival interviews with Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Natascha McElhone
• Alternate ending
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips

FIRST PRESSING ONLY:

Collector’s booklet illustrated by Chris Malbon, featuring new writing on the film by critic Travis Crawford

Duration: 122 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: 5.1
Colour
Discs: 1





DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING


NEW Release Date: 13th September 2017 (U.K. Release)

14th September 2017 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

From Lucio Fulci, the godfather of gore (The Psychic, The Beyond), comes one of the most powerful and unsettling giallo thrillers ever produced: his 1972 masterpiece Don’t Torture a Duckling.

When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by a series of murders of young boys, the superstitious locals are quick to apportion blame, with the suspects including the local “witch”, Maciara (Florinda Bolkan, A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin). With the bodies piling up and the community gripped by panic and a thirst for bloody vengeance, two outsiders – city journalist Andrea (Tomas Milian, The Four of the Apocalypse) and spoilt rich girl Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) – team up to crack the case. But before the mystery is solved, more blood will have been spilled, and not all of it belonging to innocents...

Deemed shocking at the time for its brutal violence, depiction of the Catholic Church and themes of child murder and paedophilia, Don’t Torture a Duckling is widely regarded today as Fulci's greatest film, rivalling the best of his close rival Dario Argento. Arrow Video is proud to present this uniquely chilling film in its North American high definition debut.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
• 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 Blood of Innocents, a new video discussion with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
• Hell is Already in Us, a new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger • Interviews with co-writer/director Lucio Fulci, actor Florinda Bolkan, cinematographer Sergio D’Offizi, assistant editor Bruno Micheli and assistant makeup artist Maurizio Trani
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides

FIRST PRESSING ONLY:

Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw and Howard Hughes

Duration: 108 mins
Language: Italian / English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: Mono
Colour
Discs: 2





NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOUR AND HUMANITY

NEW Release Date: 21st August 2017 (U.K. Release)

22nd August 2017 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

A trilogy of influential yakuza classics from master director Kinji Fukasaku, starring stalwart actor Bunta Sugawara, with three searing standalone stories of ruthless Japanese gangsters, bloody gang wars and lethal assassins, in a must-have box set making its English-language home video debut.

Synopsis:

NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOUR AND HUMANITY (1974)

1950. In Kure City in Hiroshima, an ambitious yakuza soldier botches an attempt on the life of a rival boss, and is sent to prison for eight years. When he's released, he must choose between returning to the gangster fold, or life with a beautiful, half-Korean hostess who's fallen for him.

NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOUR AND HUMANITY: THE BOSS'S HEAD (1975)

1968. Gang boss Owada takes in wanderer and assassin Shuji Kuroda after he does time for the assassination of a rival boss. Kuroda turns on Owada after he doesn’t get the promised payback for his jail time, and lays waste to the local crime elements in order to achieve his financial rewards. 

NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOUR AND HUMANITY: LAST DAYS OF THE BOSS (1976)

1976. When a top boss is killed during a full-blown gang war, his adopted son, an ordinary laborer, reluctantly joins the criminal world in quest for vengeance for his benefactor's death. Complicating matters are his younger sister and her gangster husband, who are affiliated with the gang responsible for the killing.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition digital transfers of all three films
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original uncompressed mono audio
New optional English subtitle translation for all three films
Beyond the Films: New Battles Without Honour And Humanity - a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
New Stories, New Battles And Closing Stories - two new interviews with screenwriter Koji Takada, about his work on the second and third films in the trilogy
Original theatrical trailers for all three films
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
Illustrated collector’s book featuring new writing on the films, the yakuza genre and Fukasaku's career, by Stephen Sarrazin, Tom Mes, Hayley Scanlon, Chris D. and Marc Walkow

Duration: 98/94/91 mins
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: TBC
Audio: Original Mono
Colour
Discs: 6





SHOCK TREATMENT

NEW Release Date: 11th September 2017 (U.K. Release Only)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: Jim Sharman

From the writer and director of The Rocky Horror Picture Show comes not a sequel, not a prequel… but an equal to that classic, available on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, starring the cream of comedic talent in a riotous, unmissable cult musical.

Synopsis:

Several years on from the events of the original Rocky Horror Picture Show, Brad and Janet Majors find their strained marriage put to the test on popular Denton TV show Marriage Maze. Poor Brad is heavily sedated and institutionalised, whilst Janet is given a radical makeover and primed for stardom. But what are the real motivations behind the kooky DTV crew and their enigmatic head-honcho, Farley Flavors?

Featuring a host of familiar Rocky Horror faces including Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn as Dr Cosmo and Dr Nation, alongside Jessica Harper and Cliff De Young as Janet and Brad, plus the likes of Barry Humphries and Rik Mayall, this is a sexy, surreal satire that everyone should have on repeat prescription. With a rocking, shocking score from Richard O’Brien and Richard Hartley, including an irresistibly catchy title song, Shock Treatment is the follow-up that’s more than the equal of its predecessor.

Taking potshots at the medical industry, tacky TV shows, and everything in between, O’Brien’s film is bursting with energy and beautifully designed, and, as his character says, “you’ll be pathetically crazy about Shock Treatment - trust me, I’m a doctor!”

Presented in two highly collectable limited edition Blu-ray sets - each featuring one of the devious doctors from the film, Cosmo or Nation, on the packaging - it goes without saying that this world debut release is a must have for Rocky Horror fans. Altogether now, you need a bit of ooooh, Shock Treatment!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

• Digital transfer from original film elements
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• 5.1 and Mono audio options
• Isolated Music and Effects Track
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by Shock Treatment Fan Club presidents "Mad Man" Mike and Bill Brennan
• 35 Years of Shock Treatment – live panel filmed at British Film Insitute
• DTV Presents: A Shockumentary featurette
• Let's Rock 'n Roll: Shock Treatment's Super Score featurette
• Theatrical and International Trailers
• Exclusive Digipak Packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
• Collector’s Booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth
• Set of Exclusive Shock Treatment Mix ‘n’ Match Cards!
• Exclusive double-sided DENTON poster
Complete Soundtrack CD

Duration: 94 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: Mono/5.1
Colour
Discs: 1




THE SLAYER

Release Date: 21st August 2017 (U.K. Release)

22nd August 2017 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

Directed by: J.S. Cardone

IS IT A NIGHTMARE? OR IS IT… THE SLAYER?

One of the most sought-after titles for slasher fans everywhere, The Slayer finally rises from the ashes of obscurity in a brand new 4K transfer courtesy of Arrow Video.

Two young couples set off to a secluded island for what promises to be a restful retreat. But the peace is short-lived: as a storm batters the island, troubled artist Kay begins to sense that a malevolent presence is here with them, stalking them at every turn. Is she losing her mind, or are her childhood nightmares of a demonic assailant coming to terrifying life?

Previously only available on home video in truncated or full screen versions, The Slayer – whose nightmares-seeping-into-reality theme predates a certain Wes Craven classic by several years – comes lovingly restored from the original negative in a stunning transfer that will be a revelation to fans both old and new.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new interviews with cast and crew
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

FIRST PRESSING ONLY:

Collector’s booklet featuring new liner notes by writer Lee Gambin

Duration: 90 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Mono
Colour
Discs: 2






THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2


Release Date: 21st August 2017 (U.K. Release Only)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

In 1974, Tobe Hooper quite literally changed the face of horror with his landmark film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Although the hulking Leatherface and his trusty power tool left an indelible mark upon the cinematic landscape, it wouldn’t be until 1986 that the buzz came back... in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2!

Relocating the cannibalistic Sawyer clan to a cavernous, labyrinthian dwelling beneath an amusement park, Hooper’s deliciously demented sequel sees Leatherface and Co. continue their murderous exploits afresh. This time around, local DJ Stretch runs afoul of the Sawyers when she gets mixed up in the brutal slaying of two youngsters. Meanwhile, Lieutenant ‘Lefty’ Enright, is hell- bent on avenging the murder of his nephew Franklin, who perished in the original massacre.

A cult classic in its own right, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 serves up a heady blend of gratuitous gore, socio-political critique and jet-black humour – whilst Dennis Hopper’s unhinged turn as Lefty needs to be seen to be believed! Whichever way you skin it, Leatherface’s second cinematic outing is an uncompromisingly delirious vision from one of the masters of horror.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definiton Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a digital transfer supervised by Director of Photography Richard Kooris
• Original uncompressed Stereo 2.0 audio
• Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary with director and co-writer Tobe Hooper, moderated by David Gregory
• Audio commentary with stars Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams and special-effects legend Tom Savini, moderated by Michael Felsher
• It Runs in the Family: a six-part documentary looking at the genesis, making-of and enduring appeal of Hooper’s lm, with interviews including star Bill Johnson, co-writer L.M. Kit Carson, Richard Kooris, Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Tom Savini, production designer Cary White and more!
• Alternate opening sequence with different musical score
• Deleted scenes • Still Feelin’ the Buzz: interview with horror expert Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA
• Cutting Moments with Bob Elmore: interview with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’s stuntman
• Gallery featuring behind-the-scenes images
• Original trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson

Duration: 101 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Stereo
Colour
Discs: 1



ERIK THE CONQEUROR

Release Date: 28th August 2017 (U.K. Release)

29th August 2017 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

Directed by: Mario Bava

In 1961, director Mario Bava (Rabid Dogs, Kill Baby Kill) turned his hand to the historical adventure genre, capitalising on the recent success of 1958’s Kirk Douglas vehicle The Vikings. The result was a colourful, swashbuckling epic of treachery, heroism and forbidden love: Erik the Conqueror.

In 786 AD, the invading Viking forces are repelled from the shores of England, leaving behind a young boy – Erik, son of the slain Viking king. Years later, Erik (George Ardisson, Juliet of the Spirits), raised by the English queen as her own, becomes Duke of Helford, while across the sea, his brother Eron (Cameron Mitchell, Blood and Black Lace) assumes leadership of the Viking horde and sets his sights on conquering England once again, setting the two estranged brothers on a collision course that will determine the fates of their respective kingdoms…

Featuring a bombastic score by frequent collaborator Roberto Nicolosi (Black Sunday) and memorably co-starring the stunning Kessler twins (Sodom and Gomorrah), Erik the Conqueror showcases Bava’s immense talent for creating awe-inspiring spectacle with limited resources. Now restored in high definition for the first time, Arrow Video is proud to present this cult classic in all its original splendour.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original Italian and English mono audio (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
• Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• New audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava – All the Colors of the Dark
• Gli imitatori, a comparison between Erik the Conqueror and its unacknowledged source, The Vikings • Original ending
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY:

Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Kat Ellinger

Duration: 98 mins
Language: Italian / English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: Mono
Colour
Discs: 2




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