Monday, 6 May 2019

ARROW VIDEO MAY 2019 RELEASE SCHEDULE


Arrow Video have released their schedule for May 2019 and we have details on the DVD, Blu-ray and dual format releases. Below you will find the May 2019 release schedule for U.K., U.S.A. and Canada releases.





If you missed what Arrow Video released in April 2019 you can find all the details HERE.


THE GRAND DUEL

Release Date: 6th May 2019 (U.K. Release)

7th May 2019 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: Giancarlo Santi


The Grand Duel is an archetypal spaghetti western which boasts many of the genre’s classic hallmarks including action-packed gunfights, wild stunts and an impressive climactic showdown...

Genre stalwart Lee Van Cleef (The Big Combo, Day of Anger) stars as a gnarled ex-sheriff called Clayton who comes to the aid of young Philipp Wermeer (Alberto Dentice), a fugitive framed for the murder of a powerful figure called The Patriarch. Clayton helps Philipp fend off attacks from bounty hunters in a series of thrilling shootouts before the two make their way to Jefferson to confront three villains known as the Saxon brothers, and reveal who really killed The Patriarch.

A complex tale of revenge penned by prolific giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (Torso, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail), The Grand Duel benefits from a beguiling central performance from Lee Van Cleef and assured helmsmanship from Giancarlo Santi (assistant director to Sergio Leone on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West). Add to this brew a memorable and tuneful score by composer Luis Bacalov (Django, Milano Calibro 9) and the stage is set for one of the grandest of all the Italian westerns.


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • 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 film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
  • An Unconventional Western, a newly filmed interview with director Giancarlo Santi
  • The Last of the Great Westerns, a newly filmed interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Cowboy by Chance, an interview with the actor Alberto Dentice AKA Peter O'Brien
  • Out of the Box, a newly filmed interview with producer Ettore Rosboch
  • The Day of the Big Showdown, a newly filmed interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig
  • Saxon City Showdown, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • Two Different Duels, a comparison between the original cut and the longer German cut of The Grand Duel
  • Game Over, an obscure sci-fi short film from 1984 directed by Bernard Villiot and starring The Grand Duel’s Marc Mazza
  • Marc Mazza: Who was the Rider on the Rain?, a video essay about the elusive actor Marc Mazza by tough-guy film expert Mike Malloy
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin


FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kevin Grant and original reviews.





IN THE AFTERMATH

Release Date: 6th May 2019 (U.K. Release Only)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: Carl Colpaert


A HORRIFYING VISION OF MAN’S WORST NIGHTMARE.

Following in the footsteps of Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman protégé Carl Colpaert (The Crew) made his directorial debut by combining repurposed excerpts from a foreign film – in this case, Mamoru Oshii’s (Ghost In The Shell) spellbinding 1985 anime Angel’s Egg – with new live action footage shot in America. The result is In The Aftermath, a haunting post-apocalyptic vision like no other.

In a radiation-soaked wasteland, two surviving soldiers, Frank and Goose, search for essential supplies amid the rubble. After a violent confrontation, Frank is haunted by visions of an angelic young girl holding a giant egg, herself a refugee from another world altogether. Could the egg be the key to saving both their worlds?

A unique mash-up of 1980s B-movie nuclear paranoia and hauntingly lyrical animation, In The Aftermath is presented in a stunning new restoration that highlights Oshii’s visionary genius and Colpaert’s low-budget ingenuity.


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, exclusively restored by Arrow Films
  • Presented on High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
  • Original uncompressed stereo PCM audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • The Path To Aftermath, a newly filmed interview with producer Tom Dugan
  • Apocalypse Then, a newly filmed interview with star Tony Markes
  • Before The Aftermath: The Influence of Angel’s Egg, a new appreciation of Mamoru Oshii’s original film by anime expert Andrew Osmond (author of Arrow Books’ Ghost In The Shell)
  • Still and poster gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley


FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jon Towlson.






THE ANNIHILATORS

Release Date: 13th May 2019 (U.K. Release Only)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: Charles E. Sellier Jr.


IN VIETNAM THEY FOUGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. NOW, THEY’RE FIGHTING FOR THEIR FRIENDS.

As the 1980s rolled on, a new, bullish attitude to war took hold in America, the weary cynicism of the previous decade giving way to an unabashed celebration of military might. Numerous filmmakers and producers sought to capitalise on the emerging mood… among them New World Pictures, the company founded by the legendary Roger Corman.

In The Annihilators, the war comes home as a group of army vets, battle-scarred from their travails in the jungles of Vietnam, are forced to dust off their combat moves once again when one of their own meets his demise at the hands a violent criminal gang. Deciding that enough is enough, the self-styled Annihilators, led by the redoubtable Bill (Christopher Stone, The Howling, Cujo), set out to equip the beleaguered citizens of downtown Atlanta with the skills they need to rid their streets of crime and vice.

Directed by Charles E. Sellier Jr. (Silent Night, Deadly Night) and co-starring Gerrit Graham (Phantom of the Paradise) and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Death Wish), The Annihilators is a brash, no-holds-barred slice of vigilante justice from the golden age of B-movie action.


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original 35mm interpostive
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless mono soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • The New Heat on the Street, a new video interview with actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
  • In Search of Charles E. Sellier Jr., a new video interview with filmmaker David O’Malley on the early career of The Annihilators’ director
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys




YAKUZA LAW

Release Date: 13th May 2019 (U.K. Release)

14th May 2019 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: Teruo Ishii


Director Teruo Ishii (Blind Woman’s Curse, Horrors of Malformed Men), the Godfather of J-sploitation, presents Yakuza Law (AKA Yakuza’s Law: Lynching) – a gruelling anthology of torture, spanning three district periods of Japanese history and bringing to the screen some of the most brutal methods of torment ever devised.

In this deep dive into the world of the Yakuza, meet the violent men who rule the Japanese underworld and the cruel punishments inflicted on those who transgress them. The carnage begins in the Edo Period with a violent tale of samurai vengeance starring Bunta Sugawara (Battles Without Honour and Humanity), before shifting to the Meiji Period as the exiled Ogata (Minoru Oki, Shogun Assassin) returns to face punishment for his past transgressions… and, ultimately, to take his revenge. Finally, the action is brought right up to date with a tale of gang warfare set in then-present-day 60s Japan and headlined by Teruo Yoshida (Ishii’s Orgies of Edo), as a powerful crime syndicate seeks bloody vengeance for the theft of one hundred thousand yen.

Brutal, bewildering and definitely not for the faint-hearted, Yakuza Law represents Japanese popular cinema at its most extreme… and most thrilling.


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless mono Japanese soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New audio commentary by author and critic Jasper Sharp
  • Erotic-Grotesque and Genre Hopping: Teruo Ishii Speaks, a rare vintage interview with the elusive director on his varied career, newly edited for this release
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips


FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tom Mes.





MEGA TIME SQUAD

Release Date: 20th May 2019 (U.K. Release Only)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: Tim van Dammen


Push the Button. You’ll Know When.

Welcome to Thames, New Zealand. Population: 7,518 – and falling. Unless of course you’re Johnny (Anton Tennet), the new member of a local gang led by Shelton (Jonathan Brugh, What We Do in the Shadows). He’s multiplying.

After Johnny is foiled in an effort to double-cross Shelton at his own game of masterminding the sleepy town’s unsurprisingly tame criminal underbelly, he inadvertently steals an ancient bracelet with which he can turn back time – and in the process create multiple clones of himself. This gives Johnny the ability to literally form his own gang against Shelton’s. The only problem is: how can you learn to live your best life, when you’re also having to figure out which one of you exactly that is? Oh, that and there’s a demon after him for bending the rules of time, physics and just general common sense.

Tim van Dammen directs this 80s-throwback supernatural crime caper, dubbed by critics as “a grounded sci-fi mini-odyssey with lots of creativity and even more laugh-out-loud gags”, in which a brilliant ensemble works with sharp dialogue to deliver an endearingly odd and endlessly entertaining slice of Kiwi life.


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation 
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and uncompressed stereo PCM soundtracks
  • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio music and effects track 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Audio commentary by director Tim van Dammen
  • Mega Time Squad: The FrightFest TV interview, director Tim van Dammen talks to FrightFest's Paul McEvoy
  • Extensive image galleries
  • Original trailers




TRAPPED ALIVE

Release Date: 20th May 2019 (U.K. Release)

4th June 2019 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: Leszek Burzynski


Genre regular Cameron Mitchell (The Toolbox Murders, From a Whisper to a Scream) stars in this thrilling tale of escaped hoodlums and underground-dwelling cannibals from director Leszek Burzynski and Hellraiser producer Christopher Webster.

One wintry night, pals Robin and Monica are making their way to a Christmas party when they’re carjacked by a gang of crooks recently escaped from the local penitentiary. With the two young women taken as hostages, things take an even darker turn when their vehicle plummets down an abandoned mine shaft, trapping them underground with the dangerous crooks - and a mutant cannibal.

Filmed in 1988 under the title of Forever Mine but not released until 1993, Trapped Alive was the first film to come out of Wisconsin’s now-defunct Windsor Lake Studios, which would go on to produce a number of films under the Fangoria Films label in the early-90s, including 1992’s Bruce Campbell-starring Mindwarp.


DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with director Leszek Burzynski
  • Brand new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • There’s EVIL Underground… - brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with director Leszek Burzynski, cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, production manager Alexandra Reed and actors Alex Kubik and Sullivan Hester
  • Upper Michigan Tonight - 1988 television documentary on Windsor Lake Studios, featuring footage from behind the scenes of Trapped Alive and contemporary interviews with director Leszek Burzynski, producer Christopher Webster and production designer Brian Savegar
  • Leszek Burzynski: The Early Years - the Trapped Alive director discusses his early forays into genre movie-making
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn


FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Zach Carlson.





SHE DEVILS ON WHEELS

Release Date: 20th May 2019 (U.K. Release)

21st May 2019 (U.S.A./Canada Release)

Format: Blu-ray

Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Wild! Vicious! With motorcycles as their lovers! Experience sights and sounds beyond your very imagining as Godfather of Gore Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!) tackles the biker chick sub-sub-genre with She-Devils on Wheels!

Have you ever heard the saying it s a man s world ? Well don t dare repeat that to The Man-Eaters a raucous, rowdy and randy gang of female bikers who ride their men just as viciously as they do their motorcycles. When they re not racing each other to get first pick of the stud line-up , these female hellcats are busy terrorizing the town and clashing with the rival male gangs.

Billed as by far the most exciting picture of its type ever filmed , She-Devils on Wheels sees splatter pioneer H.G. Lewis going full throttle with the most shocking biker flick of its kind now accompanied by his other vicious gang opus Just for the Hell of It for a thrilling, pulse-racing double-bill!


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Bonus Feature! 1968 s Just for the Hell of It!
  • Introductions to both films by Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • She-Devils on Wheels feature-length audio commentary with H.G. Lewis and Something Weird s Mike Vraney
  • The Shocking Truth! filmmaker and Grindhouse Releasing head honcho Bob Murawski on his discovery of the films of H.G. Lewis
  • Garage Punk Gore filmmaker and musician Chris Alexander discusses the films and music of H.G. Lewis
  • H.G Lewis on his 1968 film The Ally Tramp
  • H.G. Lewis Promo Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil




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