Quantcast
"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Aug 042017
 

New from Arrow Video US
RE-ANIMATOR [LIMITED EDITION] (August 8)
RONIN [BLU-RAY] (August 29)

THE SLAYER [BLU-RAY + DVD] (August 29)
NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR & HUMANITY [LIMITED EDITION] (August 29)

ERIK THE CONQUEROR [BLU-RAY +DVD] (August 29)
SOCIETY [LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK] (August 29)

via MVD Entertainment Group
 
  
The summer really hots up in August, as Arrow Video releases a special edition of an 80s classic, a white-knuckle thriller, a splatter horror masterpiece, a box set of crime classics, a rare Italian sword-and-sandal epic, and an amazing new limited edition steelbook.
First up, 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. According to the distributor (MVD), this awesome package is officially sold out already, which means fans will need to hunt it down in a hurry if they hope to own it.

This month also sees the Blu-ray release of the star-studded, action-packed crime thriller Ronin, from master director John Frankenheimer (Seconds, The Manchurian Candidate), starring Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, Heat), Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional) and Sean Bean (Stormy Monday, Game of Thrones). A fantastically entertaining heist-gone-wrong crime caper, featuring one of the greatest car chases ever committed to film, Ronin is presented in a brand new, cinematographer-approved 4K restoration, along with a host of behind the scenes featurettes, with a reversible sleeve, and a collector's booklet with the first pressing.

August also sees the Dual Format release of controversial splatter classic The Slayer, JS Cardone's gruesome 80s chiller about a group of friends trapped on a remote island and stalked by a crazed killer. The infamous slasher film, previously only been available on home video in truncated or full screen versions, comes lovingly restored from the original negative, in a stunning transfer that will be a revelation to fans both old and new; and the first pressing includes a collector's booklet with brand new writing on the film.

Then there is the Dual Format release of New Battles Without Honour And Humanity – The Complete Trilogy, the 1970s Japanese crime classic series making its UK English-language home video debut. From legendary Battle Royale director Kinji Fukasaku, starring Bunta Sugawara in three separate yakuza stories set in various parts of Japan, the films are hard-boiled and action packed, and the limited edition set features new subtitle translations, a host of extras and a collectible book.
Next up, the Dual Format release Erik the Conqueror, a 1961 sword-and-sandal epic from Italian supremo Mario Bava, a rare detour from the master director away from genre thrillers like Rabid Dogs and A Bay of Blood. Inspired by the Kirk Douglas hit The Vikings, this is a tale of treachery, heroism and forbidden love starring George Ardisson (Juliet of the Spirits) in the title role, and Hollywood legend Cameron Mitchell (Blood and Black Lace). Restored in high definition for the first time, and packed with extras, as well as a collector's booklet with the first pressing, this is a must for Bava fans and lovers of spectacular swashbucklers.

And finally, 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. This time, Arrow delivers the film in the form a sleek sexy limited edition steelbook, sure to sell out quickly.
RE-ANIMATOR  [LIMITED EDITION]  (August 8)

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
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Exclusive digipak packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson
– Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by journalist Michael Gingold
Re-Animator comic book
– 4 x postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
DISC 1 – UNRATED VERSION
– Unrated version [86 mins]
– Mono, Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround Audio Options
– Isolated Score
– Brand new audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon and actors Graham Skipper and Jesse Merlin of Re-Animator: The Musical
– Audio commentary with Stuart Gordon
– Audio commentary with producer Brian Yuzna, actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott and Robert Sampson
Re-Animator: Resurrectus – feature-length documentary on the making of the film, featuring extensive interviews with cast and crew
– Interviews with director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna, writer Dennis Paoli, composer Richard Band and former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone
– Music discussion with composer Richard Band
Barbara Crampton in Conversation – the Re-Animator star sits down with journalist Alan Jones for this career-spanning 2015 interview
The Catastrophe of Success: Stuart Gordon and The Organic Theater – director Stuart Gordon discusses his early theater roots and his continued commitment to the stage
Theater of Blood – Re-Animator: The Musical lyricist Mark Nutter on adapting the cult classic for musical theater
– Extended Scenes
– Deleted Scene
– Trailer & TV Spots
– Still Gallery
– Screenplay (BD-ROM Content)

DISC 2 – INTEGRAL VERSION – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
– Integral Version, available in the US for the first time! [105 mins]
– 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround Audio
A Guide to Lovecraftian Cinema – Chris Lackey, host of the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast, provides a comprehensive look at the many cinematic incarnations of Lovecraft's work
Doug Bradley's Spinechillers: Herbert West-Reanimator – actor Jeffrey Combs reads H.P. Lovecraft's original classic short story

'RE-ANIMATOR® ' THE COMIC – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
– 92-page perfect-bound booklet containing Re-Animator, the original 1991 comic book adaptation of the movie, reprinted in its entirety
SPECS
SKU: AV100
UPC: 760137031086
Street Date: 08/08/17
PreBook Date: 06/20/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 86 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1985
Director: Stuart Gordon
Actors: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95

RONIN [BLU-RAY] (August 29)

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 (Leon: 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.

FEATURES

– 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)
– 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
SPECS
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV098
UPC: 760137035381
Street Date: 08/29/17
PreBook Date: 07/11/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 122 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1998
Director: John Frankenheimer
Actors: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95
THE SLAYER [BLU-RAY + DVD] (August 29)
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.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

– Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of 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 subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Audio Commentary with writer/director J.S. Cardone, actress Carol Kottenbrook and executive in charge of production Eric Weston, moderated by Ewan Cant
– Audio Commentary with The Hysteria Continues
– Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer Robert Folk
– Nightmare Island: The Making of The Slayer – documentary featuring interviews with J.S. Cardone, Carol Kottenbrook, Eric Weston, producer William Ewing, director of photography Karen Grossman, camera operator/2nd Unit DOP/still photographer Arledge Armenaki, special creature and make-up effects ceator Robert Short and "Slayer" performer Carl Kraines
– Return to Tybee: The Locations of The Slayer – featurette revisiting the shooting locations on Tybee Island, Georgia
– The Tybee Post Theater Experience – join the audience of the Tybee Post Theater (one of the film's key locations) for this very special home-town screening of The Slayer! Includes event introduction, feature-length audience reaction track and post screening Q&A with Arledge Armenaki and Ewan Cant
– Still Gallery
– Original Theatrical Trailer
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new liner notes by writer Lee Gambin
SPECS
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV101
UPC: 760137035886
Street Date: 08/29/17
PreBook Date: 07/18/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 90 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1982
Director: J.S. Cardone
Actors: Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95
NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR & HUMANITY [LIMITED EDITION]  (August 29)

In the early 1970s, Kinji Fukasaku's five-film Battles Without Honor and Humanity series was a massive hit in Japan, and kicked off a boom in realistic, modern yakuza films based on true stories. Although Fukasaku had intended to end the series, Toei Studio convinced him to return to the director's chair for this unconnected, follow-up trilogy of films, each starring Battles leading man Bunta Sugawara and telling separate, but fictional stories about the yakuza in different locations in Japan.
In the first film, Bunta Sugawara is Miyoshi, a low-level assassin of the Yamamori gang who is sent to jail after a bungled hit. While in stir, family member Aoki (Lone Wolf and Cub's Tomisaburo Wakayama) attempts to seize power from the boss, and Miyoshi finds himself stuck between the two factions with no honorable way out.
In the second entry, The Boss's Head, Sugawara is Kuroda, an itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin Kusunoki (Tampopo's Tsutomu Yamazaki) goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family, but when the gang fails to make good on financial promises to him, Kuroda targets the family bosses with a ruthless vengeance.
And in Last Days of the Boss, Sugawara plays Nozaki, a laborer who swears allegiance to a sympathetic crime boss, only to find himself elected his successor after the boss is murdered. Restrained by a gang alliance that forbids retributions against high-level members, Nozaki forms a plot to exact revenge on his rivals, but a suspicious relationship with his own sister (Chieko Matsubara from Outlaw: Gangster VIP) taints his relationship with his fellow gang members.
FEATURES

– 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 Honor 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
SPECS
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV097
UPC: 760137030881
Street Date: 08/29/17
PreBook Date: 06/13/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 98 mins
Number of Discs: 6
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1974
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Actors: Bunta Sugawara
Territory: US
Language: Japanese
SRP: $99.95
ERIK THE CONQUEROR [BLU-RAY +DVD] (August 29)

In 1961, director Mario Bava (Rabid Dogs, Kill Baby Kill) turned his hand to the historical adventure genre, capitalizing on the recent success of 1958's Kirk Douglas vehicle The Vikings. The result was a colorful, 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 splendor.
FEATURES

– 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
SPECS
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV102
UPC: 760137035589
Street Date: 08/29/17
PreBook Date: 07/25/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 98 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1961
Director: Mario Bava
Actors: Cameron Mitchell, George Ardisson, Alice Kessler, Ellen Kessler
Territory: US
Language: Italian
SRP: $39.95
SOCIETY [LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK] (August 29)

IT IS A MATTER OF GOOD BREEDING. REALLY.

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.

FEATURES
– Newly remastered 2K digital transfer of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
– 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
– Collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Alan Jones, illustrated with original archive stills and posters.
SPECS
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV111
UPC: 760137057185
Street Date: 08/29/17
PreBook Date: 07/25/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 99 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1989
Director: Brian Yuzna
Actors: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95
 Posted by on August 4, 2017  Add comments

 Leave a Reply

(required)

(required)