Spring into summer with the wonderful world of Arrow!
As we approach the dog days of summer, Arrow Video and Arrow Academy keep the heat coming with several new titles arriving on Blu-ray this August. If that’s not enough to keep you comfortable during these hot summer days, the company is also bringing you a brand new book for your reading pleasure.
Arrow Video gets things going by taking us straight to the streets on August 7th with a pivotal work in the career of director Kinji Fukasaku with the release of Street Mobster. A street wise punk with untamed anger and a lack of respect for authority gets caught in a bloody street war in hopes of securing turf for the remnants of a gang he once belonged to.
For fans of Italian horror you’ll want to take note as The Cat O’Nine Tails and What Have They Done to Your Daughters? come to Blu-ray on August 14th. The former is the middle entry in the “Animal Trilogy” from the maestro Dario Argento, and is the tale of a newspaper reporter and retired, blind journalist that join forces to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company’s top-secret projects. The latter is director Massimo Dallamano’s story of a police investigation into teen suicide that uncovers the dark details behind a teenage prostitution racket. Both films are landmark entries in Italian genre cinema.
Rounding out the August 14th releases is The Gore Gore Girls. This darkly comedic spatter fest from legendary filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis follows a young reporter as she attempts to solve the murder of a Chicago stripper. The last film Lewis would make before returning 30 years later, it marked the first time he submitted one of his films to the MPAA where it would receive an X rating.
“Creepy, exploitative, and self-indulgent,” is how noted film critic A.O. Scott described Tideland, the final Arrow Video release in August. This controversial film from visionary director Terry Gilliam follows a young girl that is left alone in a decrepit country estate where she is forced to live within her own imagination. Responses to this dark fantasy have been divisive across the board, but one thing that can be agreed upon is that you won’t soon forget it.
Arthouse film fans will be offered the chance to explore the work of Mohsen Makhamalbaf, a preeminent Iranian filmmaker known for his ability to explore the relationship between the individual and a larger social and political environment. Arrow Academy brings together three of his most lyrical works – Gabbeh, The Silence, and The Gardener – which Makhamalbaf himself has dubbed as The Poetic Trilogy. All three films are in high definition with a load of special features.
And finally Arrow brings the month to a close with the release of Gregg Rickman’s Philip K. Dick On Film. This brand new book explores how the work of this legendary author has seeped its way into public consciousness by way of numerous television and film adaptations, both big and small.