Spaghetti Westerns, Wisconsin Weirdness, and Japanese Satire Headline Arrow’s May Lineup
On May 4, Arrow will release Adam Stovall’s A Ghost Waits. This low-budget DIY effort tells the story of a handyman, a haunted house, and the ghost he falls in love with. Beautifully shot in gorgeous black-and-white, A Ghost Waits made waves on the festival circuit, earning rave reviews. Famed critic Kim Newman declared A Ghost Waits to be “one of the strongest first features of recent years,” and placed it amongst the “classic supernatural romances.” A Ghost Waits comes loaded with special features, including three audio commentary tracks.
Japanese comedy Giants and Toys heads to Blu-ray on May 11. From famed Daiei studios and director Yasuzô Masumura, Giants and Toys is a sharp satire about a commercial competition between three caramel companies. Released in 1958, Giants and Toys is a commentary on the media’s creation of insta-celebrities, proving it to be decades ahead of its time. Relatively unknown to Western audiences, Giants and Toys received praise from The AV Club for its “restless camerawork and eye-catching pop artistry.”
Arrow will round the month out with a bang on May 25 with three releases. The Spaghetti Western classic, Django, makes its 4K UHD Blu-ray debut, and it comes with a full coffin of extras. Sergio Corbucci’s landmark film made an icon of Franco Nero as the Union uniformed drifter dragging a coffin around the desert. More than fifty years later it continues to make the rounds as an important and beloved film. In addition to making its 4K debut, Django comes loaded with extras, including the Nero-starring, Texas, Adios.
Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi thriller, 12 Monkeys, receives a special Steelbook release on May 25. Set in a future world that is ravaged by disease and death, Bruce Willis stars as a convict sent back in time to find the original virus and help develop a cure. The film was universally praised – currently boasting a score of 89% Rotten Tomatoes – and Brad Pitt earned an Oscar nod for his turn as Jeffrey Goines, a mental patient with environmentalist and anti-corporatist views. The limited-edition Steelbook features newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin.
Last, but certainly not least, is the May 25 release of Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection. This 4-disc set brings together 6 films – Monster A-Go-Go, Invasion from Inner Earth, The Alpha Incident, The Demons of Ludlow, The Game, Twister’s Revenge – from low-budget horror maestro, Bill Rebane. The director honed his filmmaking chops at his “famed” Shooting Ranch in Gleason, Wisconsin. The location served as both a cattle ranch and home for his family, as well as Rebane’s studio, producing hundreds of commercials and feature films over the years. This new box set features brand new restorations for all six films as well as the inclusion of the documentary Who Is Bill Rebane?, making it a must-own for low-budget genre fans.