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A preview of Arrow Video’s November 2017 roster of titles

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As usual for Arrow, there is a solid line-up of titles in the pipeline. While The Thing has already been well-covered by UK releases through the years, the 4K restoration and two all-new documentaries (one of which, entitled “Who Goes There? In Search of The Thing” is feature-length) makes it a tempting purchase even if you have already watched it the obligatory dozen times and have an earlier Blu Ray version stashed somewhere in the house.

There is also a new film in the shape of South Korean action-thriller The Villainess and a few erstwhile near-forgotten curveballs in the shape of Pulp, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Animal Factory and a trilogy of Seijun Suzuki youth movies set to gain a new lease of life.

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The Villainess - on Blu-ray + DVD on 30 October 2017

The Villainess South Korean action

Exploding onto the screen in a kinetic flurry of hyper-stylised action, The Villainess is a stunning vengeance film that draws its inspiration from western classics including Nikita and Kill Bill.

Sook-hee (Kim Ok-bin, Thirst) is a trained assassin who takes revenge on the men who murdered her father in a breathtaking opening sequence. After losing consciousness she awakes at the National Intelligence Service who recruit her as an agent to undertake confidential missions. Initially refusing, Sook-hee soon realises it is her only method of escape, until she is given a new assignment that suddenly changes everything…

Deliriously indulging in the excesses of South Korean action, recalling Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, The Villainess is a visionary new take on the neo-noir genre and an incredible thrill ride not to be missed.


BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

Optional English subtitles

Original 5.1 DTS HD-MA

Audio commentary with filmmakers and critics Sam Ashurst and Dan Martin

Trailer

More TBC

★ FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Anton Bitel

DVD SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition transfer

Optional English subtitles

Original 5.1 DTS HD-MA

Audio commentary with filmmakers and critics Sam Ashurst and Dan Martin

Trailer

More TBC

Pulp - on Blu-ray + DVD on 6 November 2017

Pulp (1972) directed by Mike Hodges

A year after they’d created one of the defining British gangster pictures with Get Carter, three Michaels – writer-director Mike Hodges, producer Michael Klinger and star Michael Caine – reunited for another crime picture, albeit with a more oddball flavour…

Caine plays Mickey King, a successful pulp novelist responsible for such titles as My Gun Is Long and The Organ Grinder, who is invited to ghost-write the autobiography of a mystery celebrity. His client turns out to be a former actor, played by Mickey Rooney, well-known for his gangster roles and real-life gangster connections – but death is around the corner, and King finds his commission to be a lot more complicated than he first imagined.

A favourite of J.G. Ballard, Pulp has long existed in the shadow of its predecessor. Tonally, it could not be more different – Get Carter never had the time for sight gags and one-liners – but it’s a real gem in its own right and fully deserving of a wider audience. This brand-new restoration from Arrow Films aims to right that wrong.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, supervised and approved by director of photography Ousama Rawi, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

Original 1.0 mono sound

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Brand-new interview with writer-director Mike Hodges

Brand-new interview with director of photography Ousama Rawi

Brand-new interview with assistant director John Glen

Brand-new interview with Tony Klinger, son of producer Michael Klinger

Original theatrical trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh

★FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet containing new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

DVD SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, supervised and approved by director of photography Ousama Rawi, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release

Standard Definition DVD presentation

Original 1.0 mono sound

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Brand-new interview with writer-director Mike Hodges

Brand-new interview with director of photography Ousama Rawi

Brand-new interview with assistant director John Glen

Brand-new interview with Tony Klinger, son of producer Michael Klinger

Original theatrical trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh

The Incredible Shrinking Man - on Blu-ray on 13 November 2017

The Incredible Shrinking Man

A FASCINATING ADVENTURE INTO THE UNKNOWN!

He baffles science! He confounds medicine! Submitted for your approval, the strange story of Scott Carey – an ordinary young man who, through an extraordinary set of circumstances, becomes The Incredible Shrinking Man!

Whilst on a holiday cruise with his wife, young Scott finds himself enveloped by a luminous mist which cover him in a strange, glittery dust. Several months later, he’s accidentally sprayed with an insecticide. Soon, Scott starts shrinking at an alarming rate, and before long he’s thrust into a terrifying world of gigantic cats, spiders and other over-sized pitfalls!

Adapted for the screen by celebrated fantasy scribe Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) from his own novel, The Incredible Shrinking Man – directed by sci-fi pioneer Jack Arnold (It Came from Outer Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon) – is rightly regarded as being one of the finest science-fiction films of all time.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

Original uncompressed PCM mono audio

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Auteur on the Campus: Jack Arnold at Universal – an extended documentary about the early career of director Jack Arnold at Universal-International studios

There Is No Zero: Writing The Shrinking Man – an in-depth conversation with author Richard Christian Matheson about his father and the creation of the original Incredible Shrinking Man novel

Super 8 cut-down version

Original Theatrical Trailer

Teaser

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck

★FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Newman

The Thing - on Standard Edition Blu-ray on 20 November 2017

The Thing (1982) starring Kurt Russell

THE ULTIMATE IN ALIEN TERROR

Over the years, star Kurt Russell and master of horror John Carpenter have teamed up on a multitude of films (Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York to name a few) but of all their collaborations, 1982 s horror/sci-fi amalgam The Thing surely tops the list.

A research team based out in the snowy wilds of Antarctica find themselves besieged by a terrifying, shape-shifting creature which has found its way into their base. When it becomes clear that the creature can take the form of any organism it so chooses, the tension within the team reaches breaking point any one of them could be... The Thing.

Critically panned at the time of its release, John Carpenter’s The Thing has rightly gone on to become one of the most celebrated sci-fi horror efforts ever made now newly restored by Arrow Video in a stunning 4K transfer supervised by Carpenter and director of photography Dean Cundey.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative, supervised and approved by director John Carpenter and director of photography Dean Cundey

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

Original Mono and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Audio commentary by John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell

Who Goes There? In Search of The Thing an all-new feature length documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures exploring the history of The Thing, from the original novella to John Carpenter's terrifying science fiction classic. Featuring new interviews with the cast and crew, as well as authors, historians, and critics

1982: One Amazing Summer an all-new retrospective documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures about the unforgettable films released in the summer of 1982

John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape archive documentary on the background and production of the film

Vintage Featurettes

Outtakes

Behind-the-scenes

Trailers, Teasers, TV and Radio Spots

Still Galleries

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin

Animal Factory - on Blu-ray + DVD on 27 November 2017

Animal Factory Danny Trejo

Troubled youth Ron Decker (Edward Furlong, American History X) is sentenced to a ten-year stint in the notorious San Quentin State Prison for a drug-dealing conviction. Inexperienced in the ways of prison life, he’s taken under the wing of Earl Copen (Willem Dafoe, To Live and Die in LA), an experienced con with the entire prison in the palm of his hand – inmates and guards alike. But as Ron grows increasingly cocky in his privileged role as Earl’s confidant, is he in danger of biting off more than he can chew with some of the jail’s more volatile inhabitants?

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Eddie Bunker (Reservoir Dogs), Animal Factory was Steve Buscemi (Lonesome Jim, Interview)’s second stint in the director’s chair and sees him marshaling a formidable ensemble cast, including Bunker, Danny Trejo (Machete) and Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), for a powerful and sincere account of the men caught up in the penal system and the deals they cut with each other, and themselves, in order to survive.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition digital transfer

Lossless original 2.0 stereo audio

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Interview with critic Barry Forshaw covering Eddie Bunker's varied career

New bonus features TBC

Audio commentary by novelist/co-writer/actor Eddie Bunker and co-producer/actor Danny Trejo

Theatrical trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips

★FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Glenn Kenny

DVD SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition digital transfer

Lossless original 2.0 stereo audio

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

New bonus features TBC

Audio commentary by novelist/co-writer/actor Eddie Bunker and co-producer/actor Danny Trejo

Theatrical trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips

Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years. Vol. 1 – Seijun Rising: The Youth Movies - Released on Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD on 27 November 2017

Seijun Suzuki Youth Movies

YOUTHS ON THE LOOSE AND REBELS WITHOUT CAUSES IN THE UNRULY SEISHUN EIGA YOUTH MOVIES OF JAPANESE ICONOCLAST SEIJUN SUZUKI

Making their home-video debuts outside Japan, this diverse selection of Nikkatsu youth movies (seishun eiga) charts the evolving style of the B-movie maverick best known for the cult classics Tokyo Drifter (1966) and Branded to Kill (1967).

The Boy Who Came Back (1958) marks the first appearances of “Nikkatsu Diamond Guys” and regular Suzuki collaborators Akira Kobayashi and Jo Shishido, with Kobayashi cast as the hot-headed hoodlum fresh out of reform school who struggles to make a clean break with his tearaway past. The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass (1961) is a carnivalesque tale of a young student who hooks up with a down-at-heels travelling circus troupe. Teenage Yakuza (1962) stars Tamio Kawaji as the high-school vigilante protecting his community from the extortions of mobsters from a neighbouring city. The Incorrigible (1963) and Born Under Crossed Stars (1965), both based on Toko Kon’s novels about young love, represent Suzuki’s first films set in the 1920s era later celebrated in his critically-regarded Taisho Trilogy.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [3000 copies]

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation

Optional English Subtitles

New introduction to the films by critic Tony Rayns

60-page illustrated collector's book featuring new writing by critic and author Jasper Sharp


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