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A preview of Arrow Video’s January 2018 roster of titles

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There are a pair of Dario Argento classics due on Arrows Blu Ray/DVD release schedule early next year. On the 8th January 2018 The Cat O' Nine Tails (1971) - his follow up to The Bird with the Crystal Plumage - is unleashed upon home viewers in a brand new 4K restoration. Check it out, but don’t drink the poisoned milk! It is followed hot on its heels by Phenomena (1985), being released in a standard edition on 15th January 2018. It has already come out in a special edition version earlier this year so it’s not entirely a new Arrow release per se. However, if you missed the chance to pick up the director’s batshit opus back then (it features a razor-wielding chimp and young Jennifer Connelly as a girl with a psychic link with insects - yes, really!) then you’ve been granted another opportunity.

The more recent Australian film Hounds of Love (2016) gets a Blu Ray-only release on 22nd January 2018. It’s a well-received serial killer flick inspired by the true crime story of David and Catherine Birnie (here transmuted into the characters of John and Evelyn White), who raped and murdered four young Perth women in the 1980s.

The Cat O' Nine Tails - on Blu Ray + DVD on 8th January 2018

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Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as “nine times more suspenseful” than its predecessor, was The Cat O’ Nine Tails.

When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute’s scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Franco’s young niece, may also be in the killer’s sights…

This second entry in the so-called “Animal Trilogy” found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O’ Nine Tails remains one of Argento’s most suspenseful and underrated films.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative

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

Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (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 critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman

New interviews with co-writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis and production manager Angelo Iacono

Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time

Original Italian and international theatrical trailers

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

Double-sided fold-out poster

4 lobby card reproductions

Limited edition booklet illustrated by Matt Griffin, featuring an essay on the film by Dario Argento, and new writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes

Phenomena (Standard Edition) - on Blu Ray + DVD on 15th January 2018

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From master of horror Dario Argento (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) comes Phenomena – one of his most eccentric and unique thrillers, featuring telepathic insects, maggots galore, and even a razor-wielding chimp!

Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly, Labyrinth), daughter of a world-renowned movie star, arrives in the so-called “Swiss Transylvania” to attend an exclusive girls’ school. However, a vicious killer is targeting the pupils, and sleepwalker Jennifer finds herself in the assassin’s headlights when her nocturnal wanderings cause her to witness the death of a fellow pupil. Aided by paraplegic entomologist John McGregor (Donald Pleasence, Halloween) and her own uncanny ability to communicate telepathically with insects, Jennifer sets out to track down the killer before she herself becomes the latest victim…

Released in 1985, towards the end of Argento’s decade-long golden age as a director, Phenomena co-stars Dalila Di Lazarro (Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein), Patrick Bauchau (Clear and Present Danger) and Daria Nicolodi (Tenebrae), and features lush cinematography by Romano Albani (Inferno) and a pounding prog rock score by Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria). Presented here in a sumptuous new 4K restoration of the film and with a newly created “hybrid” English/Italian audio track on the full length 116-minute Italian version, this is the definitive release of Argento’s creepy classic.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the full-length 116-minute Italian cut of the film

New 5.1 surround mix of the Italian soundtrack in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements

New hybrid English/Italian soundtrack in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo★

Italian soundtrack in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo

English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack

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

New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films

Of Flies and Maggots, a new feature-length documentary including interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiore Argento, Davide Marotta, Daria Nicolodi and Fiorenza Tessari, co-writer Franco Ferrini, cinematographer Romano Albani, production manager Angelo Jacono, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci, underwater camera operator Gianlorenzo Battaglia, and composers Claudio Simonetti and Simon Boswell

Original Italian and English theatrical trailers

“Jennifer” music video, directed by Dario Argento

Rare Japanese vintage pressbook

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

★ The 116-minute Italian cut features approximately six minutes of footage for which English audio does not exist. In these instances, the hybrid track reverts to Italian audio with English subtitles.

DVD SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new 4K restoration of the full-length 116-minute Italian cut of the film from the original camera negative

New 5.1 surround mix of the Italian soundtrack in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements

New hybrid English/Italian soundtrack in lossless 5.1 and 2.0 stereo★

Italian soundtrack in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo

English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack

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

New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films

Of Flies and Maggots, a new feature-length documentary including interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiore Argento, Davide Marotta, Daria Nicolodi and Fiorenza Tessari, co-writer Franco Ferrini, cinematographer Romano Albani, production manager Angelo Jacono, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci, underwater camera operator Gianlorenzo Battaglia, and composers Claudio Simonetti and Simon Boswell

Original Italian and English theatrical trailers

“Jennifer” music video, directed by Dario Argento

Rare Japanese vintage pressbook

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

★ The 116-minute Italian cut features approximately six minutes of footage for which English audio does not exist. In these instances, the hybrid track reverts to Italian audio with English subtitles.

Hounds of Love - on Blu Ray + DVD on 22nd January 2018

Hounds of Love 2016

Loosely based on real-life events, this harrowing psychological thriller from Australian writer-director Ben Young is set to join the likes of The Silence of the Lambs as one of the most gruelling serial killer movies ever realised.

In 1980s Perth, Australia, a depraved couple are abducting and murdering young girls. When seventeen-year-old Vicki Maloney accepts a ride from the duo late one night, she finds herself catapulted into a nightmare beyond her imagining.

Bolstered by astonishing performances from its three main leads, Hounds of Love is bold and powerful piece of filmmaking which proves that Australian genre cinema is alive and well.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

Original 5.1 audio

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Interviews with actors Stephen Curry, Emma Booth and Ashleigh Cummings

Behind-the-Scenes

Two short films from Hounds of Love director Ben Young: ‘Something Fishy’ (2010) and ‘Bush Basher’ (2011)

John Butler Trio “Only One” music video, directed by Ben Young

Trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options

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