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Arrow Video + Academy Feb 2018 Blu Ray and DVD releases

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Arrow are certainly fighting hard to break the post winter holiday season blues this coming February. For one thing, we get four releases of films created by four very different cult horror directors.

The Gruesome Twosome

Herschell Gordon Lewis’s The Gruesome Twosome (1967) gets a feature-packed Blu Ray release on 5th February 2018; so feature packed, in fact that it the extras even include another, lesser-known Lewis film: A Taste of Blood! The main feature itself is probably the best ever gore film to feature an interlude involving two talking mannequin heads!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• Bonus Feature! 1967’s A Taste of Blood

• Introductions to the films by HG Lewis

• Archive audio commentaries for both films by HG Lewis

• Peaches Christ Flips Her Wig! – San Francisco performer Peaches Christ on The Gruesome Twosome

• It Came from Florida – filmmaker Fred Olen Ray (Scalps, The Alien Dead) on Florida Filmmaking

• HG Lewis vs. the Censors – HG Lewis discusses some of the pitfalls of the blood-and-guts business including local censorship and angry moviegoers

• Trailers and radio spot

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Dario Argento’s 1970 debut The Bird with the Crystal Plumage comes in a 4K restoration on a Dual Format DVD + Blu Ray on 12th February 2018. It’s the first part of his so-called “Animal Trilogy” of giallo films.

Blu-ray SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

• Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks

• 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

• The Power of Perception, a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study

• New analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinger

• New interview with writer/director Dario Argento • New interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp)

• Eva’s Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi (Monica Ranieri)

• Original Italian and international theatrical trailers

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

DVD SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release

• Standard Definition DVD presentation

• Original mono Italian and English soundtracks

• 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

• The Power of Perception, a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study

• New analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinger

• New interview with writer/director Dario Argento

• New interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp)

• Eva’s Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi (Monica Ranieri)

• Original Italian and international theatrical trailers

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

John Grissmer's Scalpel

Some more horror, this time courtesy of director John Grissmer, arrives on Blu Ray on the 19th February 2018: Scalpel (1977). It features Robert Lansing as a deranged plastic surgeon. Be ready for a facelift this February!

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

• Original Uncompressed Mono Audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• Brand new audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith

• Brand new crew interviews

• Original Theatrical Trailer

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Bill Ackerman

Der Todesking Arrow box set

Finally, Jörg Buttgereit’s Der Todesking (1990) gets a lavish 3-disc Dual Format release on 26th February 2018. The cult German director brings us a film comprising seven episodes on the theme of death.

3-DISC DIRECTOR-APPROVED LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

• Director’s approved HD transfer from the original 16mm negative

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

• Original Stereo Audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

• Optional English subtitles

• Limited edition packaging featuring new artwork by Gilles Vranckx

• Limited edition certificate featuring original artwork

• Replica “Brotherhood of the 7th Day” Chain Letter

• Der Todesking Soundtrack CD

• Limited Edition 60-page book

DISC 1 [BLU-RAY] & DISC 2 [DVD] – ‘DER TODESKING’

• Audio commentary by Jörg Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen

• From Bundy to Lautréamont - Jörg Buttgereit in conversation with journalist Graham Rae at the 2016 Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films

• The Making of Der Todesking - vintage production featurette

• Footage from the original 1990 Berlin premiere

• Corpse Fucking Art - 1992 documentary bringing together the making of featurettes of Nekromantik,

• Der Todesking and Nekromantik 2 Der Gollob (1983, 25 mins) - short film by Jörg Buttgereit, newly transferred in HD and viewable with optional director’s audio commentary

• Two short films by producer Manfred O. Jelinski: Die Reise ins Licht (1972, 27 mins) and Geliebter Wahnsinn (1973, 7 mins)

• Still Gallery Jörg Buttgereit

• Trailer Gallery

DISC 3 [CD] – ‘DER TODESKING’ SOUNDTRACK – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE

• CD featuring the complete Der Todesking score

60-PAGE BOOK – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE

• Exclusive perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film from Graham Rae and Kat Ellinger, all illustrated with new artwork and original archive stills

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno

The Academy Label’s offerings include a Blu Ray release of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (2009), which comes on the 5th February 2018. It’s a documentary which looks at the director’s unfinished 1964 film, L’Enfer.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

• Optional English subtitles

• Lucy Mazdon on Henri-Georges Clouzot, the French cinema expert and academic talks at length about the films of Clouzot and the troubled production of Inferno

• They Saw Inferno, a featurette including unseen material, providing further insight into the production of Inferno

• Filmed Introduction by Serge Bromberg

• Interview with Serge Bromberg

• Stills gallery

• Original trailer

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Ginette Vincendeau

Federico Fellini Orchestra Rehearsal Blu Ray

Another great European director, Federico Fellini, is represented by the Blu Ray release of Orchestra Rehearsal (1978) on 12th February 2018. This satire, originally made for Italian television, gets a 2K restoration.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

• Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

• Original 1.0 mono sound

• Optional English subtitles

• Richard Dyer on Nino Rota and Orchestra Rehearsal, the film scholar talks about the great composer and his last collaboration with Fellini

• Orchestrating Discord, a visual essay on the film by Fellini biographer John Baxter

• Gallery featuring rare poster and press material on the film from the Felliniana collection of Don Young

• Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Martin

A Woman's Life

Stéphane Brizé’s A Woman's Life (2016) is a French period drama set in the stiflingly patriarchal world of 19th-century Normandy. Starring Judith Chemla and Jean-Pierre Darroussin, it also gets a Blu Ray release on 12th February 2018.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

• Optional English subtitles

• From the Novel to the Film, by Stéphane Brizé, a featurette in which the director talks about adapting Maupassant’s work

• Making A Woman’s Life, interviews with cinematographer Antoine Litslé, and sound engineer Pascal Jammes

• Stills gallery

• Original trailer

• Reversible sleeve featuring original French poster art and newly commissioned UK artwork

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Margaret Deriaz

Ginger Rogers Magnificent Doll

We head from a modern release right back to an old Hollywood classic with Magnificent Doll (1946), which gets it Blu Ray release on 19th February 2018. It’s an account of First Lady Dolley Payne Madison, played by classic movie icon Ginger Rogers. Her co-stars include David Niven and Burgess Meredith in this film directed by Frank Borzage.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition (Blu-ray) presentation

• Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)

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

• Brand new audio commentary by writers and film historians David Del Valle and Sloan De Forest

• Brand new visual essay by film critic and novelist Farran Nehme on the dramatic roles of Ginger Rogers

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio

Arrow Godard + Gorin box set

We also get the multi-film box set Jean-Luc Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films (1968-1971), released on 26th February 2018. The political films featured in this Dual Format set are Un film comme les autres [A Film Like Any Other] (1968), British Sounds, aka: See You at Mao (1970), Vent d’est [Wind from the East] (1970), Lotte in Italia / Luttes en Italie [Struggles in Italy] (1971) and Vladimir et Rosa [Vladimir and Rosa] (1971).

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

• High-definition digital transfer

• High-definition Blu-ray (1080p) and standard-definition DVD presentations

• Original uncompressed monaural audio

• Optional English subtitles

• A conversation with JLG - Interview with Jean-Luc Godard from 2010 by Dominique Maillet and Pierre-Henri Gibert

• 60-page full-colour book containing English translations for the first time of writing by, and interviews with, Godard and Gorin, and more

• More to be announced before release!

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