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Arrow Academy world cinema Blu Ray releases April 2018

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Arrow’s world/arthouse cinema label Arrow Academy brings us another three sought-after releases this April. First up on the 16th of April 2018 is Sleeping Dogs (1977), a dystopian sci-fi thriller from New Zealand which stars Sam Neill and Warren Oates. It was the feature film debut of director Roger Donaldson, who has since moved on to working in internationally including in Hollywood for such big-budget fare as Species (1995) and Dante’s Peak (1997). It was a major success which gave New Zealand’s film industry a significant boost.

On the 23rd of April, we fly right around the globe to Europe for two classics: the French La Chinoise (1967) and the German L’Atlantide (1932). The former was directed by Jean-Luc Godard and focuses on a Maoist collective in Paris. The latter is a black and white fantasy adventure directed by G.W. Pabst which is based on a novel by Pierre Benoît.

The special features are listed below:

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs Blu Ray

  • High Definition (Blu-ray) presentation
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Commentary by writer-director Roger Donaldson, actor Sam Neill and actor-writer Ian Mune
  • The Making of Sleeping Dogs, a 65-minute documentary on the film’s production featuring interviews with Donaldson, Neill, Mune, Geoff Murphy and others
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Neil Mitchell, a contemporary review by Pauline Kael and the original press book

La Chinoise

La Chinoise Blu Ray

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original mono DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by film historian James Quandt
  • Interviews with actor Michel Semeniako, assistant director Charles L. Bitsch and second assistant director Jean-Claude Sussfeld
  • Denitza Bantcheva on La Chinoise, the author discusses the film and its politics
  • Behind-the-Scenes TV Report featuring footage with Godard and the cast
  • Venice Film Festival press conference featuring Godard and scenes from the production
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

L’Atlantide

L'Atlantide Blu Ray

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original French mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Newly filmed appreciation by Kim Newman on the work of novelist Pierre Benoît and the numerous big-screen adaptations of his novel
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pattides


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