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Arrow announce their June Blu-ray/DVD Arrow Academy titles

7 March 2016

Today Arrow Films announced via their Twitter feed their Arrow Academy Blu-ray and DVD titles for June 2016, Too Late for Tears, Woman on the Run and Three Films by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani.

 

Too Late for Tears (1949)

When film noir icons like Lizabeth Scott (Dead Reckoning, Pitfall) and Dan Duryea (Scarlet Street, Criss Cross) collide, sparks are sure to fly!

Jane Palmer (Scott) and her husband Alan (Arthur Kennedy) mysteriously have $60,000 literally dropped in their laps. The circumstances seem mighty suspicious to Alan, who wants to turn the money over to the police. But in a materialistic rapture, Jane won’t let it go. She doesn’t care where it came from, or what danger might ensue – not if it will bring her the luxury she craves. Enter shady Danny Fuller (Duryea, as cocky and menacing as ever), who claims the money belongs to him. Let the games begin! Roy Huggins’ snappy script (adapted from his novel) is a complex, breezy and black-hearted homage to James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler. Rapacious housewife Jane Palmer is one of the juiciest female villains in Hollywood history, and Liz Scott’s best role ever.

Rescued and preserved after a five-year crusade by the Film Noir Foundation, this 1949 classic is at long last available newly transferred from a 35mm print and painstakingly restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Release date: 13th June 2016

Special Edition contents:

  • Brand new restoration of original 35mm vault elements by UCLA Film & Television Archive

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

  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  • Audio Commentary by writer, historian, and film programmer Alan K. Rode

  • Chance Of A Lifetime: The Making of Too Late For Tears – a new behind-the-scenes examination of the film’s original production produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation and featuring noir experts Eddie Muller, Kim Morgan, and Julie Kirgo

  • Tiger Hunt: Restoring Too Late For Tears – a chronicle of the multi-year mission to rescue this “lost” noir classic produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation

  • Gallery featuring rare photographs, poster art and original lobby cards

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin

  • Booklet featuring new writing by writer and noir expert Brian Light

 

Woman on the Run (1950)

This nervy, shot-on-location thriller featuring a stunning performance from Ann Sheridan (Angels with Dirty Faces, They Drive by Night), showcases one of the finest cinematic depictions of mid-20th century San Francisco.

After witnessing a gangland execution Frank goes into hiding, while his wife, Eleanor (Sheridan), and the cops go on a wild chase around San Francisco before Frank is silenced by the mob. Eleanor is certain she’ll lead them to her husband, whose testimony against the killer could bring down a crime kingpin. But Eleanor and her Frank are separated - she never wants to see him again. When roguish newspaperman Danny Legget (Dennis O’Keefe – T-Men, Raw Deal) charms Eleanor into helping him track down the hidden husband – there are unexpected, stunning, and poignant results.

Thanks to the efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, this terrific film noir, the only American print of which was burned in a 2008 fire, has been rescued and restored to its original lustre and is finally made available in the UK for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray.

Release date: 13th June 2016

Special Edition contents:

  • Brand new restoration of original 35mm vault elements by UCLA Film & Television Archive

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

  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  • Audio Commentary by author, historian, and “noirchaeologist” Eddie Muller

  • Love is a Rollercoaster: Woman on the Run Revisited – a new featurette on the making of the film, from script to noir classic, produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation

  • A Wild Ride: Restoring Woman on the Run – a stranger-than-fiction document of the film’s restoration, produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation

  • Noir City – a short documentary directed by Joe Talbot about the annual Noir City Film Festival presented by the Film Noir Foundation at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre

  • Gallery featuring rare photographs, poster art and original lobby cards

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin

  • Booklet featuring new writing by Eddie Muller

 

Three Films by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani [Padre Padrone, The Night of the Shooting Stars, Kaos]

For over half a century, the brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have been making some of the most beautiful and timeless films in all Italian cinema, and this collection showcases some of their greatest achievements.

Padre Padrone catapulted them to international fame when it won both the Palme d’Or and the International Critics’ Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in rural Sardinia, it tells the true story of Gavino Ledda, who rose from shepherd boy to distinguished academic against all possible odds, especially those posed by his terrifyingly traditionalist father. With The Night of the Shooting Stars, the Tavianis dramatised the events of summer 1944 (when Germans and Americans used their native Tuscany as a battleground) through the eyes of an imaginative and mischievous six-year-old girl. And in Kaos, they adapted several Pirandello short stories into a magnificent three-hour panorama of nineteenth-century Sicilian life in all its comedy, tragedy, horror and unforgettable visual splendour.

Release date (UK only): 27th June 2016

Special Edition contents:

  • Limited Edition Collection [3,000 Copies]

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all films from brand new director-approved 2K restorations, with Kaos also approved by its original cinematographer Giuseppe Lanci

  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)

  • Optional newly-translated English subtitles for all films

  • Brand new two-hour interview with Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

  • Video essays on individual films by leading Italian film scholar Millicent Marcus

  • Commentary on The Night of the Shooting Stars by critic Michael Brooke

  • The Sublime Brothers: Michael Brooke looks at the Tavianis’ illustrious career, now into its seventh decade

  • High Definition stills galleries for all three films

  • Trailers for the new restorations

  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin

  • Exclusive 100-page book featuring Pauline Kael’s reviews of all three films and brand new (in some cases world premiere) translations of the Pirandello short stories that were adapted for Kaos.