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Arrow anounces its April Blu-ray and DVD cult movie line-up

13 January 2016

Forget the Easter eggs, April 2017 is all about Arrow Video, with a host of deliciously twisted releases for horror and cult film fans.

The headline release for April is Phantasm 1-5 on Limited Edition Dual Format. This gorgeous collection brings together all of the films in the Phantasm saga – including the most recent Phantasm: Ravager – a rarity in horror franchises in that the original cast, including Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin and Reggie Bannister return again and again. Created by Don Coscarelli, who wrote, directed and produced across the series, the films follow Mike and Reggie in their seemingly endless battle with supernatural undertaker, the Tall Man.

The horror doesn’t stop there though, with some classic cult horrors due for release throughout the month.. Italian creature feature, Caltiki the Immortal Monster is a collaboration between Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava that shows off the two great filmmakers at their most innovative as they tackle the sci-fi chiller. Also from Italy are The Night Evelyn Came From the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, two giallo chillers from director Emilio P. Miraglia. Miraglian blends the grisly whodunnit of the giallo with gothic and supernatural elements to create some truly unique chills in tales of revenge from beyond the grave and killer curses.

Wolf Guy, meanwhile, sees Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba star as a lycanthropic detective who uses his wolfish powers to solve crimes. One of the rarest and most sought after films from Japan’s Toei Studio, Wolf Guy is pure 1970s with violence, action, nudity, and a psychedelic score.

At the other end of the spectrum, City of the Dead is what happens when horror icon Christopher Lee joins Amicus-founders Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg to serve a slice of American Gothic. Atmospheric, beautiful and creepy as hell.

Arrow Video has one last surprise in store for April, with something a little bit different. Catfight stars Anne Heche and Sandra Oh (with great supporting roles from Alicia Silverstone and Dylan Baker) as former college friends who meet up again years later. At first it’s just thinly-veiled barbs, but it soon progresses into an all-out brawl that challenges the portrayal of female fights on film while delivering some killer satire.

Caltiki: The Immortal Monster dual format cover

Caltiki the Immortal Monster | Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD | 10 April 2017

Arrow Video presents a collaboration between two giants of Italian cult cinema – Riccardo Freda (The Vampires, The Horrible Dr Hichcock) and Mario Bava (5 Dolls for an August Moon, Blood and Black Lace).

A team of archaeologists led by Dr John Fielding (John Merivale – Circus of Horrors) descends on the ruins of an ancient Mayan city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of its inhabitants. However, the luckless explorers get more than they bargained for when their investigation of a sacrificial pool awakens the monster that dwells beneath its waters – the fearsome and malevolent god Caltiki.

Though Riccardo Freda received sole directing credit, a significant portion of the film was in fact the work of Mario Bava, who also served as its cinematographer and was responsible its striking special effects. Drawing on a diverse array of influences, from The Quatermass Experiment to the works of HP Lovecraft, Caltiki the Immortal Monster is a unique and unforgettable sci-fi chiller which showcases these two legendary filmmakers at their most inventive. Presented here for the first time in a newly restored high definition transfer, Caltiki shines – and terrifies! – like never before.

Special edition contents:

  • Brand new 2K 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 Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark

  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava and So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films

  • From Quatermass to Caltiki, a new discussion with author and critic Kim Newman on the influence of classic monster movies on Caltiki

  • Riccardo Freda, Forgotten Master, an archival interview with critic Stefano Della Casa

  • The Genesis of Caltiki, an archival interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi

  • Archival introduction to the film by Stefano Della Casa

  • Alternate opening titles for the US version

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Kat Ellinger and Roberto Curti

 

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave br

The Night Evelyn Came From the Grave | DVD and Blu-ray | 17 April 2017

At the height of the Italian giallo boom of the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers.

In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, director Emilio P. Miraglia (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) melds the giallo’s trademark twisty whodunit storytelling with gothic chills, concocting a gripping horror/thriller hybrid. Troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen – Django the Bastard), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti – All the Colours of the Dark). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome deaths, prompting speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave...

Populated by an array of Euro cult stars, including Giacomo Rossi Stuart (Caltiki the Immortal Monster) and the unforgettable Erika Blank (Kill, Baby... Kill!), and featuring a lush lounge score by giallo maestro Bruno Nicolai, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave offers up a beguiling, unique and downright insane twist on a familiar formula.

Special Edition contents:

  • Brand new 2K 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 DTS-HD Master Audio 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 Troy Howarth

  • Exclusive introduction by Erika Blanc

  • New interview with critic Stephen Thrower

  • The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave – exclusive interview with Erika Blanc

  • The Whip and the Body – archival interview with Erika Blanc

  • Still Rising from the Grave – archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi

  • Original Italian theatrical trailer

  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

 

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times | DVD and Blu-ray | 17 April 2017

In The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet – Milano Calibro 9) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti – All the Colours of the Dark) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler – The Exorcist, Suspiria). Every hundred years, so the legend goes, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. Was Tobias just the first... and are Kitty and Franziska next?

Director Emilio P. Miraglia (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave) once again combines a conventional giallo whodunit narrative with supernatural chills, concocting a gripping horror/thriller hybrid which moves effortlessly between the world of high fashion and creepy gothic locales. Co-starring B-movie legend Sybil Danning (Grindhouse, Howling II), The Red Queen Kills Seven Times shows that there’s more to gialli than black-gloved killers!

Special Edition contents:

  • Brand new 2K 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 DTS-HD Master Audio 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 Alan Jones and Kim Newman

  • Exclusive interview with actress Sybil Danning

  • New interview with critic Stephen Thrower

  • Archival introduction by production/costume designer Lorenzo Baraldi

  • Dead à Porter – archival interview with Lorenzo Baraldi

  • Rounding Up the Usual Suspects – archival interview with actor Marino Masé

  • If I Met Emilio Miraglia Today – archival featurette with Erika Blanc, Lorenzo Baraldi and Marino Masé

  • My Favourite... Films – archival interview with actress Barbara Bouchet

  • Alternative opening

  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

 

Wolf Guy dual format cover

Wolf Guy | Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD | 24 April 2017

Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is a martial arts "manimal" in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk.

Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind.

Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister Streetfighter, Wandering Ginza Butterfly, Karate Bear Fighter), Wolf Guy truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero and a collection of familiar 1970's Toei actors in support. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.

Special Edition contents:

  • High Definition digital transfer

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

  • Original uncompressed mono audio

  • New optional English subtitle translation

  • New video interview with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba

  • New video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

  • New video interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp

 

City of the Dead dual format

City of the Dead | Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD | 24 April 2017

Christopher Lee was already a horror icon when he started filming The City of the Dead in 1959. Having played Frankenstein’s Monster, Count Dracula and The Mummy for Hammer, this new picture would allow him to extend his range to the American Gothic – and witchcraft in a small New England village…

Lee plays Professor Driscoll, an authority on the occult who persuades one of his students (Venetia Stevenson) to research his hometown, Whitewood, once the site of witch burnings in the 17th century. Booking herself into the Raven’s Inn, she soon learns that devil worship among the locals hasn’t been consigned to the past.

Produced by future Amicus founders Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg, and beautifully shot by Desmond Dickinson (whose credits ranged from Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet to Horrors of the Black Museum), The City of the Dead is a wonderfully atmospheric and still shocking slice of horror that stands firmly alongside with its Hammer contemporaries.

Special Edition contents:

  • New 4K digital restoration by the Cohen Film Collection and the BFI

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: The City of the Dead and the alternative US cut, Horror Hotel

  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio

  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  • Audio commentary by film critic Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 and Christopher Lee: An Authorised Screen History, recorded exclusively for this release
    Trailer

  • MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Vic Pratt

 

Catfight temporary artwork

Catfight | Blu-ray | 24 April 2017

Prepare to sink your claws into Catfight, a brutal and darkly hilarious film that combines the violence of Fight Club and the poignant comedy of Arrested Development, all mashed into one of the most original and funniest movies of recent years.

Struggling artist Ashley (Anne Heche) and wealthy housewife Veronica (Sandra Oh) were friends at college, but their paths have not crossed since. When they find themselves attending the same event (Ashley working as a waiter at Veronica’s rich husband’s party), their initial thinly-veiled verbal pleasantries soon take a turn, leading to an all-out brawl and all-consuming rivalry that will keep these two locked in combat for years.

With supporting appearances from Alicia Silverstone as Ashley’s lesbian love interest, and Dylan Baker playing an overworked coma doctor, Catfight turns the portrayal of women’s fights in movies on its head in the most violent of ways possible, landing a killer satirical blow at modern day society.

Special Edition contents:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

  • Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  • Commentary with writer-editor-director Onur Tukel

  • Commentary with actors Sandra Oh and Anne Heche

  • Fight Choreography featurette

  • Deleted Scenes

  • Trailer

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress

  • First pressing only: O-Card, Booklet featuring new writing on the film

 

Phantasm 1-5 Limited Edition Blu-ray set

Phantasm 1-5 | Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD | 24 April 2017

Few horror movie franchises are as iconic as Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series. From its deadly flying silver spheres through to its hooded dwarf minions, and of course, the towering figure of arch villain The Tall Man himself, the imagery conjured up by the Phantasm films remains etched in the psyche of genre fans everywhere.

Beginning with the 1979 original through to 2016’s Phantasm: Ravager, the five films which make up the Phantasm series follow the young Mike Baldwin as he battles against the enigmatic “Tall Man” - an extraterrestrial being intent on harvesting the human race as slaves for his home planet. Aided by friend Reggie and his trusty four-barrelled shotgun, Mike resolves to vanquish the Tall Man before he wipes out humanity altogether.

Brought together for the first time on Blu-ray – including a stunning new 4K restoration of the original Phantasm overseen by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Into Darkness) – the Phantasm series is back with added balls!

Limited Edition pheatures:

  • All 5 Phantasm movies together on Blu-ray for the first time!

  • Limited Edition Bonus Disc featuring Exclusive Pheatures

  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all films

  • Exclusive 152-page book with new writing on the Phantasm universe from Kim Newman and Bill Ackerman alongside a wealth of archive material, all fully illustrated with original stills and posters

  • Replica Phantasm Sphere

  • Limited Edition Packaging with newly-commissioned artwork from Gary Pullin

Phantasm (1979 – 2016 Remastered)

Phantasm: Remastered 2016 Theatrical Version

  • Original Theatrical Mono or Remastered 5.1 Surround Options

  • Phantasm: Remastered 2016 Los Angeles Premiere Audience Track – Join the audience of die-hard fans as they experience the restored classic for the first time!

  • Archive audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury and Angus Scrimm

  • Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm– brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm, including new interviews with cast and crew

  • Behind-the-Scenes footage with commentary by Don Coscarelli and Reggie Bannister

  • 1979 TV interview with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm

  • Deleted Scenes (6)

  • Original Trailer

  • TV Spots

  • Radio Spots (5)

  • Stills Gallery

Phantasm II (1988)

  • Original Theatrical Stereo

  • Audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister

  • Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm II – brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm II, including new interviews with cast and crew

  • Angus Scrimm 1989 Convention Appearance

  • Fangoria TV Spot

  • Original Trailer

  • TV Spots

  • Stills Gallery

Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead ((1994)

  • Original Theatrical Stereo or 5.1 Surround Options

  • Audio commentary with actors A. Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm

  • Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm III – brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm III, including new interviews with cast and crew

  • Original Trailer

  • Stills Gallery

Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)

  • Original Theatrical Stereo or 5.1 Surround Options

  • Audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister

  • Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm IV – brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm IV, including new interviews with cast and crew

  • Original Trailer

  • Stills Gallery

Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

  • 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 Surround Options

  • Phantasm: Ravager 2016 Los Angeles Premiere Audience Track – Join the audience of die-hard fans as they experience Ravager for the first time!

  • Audio commentary with director David Hartman and writer/producer Don Coscarelli

  • Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm: Ravager – brand new pheaturette looking at the making of Ravager, including new interviews with cast and crew

  • Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by David Hartman and Don Coscarelli

  • Phuntasm - Bloopers and Outtakes

  • Phantasm and You – a light-hearted recap of the Phantasm franchise directed by David Hartman

  • Original Trailer

BONUS DISC

  • Phantasmagoria – pheature-length documentary covering the original Phantasm through to Phantasm IV: Oblivion, including interviews with key cast and crew members

  • Phantasmagorical Tour – actor Reggie Bannister hosts a tour of some of the key filming locations from Phantasm

PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!