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Demonic delirium, Tarantino and a giallo masterwork from Arrow in July

30 April 2021

Arrow Video has announced its July Blu-ray and UHD releases, which include Italian horror classic Demons and its sequel, Demons 2, groundbreaking indie chiller Threshold, a definitive edition release of 90s action-thriller classic True Romance, a collection of superb spaghetti westerns, Vengeance Trails: Four Classic Westerns, and a superb 4K UHD debut for giallo classic, The Cat O' Nine Tails.

The releases will come in limited edition packaging, with fantastic new artwork and slipcovers, expert restorations giving the films a new lease of life, brand new commentaries and in-depth documentaries, reversible sleeves, collectable limited editions as well as goodies including fold-out posters, postcards, books and booklets.

 

Demons 4K UHD Blu-ray pack shot

DEMONS [DÈMONI] (1985) | UHD & Blu-ray Dual Format | 5 July 2021 | £29.99

Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento bring you THE Gonzo Horror movie of the 1980s with Demons, a frenzied slice of gore heavy shock cinema that gives up on logic and instead assaults the screen with a riot of X-rated violence, face chewing demons and pounding heavy metal.

In a mysterious cinema, an audience is watching a brutal horror flick when the horror rips out of the screen, unleashing a swarm of slathering demons who are intent on spreading their evil plague across the globe. Time to tool up and take no prisoners… The Demons are coming!

Arrow Video presents this horror classic in a sumptuous 4K restoration, more vivid and terrifying than ever before, alongside a wealth of bonus features old and new, making this the ultimate experience in celluloid terror.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New 4K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives 
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) and High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation 
  • Two versions of the film: the full-length original cut in Italian and English, and the slightly trimmed US cut, featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects 
  • Lossless English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes on the original cut, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements 
  • Original lossless English and Italian 2.0 stereo audio tracks on the original cut 
  • Original lossless English 1.0 mono audio track on the US cut 
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for both English soundtracks 
  • New audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain, co-hosts of the Hell’s Belles podcast 
  • Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci 
  • Archival audio commentary by Lamberto Bava, Sergio Stivaletti, composer Claudio Simonetti and actress Geretta Geretta 
  • Produced by Dario Argento, a new visual essay by author and critic Michael Mackenzie exploring the legendary filmmaker’s career as a producer 
  • Dario’s Demon Days, an archival interview with writer/producer Dario Argento 
  • Defining an Era in Music, an archival interview with Claudio Simonetti 
  • Splatter Spaghetti Style, an archival interview with long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi 
  • Italian theatrical trailer 
  • International English theatrical trailer 
  • US theatrical trailer 
  • Vintage Japanese souvenir programme booklet 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais

 

Demons 2 4K UHD Blu-ray pack short

DEMONS 2 [D`EMONI 2... L'INCUBO RITORNA] (1986) | UHD & Blu-ray Dual Format | 5 July 2021 | £29.99

Unleashed through the TV and bringing Hell direct to your living room. Resurrected out of the dark forbidden zone, the world’s ugliest demons are causing carnage in an apartment block, eating the residents and spreading their deadly plague.

Watch as a teenage birthday girl ruins the party by eating her guests, see bodybuilders torn to shreds and tremble in terror as possessed children run amok. Will anyone survive or will the demons rise once more and destroy us all?

Arrow Video presents this horror classic in a sumptuous 4K restoration, more vivid and terrifying than ever before, alongside a wealth of bonus features old and new, making this the ultimate experience in celluloid terror.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New 4K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) and High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation 
  • Lossless English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements 
  • Original lossless English 1.0 mono track 
  • Original lossless Italian 2.0 stereo audio track
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by critic Travis Crawford 
  • Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci
  • Together and Apart, a new visual essay on space and technology in Demons and Demons 2 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas 
  • Creating Creature Carnage, an archival interview with Sergio Stivaletti 
  • Bava to Bava, an archival interview with Luigi Cozzi on the history of Italian horror
  • Italian theatrical trailer 
  • English theatrical trailer 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais

 

Threshold Blu-ray cover art

THRESHOLD (2020) | Blu-ray | 5 July 2021 | £24.99

When a phone call from out of the blue brings Leo (Joey Millin) back into contact with his sister, Virginia (Madison West), long estranged from her family due to years of drug abuse, he arrives to find her alone in a bare apartment in the midst of an apparent overdose. After the convulsions and nausea subside, Virginia insists to Leo that she has been clean for 8 months due to the help of a mysterious group. She confides to her cynical brother that her edginess and paranoia actually stem from a sinister ritual conducted by the group that took her in at her lowest and eventually revealed themselves to be a cult. This curse bound her emotions and physical sensations to a man she has never met before.

With his marriage on the rocks, Leo has his own demons to face. Nonetheless, he is reluctantly persuaded by Virginia to embark on a cross-country road trip to track down this shadowy stranger under the caveat that if he's nowhere to be found and it's all in her head, she'll go to rehab. However, as their date with destiny draws nearer, Leo begins to suspect his sister’s tall tale might have some substance.

Threshold, the second feature from co-directors Powell Robinson and Patrick R Young, following their debut Bastard (2015), was improvised and shot on two iPhones over the course of a 12-day road trip with a crew of just three. The result is an inventive and compelling psychological thriller with hints of the supernatural that recalls such indie cult classics as Ben Wheatley’s Kill List (2011) and Justin Benson And Aaron Moorhead’s Resolution (2013).

SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS:

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation 
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R. Young, producer Lauren Bates and lead actors Joey Millin and Madison West 
  • Brand new audio commentary with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R Young, and editor William Ford-Conway
  • Crossing the Threshold, a feature-length documentary on the making of Threshold
  • Elevating iPhone Footage: Color Correction Breakdown 
  • Something from Nothing: Indie Genre Director Roundtable moderated by Scott Weinberg with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R Young (Threshold), Brandon Espy (We Follow You), James Byrkit (Coherence), Zach Donahue (The Den) and Elle Callahan (Witch Hunt)
  • The Power of Indie Horror: Acting for Unconventional Film roundtable discussion moderated by Zena Dixon with the actors Madison West and Joey Millin (Threshold), Kelsey Griswold (Followed), Gabrielle Walsh (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and Ryan Shoos (The Gallows
  • The Sounds of Threshold original soundtrack
  • Threshold original outline script 
  • Image gallery 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Coffee and Cigarettes
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel

 

True Romance 4K UHD Blu-ray poack shot

TRUE ROMANCE (1993) | Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray / Blu-ray / Limited Edition Deluxe SteelBook with Slipcase UHD + Blu-ray Dual Format (Zavvi Exclusive) | 19 July 2021 | £34.99

In 1993, action movie supremo Tony Scott teamed up with a hot new screenwriter named Quentin Tarantino to bring True Romance to the screen, one of the most beloved and widely-quoted films of the decade.

Elvis-worshipping comic book store employee Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) is minding his own business at a Sonny Chiba triple bill when Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) walks into his life – and from then on, the two are inseparable. Within 24 hours, they’re married and on the run after Clarence is forced to kill Alabama’s possessive, psychopathic pimp. Driving a Cadillac across the country from Detroit to Hollywood, the newlyweds plan to sell off a suitcase full of stolen drugs to fund a new life for themselves... but little do they suspect that the cops and the Mafia are closing in on them. Will they escape and make their dream of a happy ending come true? 

Breathtaking action set pieces and unforgettably snappy dialogue combine with a murderers’ row of sensational performances from a stunning ensemble cast in Scott and Tarantino’s blood-soaked, bullet-riddled valentine, finally restored in dazzling 4K with hours of brilliant bonus features. 

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director’s Cut from the original camera negatives by Arrow Films
  • Limited Edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck 
  • 60-page perfect-bound collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Morgan and Nicholas Clement, a 2008 Maxim oral history featuring interviews with cast and crew, and Edgar Wright’s 2012 eulogy for Tony Scott 
  • Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck 
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) of both cuts
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio and DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Audio commentary by director Tony Scott 
  • Audio commentary by writer Quentin Tarantino
  • Audio commentary by stars Christian Slater & Patricia Arquette
  • Audio commentary by critic Tim Lucas
  • Select scene commentaries by stars Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt and Michael Rapaport 
  • Brand new select scene commentary by star Saul Rubinek 
  • New interview with costume designer Susan Becker 
  • New interview with co-editor Michael Tronick 
  • New interview with co-composers Mark Mancina and John Van Tongeren
  • New interview with Larry Taylor, author of Tony Scott: A Filmmaker on Fire
  • New interview with Daniel Storm, co-founder of the annual True Romance Fest and owner of the original Cadillac 
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Tony Scott
  • Alternate ending with optional commentaries by Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino
  • Electronic press kit featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Tony Scott, Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper and Gary Oldman
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Image galleries 
  • EXTRAS STILL IN PRODUCTION AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS:

  • As above, but with High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of both cuts

True Romance 4K UHD Blu-ray steelbook

LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK UHD & BLU-RAY DUAL FORMAT (Zavvi exclusive in the UK)

  • As Limited Edition above but with Limited Edition SteelBook packaging with newly commissioned artwork by Sam Gilbey and 32-page collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Morgan and Nicholas Clement

True Romance 4K UHD Blu-ray Limited Edition

4K DUAL FORMAT DELUXE EDITION CONTENTS (Zavvi Exclusive in the UK):

  • As above but with Limited Edition SteelBook housed in Deluxe rigid packaging, both with newly commissioned artwork by Sam Gilbey

 

The Daimajin Trilogy Blu-ray pack shot

THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY (1966) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 26 July 2021 | £59.99

The Daimajin Trilogy saw Daiei’s Kyoto studios bringing its own iconic movie monster to life in a unique but short-lived series that transplants the Golem legend to Japan’s Warring States period of the late-16th century.

In Daimajin, directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (Yokai Monsters, Zatoichi on the Road), the young son and daughter of the benevolent feudal lord Hanabusa flee to the mountains when their parents are slain by the treacherous usurper Odate. Ten years later, when the elderly priestess who has harboured them is also murdered, the rage of the slumbering ancient god that lies beneath the crumbling giant stone idol hidden deep in the forests in the mountains is invoked. In Return of Daimajin, Kenji Misumi (Tale of Zatoichi, Lone Wolf and Cub) brings his usual stylistic flourish, as the wrathful deity is roused from his new home on an island in the middle of a lake by the violent incursions of a vicious warlord. In the final film, Wrath of Daimajin, by veteran jidaigeki director Kazuo Mori, four young boys make a perilous trip to elicit the help of the ancient mountain god in freeing their family members who have been enslaved by a tyrannical lord.

Remarkably overlooked in the West, these three thrilling tales of feudal oppression and divine retribution meted out by the iconic stone warrior of the title combine lavish period detail with jaw-dropping special effects.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation of the three Daimajin films
  • Lossless original Japanese and dubbed English mono audio for all films
  • Optional English subtitles 
  • Illustrated collector’s 100 page book featuring new essays by Jonathan Clements, Keith Aiken, Ed Godziszewski, Raffael Coronelli, Erik Homenick, Robin Gatto and Kevin Derendorf 
  • Postcards featuring the original Japanese artwork for all three films 
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Frank

DISC ONE – DAIMAJIN:

  • Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film expert Stuart Galbraith IV 
  • Newly filmed introduction by critic Kim Newman 
  • Bringing the Avenging God to Life, a brand new exclusive video essay about the special effects of the Daimajin films by Japanese film historian Ed Godziszewski 
  • Alternate opening credits for the US release as Majin - The Monster of Terror 
  • Trailers for the original Japanese and US releases 
  • Image gallery

DISC TWO – RETURN OF DAIMAJIN:

  • Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film experts Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp 
  • My Summer Holidays with Daimajin, a newly filmed interview with Professor Yoneo Ota, director of the Toy Film Museum, Kyoto Film Art Culture Research Institute, about the production of the Daimajin films at Daiei Kyoto 
  • From Storyboard to Screen: Bringing Return of Daimajin to Life, a comparison of several key scenes in Return of Daimajin with the original storyboards
  • Alternate opening credits for the US release as Return of the Giant Majin
  • Trailers for the original Japanese and US releases 
  • Image gallery

DISC THREE – WRATH OF DAIMAJIN:

  • Brand new audio commentary by Asian historian Jonathan Clements 
  • Interview with cinematographer Fujio Morita discussing his career at Daiei and his work on the Daimajin Trilogy
  • Trailers for the original Japanese release
  • Image Gallery 

 

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VENGEANCE TRAILS: FOUR CLASSIC WESTERNS (1966-1970) | Blu-ray | 26 July 2021 | £69.99

In the mid-1960s, the runaway success of Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy gave rise to an explosion of similar productions as filmmakers by the dozen sought to capitalize on this new, uniquely Italian take on the western, characterized by their deeply cynical outlook, morally compromised antiheroes and unflinching depictions savage violence. This specially curated selection gathers together four outstanding examples of the genre from the height of its popularity, all centered around a theme of revenge.

In Lucio Fulci’s (Zombie Flesh Eaters) Massacre Time (1966), Franco Nero (Django) and George Hilton (The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail) star as estranged brothers forced to band together against the powerful businessman (Nino Castelnuovo, Strip Nude for Your Killer) and his sadistic son who’ve seized control of their hometown. In Maurizio Lucidi’s (The Sicilian Cross) My Name is Pecos (1966), Robert Woods (Johnny Colt) stars as the eponymous Mexican gunslinger, returning to Houston to settle a long-standing score against the racist gang boss (Pier Paolo Capponi, The Cat O’ Nine Tails) who wiped out his entire family. In Massimo Dallamano’s (What Have You Done to Solange?) Bandidos (1967), Enrico Maria Salerno (Savage Three) plays a former top marksman who, years after being maimed by a former protégé (Venantino Venantini, City of the Living Dead), teams up with a fresh apprentice (Terry Jenkins, Paint Your Wagon) to get his revenge against the man who betrayed him. Finally, in Antonio Margheriti’s (Cannibal Apocalypse) And God Said to Cain (1970), the inimitable Klaus Kinski (Double Face) stars as a man who has spent the last decade in a prison work camp for a crime he didn’t commit and who, upon his release, immediately sets out to wreak vengeance on the men who framed him.

Featuring a wealth of key Euro cult talent both behind and in front of the camera, Arrow Video presents these four classic westerns in sparkling high definition restorations, three of them produced specially for this release, alongside a plethora of brand new bonus materials.

4-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all four films
  • 2K restorations of all four films from the original 35mm camera negatives, with Massacre Time, My Name is Pecos and Bandidos newly restored by Arrow Films for this release 
  • Restored lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks 
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks 
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks 
  • Galleries for all four films 
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by author and critic Howard Hughes 
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx 
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original artwork and a slipcover featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

DISC 1 – MASSACRE TIME [LE COLT XANTORONO LA MORTE E FU... TEMPO DI MASSACRO]

  • Alternate US dub 
  • New commentary by authors and critics C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke 
  • New documentary featuring a new video interview with actor Franco Nero and an archival video interview with actor George Hilton 
  • New video interview with film historian Fabio Melelli 
  • Italian trailer

DISC 2 – MY NAME IS PECOS [2 ONCE DI PIOMBO]

  • New commentary by actor Robert Woods and C. Courtney Joyner 
  • New interview with actor George Eastman 
  • New interview with actress Lucia Modugno 
  • New documentary featuring a new interview with Fabio Melelli and an archival interview with cinematographer Franco Villa 
  • Italian trailer

DISC 3 – BANDIDOS

  • New commentary by author and critic Kat Ellinger 
  • New interview with assistant director Luigi Perelli 
  • New interview with actor Gino Barbacane 
  • New interview with Fabio Melelli 
  • Alternate end title sequence

DISC 4 – AND GOD SAID TO CAIN [E DIO DISSE A CAINO...]

  • New commentary by author and critic Howard Hughes 
  • New documentary featuring a new interview with Fabio Melelli and a new audio interview with actress Marcella Michelangeli 
  • New interview with actor Antonio Cantafora

 

The Cat O' Nine Tales UHD pack shot

THE CAT O' NINE YAILS [IL GATTO A NOVE CODE] (1971) | 4K UHD Blu-ray | 26 July 2021 | £34.99

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 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.

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films 
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) 
  • Restored 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 
  • Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman 
  • Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer/director Dario Argento 
  • The Writer O’ Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti 
  • Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis 
  • Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono 
  • Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
  • Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers 
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento, and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes 
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative 
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards 
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative