Sunday, 8 December 2019

Arrow Video - February 2020 releases

In February, Arrow Video send a wonderful Valentine to genre film fans, with an acclaimed new indie horror, the Blu-ray debut of a cult slasher, and, a bells and whistles release of a classic J-horror trilogy. As usual, the films are pristine, and the extras include exclusive interviews, commentaries, video essays, archival documentaries and rare trailers, all beautifully packaged with brand new, striking artwork, and collector’s booklets.

Daniel Isn’t Real – On Blu-ray 10 February

Childhood wonderment meets the horror of the adult world in Daniel Isn’t Real, director Adam Egypt Mortimer’s (Some Kind of Hate) darkly twisted take on the “imaginary best friend” concept, critically acclaimed as “one of the year’s most disturbing out-and-out horror films” (Kim Newman).

Luke Nightingale, a lonely young boy with an emotionally unstable mother, invents a friend named Daniel who leads them both into a world of fantasy and imagination. After Daniel tricks Luke into doing something terrible, Luke is forced to banish him to the bottom of his subconscious. Twelve years later, Luke (Miles Robbins, Halloween 2018), now a college freshman, brings Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger, Midnight Sun) back — and he now appears as a charming, manipulative young man with a terrifying secret agenda.

Featuring star-making turns from a young cast, and co-starring Sasha Lane (American Honey) and Mary Stuart Masterson (Skin), Daniel Isn’t Real is a visually stunning, thought-provoking exploration of mental illness, entitlement and childhood trauma, perfectly tailored for our troubled times, and one of the most unique and captivating independent horror movies of recent years.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
• Original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• New audio commentary by co-writer/director Adam Egypt Mortimer, exclusive to this release
• Beyond the Garden of Earthly Delights, an exclusive video essay on the film and its themes by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
• Deleted scenes
• Alternate ending
• Cinema of Anxiety, an exclusive video interview with Adam Egypt Mortimer
• FrightFest premiere introduction and Q&A
• FrightFest TV interviews with Adam Egypt Mortimer
• Theatrical trailer
• Stills galleries

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Katie Rife.

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk


Deadly Manor – On Blu-ray 17 February

An old, dark house... A maniac on the loose... An orgy of bloodlust! All the hallmarks of late master of Spanish macabre José Ramón Larraz (Edge of the Axe, Vampyres) are present and correct in 1990’s Deadly Manor - the final horror movie from one of the genre’s most unheralded filmmakers.

Whilst en route to a lake, a group of youngsters make an unscheduled stop-off at a remote, seemingly abandoned mansion where they plan to spend the night. But the property is full of foreboding signs - a blood-stained car wreck in the garden, coffins in the basement, scalps in the closet, and photographs of a beautiful but mysterious woman adorning every corner of the house. Before daybreak, the group will unwittingly uncover the strange and terrifying truth that lurks behind the walls of this dreadful place.

The last in a trio of transcontinental slice-and-dice co-productions helmed by Larraz towards the end of the 80s (all of which which he directed under the anglicized moniker of Joseph Braunstein), Deadly Manor - released on VHS in the US under the title Savage Lust - is a fitting capper to the director’s prolific career in fear, now finally unearthed for the first time on Blu-ray.

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 with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
• Newly-filmed interview with actress Jennifer Delora
• Making a Killing - a newly-filmed interview with producer Brian Smedley-Aston
• Extract from an archival interview with Jose Larraz
• Original “Savage Lust” VHS trailer
• Image Gallery
• Original Script and Shooting Schedule (BD-ROM content)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais (TO BE REVEALED)

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author John Martin

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

One Missed Call – On Blu-ray 24 February

An iconic trilogy of J-horror films comes to Blu-ray for the first time! Tapping into the same brand of terror as the Ring and Grudge movies, visionary director Takashi Miike (Audition, Blade of the Immortal) presents a modern, high-tech twist on that mainstay of Japanese folklore, the yurei or vengeful spirit, in the form of its own iconic antihero – the terrifying Mimiko.

In the first instalment in the trilogy, 2003’s One Missed Call, student Yoko (Anna Nagata, Battle Royale) receives a phone message from her future self, ending with her own death scream. Two days later, she dies in a horrific rail collision. As the mysterious phone curse spreads, claiming more young lives, Yoko’s friend Yumi (Ko Shibasaki, Battle Royale, 47 Ronin) joins forces with detective Hiroshi (Shinichi Tsutsumi, Space Battleship Yamato), whose sister met the same gruesome fate. But can they unravel the mystery before the clock runs out on the next victim – Yumi herself?

Mimiko’s curse continues to wreak bloody havoc in two sequels – 2005’s One Missed Call 2 and 2006’s One Missed Call: Final, in addition to spawning a TV series and an American remake. This lavish collection from Arrow Video gathers together the original trilogy – with the third instalment making its UK debut – and a swathe of in-depth bonus features for the ultimate spine-tingling experience.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations
• Lossless Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtracks
• Optional English subtitles
• New audio commentary on One Missed Call by Miike biographer Tom Mes
• The Making of One Missed Call, an hour-long archival documentary on the film’s production
• Archival interviews on One Missed Call with actors Ko Shibasaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi and Kazue Fukiishi, and director Takashi Miike
• Archival interview on One Missed Call with director Takashi Miike
• Archival footage from the One Missed Call premiere
• Live or Die TV special
• A Day with the Mizunuma Family
• One Missed Call alternate ending
• The Making of One Missed Call 2, a half-hour archival documentary on the film’s production
• Gomu, a short film by One Missed Call 2 director Renpei Tsukamoto
• One Missed Call 2 deleted scenes, introduced by Renpei Tsukamoto
• One Missed Call 2 music video
• The Making of One Missed Call: Final, an hour-long archival documentary on the film’s production
• Maki and Meisa, an archival behind-the-scenes featurette on One Missed Call: Final with actresses Maki Horikita and Meisa Kuroki
• Behind the Scenes with Keun-Suk Jang, an archival featurette with One Missed Call: Final’s South Korean star
• The Love Story, a short film tie-in for One Missed Call: Final
• Candid Mimiko, an archival location tour with the series’ iconic villain
• Theatrical trailers and TV spots
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Anton Bitel

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk



Tuesday, 3 December 2019

VIVARIUM released in UK and Irish cinemas and Digital 27th March 2020

Following the BFI London Film Festival (2019), sci-fi thriller VIVARIUM will be released in UK and Irish cinemas and on Digital 27th March 2020 courtesy of Vertigo Releasing and Wildcard and Distribution. 


During their search for the perfect home, Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like suburban neighborhood named Yonder. 

All attempts to escape end in failure, culminating in the discovery of a baby with the instructions 'raise the child and be released'. 

Reminiscent of the likes of Get Out and TV's Black Mirror, VIVARIUM is as thrillingly provocative as it is wickedly enjoyable, and takes you to an unforgettable suburban Twilight Zone . 

The movie stars The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg and Green Room's Imogen Poots and is from the producers of cult hits Mandy and The Void.

VIVARIUM won the Gan Foundation Award at the Cannes Film Festival (2019), and Imogen Poots was awarded Best Actress at Sitges International Film Festival (2019).

VIVARIUM will be released in UK and Irish cinemas and on digital 27th March 2020.

'Asylum' and 'The House That Dripped Blood' arrive on Standard Edition BD

Following their highly acclaimed release on Limited Edition Blu-ray, Second Sight is delighted to announce classic Amicus horrors "Asylum" and "The House That Dripped Blood" are set to arrive as Standard Edition Blu-rays, complete with a slew of special features and new reversible sleeve artwork created by Graham Humphreys on 6 January 2020.

Iconic 1972 Amicus horror anthology "Asylum" from Psycho writer Robert Bloch and director Roy Ward Baker (A Night to Remember), follows Doctor Martin (Robert Powell – The Italian Job, The Thirty Nine Steps) as he arrives for a job interview at a secluded asylum for the incurably insane. 

He must prove himself by listening to the macabre tales of four inmates to determine which is the former head of the asylum who experienced a breakdown. We join him on the investigation of four hair-raising horrors…

Frozen Fear stars Barbara Parkins (Valley of the Dolls, Peyton Place); legend of horror Peter Cushing (The Horror of Dracula, Star Wars) stars in The Weird Tailor, Charlotte Rampling (Never Let Me Go, Broadchurch) and Britt Ekland (The Man with the Golden Gun, Wicker Man) star in Lucy Comes to Stay and Herbert Lom (The Phantom of the Opera, Spartacus) and Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange, Chariots of Fire) feature in Mannikins of Horror.

The stories build towards a “tightly constructed and well-conceived climax” (Oh The Horror) that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Experience the chilling and thrilling compendium of terror Asylum…but be careful not to lose your mind.

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Audio Commentary with director Roy Ward Baker and camera operator Neil Binney
• ‘Two’s a Company’: 1972 on-set BBC report featuring interviews with producer Milton Subotsky, Director Roy Ward Baker, Actors Charlotte Rampling, James Villiers, Megs Jenkins, Art Director Tony Curtis and Production Manager Teresa Bolland
• Screenwriter David J. Schow on writer Robert Bloch
• Fiona Subotsky remembers Milton Subotsky
• ‘Inside The Fear Factory’ Featurette with directors Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis and producer Max J. Rosenberg
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring new artwork by Graham Humphreys and original artwork
• SDH English subtitles for the hard of hearing


Seminal Amicus horror "The House that Dripped Blood", from Peter Duffell in his directorial debut and written by renowned screenwriter Robert Bloch (Psycho), is a star-studded anthology.
 
Scotland Yard’s Inspector Holloway (John Bennett – Watership Down, The Fifth Element) investigates a mysterious mansion with a ghoulish history and a chilling fate for its occupants in these four tales of terror…
 
Method for Murder stars Denholm Elliott (Indiana Jones, A Room with a View); Peter Cushing (The Horror of Dracula, Star Wars) and Joss Ackland (The Hunt for Red October, Lethal Weapon 2) feature in Waxworks; horror icon Christopher Lee (The Wicker Man, Lord of the Rings) appears in Sweets to the Sweet; The Clock stars Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who, Carry on Cleo) and Ingrid Pitt (The Vampire Lovers, Countess Dracula).
 
Terror awaits you in every room of The House That Dripped Blood…enter if you dare.
 
SPECIAL FEATURES
• Audio commentary with director Peter Duffell and Author Jonathan Rigby
• Audio commentary with film historian and author Troy Howarth
• Interview with second assistant director Mike Higgins
• ‘A Rated Horror Film’ - Vintage featurette featuring interviews with director Peter Duffell and actors
Geoffrey Bayldon, Ingrid Pitt and Chloe Franks
• Theatrical trailers
• Amicus radio spots
• Stills gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring new artwork by Graham Humphreys and original artwork
• SDH English subtitles for the hard of hearing

 "Asylum" and "The House That Dripped Blood" arrive on Standard Edition Blu-ray on the 6th January 2020 from Second Sight Films.

"The Amazing Mr Blunden" - Limited Edition BD from Second Sight

Lauded by Mark Kermode as one of his Top 20 Children’s Films in The Observer, The Amazing Mr Blunden is set for a brand-new Limited Edition Blu-ray release courtesy of Second Sight in time for Christmas.

Adapted from Antonia Barber’s novel The Ghosts by celebrated director Lionel Jeffries (The Railway Children) who also helms this mesmerising family classic, The Amazing Mr Blunden arrives in a stunning collector’s edition, with a brand-new scan and restoration and rigid slipcase with new artwork by Rich Davies. It includes Barber’s original out-of-print source novel exclusively reproduced for this release, a soft cover book with new essays by new essays by Kevin Lyons and Kim Newman, plus a reversible poster with new and original artwork.

The slew of special features includes audio commentaries and cast interviews, an exclusive new interview with famous fan Mark Gatiss and much more, please find full details below. It will be released on 9 December 2019.

The mysterious but kindly solicitor Mr Blunden visits Mrs Allen and her young children, offering her the position of caretaker at a derelict country mansion. More surprises are in store when the children encounter the ghosts of two former young residents and find themselves transported back in time to help their new friends right a 100-year-old wrong.

Starring Laurence Naismith, Lynne Frederick, Garry Miller, Rosalyn Landor, Marc Granger, Madeline Smith and Stuart Lock. The Amazing Mr Blunden is the perfect nostalgic treat for the whole family.

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Brand new Second Sight scan and restoration
• A new audio commentary with Actors Madeline Smith, Rosalyn Landor and Stuart Lock moderated by film critic and author Kim Newman
• A new interview with Madeline Smith
• A new interview with Rosalyn Landor
• Mark Gatiss on The Amazing Mr Blunden – a new interview
• 2014 archive BFI Q&A with Madeline Smith, Rosalyn Landor and Stuart Lock
• Reversible sleeve with new artwork by Rich Davies and original artwork

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS 
• ‘The Ghosts’ – the original out-of-print source novel by Antonia Barber exclusively reproduced for this release 
• Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Rich Davies 
• Soft cover book with new essays by Kevin Lyons and Kim Newman 
• Reversible poster with new and original artwork 

"The Amazing Mr Blunden" Limited Edition Blu- Ray is released from Second Sight Films Dec 9th.

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

 

VHS NASTY : VHS LIVES 3 - DVD review

Director Tony Newton got in touch to tell us about his latest documentary VHS NASTY, which is the third in his VHS LIVES series of documentaries about the impact home video had in the early 80s and how the format refuses to die.

Put briefly, the documentary appears to be about director Tony Newton and some of his independent film making friends talking about the nasties phenomenon, how ridiculous the reasoning is behind censorship, given that less stringent countries don’t have correspondingly higher social problems, and talking about their love of cult movies.

The documentary featuries interviews with, amongst others, Jim Towns (Dir – State of Desolation), Jason Figgis (Dir – Ecstasy of Isabel Mann), Peter Goddard (Dir - Any Minute Now) and a number of YouTube personalities, like Shawn Philips (AKA Cool Duder), and includes clips from various nasties, such as Zombie Flesh Eaters, Last House on the Left and Cannibal Apocalypse.

Now, whilst I found this to be an interesting and nostalgic look back at the Nasties furore of the early 80s. It doesn’t really cover anything new, that hasn’t already been done better elsewhere. Film and sound quality was also a slight issue, as most of the people seem to have filmed themselves either on their phones or webcams, which produced variable results.

Also, I was a bit surprised at just how many Non-British interviewees that featured in this? Which is not what I would have expected, considering that the nasties furore was a decidedly British phenomenon. Indeed, there seemed to be more Non-British interviewees, than British ones, which seemed kind of odd?

So, to summarise, if you’re a fan of cult films and looking for a nostalgic look back at the availability of home video horrors in the 80s, you might enjoy this. But if you’re looking for an in depth documentary, covering the Nasties Phenomenon, you would perhaps be better off seeking out the Jake West/Marc Morris “Video Nasties : Definitive Guide” Documentaries instead.

VHS NASTY is available now on DVD and on Amazon Prime

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