Tuesday 4 October 2022

An Xmas horror, a Sci-Fi classic, the definitive GRUDGE box set and more this December from Arrow.

Arrow Video’s December lineup includes a brand new Christmas horror comedy, a 4K restoration of a classic Bruce Dern 1970s sci-fi, eco-horror action like you’ve never seen, and a limited edition box set of quintessential J-horror. 
THE LEECH - On Blu-ray 5th December 
Father David (Graham Skipper - Sequence Break), a Catholic priest struggling to fill the pews in his church, allows a homeless man, Terry (Jeremy Gardner - After Midnight), into his home to escape the December chill. But this simple act of kindness has unforeseen consequences when Terry’s pregnant girlfriend, Lexi (Taylor Gardner - Sadistic Intentions), also decides to crash at the parochial house.
Determined to save the warring couple through the healing power of God’s love, David’s ordered existence quickly unravels as he succumbs to the wicked ways of the parasitic pair. Will he pass this apparent test of faith or resort to blood-soaked, Old Testament justice? 
Agonisingly intense and rib-ticklingly funny in equal measure, The Leech serves as both a festive frightmare and a microcosm of the fault lines of contemporary America. Arrow Video is proud to present this latest inductee into the Christmas horror hall of fame! 
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo soundtracks
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary with writer/producer/director Eric Pennycoff and producer Scott Smith
• Live Chattanooga Film Festival audio commentary
• Virtual Q&A with director Eric Pennycoff and the cast at the 2022 Chattanooga Film Festival
• Preaching to the Void – a brand new visual essay exploring The Leech and Pennycoff’s earlier films by critic Anton Bitel
• The Voice of Reason – a brand new video interview with Pennycoff and actor Graham Skipper
• Introduction and Q&A from the film’s international premiere at FrightFest 2022
• Exclusive introductions to the film by Pennycoff and Skipper
• The Making of The Leech – behind-the-scenes footage from the film set
• Rigo’s music video
• Unfortunate, The Pod and Phase II – three early short films by Pennycoff
• Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love 
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SILENT RUNNING - On UHD and BD 12th December
In the not-so-distant future, Earth is barren of all flora and fauna, with what remains of the planet’s former ecosystems preserved aboard a fleet of greenhouses orbiting in space. 
When the crews are ordered to destroy the remaining specimens, one botanist, Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern - The ’Burbs), rebels and flees towards Saturn in a desperate bid to preserve his own little piece of Earth that was, accompanied only by the ship’s three service robots. 
Featuring a captivating central performance by Dern, visual effects that rival anything in 2001 and a powerful ecological message, Silent Running is a haunting and prescient sci-fi classic that resonates even more strongly today than it did at the time of its original release. 
• Brand new 4K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negative (2K on BD)
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) (1080p on BD)
• Original lossless mono audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw
• Original audio commentary by Douglas Trumbull and actor Bruce Dern
• Isolated music and effects track
• No Turning Back – an interview with film music historian Jeff Bond on the film’s score
• First Run – a visual essay by writer and filmmaker Jon Spira exploring the evolution of Silent Running’s screenplay
• The Making of Silent Running – an archival 1972 on-set documentary
• Silent Running by Douglas Trumbull and Douglas Trumbull: Then and Now – two archival interviews with the film’s director
• A Conversation with Bruce Dern – an archival interview with the film’s lead actor
• Theatrical trailer
• Extensive behind-the-scenes gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Arik Roper

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Barry Forshaw and Peter Tonguette

Also available on Limited Edition and Limited De-Luxe edition Steelbooks, exclusive to Zavvi stores.

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

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

NIGHTMARE AT NOON - On Blu-ray 5th December

Something strange is afoot in a small remote town in Utah, as a series of sinister state experiments in the surrounding desert leads to the contamination of its water supply, transforming the residents into lethal brainless maniacs. 

Enter vacationing lawyer Ken Griffiths (Wings Hauser - Vice Squad), his sassy wife Cheri (Kimberly Beck - Friday the 13th Part 4) and Reilly (Bo Hopkins - Midnight Express), the mysterious hitchhiker they pick up on the road, who find themselves thrust into the midst of this madness when they stop for a drink at the local diner.

Set amongst the spectacular backdrop of Arches National Park, Nightmare at Noon is a non-stop adrenaline pumping thrill ride!

• Brand new restoration from the original negative
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original uncompressed stereo audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Optional Greek subtitles
• The Films of Nico Mastorakis: Nightmare at Noon, featurette on the making of the film with commentary from director Nico Mastorakis
• Behind-the-scenes footage
• Original onset interviews with actors Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, Kimberly Beck, George Kennedy and Brion James
• Trailer
• Image gallery accompanied by the film’s score from Stanley Myers and Hans Zimmer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

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


“Ju-On”: the name given to a deadly curse spawned when someone dies in the grip of a violent rage. All who come into contact with it are doomed... Collected together for the first time, writer-director Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On: The Grudge series represents the flesh-crawling pinnacle of Japanese chillers that swept the globe at the turn of the millennium.

The films introduce the anonymous family house in the suburbs of Tokyo where an unspeakable evil lingers alongside its residents, the ghastly mother-son pairing of Kayoko and Toshio Saeki. Shimizu’s disconcerting approach to plotting, unnerving eye for the uncanny details in the dark corners of the frame and an innate talent for effective jump scares so impressed Evil Dead director Sam Raimi that he invited the director to helm two Hollywood remakes.

The quintessential J-horror series make its Blu-ray debut with a brand new 4K restoration of Ju-On: The Grudge and a wealth of new and archival extras, including Shimizu’s two The Curse straight-to-video precursors (previously unreleased outside Japan) and the White Ghost/Black Ghost diptych of tales unfolding within the same terrifying universe.

• Brand new 4K restoration of Ju-On: The Grudge from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
• 4K (2160p) Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation of Ju-On: The Grudge in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all films
• Home video premiere outside Japan of Ju-On: The Curse and Ju-On: The Curse 2
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (except The Curse and The Curse 2) and 2.0 stereo audio
• Optional English subtitles
• Exclusive 60-page collector’s booklet featuring writing by Grady Hendrix, James Marsh, Tom Mes, William Carroll and Lindsay Nelson [Limited Edition Exclusive]
• Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative
• Twenty-four double-sided, postcard-sized artcards [Limited Edition Exclusive]
• Reversible poster featuring original artwork [Limited Edition Exclusive]

• Introduction to both films by writer-director Takashi Shimizu
• Introduction to Ju-On: The Curse by actor Takako Fuji

• Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
• Introduction by writer-director Takashi Shimizu
• New audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
• Audio commentary by Sam Raimi and Scott Spiegel
• Alternate English dub track in 5.1 Surround
• Haunting in Monochrome, a new interview with Takashi Shimizu on the Ju-On films
• Being Kayako, a new interview with Takako Fuji on her role as Kayako
• The Evolution of Ju-On, a brand new featurette with authors and Japan specialists Tom Mes and Zack Davisson discussing the cultural forces that shaped the series
• Through a Glass Darkly, an archive interview with Takashi Shimizu
• Whispers in the Dark, an archive interview with actor Megumi Okina on her role as Rika
• Fade to Black, an archive interview with actress Kayoko Shibata, who plays Mariko
• On-set interviews with Takashi Shimizu, Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara and Yui Ichikawa
• Deleted scenes with commentary by Takashi Shimizu
• Almost an hour of behind-the-scenes footage
• Ju-On True Stories, two ghostly true-life tales that inspired the films, narrated by Hiroyoshi Kihara
• Original trailers
• Image gallery

• Introduction by writer-director Takashi Shimizu
• New audio commentary with scholar Raechel Dumas and critic Jasper Sharp
• Alternate English dub track in 5.1 Surround
• Interview with Takashi Shimizu from the time of making Ju-On: The Grudge 2
• On-set interviews with Noriko Sakai, Chiharu Niiyama, Kei Horie, Yui Ichikawa, Emi Yamamoto and Shingo Katsurayama
• Deleted scenes
• 55 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage
• On-set reports by cast members Noriko Sakai, Yui Ichikawa and Erika Kuroishi
• Premieres and stage greetings footage from Japan, Taiwan and Korea
• Trailers and TV spots
• Image gallery

• Introduction to Ju-On: Black Ghost by writer-director Mari Asato
• New interview with Mari Asato
• Original trailer
• Image galleries

Pre-order the UK UHD & BD Box-from Amazon.co.uk

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