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UK’s Arrow Video Lines Up Some Tasty Treats for Your May/June Schedule!

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With an already awesome catalogue of output on both DVD and Blu-ray under their belts, the UK’s favourite cult label, Arrow Video, is a genre force to be reckoned with. So if you just can’t keep your mitts off of the quality material they keep firing out, then feast your eyes on some seriously juicy upcoming releases!

  • 23rd May – The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Blu-ray)

    When Sam, an American writer living in Rome, witnesses an attempted murder in an art gallery and reports the crime to the police, he unwittingly sets the killer’s sights on himself and his beautiful model girlfriend. Things soon start to unravel as it becomes clear that, with the identity of the villain very much open to question, Sam himself is a prime suspect in the case. As the murders continue, Sam begins his own investigations into the serial killings, hoping to somehow clear his name. But in doing so he becomes involved in a deadly relationship with the unknown slayer.

    Sporting a brand new HD restorative transfer of the film from the original negatives and presented in Director of Photography Vittorio Storaro’s original aspect ratio, this Blu-ray edition also comes bearing a hefty load of special features including A Crystal Classic: Luigi Cozzi Remembers Dario’s Bloody Bird; Sergio Martino: The Genesis Of The Giallo; The Italian Hitchcock: Dario Argento Remembers The Bird With The Crystal Plumage; exclusive collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Alan Jones, author of Profondo Argento; four sleeve art options with original and newly commissioned artwork; two-sided fold-out poster and a choice of the original Italian and English LPCM mono audio options.

  • 13th June – Tenebrae (Blu-ray and DVD)

    Shortly after American mystery-thriller novelist Peter Neal arrives in Rome to promote his new book (the “Tenebrae” of the title) an attractive young woman is murdered by a razor-wielding maniac who stuffs pages of Neal’s latest novel into the mouth of his victim before slashing her throat. So begins a bizarre series of horrific murders, the details of which strangely resemble the fictional murders in Neal’s book. Baffled by the killings, the local police believe the author may hold the key to solving the case and turn to him for help. Circumstances change, however, when Neal himself begins to receive death threats from the killer.

    Yet another brand new HD restoration can be found in this release, in a full-to-bursting edition with the following special features: Introduction by Daria Nicolodi; audio commentary with Argento experts, journalists and writers Kim Newman and Alan Jones; audio commentary with Argento expert Thomas Rostock; Screaming Queen! – Daria Nicolodi remembers “Tenebrae; The Unsane World of Tenebrae – An Interview with Dario Argento; A Composition for Carnage – Claudio Simonetti on Tenebrae; Goblin: Tenebrae and Phenomena Live from the Glasgow Arches; exclusive collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on Tenebrae by Alan Jones, author of Profondo Argento; four sleeve art options with original and newly commissioned artwork; double-sided fold-out poster; original trailer; English and Italian mono audio options; optional English subtitles.

  • 20th June – Savage Streets (DVD)

    See Linda Blair take bloody revenge on a gang of low down dirty street punks in Savage Streets, a brutal journey into rape, violence, switchblades and bear traps.

    When Brenda (Blair) and her all-girl gang of tough talking chicks, The Satins, refuse to party with a car full of local drug pushers called The Scars, the girls think nothing of it, but they didn’t reckon on the bruised ego of Jake and his feral pack of no good thugs. Targeting Brenda’s deaf sister, they invade the school and savage her, leaving her on the critical list.

    Now Brenda must scour the streets in search of crossbow vengeance in a dangerous B-movie classic that’s the perfect antidote to 80s high school flicks.

    Presented completely uncut for the first time in the UK with a brand new transfer, Arrow’s release includes a reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork; a Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on Savage Streets by Kier-la Janisse, author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi and House of Psychotic Women; Original mono audio; Audio commentary with stars Sal Landi, Robert Dryer and Director of Photography Stephen Posey; Audio commentary with director Danny Steinmann; Audio commentary with producer John Strong and stars Robert Dryer and Johnny Venocur; Video interviews with Linda Blair, Linnea Quigley, Robert Dryer and John Strong and finally the original trailer.

  • 27th June – Obsession (Blu-ray)

    High melodrama, creeping insanity and barely contained delirium abound in this dizzying tribute to the high tension thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock from director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Scarface, Dressed to Kill)

    Michael Courtland is a Southern gentleman who seems to have everything – a successful business, a beautiful wife and an adoring young daughter – until a botched kidnapping tears his world apart, leaving him widowed, bereaved and bereft. Years later on a trip to Italy, he meets a woman with an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, but all is not how it appears as a twisted conspiracy threatens to unhinge his mental shackles, sending him to the knife edge of MADNESS!
    A master class in mounting unease and clammy palmed claustrophobia, Obsession is a classic 70s thriller with an evil twist that will leave you speechless.

    Finally, yet another brand new HD transfer of the film can be found here, along with the original LPCM Mono Audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio audio options and a cornucopia of special features including a 4-panel reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork; Two-sided fold-out poster; Exclusive collector’s booklet featuring an essay on the film by critic and author Brad Stevens; Paul Schrader’s original screenplay of the film (entitled Déjà Vu) in a perfect bound booklet; Obsession Revisited: Interviews with Director Brian De Palma, Stars Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold and More; Early Brian De Palma short films: “Woton’s Wake” (1962) and “The Responsive Eye” (1966), and the original trailer.

    Caught your breath? Okay, you may now commence whooping for joy. I have a feeling there are going to be many light wallets all round pretty soon! Pre-order these beauties below.

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