One of LoveHorror’s favorite film distributors Arrow Video has sent us details of their upcoming titles slated for release on DVD and Blu-Ray this month and next and what a wonderful line up it is.
Featuring two classics from Italian Giallo master Dario Argento, Linda Blair taking on street punks and the brilliant Brian De Palma with his tribute to Alfred Hitchcock.
Look out on the website for full reviews off all four films but in the meantime here is an overview of the releases and the excellent extras Arrow are including on each.
The Bird With The Crystal Plumage – Out 23rd May
The directorial debut of Dario Argento, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage sees the Italian master of terror nailing the “Giallo” blueprint with a brutal thriller that packs a gory brace of horrific murders alongside its genre defining mix of red herrings, leather gloved slashers and stylish decor.
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.
Brand new High Definition restoration of the film from the original negative presented in director of photography Vittorio Storaro’s original 2:1 Univisium aspect ratio; “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; original Italian and English LPCM mono audio options
The second Argento film generally regarded as one of Italian horror maestro finest, the terrifying Tenebrae marked the director’s return to the “giallo” (mystery-thriller) genre in which he first made his name, after making two supernatural themed films, “Suspiria” (1977) and “Inferno” (1980). Banned on video in the UK until 1999, when it was released in a cut form, the film was finally passed uncut and uncensored in 2002. Now, this definitive version of Tenebrae comes to DVD and for the first time in the UK, Blu-ray, boasting a brand new HD restoration of the film and a host of extra features.
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.
Brand new HD restoration of the film; 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.
When Brenda (The Exorcists Linda 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.
UNCUT! for the first time in the UK; Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork; Double-sided fold-out poster; 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’; Brand new transfer of the film presented in original 1.85:1 anamorphic aspect ratio; 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; Original Trailer
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!
Brand new High Definition transfer of the film (1080p); Original LPCM Mono Audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio audio options; 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; Available for the first time! Paul Schrader’s original screenplay of the film in a perfect bound booklet. With the original title Déjà vu, Schrader’s original script includes unfilmed sequences and sees the tripartite structure deal with the past, present and future of Michael Courtland; 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); Original Trailer; Original art by Tom ‘The Dude Designs’ Hodge