Arrow Video’s April Showers of Awesome Flicks

If you’re an Arrow Video collector here in the U.S., things are about to get even more interesting in your library thanks to the company’s SIX April releases through MVD Entertainment Group.

death walks twice boxsetThe month of solid releases kicks off April 5th with Death Walks Twice: Two Films By Luciano Ercoli – Limited Edition Boxset (MSRP $69.95), a Blu-Ray/DVD combo featuring two films, Death Walks on High Heels (1971) and Death Walks at Midnight (1972). Both films star the lovely Nieves Navarro (billed as Susan Scott) and are two seminal giallo classics worth snapping up.

Only 3000 of this set will be made and as usual, Arrow is packing that LE box with both films and special features galore:

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight
  • Brand new 2K restorations of the films from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
    Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
  • Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing on the films from authors Danny Shipka (Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France), Troy Howarth (So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and writer Leonard Jacobs

DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS

  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • From Spain with Love – featurette comprising newly-edited archive footage of director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro, interviewed at their home in Barcelona
  • Master of Giallo – screenwriter Gastaldi on Death Walks on High Heels and how to write a successful giallo
  • Death Walks to the Beat – a career-spanning interview with High Heels composer Stelvio Cipriani
  • Original Italian and English trailers
    Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT

  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Extended TV version of the feature
  • Crime Does Pay – screenwriter Gastaldi reflects on his career in the crime film-writing business, including a look at Death Walks at Midnight
  • Desperately Seeking Susan – visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

And that’s only the first of six great genre films and film sets coming next month…

Bride of Re-Animator AV048April 12 sees a new restoration of Bride Of Re-animator in a Blu-ray & DVD Limited Edition (MSRP $39.95) that’s bursting at the seams with content spread across 3 discs:

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • Limited Edition Collector’s Booklet
  • Limited Edition Packaging to be revealed

DISCS 1 & 2 – BLU-RAY/DVD – UNRATED VERSION

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version
  • Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna
  • Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Bob Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
  • Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
  • Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator – brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel
  • Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator – Brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler
  • Getting Ahead in Horror – archive making-of featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

DISC 3 – BLU-RAY – R-RATED VERSION

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the R-rated version

PLUS more to be announced!

Speaking of more:

Outlaw Gangster VIP AV047Next up is OUTLAW: GANGSTER VIP COLLECTION, another limited edition000 Blu-ray + DVD combo pack (MSRP $79.99) that features all six of director Toshio Masuda’s excellent yakuza films based on the writings of real life ex-gangster Goro Fujita. Tetsuya Watari (Tokyo Drifter) stars as “Slasher” Goro in these dark and realistic films that set a standard later Japanese directors would emulate in their works.

BONUS MATERIALS

  • Limited Edition Box Set (3000 copies) containing all six films in the Outlaw series, available with English subtitles for the first time on any home video format
  • High Definition digital transfers of all six films, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Audio commentary on Outlaw: Gangster VIP by Jasper Sharp
  • Visual essay covering the entire series by Kevin Gilvear
  • Original trailers for all six films
  • Extensive promotional image galleries for all six films
  • Exclusive gatefold packaging featuring brand new artwork by Tonci Zonjic
  • Booklet featuring an interview with director Toshio Masuda by Mark Schilling, plus new writing by Schilling, Chris D and Kevin Gilvear

 

The Stuff AV050Also arriving on April 19 is Larry Cohen’s The Stuff (MSRP $39.95), the icky sci-fi/horror comedy that will have you rethinking dessert options for the rest of your life. This is one of those 80’s horror flicks that sticks with you and may make you want to check out Cohen’s other films at some point. Hopefully more of those will get the Arrow treatment like this one is:

BONUS MATERIALS

  • New High Definition restoration of the film from a brand new 2K scan of the original camera negative
  • Original stereo 1.0 uncompressed PCM Mono audio
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Can’t Get Enough of The Stuff: Making Larry Cohen’s Classic Creature Feature – Documentary featuring Larry Cohen, producer Paul Kurta, actress Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Neill (mechanical makeup effects) and Kim Newman
  • Introduction and trailer commentary by director and The Stuff fan Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw III)
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joel Harley, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials

 

DILLINGER AV049April 26 brings DILLINGER to Blu-Ray/DVD (MSRP $39.95), John Milus’ directorial debut and a pretty killer crime drama. This one’s got quite the cast, folks: Warren Oates and Ben Johnson as John Dillinger and Melvin Purvis, plus Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Dreyfuss and Michelle Phillips in supporting roles. As for bonuses, read on:

BONUS MATERIALS

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film materials
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the film
  • Original mono soundtrack (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema and Screening Violence
  • Shooting Dillinger, a newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jules Brenner
  • Original Gangster, a newly-filmed interview with producer Lawrence Gordon
  • Ballads and Bullets, a newly-filmed interview with composer Barry De Vorzon
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • Collector’s booklet containing new writing by Kim Newman on fictional portrayals of John Dillinger, plus an on-set report containing interviews with writer-director John Milius and others, illustrated with original production stills

 

The Zero Boys AV036Finally, Nico Mastorakis’ offbeat violent “B” flick from 1986, The Zero Boys gets a super Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack (MSRP $39.95). Action meets horror as the titular team of paintball pros stumble across a real murder scene in the woods and need to arm themselves with actual weapons and survive the killers coming for them. In true Mastorakis fashion, the mix of tension, horror and humor are definitely of the era and you even get an early Hans Zimmer score to rattle around in your skull long after the film is over.

BONUS MATERIALS

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio Commentary with star Kelli Maroney, moderated by Shock Till You Drop’s Chris Alexander
  • Nico Mastorakis on… Nico Mastorakis – brand new interview with Mastorakis on the making of The Zero Boys
  • Brand new interview with star Kelli Maroney
  • Brand new interview with star Nicole Rio
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver

All those films coming your way mean you’ll be busting out that popcorn kettle and making it work double overtime. It won’t mind at all because it’s not a sentient being. Unless you’re from the future and your robot popcorn maker decides it’s had enough and tries to come after you while you’re sleeping. Solution: a lot of coffee and locks on your bedroom door. Even better, moderation on the popcorn and friends handy to catch all these films with.

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2 thoughts on “Arrow Video’s April Showers of Awesome Flicks

    • I agree! I haven’t seen the film in quite a few years, but I know I’ll be settling in for it and those special features. Hmmmm. I think Harry Dean Stanton buys the farm in this (it’s in his contract that he dies in every film he’s in, right?), but I’ll see if that memory is correct soon enough…

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