Arrow Video is set to heat up your June with four more video releases through MVD Entertainment Group, all worth a buy for collectors and film buffs with a taste for the intriguing. Let’s take a look at what’s coming soon:
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Volume 2 (June 14, $49.95) rolls up first and looks to be the perfect companion piece to the first three-film set. Akira Kobayashi (Tokyo Mighty Guy), and Jo Shishido (Danger Pays, Murder Unincorporated) are the featured actors in this trio of films that like the first Diamond Guys, is limited to 3000 sets. The first collection was a nice set of surprises, so expectations are high for this one to be equally fun and revealing.
- Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies)
- High Definition digital transfers of all three films in this collection, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
- Original uncompressed mono audio
- Newly translated English subtitles
- Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on Diamond Guys Jo Shishido and Akira Kobayashi
- Original trailers for all three films
- Extensive promotional image galleries for all films
- Reversible sleeve featuring brand new artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Booklet featuring new writing on all the films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith IV, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling
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Writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee’s 1993 film SUTURE (June 21, $39.95) was one of the best indie films of that year. I caught it during its limited run and between the gorgeous black and white photography, borrowed stylistic elements from a few great directors and solid acting from a committed cast, it made quite a lingering impression. Granted, the film’s interesting gimmick may be lost on some new viewers who don’t grasp the film is messing with them on a few levels. But it’s worth a watch with like-minded thriller fans as the plot bobs and weaves towards its conclusion.
- Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
- High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentations
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Audio commentary with writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee
- All-new interviews with Siegel, McGehee, executive producer Steven Soderbergh, actor Dennis Haysbert, cinematographer Greg Gardiner, editor Lauren Zuckerman and production designer Kelly McGehee
- Deleted scenes
- Birds Past, Siegel & McGehee’s first short film, about two young San Franciscans who journey to Bodega Bay along the path set by Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds.
- US theatrical trailer
- European theatrical trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm
Next up is 1988’s Return of the Killer Tomatoes (June 28, $29.95), a fun sequel to the offbeat (okay, goofy as hell) horror “B” about oversized fruit (or vegetables, depending on who you ask, although they ARE fruit!) chowing down on some unfortunate humans. George Clooney (!) and John Astin have what could be called meaty roles here, but you’ll be watching this for those big red beefsteaks doing what they do best. While light on the extras (what, Clooney was too busy to sit down with Arrow and chat about this oldie?), it’s still a great “B” flick worth adding to your Arrow collection.
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello
- Brand new interview with star Anthony Starke
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
- Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver
- Interviews with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Peter Lord, Rick Baker
- 12 Interview outtakes with Joe Dante, John Lasseter, Nick Park and more!
- A message to Ray
- Deleted Scenes
- On the set of Sinbad
- Paris Cinematheque Q&A
- London Gate Theater Q&A
- Audio commentary with the filmmakers
- Original Trailer
- Ray Harryhausen Trailer Reel