Friday, October 3, 2014


So just the other day someone was asking me about Arrow Video and potential for North American release strategy, and I was like, "nah, I don't see that happening". So I'm glad I didn't make a bet on that assumption because Arrow Video is making a push across the pond. As a fan of their products, I'm happy to see them hitting the US market though I always wonder how North American operations will look in comparison to their very impressive business unit in the UK.
This comes on the heals of an acquisition of Death Waltz by Mondo. I like to think of Death Waltz as the Arrow equivalent product on vinyl in the UK. We love to import their releases and thankfully vinyl isn't region locked. Do I sense a homogenization of the indie distributors? The US market is ripe for the media distro company plucking perhaps? Arrow Video competes regularly in a space that has been filled by Scream Factory and Synapse in the North American market releasing similar titles with different bonus packages, transfers and limited edition sets.
Arrow is currently using an IndieGoGo funding platform with some stellar perks including t-shirts and movie packages to get the party started. If you believe that competition creates innovation and is good for consumers then this may be some welcome news especially since fans of the label were disheartened when their line went Region locked in the last few years.
Full release from Arrow Video below:

London, 3rd October 2014
Arrow Films are today thrilled to announce plans to expand its celebrated Arrow Video label into North America early in 2015. Fans will be able to learn all the details of this bold and exciting move, and discover regular updates, through a dedicated crowdfunder campaign which is launched today.
Lauded with positive feedback from a loyal fan base for its great success in releasing various acclaimed restorations of cult and horror releases, Arrow Video have in recent years won several prestigious ‘Label of the Year’ awards by such notable outlets such as broadsheet newspaper The Guardian andHome Cinema Choice Magazine.
By popular demand Arrow Video will launch into North America with a host of cult titles, receiving deluxe treatment in video, audio, supplements and artwork. Launch titles include Tonino Valerii’s Spaghetti WesternDay of Anger [I Giorni dell’ira, aka Gunlaw] starring genre icons Lee Van Cleef and Giuliano Gemma; Michael Armstrong’s bloody and brutal critique of state-funded religious corruptionMark of the Devil in a director-approved release; and the thrillingly bizarro yakuza-samurai-ghost story-horror hybrid from Teruo Ishii,Blind Woman’s Curse (1971, also known as Black Cat’s Revenge).Future releases include films never-before-released on DVD and/or Blu-ray from European and Japanese cult directors. More to be revealed soon.
About Arrow Video:
Started as an offshoot label of Arrow Films in 2009, the label began with two cult titles: Lucio Fulci’sThe House by the Cemetery (1981) and Lamberto Bava’s Macabre (1980). The label ethos was ‘The Art of Cult Films is Back!’ a philosophy which is upheld and still features on the packaging today. Arrow Video releases hark back the video store glory days when VHS covers were lurid and exciting. The Label employs top illustrative artists to create brand-new oil-painting covers featuring reversible original key art as an alternate option. The label releases definitive editions that include complete uncut versions, multiple audio tracks, copious extras, cutting edge design and informative booklets. The collection now spans more than 100 releases and includes films by a host of major auteurs from Argento to Brian De Palma to Yuzna!

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