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Thursday, April 7, 2016

ARROW VIDEO US Titles for May Available for Pre-Order

Arrow Video has has an eclectic run of it so far since entering the US market. We've seen everything from classic and fawned over slasher classic to Nikkatsu titles to a truly special series on American Horror films. For May we have another mixed bag. Hired to Kill, an Italian Horror double feature entitled Killer Dames and a special look at the Roger Corman/Jack Hill picture Bloodbath (a more complex movie than it would appear on the surface). Check out the release notes below. I took the liberty of adding trailers to give you an idea of what you might find in each. 

I'm particular excited about the Killer Dames set as it features two absolutely deserving and much demanded Italian Horror titles on Blu-ray, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Since the Black Cat double feature a couple months back featuring a Fulci and Martino pairing, I am well aware of the quality of the releases, the importance of juxtaposing these thematically related titles and the benefit of offering packaging that is exceptionally handsome.

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From Arrow (with trailers added):


HIRED TO KILL 
(Director Approved Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD)
No man on earth could get him out of prison alive. Seven women will try.
Release Date: May 17th
List Price: $29.95

Starring legendary actors Oliver Reed (Gladiator, The Brood) and George Kennedy (The Delta Force and the Naked Gun series), Hired to Kill is a hugely entertaining action flick featuring guns, girls and a plethora of budget-busting explosions for good measure.

Action movie staple Brian Thompson (whose brief turn in 1984's The Terminator led to a starring role in the 1986 Sylvester Stallone vehicle Cobra) stars as Frank Ryan, a mercenary sent to track down a rebel leader in hostile territory. Posing as a fashion designer, he'll be aided by a posse of beautiful - but deadly - women.

Whilst the opportunity to see Oliver Reed chewing up the scenery behind an elaborate moustache merits the price of admission alone, Hired to Kill is also noteworthy as being co-directed by Nico Mastorakis - the man behind such cult favourites as Island of Death and The Zero Boys.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 4K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio options
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with editor Barry Zetlin
Hired to Direct - a brand new interview with director Nico Mastorakis on the making ofHired to Kill
Undercover Mercenary - a brand new interview with star Brian Thompson
Original Theatrical Trailer
Stills Gallery
Original Screenplay, entitled Freedom or Death (BD/DVD-ROM Content)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newlycommissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Fully-illustrated collector's bookletfeaturing new writing on the film by critic James Oliver


*Please Excuse the subtitles. Including the trailer to give you an idea of the upcoming release. Not from Arrow.

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[Blu-ray + DVD]
4 disc Limited Edition box set containing The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Release Date: May 24th
List Price: $69.95

At the height of the Italian giallo boom in the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers. This limited edition double pack features two distinctive offerings by Emilio P. Miraglia, which meld twisty whodunit narratives with gothic chills. In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen, Django the B*stard), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti, All the Colours of the Dark). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome deaths, prompting speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave... Meanwhile, in The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet, Milano Calibro 9) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler, The Exorcist, Suspiria). Every hundred years, so the legend goes, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. Was Tobias just the first... and are Kitty and Franziska next? With both films making their worldwide Blu-ray debuts in stunning new 2K restorations, there has never been a better time to explore these little-seen giallo gems!

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Limited Edition box set (3000 copies) containing The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Graveand The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (lossless DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray Discs)
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 by James Blackford, Kat Ellinger, Leonard Jacobs and Rachael Nisbet
THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE
New audio commentary by Troy Howarth
Exclusive introduction by actress Erika Blanc
Writer Stephen Thrower on The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave - exclusive interview with Erika Blanc
The Whip and the Body - archival interview with Erika Blanc
Still Rising from the Grave - archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
Original Italian theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES
New audio commentary by Alan Jones and Kim Newman
Exclusive new interview with actress Sybil Danning
Writer Stephen Thrower on The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Archival introduction by production/costume designer Lorenzo Baraldi
Dead à Porter - archival interview with Lorenzo Baraldi
Rounding Up the Usual Suspects - archival interview with actor Marino Masé
If I Met Emilio Miraglia Today - archival featurette with Erika Blanc, Lorenzo Baraldi and Marino Masé
My Favorite... Films - archival interview with actress Barbara Bouchet
Alternative opening
Original Italian theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx


THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE
*Trailer included to whet your palate, not from the Arrow release.


THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES
*Trailer included to whet your palate, not from the Arrow release.

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(2 Disc - Limited Edition)
For this release Arrow Video has searched through the vaults to bring you all four versions of Blood Bath
Release Date: May 31st
List Price: $49.95

The films of Roger Corman are often as well-known for their behind-the-scenes stories as they are the ones unfolding on the screen. He famously made Little Shop of Horrors in just two days using sets left over from A Bucket of Blood and shot The Terror over a long weekend because bad weather prevented him from playing tennis. But none of these tales is quite so complex, or quite so extraordinary, as the making of Blood Bath. The saga began when Corman invested in a Yugoslavian Krimi-like picture entitled Operation Titian just prior to it going into production. Insisting it be filmed in English, he sent actors William Campbell and Patrick Magee, and uncredited story editor Francis Ford Coppola (all fresh from Dementia 13), to Dubrovnik to make a US-friendly movie but wasn't satisfied with the end results. First it was re-cut and re-scored to create Portrait in Terror, a film more in line with drive-in tastes, then it was handed over to Jack Hill (Spider Baby), followed by Stephanie Rothman (Terminal Island), each undertaking reshoots that resulted in a vampire picture by the name of Blood Bath. One final twist was provided when a TV version was required, chopping scenes and adding others to create Track of the Vampire. For this release Arrow Video has searched through the vaults to bring you all four versions of Blood Bath, newly restored from the best materials available to provide a definitive release of one of Corman's craziest ventures.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

Limited Edition collection of the complete 'Blood Bath'
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of four versions of the film: Operation Titian, Portrait in - Terror, Blood Bath, and Track of the Vampire
Brand new 2K restorations of Portrait in Terror, Blood Bath and Track of the Vampire from original film materials
Brand new reconstruction of Operation Titian using original film materials and standard definition inserts
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on all four versions
The Trouble with Titian Revisited - a brand new visual essay in which Tim Lucas returns to (and updates) his three-part Video Watchdog feature to examine the convoluted production history of Blood Bath and its multiple versions
Bathing in Blood with Sid Haig - a new interview with the actor, recorded exclusively for this release
Archive interview with producer-director Jack Hill
Outtakes from Track of the Vampire, scanned from original film materials
Stills gallery
Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artworks
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
Limited edition booklet containing new writing on the film and its cast by Anthony Nield, Vic Pratt, Cullen Gallagher, and Peter Beckman

*Trailer included to whet your palate, not from the Arrow release.

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