Arrow Video’s August 2016 line-up is an enticing prospect for fans of cult cinema from around the world – it’s certainly got me excited! There’s a selection of Blu-rays, DVDs and Dual Format releases that offer something for people of all cinematic persuasions.
First up is the sublime Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection, released as a Limited Edition Dual Format box set. This collection of the four iconic Female Prisoner Scorpion films is one of the greatest revenge series Japan – or any other country for that matter – has ever made and is an absolute must for fans of the genre.
The four Female Prisoner Scorpion films are some of the most iconic to ever come out of Japan and tell the story of Nami Matsushima (Meiko Kaji), a young women who must escape prison in order to take revenge on the man who betrayed her. This Arrow Video release is limited to just 3,000 copies and features newly filmed appreciations by top critics and filmmakers, including The Raid’s Gareth Evans.
Japanese cinema lovers will also have the opportunity to see all five episodes of the iconic Yakuza Papers series, all released as Dual Format editions throughout the month. Featuring The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honour and Humanity, Hiroshima Death Match, Proxy War, and Police Tactics and all in wonderful separate editions
Film buffs, meanwhile, will be thrilled to see the amateur films of David Cronenberg on DVD and Blu-Ray, giving insight into the early works of the fascinating auteur.Early Works include Transfer (1966), Cronenberg’s first short film, is a surreal sketch of a doctor and his patient. From the Drain (1967) finds two men in a bathtub, which may be part of a centre for veterans of a future war. Stereo (1969), Cronenberg’s first official feature film, stunningly shot in monochrome, concerns telepaths at the Institute for Erotic Enquiry where patients undergo tests by Dr. Luther Stringfellow. In Crimes of the Future (1970) Cronenberg worked in colour and with a larger budget, where we find the House of Skin clinic director (Ronald Mlodzik, returning from Stereo) searching for his mentor, Antoine Rouge, who has disappeared following a catastrophic plague.
Schlock and horror fans also have some fab releases to look forward to in August as well. The bad taste classic Microwave Massacre and a complete collection of those drive-in-staple Count Yorga films join Italian giallo The Bloodstained Butterfly to bring the thrills, chills and, occasionally, giggles.
David Cronenberg’s Early Works – on DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday 1 August 2016
Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection – on Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-Ray + DVD on 8 August 2016
The Complete Count Yorga – on DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday 8 August 2016
The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honour and Humanity – on Dual Format DVD + Blu-Ray from Monday 8 August 2016
The Yakuza Papers: Hiroshima Death Match – on Dual Format DVD + Blu-Ray from Monday 8 August 2016
The Yakuza Papers: Proxy War – on Dual Format DVD + Blu-Ray from Monday 8 August 2016
The Yakuza Papers: Police Tactics – on Dual Format DVD + Blu-Ray from Monday 8 August 2016
The Yakuza Papers: Final Episode – on Dual Format DVD + Blu-Ray from Monday 8 August 2016
Microwave Massacre – on Dual Format Blu-Ray + DVD from Monday 15 August 2016
The Bloodstained Butterfly – on Dual Format Blu-Ray + DVD from Monday 22 August 2016