Arrow Video ( @arrowfilmsvideo ) bring us even more classics with special treatment this May

If you don’t know how you’re going to spend your May Bank Holidays yet, wonder no more as Arrow Video announce their amazing May 2018 slate. There’s more than enough thrills and horror to keep even the most hardcore cult fan entertained over a couple of long weekends.

First up is Dark Blue, a hard-boiled tale of police corruption from the author of LA Confidential and The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy. Starring Kurt Russell, Ving Rhames, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Banks, this is a powerhouse of a thriller that explores racial tensions and violence within the LAPD.

That’s followed by cult classic monster movie, Rawhead Rex, which claws its way to Blu-ray with a brand new 4K restoration and an amazing selection of extras, including a collector’s booklet and an FX featurette. Sticking with the monster theme, the next release is the Blu-ray of The Bloodthirsty Trilogyfrom Japan’s Toho Studios. This is Dracula like you’ve never seen him before, and a real gift to fans of classic gothic horror and Japanese cinema.

Speaking of gothic horror, Arrow Video’s next May title, Death Smiles on a Murderer combines gothic traditions and giallo to produce a haunting, dreamlike horror. Directed by Joe D’Amato under his real name, Aristide Massaccesi, the film is seen here in a brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative and flaunts a whole load of extras for fans of cult film.

Last, but by no means least, is the real jewel in Arrow Video’s May crown. On Limited Edition Blu-ray, you can see Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left, in all its uncut glory (as well as it’s R-rated and ‘Krug & Company’ cuts). With a huge choice of special features and a selection of limited edition collector’s items, this is not only a must-have release of the film, but also a fitting tribute to the master that was Wes Craven.

Dark Blue – on Blu-ray on 7 May 2018

Kurt Russell (The Thing) gives a searing performance as an L.A. cop in this story of corruption from novelist James Ellroy (LA Confidential, The Black Dahlia) and David Ayer (Training Day).

Spring, 1992. Days before the trial on the Rodney King L.A. riots. Eldon Perry (Russell), a veteran in the LAPD’s Special Investigations Unit struggles with the racially charged violence erupting around him and questions his own underhand methods for dealing with them.

Featuring a support cast of some of the finest character actors including Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) delivering classic hard-boiled dialogue wrapped in a powerhouse punch of direction from Ron Shelton (Bull Durham).

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by director Ron Shelton
Code Blue, an archival documentary on the making of the film featuring Kurt Russell, Ving Rhames, screenwriter David Ayer, director Ron Shelton and others
By the Book, an archival featurette on the look of the film featuring art director Tom Taylor, production Dennis Washington, costumes designer Kathryn Morrison and more
Necessary Force, an archival featurette on the authentic portrayal of the cops in the film featuring technical advisor Bob Souza, Shelton and Russell
Trailer and TV Spots
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tracie Ching

Rawhead Rex – on Blu-ray on 14 May 2018

SOMEONE HAS AWAKENED HIM

Adapted for the screen by acclaimed horror writer Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed) from his short story of the same name, Rawhead Rex sees a hulking, ancient demon tearing a bloody swathe across the Irish countryside.

When an unsuspecting farmer pulls up a stone column embedded in a barren field, he accidentally unleashes hell by freeing Rawhead Rex – a hulking monster that has been trapped there for thousands of years. With the seemingly unstoppable demon rampaging through the local village, American historian Howard Hallenbeck is faced with the task of putting Rawhead back in the ground for good.

The first of several films to be adapted from Barker’s seminal Books of Blood series, Rawhead Rex has garnered a strong cult following over the years – now clawing its way to the surface in a stunning new 4K restoration from the original camera negative.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

– Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original Uncompressed Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Audio commentary with director George Pavlou, moderated by author Stephen Thrower
– Call Me Rawhead, an interview with actor Heinrich von Bünau
– What the Devil Hath Wrought, an interview with actor Ronan Wilmot
– Rawhead FX, featurette bringing together interviews with creature effects artists Peter Mackenzie Litten and John Schroonraad, special effects supervisor Gerry Johnson, second unit cameraman Sean Corcoran and make-up artist Rosie Blackmore
– Interview with cameraman Sean Corcoran
– Rawhead Rising, artist Stephen R. Bissette on the aborted Rawhead Rex graphic novel adaptation
– Animated behind-the-scenes image gallery
– Original Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

The Bloodthirsty Trilogy – on Blu-ray on 14 May 2018

Inspired by the runaway success of the British and American gothic horror films of the sixties, Toho Studios brought the vampiric tropes of the Dracula legend to Japanese screens with The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil of Dracula – three spookily effective cult classics collectively known as The Bloodthirsty Trilogy.

In The Vampire Doll, a young man goes missing after visiting his girlfriend’s isolated country home. His sister and her boyfriend trace him to the creepy mansion, but their search becomes perilous when they uncover a gruesome family history. Lake of Dracula begins with a young girl suffering a terrifying nightmare of a vampire with blazing golden eyes. Eighteen years later, the dream is revealed to be a hellish prophecy when a strange package containing an empty coffin mysteriously turns up at a nearby lake. In Evil of Dracula, a professor takes up a new post at an all-girls school only to discover the school’s principal conceals a dark secret and the pupils are in grave danger.

Abounding with images of dark thunderous nights, ghostly mansions and bloody fangs, Michio Yamamoto’s trilogy emphasises atmosphere and style and is sure to please both fans of classic gothic horror and Japanese genre cinema.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements
Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
Newly translated English subtitles
Kim Newman on The Bloodthirsty Trilogy, a new video appraisal by the critic and writer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin

Death Smiles on a Murderer – on Blu-ray on 21 May 2018

A haunting and dreamlike gothic horror/giallo hybrid, Death Smiles on a Murderer is a compelling early work from the legendary sleaze and horror film director Joe D’Amato (Anthropophagus, Emanuelle in America), here billed under his real name Aristide Massaccesi.

Set in Austria in the early 1900s, Death Smiles on a Murderer stars Ewa Aulin, (Candy, Death Laid an Egg) as Greta, a beautiful young woman abused by her brother Franz (Luciano Rossi, Death Walks in High Heels, The Conformist) and left to die in childbirth by her illicit lover, the aristocrat Dr. von Ravensbrück (Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Kill, Baby… Kill!). Bereft with grief, Franz reanimates his dead sister using a formula engraved on an ancient Incan medallion. Greta then returns as an undead avenging angel, reaping revenge on the Ravensbrück family and her manically possessive brother.

Presented here in a stunning 2K restoration, D’Amato’s film is a stately and surreal supernatural mystery which benefits from an achingly mournful score by Berto Pisano, several shocking scenes of gore, and a typically sinister performance from Klaus Kinski as a morbid doctor.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Italian and English soundtracks
Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas
D’Amato Smiles on Death, an archival interview in which the director discusses the film
All About Ewa, a newly-filmed, career-spanning interview with the Swedish star
Smiling on the Taboo: Sex, Death and Transgression in the horror films of Joe D’Amato, new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
Original trailers
Stills and collections gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

The Last House on the Left – on Limited Edition Blu-ray on 28 May 2018

MARI, SEVENTEEN, IS DYING. EVEN FOR HER THE WORST IS YET TO COME!

The directorial debut of Wes Craven, the man behind such horror favourites as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream, The Last House on the Left justly retains its reputation as one of the most harrowing cinematic experiences of all time, nearly half a century on from its original release.

On the eve of her 17th birthday, Mari and friend Phyllis set off from her family home to the big city to attend a concert by shock-rockers Bloodlust. Attempting to pick up some marijuana on the way, the pair run afoul of a group of vicious crooks, headed up by the sadistic and depraved Krug (David Hess). Gagged and bound, the young women are bundled into a car trunk and driven to the woods, where the gang subject them to a terrifying ordeal of sexual humiliation, torture and murder.

Unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1972, The Last House on the Left shocked audiences with its graphic and unflinching portrayal of interpersonal violence, paving the way for a whole host of cheap imitators looking to capitalise on its success. It is Wes Craven’s original alone, however, that remains one of the true watershed moments in horror (and indeed, film) history.

LIMITED 2 X BLU-RAY EDITION CONTENTS

Three cuts of the film newly restored in 2K from original film elements
Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
6 x lobby card reproductions
Limited edition perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

DISC ONE – THE UNCUT VERSION

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Uncut Version
Brand new audio commentary by podcasters Bill Ackerman and Amanda Reyes
Archival audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham
Archival audio commentary with stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln
Junior’s Story, a brand new interview with actor Marc Sheffler
Marc Sheffler in Conversation at the American Cinematheque
Brand new interview with wardrobe and make-up artist Anne Paul
Songs in the Key of Krug, never-before-seen archive interview with David Hess
Celluloid Crime of the Century, archival documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, actors David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler and Martin Kove
Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on The Left, archival interview with Wes Craven
Scoring Last House on the Left, archival interview with actor/composer David Hess
It’s Only a Movie: The Making of The Last House on the Left, archival documentary
Forbidden Footage, the cast and crew of Last House on the film’s most controversial sequences
Deleted Scene
Outtakes and Dailies
Trailers, TV Spot & Radio Spots
Image Gallery

DISC TWO – THE ‘KRUG & COMPANY’ & R-RATED CUTS

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Krug and Company and R-rated cuts of the film
The Craven Touch, brand new featurette bringing together interviews with a number of Wes Craven’s collaborators, including Sean S. Cunningham, composer Charles Bernstein, producer Peter Locke, cinematographer Mark Irwin and actress Amanda Wyss
Early Days and “Night of Vengeance”, filmmaker Roy Frumkes remembers Wes Craven and Last House on the Left
Tales That’ll Tear Your Heart Out – excerpts from an unfinished Wes Craven short

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The Baby – on Arrow Video on Amazon Channels now

WHAT GOES ON ON THIS NURSERY ISN’T FOR KIDS!

Still traumatised by the loss of her husband, well-meaning social worker Ann Gentry (Anjaette Comer, The Loved One) throws herself into her latest assignment: the case of “Baby”, a 21-year-old man with the mind of an infant – who crawls, cries and has yet to make it out of nappies. But Baby’s family – the tyrannical “Mama” Wadsworth (Ruth Roman, Strangers on a Train) and her two demented daughters – aren’t the only ones with a warped conception of familial relations, and the full horror only begins when Ann sets her sights on liberating the drooling man-child… and in so doing unleashes the wrath of the Wadsworth women.

45 years after its original release, this film remains one of the most bizarre horror movies ever committed to celluloid. Directed by Ted Post (Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Magnum Force) and co-starring Marianna Hill (The Godfather Part II), The Baby is a twisted, psychedelic nightmare of suburban depravity.


Director: Ted Post
Cast: Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill, Suzanne Zenor, David Manzy

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The Baby will receive an additional Blu-ray release from Arrow Video later this year.

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Pieces – on Blu-ray on 7 May 2018

IT S EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK IT IS!

From Juan Piquer Simón, director of the equally unhinged Slugs, Pieces is the original sickening slasher classic, now restored in glorious 4K! A Boston college campus is being terrorised by a black-clad maniac who collects body parts from his unfortunate co-ed victims. As the corpses (and red herrings) begin to pile up, can Professor Brown (genre veteran Jack Taylor) unmask the murderer before his morbid puzzle is complete?

Boasting some of the most outrageous gore set-pieces ever to splash their way across the screen (including a particularly memorable slow-motion evisceration atop a waterbed), Pieces is an essential slice of Spanish splatter and more gruesome than ever on Blu-ray.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: 
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a brand new 4K transfer from the original camera negative
• Two versions of the feature: Pieces, the US theatrical version with library score by CAM, and Mil Gritos Tiene La Noche, the original uncensored director’s cut, presented in Spanish with original score by Librado Pastor [Blu-ray exclusive]
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• The Vine Theater Experience – join the audience of the Vine Theater, Hollywood for a 2002 screening of Pieces!
• Alternate Re-score by composer Umberto
• Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
• It’s Exactly What You Think It Is! and analysis and appreciation of Pieces featuring filmmakers Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), Adrián García Bogliano (Late Phases), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider) and writers Joe Bob Briggs and Nathaniel Thompson
• A Thousand Screams – a brand new interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo
• Falling to Pieces – Spanish filmmaker Sergio Blasco discusses his friendship with director Juan Piquer Simón and the script of their un-produced sequel to Pieces
• Pieces of Juan a career-spanning interview with director Juan Piquer Simón
• The Reddest Herring – archive interview with actor Paul Smith
• Archive interview with producer Steve Minasian
• Image Galleries
• Trailers
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach

Two Thousand Maniacs! – on Blu-ray on 14 May 2018

After shocking and outraging the world with his genre-defining 1963 gore-fest Blood Feast, exploitation pioneer H.G. Lewis would seek (and positively succeed!) to outdo himself with the deliciously depraved Two Thousand Maniacs!

When a group of Yankee tourists take a detour and wind up in the small Southern town of Pleasant Valley – which has magically rematerialized 100 years after its destruction during the Civil War – they find themselves welcomed by the eager townsfolk as guests of honour at their centennial celebrations. Little do the Northerners know that the festivities are set to include torture, death and dismemberment…

Also including H.G. Lewis’ fist fightin’, hooch-swillin’ epic Moonshine Mountain as a bonus feature, this is one double-dose of hicksploitation truly worthy of an almighty “Yeehah!”

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS 
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Bonus Feature! 1964’s Moonshine Mountain
• Introductions to the films by H.G. Lewis
• Archive audio commentary on Two Thousand Maniacs! by H.G. Lewis
• Two Thousand Maniacs Can’t be Wrong – filmmaker Tim Sullivan on H.G. Lewis’ gore classic
• Hickspoitation: Confidential – visual essay on the depiction of the American South in exploitation cinema
• David Friedman: The Gentlemen’s Smut Peddler – a tribute to legendary producer David F. Friedman featuring interviews with H.G. Lewis, filmmakers Fred Olen Ray and Tim Sullivan and editor Bob Murawski
• Herschell’s Art of Advertising – H.G. Lewis shares his expert opinion on the art of selling movies
• Two Thousand Maniacs! Outtakes
• Trailers
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

Arrow Video brings the best in Catalogue cult and horror films in deluxe, definitive editions with uncut versions, newly commissioned artwork, specially curated extras and booklets. Starting as an offshoot label in 2009, the collection now spans more than 350 releases including films from Dario Argento, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper and John Carpenter. Recently the label has expanded into the US, whilst also moving into acquiring New Release content, debuting Mexican horror We Are The Flesh and British debut feature The Ghoul in both the UK and US.

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