April and May bring more Arrow classics ( @arrowfilmsvideo ) #movies

There’s no fooling around from Arrow Video this April, with the Blu-ray debut of a stormy cult slasher, a deliriously violent slice of splatterpunk madness from Russia, and a sumptuous limited edition release of a superbly effective horror debut. Each film has been given the Arrow treatment with a wealth of extras, including short films, soundtracks, and commentaries, as well as striking new sleeve artwork, collector’s booklets featuring specially-commissioned writing, and much more.

First up in April is The Wind, from prolific genre filmmaker Nico Mastorakis, the director behind such cult classics as Hired to Kill and Island of Death. This taut shocker presents the sticky choice of going outside and being killed by a raging hurricane, or staying indoors and being hacked to pieces by a sickle wielding maniac. Starring genre movie favourites Meg Foster (They Live) and Wings Hauser (Vice Squad), and legendary thespian Robert Morley (The African Queen), this tense and thrilling blend of Euro-horror and late 80s slasher is a hidden gem, presented here for the first time on Blu-ray in a new restoration. Get ready to be blown away!

Next up, shades of early Tarantino, Edgar Wright and Sam Raimi in Why Don’t You Just Die!, a violent, stylish and riotously entertaining slice of family life, Moscow style, described as “a splatterpunk action comedy drenched in gleefully dark Russian humor” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “an amazing first feature from a filmmaker to watch” (Screen Anarchy). Making his feature debut, writer/director Kirill Sokolov presents a rousing tale of family, modern relationships and the dark places they can take you to when things turn sour. Featuring a soundtrack that veers between Ennio Morricone-esque western riffs and toe-tappingly catchy pop numbers, Why Don’t You Just Die! delivers laughs, shocking twists and copious quantities of blood and gore, and establishes Sokolov as one of cinema’s brightest rising stars.

And leaping into, the month of May debut filmmaker Lukas Feigelfeld has crafted one of the most celebrated horror debuts in recent years with Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse, one of the most original takes on the subject of witchcraft, which echoes Robert Eggers The Witch, but draws on broader influences including the creeping dread and hallucinogenic imagery of David Lynch and Panos Cosmatos. Described as “a spellbinding audiovisual symphony” (The Hollywood Reporter) and ranked 3rd in Rotten Tomatoes “Best Horror Movies of 2019”, Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse is a journey into the madness prevalent both in our minds and in the world around us, and whether the difference between the two is always as clear as we hope for it to be.

Arrow Video April 2020 New Releases

The Wind – on Blu-ray on 13 April

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ presentation
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Optional Greek subtitles
Original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and LPCM Stereo 2.0 Audio
Blowing The Wind – Brand new interview with Director Nico Mastorakis
The Sound of The Wind – The complete soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer and Stanley Myers
A collection of trailers for the films of Nico Mastorakis
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

Why Don’t You Just Die! – On Blu-ray on 20 April

Matvey has just one objective: to gain entry to his girlfriend’s parents’ apartment and kill her father Andrey with a hammer to restore her honour. But all is not as it initially seems, and Matvey’s attempts to bludgeon the family patriarch to death don’t quite go to plan as Andrey proves a more formidable – not to mention ruthless – opponent than he anticipated… and Matvey, for his part, proves stubbornly unwilling to die.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
Original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
Brand new interview with author and critic Kim Newman, exploring Why Don’t You
Just Die! within the context of the long-standing tradition of single location cinema
Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from rehearsals and the film set
Four short films by Kirill Sokolov: Could Be Worse, The Outcome, The Flame and the award-winning Sisyphus is Happy (Best Director and Gold Frame awards, 2013 Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Film)
Theatrical trailer
Kirill Sokolov’s complete original storyboard for the film (BD-ROM content)
Reversible sleeve featuring two choices of artwork

Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse – On Limited Edition Blu-ray on May 11th

2-DISC DIRECTOR APPROVED LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

Limited Edition Blu-ray and Soundtrack CD collection (2000 copies)
High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
Original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and LPCM Stereo 2.0 Audio
Optional English subtitles
Reversible sleeve featuring artwork by Adrian Baxter
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kier-La Janisse and press book extracts, illustrated with original stills
Double-sided fold-out poster featuring two artworks
Slipcover featuring original artwork by Adrian Baxter

DISC 1 [BLU-RAY] – HAGAZUSSA

Audio commentary by critic and author Kat Ellinger
Select scene audio commentary by writer-director Lukas Feigelfeld
“Beton” [Concrete] (2013, 55 mins) and “Interferenz” (2013, 48 mins), two short films by Lukas Feigelfeld
Deleted scene with optional commentary by Feigelfeld
MMMD Music Video
Theatrical trailer
Teaser

DISC 2 [CD] – HAGAZUSSA SOUNDTRACK [Limited Edition Exclusive]

CD containing the complete Hagazussa Soundtrack by MMMD

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