Thursday, March 22, 2018

THE OUTER LIMITS: SEASON ONE Coming to Blu-ray & DVD March 27th from Kino Lorber Studio Classics

The Outer Limits: Season One
Coming to Blu-ray and DVD March 27 from Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Includes 40 Page Booklet Essay by David J. Schow and 
Audio Commentaries by Noted Film and Television Historians

"The best program of its type ever to run on network TV!" - Stephen King

Kino Lorber Studio Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Season One of The Outer Limits, the hit television anthology series, created by Leslie Stevens, that became a benchmark for science-fiction shows to follow. This seven-disc collection contains all 32 episodes of Season One, newly restored in HD.

The Outer Limits: Season One will be released on Blu-ray and DVD March 27, with a SRP of $99.95 for the Blu-ray and $79.95 for the DVD. Special features include "There is Nothing Wrong With Your Television Set", a 40 page booklet essay by David J. Schow, and audio commentaries by David J. Schow (The Outer Limits Companion), Tim Lucas (Mario Bava: All the Colors of the DarkVideo Watchblog), Craig Beam (My Life in the Glow of the Outer Limits), Dr. Reba Wissner (We Will Control All That You Hear: The Outer Limits & The Aural Imagination), Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), Michael Hyatt (film historian), and Steve Mitchell (King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen).

There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Television Set... 
Do Not Attempt To Adjust The Picture... 
We Are Controlling Transmission...

You hold in your hands an artifact from a time now vanished forever; a compendium of portals into worlds unknown. A seven-disc set that controls over 27 hours of transmission from the 1963-1964 series, this vessel has sought you out for one specific purpose: to expand your mind to The Outer Limits! 

Guest stars include Ed Asner, Macdonald Carey, Dabney Coleman, Robert Culp, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Mimsy Farmer, Don Gordon, Harry Guardino, Gloria Grahame, Signe Hasso, Miriam Hopkins, Richard Jaeckel, Sally Kellerman, Shirley Knight, Martin Landau, George Macready, John Marley, David McCallum, Ralph Meeker, Gary Merrill, Vera Miles, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Oakland, Warren Oates, Carroll O'Connor, Donald Pleasence, Cliff Robertson, Ruth Roman, Barbara Rush, Martin Sheen, Henry Silva and many more.

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 27, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $99.95
DVD SRP: $79.95

Directors: Leslie Stevens, Byron Haskin, Laslo Benedek, James Goldstone, 
Gerd Oswald, John Brahm, Robert Florey 
Produced by Joseph Stefano
Executive Producer: Leslie Stevens
A Villa Di Stefano Production in association with Daystar Productions

Technical Specs:
1963-1964 / B&W / 1632 Minutes / (1.33:1) / 1920x1080p / French Subtitles / Not Rated

Special Features:
"There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Television Set", 
a 40-page booklet essay by David J. Schow
Audio commentaries by David J. Schow (The Outer Limits Companion), Tim Lucas (Mario Bava: All the Colors of the DarkVideo Watchblog), Craig Beam (My Life in the Glow of the Outer Limits), Dr. Reba Wissner (We Will Control All That You Hear: The Outer Limits & The Aural Imagination), Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), Michael Hyatt (film historian), and Steve Mitchell (King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen)

BATMAN & MR. FREEZE: SUBZERO (1997) (WAC Blu-ray Review)


Label: Warner Archive
Region Code: Region-FREE
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 67 Minutes 
Audio: English DTS HD-MA 2.0 Stereo with Optional English Subtitles  
Video: 1080p HD Full FRame (1.37:1) 
Director: Boyd Kirkland
Cast: Kevin Conroy, Michael Ansara, Loren Lester, Mary Kay Bergman, George Dzundza, Bob Hastings, Robert Costanzo, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

In the wake of the deeply disappointing big screen version of Mr. Freeze (cornily played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin (1997) fans of Batman could at least take solace in this new adventure set in the world of Batman the Animated Series, an animated movie that truly does justice to one of Batman's greatest foes, the tragic villain Dr. Victor Fries (AKA Mr. Freeze, voiced by the late Michael Ansara, Batman TAS). The story has Mr. Freeze desperately trying to save his beloved wife Nora, who fan of the animated series will remember is frozen in a suspended state of cryogenisis and in need of an organ transplant. It turns out that Barbara Gordon (AKA Batgirl, voiced by the late Mary Kay Bergman, South Park) is the only viable donor candidate for the procedure, the fact that she's alive isn't much of a deterrent for conflicted villain Freeze who enlists/coerces a former surgeon-colleague to perform the procedure. When Barbara is kidnapped by Freeze (unaware that she is Batgirl) our heroes Batman (voiced by best Batmen EVER Kevin Conroy) and Robin (voiced by Loren Lester) track the villain to his chilly Arctic lair to save the day, having to contend with not only Freeze's powerful cold-weapon but his pet polar bears Hotchka and Shaka!

More so than Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) this one feels like an extended two-parter from Batman the Animated Series, mixed in with some nascent 3-D animated sequences, digital elements that haven't aged too awfully in my opinion. The story is a solid one, we get some enjoyable Robin and Batgirl action, fighting alongside Batman in a Mr. Freeze story-arc that is nicely multi-layered, sure he's a bad guy, but his motivations are coming from a place of desperation and loss, so you can empathize. In the shadow of the awful Batman and Robin movie this animated adventure was a welcome return to form for the Mr. Freeze, though the addition of a pair of loyal pet polar bears and an adopted Inuit son seem a bit much (though still not as corny as the Batman and Robin movie), this is very entertaining Bruce Timm-era entry. 

Audio/Video: Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1997) arrives on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive framed in the original 1.37 full frame aspect ratio, as was intended. The film did receive a cropped/matted 1.66:1 widescreen version on laserdisc at one point, though the original intended presentation is as is, full frame. The animation looks fantastic, the best I've seen it look on home video, the animation looks crisp, colors are nicely saturated and blacks are deep and inky. Audio comes by way of an English DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo track, with optional English subtitles, everything sounds great, well-balanced with the score from Batman the Animated Series composer Michael McCuistion having some nice oomph behind it. 

Onto the extras, WAC did something very cool, they've included the complete Mr. Freeze saga from the various animated series, even noting where this one falls into the story, which is all sort of awesome. Mr. Freeze was always one of the coolest (zing!) villains in Batman's rogues gallery, a tragic villain with some serious gravitas, not a wholly sympathetic character but you could at least understand his motivations. These four episodes are unfortunately presented in standard definition but look and sound great nonetheless.

Other extras on the disc include a brief music montage of the artwork including character sketches, backgrounds, and storyboards, a 'how to draw Batman' tidbit, plus a theatrical trailer. I wish the four episodes would have been presented in HD (after all, they are preparing a Batman the Animated Series Blu-ray box set for release) but it's awesome to have all the Mr. Freeze episodes on one release. The other extras are non-essential in my opinion, but just having all the Mr. Freeze episodes, including his brief resurrection from Batman Beyond, is extra enough for me. 

Worth noting, fans have speculated at the existence of not only a 5.1 surround sound mix of the audio but a proper widescreen version of the film, these speculations are based on comments made by the late director Boyd Kirkland in an interview, and in more recent message board/Facebook posts from his son backing up his father's claims. Warner have responded that these elements simply do not exist and that to their knowledge have never existed. Stating on their Facebook page that the film's original aspect ratio is fullframe and that the previous Laserdisc version was a crop/matted 1.66:1 presentation, that this full frame version is the intended and most complete version, and I'm happy with that. That's not to say I wouldn't have enjoyed the matted 1.66:1 widescreen version of the film on this disc, both options would have been preferable, but as I said, I'm quite happy with what we have here.

Special Features: 
- The Mr. Freeze Saga in Chronological Order includes the episodes:
 "Heart of Ice" (22 min)(from Batman the Animated Series), "Deep Freeze" (21 min) (from Batman the Animated Series), "Cold Comfort", (21 min) (from The New Batman Adventures) and "Meltdown" (21 min)(from Batman Beyond) in Standard Definition
- Art of Batman: Music Montage (3 min) 
- Get the Picture: How to Draw Batman (1 min) 
- Theatrical Trailer (1 min) 

I love Batman the Animated Series, I have very fond memories of watching it with my younger brother Tommy after he got home from school everyday, and I love these ancillary feature length movies that were part of the same universe, so having this one on Blu-ray is a real treat! It's truly a great time to be a fan of the Batman the Animated Series, glad to see the animated films getting Blu'd with such wonderful presentations from WAC.  

SWEET VIRGINIA (2017) (Blu-ray Review)


Label: Shout! Factory / IFC Midnight
Release Date: April 3rd 2018
Region Code: A
Rating: R
Duration: 93 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA Stereo 2.0, Surround 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles 

Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.40:1)
Director: Jamie M. Dagg
Cast: Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots, 
Rosemarie Dewitt

Brooding small town thriller Sweet Virginia (2017) opens with a drifter named Elwood (Christopher Abbott, Girls) walking into a bar after hours, inside three men are gathered, Elwood acts strangely and is turned away, returning moments later with a gun, killing all three men inside. We learn that Elwood was hired by the wife of one of the men inside to kill him, a woman named Lila (Imogen Poots, 28 Weeks Later), but things didn't go as planned and the killer ends up with two unintended victims, rocking the small community. Later when the self-made widow is informed by her lawyer that her husband was on the verge of bankruptcy, her lack of funds to pay the hit-man sets in motion a series of unfortunate events. 

Central to the story is a depressive motel owner named Sam (Jon Bernthal, Netflix'a The Punisher) who has connections to Poots' character, he's having an affair with her mother Bernadette (Rosemarie Dewitt, Poltergeist), who's husband was one of the unintended casualties at the bar. The dots begin to connect when Elwood who is staying at the motel run by Sam recognizes him as a former rodeo champion from West Virginia, and Elwood sort of forces an uneasy acquaintance with the motel owner, and so the dots begin to connect, slowly building towards an inevitable violent climax that will leave few unscathed.

This slow-burning thriller caught my attention from the get-go with the crime at he bar, it grabs the attention, and then things settle down and it begin to unfold and build-up in a subtle sort of way, you can see the machination at work, the intertwined characters  begin to mingle and cross-pollinate, culminating with the expected violent outcome, there's no surprised here but I liked the contrast of the characters of Sam and Elwood. Bernthal as Sam is a surprisingly quiet guy, very meek and downplayed, we see him cower away from the threat violence an earlier scene, in contrast to the high-strung Elwood, a man with a short fuse who is always holding back the inner-rage, which is threatening to boil over at any moment. We see him set off by a pair of locals punks giving him the eye at a phone booth, or when he realizes Lila is coming up short of his required fee for the crime. 

I love this sort of quiet small town thriller, watching the pieces come together in the final push at the end, but I didn't find this one to be all that satisfying, the tense finale was a bit too anti-climatic for my tastes, there's a pressure build-up and then it just sort of deflated without the appropriate fanfare, it's not bad but it is a one and done. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ACES HIGH (1976) (Umbrella DVD Review)

ACES HIGH (1976) 

Label: Umbrella Entertainment
Region Code: Region Free (NTSC) 
Rating: M
Duration: 109 Minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.77:1) 
Director: Jack Gold
Cast: Christopher Plummer, Malcolm McDowell, Sir John Gielgud, Ray Milland, Peter Firth

Set in 1916 during WWI Aces High (1976) starring Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) follows a week or so in the life of a group of pilots in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), beginning with the arrival of fresh-faced recruit Lieutenant Croft (Peter Firth, Life Force) who has had all of fifteen hours of air-time prior to his assignment, much to the chagrin of squadron leader Major John Gresham (McDowell), not just because he's woefully inexperienced, but because he's familiar with the new recruit, having dated his older sister back in college. 

The film deals with the tension among the pilots, many of whom drink away their fears and worries, numbing them to the realities of war. Gresham is an experienced combat pilot, an ace pilot but also suffering from the anxiety of war, not helping is that new recruits have a week long life expectancy, and young Croft idolizes him, adding further tension to the already Hell-ish wartime scenario. McDowell and Firth were quite good, if a bit stodgy, but maybe that's just because they're English upper crust, and Sir Christopher Plummer  is also great as a reassuring veteran figure, but it's the aerial battles that are the most engaging aspect of the movie. The  air battle action is captured with vintage WWI-looking aircraft engaged in dogfights and buzzing each other with strafing gunfire was actually quite well done, I found myself craning my neck in response to the imagined g-force of the acrobatic plane stunt work, which were very well shot. Some of the most effective dramatic moments are captured in the cockpits as the pilots bare witness to the carnage of aerial battle, pilots engulfed if flames, and wing men bloodily shot my machine gun fire, with the final reel of the film being particularly powerful, both in terms of dramatic weight and carnage, with one final and haunting gut-punch. 

Audio/Video: Aces High (1976) arrives on region-free (though labeled region 4) DVD from Umbrella Entertainment framed in anamorphic widescreen 1.77:1, the source looks to be a well-worn print with lots of specks, scratches and grit evident throughout though it's the first reel that's most affected by print damage. Colors are drab and the image soft, further marred by some of the worst aliasing I've seen in the modern age on a home video release (just check out those jagged edges on the title card). The English Dolby Digital mono audio is serviceable, not a lot of separation or subtlety, and no subtitles are provided. This is a bare bones release with no extras, the film starts-up without a menu as soon as you pop the disc in. 

Special Features: None 

Aces High (1976)is not an overly powerful wartime dramatic film, but as a WWI film dealing with the tension and horror of war it's a good watch, highlighted by some truly fantastic aerial battle scenes that make up for it's dramatic shortcomings. The video presentation from Umbrella is not all that I would have hoped for, but at least I was able to check this off my to-watch list. 


PATH OF BLOOD (2016) (Synapse Blu-ray Review)

Special Edition Blu-ray 

Label: Synapse Films

Region Code: Region-FREE
Duration: 62 Minutes
Rating: Unrated 
Audio: Japanese DTS-HD MA Japanese 2.0 Stereo with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.35:1)
Director: Eric Power
Cast: Kenji Kiuchi, Yoshi Okai, Shinya Wakao and Leo Shue Schuster

Path of Blood (2016) is an ambitious indie-animated film from  director Eric Power, the guy shot this sucker all by himself (aside from the score and voice cast) using  traditional frame-by-frame cut-paper animation, meaning he clipped all these pieces of paper to create the film, which is startlingly detailed all things considered, so this two-years in the making feature is certainly a labor of love, which regardless of what you think about the film can be appreciated.  

I have never been a huge fan of samurai movies, I love all sort of goofy low-grade action and horror but for some reason samurai and kung-fu films have long left me disinterested, only taking one in occasionally on late might TV or when one is sent in for review (such as this one was), and you now what, more often than not I enjoy them, but that doesn't mean I'm seeking them out in my free time the way I do obscure 80's slashers, but I do seem to enjoy them in measure, which brings us to this slice of samurai animation. 

Set in Japan in the year 1614 when samurais find themselves displaced after the war, they wander the countryside as Ronin looking for work where they can find it. One such Ronin is told of a forgotten village where a path leads deep into the mountains, legend has it that those brave and skilled enough with a sword will be rewarded with fortune untold, however, he is also warned that those whom have chosen follow path have never returned, and as such he makes his way to the fabled place in search of meaning and purpose. 

At just over an hour long the movie zings by in no time, the layered paper animation looking a bit like the early South Park episodes, but the story is simple and told straight-faced, this is a dramatic and action packed story, it's not a comedy or spoor as the animation style might intone, this is a love-letter to samurai films

I was surprised by how into the story I got, the animation style draws attention to itself at first but soon enough I was sucked into the story. The action and gore was surprising, sure it's paper-animated, but it is nicely detailed and well pieced together, even the static environmental shots of grasslands and wooded areas are quite amazing, layered in such a way as to give it some illusion of depth. The swordplay and numerous decapitations, disemboweling and bloody limb severing were a riot, again I was impressed how detailed it was, such as bones jutting from the bloody stumps of severed fingers, it's fun but not necessarily comedic, though it does have some laughs, too. 

Audio/Video: Path of Blood (2016) arrives on Blu-ray from Synapse Films framed in 2.35:1 scope aspect ratio, giving the paper-cut animated samurai flick a nice widescreen canvas to work with, which Powers takes full advantage of. The 1080p HD really is crisp, so much so you can see the differing grains and textures of the paper used, even seeing some edges peeling up a bit from the background, it gives the pic some nice illusory depth, more than what I was expecting from paper stop-motion animation. Audio comes by way of robust Japanese DTS-HD MA Japanese 2.0 stereo track with optional English subtitles. I love that Power went with an authentic Japanese dialogue, keeping it true to the genre he's homaging.

Onto he extras we  have an 11-min featurette with director Eric Power who walks us through the process of creating the film, his struggles with a failed crowd-funding campaign and what it was like to single-handedly tackle the ambitious project, scissoring all those trees, characters and whatnot, whew, plus how he achieved the layered look of the film through trial and error. There's also the original 4-min short film, a promo trailer and a video game style trailer, plus an image gallery. 

Special Features:

- “Making of PATH OF BLOOD” Featurette (11 min) 
- PATH OF BLOOD – The Original Short Film (4 min) 
- Original Promotional Trailer (2 min) 
- “Video Game” Inspired Trailer (2 min) 
- Image Gallery (1 min) 

While I am clearly not the ideal audience for this slice of paper-cut samurai action I still had a fun time watching it, finding myself drawn into the Ronin-adventure story quite easily. True fans of samurai films will probably enjoy to an exponentially higher degree, as I'm sure if I was more aware of the genre I would recognize and have fun with the nods and homages to various other films. The Blu-ray from Synapse looks and sounds great, I love that they saw fit to release this, it's not what I would call a traditionally Synapse-esque sort of title, but that's what I love about Don May and the crew at Synapse, you never know what they're gonna release next, but it's always worth checking out, and it's usually at least interesting. 

DEEP RED (1975) (Arrow Video 2-Disc LE Blu-ray Review)

DEEP RED (1975) 

Label: Arrow Video 
Region: Code: Region-FREE
Rating: 18 Certificate:
Duration: 127 Mins (Director's Cut) 106 Mins (Export Version)
Audio: Italian DTS-HD MA Mono 1.0, Italian DTS-HD MA 5.1, English/Italian Hybrid DTS-HD MA Mono, English DTS-HD MA Mono 1.0, English LPCM Mono 1.0 with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.35:1) 
Director: Dario Argento
Cast: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril, Eros Pagni, Giuliana Calandra, Piero Mazzinghi, Glauco Mauri, Clara Calamai, Aldo Bonamano, Liana Del Balzo, Nicoletta Elmi

Synopsis: YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT!!! From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some of the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red - the ultimate giallo movie. One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator... or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems... Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento collaborators Goblin, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso and The Hatchet Murders) is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.

Dario Argento's directing career began auspiciously with three brilliant whodunit thrillers in just the span of a few years, this trio of films included The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), Cat O' Nine Tails (1971) and Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971). Each one an electric and stylish genre defining film. After this trio of films Argento would go onto direct ther comedic mid-1800's period piece The Five Days (1973) which turned out to be a  failure at the box office, and still stands as the only Argento film I have not seen, I believe it's the only title not widely available on home video (anyone wanna help me out with that?). Fresh off that disappointment Argento would once again return to the stylish whodunit subject matter that brought him notoriety, a film many consider to me his masterpiece, Deep Red (1975). 

The story is pretty familiar, an everyday man finds himself mixed-up in the dealings of a black-gloved murderer, it's a pretty standard giallo set-up and one that Argento mined thoroughly with his previous films. This time our amateur sleuth is an English musician  working in Rome named Marucs (played by David Hemmings fresh off Antonion's Blow Up). Marc is out for a drink when he runs into drunken friend Carlo outside a piano bar when both men hear a frightful scream ring out in the night. Carlo merely raises a toast to the "deflowered virgin" and heads back to a nearby bar. Marc remains a bit longer and witnesses the murder of a woman from the street below her apartment window. The woman is struck with a hatchet to the back of the head and crashes through a thick window pane and her throat is slashed by the jagged glass. Marc dashes to the woman's aide but is too late to save her. Through the window Marc spots a figure fleeing the scene in a rain slicker and hat which obscures the killer's identity. The woman was a psychic medium named Helga who earlier in the evening attended a conference for paranormal psychology when she sensed the thoughts of a murderer among the attendees. The traumatic experience left terrified, the murderous minded figure left the conference unnoticed but followed Helga back to her apartment where she's attacked after hearing the strains of a creepy children's lullaby. After the police arrive at scene of the murder Marc meets bubbly tabloid journalist Gianni played by a never lovelier Daria Nicolodi (Phenomena). The pair develop a playful relationship as Gianni vies for Marcus's attention, they're a fun, dynamic duo and easily stand as Argento's most defined character pairings. In typical giallo fashion the police prove to be largely inept and most of the sleuthing is left to the unlikely amateur mystery-solvers. As the intricate thriller plays out Marc is dogged by the fact that he cannot recall a crucial piece of the puzzle,  something is missing from the scene of the crime that he cannot put a finger on. Together he and Gianni follow the clues beginning with the psychics death which lead them to some truly improbable deductions that lead them further down the mystery laden path, with the killer seemingly one-step ahead of them, each of the following murder preceded by the familiar haunting refrain of a children's lullaby.

Argento is often singled-out as a visually stylish director who forgoes proper narrative elements in favor of striking imagery, I wouldn't disagree, I see it myself in the visually delightful but narrative-challenged Suspiria(1977) but Deep Red is an exception. The characters are interesting and particularly defined, especially the two leads, the plot is full of intricate twists and turns but Argento's signature style is ever present, each camera shot is meticulously staged and framed by Luigi Kuveiler's fluid cinematography. The killings are magnificent, with great staging and sharp editing along with some very fine special effects that hold up very well. A particularly brutal scene involves a man having his teeth repeatedly smashed on the corner of a marble table after being attacked by a nightmarish porcelain-faced mechanical doll which charges at him from out of the dark. Then there's a gorgeously shot drowning in a tub of scalding hot water, it's all great stuff.

Audio/Video: Dario Argento's Deep Red arrives on Blu-ray for a second time fro Arrow Video from  4K scan of thew original negative, improving on their previous 2011 HD release with richer colors and more fine detail, it's a crisp and gorgeous presentation with nicely managed grain and deep blacks. We get both the shorter (106 min) export version and the longer (127 min) director's cut, both derived from the same 4K restoration, presented on separate discs.

Audio options have also been expanded, for the director's cut we get to choose from Italian DTS-HD MA Mono 1.0 and Surround 5.1, English DTS-HD MA Mono 1.0, or an English/Italian hybrid with optional English subtitles. The phenomenal Goblin score sounds fantastic, it comes across deep and resonating, the dialogue and effects also come through crystal clear, I give the surround mix the edge for the use of the surrounds, it really fleshes out that wonderful Goblin score to a satisfying degree. The export version gets an English PCM Mono 1.0 mix with optional English subtitles. 

Arrow Video previous Blu-ray had some amazing exclusive extras, and I am pleased they carry them all over for this release. There's a brief introduction from Goblin composer Claudio Simonetti voicing his pleasure at being involved with a film he rightfully considers a masterpiece. Then onto Lady In Red: Daria Noclodi Remembers Profondo Rosso (18 min). Argento's former lover and mother of his children discusses not only her involvement with Deep Red but her other works, Argento's career and Argento himself who she described rather unflatteringly several times throughout, it's a great piece. Music to Murder For! Claudio Simonetti on Deep Red (14 min) an interview with the Goblin Composer who is nearly as much a part of Argento lore as the master himself. Like Nicolodi I always find the Simonetti interviews to be quite interesting and revealing. Rosso Recollection: Dario Argento's Deep Genius (12 min) features the director himself speaking about his family and the film, strangely the Argento interviews are usually my least favorite of the extras found on his films. Rosso: from Celluloid to Shop (15 min) is a tour of the Profondo Rosso Shop in Rome with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi, the place is a museum to all things Argento and rounding out the special features are both an Italian and U.S. trailer for the film. It's interesting to note the difference in approach between the two markets. There's also an audio commentary from  Argento expert Thomas Rostock, and honestly while they are info packed I find his delivery and tone to be dry and monotonous, I much prefer commentaries from Kim Newman, Troy Howarth or Stephen Thrower, the content is good the delivery is just dry.  

That's the vintage stuff, the only new extras is a 33-min video essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red, an in-depth and detailed look at the film documenting the influence of Argento on the whodunit films, his early success and returning the gialli after the failure of The Five Days (1973), I'm quite a fan of the Mackenzie video essays which turn up on quite a few Arrow releases. . 

Special Features: 
Disc 1:
- Deep Red (Director's Cut) (127 min) 
 - Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
- Audio Commentary with Argento expert Thomas Rostock
- Introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin (23 sec) HD 
- Profondo Giallo– a brand new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red, its themes and its legacy (33 min) HD 
- Rosso Recollections: Dario Argento’s Deep Genius– the Deep Red director on the creation of a giallo masterpiece (12 min)  
- The Lady in Red: Daria Nicolodi Remembers Profondo Rosso (18 min) HD 
- Music to Murder For! Claudio Simonettion Deep Red (14 min) HD 
- Profondo Rosso: From Celluloid to Shop– a tour of the Profondo Rosso shop in Rome with long time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi (15 min) 

Disc 2: 
- Deep Red (Export Version) (106 min)  
- Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
- US Theatrical Trailer (3 min) HD 

While Mario Bava defined the classic black-gloved giallo with The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963) it was Argento who fine tuned it with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) and arguably perfected it with Deep Red (1975), few if any even come close to matching the artistry and execution of his early slasher-y whodunits. Arrow's 4K restoration is pretty damn definitive in it's A/V presentation and the extras are great, here's hoping Arrow can come through with a brand new 4K restoration of Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) so we can have shiny 4K restorations of Argento's entire "animal trilogy".  

Cult Epics Presents FRANK & EVA: Living Apart Together - A Pim de la Parra film, featuring Sylvia Kristel in her debut.

Label: Cult Epics
Release Date: May 23rd 2018 
Duration: 97 Minutes
Video: 1080p HD Full Screen (1.33:1)
Audio: Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono with Optional English Subtitles 
Director: Pim de la Parra
Cast: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Hugo Metsers, Sylvia Kristel

Frank (BLUE MOVIE's Hugo Metsers) and Eva (THE LIFT's Willeke van Ammelrooy) cannot live with or without each other. In the liberal 1970s, Frank sleeps with every woman he can get. Eva, meanwhile, is looking for more security and wants to start a family. Frank's behavior frustrates her so much that she starts an affair with their mutual friend. This social drama offers a view on relationships not much different than today. For Sylvia Kristel (her debut prior to EMMANUELLE), a special role was written after she said to Pim de la Parra, "Why won't you discover me? I'm the best."

Frank & Eva is the second artsploitation film by director Pim de la Parra, after he produced BLUE MOVIE with his partner Wim Verstappen. Cult Epics presents its worldwide premiere on Blu-ray & DVD, in High-definition with extensive bonus features.

Special Features: 
- New High-definition transfer
- Audio Commentary by Pim de la Parra (2018)
- Up Front + Naked: Sex in Dutch films (2017) featurette with Willeke van Ammelrooy a.o.
- Frank and Eva Poster + Photo Gallery
- Sylvia Kristel Film Poster Gallery
-Original Theatrical Trailers