Friday, September 30, 2011

ARROW VIDEO December Titles! FRANKENHOOKER on Blu-ray plus OBSESSION and THE FUNHOUSE ArrowDrome DVD editions

It's the last the last Friday of the month and at the Mausoleum that means new ARROW VIDEO announcements. Let's get right to 'em....

ARROW VIDEO today unveiled today it's December roster of titles. Up first is Frank Henenlotter's 90's trash-terpiece FRANKENHOOKER (1990) on region-FREE Blu-ray. It's notable that this edition features all the same features from Synapse Film's region-FREE Blu-ray (minus the commentary) that will be released on Nov. 22nd. In addition there's a new UK exclusive audio commentary with Frank Henenlotter and and actor James Lorinz plus new exclusive High Rising Productions featurettes including an introduction to the film by actor James Loriz, collectible booklet, newly commissioned artwork, a behind-the-scenes featurette and new Making Of doc.

Arrow Video recently unleashed both Brian De Palma's twisted 70's thriller OBSESSION (1976) and Tobe Hooper's early 80's slasher THE FUNHOUSE (1981) in deluxe Blu-ray editions. It's been announced that Arrow's cult and exploitation budget imprint ArrowDrome will release the region 0 PAL DVD editions of each film sans quite a few of the features. I say it every time but it's worth repeating - buy the Arrow Video Blu-ray editions! They're region-FREE and playable worldwide - even the special features are in 1080p.


RELEASE DATE: December 5th 2011
DURATION: 84mins
VIDEO: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
DIRECTOR: Frank Henenlotter
CAST: James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen
TAGLINE: Some Assembly Required

Finding a girl when you’re a nerdy science geek can be hard. But what happens if that special someone dies in a bizarre gardening accident and it’s all your fault?

Meet Jeffrey Franken. He’s just killed the love of his life and now he’s going to rebuild her... From the body parts of the dead streetwalkers who exploded when he introduced them to a lethal new drug – Supercrack! Little does he know that a good recipe requires the correct ingredients. Jeffrey isn’t putting his life back together; he’s building... a FRANKENHOOKER!

From the twisted imagination of Frank Henenlotter (BASKETCASE) and starring James Lorinz (STREET TRASH), comes a movie that pays a loving tribute to the worst excesses of the American Grindhouse.

- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphries
- Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
- Exclusive collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Calum Waddell
- Brand New High Definition Transfer of the film (1080p)
- UK exclusive audio commentary with director Frank Henenlotter and star James Lorinz
- UK exclusive introduction to the film by actor James Lorinz (1080p)
- Your Date’s on a Plate: The Making of Frankenhooker: UK exclusive 'making of' documentary featuring director Frank Henenlotter, star James Lorinz and special effects artist Gabe Bartalos (1080p)
- A personal UK exclusive tour of the Gabe Bartalos effects lab in Los Angeles, California (1080p)
- A Salad That Was Once Named Elizabeth: Patty Mullen Remembers Frankenhooker (1080p)
- A Stitch In Time: The Make-Up Effects Of Frankenhooker (1080p)
- Turning Tricks: Jennifer Delora Remembers Frankenhooker (1080p)
- Original theatrical trailer (1080p)
- English subtitles for the hard of hearing


RELEASE DATE: December 12th 2011
CAST: Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow
DIRECTOR: Brian De Palma
RATING: 12 Certificate
DURATION: 96 mins
VIDEO: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
AUDIO: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, 5.1 with English Subtitles 
TAGLINE: The Love that Will Scare the Life Out of You!

High melodrama, creeping insanity and barely contained delirium abound in this dizzying tribute to the high tension thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock from director Brian De Palma (CARRIE, SCARFACE, DRESSED TO KILL).

Michael Courtland is a Southern gentleman who seems to have everything - A successful business, a beautiful wife and an adoring young daughter – until a botched kidnapping tears his world apart leaving him widowed, bereaved and bereft. Years later on a trip to Italy, he meets a woman with an uncanny resemblance to his late wife but all is not how it appears as a twisted conspiracy threatens to unhinge his mental shackles, sending him to the knife edge of MADNESS!

A master class in mounting unease and clammy palmed claustrophobia, Obsession is a classic 70s thriller with an evil twist that will leave you speechless.

- Obsession Revisited: Interviews with director Brian De Palma, stars Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold and more!Interview with Director Brian De Palma, stars Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold and More
- Original Trailer
- Collector's booklet featuring an essay on the film by critic and author Brad Stevens

Now that's a pretty great DVD edition but here's what you're missing if you don't snag the region FREE Arrow Video Blu-ray edition of the film...

- 4 panel reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Tom 'The Dude Designs' Hodge
- Two sided fold out poster
- Available for the first time! Paul Schrader’s original screenplay of the film in a perfect bound booklet. With the original title Déjà vu, Schrader’s original script includes unfilmed sequences and sees the tripartite structure deal with the past, present and future of Michael Courtland.
- Early Brian De Palma short films: Woton’s Wake (1962) and The Responsive Eye (1966)
- Original art

RELEASE DATE: December 12th 2011
RATING: 15 Certificate
DURATION: 91 Starring: Elizabeth Berridge, Miles Chapin, Shawn Carson
AUDIO: English Dolby Digital Mono with English Subtitles
VIDEO: Anamorphic Widescreen
DIRECTOR: Tobe Hooper
CAST: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Miles Chapin, Jeanne Austin
TAGLINE: Something is alive in The Funhouse!

The carnival is a place for fun and laughter, but not for Amy and her friends. When their childish dare to stay all night in the spooky funhouse backfires, it leaves a trail of dismembered teenagers a mile long in Tobe Hooper’s classic video nasty era slasher.

Will anyone escape the clutches of the stumbling madman that stalks to sideshow? Is there no end to the carnival barkers chilling sadism? The only way to find out is ascend into the funhouse, where the games have no rules and the only prize on offer is a grisly demise.

- A Reversible Sleeve of Original Artwork
- Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by critic and author Kim Newman.
- Theatrical Trailer
- Carnage at the Carnival: Tobe Hooper Remembers ‘The Funhouse’

Again, as with all ArrowDrome budget titles you'll be missing out on a ton of special features that are exclusive to Arrow Video region-FREE Blu-ray which is particularly jam-packed with bonus content. You'll be missing out on three audio commentaries, a fine selection of High Rising Productions features and four artwork options among others. So, don't say I didn't warn you, here are the Blu-ray exclusives not found on the DVD edition.

- Brand new transfer of the film in glorious High Definition (1080p)
- 4 panel reversible sleeve options with original and newly commissioned artwork
- Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
- Audio commentary with The Funhouse S/FX wizard Craig Reardon and Jeffrey Reddick (creator of The Final Destination series)
- Audio commentary with producer Derek Power and genre scholar Howard S. Berger
- Audio commentary with Justin Kerswell, author of ‘Teenage Wasteland’ and host of the slasher cinema website Hysteria Lives, and author Calum Waddell
- Miles of Mayhem: Acting in Tobe’s Funhouse with star Miles Chapin
- A Trilogy of Terror: The Make-up Madness of Craig Reardon, the S/FX wizard recollects his collaborations with Tobe Hooper; ‘Eaten Alive’, ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘The Funhouse’
- Master Class of Horror: Mick Garris, the director of Sleepwalkers and The Shining reflects on the
crimson-covered career of his longtime colleague Tobe Hooper
- Live Q&A with Tobe Hooper from San Francisco
- Never before seen behind the scenes photographs from the collection of Craig Reardon

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