Arrow Video have announced a slew of 2013 titles and it's some pretty exciting stuff. First up in February are a double-dose of Mario Bava with BLACK SUNDAY (1960) and LISA AND THE DEVIL (1974) - the former of which presents ‘The Mask of Satan’ – the European version with score by Roberto Nicolosi and ‘Black Sunday’ – the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP version with Les Baxter score, on home video for the first time, very cool! In April we get Bava's BARON BLOOD (1972) with three versions of the film including for the first time on home video, the AIP version with alternate score by Les Baxter. Also on the docket are a trio of sexy titles from Tinto Brass - fans of exotic and erotic tastes should rejoice following Arrow's recent 1080p version of three Radley Metzger titles. Blaxploitation classic FOXY BROWN (1974) is getting her 1080p justoce with cool featurettes and a Jack Hill commentary. We get more Jack Hill cult classics with his film SPIDER BABY (1968) starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Sid Haig - a real weird one, too. Last and probably my own most anticipated titles are George A. Romero's cult classic about jousting motorcyclists KNIGHTRIDERS (1981) comes to Blu-ray as does the fantastically odd MOTEL HELL (1980) with a host of special features and brand new commentary. The final entry is Brian De Palma's classic John Travolta / Nancy Allen thriller BLOW OUT (1981) which features the same transfer as the Criterion edition and a few new interviews, you may recall Arrow previously released Brian De Palma's fantastic OBSESSION (1976) on Blu-ray, looking forward to their Blow-Out disc. All the artwork, details and special features can be found below along with Amazon pre-orders....
Release Date: February 4th 2013 Cast: Barbara Steele, John Richardson and Andrea Checchi Director: Mario Bava Rating: 15 Region: B/2
Overview: Limited Edition Slipbox Edition - only 1000 copies! Available exclusively from the Arrow store.
STARE INTO THESE EYES... discover deep within them the unspeakable terrifying secret of BLACK SUNDAY... it will paralyze you with fright!
Legendary Scream Queen Barbara Steele (Shivers, Caged Heat) stars in this classic slice of gothic terror from the father of fantastic Italian cinema Mario Bava (Lisa & the Devil).
A beautiful witch is sentenced to death for her evil deeds by her own brother, condemned to die by having a metal mask hammered onto her face before being burnt at the stake. As she passes, she puts a terrible curse on all her future descendants as the spikes of the death mask pierce her flesh... But when two unwitting travelers discover her final resting place and worse, drip blood on her resting corpse, they unleash her once again in all her stunningly beautiful, terrifying glory.... Banned in the UK on its release, Black Sunday is a groundbreaking film that opened the door for Spaghetti horror in all its gory glory. Special Features: - Limited Edition Slipbox Edition with 4 panel reversible sleeve featuring 4 artworks including 3 original posters and a newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys - High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; ‘The Mask of Satan’ – the European version with score by Roberto Nicolosi and ‘Black Sunday’ – the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP version with Les Baxter score, on home video for the first time - Three audio versions: Optional Italian, European English and AIP English re-dub and re-score - English SDH subtitles for both English versions and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio - Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas - Introduction to the film by author and critic Alan Jones - Interview with star and horror icon Barbara Steele - Deleted Scene from the Italian version with notes by Tim Lucas - International Trailer - US Trailer - Italian Trailer - TV Spot - I Vampiri (1956) – Italy’s first sound horror film directed by Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava - US I Vampiri Trailer ‘The Devil’s Commandment’ - Trailer reel – trailers of all the major works by Mario Bava - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Matt Bailey and Alan Jones, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
LISA AND THE DEVIL / THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM (1974)
DVD + Blu-ray Combo
Release Date: February 4th 2013 Cast: Telly Savalas, Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina Director: Mario Bava Rating: 18 Region: B/3 Overview: EVERY CORNER OF THE SOUL IS LOST TO THE ICY CLUTCH OF THE SUPERNATURAL! From the father of Italian Horror Mario Bava (Black Sunday, The Whip and the Body) comes a tale of nightmarish surrealism and supernatural suspense.
Lisa (Elke Sommer) - an American tourist travelling in Spain - loses her tour party and seeks refuge in the tumbledown mansion of a blind countess after being guided there by the distinctly satanic butler of the house, Leandro (Telly Savalas – Horror Express, Kojak). The Son of the Countess notices Lisa’s striking resemblance to his dead lover and pursues her as a night of murder, strange eroticism and dark hallucinations begins.
Re-cut in the US to cash in on the popularity of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist and released as The House of Exorcism (included in this special edition) the original Lisa & the Devil is Bava at his abstract and delirious best, delivering a 70s horror classic and a masterclass in cinema as feverish nightmare.
Special Features: - High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of both versions of the film: ‘Lisa and the Devil’ and ‘The House of Exorcism’ producer’s cut - Optional English and Italian audio on ‘Lisa and the Devil’ - English SDH subtitles on both features and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian Audio of ‘Lisa and the Devil’ - Audio Commentary on ‘Lisa and the Devil’ by Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas - Audio Commentary on ‘The House of Exorcism’ by producer Alfredo Leone and star Elke Sommer - Introductions to both films by author and critic Alan Jones - The Exorcism of Lisa – Assistant Director Lamberto Bava, screenwriter Roberto Natale, Roy Bava and Alberto Pezzotta discuss the making of both versions of the film - Deleted Scene - Original trailers - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Stephen Thrower illustrated with original stills and archive posters
FOXY BROWN (1974) Blu-ray
When Foxy Brown’s undercover-agent boyfriend is gunned down on the orders of evil drug kingpins, she stops at nothing to exact a thrillingly brutal revenge. This is one of the all-time great blaxploitation films, pulling out all the stops at a time long before anyone thought of inventing political correctness. Pam Grier was given the role of a lifetime as the street-smart yet intensely sexy Foxy, modelling a stupendously varied range of Seventies threads while righteously kicking villainous white butt at every opportunity. She’s also given sterling support from Antonio ‘Huggy Bear’ Fargas as her no-good younger brother and a memorably funky soundtrack. It’s clear that Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan: he cast Grier in the title role of his direct homage Jackie Brown, while the one-woman revenge scenario that fuelled the Kill Bill films didn’t just come from the Far East. Special Features: - Restored High Definition Blu-ray presentation (1080p) - Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Audio commentary with director Jack Hill - From Black and White to Blaxploitation – Actor Sid Haig speaks about his long and influential friendship with Jack Hill - A Not So Minor Influence – An Interview with Bob Minor, the first African-American member of the Stuntman’s Association, and co-star of Foxy Brown - Back to Black – Legendary actors Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (Black Caesar) and Austin Stoker (Sheba Baby, Assault on Precinct 13), alongside Rosanne Katon (Ebony, Ivory, and Jade) and film scholar Howard S. Berger speak about the enduring popularity of the Blaxploitation film - Photo gallery of behind-the-scenes and publicity images - Original Theatrical Trailer - Trailer Reel – Trailers for all the major works by Jack Hill including Foxy Brown, Coffy and Switchblade Sisters - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Josiah Howard, author of Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide, a new interview with Pam Grier by Jack Hill biographer Calum Waddell, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
BLOW OUT (1981) Blu-ray
Release Date: May 27th 2013 One of Brian De Palma’s most acclaimed films, this brilliant fusion of the obsessive sleuthing of Blow-up and The Conversation with themes drawn from real-life political scandals (the JFK assassination, Chappaquiddick, Watergate) starts with sound technician Jack Terry (John Travolta) accidentally recording what might be explosive evidence of a deadly conspiracy. Brilliantly shot by the then recent Oscar-winner Vilmos Zsigmond, this terrifically stylish thriller co-stars Nancy Allen as the eyewitness who becomes the unwitting target of John Lithgow’s serial killer as he ruthlessly attempts to bury all the evidence. It’s also a film about the filmmaking process: Terry is originally hired to work on the low-budget slasher film Coed Frenzy, and later turns his technical skills to much more serious use as he tries to reconstruct a political assassination on film in a way that will stand up in court. Special Features: - Limited Edition SteelBook packaging - New, restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Brian De Palma - Original Dolby 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio - Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Black and White in Colour: An Interview with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond - Rag Doll Memories: Nancy Allen on Blow Out - Return to Philadelphia: An interview with Producer George Litto - A gallery of on-set photos by photographer Louis Goldman - Original Theatrical Trailer - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Atkinson, a conversation between Quentin Tarantino and Brian De Palma and more to be confirmed!
ALL LADIES DO IT (1992)
DVD+ Blu-ray Combo
Release Date: May 20th 2013
Diana (Claudia Koll) and Paolo (Paolo Lanza) are happily married despite her much greater sexual appetite: he’s content to simply listen to the stories of her various adventures. But when she has an affair that’s much too close to home, he throws her out, and she moves into a Venetian flat to embark upon an erotic voyage of discovery, while at the same time trying to win him back.
Loosely inspired by the Mozart opera Così fan tutte (the title is a direct translation), the film tackles a crucial question: why shouldn’t women enjoy the same sexual freedom that they’ve long had to tolerate in their men? Especially when they have such shapely and inviting rears?
Once again, Tinto Brass proves his unmatched skill at balancing eroticism and humour in this lively and beautifully photographed comedy, both wittier and more sexually explicit than the average softcore romp. Special Features:
- High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD Presentation of the film in widescreen for the first time! - Optional English and Italian audio - Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian audio - Featurette on the film with director Tinto Brass - Original Trailer - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly illustrated artwork by The Red Dress - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Flint, illustrated with rare production stills
MOTEL HELL (1980)
DVD + Blu-ray Combo
Release Date: May 13th 2013
“It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters!” cackle the brother-and-sister team behind the finest smoked meats in the county. They also run the friendly Motel Hello (the ‘o’ in the neon sign sometimes goes on the blink), and no matter how many times you’ve seen Psycho or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, you can be sure that everything will be perfectly above board here as Vincent’s brother Bruce is the local sheriff.
Western veteran Rory Calhoun gives a lipsmackingly demented performance as Farmer Vincent, whose twinkling bonhomie conceals a deeply depraved secret.
Directed by Kevin Connor (maker of much-loved British genre classics The Land That Time Forgot and Warlords of Atlantis) and with legendary DJ Wolfman Jack as a fire-and-brimstone TV preacher, this is a gleefully twisted horror-comedy that climaxes with a showstopping chainsaw duel. Special Features:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film - Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Audio commentary with director Kevin Connor moderated by Calum Waddell - Another Head on the Chopping Block: Interview with star Paul Linke - From Glamour to Gore: Interview with co-star, and former Playboy Playmate, Rosanne Katon - Ida, Be Thy Name: A look back at Motel Hell’s frightful female protagonist Ida Smith – and the secrets of creating a convincing slasher siren, with Scream Queens Elissa Dowling and Chantelle Albers, genre commentator Staci Layne Wilson and critic Shelagh Rowan-Legg - Back to the Backwoods: Director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red) speaks about the importance of Motel Hell - Original Trailer - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jeff Zornow - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Newman, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
BARON BLOOD (1972)
Blu-ray + DVD
Release Date: April 29th 2013 One of horror giant Mario Bava’s biggest hits, Baron Blood returns to the all-stops-out Gothic atmosphere and the central theme of a witch’s curse that fuelled his breakthrough film Black Sunday twelve years earlier. This time, the curse was placed on Baron Otto von Kleist, Austria’s legendarily murderous ‘Baron Blood’, whose corpse is inadvertently revived when an ancient incantation is read out as a joke by a descendant and his girlfriend. Naturally, the Baron decides to carry on where he originally left off, with the help of an entire vault of elaborate torture devices. Joseph Cotten (Citizen Kane, The Third Man) has a whale of a time as the deceptively charming Baron, and is given sterling support from Elke Sommer (Lisa and the Devil), who is chased through fog-shrouded alleyways in one of Bava’s most memorably atmospheric set-pieces. Special Features:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of three versions of the film: Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga with Italian opening and closing titles and Baron Blood with English opening and closing titles and the European English export version audio, and for the first time on home video, the AIP version with alternate score by Les Baxter - Three audio versions: Optional Italian, European English and AIP English re-dub and re-score - English SDH subtitles and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio - Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas - Introduction to Baron Blood by author and critic Alan Jones - Trailers for Baron Blood - Baron Blood Radio Spots - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Oliver James, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
THE KEY (1983)
Tinto Brass’s first major film since the notorious Caligula stars Frank Finlay as a man who is terrified of losing his voluptuous wife Teresa (Stefania Sandrelli) because he is unable to satisfy her sexually. He arranges for her to have an affair, by taking erotic photographs of her and asking her would-be lover to develop them. Meanwhile, he keeps abreast of her burgeoning relationship by reading her diary, in the full knowledge that she in turn is reading his... One of Brass’s most critically acclaimed films, The Key is also one of his most elegant, with wintry Venetian locations, a beautiful Ennio Morricone score and a strong sense of period - it’s set in 1940, just before Mussolini’s Italy entered World War II. However, it also unmistakably shows the path that Brass would eventually follow, with startlingly graphic sex scenes for a supposedly ‘respectable’ film cast with serious actors. Special Features: - High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD Presentation of the film in widescreen for the first time! - Optional English and Italian audio - Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian audio - Original Trailer - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly illustrated artwork by The Red Dress - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tinto Brass scholar Alexander Tuschinski, illustrated with rare production stills
Blu-ray + DVD
Release Date: April 29th 2013 Made after the zombie classic Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero’s Knightriders is both clearly the work of the same director (there are lots of familiar faces from his other films) and a marked change of tone. There’s still plenty of action, but it takes the form of jousting by people wearing full medieval armour... while riding motorbikes. Ed Harris, soon to become a major star, is the leader of a troupe of travelling entertainers trying to live their lives according to the ideals of King Arthur - no easy feat in Reagan’s America, where the outside world and its financial realities constantly encroach on their dreams. With a memorably eccentric cast of characters (including make-up effects genius Tom Savini in a major role, and a cameo from novelist Stephen King) and a complex, nuanced script, Knightriders is Romero’s warmest and most personal film to date. Special Features:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation - Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Audio commentary with George Romero, Tom Savini, John Amplas and Christine Romero - The Genesis of a Legend – Star Ed Harris remembers his first leading role - A Date with Destiny – Co-star Tom Savini reflects on Knightriders - Medieval Maiden – An interview with actress Patricia Tallman - Theatrical Trailer - TV Spots - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nat Marsh - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Brad Stevens, an archival interview with Romero and a new interview with composer Donald Rubinstein, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
SPIDER BABY (1968)
Release Date: June 24th 2013 The credits dub this “the maddest story ever told”, a promise that’s well on the way to being fulfilled in the opening scene alone, when Virginia traps and kills a hapless deliveryman in her makeshift web. She’s one of three siblings who suffer from a unique genetic disorder that causes them to regress back to childhood, while retaining the physical strength and sexual maturity of adults. Lon Chaney Jr gave one of his most memorable late performances as Bruno, their guardian and protector, who has managed to cover up their crimes until two distant relatives lay claim to their house. When they insist on moving in, Bruno has to cross his fingers and hope that the ‘children’ behave towards their new guests... This was the first solo feature by Jack Hill, whom Quentin Tarantino dubbed “the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking”, and it remains one of his wildest and weirdest. Special Features:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature, available in the UK for the first time - High Definition transfer of the feature approved by director Jack Hill - Isolated Music and Effects track - English SDH subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired - Audio commentary featuring Jack Hill and star Sid Haig - The Hatching of Spider Baby – Interviews with Jack Hill, Sid Haig, star Mary Mitchel, fan Joe Dante and more on the making of the film - Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein – The composer of ‘The Terror’ and ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ among others is remembered by Harlene Stein, Jack Hill, American Cinematheque’s Chris D. and others - The Merrye House Revisited – Jack Hill revisits the original house that was used as the main location in the film - Alternate opening title sequence - Extended scene - Gallery of behind-the-scenes images - The Host (1960) – Jack Hill’s early short film featuring Sid Haig in his first starring role [30 mins] - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humpreys - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by artist and writer Stephen R. Bissette, and more to be confirmed!
BONUS! Check out the two very cool Steelbook variants!