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Arrow Video Goes Retro with October Blu-ray Releases of Newly Restored Horror and Sci-fi Classics

An ancient ape and a sex maniac are among the characters featured in films forming part of Arrow Video’s fall Blu-ray release lineup

MVD Entertainment Group presents the latest Blu-ray releases from Arrow Video US. They will be available for sale in October.

Schlock – 10/16/2018

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John Landis (Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London) wrote, directed, and starred in this 1973 comedy horror film that pays homage to classic monster movies. Landis plays Schlock, a prehistoric ape running amok in southern California. Schlock’s love interest is a blind woman played by Eliza Garrett (National Lampoon’s Animal House).

Here’s what you get with the Blu-ray:

  • 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Original lossless mono soundtrack
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joe Bob Briggs

Bonus Materials:

  • Audio commentary by writer/director John Landis and makeup artist Rick Baker
  • New video interview with author and critic Kim Newman
  • Birth of a Schlock, a 2017 video interview with John Landis
  • Archival video interview with cinematographer Bob Collins
  • 1972, 1979 and 1982 US theatrical trailers
  • US radio spots

Deadbeat at Dawn – 10/23/18

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Independent filmmaker Jim Van Bebber wrote, directed, and starred in this 1988 low-budget revenge movie that has become a cult classic. A young man named Goose (played by Jim Van Bebber) tries to quit being a gang leader, but he finds himself sucked back into gang life after a horrible event. The blood flows as Goose gets even with rival gang members who brutally murder his girlfriend Christy (played by Megan Murphy).

Here’s what you get with the Blu-ray:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements by Arrow Films, supervised and approved by writer-director Jim VanBebber
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Scott Gabbey and Graham Rae

Bonus Materials:

  • Brand new free-wheeling audio commentary with Jim Van Bebber (’Goose’, The Ravens’ Gang Leader), actor Paul Harper (’Danny Carmodi’, The Spyders’ Gang Leader) and guest Cody Lee Hardin, moderated by filmmaker Victor Bonacore (Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story)
  • Jim Van Bebber, Deadbeat Forever! – a brand new retrospective documentary on VanBebber and the Deadbeat legacy by Filmmaker Victor Bonacore, featuring first-time interviews, super-rare footage, Van Bebber’s college films and much, much more!
  • Archival 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary – Nate Pennington’s VHS documentary on a failed Deadbeat shoot
  • Outtakes, newly transferred in HD
  • Four newly-restored VanBebber short films – Into the Black (1983, 34 mins), My Sweet Satan (1993, 19 mins), Roadkill: The Last Days of John Martin (1994, 14 mins) and Gator Green (2013, 16 mins)
  • Jim Van Bebber Music Video Collection, featuring never-before-seen Director’s Cuts
  • Chunkblower – promotional trailer for an unfinished Gary Blair Smith-produced gore-soaked feature film
  • Extensive Image Gallery – Never-Before-Seen Stills!
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain

Torso – 10/30/2018

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Torso is considered the best early 1970s giallo thriller from director Sergio Martino. In this sleazy, violent film, a university student named Jane (played by Suzy Kendall) retreats to an isolated villa in the country along with three friends. They thought they were safe from a sex maniac terrorizing and killing female students at their school, but they were wrong!

Here’s what you get with the Blu-ray:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of both versions of the film: the 94-minute Italian and 90-minute English cuts
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Original lossless Italian and English mono soundtracks – Please note: The English audio track on the original, longer cut has some portions of English audio missing. English audio for these sections was either never recorded or has been lost. As such, these sequences are presented with Italian audio, subtitled in English.
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Howard Hughes

Bonus Materials:

  • New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author of All the Colours of Sergio Martino
  • New video interview with co-writer/director Sergio Martino
  • New video interview with actor Luc Merenda
  • New video interview with co-writer Ernesto Gastaldi
  • New video interview with filmmaker Federica Martino, daughter of Sergio Martino
  • New video interview with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
  • 2017 Abertoir International Horror Festival Q&A with Sergio Martino
  • Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais

Twelve Monkeys – 10/30/2018

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Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys (1995) is a sci-fi time travel classic with some well-known stars. In 1996, the world’s population is ravaged by a deadly virus spread by a group called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. Survivors must live underground, and one of them, a prisoner named James Cole (played by Bruce Willis) living in the year 2035, is sent back in time to help some scientists who are trying to develop a cure for the virus. Brad Pitt also stars in the film as a mental patient named Jeffrey Goines.

Here’s what you get with the Blu-ray:

  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative by Arrow Films, approved by director Terry Gilliam
  • DTS 5.1 Master Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nathan Rabin and archive materials

Bonus Materials:

  • Audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and producer Charles Roven
  • The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, feature-length making-of documentary by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (Lost in La Mancha)
  • Extensive image galley
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
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