Arrow Reveal March Academy 2019 Releases

Arrow Academy’s March releases are a brace of monochrome masterworks for the discerning film fanatic – a classic film noir making its Blu-ray debut, and a controversial and provocative Alec Guinness drama. As usual from Arrow, the films are lavishly packaged, with collectors booklets, reversible sleeves, and a wealth of extras.

First up is Phantom Lady from 1944, a magnificent adaptation of one of Cornell Woolrich’s most deliciously dark and twisting thriller novels. Directed by Robert Siodmak (who would go on to helm landmark film noirs The Killers with Burt Lancaster and The Dark Mirror with Olivia de Havilland), Phantom Lady features a superb performance from Alan Curtis (High Sierra), as a man desperately seeking a mystery woman (Ella Raines, Brute Force) who is the only person who can provide an alibi for his wife’s murder.

Also in March is The Prisoner, a complex, challenging and multifaceted exploration of faith and power, starring Alec Guinness as an iron-willed Cardinal in an Eastern European capital, arrested by state police on charges of treason. Jack Hawkins is the man tasked with securing a confession from him by any means necessary, and knowing the Cardinal will never fold under physical torture, the Interrogator instead sets out to destroy him mentally.

Phantom Lady | Blu-Ray | 4th March 2019

Masterfully adapted by Robert Siodmak from a hit novel by acclaimed crime writer Cornell Woolrich, Phantom Lady boasts stylish cinematography, cruel characters and memorable performances from Alan Curtis and Ella Raines. The film is presented here for the first time in stunning High Definition, and the release includes a fascinating documentary on the history of noir, as well as a rare radio play adaptation of Phantom Lady.


• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements
• Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Dark and Deadly: 50 Years of Film Noir, an insightful archival documentary featuring contributions from Robert Wise, Edward Dmytryk, Dennis Hopper and more
• Rare, hour-long 1944 radio dramatization of Phantom Lady by the Lux Radio Theatre, starring Alan Curtis and Ella Raines
• Gallery of original stills and promotional materials
• Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Alan K. Rode

USA | 1944 | PG | 87 Mins | TBC | Film Noir | English

The Prisoner | Blu-Ray | 11th March 2019

Showcasing powerhouse performances by two British greats – Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins – at the height of their game and both BAFTA nominated for their roles. This is a tense, thought-provoking and disturbing drama, adapted by acclaimed playwright Bridget Boland (Gaslight) from her own stage-play, about the endurance of the human spirit. The Blu-ray includes a video appreciation of the film and a booklet with new writing by Mark Cunliffe.


• High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
• Original lossless mono audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Interrogating Guinness, a new video appreciation of the film by author and academic Neil Sinyard
• Select scene commentary by author and critic Philip Kemp
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliffe

USA | 1955 | U | 87 Mins | 1.33:1 | Drama | English