Arrow Video Unveil February Line Up Giallo Classics To Goulish Horrors

Arrow Academy recently announced its February 2019 will be dedicated to the Noir rarities of Seminal Hollywood filmmaker Joseph H Lewis. Arrow Video delivers a Valentine to film fanatics, with a wonderful roster of Giallo classics, international cult hits and ghoulish horror.

First up is Luigi Bazzoni (Footprints on the Moon) and Franco Rossellini‘s The Possessed. An atmospheric proto-giallo about a depressed novelist who sets off in search of his old flame who has disappeared under suspicious circumstances, and is plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder. An uniquely dreamlike take on true crime presented here in a stunning new restoration.

Another terrific giallo from Bazzoni, The Fifth Cord, a thriller that takes its cues from Agatha Christie, with Django legend Franco Nero as a washed-out journalist on the trail of a maniac. With supporting appearances by a raft of genre stalwarts, including Silvia Monti (A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin), Edmund Purdom (Nightmare City) and Rossella Falk (Sleepless), this is arguably the most visually stunning giallo ever made, that now shines like never before.

Up next is Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s genre-bending mashup, Before We Vanish, a mix of dark comedy, sci-fi and action. When Three aliens on a reconnaissance mission to Earth take over the bodies of human hosts to explore the world they’re about to invade. Anyone who crosses their path, a trail of soulless bodies is left, threatening humanity itself with extinction.

Since its UK premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest back in August, Gasper Noé’s Climax is a big favourite. If you ever wondered when someone spikes their drinks with LSD? This film a nightmarish orgiastic frenzy, complete with intense emotions and shocking actions. (our Reviews One | Two).

Arrow Video close the month with a Horror classic, Horror Express, with horror royalty and Hammer alumni Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. A tale of mad monks, primitive humanoids and bloodthirsty zombies set aboard a train bound for Moscow. All hell breaks loose on the Trans-Siberian Express, when a primitive humanoid isnot quite as dead as once thought!

The Possessed | Blu-Ray | 4 February 2019

Peter Baldwin (The Ghost, The Weekend Murders) stars as Bernard, a depressed novelist who sets off in search of his old flame Tilde (Virna Lisi, La Reine Margot), a beautiful maid who works at a remote lakeside hotel. Bernard is warmly greeted by the hotel owner Enrico (Salvo Randone, Fellini’s Satyricon) and his daughter Irma (Valentina Cortese, Thieves Highway, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire), but Tilde has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Bernard undertakes an investigation and is soon plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder…

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Italian and English soundtracks, titles and credits
Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas
Richard Dyer on The Possessed, a newly filmed video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic
Cat’s Eyes, an interview with the film’s makeup artist Giannetto De Rossi
Two Days a Week, an interview with the film’s award-winning assistant art director Dante Ferretti
The Legacy of the Bazzoni Brothers, an interview with actor/director Francesco Barilli, a close friend of Luigi and Camillo Bazzoni
Original trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips

First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Andreas Ehrenreich, Roberto Curti and original reviews

ITALY | 1965 | 85 Mins | 1.85:1 | Subtitles | Giallo, Thriller | English/Italian

THE FIFTH CORD | BLU-RAY | 4TH FEBRUARY 2019

When a man barely survives a brutal assault en route home from a New Year’s party, washed-up, whisky-swilling journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero, Django) is assigned to report on the case. Before long, the maniac strikes again, this time with fatal results. As the body count rises, Andrea falls under suspicion himself, making it even more imperative that he crack the case. His only clue lies in a series of black gloves found at the location of every attack, each with a finger cut off…

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by critic Travis Crawford
Lines and Shadows, a new video essay on the film’s use of architecture and space by critic Rachael Nisbet
Whisky Giallore, a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie
Black Day for Nero, a new video interview with actor Franco Nero
The Rhythm Section, a new video interview with film editor Eugenio Alabiso
Rare, previously unseen deleted sequence, restored from the original negative
Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
Image gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love

First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kat Ellinger and Peter Jilmstad

ITALY | 1971 | 93 mins | 1.85:1 | Subtitles | Giallo, Mystery | English/Italian

BEFORE WE VANISH | BLU-RAY | 11TH February 2019

Prolific Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse) returned to Cannes with this genre-bending mashup, both a darkly comedic sci-fi and a slow-paced action spectacle. Three aliens on a reconnaissance mission to Earth take over the bodies of human hosts to explore the world they’re about to invade. On the way they steal individual concepts from the minds of anyone who crosses their path, from work, to free will, to love, leaving behind them a trail of soulless bodies. In doing so they start to unwittingly define the essential aspects of what it means to be human.

The film follows Narumi (Masami Nagasawa, I Wish), whose husband, Shinji (Ryuhei Matsuda), becomes one of the three hosts. As the invasion grows nearer, Narumi’s attempts to save humanity from extinction become increasingly entwined with Shinji’s decision on whether to save the humanity within himself.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Optional English subtitles
The Making Of Before We Vanish, an 53-minute featurette including on-set footage and interviews with cast and crew
Inside The Story and Inside The Characters, two featurettes with cast and crew interviews
Looking Back, members of the cast reunite to discuss memories of the production
Red carpet interviews at the Cannes Film Festival premiere
Cast and crew Q&As from four screenings including the Japanese premiere
Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket

First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Neil Mitchell

JAPAN | 2017 | 130 MINS | SUBTITLES | SCI-FI | JAPANESE

CLIMAX! | BLU-RAY | 11TH FEBRUARY 2019

Following a successful rehearsal, a dance troupe set about celebrating with a party. But when it becomes apparent that someone has spiked the sangria, the joyous atmosphere soon transforms into a nightmarish hellscape of violence and twisted carnality as the dancers begin to turn on each other in an orgiastic frenzy.

Inspired equally by the worlds of modern dance and esoteric arthouse-horror (chief among them, Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Andrzej Żuławski’s Possession), Climax – which pulses towards its astonishing conclusion with a thumping score by the likes of Daft Punk, Aphex Twin and Gary Numan – illustrates a director at the height of his hallucinatory filmmaking powers.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
5.1 DTS-HD MA Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary with writer-director Gaspar Noé
An Antidote to the Void – a brand new interview with Gaspar Noé
Performing Climax – newly-produced featurette comprising interviews with actors Kiddy Smile, Romain Guillermic and Souhelia Yacoub
Disco Infernal: The Sounds of Climax – Alan Jones, author of Saturday Night Forever: The Story of Disco and Discomania, offers up a track-by-track appreciation of the Climax soundtrack
Shaman of the Screen: The Films of Gaspar Noé – a brand new video essay by writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas looking as Gaspar Noé’s evolution as a filmmaker
Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel alongside the original press kit

FRANCE | 2018 | 95 MINS | 2.35:1 | HORROR, MUSICAL | FRENCH

HORROR EXPRESS | BLU-RAY | 11TH FEBRUARY 2019

Renowned anthropologist Saxton (Lee) boards the Trans-Siberian Express with a crate containing the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid which, he believes, may prove to be the missing link in human evolution. But all hell breaks loose when the creature thaws out, turning out to be not quite as dead as once thought!

Directed by Spanish filmmaker Eugenio Martin, Horror Express remains one for the most thrilling (and, quite literally!) chilling horror efforts of the early 1970s.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
Introduction to the film by film journalist and Horror Express super-fan Chris Alexander
Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express – an interview with director Eugenio Martin
Notes from the Blacklist – Horror Express producer Bernard Gordon on working in Hollywood during the McCarthy Era
Telly and Me – an interview with composer John Cacavas
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing by Adam Scovell

SPAIN/UK | 1972 | 84 MINS | 1.66:1 | HORROR | ENGLISH