Asian Classics, Kick-Ass Females Make Up Arrow Video March Line-Up

If February’s ghoulish horrors and Giallo Classics Arrow Video line-up whetted your appetite, you’ll love March.

A bumper bundle of cinematic excellence from Arrow Video, with a collection of Asian action classics with a kick-ass female lead, a groundbreaking horror gem, an iconic J-horror box set, and some horror rarities making their home video debuts.

First up is the Sister Street Fighter Collection, a wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s, featuring four Sister Street Fighter films from Japan’s legendary Toei Company. Starring Etsuko Shihomi as the titular character, alongside Sonny Chiba, these lurid actioners are filled with wall-to-wall action, and feature some of the craziest villains ever depicted onscreen and are all presented in a lavish special edition crammed with extras.

Next up is the sorely unappreciated horror gem Kolobos. The Real World meets Saw by way of Suspiria in a super-smart, super-gory late ’90s slasher effort, released in the midst of the post-Scream slice-and-dice revival.

Arrow also present The Ring Collection in March, the genre-defining trilogy that kicked off in 1998, when director Hideo Nakata (Dark Water) unleashed a chilling tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences. Ring, Ring 2 and Ring O, together with the ‘lost’ sequel Spiral, are gathered together in glorious high definition and supplemented by a wealth of archival and newly created bonus materials, including deleted scenes, interviews and video essays. Also released is a beautiful, limited edition Blu-ray steelbook and standalone DVD & Blu-ray releases of the original film.

Finally, in March Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz, three films from one of the most underrated and oft-neglected genre filmmakers of his generation – the Spanish-born director’s horror classic Vampyres, along with the ultra-rare Whirlpool from 1970, and 1978’s The Coming of Sin, the two latter films making their Blu-ray world premieres. By turns terrifying, titillating, artful and scandalous, the films collected here are all newly restored from original film elements, and a must for any exploitation cinema fan’s shelf.

Sister Street Fighter Collection | Blu-ray | 4 March 2019


After the massive success of The Street Fighter, the Toei Company decided to build a new karate series around a female lead, and cast a young actress who had appeared in a cameo role alongside her mentor Sonny Chiba. Still a teenager at the time, Etsuko Shihomi exploded onscreen in her first leading role and created a new character type: a tough fighter who was fierce, fearless, good-hearted, and decidedly non-sexualised, a departure from Toei’s typical formula.

Genre entertainment of the highest order, the funky and over-the-top Sister Street Fighter films embodying female power in a male-dominated genre and present a magnificent showcase for the martial arts skills of its lead star, the astonishing Etsuko Shihomi.A wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s. Funky and over-the-top, filled with wall-to-wall action, and featuring some of the craziest villains ever depicted onscreen.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
High Definition digital transfers of all four films
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio
Original English dubbed audio for Sister Street Fighter
New optional English subtitle translation for all four films
English SDH subtitles for the English dub for Sister Street Fighter
New video interviews with actor Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba, director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, and screenwriter Masahiro Kakefuda
Original Japanese theatrical trailers for all four films
Original U.S. theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter, plus original English opening titles to the film
Original German theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter, plus original German opening titles to the film
Stills and poster gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Kungfubob O’Brien

First pressing only: Illustrated booklet featuring writing on the series by Patrick Macias and a new essay on the U.S. release of Toei’s karate films by Chris Poggiali.

Japan | 333 /(86 / 85 / 77 /85) Mins | 2.35:1 | Subtitles | Action |Japanese

Kolobos | Blu-ray | 11 March 2019


A group of youngsters arrive at a snow-covered house under the guise of participating in a “ground-breaking” new experimental film, but it soon becomes clear that something sinister is afoot. A gruesome, creepy and superbly entertaining horror from filmmakers Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk, given the Blu-ray treatment by Arrow for the delectation of genre fans.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
Original Stereo and 5.1 audio options
Audio commentary with co-writers and co-directors Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk
Real World Massacre: The Making of Kolobos – brand new featurette on the making-of Kolobos including interviews with Daniel Liatowitsch, David Todd Ocvirk and co-writer/producer Nne Ebong
Face to Faceless – a brand new Interview with “Faceless” actor Ilia Volok
Slice & Dice: The Music of Kolobos – a brand new interview with composer William Kidd
Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery
Super 8 short film by Daniel Liatowitsch with commentary
Original Trailer

First pressing only: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Phillip Escott

USA | 1999 | 82 Mins | 1.85:1 | Subtitles | Horror | English

The Ring Collection | Blu-Ray | 18th March 2019


A group of teenage friends are found dead, their bodies grotesquely contorted, their faces twisted in terror. A journalist sets out to investigate the shocking phenomenon, and in the process uncovers a creepy urban legend about a supposedly cursed videotape. This sets into motion a series of excruciatingly scary films that melded traditional Japanese folklore with contemporary anxieties about the spread of technology, collected here together in a sensational box set collection.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 4K restoration of Ring from the original camera negative, approved by director of photography Junichiro Hayashi
High definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
Lossless Japanese DTS-HD master audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
Bonus feature: Spiral, George Iida’s 1998 sequel to Ring
New audio commentary on Ring by film historian David Kalat
New audio commentary on Ring 0 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
The Ring Legacy, a series of new interviews from critics and filmmakers on their memories of the Ring series and its enduring legacy
A Vicious Circle, a new video interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger on the career of Hideo Nakata
Circumnavigating Ring, a new video essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on the evolution of the Ring series
Spooks, Sighs and Videotape, a new video essay by critic Jasper Sharp on the J-horror phenomenon
The Psychology of Fear, a newly edited archival interview with author Koji Suzuki
Archival behind-the-scenes featurette on Ring 0
Ring 0 deleted scenes
Sadako’s Video
Multiple theatrical trailers for the Ring series
Limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by Violet Lucca, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Jasper Sharp, Kieran Fisher and Kat Ellinger
Limited edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork.

A highly collectable steelbook, featuring a brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, approved by director of photography Junichiro Hayashi, in gorgeous Limited Edition packaging, featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin, and with an illustrated booklet.

Japan | 386 Mins | 1.85:1 | Subtitles |Horror|Japanese

Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz | Blu-ray | 25 March 2019


Three fabulous films from the great José Ramón Larraz: his debut feature Whirlpool, about a young model invited to a photographer’s secluded country home for sinister shenanigans; cult classic Vampyres, that sees a duo of blood hungry female vampires prowling the British countryside; and The Coming of Sin, about a young gypsy girl experiencing a violent sexual awakening.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Three films from José Ramón Larraz: Whirlpool, Vampyres and The Coming of Sin, all newly-restored in 2K from original film elements
Newly-produced, extensive bonus features and unseen archival content
English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for all features
Newly comissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing by Jo Botting, Tim Greaves and Vanity Celis

VAMPYRES CONTENTS
Original US Theatrical Cut
Brand new audio commentary by Tim Lucas
Obsessive Recurrence: The Early Films of José Larraz – author and critic Kim Newman reflects on the recurring themes and underlying obsessions linking together the early productions of José Larraz
A Curious Casting – actor Larry Dann on the strange story behind his casting in Whirlpool
Deviations of Whirlpool – featurette comparing the differences between the US Theatrical Cut and a previously circulated, alternate cut of the film
Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz
Image Gallery
Original US Theatrical Trailer

WHIRLPOOL CONTENTS
Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
Brand new interviews with producer Brian Smedley-Aston, actors Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Brian Deacon, Sally Faulkner, makeup artist Colin Arthur and composer James Kenelm Clarke
Reimagining Vampyres – a brand new interview with Larraz’s friend and collaborator Victor Matellano, director of the 2015 Vampyres remake
Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz
Jose Larraz and Marianne Morris Q&A at 1997 Eurofest
Image Gallery
Trailers

THE COMING OF SIN CONTENTS
Spanish and English language versions of the feature
Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin – exploitation expert Marc Morris on the strange and scandalous release history of José Larraz’s most censored film
Remembering Larraz – author and filmmaker Simon Birrell shares his fond and extensive memories of his long-time friend and collaborator José Larraz
His Last Request (2005, 27 mins) – short film by Simon Birrell made under the guidance of José Larraz and starring Spanish horror legend Jack Taylor
Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz
Image Gallery
Original Spanish Trailer

Spain, UK | 18 | 87 / 88 / 90 mins | 1.66 / 1.85 / 1.85 | Subtitles |Horror| Spanish, English

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