Arrow Video April Slate Has Rare Giallo To John Carpenter Penned Thriller

Easter will be on the Horizon as Spring knocks on the door in April.Arrow Video unveils their April releases which includes a mind-boggling Japanese sci-fi, a rare and wonderful giallo, a cult thriller penned by John Carpenter and an 80s horror rarity.

First up, is a film from the formidable Takashi Miike (Audition), Terra Formars. It’s Fist of the North Star meets Starship Troopers,a Japanese sci-fi chiller adapted from the popular Manga series of the same name. It’s a riveting story of astronauts up against mutant cockroaches after a botched attempt to colonise Mars, and the UK home video debut includes a wealth of extra features.

If you adore the Giallo genre, Arrow Video loves to provide you with some gems, like The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire. Boasts a rogues gallery of perverse characters, violent, fetishized murders, and one of the genre’s most bonkers red-herring laden plots. The pristine release features a new 2K restoration, a whole heap of extras including a brand new commentary by horror experts David Flint and Adrian J. Smith, and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.

When it comes to Masters of Genre Cinema, John Carpenter is one of the best. Arrow will release Black Moon Rising in which Carpenter scripts an action thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones as Sam Quint, a master thief attempting to reclaim prototype supercar the Black Moon from Linda Hamilton (Terminator), to get back an important computer disc loaded with explosive secrets. The Blu-ray comes packed with extras including a new interview with composer Lalo Schifrin, behind the scenes footage and alternative scenes, and striking new artwork.

Following on from last year’s Arrow release of Doom Asylum, comes director Richard Friedman’s 1987 horror Scared Stiff, a back-in-the-day VHS favourite. Scripted by Twin Peaks scribe Mark Frost, and starring The Fury lead Andrew Stevens, this is a smashing little shocker, now given the much-deserved Blu-ray treatment, and served up with some spine-tingling features.

Terra Formars | Blu-ray | 1 April 2019

In the mid-21st century, humankind has been forced to look to colonising other planets as a means of combating overcrowding on Earth – their first stop, Mars. With a population of cockroaches having been introduced on Mars some 500 years prior to help prepare the way for human colonization, a manned mission sets out to the red planet with the aim of clearing away the bugs. Upon arrival, however, they discover that the roaches have evolved to huge, vicious creatures capable of wielding weapons.

• High-Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original uncompressed Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD MA options
• Newly-translated English subtitles
• The Making of Terra Formars – feature-length documentary on the film’s production featuring a host of cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
• Extended cast interviews
• Footage from the 2016 Japanese premiere
• Outtakes
• Image Gallery
• Theatrical and teaser trailers
• Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Tom Mes

The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire |Blu-ray | 8 April 2019

Set in Dublin (a rather surprising giallo location), Iguana opens audaciously with an acid-throwing, razor-wielding maniac brutally slaying a woman in her own home. The victim’s mangled corpse is discovered in a limousine owned by Swiss Ambassador Sobiesky (Anton Diffring, Where Eagles Dare) and a police investigation is launched, but when the murdering continues and the ambassador claims diplomatic immunity, tough ex-cop John Norton (Luigi Pistilli, A Bay of Blood) is brought in to find the killer…


New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
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 giallo connoisseurs Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
Of Chameleons and Iguanas, a newly filmed video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic Richard Dyer
Considering Cipriani, a new appreciation of the composer Stelvio Cipriani and his score to The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire by DJ and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon
The Cutting Game, a new interview with Iguana’s assistant editor Bruno Micheli
The Red Queen of Hearts, a career-spanning interview with the actress Dagmar Lassander
Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
Image gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Andreas Ehrenreich

Black Moon Rising | Blu-ray | 15 April 2019

Buckle up for ride in the Black Moon, a sleek, high-tech supercar, powered by hydrogen and capable of speeds of over 300mph!

Tommy Lee Jones (Rolling Thunder, Under Siege) stars as Sam Quint, a master thief working for the government who hides a computer disc loaded with evidence of corporate crime in a prototype supercar, the Black Moon. When a gang of thieves steal the car, Quint seduces their leader, Nina (Linda Hamilton, Terminator), to get to the disc. But in order to reclaim his property, Quint and Nina must break into an impenetrable skyscraper and take down Ed Ryland (Robert Vaughn, The Delta Force), the head of a dangerous stolen car syndicate…


Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original 35mm interpositive
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Uncompressed PCM 2.0 stereo audio and alternative 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary by Lee Gambin, author of Show Me: The Making of Christine
Black Moon Ascending, a new interview with director Harley Cokeliss
Thief in The Night: Producing Black Moon Rising, a new interview with producer Douglas Curtis
Sound of Speed: Composing Black Moon Rising, a new interview with composer Lalo Schifrin and film music historian Daniel Schweiger
• Carpenter’s Craft, a new video essay on co-writer John Carpenter’s screenwriting career by author and critic Troy Howarth
Making Black Moon Rising, an archival documentary featuring behind the scenes footage and cast and crew interviews
Alternative Hong Kong version scenes, a presentation of selected scenes from the Hong Kong theatrical version with a different score and sound effects
Theatrical trailer and radio spots
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love

First Pressing only: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kieran Fisher

Scared Stiff |Blu-ray |22 April 2019

Keller plays Kate Christopher, a singer who moves into an old colonial mansion with her son and psychologist boyfriend David (Stevens). But when they make a strange and gruesome discovery in the boarded-up attic, it soon becomes clear that the mansion carries with it a dark and blood-stained past – and one that is about to terrorise them in the present.


• Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
• Original uncompressed Stereo audio
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary with director Richard Friedman, producer Dan Bacaner and film historian Robert Ehlinger
• Mansion of the Doomed: The Making of Scared Stiff – brand new documentary featuring interviews with Richard Friedman, Dan Bacaner, Robert Ehlinger, actors Andrew Stevens and Joshua Segal, special effects supervisor Tyler Smith and special effects assistants Jerry Macaluso and Barry Anderson
• Brand new interview with composer Billy Barber
• Image Gallery
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by James Oliver

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