If cult classics are your forte, Arrow Video‘s August line up will be right up your street. The month will deliver special editions of key films by two giants of cinema: the UK Blu-ray debut of a controversial crime classic from 1980, and a Korean masterwork in a highly-collectable three disc edition. As well as featuring pristine restorations and unmissable extras, the releases are beautifully packaged with new artwork and specially commissioned writing.
First up is Cruising, directed by Academy Award-winner William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) with Oscar-winner Al Pacino as an undercover cop pitched into New York’s seedy underbelly. Available for the first time on Blu-ray in a brand new director-approved 4k restoration, with a remastered soundtrack and a host of extras, the film has never looked better, and packs as much of a punch now as when it debuted in 1980.
Then there is Park Chan-wook’s brutal, lyrical modern classic of the revenge genre, Oldboy, often cited as one of the best films of the 2000s and possibly the definitive example of extreme Asian cinema. The masterpiece has been newly mastered in 4K and is presented here in a stunning limited edition three-disc set with a massive array of extras including the feature-length documentary Old Days, three hours of bonus interviews, and a 100 page hardbound book and a fold out poster; there is also a two-disc set bursting at the seams with extras, and a standard DVD version.
Cruising | Blu-ray | 19 August 2019
New York is caught in the grip of a sadistic serial killer who is preying on the patrons of the city’s underground bars. Captain Edelson (Paul Sorvino) tasks young rookie Steve Burns (Pacino) with infiltrating the S&M subculture to try and lure the killer out of the shadows – but as he immerses himself deeper and deeper into the underworld, Steve risks losing his own identity in the process.
Written and directed by William Friedkin, taking the premise and title from reporter Gerald Walker’s cult novel, this thrilling and unique crime drama boasts an outstanding lead performance from Pacino.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative supervised and approved by writer-director William Friedkin
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Newly remastered 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio supervised by William Friedkin
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Archival audio commentary by William Friedkin
The History of Cruising – archival featurette looking at the film’s origins and production
Exorcising Cruising – archival featurette looking at the controversy surrounding the film and its enduring legacy
Original Theatrical Trailer
Oldboy |DVD, Blu-ray, Ltd Ed 3-Disc Blu-ray |26 August
Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge whilst also striking up a romance with a young, attractive sushi chef, Mi-do (Kang Hye-jung). He eventually finds his tormentor, but their final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors.
THREE-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative supervised by director Park Chan-wook
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo
Original Korean and English soundtracks
Music and effects track
Newly translated, optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
Newly translated English subtitles for the Korean soundtrack
Audio commentary with director Park Chan-wook
Audio commentary with Park Chan-wook and cinematographer Jung Jung-hoon
Audio commentary with Park Chan-wook, and actors Choi Min-sik, Yu Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
Audio commentary by Film critic Shin Hyung-chul
Audio commentary by Film critic Kim Young-jin
Old Days: An Oldboy Story, acclaimed feature-length 2016 documentary about Park Chan-wook’s masterpiece
Old Days Interviews: Looking Back on the Days of Oldboy, Over three hours of extensive recently film interviews with the film’s cast and crew
New introduction to the film by director Park Chan-wook
Film Critics on Oldboy, featurette with Oh Dong-jin, Lee Dong-jin, Darcy Paquet and Chris Fujiwara
Filmmakers on Oldboy, featurette with Directors Kim Jee-woon and Ryoo Seung-wan
Photographer of Time, an interview with stills photographer Han Se-jun
Autobiography of Oldboy, a three-and-a-half-hour video diary of the making of Oldboy
Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
Behind the scenes featurettes
Extensive cast and crew interviews
The Making of Oldboy, lengthy two-part featurette on the film’s production
Le Grand Prix at Cannes, featurette about the film’s success at the 2004 film festival
“Bring My Love” music video by Starsailor, using clips of the film
Trailers, teasers and TV spots
Double-sided fold-out poster
Limited edition 100-page hardbound book featuring new writing by Simon Abrams, Kat Ellinger, and original reviews
Limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Matt Ryan Tobin