Gothic Chiller To Korean Zombies Must Be Arrow Video’s Summer Slate

We wait in bated breath if we will ever enjoy our Summer in normality. Last week Arrow Academy gave us some ‘Summer loving’ with it’s Summer releases, today Arrow Video unveiled their own slate. If we have to enjoy the scorching summer mostly indoors, Arrow Video have our back. This June/July we will be treated to deliriously entertaining action adventure, an overlooked slice of deep South USA gothic, a depraved and violent Japanese treasure, and a unique new Korean spin on the zombie genre.

First off for July is the exciting adventure thrill-ride Bloodstone, featuring an action star who can fight with the best of them, and a cab driver who would give the Transporter a run for his money, pairing up to save a young girl from the clutches of an evil criminal magnate. Co-written and produced by genre film luminary Nico Mastorakis (Island of Death, The Wind), and featuring a stellar performance by legendary Tamil megastar Rajinikanth in his first English-language role, Bloodstone is an action-packed romp full of thrills, kick-ass one liners and venomous cobras!

The brilliant Mike Hodges (Flash Gordon, Get Carter) wrote and directed supernatural chiller Black Rainbow as a meditation on the human race’s ability to destroy the world: it’s a gothic tale of suspense and the occult guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Despite an outstanding cast, including Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction, Crash), Jason Robards (Once Upon a Time in the West, Magnolia) and Tom Hulce (Amadeus, Animal House), the film was sent direct-to-video by its struggling distributor on initial release, and unfairly never got the exposure it deserved. Newly restored from the original negative, and with some fascinating archival features, audiences can now discover the darkness at the end of the rainbow, as never before.

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Tattoos and torture await women forced into servitude in Inferno of Torture, where exploitation legend Teruo Ishii (Horrors of Malformed Men, Orgies of Edo) delivers one of his most extreme visions of violent eroticism, the sixth in his abnormal love series. Following Ishii’s legendary Shogun’s Joy of Torture and Orgies of Edo, the prolific filmmaker still manages to turn up the heat in this incredibly violent and salacious entry. From the film’s opening scene, depicting some of the most perverse violence ever captured on screen, through to the shock ending that will leave the audience’s mouths agape, there’s nothing quite like Inferno of Torture, a film depicting Japan’s Edo period as only Ishii could.

Finally in June, Zombie for Sale is an infectiously funny slice of modern Korean cinema, where Train to Busan, The Quiet Family and Warm Bodies collide to create a memorable rom-zom-com from first time director Lee Min-jae. Featuring a new commentary and a reversible sleeve, not to mention a cabbage-munching zombie who prefers ketchup over blood, and a dysfunctional family that gives the Kim family of Parasite a run for their money, Zombie for Sale will warm the deadest of hearts and breathe some new life into the zombie genre.

BLOODSTONE 20 JULY

The Bloodstone, a priceless stolen ruby, accidentally ends up in the possession of American newlyweds Sandy and Stephanie. Now, their honeymoon in India is interrupted as they become the target of international fence Van Hoeven and his evil henchmen. When Van Hoeven kidnaps Stephanie and ransoms her for the jewel, Sandy joins forces with cabby and dormant stunt-driver Shyam Sabu to rescue his young bride.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original 2.0 Stereo PCM Uncompressed audio and 5.1 Surround audio options
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Optional Greek subtitles
• Brand new audio commentary by Bryan Reesman
• Keeping it to Myself – brand new interview with producer and co-writer Nico Mastorakis
• Brand new video essay on Bloodstone’s star Rajinikanth by Indian cinema expert Josh Hurtado
• Trailers
• Image gallery
• Original screenplay [BD-ROM content]
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

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

BLACK RAINBOW 6 JULY

Martha Travis is a travelling clairvoyant on the road with her sceptic father. During a séance Martha communicates a message from a dead man to his wife in the audience. Shocked, the wife insists her husband is still alive. Later that evening the husband is killed by a ruthless assassin. As Martha foresees more and more tragic events journalist Gary Wallace follows the pair in pursuit of a hot story… with catastrophically eerie results.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

• Brand new restoration from the original negative approved by writer-director Mike Hodges
• Original stereo 2.0 PCM uncompressed audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound options
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• New audio commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
• Archival audio commentary by Mike Hodges
• Message in a Bottle: Archival ‘Making of’ documentary
• Archival interviews with Jason Robards, Tom Hulce, Rosanna Arquette – Archival featurettes ‘8 Minutes’; ‘Disasters’; ‘Seeing the Future’; ‘Behind the Rainbow’ featuring interviews with Hodges, Arquette, Robards, producer John Quested including behind-the-scenes imagery
• Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Mike Hodges and more illustrated with stills

INFERNO OF TORTURE 6 JULY

Unable to repay a local lender, Yumi takes up an offer to serve as a geisha for two years with a promise of freedom once her debt is repaid. She quickly realises that this is less a house of geishas than an extremely cruel brothel specialising in supplying western visitors with tattooed playthings. Taken under the wing of one of the leading tattoo artists vying for a coveted spot in the Shogun’s good graces through his work, Yumi’s body becomes a battleground as a rival artist becomes determined not to lose his spot at the top. When the madam, Otatsu trains her eye on the blossoming relationship between the benevolent artist Horihide and his model, she makes sure that her stay is less than hospitable, inspiring the torturous inferno of the title.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original uncompressed mono audio
• Optional English subtitles
• Audio Commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes
• Erotic Grotesque Nonsense & the Foundations of Japan’s Cult Counterculture – a condensed version of Jasper Sharp’s Miskatonic Institute lecture
• Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris D

ZOMBIE FOR SALE 6 JULY

When the illegal human experiments of Korea’s biggest Pharmaceutical company go wrong, one of their “undead” test subjects escapes and ends up in a shabby gas station owned by the Park family – a band of misfits spanning three generations who hustle passers-by to make ends meet. When the Park family uncover their undead visitor, he bites the head of their household, who instead of transforming into an undead ghoul becomes revitalised and full of life! The family then hatch a plan to exploit this unexpected fountain of youth, allowing locals to pay to be bitten too, until things go wrong…

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High-Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD MA options
Newly-translated English subtitles
Brand new audio commentary with filmmakers and critics Sam Ashurst and Dan Martin
Q&A with director Lee Min-Jae from a 2019 screening at Asian Pop-Up Cinema in Chicago, moderated by film critic and author Darcy Paquet
Eat Together, Kill Together: The Family-in-Peril Comedy – brand new video essay by critic and producer Pierce Conran exploring Korea’s unique social satires
Making-Of Featurette
Behind-the-Scenes footage
Original Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Mike Lee-Graham

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Josh Hurtado