Arrow Films veröffentlicht limitierte The Jacques Rivette Collection Ende November 2015

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Heute hat Arrow Films / Arrow Video die November-Titel bekannt gegeben, die exklusiv in Großbritannien erscheinen werden. Am Donnerstag werden dann die Titel folgen, die in Großbritannien und in den USA auf den Markt kommen werden. Es wird spekuliert, dass sich darunter auch ein „Battles Without Honor and Humanity„-Set mit den Yakuza-Filmen von Kinji Fukasaku befinden wird. Einen Hinweis darauf, dass Arrow die Rechte daran hält, gab es bereits.

Das Highlight unter den UK-exklusiven Titeln stellt aber definitiv die „The Jacques Rivette Collection“ dar, die dessen „Out 1 / Out 1, noli me tangere“ [FR 1971] beinhaltet. Der Film wird in seiner ursprünglichen, mehr als 12-stündigen Mini-Serien-Fassung, die nur ein einziges Mal zur Aufführung kam, und der kürzeren „Out 1: Spectre„-Kinofassung enthalten sein. Zudem enthalten sind die Filme „Unsterbliches Duell / Duelle (une quarantaine)“ [FR 1976], „Nordwestwind / Noroît“ [FR 1976] und „Merry-Go-Round“ [FR 1981].

Das Dual-Format-Set, limitiert auf 3.000 Stück, inklusive einem ca. 200-seitigem Buch wird im Arrow Shop einen regulären Preis von £84.99 haben, bis zum 8. September 2015 gilt noch ein reduzierter Vorbesteller-Preis von £74.99. Der Veröffentlichungstermin ist der 30. November 2015.
 
The Jacques Rivette Collection brings together some of the director’s hardest to see works, each restored, newly translated and debuting on home video for the first time in UK.

Out 1 is one of the crowning achievements of Rivette’s remarkable career. Conceived as a television mini-series, this near-thirteen-hour monolith consists of eight feature-length episodes revolving around two theatre troupes, blackmail and conspiracy. Multiple characters introduce multiple plotlines, weaving a rich tapestry across an epic runtime.

Originally screened just the once in its full-length version in 1971, Out 1 was then re-conceived by Rivette as a four-and-a-half-hour feature. Making use of alternative and unseen footage, the director renamed this version Out 1: Spectre as an acknowledgement of its shadow-like nature. Both are presented in this boxed-set, fully restored and with newly-translated English subtitles.

Complementing Out 1 are two ‘parallel films’, Duelle (une quarantaine) and Noroît. The former sees Rivette head into fantasy territory: the Queen of the Sun (Bulle Ogier) and the Queen of the Night (Juliet Berto) search for a magical diamond in present-day Paris. The latter is a loose adaptation of The Revenger’s Tragedy and a pirate tale, starring Geraldine Chaplin (Nashville, Cría cuervos). Also included is Merry-Go-Round, in which Joe Dallesandro (Flesh for Frankenstein) and Maria Schneider (The Passenger, Last Tango in Paris) are summoned to Paris, kickstarting the most surreal of all Rivette’s mysteries.

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Alexander Mackendricks Sweet Smell of Success erscheint im März 2015 bei Arrow Films

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Ein weiterer „Arrow Academy„-Titel von Arrow Films im März 2015: Alexander Mackendricks „Dein Schicksal in meiner Hand / Sweet Smell of Success“ [USA 1957] wird am 16. März 2015 in Großbritannien auf Blu-ray erscheinen. In den USA ist der Film über Criterion erhältlich. Die US-Disc enthält als Bonus ebenfalls die Dokumentation „Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away“, bietet aber auch noch einen Audiokommentar, eine Dokumentation über den Kameramann James Wong Howe und Interviews mit Neal Gabler und James Mangold.
 
MATCH ME, SIDNEY

One of the darkest films ever to come out of the Hollywood mainstream – both literally and figuratively – this spellbindingly cynical study of Machiavellian media machinations in a neon-drenched New York City was the first and best American film by Alexander Mackendrick, who already had several Ealing Studios classics on his CV (Whisky Galore, The Man in the White Suit, Mandy, The Ladykillers) when he crossed the Atlantic.

Considering his star status, Burt Lancaster was famously fearless when it came to risking audience sympathies, and he gives one of his most memorable performances as ruthless gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker, who’ll go to any lengths to break up his sister’s unsuitable romance, even if it means destroying the reputation of press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis).

Brilliantly scripted by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman from the latter’s autobiographical short story, and filmed in gleaming monochrome by legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe, Sweet Smell of Success is one of the greatest and most clear-eyed of all American films, lifting up the stone of Fifties decorum and unflinchingly revealing what was crawling underneath.

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Arrow Films veröffentlicht Sidney Lumets Network im März 2015

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Sidney Lumets Mediensatire „Network“ [USA 1976] erweitert ab dem 23. März 2015 die „Arrow Academy„-Reihe von Arrow Films. In den USA ist der Film bereits im Februar 2011 bei Warner Bros. auf Blu-ray erschienen. Die US-Disc bietet als Bonus einen Audiokommentar von Sidney Lumet, eine 85-minütige Dokumentation über die Enstehung des Films, dieses 14-minütige Interview mit Paddy Chayefsky und ein 55-minütiges Interview mit Sidney Lumet und Robert Osborne. Leider konnte Arrow dieses Material wohl nicht lizensieren.
 
I WILL BE RETIRING FROM THIS PROGRAMME IN TWO WEEKS’ TIME BECAUSE OF POOR RATINGS.

In 1976 two of the key players in the Golden Age of Television, writer Paddy Chayefsky and director Sidney Lumet, delivered a coruscating attack – at once savage and hilarious – on the medium that made their names.

SINCE THIS SHOW IS THE ONLY I HAD GOING FOR ME IN MY LIFE, I’VE DECIDED TO KILL MYSELF.

To speak Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning dialogue, Lumet enlisted a powerhouse cast list, including Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch (as ‘the mad prophet of the airwaves’ Howard Beale), Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty and Beatrice Straight. Four of them would be nominated for Academy Awards, three would win.

I’M GOING TO BLOW MY BRAINS OUT RIGHT ON THIS PROGRAMME A WEEK FROM TODAY.

As well as its four Oscars, Network was also garlanded with a quartet of Golden Globes, a BAFTA and numerous other awards. In the years since its release, its reputation has only grown: the Library of Congress granted it a place on their prestigious National Film Registry; the American Film Institute named it as one of the greatest American films of all time; and the Writers Guild of America declared it screenplay one of the ten best of all time. It remains a true classic.

SO TUNE IN NEXT TUESDAY.

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The Raven und Tales of Terror erscheinen im März 2015 als Einzelveröffentlichungen bei Arrow Video GB

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Im März 2015 erscheinen mit „Der grauenvolle Mr. X / Tales of Terror“ [USA 1962, Roger Corman] und „Der Rabe – Duell der Zauberer / The Raven“ [USA 1963, Roger Corman] die letzten beiden Filme der „Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales„-Box als Einzeltitel. Die Discs entsprechen denen aus dem Box-Set, allerdings beinhalten die Einzelveröffentlichungen jeweils ein eigenes Booklet. Das 200-seitige Buch aus der Box hingegen enthält ein paar exklusive Inhalte.
 
9. März 2015
Der grauenvolle Mr. X / Tales of Terror“ [USA 1962, Roger Corman]
A TRILOGY OF SHOCK AND TERROR!

In his earlier Edgar Allan Poe films, Roger Corman took short stories by the great Gothic master and expanded them into full-length features. Here, by contrast, the stories stay short, the only other thing they have in common being the participation of Vincent Price.

In ‘Morella’, Price plays a tormented man forced to confront a dark family secret when his long-estranged daughter tracks him down. In ‘The Black Cat’, he’s the rakish lover of the wife of Peter Lorre, who naturally plots a deadly revenge. And in the title role of ‘The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar’, he tries to relieve chronic pain by asking Basil Rathbone to hypnotise him, something that leaves poor Valdemar hovering on the border between the dead and the living.

Corman’s previous Poe films were played completely straight, and parts of Tales of Terror are as authentically creepy as any of them. But he also stirred comedy into the Poe brew for the first time, particularly in the scenes between Price and Lorre.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
  • Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • The Directors: Roger Corman, an hour-long documentary on the filmmaker featuring contributions from James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard
  • Cats in Horror Films, critic and novelist Anne Billson discusses the contributions of our feline friends to genre cinema
  • The Black Cat, a 1993 short film adaptation of Poe’s classic tale directed by Rob Green (The Bunker)
  • Kim Newman on Edgar Allan Poe, the novelist and critic looks at Poe’s influence on the big screen
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Roger Clark and Rob Green, illustrated with original stills and artwork

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Norman Jewisons Rollerball erscheint im März 2015 bei Arrow Video GB

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Arrow Video wird Norman Jewisons „Rollerball“ [USA 1975] am 23. März 2015 in Großbritannien auf Blu-ray veröffentlichen. In den USA ist der Film bei Twilight Time im Mai 2014 in einer Auflage von 3.000 Stück erschienen und war nach kurzer Zeit ausverkauft. Die günstigere Arrow-Disc wird gegenüber der US-Scheibe sogar exklusives Bonusmaterial (blau markiert) besitzen.
 
IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE, WARS WILL NO LONGER EXIST. BUT THERE WILL BE ROLLERBALL.

In a corporate-controlled future, the world’s nations have been disbanded and conflict is a thing of the past. But blood continues to be shed on the tracks of Rollerball – a brutal contact sport which pits players in a battle of life and death.

James Caan (The Godfather, Thief, Misery) plays Jonathan E., celebrated captain of the Houston Rollerball team whose prowess on the track has earned him renown across the globe. But this fame has also attracted the ire of the games’ corporate sponsors, who wish to suppress any displays of individual achievement – fearing this could encourage the populace to revolt. With the powers-that-be pushing for his retirement, Jonathan is faced with a choice – concede to the Corporation’s will or take a stand, by continuing to compete in the increasingly deadly games.

Shot in Munich to make use of the city’s futuristic Olympic architecture, Rollerball is a classic slice of dystopian filmmaking, mixing high-octane action sequences with gripping (and thoroughly prescient) social commentary. The future is now – the future is Rollerball!

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Tonino Valeriis Day of Anger erscheint als erster britischer und US-amerikanischer Arrow Video-Titel im März 2015

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Tonino Valeriis Italo-Western „Der Tod ritt dienstags / I giorni dell’ira / Day of Anger“ [I / BRD 1967] geht in die Label-Geschichte von Arrow Video als der Titel ein, der gleichzeitig in Großbritannien und in den USA erscheinen wird, nachdem das britische Label nun auch auf dem US-Markt mitmischen wird.

Die Dual-Format-Edition mit drei Discs wird in Großbritannien am 30. März und in den USA am 31. März 2015 veröffentlicht.
 
When Sergio Leone turned Lee Van Cleef into a major star with For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the actor sensibly stayed in Italy to make several more spaghetti westerns, including this one from Leone’s former assistant Tonino Valerii that genre aficionados rank amongst the best ever made.

Giuliano Gemma plays street cleaner Scott Mary, relentlessly bullied by the people of the small town of Clifton. When legendarily ruthless master gunfighter Frank Talby (Van Cleef) rides into town, Scott seizes the opportunity to lift himself out of the gutter, and possibly even surpass Talby’s own skills. But what is Talby doing in Clifton in the first place?

This lively, intelligent western, notable for the chemistry between its charismatic leads, some memorable action set-pieces (including a rifle duel on horseback that has to be seen to be believed), and a jazzy Riz Ortolani score, is presented here in an exclusive high-definition restoration from the original Techniscope negative.

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Mark of the Devil und Blind Woman’s Curse erscheinen im März 2015 bei Arrow Video USA

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Arrow Video hat heute die Details zu den ersten beiden Titel angekündigt, die beim neuen US-Ableger des Labels im März 2015 erscheinen werden. Es handelt sich dabei um „Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält / Mark of the Devil“ [BRD 1970, Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven (uncredited)]“ und „Blind Woman’s Curse / Kaidan nobori ryû“ [J 1970, Teruo Ishii], die in Großbritannien bereits veröffentlicht wurden. Im Bereich der Ausstattung gibt es daher auch keine Unterschiede.
 
17. März 2015
Dual Format: „Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält / Mark of the Devil“ [BRD 1970, Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven (uncredited)]
Once proclaimed as „positively the most horrifying film ever made“, Mark of the Devil arrives in a director-approved edition featuring a new restoration of the feature.

A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devil sees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder’s apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic Albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black.

Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later pen Eskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements
  • Optional English and German audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the German audio
  • Audio commentary by director and co-writer Michael Armstrong, moderated by Calum Waddell
  • Mark of the Times – exclusive feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions on the emergence of the ‘new wave’ of British horror directors that surfaced during the sixties and seventies, featuring contributions from Michael Armstrong, Norman J. Warren (Terror), David McGillivray (Frightmare), Professor Peter Hutchings (author of Hammer and Beyond) and famed film critic Kim Newman
  • Hallmark of the Devil – author and critic Michael Gingold looks back at Hallmark Releasing, the controversial and confrontational distributor that introduced Mark of the Devil to theaters
  • Interviews with composer Michael Holm and actors Udo Kier, Herbert Fux, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Schöner and Herbert Lom
  • Mark of the Devil: Now and Then – a look at the film’s locations and how they appear today
  • Outtakes
  • Gallery
  • Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Anthony Nield, plus an interview with Reggie Nalder by David Del Valle, all illustrated with original stills and artwork

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Zwei Roger-Corman-Filme mit Vincent Price sind ab Februar 2015 einzeln bei Arrow Video erhältlich

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Am 8. Dezember 2015 veröffentlicht Arrow Video das limitierte Box-Set „Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales“ mit sechs Filmen von Roger Corman, in denen Vincent Price die Hauptrolle spielt. Zwei der Filme – „Die Verfluchten / House of Usher / The Fall of the House of Usher“ [USA 1960] und „Das Pendel des Todes / The Pit and the Pendulum“ [USA 1961] – sind bereits als Einzel-Veröffentlichungen erhältlich, zwei weitere Filme werden am 23. Februar 2015 ebenfalls einzeln erscheinen: „The Haunted Palace“ [USA 1963, Roger Corman] und „Das Grab der Lygeia / Tomb of Ligeia“ [GB 1964, Roger Corman].

Einzel-Veröffentlichungen der Filme „Der grauenvolle Mr. X / Tales of Terror“ [USA 1962, Roger Corman] und „Der Rabe – Duell der Zauberer / The Raven“ [USA 1963, Roger Corman] wurden bisher noch nicht angekündigt, sollen aber ebenfalls erscheinen.

Die Einzel-Veröffentlichungen bieten das selbe Bonusmaterial wie die Discs innerhalb der limitierten Box. Unterschiede gibt es nur im Bereich der Booklets. Während die Einzel-Veröffentlichungen jeweils ein Booklet zum Film bieten, werden diese innerhalb der Box fehlen und durch ein limitiertes, 200-seitiges Buch ersetzt, welches auch noch exklusive Texte enthalten wird.
 
The Haunted Palace“ [USA 1963, Roger Corman]
Although recognised as part of Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe cycle (its title comes from a Poe poem), The Haunted Palace has a much more significant place in film history for being the first high-profile adaptation of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, in this case his novella The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

Ward is one of two characters played by Vincent Price, the other being Ward’s great-great-grandfather Joseph Curwen, burned as a warlock 110 years before. When Ward returns to the village of Arkham to reclaim the family mansion, his striking resemblance to his ancestor is just the first of many macabre events that proceed to unfold, including the screen debut of Lovecraft’s legendary Necronomicon.

As before, Corman and his team worked wonders with their modest budget, with Daniel Haller’s sets amongst the most elaborate in all the Poe cycle, enhanced by genuinely creepy moments such as the crowd of deformed villagers still living under Curwen’s curse.

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John Frankenheimers The Manchurian Candidate erscheint im Februar 2015 bei Arrow Films

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John Frankenheimers herausragender Paranoia-Thriller „Botschafter der Angst / The Manchurian Candidate“ [USA 1962] ist in den USA direkt von MGM auf Blu-ray veröffentlicht worden. In Großbritannien konnte Arrow Video den Film von MGM lizensieren und wird ihn am 16. Februar 2015 auf Blu-ray innerhalb der „Arrow Academy„-Reihe den Handel bringen. Das Bonusmaterial der US-Disc wird enthalten sein, hinzu kommt die Dokumentation „The Directors: John Frankenheimer“. Weitere Extras werden in Aussicht gestellt, um welche es sich handeln wird, ist jedoch noch nicht bekannt.
 
WHY DON’T YOU PASS THE TIME BY PLAYING A LITTLE SOLITAIRE?

After saving the lives of his platoon during the Korean War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is hailed as a bona fide American hero. This couldn’t have come at a better time for his mother (Angela Lansbury) who is hell-bent on boosting the career of his stepfather, a senator straight from the McCarthyite wing of the US political spectrum with designs on the Presidency.

So far so familiar – but why does Shaw’s former captain (Frank Sinatra) have recurring nightmares that suggest that his distinguished comrade-in-arms might not be all that he seems?

Based on the memorably paranoid bestseller by Richard Condon (Prizzi’s Honor), this is one of the greatest of all Cold War suspense thrillers, not least for its alarmingly original take on the notion of „the enemy within“. Angela Lansbury won multiple awards and an Oscar nomination for her performance as one of the most monstrous mothers in screen history, but perhaps the most unnerving thing about the film is the way that its political satire remains so perfectly on target more than half a century later.

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Stanley Kubricks The Killing und Killer’s Kiss ab Februar 2015 in der Arrow Academy-Reihe erhältlich

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In den USA sind Stanley Kubricks „Die Rechnung ging nicht auf / The Killing“ [USA 1956] und „Der Tiger von New York / Killer’s Kiss“ [USA 1955] bereits innerhalb einer Blu-ray-Edition von Criterion erschienen. Am 9. Februar 2015 erweitert Arrow Films die „Arrow Academy„-Reihe ebenfalls um diese beiden Filme.
 
An ex-con, a corrupt cop, a reformed alcoholic, a wrestler, a sharpshooter and a pair of inside men: these seven men intent on executing the perfect robbery and taking a racetrack for two million dollars. But this is the world of film noir, a tough, sour place where nothing quite goes as planned…

For his third feature Stanley Kubrick adapted Lionel White’s Clean Break with a little help from hard-boiled specialist Jim Thompson (The Killer Inside Me), and in doing so created a heist movie classic, one to rank alongside John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. The robbery itself is one of cinema’s great set-pieces, as taut a piece of filmmaking as you’ll ever find, expertly controlled by Kubrick, who called The Killing his “first mature work”.

Starring Sterling Hayden (Johnny Guitar, The Godfather), perennial fall guy Elisha Cook Jr (The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep) and Marie Windsor (The Narrow Margin) as his duplicitous wife, The Killing is quintessential film noir, still as brutal, thrilling and audacious as it was almost six decades ago.

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Arrow Video veröffentlicht David Cronenbergs Rabid im Februar 2015

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Meines Wissens hat sich Arrow Video zur gekürzten Fassung von David Cronenbergs „Parasitenmörder / Shivers“ [CDN 1975] noch nicht wieder geäußert. Dafür hat das Label aber nun die Dual-Format-Edition von Cronenbergs „Rabid – Der brüllende Tod / Rabid“ [CDN 1977] für den 2. Februar 2015 angekündigt. Neben der regulären Edition wird auch ein limitiertes Steelbook angeboten.
 
PRAY IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TO YOU!

First come the Shivers… then, you turn RABID! Celebrated Canadian cult auteur David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome) followed up Shivers with this tense and gory thriller which expands upon the venereal disease theme of that film, this time unleashing it on the whole of downtown Montreal – with terrifying consequences.

When beautiful Rose (adult film star Marilyn Chambers) is badly injured in a motorcycle crash, Dr. Keloid, who is in the process of developing a revolutionary new type of skin-graft, seizes the opportunity to test out his as yet unproven methods. The surgery appears successful and Rose seems restored to full health. But all is not as it should be – Rose has been transformed into a contagious blood-sucker, endowed with a bizarre, needle-like protrusion in her armpit with which she drains the blood from those unfortunate enough to be in her vicinity.

An important landmark in the early career of Cronenberg, Rabid sees the director returning to the viral theme of his earlier work but on a much larger (and more assured) scale – where the infection has shifted from the confines of a single apartment block to the expansive shopping centres and motorways of Canada’s second largest city.

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Michael Manns Thief erscheint im Januar 2015 bei Arrow Video

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Dass Michael Manns „Der Einzelgänger / Thief“ [USA 1981] bei Arrow Video erscheinen würde, war bereits bekannt. Nun hat das britische Label die Details zur Blu-ray-Edition bekannt gegeben. Bereits vor ein par Tagen hatte Arrow Video im The Video Deck-Blog geschrieben, dass diese auf 3.000 Stück limitierte Edition neben der von der Criterion-Blu-ray bekannten Director’s Cut-Schnittfassung inklusive der neuen Farbkorrektur auch die ursprüngliche Kinofassung enthalten wird. Das Set soll am am 26. Januar 2015 in den Handel kommen.
 
For his first theatrical feature, Michael Mann (Manhunter, Public Enemies) returned to the rain-soaked streets of his hometown, Chicago, for a stunning piece of neo-noir starring James Caan (The Godfather, Rollerball) at his toughest.

Caan plays Frank, a jewel thief and former convict who is looking to settle down with his girlfriend (Tuesday Weld, Once Upon a Time in America) and begin a family. But when his ‘fence’ is thrown from a window and the Chicago mafia begin to flex their muscles, his hopes of a quiet life become anything but…

With a sterling supporting cast in the shape of James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Willie Nelson and Dennis Farina, lush electronic score by Tangerine Dream and the assured direction of Mann, Thief is a standout eighties crime flick that paved the way for the his later urban thrillers such as Heat and Collateral as well as Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.

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Zwei Updates zum US-Label von Arrow Video

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Arrow Video hatte Anfang des Monats bekannt gegeben, ab 2015 auch auf dem US-amerikanischen und kanadischen Markt aktiv zu werden. Dazu wurde auf Indiegogo eine Crowdfunding-Aktion gestartet. Dort sind mittlerweile zwei Updates veröffentlicht worden.

Das Update vom 8. Oktober 2014:

First up, thanks so much for all the support everyone! We are just a few days into our campaign and we’ve raised 17% of our goal which is incredible! We still have a long way to go so please make sure to share our campaign with your friends, families and mail man to get the word out.

For our first update, we would like to present you with the first look at one of our upcoming titles…

That’s right, Walerian Borowczyk’s long-unavailable The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (its original title, though it’s also been known as Docteur Jekyll et les Femmes, The Blood of Dr Jekyll, Bloodbath of Dr Jekyll, Dr Jekyll’s Women, Bloodlust, The Experiment and a few others besides) will be receiving a brand new restoration from the original 35mm negative, and will make its worldwide debut on both Blu-ray and DVD next year and you can order your copy as one of our perks now.

And if that wasn’t enough info to get you excited, we are very pleased to announce that there will be some more perks on the way – most of which will be linked to our upcoming release announcements so stay tuned for some more exciting updates in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, if you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions let us know via the comments section or one of our social channels.

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Jules Dassins The Naked City erscheint Ende Oktober 2014 bei Arrow Films

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Nach der Veröffentlichung von Jules Dassins „Zelle R 17 / Brute Force“ [USA 1947] bringt das britische Label Arrow Films einen weiteren Noir-Klassiker des US-amerikanischen Regisseurs in der „Arrow Academy“-Reihe heraus: „Stadt ohne Maske [aka: Die nackte Stadt] / The Naked City“ [USA 1948] wird am 27. Oktober 2014 als Dual-Format-Edition in den Handel kommen.

In den USA ist der Film bei Criterion erschienen, das allerdings bereits schon im März 2007 und bisher auch nur auf DVD. Von der US-Disc wird Arrow Video den Audiokommentar übernehmen.
 
THERE ARE EIGHT MILLION STORIES IN THE NAKED CITY. THIS IS ONE OF THEM.
Jules Dassin followed up his explosive prison picture Brute Force with another slice of hard-boiled crime fiction. Within a decade he’d make Thieves’ Highway, Night and the City and Rififi, thus confirming Dassin’s position as one of the all-time-great film noir directors.

New York, the middle of summer. A blonde ex-model is murdered in her bathtub and detectives Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) and Halloran (Don Taylor) are assigned to the case. Their investigation will lead them through the entire city, from Park Avenue to the Lower East Side, culminating in a thrilling climax atop the Williamsburg Bridge.

Inspired by the work of the infamous tabloid photographer Weegee, The Naked City was the first major Hollywood production to be shot entirely on the streets of New York, making use of more than a hundred authentic locations. Both its editing and its cinematographer would earn Academy Awards, while the film itself would be recognised by the Library of Congress as one of American cinema’s most significant motion pictures.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New high definition digital transfer of the film
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original mono 1.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Audio commentary by screenwriter Malvin Wald
  • Jules Dassin at LACMA – a 40-minute interview with Bruce Goldstein in which the director discusses his career
  • The Hollywood Ten – a 1950 documentary short on the ten filmmakers blacklisted from Hollywood for their refusal to name names before the House of Un-American Activities, including The Naked City’s screenwriter, Albert Maltz
  • New York and The Naked City: A personalised history of NY on the big screen by critic Amy Taubin
  • Gallery of production stills by infamous photojournalist Weegee
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring the original poster and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
  • Collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Alastair Phillips, Barry Salt and Sergio Angelini, illustrated with original production stills

Die Shivers-Blu-ray von Arrow Video ist gekürzt

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Auf der kürzlich erschienenen Blu-ray von David Cronenbergs „Parasitenmörder / Shivers“ [CDN 1975] aus dem Hause Arrow Films / Arrow Video fehlen einige Sekunden an Filmmaterial. Bekannt geworden war dies im Blu-ray-com-Forum.

This version of Shivers released by Arrow is not uncut when compared to the Image Entertainment dvd release. I received my Arrow blu ray of Shivers today and compared it to the Image dvd. The sequence where Dr. Linsky (Joe Silver) is at Nicholas Tudor’s aparment is shorter on the Arrow version as described in the two instances below:

Missing on the Arrow version is Dr. Linksy pushing Mr. Tudor against the refrigerator and saying „Get off me“.

The scene where Mr. Tudor is shown shoving the parasites into Dr. Linsky’s mouth has been shortened by about 4-5 seconds on the Arrow version. What is missing is the beginning of this scene which shows Tudor pulling the parasites off of Dr. Linsky’s face and trying to put them in his own mouth. Tudor then takes the parasites from his mouth and is shown shoving them into Dr. Linsky’s mouth. This missing 4-5 seconds has a big impact in my opinion, as it always stuck in my mind and really put the scene over the top.

This all came about when Shivers premiered on Netflix a few days ago before I received my Arrow blu ray. After watching it on Netflix, it seemed like something was missing in the scene with Tudor and Dr. Linsky. After a long search I found my Image Entertainment dvd of Shivers. I viewed the scene in question and my suspicions were confirmed. Since the Netflix version had the Lionsgate logo at the beginning I was concerned that the Arrow version (which I knew had the Lionsgate logo) would be the edited version also. And of course it was.

Without regard to picture quality comparisons between the Image dvd and Arrow blu ray, I feel cheated on content. I paid a lot in USD for the steelbook from Arrow and did not get the uncut version. A subsequent search on Movie-Censorship.com addressed the same missing seconds comparing German and Dutch VHS versions. I also checked out dvdcompare.net and it states the Arrow blu ray is uncut. I disagree and would like to know if Arrow can gain access to the cut scenes and reissue the blu ray using an exchange program for those who have already purchased it.

Das Label hatte sich darauf auf Facebook geäußert.

The new restoration of Shivers, carried out by TIFF and both supervised and approved by David Cronenberg, is missing four-to-five seconds of footage compared to the original theatrical cut. This may be at Cronenberg’s request or it may be owing to the source materials used for the restoration. Either way, we are investigating the situation thoroughly and will have a full answer as soon as we can.

Das bisher letzte Update dazu von Arrow Video:

We are currently looking into this issue and hope to have an update very soon. Just to clarify, our release of Shivers contains a new restoration personally supervised and approved by Director David Cronenberg and which was produced by Tiff Cinematheque Quebec at Technicolor in 2013.

We are unsure as to the reasons why part of Shivers appears to have been shortened except that it doesn’t appear to be the results of any conscious act of censorship, as many similar scenes would have been removed as well if that were the case. It may have been Cronenberg’s decision to excise this material due to damage to the original materials used, but at this point that’s only speculation on our part.

Unlike Zombie Flesh Eaters, this isn’t the result of an authoring or encoding error, as there is nothing technically wrong with our disc. Unlike many of our releases, we weren’t in any way involved with the restoration of this film, so we’re having to direct our questions to those who oversaw it. Just to reiterate, we are making enquiries to all the parties involved and hope to have a definitive answer to this very soon.

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