STEAMY AUTUMN TREATS FROM ARROW FILMS

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Arrow Films turns up the heat this autumn with a quartet of steamy new releases that mix sex and death with a touch of European elegance that will surely satisfy even the most jaded voyeur. Starting things off are a pair of films from the infamous Walerian Borowczyk; The Beast (1975) and Immoral Tales (1974), two classic examples of erotic French cinema making their Blu-ray debut on September 15th.

These will be followed by a pair of cinematic interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat, as directed by legendary Italian masters Sergio Martino and Lucio Fulci in a deluxe special edition on October 13th. Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cats: Two Adaptations by Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci, will certainly put a smile on the faces of genre fans. And if all this weren’t enough, on October 20th, Ulli Lummel’s classic Tenderness of the Wolves (1973) will debut on Blu-ray in a lavish new special edition. All four releases will feature new hi-def digital remasters and come loaded with supplemental features!

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 15th

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The Beast ($39.95)

Synopsis:
Bestial dreams interrupt the venal plans of a French aristocrat attempting to save a crumbling mansion by marrying off his deformed son, Mathurin, to Lucy, a horny American heiress. Yet Mathurin seems more interested in his horses than in his bride-to-be, and when Lucy finds out about the story of his 18th-century ancestor Romilda (Sirpa Lane) copulating with the titular beast it sparks to life one of the most outrageous dream sequences in cinema history.

Special Features:

  • New high definition digital transfer of the uncut 98-minute version
  • Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Introduction by film critic Peter Bradshaw
  • The Making of The Beast: camera operator Noël Véry provides a commentary on footage shot during the film's production
  • Frenzy of Ecstasy, a visual essay on the evolution of Borowczyk's Beast and the sequel that never was, Motherhood
  • The Profligate Door, a documentary about Borowczyk's sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet
  • Boro Brunch, a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 fearuring members of Borowczyk's crew
  • Commercials by Borowczyk: Holy Smoke (1963), The Museum (1964) and Tom Thumb (1966)
  • Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk (11:04)
  • Behind Enemy Lines - The Making of Gunpoint (5:16)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design
  • Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by David Thompson, illustrated with original stills
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Immoral Tales ($39.95)

Synopsis:
Walerian Borowczyk's first explicitly erotic feature, Immoral Tales presents a veritable cavalcade of depravity: cosmic fellatio, transcendental masturbation, blood-drenched lesbianism and papal incest. It tells four stories, each delving back further in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human civilization, whether involving notorious historical figures like Lucrezia Borgia and Erzsébet Báthory, or present-day teenagers.

Special Features:

  • New high definition digital transfers of two versions of the feature, the familiar four-part edition and the original five-part conception including the short film The Beast of Gévaudan (which later became the feature The Beast)
  • Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
  • Love Reveals Itself, a new interview program featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
  • Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly-edited archival interview in which the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex
  • Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk's works on paper
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design
  • Illustrated booklet containing new writing on the film by by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by Philip Strick

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 13th

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Looking ahead to October, Arrow is preparing a very special treat for Poe fans with an elaborate limited edition release titled: Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cats: Two Adaptations By Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci (4-Disc Limited Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] $69.95 on October 13th, 2015.

Synopsis:
In Martino s classic giallo Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, teacher Oliviero (Luigi Pistilli, A Bay of Blood) finds himself under suspicion for murder when one of his students and mistress is found brutally murdered. As more bodies start to pile up, the arrival of Oliviero’s attractive niece (Edwige Fenech, Five Dolls for an August Moon, All the Colours of the Dark) brings with it complications of its own.

In The Black Cat, from that other Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci (Zombie), Scotland Yard Inspector Gorley (David Warbeck, The Beyond) find himself summoned to a sleepy English village to investigate the recent murder of a young couple. With no obvious signs of entry at the murder scene, Gorley is forced to start considering the possibility that his suspect may not be human...

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Newly translated subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
  • Brand new interview with director Sergio Martino
  • Dolls of Flesh and Blood: The Gialli of Sergio Martino a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring Sergio Martino's unique contributions to the giallo genre
  • Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror - The Films of Lucio Fulci, on The Black Cat
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
  • Limited Edition 80-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the films, Poe s original story and more, illustrated with archive stills and posters
  • Much more to be announced!

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 20th

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Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)

Director Ulli Lommel (The Boogeyman) makes a stunning debut with this haunting tale of Fritz Haarmann, (aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover), a German serial killer responsible for the murders of two dozen boys and young men during the so-called 'years of crisis' between the wars. The film was produced by the legendary Rainer Werner Fassbinder and was written by Kurt Raab, who also stars as Haarmann.

Synopsis:
Tenderness of the Wolves treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both M and F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn't an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under the skin...

Special Features:

  • New high definition digital transfer prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
  • New translated English subtitles
  • The Tender Wolf - a brand-new in-depth interview with director Ulli Lommel
  • Brand-new interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges
  • Newly-filmed appreciation by film historian and expert on European horror cinema Stephen Thrower
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
  • Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tony Rayns

 

 

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ZigZag's favorite genres include horror (foreign and domestic), Asian cinema and pornography (foreign and domestic). His ability to seek out and enjoy shot on video (SOV) horror movies is unmatched. His love of films with a budget under $100,000 is unapologetic.
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