Arrow Video US – Upcoming Releases

New from Arrow Video US

Nikkatsu Diamond Guys – Vol 1 (Jan 26)

 Sheba Baby (Feb 9)

Pray For Death (Feb 16)

 American Horror Project – Vol 1  (Feb 23)

via MVD Entertainment Group

          

MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with four new titles…


 

Nikkatsu Diamond Guys – Vol 1 [Blu-ray + DVD] coming January 26

Limited edition of 3000 copies!

 

Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting to their Diamond Line for a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these “Diamond Guys” with three classic films from directors Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill), Toshio Masuda (Rusty Knife) and Buichi Saito (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril). 

 

An old hand at tough guy action roles, Hideaki Nitani (Tokyo Drifter, Massacre Gun) stars in Suzuki’s Voice Without a Shadow. Asako, a former telephone operator once heard the voice of a murder suspect which has continued to haunt her. Years later her husband invites his boss, Hamazaki, over for dinner and she realises his voice is suspiciously like that of the killer. Before she can investigate further, Hamazaki is found dead and her husband becomes the prime suspect… 

 

Next, 50s subculture icon Yujiro Ishihara (Crazed Fruit) stars in Masuda’s Red Pier as “Jiro the Lefty”, a killer with a natural talent. Shortly after arriving in Kobe, he witnesses a man die in a crane accident which turns out to be a cover-up for a murder. Jiro soon finds himself on the run, tailed by a determined cop… 

 

Finally, in Saito’s The Rambling Guitarist, mega star Akira Koabyashi (Battles Without Honour and Humanity) stars as wandering street musician Shinji, who falls in with mob boss Akitsu after saving one of his henchmen in a bar fight. Tasked by Akitsu with evicting an offshore fishery, Shinji finds himself in the middle of a very unusual domestic dispute…

Presented on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature Nikkatsu’s leading talent at their best.

 

Bonus Materials

* High Definition digital transfers of all three films, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation

* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation

* Original uncompressed mono audio

* Newly translated English subtitles

* Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on Diamond Guys Hideaki Nitani and Yujiro Ishihara

* Original trailers for all three films and trailer preview for Diamond Guys Vol. 2

* Extensive promotional image galleries for all three films

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

* Booklet featuring new essays on all three films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling

 

Product Details

SKU: AV037

UPC: 760137807599

Street Date: 01/26/16

PreBook Date: 12/22/15

Label: Arrow Video »

Genre: Action/Adventure/Crime

Run Time: 92/99/78 mins

Number of Discs: 3

Audio: Mono

Year of Production: 1958/1959

Directors: Seijun Suzuki, Toshio Masuda, Buichi Saito

Actors: Hideaki Nitani, Yujiro Ishihara, Akira Kobayashi

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: English

 

Amazon pre-order: http://amzn.com/B016IN3H2K


 

Sheba, Baby [Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 9

Fresh off her career defining roles for Jack Hill in Coffy and Foxy Brown, Pam Grier continued her domination of the Blaxploitation genre, in cult filmmaker William Girdler’s (The Manitou, Abby) ‘Sheba, Baby’… 

Grier plays Sheba Shayne, a private eye based in Chicago who is called to her hometown to stop the local mob boss (played by “that bad D’Urville Martin”, Black Caesar, Dolemite) from moving in on her father’s loan business. Aided by her father’s partner, Brick Williams (Austin Stoker, Assault on Precinct 13, Battle for the Planet of the Apes), Sheba finds out that the violent thugs aren’t going go away without a fight. Car bombs, gun fights and boat chases ensue whilst armed with her curves, street smarts and a .44, Sheba is in for a bloodbath! 

Grier would appear in three Blaxploitation classics in 1975 (the others were Bucktown and Friday Foster), where she was at the top of her game and genre, with the Los Angeles Times calling her “cool, tough and glamorous – a female fantasy Wonder Woman”, further cementing her status as the first female action star.

 

Bonus Materials

* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

* Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

* Audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson

* Sheldon: Baby – a brand new interview with David Sheldon

* Pam Grier: The AIP Years – a look over the wonder years of the Blaxploitation queen with film historian Chris Poggiali

* Trailer

* Gallery featuring rare publicity images and Lobby Cards

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips

* Booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Patty Breen, webmaster of WilliamGirdler.com, illustrated with archive stills and posters

 

Product Details

SKU: AV042

UPC: 760137818793

Street Date: 02/09/16

PreBook Date: 01/05/16

Label: Arrow Video »

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run Time: 90 mins

Number of Discs: 2

Audio: Mono

Year of Production: 1975

Director: William Girdler

Actors: Pam Grier, D’Urville Martin, Austin Stoker

Language: English

Subtitles: English SDH

Amazon pre-order:  http://amzn.com/B017RL9136  


 

Pray For Death [Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 16

In Pray for Death, martial arts legend Sho Kosugi (Enter the Ninja, Ninja 3: The Domination)

stars as a family man driven to exact vigilante justice – ninja style!

 

Akira (Kosugi) has brought his wife and two boys to the United States in search of a better

life. But their slice of the American Dream is quickly soured when they fall foul of a group of

jewellery thieves. Unfortunately for the bad guys, they didn’t count on Akira being a secret

black ninja.

 

The samurai sword of vengeance falls swift and hard in this classic slice of ’80s ninja action

from director Gordon Hessler (Scream and Scream Again, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad),

culminating in an action-packed showdown of Commando-esque proportions.

 

Bonus Materials

*High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 

*Brand new digital transfers of the Unrated and R-rated versions 

*Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 audio 

*Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 

*Sho and Tell Part 1: Birth of a Ninja – an exclusive interview with Sho Kosugi, in which the star discusses the early stages of his film career, leading up to his role in Pray for Death 

*Sho Kosugi on Martial Art Forms – an archive interview with Kosugi, including footage of his ninja demonstration from the 1985 New York premiere of Pray for Death

*Sho Kosugi Trailer Gallery: Enter the Ninja (1981), Revenge of the Ninja (1983), Pray for Death (1985) and Rage of Honor (1987) 

*Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

 

Product Details

SKU: AV039

UPC: 760137818694

Street Date: 02/16/16

PreBook Date: 01/12/16

Label: Arrow Video »

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run Time: 92 mins

Number of Discs: 1

Audio: STEREO

Year of Production: 1985

Director: Gordon Hessler

Actors: Sho Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kai Benz

Language: English

Subtitles: English SDH

 

Amazon pre-order: http://amzn.com/B017RL9208


 

American Horror Project – Vol 1 [Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 23

Limited edition of 3000 copies!

 

Everyone knows the classic American horror titles: Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to name but a few. But we want to tell you a different story: a story of the unsung heroes of stars-and-stripes terror, films that have remained on the fringes of the genre either through lack of availability or else sheer obscurity.This is where American Horror Project comes in.

 

Volume One of this series presents three tales of violence and madness from the 1970s. Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (Christopher Speeth, 1973) sees a family arrive at a creepy, dilapidated fairground in search of their missing son, only tofind themselves at the mercy of the cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park. Meanwhile, The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976), stars Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as a young woman whose bizarre and violentfantasies start to bleed into reality – literally. Lastly, every parent’s worst nightmare comes true in The Premonition (RobertAllen Schnitzer, 1976), a tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claimingto be her long-lost mother.

 

Newly remastered from the best surviving elements and contextualised with brand new supplementary material, American Horror Project proudly presents an alternative history of American horror and film heritage.

 

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

*Brand new 2K restorations of the three features

*High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations

*Original Mono 1.0 audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)

*English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

*Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

*American Horror Project Journal Volume One – Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new articles on the films from writers Stephen Thrower(Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents), Kim Newman (Nightmare Movies), Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women) and Brian Albright (Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990: A State-by-State Guide with Interviews)

 

MALATESTA’S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD

*Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower

*Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith

*The Secrets of Malatesta – an interview with director Christopher Speeth

*Crimson Speak – an interview with writer Werner Liepolt

*Malatesta’s Underground – art directors Richard Stange and Alan Johnson discuss the weird, mysterious world of Malatesta’s underground

*Outtakes

*Draft script (BD/DVD-ROM content)

*Stills gallery

 

THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA

*Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower

*Audio commentary with director-producer Matt Cimber, actress Millie Perkins and director of photography Dean Cundey

*Tides and Nightmares – brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Cimber, Perkins, Cundey and actor John Goff

** A Maiden’s Voyage – archive featurette comprising interviews with Cimber, Perkins and Cundey

*Lost at Sea – director Cimber reflects on his notorious cult classic

 

THE PREMONITION

*Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower

*Isolated score

*Audio commentary with director-producer Robert Allen Schnitzer

*Pictures from a Premonition – brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Schnitzer, composer Henry Mollicone and cinematographer Victor Milt

*Archive interviews with Robert Allen Schnitzer and star Richard Lynch

*Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: ‘Vernal Equinox’, ‘Terminal Point’ and ‘A Rumbling in the Land’

*4 Peace Spots

*Trailers and TV Spots

 

Product Details

SKU: AV043

UPC: 760137818595

Street Date: 02/23/16

PreBook Date: 01/19/16

Label: Arrow Video »

Genre: Horror

Run Time: 251 mins

Number of Discs: 6

Audio: Mono

Year of Production: 1973

Director: Matt Cimber, Christopher Speeth, Robert Allan Schnitzer

Actors: Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman, Janine Carazo, Herve Villechaize, Sharon Farrell, Edward Bell

Language: English

Subtitles: English SDH

 

Amazon pre-order: http://amzn.com/B017RL91JK

 

 

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Lynn Sorel
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Lynn Sorel has been writing for Horror News Network since September 2014. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @gothicmermaid13. Read her full bio on our About Us page.
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