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Horror, comedy, thrills, shocks and John Hughes from Arrow in July

26 April 2019

Summer fun has just begun for film fans in July, with Arrow Video releasing a cult comedy making its Blu-ray debut, a 90s snowbound horror rediscovery, a pair of classic 80s John Hughes hits, a Nordic true-crime black metal thriller, and a gruesome German serial killer shocker. The Blu-rays come with collector’s booklets, new artwork, and a multitude of extras, including newly filmed interviews with cast and crew, archive documentaries and extended scenes.

July starts in fine style with FM, a riotous comedy about the heady world of late-70s US radio, directed by legendary cinematographer John A. Alonzo, and featuring an incredible platinum-selling soundtrack that includes Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Eagles and Tom Petty. Making its UK Blu-ray debut, the release features new artwork, interviews, promo materials and trailers.

If you need cooling down, try out The Chill Factor, a 1990s horror from the golden era of VHS, from the makers of the recent Arrow rediscovery Trapped Alive. Directed by Christopher Webster, the film features snowmobiling action, college couples in jeopardy, ill-advised ouija board usage, demonic possession and kills aplenty!

Next up in July, Weird Science, which sees the king of 1980s teen flicks John Hughes infusing the genre with a hefty dose of whacked-out sci-fi comedy, in a film where every teenage boy’s wildest fantasies come to life. Starring Anthony Michael Hall and Kelly LeBrock and an early appearance from Robert Downey Jr, the high school movie classic has never looked better than in this new special edition, including an exclusive extended version of the film featuring deleted scenes never released on home video before. The Blu-ray will also be released through ZAVVI as an exclusive collectable steelbook.

More John Hughes in July with Sixteen Candles, his debut film as writer-director, where he introduced one of the most iconic faces of ‘80s Americana: Molly Ringwald. Taking the rude and crude humour of the teen sex comedies that came before it, and placing it within the intimately portrayed perspective of a girl's mid-teenage-life crisis, Sixteen Candles is a bombshell of 80s pop culture that continues to be debated and beloved over three decades after its release. Presented here with a wealth of fascinating extras.

Next in July comes Lords of Chaos, a thrilling true-crime horror film set in Oslo, Norway, in the early 1990s, that weaves together rock ‘n’ roll delinquency, death and betrayal. By turns shocking, funny and tragic, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund renders the world of black metal with immense detail whilst also coaxing superb performances from his young cast that includes Rory Culkin and Sky Ferreira. The Blu-ray includes an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film and the black metal phenomenon by Metal Hammer’s Jonathan Selzer.

Finally in July there is Schramm, a bold and shocking horror from legendary Nekromantik director Jörg Buttgereit, detailing the disturbing life and times of a serial killer. Featuring Monika M, from Nekromantik 2, this raw, unrepentant portrait of paranoia and depravity makes its UK Blu-ray debut, beautifully packaged, with new artwork, a pristine print, and drenched in supplementary material.

 

FM Blu-ray artwork

FM | Blu-ray | 1 July 2019 | £24.99

The airwaves crackle with the delectable sound of smooth rock in FM, a riotous comedy about the heady world of late-70s US radio.

Michael Brandon (Four Flies on Grey Velvet) stars as Jeff Dugan, the ultra-cool program director at Q-SKY Radio, LA’s number one rock station. Dugan encourages a free-wheeling culture at work, employing an array of eccentric DJ personalities: Mother (Eileen Brennan – Private Benjamin), a husky, world-weary ex-hippie; Eric Swan (Martin Mull – Clue), a mad-cap romantic looking for love, and The Prince of Darkness (Cleavon Little – Blazing Saddles), a cool cat who keeps the night-time airwaves alive. But when the station’s future is thrown into jeopardy by corporate bosses looking to cash-in, the Q-SKY troupe are forced to batten down the hatches and turn up the volume – will a fully-fledged rock ‘n’ roll rebellion save the day?

Legendary cinematographer John A. Alonzo (Chinatown, Scarface) directs this slickly-produced rock film, which combines hilarious studio hijinks with epic footage of Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett in concert. FM also boasts an incredible platinum-selling soundtrack featuring a pantheon of AOR greats including Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Eagles and Tom Petty (who also cameos). Now, High Fidelity meets High Definition as FM debuts on blu-ray with a selection of exciting new extras.

Blu-ray Special Edition contents:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements 
  • Uncompressed stereo 2.0 PCM audio soundtrack 
  • Mono 1.0 music and effects track
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • No Static at All, a newly filmed interview with Michael Brandon, the star of FM
  • Radio Chaos, a newly filmed interview with Ezra Sacks, the writer of FM
  • The Spirit of Radio, a newly filmed video appreciation of the era of FM radio and the FM soundtrack by the film and music critic Glenn Kenny
  • Extensive gallery of original stills, promotional images and soundtrack sleeves
  • Original trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer and critic Paul Corupe

 

The Chill Factor Blu-ray cover art

The Chill Factor | Blu-ray | 15 July 2019 | £24.99

The Exorcist meets the Winter Olympics in this tale of demonic possession and snowbound slashing from director Christopher Webster, producer of producer of Hellraiser and Heathers.

For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of their number is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious. Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artefacts. As night falls, the discovery of a Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil. 

Barely released outside of its original VHS outing (for which it was retitled Demon Possessed), cult enthusiasts Arrow Video have dug up The Chill Factor from its wintry analogue grave so horror fans can rediscover this heady mixture of snow, slaughter and Satan!

Blu-ray Special Edition contents:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements 
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Brand new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley
  • Brand new on-camera interview with makeup artist Jeffery Lyle Segal
  • Brand new on-camera interview with production manager Alexandra Reed
  • Brand new on-camera interview with stunt coordinator Gary Paul
  • Stills Gallery 
  • Original VHS trailer 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach TO BE REVEALED
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Mike White

 

Weird Science Blu-ray cover art

Weird Science | Blu-ray | 22 July 2019 | £24.99

If you can’t get a date… make one! After proving himself the king of heartfelt teen flicks with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, writer-director John Hughes infused the genre with a hefty dose of whacked-out sci-fi comedy in Weird Science, a film where every teenage boy’s wildest fantasies come to life.

Perennially picked-on high school nerds Gary (Anthony Michael Hall – Sixteen Candles) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are sick of their status at the bottom of the social food chain. Using Wyatt’s computer, the two hatch a plan to create their dream woman – and following a massive power surge, that woman unexpectedly appears in the form of Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). Gorgeous, intelligent, and blessed with limitless magic powers, Lisa makes the boys’ dreams come true… but what about Wyatt’s gun-toting psycho older brother Chet (Bill Paxton), and the two bullies (Robert Downey Jr and Vamp’s Robert Rusler) determined to put them back in their place?

Inspired by EC Comics and boosted by a killer soundtrack (including the classic title theme by Oingo Boingo), Weird Science has never looked better than in this new special edition, including an exclusive extended version of the film featuring deleted scenes never released on home video before. 

The Blu-ray will also be released through ZAVVI as an exclusive collectable steelbook.

Blu-ray Special Edition contents:

  • New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of the original Theatrical Version of the film (94 mins), plus seamlessly-branched exclusive Extended Version (97 mins), featuring two additional scenes newly remastered in high-definition
  • Original lossless stereo audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option (theatrical version only)
  • Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Edited-for-TV version of the film (SD only, 95 mins), plus comparison featurette highlighting the alternate dubs and takes
  • Option to watch additional scenes from the Extended Version separately
  • Newly-filmed interview with special makeup creator Craig Reardon
  • Newly-filmed interview with composer Ira Newborn
  • Newly-filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos
  • All-new interview with casting director Jackie Burch
  • It’s Alive: Resurrecting Weird Science, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including star Anthony Michael Hall
  • Theatrical trailers and TV spots
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tracie Ching
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Amanda Reyes

 

Sixteen Candles Blu-ray cover art

Sixteen Candles | Blu-ray | 22 July 2019 | £24.99

In his debut film as writer-director, John Hughes immediately cemented himself as the king of teen cinema with Sixteen Candles, and in the process also introduced one of the most iconic faces of ‘80s Americana: Molly Ringwald.

For high schooler Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald), her 16th birthday might be the worst day of her life. Her entire family has forgotten about it due to her older sister’s impending wedding; her biggest crush, high school hunk Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) has discovered an embarrassing “sex quiz” filled out by Sam in which she details how she is saving herself for him; and to make matters worse, she is hounded by a relentless nerd (Anthony Michael Hall) who won’t take no for an answer. But Sam’s sweet sixteen isn’t over yet, and before the end of the night, all her birthday wishes could still come true…

Taking the rude and crude humour of the teen sex comedies that came before it and placing it within the intimately portrayed perspective of a girl's mid-teenage-life crisis, Sixteen Candles is a bombshell of 80s pop culture that continues to be debated and beloved over three decades after its release.

Blu-ray Special Edition contents:

  • New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of the Theatrical Version of the film (92 mins), plus Blu-Ray world premiere Extended Version (94 mins), featuring the additional “cafeteria” scene newly remastered in high-definition
  • Original lossless mono audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option
  • Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Alternate “home video” soundtrack prepared for VHS and laserdisc releases
  • Option to watch additional scene from the Extended Version separately
  • Newly-filmed conversation between actors Gedde Watanabe and Deborah Pollack
  • All-new audio interview with casting director Jackie Burch
  • Newly-filmed interview with composer Ira Newborn
  • Newly-filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos
  • Newly-filmed interview with camera operator Gary Kibbe
  • Newly-filmed interview with filmmaker Adam Rifkin, who shadowed John Hughes while working as an extra on set
  • All-new video essay written and narrated by writer Soraya Roberts, looking at the film from a contemporary feminist perspective
  • Celebrating Sixteen Candles, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including stars Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Dooley, Haviland Morris and Gedde Watanabe, among others
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nikki Baughan and Bryan Reesman

 

Lords of Chaos Blu-ray cover art

Lords of Chaos | Blu-ray | 22 July 2019 | £24.99

Oslo. Norway. The early 1990s. A new, uncompromising style of heavy metal explodes onto the underground – True Norwegian Black Metal! Blasting and brutal yet also majestic, this subgenre achieves worldwide infamy through the extraordinary achievements of its musicians and the suicides, murders and church burnings that come to define the scene...

Seventeen-year-old Euronymous (Rory Culkin) longs to escape his idyllic middle-class life. Enlisting a clique of fanatical youths - Necrobutcher, Hellhammer and Dead (Jack Kilmer) - he forms the most evil band in the world... Mayhem. The band soon achieve notoriety for their extreme live shows and the morbid cult that surround them, but the dark world Euronymous has created degenerates into a mire of murder and arson when an arch-rivalry with Varg (Emory Cohen), of the band Burzum, spirals out of control...

A thrilling true-crime horror film that weaves together rock ‘n’ roll delinquency, death and betrayal, Lords of Chaos is by turns shocking, funny and tragic. Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund renders the world of black metal with immense detail whilst also coaxing superb performances from his young cast.

Blu-ray Special Edition contents:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New interview with writer-director Jonas Åkerlund
  • New interviews with actors Sam Coleman, Jason Arnopp and Arion Csihar
  • On-stage introduction to the film by Thurston Moore filmed at the Rio cinema, London, 2018
  • Outtakes
  • Image galleries
  • Original trailer & teasers
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Metal Hammer’s Jonathan Selzer

 

Schramm Blu-ray Limited Edition pack shot

Schramm | Blu-ray | 29 July 2019 | £29.99

Controversial German filmmaker Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik, Nekromantik 2) takes you into the twisted mind of a deranged sex killer in the last of his feature films to date, 1993’s deeply disturbing Schramm. 

Lothar Schramm, the so-called “Lipstick Killer”, lies dying in a pool of blood and paint. As he expires, fragments of his life flash before his eyes – his uneasy friendship with the prostitute that lives next door (Nekromantik 2’s Monika M); the brutal slaughter of a pair of doorstep evangelists whose bodies he poses in obscene fashion; his unhealthy pastime of hammering nails into his own manhood.

Told in an entirely non-linear fashion, Jörg Buttgereit’s Schramm – with its nightmarish hallucinatory sequences involving severed limbs and gaping, sharp-toothed female genitalia – comes about as close as a film can get to transporting you directly into the world of a sick, disordered mind.

Blu-ray Special Edition contents:

  • 2-disc Director-Approved Limited Edition Blu-ray contents:
  • HD transfer overseen by the filmmakers
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed Stereo 2.0 audio 
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Limited edition digipak packaging featuring new artwork by Gilles Vranckx 
  • Limited edition certificate 
  • Set of 5 exclusive Schramm "polaroid" postcards 
  • Soundtrack CD 
  • Limited edition 60-page book

Disc 1 (Blu-ray) – Schramm

  • Archival audio commentary with director/co-writer Jörg Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen 
  • Archival audio commentary with actors Florian Von Gustorf and Monika M
  • Tomorrow I Will Be Dirt: Scenes from the Afterlife of Lothar Schramm (2019) – brand new animated short film sequel to Schramm made by award-winning filmmaker and stop-motion artist Robert Morgan, produced exclusively for this release 
  • Take My Body: The Journey of a Blow-up Doll – writer Kier-La Janisse on how she came to be the owner of a particularly interesting piece of Schramm memorabilia 
  • Jörg Buttgereit in conversation with Arrow Video’s Ewan Cant at the 2019 Offscreen Film Festival
  • The Making of Schramm – archival behind-the-scenes documentary 
  • Mein Papi – Jörg Buttgereit short film available in HD for the first time ever and with optional director audio commentary
  • Jesus – Der Film (1995) – short film segment directed by Jörg Buttgereit
  • Two short films by Schramm producer Manfred Jelinski: Orpheus in der Oberwelt (1970) and Ein Ku'ze' Film übe' Hambu'g (1990)
  • Extensive image gallery
  • Jörg Buttgereit Trailer Gallery

Disc 2 (CD) – Schramm Soundtrack – Limited Edition Exclusive

  • CD featuring the complete Schramm score

60-Page Book – Limited Edition Exclusive

  • Exclusive perfect-bound book featuring new writing from Virginie Selavy and Graham Rae, all illustrated with new artwork and original archival stills