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The Exorcist III and The Vengeance Trilogy from Arrow in December

27 September 2019

Arrow Video’s December releases are a truly chilling horror sequel and a classic crime trilogy from a South Korean master. The releases are as usual packed with extras, including beautifully designed booklets with new writing on the films and brand new sleeve artwork, ensuring these Christmas goodies will be on any avid film fan’s list for Santa.

First up in December is The Exorcist III, the true heir to William Peter Blatty and William Friedkin’s 1973 masterpiece. The personal vision of Blatty, this is a hellish horror detective story that pairs thoughtful theological themes with scenes of sheer terror. Boasting some of modern horror’s most unforgettable scares, and exceptional performances from George C. Scott (Patton), Jason Miller (The Ninth Configuration) and Brad Dourif (Dune), Blatty’s film is presented here in both its original theatrical cut and the recently assembled ‘Legion’ director’s cut.

Also in December, Arrow unleashes The Vengeance Trilogy, the lauded revenge films directed by internationally acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden). This collection presents Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance, with stylish special edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson. Park Chan-wook’s visually stunning masterworks of revenge are presented with a massive array of extras, including the feature-length Oldboy making-of documentary, Old Days.

 

The Exorcist III Blu-ray cover art

The Exorcist III (1990) | Blu-ray | 9 December 2019 | £24.99

The true heir to William Peter Blatty and William Friedkin’s 1973 masterpiece, The Exorcist III is a hellish horror detective story that pairs thoughtful theological themes with scenes of sheer terror.

The personal vision of Blatty (the acclaimed author of The Exorcist), The Exorcist III is set 15 years after the events of the first film and sees Lieutenant Kinderman (George C. Scott) investigate a series of horrific murders that follow the modus operandi of the notorious Gemini Killer... who died several years earlier in the electric chair. After his friend Father Dyer (Ed Flanders) is murdered in his hospital bed, Kinderman’s investigations lead him to ‘Patient X’, a psychopath housed at the same hospital who claims to be the Gemini Killer, and who knows intimate crime scene details. Their encounter leads to a fiery climactic confrontation between the eternal forces of good and evil...

The Exorcist III boasts some of modern horror’s most unforgettable scares and exceptional supporting performances from Jason Miller and Brad Dourif. Blatty’s film is presented here in both its original theatrical cut and the recently assembled ‘Legion’ director’s cut.

2-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray contents:

  • Two presentations of The Exorcist III: the theatrical cut and the ‘Legion’ director’s cut
  • Original 2.0 stereo audio and optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Richard Wells
  • Limited edition booklet with new writing on the film by Lee Gambin, archival articles and reviews

Disc One: The Theatrical Cut

  • 2K restoration of the theatrical cut of The Exorcist III, presented in High Definition
  • New audio commentary by critics Alexandra Heller Nicholas and Josh Nelson
  • Audio interview with writer/director William Peter Blatty
  • Death, Be Not Proud: The Making of The Exorcist III, an in-depth 2016 documentary divided into five chapters:
    • Chapter One: A “Wonderful” Time, an interview with producer Carter DeHaven and members of the supporting cast and production crew
    • Chapter Two: Signs of the Gemini, an interview with actor Brad Dourif
    • Chapter Three: The Devil in the Details, an interview with production designer Leslie Dilley and more
    • Chapter Four: Music for a Padded Cell, an interview with composer Barry De Vorzon
    • Chapter Five: All this Bleeding, interviews about the additional shoot and special effects
  • The Exorcist III: Vintage Interviews, archival interviews with cast and crew members including William Peter Blatty, producer James Robinson, actors George C. Scott, Jason Miller, Grand L. Bush and Ed Flanders
  • The Exorcist III: Vintage Featurette, making-of documentary with onset footage and interviews
  • Deleted scenes, alternate takes and bloopers
  • Image galleries
  • Trailers and TV spots

Disc Two: The 'Legion' Director's Cut

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the ‘Legion’ director’s cut, assembled from the best available film and video elements

 

The Vengeance Trilogy Blu-ray box set pack shot

The Vengeance Trilogy | Blu-ray | 9 December | £34.99

This collection presents Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance, the lauded trilogy of revenge films directed by internationally acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-wook.

Sympathy for Mr Vengeance tells the harrowing tale of a young deaf-mute man, Ryu, who kidnaps a wealthy businessman’s daughter in an attempt to extort money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. A terrible accident sets the child’s father on a fateful path of revenge. Oldboy tells the grisly story of Oh Dae-su, a normal man inexplicably imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he searches for answers and retribution. Lady Vengeance tells of Lee Geum-ja, a model prisoner serving a sentence for a murder she did not commit, who plots a dastardly revenge against the real murderer when she gets out.

Special Edition Blu-ray contents:

  • Four-disc set featuring Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance and the feature-length documentary Old Days
  • Special edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson

Disc One – Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo
  • English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by director Park Chan-wook and filmmaker Ryoo Seung-wan
  • Screaming for Vengeance, Kim Newman on the Vengeance Trilogy and the tradition of revenge films
  • Extensive archival making-of featurettes, behind the scenes featurettes and cast and crew interviews
  • Trailers
  • Image gallery

Disc Two – Oldboy

  • 4K restoration from the original camera negative supervised by director Park Chan-wook
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo
  • Original Korean and English soundtracks
  • Music and effects track
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • English subtitles for the Korean soundtrack
  • Audio commentary with director Park Chan-wook
  • Audio commentary with Park Chan-wook and cinematographer Jung Jung-hoon
  • Audio commentary with Park Chan-wook, Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae and Kang Hye-jung
  • Audio commentary with critic Jasper Sharp and writer Simon Ward
  • Out of the Past, video appreciation by Asian film expert Tony Rayns
  • Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
  • Behind the scenes featurettes
  • Extensive cast and crew interviews
  • Trailers and teasers
  • Image gallery

Disc Three – Old Days

  • Old Days: An Oldboy Story, acclaimed feature-length 2016 documentary about Park Chan-wook’s masterpiece
  • Autobiography of Oldboy, a three and-a-half-hour video diary of the making of Oldboy

Disc Four – Lady Vengeance

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of two versions of the film, the original theatrical version and the fade to black and white version
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo
  • English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by director Park Chan-wook, director of photography Jung Jung-hoon and art director Jo Hwa-seong
  • Audio commentary by director Park Chan-wook and actress Lee Yeong-ae
  • Audio commentary by academic Richard Peña
  • Extensive archival making-of featurettes, behind the scenes featurettes, cast and crew interviews and alternate scenes
  • Trailers
  • Image gallery