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4 Chabrol, 2 Castellari, and a serial killer named Henry from Arrow in April

28 January 2022

Arrow Video’s April lineup includes a superb UHD release of one of the greatest serial killer films ever made, two gangster thrillers from the Italian master Enzo G. Castellari, a lavish box set of four films from Claude Chabrol, and a UHD release of an outstanding Terry Gilliam science fiction. The releases will come in Arrow Video’s distinctive packaging, with fantastic new restorations of the films, brand new commentaries,   fascinating video essays specially commissioned by Arrow, as well as informative limited edition booklets, art cards, fold-out posters, and much more!

First in April on Limited Edition UHD and Blu-ray, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, widely heralded as one of the greatest of all serial killer movies. Next up, Rogue Cops and Racketeers: Two Crime Thrillers from Enzo G. Castellari, featuring 1976’s The Big Racket, and 1977’s The Heroin Busters. Also in April, Twisting the Knife: Four FIlms by Claude Chabrol, Arrow's second collection of films by this distinctive director. Finally in April, Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys makes the jump to UHD in a stunning new restoration.

 

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer UHD pack shot

HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (USA 1986)
4K UHD | 18 April 2022 | £34.99
Blu-ray | 18 April 2022 | £29.99

Widely heralded as one of the greatest of all serial killer movies, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer presents a bleak and unflinching dive into the mind of a mass murderer.

Recently released from prison, the nomadic Henry (Michael Rooker, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead) finds temporary abode in the rundown Chicago lodgings of a former jail acquaintance and small-time drug dealer, Otis (Tom Towles). Hiding behind his unremarkable employment as a pest exterminator, Henry leads a double life, prowling the streets by night on a brutal and apparently motiveless killing spree. As the bodies mount up, Otis finds himself inducted into Henry’s dark secret world, but when Otis’ sister Becky (Tracy Arnold) moves in, herself fleeing from an uncomfortable domestic situation, it quickly becomes apparent that two’s company, but three’s a crowd.

Based on the horrific true-life crimes of Henry Lee Lucas, the harrowing controversial debut feature from John McNaughton (Mad Dog and Glory, Wild Things) returns to the UK in its best-looking release ever, in a new 4K restoration supervised by the director himself.

LIMITED EDITION 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY & LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negatives, approved by John McNaughton
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in HDR10 (UHD edition only)
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation (Blu-ray edition only)
  • Original 2.0 stereo mix and 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Eric Adrian Lee
  • Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Shaun Kimber, Peter Vronsky, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Julian Petley
  • Booklet containing the original storyboards for Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Six collector’s postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)

DISC ONE – FEATURE & EXTRAS (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY):

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negatives
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in HDR10 (UHD edition)
  • igh Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation (Blu-ray edition)
  • Brand new audio commentary by John McNaughton & Steven A. Jones
  • Two archive commentaries by John McNaughton
  • Scene specific commentaries with John McNaughton and critic Nigel Floyd
  • Deleted scenes and outtakes
  • Original script
  • Original theatrical and 30th anniversary trailers
  • Image gallery

DISC TWO – BONUS DISC (BLU-RAY):

  • Portrait: The Making of Henry, a 50-minute behind-the-scenes documentary
  • In Defense of Henry, an appreciation by Joe Swanberg, Kim Morgan, Jeffrey Sconce, Joe Bob Briggs and Errol Morris
  • Twisting the Lens: The Diegetic Camera and Voyeurism in Henry, exclusive new documentary with John McNaughton, Adam Rockoff, Anna Bogutskaya and Jonathan Rigby discussing killers behind cameras
  • Henry vs. MPAA: A Visual History, the story of the struggle to get Henry into North American theatres
  • Henry at the BBFC with Stephen Thrower, discussing Henry's troubled history at the hands of the British censors
  • John McNaughton on Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, exclusive new interview with John McNaughton and Stephen A. Jones, conducted at the time of Henry's UK premiere in February 1990
  • Interview with John McNaughton, from 1998
  • It's Either You... Or Them: An Interview with Joe Coleman, the artist behind Henry’s legendary original theatrical release poster
  • John McNaughton in conversation with Nigel Floyd, interview from 2003
  • In the Round: A Conversation with John McNaughton, conducted by Spencer Parsons in 2016

 

Rogue Cops and Racketeers: Two Crime Thrillers from Enzo G. Castellari Blu-ray pack shot

ROGUE COPS AND RACKETEERS: TWO CRIME THRILLERS FROM ENZO G. CASTELLARI
Limited Edition Blu-ray | 18 April 2022 | £44.99

Over a long and wide-ranging career, director Enzo G. Castellari (Keoma, The Inglorious Bastards) helmed some of the most infamous of all the poliziotteschi – the gritty, action-packed crime films that proliferated in Italy throughout the 70s. Buckle up for a heart-stopping thrill ride through the seedy underbelly of Italian society in two of his most celebrated thrillers.

In 1976’s The Big Racket [Il grande racket], Inspector Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi, What Have You Done to Solange?) is hot on the heels of a gang of ruthless racketeers. Realizing he’s not going to get anywhere within the confines of the law, Nico recruits a crack squad of civilians to dole out their own brand of justice. Then, in 1977’s The Heroin Busters [La via della droga], rule-flouting cop Fabio (Testi) goes deep undercover, chasing a globe-trotting ring of drug-smugglers suspected to be operating out of Rome. But can he and Mike Hamilton (David Hemmings, Deep Red), an Interpol agent with a hair-trigger temper, stay one step ahead of the criminals long enough to bring them down from the inside?

Featuring death-defying stunts, explosive shoot-outs and a pair of addictive, toe-tapping soundtracks courtesy of the De Angelis brothers (Torso) and legendary prog rock group Goblin (Suspiria), these two films represent the crème de la crème of the Italian crime thriller, both making their high definition debuts with stunning new restorations in this feature-packed box set from Arrow.

2-DISC LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restorations of both films from the original 35mm camera negatives by Arrow Films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
  • Original Italian and English front and end titles
  • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
  • New audio commentaries on both films by critics Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Roberto Curti and Barry Forshaw
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch
  • Twelve double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards

DISC 1 – THE BIG RACKET [IL GRANDE RACKET]:

  • The Years of Racketeering, a new video interview with co-writer/director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Violent Times, a new video interview with actor Fabio Testi
  • Angel Face for a Tough Guy, a new video interview with actor Massimo Vanni
  • King of Movieola, a new video interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci
  • The Great Racket, a new appreciation and career retrospective of composers 
  • Guido and Maurizio De Angelis by musician and disc collector Lovely Jon
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery

DISC 2 – THE HEROIN BUSTERS [LA VIA DELLA DROGA]:

  • Endless Pursuit, a new video interview with co-writer/director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Drug Squad, a new video interview with actor Fabio Testi
  • The Drug Dealer, a new video interview with actor Massimo Vanni
  • How They Killed Italian Cinema, a new video interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci
  • A Cop on the Set, a new video interview with retired poliziotto and criminologist Nicola Longo
  • The Eardrum Busters, a new appreciation and career retrospective of composers Goblin by musician and disc collector Lovely Jon
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery

 

Twisting the Knife: Four Films by Claude Chabrol Blu-ray pack shot

TWISTING THE KNIFE: FOUR FILMS BY CLAUDE CHABROL
Blu-ray | 25 April 2022 | £69.99

For five decades Claude Chabrol navigated the unpredictable waters of Cinema, leaving in his wake more than fifty feature films that remain among the most quietly devastating genre movies ever made. Sardonic, provocative, unsettling, Chabrol’s films cut to the quick with a clarity and honesty honed to razor sharpness.

The Swindle [Rien Ne Va Plus] sees Chabrol at perhaps his most playful as a pair of scam artists, Isabelle Huppert and Michel Serrault, get in over their heads. But who is scamming who and who do you trust in a life built on so many lies? The murder of a 10 year old girl sparks rumours and gossip in The Color of Lies [Au Coeur Du Mensonge], as suspicion falls on René (Jacques Gamblin) the dour once famous painter, now art teacher, who was the last person to see her alive. Enigmatic, perverse, seductive, Isabelle Huppert encapsulates everything that makes Nightcap [Merci Pour Le Chocolat] a film John Waters calls “Cinematic Perfection” in this tale of suppressed family secrets. Finally, in The Flower of Evil [La Fleur Du Mal], incest, old money and intergenerational guilt come under the scalpel as an outwardly perfect bourgeois family begins to unravel when the wife involves herself in politics.

Though influenced by Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir, Chabrol’s voice was entirely and assuredly his own, influencing in turn filmmakers like Bong Joon-ho, James Gray and Dominik Moll. His amused, unblinkered view of life and refusal to judge his characters makes his films timelessly relevant and accessible to all. Arrow Video presents this second collection of films by Claude Chabrol with a wealth of new and archival extras.

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY BOX SET CONTENTS:

  • High definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all four films 
  • New 4K restorations of The Swindle, Nightcap and The Flower of Evil
  • Original lossless PCM French stereo audio on all films plus DTS-HD 5.1 on Nightcap and The Flower of Evil
  • Optional English subtitles
  • 80-page collector's booklet of new writing by Sean Hogan, Brad Stevens, Catherine Dousteyessier-Khoze, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, and Pamela Hutchinson
  • Limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella

– THE SWINDLE [RIEN NE VA PLUS]:

  • Brand new audio commentary by film critic Barry Forshaw and author Sean Hogan
  • Chabrol’s “Soap Bubble”, a brand new visual essay by Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze, author of Claude Chabrol: The Aesthetics of Opacity exploring the games Chabrol plays with his characters and audience
  • Film as a Family Affair, Cécile Maistre-Chabrol, the stepdaughter of Claude Chabrol and his assistant director on fourteen features discusses his life, work and wisdom in this exclusive new hour plus interview
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Archive interview with Isabelle Huppert
  • Archive introduction by film scholar Joël Magny
  • Select scene commentaries by director Claude Chabrol
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery

DISC TWO – THE COLOR OF LIES [AU COEUR DU MENSONGE]:

  • Brand new audio commentary by critic Barry Forshaw and author Sean Hogan
  • Nothing is Sacred, a brand new visual essay by film critic Scout Tafoya examining the ideas of art and legacy in Chabrol's The Color of Lies
  • What’s Eating Claude Chabrol?, a brand new appreciation by film critic David Kalat examining the ways in which Chabrol’s films relate, reflect and refract each other
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Archive introduction by film scholar Joël Magny
  • Select scene commentaries by director Claude Chabrol
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery

DISC THREE – NIGHTCAP [MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT]

  • Brand new audio commentary by film critic Justine Smith
  • When I pervert good…, a brand new visual essay by film critic Scout Tafoya which takes a closer look at late period Chabrol through the lens of his masterful thriller Nightcap
  • Archive interview with Isabelle Huppert
  • Archive interview with Jacques Dutronc
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Screen test for Anna Mouglalis
  • Archive introduction by film scholar Joël Magny
  • Select scene commentaries by director Claude Chabrol
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery

DISC FOUR – THE FLOWER OF EVIL [LA FLEUR DU MAL]:

  • Brand new audio commentary by film critic Farran Smith Nehme
  • Behind the Masks: Remembering Claude Chabrol, a brand new appreciation by Agnès C. Poirier, author of Left Bank: Arts, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940-1950 in which she shares her personal reminiscence of Claude Chabrol and considers his unique position in French culture and cinema
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Archive interview with co-writer Catherine Eliacheff
  • Archive introduction by film scholar Joël Magny
  • Select scene commentaries by director Claude Chabrol
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery

EXTRAS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

12 Monkeys 4K UHD cover art

12 MONKEYS | 4K UHD Blu-ray | 25 April 2022 | £29.99

Following the commercial and critical success of The Fisher King, Terry Gilliam next feature would turn to science fiction and a screenplay by Janet and David Peoples (Blade Runner, Unforgiven) inspired by Chris Marker’s classic short film La Jetée.

In 1996, a deadly virus is unleashed by a group calling themselves the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, destroying much of the world’s population and forcing survivors underground. In 2035, prisoner James Cole (Bruce Willis, Die Hard) is chosen to go back in time and help scientists in their search for a cure.

Featuring an Oscar-nominated turn by Brad Pitt (Fight Club) as mental patient Jeffrey Goines, 12 Monkeys would become Gilliam’s most successful film and is now widely regarded as a sci-fi classic. Arrow Films are proud to present the film in a stunning new restoration.

SPECIAL EDITION UHD BLU-RAY CONTENTS:

  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative by Arrow Films, approved by director Terry Gilliam 
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and producer Charles Roven
  • The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, feature-length making-of documentary by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (Lost in La Mancha
  • The Film Exchange with Terry Gilliam, a 1996 interview with Gilliam and critic Jonathan Romney, recorded at the London Film Festival 
  • Appreciation by Ian Christie, author of Gilliam on Gilliam
  • The Twelve Monkeys Archives
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Nathan Rabin and Ian Christie