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Uncanny, occult, slasher & giallo horrors on Arrow Bluy-ray & 4K in July

29 April 2022

Arrow Video’s July lineup includes a fully-restored 4K Argento favourite, a remarkable occult horror, a unique and unforgettable Spanish debut, a collection of three unmissable, lesser-known giallos, and a superb 80s slasher as it has never been seen before. The releases include pristine restorations, brand-new extras including commentaries and featurettes, limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves, illustrated collector’s booklets, fold-out double-sided posters, lobby card reproduction artcards, and special editions with collectable O-cards.

First we have Tenebrae, where Italy’s legendary master of horror Dario Argento returned to the giallo thriller genre in which he originally made his name for his most blood-drenched and self-reflexive offering to date. Next is the brooding occult horror The Righteous, that insinuates its way beneath the skin by way of an intelligent script, taut direction, and strong performances. Also in July, the uncanny, the unsettling, and the unexpected combine to devastating effect in The Sacred Spirit, the extraordinary debut feature from Spanish writer-director Chema Garcia Ibarra. Then we have Hell High, where unruly teenagers and a teacher with a horrific secret will clash in a stalk-and-slash that sets itself out from the pack with its brutality. Finally in July, the Giallo Essentials Collection celebrates the range and breadth of the genre with three lesser-seen films from its early 1970s heyday.

 

Tenebrae 4K UHD pack shot

TENEBRE (Italy 1982) | Limited Edition 4K UHD & Blu-ray | 18 July 2022 | £39.99

In the early 1980s, Dario Argento (Deep Red, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), Italy’s legendary master of horror, returned to the giallo thriller genre in which he originally made his name for his most blood-drenched and self-reflexive offering to date: Tenebrae.

A razor-wielding psychopath is stalking the thriller writer Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa, Death Wish II), in Rome to promote his latest work, Tenebrae. But the author isn’t the obsessive killer’s only target: the beautiful women who surround him are doomed as, one by one, they fall victim to the murderer’s slashing blade.

Co-starring Daria Nicolodi (Phenomena) and John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and featuring stark, modernist photography by Luciano Tovoli (Suspiria), this one-time Video Nasty updates the classic giallo blueprint for a new decade – now fully restored in 4K alongside a plethora of extras old and new and including, for the first time ever, the alternate US cut, Unsane.

LIMITED DUAL FORMAT EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New 4K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by filmmaker Peter Strickland and Argento biographer Alan Jones, an interview with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli and a new, in-depth analysis of the film by critic Ashley Lane
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards

DISC 1 (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY) – ORIGINAL VERSION:

  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Original Italian and English front and end titles and insert shots
  • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by authors and critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock
  • Audio commentary by Maitland McDonagh, author of Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento
  • Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo, a feature-length documentary charting the genre from its beginnings to its influence on the modern slasher film, featuring interviews with Dario Argento, Umberto Lenzi, Luigi Cozzi and more
  • Being the Villain, a newly edited archival interview with actor John Steiner
  • Out of the Shadows, an archival interview with Maitland McDonagh
  • Voices of the Unsane, an archival featurette containing interviews with writer/director Dario Argento, actresses Daria Nicolodi and Eva Robins, cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, composer Claudio Simonetti and assistant director Lamberto Bava
  • Screaming Queen, an archival interview with Daria Nicolodi
  • The Unsane World of Tenebrae, an archival interview with Dario Argento
  • A Composition for Carnage, an archival interview with Claudio Simonetti
  • Archival introduction by Daria Nicolodi
  • International theatrical trailer
  • Japanese Shadow theatrical trailer
  • Alternate opening credits sequence
  • Unsane end credits sequence
  • Image galleries

DISC 2 (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY) – “UNSANE” VERSION – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE:

  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • The re-edited 90-minute US version, specially recreated for this release from the new 4K restoration of the full-length 101-minute version, exclusive to UHD
  • Two audio options: a recreation of the original theatrical experience, complete with jump cuts and sudden audio shifts, and a new, more seamless edit created for this release, both in restored lossless English mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Original “Take Me Tonight” stereo EP recording, performed by Kim Wilde

DISC 3 (BLU-RAY) – ORIGINAL VERSION:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • All the same content as Disc 1

Tenebrae Arte Originale pack shot

This release will also be available in a Limiuted Edition Arte Original package.

 

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THE RIGHTEOUS (Canada 2021) | Blu-ray | 18 July 2022 | £24.99

A brooding occult horror with echoes of Bergman and Pasolini, The Righteous insinuates its way beneath the skin by way of an intelligent script, taut direction, and strong performances. Writer and actor Mark O'Brien (Ready or Not) pulls no punches as he confronts grief, guilt, faith and atonement in his remarkable directorial debut.

A former priest, Frederic Mason (Henry Czerny), anguished by the tragic death of his young daughter, finds himself wrestling with his religious convictions when a mysterious young man (Mark O’Brien) appears wounded on his doorstop in need of assistance. After he and his wife Ethel (Mimi Kuzyk) welcome him across the threshold and into their household, Frederic sees an opportunity for redemption in this mysterious and troubled lost soul, who might just be an emissary from God, or maybe the Devil...

Set amongst the bleak and forbidding landscapes of Newfoundland, crisply captured in tenebrous monochrome by cinematographer Scott McClellan, and featuring robust performances from all its cast members, The Righteous is a sombre supernatural chiller that builds to a memorable crescendo, and signals the emergence of a major new filmmaking talent.

SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS:

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary by writer, director and actor Mark O'Brien and editor Spencer Jones
  • Cast and crew interviews with writer/director/actor Mark O'Brien, producer Mark O'Neill, actors Henry Czerny, Mimi Kuzyk, and Kate Corbett, editor Spencer Jones, cinematographer Scott McClellan, and production designer Jason Clarke
  • Roundtable discussion with Mark O'Brien and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Chad Villella of Radio Silence
  • Stage Presentation and Q&A with Mark O'Brien and Henry Czerny from the World Premier at Fantasia International Film Festival 2021
  • Grimmfest 2021 live-streamed Q&A with Mark O'Brien
  • Original soundtrack
  • Image gallery, accompanied by the film's original score by Andrew Staniland
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Grant Boland and Oink Creative
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Sean Hogan

 

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THE SACRED SPIRIT [ESPÍRITU SAGRADO (Spain | France | Turkey 2021)
Limited Edition Blu-ray | 18 July 2022 | £24.99

The uncanny, the unsettling, and the unexpected combine to devastating effect in The Sacred Spirit, the extraordinary debut feature from Spanish writer-director Chema Garcia Ibarra.

A missing girl. A community in shock. Jose Manuel lives a quiet life. He works in his modest tapas bar, takes care of his elderly mother and attends weekly meetings of the Ovni-Levante, a group of devoted UFO enthusiasts who gather after hours at the office of a local estate agent to exchange information about extraterrestrial messages and alien abductions. When their leader dies unexpectedly, only Jose is left to know the cosmic secret that could alter the future of humanity. And only Jose knows what he must do.

As if Ken Loach and Aki Kaurismaki remade the The X-Files, The Sacred Spirit is a provocative, humane, and unsparing vision that marks the arrival of a unique new voice in genre cinema.

2 DISC LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-Ray (1080p) presentation
  • Exclusive second disc containing a selection of award-winning short films by director Chema Garcia Ibarra
  • Fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Shelagh Rowan-Legg, author of The Spanish Fantastic: Contemporary Filmmaking in Horror, Fantasy, and Sci-fi
  • Fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative

DISC 1 – FEATURE & EXTRAS:

  • High Definition Blu-Ray (1080p) presentation
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Beyond the Eye of Horus, a visual essay about the use of surveillance and Egyptology in The Sacred Spirit by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Pyramid Scheme, a visual essay examining conspiracy, class and capitalism in The Sacred Spirit by Josh Nelson
  • Domestic Science Fiction, an interview with writer-director Chema Garcia Ibarra
  • Behind the Scenes, four short featurettes shot during production
  • Elche Vision, a series of six location reports about the making of the film, hosted by actress Lorena Iglesias in character as Esther Armengol, presenter of The Sacred Spirit’s fictional local TV show 
  • Promotional videos in which the characters of The Sacred Spirit talk about themselves
  • Uncut TV Clips, background television broadcasts shot especially for the film and presented here in full 
  • Image gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Theatrical trailer

DISC 2 - DOMESTIC SCI-FI: THE SHORT FILMS OF CHEMA GARCIA IBARRA (LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE):

  • The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5 (2008) 7 mins, Sundance Film Festival Award Winner
  • Protoparticles (2013) 8 mins, Sundance Film Festival Award Winner
  • Mystery (2013) 12 mins, Berlin INternational Film Festival Award Winner
  • Uranes (2014) 59 mins
  • The Disco Shines (2016) 12 mins, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema Award Winner
  • The Golden Legend (2019) 11 mins, Ann Arbor Film Festival Award Winner

 

Hell High Blu-ray cover

HELL HIGH (USA 1989) | Blu-ray | 18 July 2022 | £24.99

Teenage kicks take a decidedly dark turn in director Douglas Grossman’s Hell High – a twisted tale of delinquency pushed to its horrifying extreme, where Class of 1984 meets I Spit on Your Grave!

When high school football hero Jon-Jon (Breaking Bad’s Christopher Cousins) quits the team, he winds up falling in with a group of outcasts led by the sadistic Dickens (played to unhinged perfection by the late Christopher Stryker). With a willing new recruit in tow, the gang’s youthful hijinks soon spiral into a night of abject horror when they decide to play a cruel prank on the home of their teacher Miss Storm – who, unbeknownst to the youngsters, harbors a dark and tormented past.

Hell High – which was released in some international territories as Raging Fury – is a singular entry in the late ’80s horror canon, melding elements of the revenge movie with the trappings of the slasher genre to delirious effect. School’s out… forever!

SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative approved by cinematographer Steven Fierberg
  • 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 director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman and cinematographer Steven Fierberg
  • Archival audio commentary with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman
  • Archival introduction and audio commentary with film critic Joe Bob Briggs
  • School’s Out! – a newly-filmed interview with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman
  • A Beautiful Nightmare – a newly-filmed interview with cinematographer Steven Fierberg
  • Jon-Jon’s Journey – a newly-filmed interview with actor Christopher Cousins
  • The More the Better – a newly-filmed interview with actress Maureen Mooney
  • Music is Not Sound – a newly-filmed interview with composers Rich Macar and Christopher Hyams-Hart
  • Back to Schools: The Locations of Hell High – a tour of the original Hell High filming sites with author/filmmaker Michael Gingold
  • Archival video interviews with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman and co-writer Leo Evans
  • Deleted Scene
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Ralf Krause
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring liner notes by Michael Gingold, including an exclusive interview with stunt coordinator/actor Webster Whinery

Hell High Arrow Store exclusive

Hell High will also be released as an Arrow Store exclusive that will include a Limited Edition O-card featuring alternate "Raging Fury" artwork.

 

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GIALLO ESSENTIALS | On Black Edition Limited Edition Blu-ray | 25 July 2022 | £59.99

While the release of Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage gave rise to a glut of imitators, there was more to the giallo than just shameless copycats setting out to ape a rigid formula. This volume of Giallo Essentials celebrates the range and breadth of the genre with three lesser-seen films from its early 1970s heyday.

In Silvio Amadio’s Smile Before Death, familicide with a sprinkling of Oedipal love is the order of the day when teenager Nancy (Jenny Tamburi, The Suspicious Death of a Minor) returns home to discover the apparent suicide of her mother, and quickly comes to suspect that her stepfather (Silvano Tranquilli, The Bloodstained Butterfly) and his mistress (Rosalba Neri, The French Sex Murders) are to blame. Next, horny priests and self-flagellating nuns abound in Francesco Mazzei’s The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive, as police commissioner Franco Boito (Renzo Montagnani, Massacre in Rome) investigates the brutal murder of a young clergyman, only to enter into an affair with the dead man’s lover (Bedy Moratti, Calling All Police Cars). Finally, in Giuseppe Bennati’s The Killer Reserved Nine Seats, an assortment of wealthy degenerates – including Italian cult mainstays Andrea Scotti (Django, Prepare a Coffin) and Howard Ross (The Pyjama Girl Case) – answer the summons of an eccentric nobleman (Chris Avram, A Bay of Blood) and assemble in the theatre attached to his ancestral home, only to find themselves trapped in the decaying building while a savage killer picks them off Agatha Christie-style!

With gory murders, wanton debauchery and left-field plot twists a-plenty, all three of these oft-overlooked gialli are restored in 2K from their original camera negatives – including brand-new, Arrow-exclusive restorations of Smile Before Death and The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive – alongside a range of in-depth bonus features.

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restorations from the original camera negatives of Smile Before Death and The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive 
  • 2K restoration from the original camera negative of The Killer Reserved Nine Seats 
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of each film 
  • Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks on Smile Before Death and The Killer Reserved Nine Seats 
  • Original lossless mono Italian soundtrack on The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks 
  • Rigid box packaging with original poster artwork in a windowed Giallo Essentials Collection slipcover
  • Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais, Peter Strain and Haunt Love

DISC ONE – SMILE BEFORE DEATH:

  • Brand new audio commentary by authors and critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson 
  • Original Italian and English front and end titles 
  • Smile of the Hyena, a brand new video interview with Stefano Amadio, film journalist and son of director Silvio Amadio 
  • Never-before-seen extended nude scenes, not used in the final film
  • Image gallery

DISC TWO – THE WEAPON, THE HOUR, THE MOTIVE:

  • Brand new audio commentary by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • A Man in Giallo, a brand new video interview with actor Salvatore Puntillo
  • Front and end titles for the lost English-language dub
  • Image gallery

DISC THREE – THE KILLER RESERVED NINE SEATS:

  • Brand new audio commentary by author and critic Kat Ellinger
  • Hanging with Howard, a video interview with actor Howard Ross
  • Writing with Biagio, a video interview with screenwriter Biagio Proietti
  • Italian theatrical trailer (in Italian and English)
  • Image gallery
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: individual illustrated collector's booklets for each film, featuring new writing by Rachael Nisbet, Barry Forshaw and Peter Jilmstad