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Magic, Myth & Mutilation: The Micro-Budget Cinema of Michael J Murphy, 1967–2015 on Blu-ray in October

22 July 2022

This Halloween in the UK and the USA, Indicator will release its grandest, most ambitious collection to date when Magic, Myth & Mutilation: The Micro-Budget Cinema of Michael J Murphy, 1967–2015 arrives on Blu-ray.

Amongst overlooked filmmakers, British director Michael J Murphy ranks as one of the most sorely neglected. Having cut his teeth on a variety of homemade 8mm shorts, he had completed three feature-length productions by the age of eighteen. Over the next five decades, Murphy would go on to make many more films across a variety of genres, dividing his production time between Greece, Portugal, and the UK, with family, friends, and local stage performers becoming his regular cast and crew in exchange for holidays in the sun.

Despite this prolific output – a total of more than thirty completed films over a half-century, of which twenty-six survive – Murphy’s work remains rarely seen and little championed. Fitfully available on videotape, and barely represented on DVD, this comprehensive and long-gestating ten-disc Blu-ray collection seeks to rectify that situation once and for all. Boasting all-new 2K restorations from archival 16mm and 8mm elements, as well as a number of new digital captures from Murphy’s personal tape masters, this extensive retrospective of the obsessive auteur’s work is bolstered by a wealth of bonus features, including surviving fragments from lost works, and a 120-page book, all of which provides the definitive account of the weird and wonderful worlds of Britain’s great unheralded DIY filmmaker.

Magic, Myth & Mutilation: The Micro-Budget Cinema of Michael J Murphy, 1967–2015

Magic, Myth & Mutilation: The Micro-Budget Cinema of Michael J Murphy, 1967–2015 will be released as a 10-disc Blu-ray box set on 24 October 2022 by Indicator at the RRP of £69.99.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION 10 x BLU-RAY BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • All-new 2K restorations by Powerhouse Films, using film elements from the Murphy archives, of Tristan and Iseult (1970), Happy Ever After (1974), Secrets (1977), Almost a Movie (1979), The Cell(1980), Stay (1980), Death in the Family (1981), Invitation to Hell (1983), The Last Night(1983), Bloodstream (1985), Moonchild (1989), Torment (1990), Atlantis (1991), Road to Nowhere (1993), Tristan (version one, 1999), ZK3 (2012), Nekros: Isle of the Dead (2014), and The Return of Alan Strange (2015)
  • Standard Definition presentations, newly digitised from Murphy’s tape masters, of Qualen (1983), Tristan aka Legend of the Hero (1986), Death Run (1987), Avalon (1988), Second Sight (1992), The Rite of Spring (version one, 1995), The Rite of Spring (version two, 1995), Tristan (version two, 1999), Roxi (2004), and Skare (2008)
  • Original mono soundtracks
  • Over 34 hours’ worth of film content
  • Audio commentary with Murphy, and actors Sally Duncan and Phil Lyndon on Invitation to Hell (2008)
  • Audio commentary with author and arts professor Johnny Walker on Invitation to Hell (2022)
  • Audio commentary with Murphy, Duncan and Lyndon on The Last Night (2008)
  • Audio commentary with Murphy, actors June Bunday, Judith Holding and Lyndon on Atlantis (2010)
  • Audio commentary with Murphy and Holding on Skare (2009)
  • Murphy’s Lore (2022): three-part documentary assessing Murphy’s five-decade career, featuring interviews with Murphy, Bunday, Holding, Chris Jupp, Stephen Longhurst, Patrick Olliver, filmmakers Jackson Batchelor, Sam Mason Bell and Tom Lee Rutter, film historians Darrell Buxton and Walker, and film programmer Paul Cotgrove
  • The Horror-on-Sea Interview with Michael J Murphy (2013): the prolific filmmaker in conversation with Bunday and Lyndon, recorded for the British horror festival
  • The Making of ‘Invitation to Hell’ and ‘The Last Night’ (2008): retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Murphy, Lyndon and Duncan
  • The Making of ‘Atlantis’ (2010): two-part retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Murphy, Lyndon, Bunday and Holding
  • The Making of ‘Skare’ (2009): retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Murphy and Holding
  • The Making of ‘Roxi’ (2004): documentary featuring interviews with actors Mary-Anne Barlow, Bruce Lawrence, Ross Maxwell and Valia Yanarou
  • The Making of ‘ZK3’ (2012): retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Murphy, Holding and Lyndon
  • ‘The Rite of Spring’: Behind the Scenes (1999)
  • ‘Nekros’: Behind the Scenes (2012)
  • ‘Skare’ Script Readthrough (2008)
  • Surviving fragments from six lost Murphy films: Atlantis: City of Sin (1967), Boadicea (1968), Gods and Heroes (1971), two versions of Seventh Day (1976/77), and Insight (1978)
  • Outtakes from MoonchildTormentAtlantisSecond Sight, and Skare
  • Mute rushes from the lost 16mm version of Skare, with optional selected scene commentary with actor Oliver Price
  • ‘The Return of Alan Strange’ Test Footage (2014)
  • Michael J Murphy on ‘Beast’ (2010): interview with the filmmaker about Chris Jupp’s remake of his lost version of Skare
  • Video Tour of Michael J Murphy’s Home (2014)
  • Michael J Murphy Tribute Video (2015): documentary short made for the Murlyn Films International website
  • Home video footage shot by Murphy
  • Trailers for Invitation to HellThe Last NightBloodstreamLegend of a HeroDeath RunAvalonMoonchild, TormentAtlantisRoad to NowhereThe Rite of Spring, Tristan, Roxi, Skare, ZK3, Nekros: Isle of Death and The Return of Alan Strange
  • Original ‘Stay’ 7" single needle-drop recording
  • Image galleries
  • Script galleries
  • Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with new essays by Murphy experts Wayne Maginn, Paul Higson, Darrell Buxton and Johnny Walker, a comprehensive filmography, and film credits
  • World premieres on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units for the UK and US
All extras subject to change