Arrow Video Announces January Releases

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Arrow Video has announced its January batch of Blu-ray releases. They are: The Dunwich Horror, The Executioner Collection , Angela Mao in Lady Whirlwind & Hapkido, and The Lukas Moodysson Collection.

The Executioner Collection

Description: Fists flurry and blood flows as legendary cult director Teruo Ishii (Shogun’s Joy of Torture, Horrors of Malformed Men) joins forces with martial arts legend Shin’ichi ‘Sonny’ Chiba in this bone crunching double whammy of classic karate exploitation from Toei.

Ryuichi Koga (Chiba) is a descendent of the Koga Ninja school, now earning his living through more nefarious means as a gun for hire. When he is enlisted to take down a drug cartel alongside Hayabusa (Makoto Sato), a disgraced former narcotics detective now operating within the criminal underworld, and renegade Aikido master Sakura (Eiji Gō), tensions grow among this three man team of ne’erdowells as each come to question each other’s motives. Koga returns in the even more gungho follow up, Karate Inferno, as the ringmaster of a gang of thieves plotting to steal a priceless jewel from a master criminal.

Making its High Definition home video debut, The Executioner is presented in both its original Japanese language version and with the English dub track from the 1970s North American release. Fans of the Street Fighter star will delight as Chiba pitches himself into a succession of freewheeling action and feisty fight scenes in this double dish of martial arts mayhem, all served up in director Ishii’s characteristically lurid style.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • High Definition presentations of both films
  • Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio for both films
  • Original uncompressed English mono audio track for The Executioner
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand new audio commentary by Chris Poggiali and Marc Walkow
  • Sonny Chiba, Karate King, a 30 minute featurette on the legendary Sonny Chiba, featuring Grady Hendrix, Tom Mes, Chris Poggiali, Marco Joachim and Seiji Anno, from the band Guitar Wolf
  • Original trailers
  • Image galleries for The Executioner and The Executioner II: Karate Inferno
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Lucas Peverill
  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Mark Schilling



U.S. AND CANADA STREET DATE: JANUARY 10.

UK STREET DATE: JANUARY 9.

The Dunwich Horror

Description: Riding high on their successful adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe, Roger Corman and American International Pictures took on that other titan of literary terror, H.P Lovecraft, in The Dunwich Horror!

Dean Stockwell stars as Wilbur Whateley, a mysterious young man who travels from the small town of Dunwich to the library of the Miskatonic University which holds one of the only copies of the Necronomicon, a legendary book of occult lore that Wilbur hopes to borrow. Graduate student Nancy Wagner (Sandra Dee) falls under his malign influence and travels with him back to his home where Wilbur has plans to use her in a ritual to raise ‘The Old Ones’, cosmic beings from another dimension. But who, or what, is in the locked room at the top of the stairs? And what will happen if they get out?

Directed by Daniel Haller, genius art director of numerous Corman classics, this was also the first screenwriting credit for Curtis Hanson, who would later direct the multi awardwinning L.A. Confidential. Newly restored by Arrow Films from the original 35mm camera negative, The Dunwich Horror is among the most successful Lovecraft adaptations ever committed to film, and it has never looked better.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Original lossless mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New audio commentary by Guy Adams and Alexandra Benedict, creators of the audio drama Arkham County
  • The Door into Dunwich, a new conversation between film historian Stephen R. Bissette and horror author Stephen Laws in which they discuss The Dunwich Horror, Lovecraft, and their memories of seeing the film on release
  • After Summer After Winter, a new interview with science fiction and fantasy writer Ruthanna Emrys, author of The Innsmouth Legacy series
  • The Sound of Cosmic Terror, new interview with music historian David Huckvale in which he takes a closer look at Les Baxter’s score for The Dunwich Horror
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Luke Preece
  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film critics Johnny Mains and Jack Sargeant



U.S. AND CANADA STREET DATE: JANUARY 10.

UK STREET DATE: JANUARY 9.

Angela Mao in Lady Whirlwind & Hapkido

Description: When director Huang Feng (The Shaolin Plot) jumped ship from Shaw Brothers to their upstart rivals Golden Harvest, he swiftly launched the career of a Taiwanese ingenue barely out of Beijing opera school named Angela Mao, who despite her freshfaced femininity became one of Hong Kong’s toughest action icons of the 1970s.

Lady Whirlwind, directed by Huang in 1972, sees Mao dead set on avenging the death of her sister, only to find herself fighting a common enemy alongside the man she wants revenge on. Hapkido, made the same year, sees her once more pitted against a gang of Japanese thugs, alongside fellow soontobe kung fu legends Sammo Hung (Knockabout) and Carter Wong (Big Trouble in Little China) as disciples of the titular Korean fighting style, studying under reallife hapkido grandmasters Ji Hanjae (Game of Death) and Hwang Inshik (The Way of the Dragon).

Originally released in the US as Deep Thrust and Lady Kung Fu respectively, these two restored martial arts classics show Mao at her mightiest every bit as formidable as the great Bruce Lee, whose sister she played in Enter the Dragon the following year.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 2K RESTORATIONS BY FORTUNE STAR
  • Original lossless Mandarin mono audio for both films, plus lossless English dubbed mono audio
  • Optional newly translated English subtitles for both films
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady



DISC ONE:

  • Commentary by Frank Djeng & Robert “Bobby” Samuels
  • Commentary by Frank Djeng & Michael Worth
  • Commentary by Samm Deighan
  • Lady Whirlwind Speaks, the first part of a newly filmed interview with Angela Mao
  • Kung Fu Cooking, a newly filmed conversation with Mao’s son Thomas King
  • Alternate English credits
  • Hong Kong theatrical trailer, plus US theatrical trailer and radio spot
  • Image gallery



DISC TWO:

  • Three options of English dub: vintage “kung fu” and “hapkido” dubs in lossless mono, plus 2006 DVD dub in 5.1 surround
  • Commentary by Frank Djeng & Robert “Bobby” Samuels
  • Commentary by Frank Djeng & Michael Worth
  • Lady Kung Fu Speaks, the second part of a newly filmed interview with Angela Mao
  • Archive interviews with Angela Mao, Carter Wong and Sammo Hung & Yuen Biao
  • Original vintage featurette showing Ji Hanjae teaching the lead actors hapkido, newly restored in 2K by Fortune Star
  • Three alternate opening credits sequences (textless, English and US)
  • Hong Kong theatrical trailers plus US theatrical trailer and TV spot
  • Image gallery
  • First pressing only: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the films by critic James Oliver



U.S AND CANADA STREET DATE: JANUARY 17.

The Lukas Moodysson Collection

Description: Ever since his debut was heralded as “a young master’s first masterpiece” by none other than Ingmar Bergman, director Lukas Moodysson has been hailed internationally as one of Sweden’s greatest filmmaking talents, delighting and confounding audiences in equal measure.

Moodysson’s first film, Fucking ml (released overseas as Show Me Love), tells the story of awkward smalltown teenager Agnes and her crush on popular classmate Elin, which unexpectedly blossoms into reallife romance; it was quickly heralded as a new queer cinema touchstone and one of the most authentic portrayals of youthful relationships on film. He swiftly followed this with the bittersweet, satirical 1970sset Together, in which the inhabitants of a commune try to reconcile their ideals with their hearts’ desires.

Having made a name for himself as the new master of tragicomic, feelgood humanism, Moodysson suddenly frustrated expectations with a trio of startlingly confrontational works: the hauntingly bleak Lilya 4ever, based on a reallife case of a Russian girl sold into sex trafficking in Sweden; the abrasive and semiimprovised A Hole in My Heart, detailing the messy (un)making of an amateur porn video; and the avantgarde Container, narrated in its English version by Jena Malone (Donnie Darko).

After making his mainstream Englishlanguage debut with the expansive Mammoth, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Michelle Williams, Moodysson returned to his roots with We Are The Best! (based on a graphic novel by his wife and ‘consigliere’ Coco), the charming and funny tale of three schoolgirls starting a punk band in early1980s Stockholm.

Available together for the first time, Moodysson’s eclectic filmography can now be appreciated as the work of a singular filmmaking voice, as avowedly uncompromising and unabashedly political as it is keenly observed, deeply felt and frequently hilarious.

Special Fetaures and Technical Specs:

  • Original DTSHD MA 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo mixes for all seven films
  • Optional English subtitles for all films, plus English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on Mammoth and the English version of Container
  • New video interviews with Lukas Moodysson and other cast and crew, moderated by film programmer Sarah Lutton
  • 200-page hardback book featuring new writing by Peter Walsh, excerpts from the original press kits for each film, including interviews with and directors’ statements from Moodysson, and essays on his films from a 2014 special issue of the Nordic culture journal Scandinavica by C. Claire Thomson, Helga H. Lthersdttir, Elina Nilsson, Scott MacKenzie & Anna Westersthl Stenport and Kjerstin Moody



DISC ONE:

  • 2K restoration by the Swedish Film Institute, approved by director Lukas Moodysson and cinematographer Ulf Brants
  • New interview with Lukas Moodysson
  • New interview with star Alexandra Dahlstrm
  • Did You Know She’s A Lesbian?, an appreciation by Dr. Clara BradburyRance, author of Lesbian Cinema After Queer Theory
  • Talk (Bara prata lite), a short film directed by Moodysson in 1997
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery



DISC TWO:

  • 4K restoration by the Swedish Film Institute from the original camera negative, approved by director Lukas Moodysson and cinematographer Ulf Brants
  • New interview with Lukas Moodysson
  • New interview with script supervisor Malin Fornander
  • New interview with editor Michal Leszczylowski
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery



DISC THREE:

  • New interview with Lukas Moodysson
  • New interview with costume designer Denise stholm
  • Guardian Interview with Lukas Moodysson, a Q&A with the director filmed at the London Film Festival in 2002
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery




DISC FOUR:

  • New interviews with Lukas Moodysson on both films
  • Lukas Moodysson Masterclass, an interview with the director filmed at London’s National Film & Television School in 2004
  • A Hole in My Second Heart, a behindthescenes featurette from 2004
  • Swedish and English narration options for Container
  • Inside the Container Crypt, a 2007 featurette on the themes of Container
  • Theatrical trailers and image galleries for both films




DISC FIVE:

  • New interview with Lukas Moodysson
  • New interview with line producer Malte Forssell
  • Promotional interviews with Moodysson and Gael Garcia Bernal from 2009
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery



DISC SIX:

  • New interview with Lukas Moodysson
  • New interview with cinematographer Ulf Brants
  • A New Expression, a look at the background to the film by Swedish punk historian David Andersson
  • Q&A from the 2013 London Film Festival screening, featuring Moodysson and stars Liv LeMoyne and Mira Barkhammar
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery



U.S. AND CANADA STREET DATE: JANUARY 31.

UK STREET DATE: JANUARY 30.

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