Arrow Video has just announced some amazing new releases to start off the first few months of 2018! Killer Klowns From Outer Space and George A. Romero's The Crazies are just two of the fantastic Blu-rays inbound from Arrow. Read on for official details of the scheduled releases.
From Arrow Video:
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Step aside Pennywise… These Killer Klowns from Outer Space are outta this world – literally! – and they’re packing deadly popcorn guns and cotton candy cocoons!
When Mike and his girlfriend Debbie warn the local police that a gang of homicidal alien-clowns have landed in the nearby area (in a spaceship shaped like a circus big-top, no less), the cops are naturally skeptical. Before long however, reports are coming in from other anxious residents detailing similar run-ins with the large-shoed assailants. There can no longer be any doubt – the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here, and they’re out to turn the Earth’s population into candy floss!
Written and produced by the Chiodo brothers – knowns for their work on a host of special-effects laden hits such as Team America: World Police and the Critters movies – Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a cinematic experience unparalleled in this galaxy, now newly restored by Arrow Video for this stellar edition.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation • Newly remastered stereo 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio options • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Archive audio commentary with the Chiodo Brothers • Let the Show Begin! Anatomy of a Killer Theme Song – an all-new interview with the original members of the American punk band, The Dickies • The Chiodos Walk Among Us: Adventures in Super 8 Filmmaking - all-new documentary highlighting the making of the Chiodo Brothers childhood films, from the giant monster epics made in their basement to their experiments in college • New HD transfers of the complete collection of the Chiodo Brothers 8mm and Super 8 films, including Land of Terror, Free Inside, Beast from the Egg, and more! • Tales of Tobacco – an interview with star Grant Cramer • Debbie’s Big Night – an interview with star Suzanne Snyder • Bringing Life to These Things – a tour of Chiodo Bros. Productions • The Making of Killer Klowns – archive production featurette • Visual Effects with Gene Warren Jr. – archive interview with co-writer/producer Charles Chiodo and visual effects supervisor Gene Warren Jr. • Kreating Klowns – archive interview with Charles Chiodo and creature fabricator Dwight Roberts • Komposing Klowns – archive interview with composer John Massari • Klown Auditions • Deleted Scenes with filmmaker’s audio commentary • Bloopers • Image Galleries • Original Theatrical Trailer • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck"
After the experimental outings of There’s Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch, Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero returned to rather more distinct horror territory with his 1973 infection opus The Crazies.
When a plane carrying a secret biological weapon crash-lands in the vicinity of a small, rural town, the area descends into chaos. Infected with a virus that sends them into a homicidal frenzy, the locals turn on each other in an orgy of bloody violence. As the army cordons off the town and government agents clash with scientists over the appropriate course of action, a small band of survivors attempt to make their way to safety.
Starring cult icon Lynn Lowry (Shivers, I Drink Your Blood), the influence of Romero’s The Crazies can be felt in everything from the director’s own subsequent work – many commentators have noted the stylistic and thematic similarities to his zombie classic Dawn of the Dead – right up to Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and beyond.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation • Original Mono Uncompressed PCM Audio • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford • Romero Was Here: Locating The Crazies – Romero historian Lawrence DeVincentz takes us on a guided tour of Evans City, PA and the locations used in The Crazies • Crazy for Lynn Lowry – cult star Lynn Lowry discusses her early career including her role in The Crazies • Q&A with Lynn Lowry filmed at the 2016 Abertoir Film Festival • Audio interview with producer Lee Hessel • Behind-the-scenes footage with optional commentary by Lawrence DeVincentz • Alternate Opening Titles • Image Galleries • Trailers & TV Spots • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Season of the Witch
Perhaps the most unclassifiable of filmmaker George A. Romero’s works, 1972’s Season of the Witch sees the Night of the Living Dead filmmaker returning to the realm of the supernatural for this bewitching tale of a housewife driven to an interest in the dark arts.
On the surface, Joan Mitchell has it all – family, friends, and a beautiful home equipped with all the latest appliances. But when a neighbor educates her on the practice of witchcraft, Joan believes she’s discovered the perfect antidote to her monotonous suburban existence, and embarks upon a dark path that will lead to a shocking conclusion.
Filmed as Jack’s Wife and subsequently cut down and retitled Hungry Wives for its theatrical release in an attempt to market it as a sexploitation film, Season of the Witch is arguably one of Romero’s most overlooked films – an intimate and thought-provoking character study that serves as the perfect companion piece to his later Martin.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: • Brand new 4K restoration of the original theatrical version from the camera negative [90 mins] • Alternate extended version [104 mins] • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation • Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford • When Romero Met Del Toro – filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro in conversation with George Romero • The Secret Life of Jack’s Wife – archive interview with actress Jan White • Alternate Opening Titles • Location Gallery with audio commentary by Romero historian Lawrence DeVincentz • Memorabilia Gallery • Trailers • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
There’s Always Vanilla
Available for the first time on Blu-ray, Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero’s second feature film, There’s Always Vanilla – a biting satire of early ’70s American society and an unjustly overlooked entry in the late director’s filmography.
When young drifter Chris meets beautiful model Lynn by a chance occurrence, the pair hit it off and a romantic relationship ensues. But with their wildly contrasting outlooks on life, it soon becomes clear that the coupling is doomed from the outset.
Starring Judith Streiner (born Judith Ridley) from Night of the Living Dead and Ray Laine, who would go on to appear in Romero’s next film, Season of the Witch, There’s Always Vanilla is a unique entry in the director’s canon and one that’s ripe for reappraisal.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation • Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford • Affair of the Heart: The Making of There’s Always Vanilla – brand new documentary featuring interviews with producers John Russo and Russell Streiner, stars Judith Streiner and Richard Ricci, and sound recordist Gary Streiner • Digging Up the Dead – The Lost Films of George A. Romero – archive interview with Romero discussing his early films There’s Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch • Location Gallery with audio commentary by Romero historian Lawrence DeVincentz • Memorabilia Gallery • Trailer • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx"
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Fifteen years before Stranger Things combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the template – and the high-water mark – with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium.
Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.
Described by its director as “The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick”, Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast – pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katherine Ross, and television favourite Noah Wyle – and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. This brand-new 4K restoration, carried out exclusively for this release by Arrow Films, allows a modern classic to finally receive the home video treatment it deserves.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster • Original 5.1 audio • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Audio commentary by writer-director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal • Audio commentary by Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick and actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross and James Duval • Brand-new interviews with Richard Kelly and others • The Goodbye Place, Kelly’s 1996 short film, which anticipates some of the themes and ideas of his feature films • Twenty deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Kelly • Trailer"
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