Monday, January 19, 2015

Arrow Video Teams With The MVD Entertainment Group For Domestic Blu-ray Distribution Beginning On Mar. 17

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The United Kingdom’s Arrow Video, with sales and distribution support provided by the MVD Entertainment Group, will be entering the Blu-ray release arena in a big way with a trio of newly-restored Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs beginning on Mar. 17.

Industry veteran Eric D. Wilkinson has been appointed Director of Home Video Sales and Acquisitions at MVD Entertainment Group and is responsible for Arrow Films arrival — and its extensive library of film productions — in the domestic market place.

Streeting on Mar. 17 will be a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack edition of a director-approved presentation (from the original film elements — clocking in at 96 minutes and not the cut-down 87 minute version) of writer/director Michael Armstrong’s 1970 horror shocker, Mark of the Devil.   Viewing options will be both the original German-language version (with newly-translated English subtitles) and the English-dubbed theatrical release.  

Bonus nuggets include commentary by Michael Armstrong, the feature-length documentary titled Mark of the Times, outtakes, the featurette titled “Hallmark of the Devil” and interviews featuring composer Michael Holm and actors Udo Kier, Herbert Fux, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Schoner and Herbert Lom.
DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

The following week, Mar. 24, a new hi-def transfer of Japanese filmmaker Teruo Ishii’s 1970 Yakuza thriller, Blind Woman's Curse, will be available for genre fans to savor as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.

This stylish cult gem features commentary from Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp — author of “Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema” and co-author of “The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film.”

The month of March concludes with the 1967 Spaghetti Western from director Tonino Valerii, Day of Anger, starring screen legend Lee Van Cleef along with Giuliano Gemma (aka: Montgomery Wood).

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Fully restored from the original Technicolor film negatives, Arrow Video will be delivering this Blu-ray/2 DVD Combo Pack with two distinct viewing options.   Fans can enjoy either the original Italian-language version, complete with newly prepared English subtitles, or the 1969 English-dubbed domestic theatrical presentation.

Bonus features here include a newly-prepared video interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (Torso, The Grand Duel, The Battle of El Alamein and many more), plus a vintage interview with director Tonino Valerii and newly-prepared video insights with Valerii biography Roberto Curti (author of “Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980”).

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