Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has set three new film restorations for delivery to the Blu-ray market place during the month of September.
Leading the hit parade is a new 4K restoration — supervised by producer Peter Locke — from original film elements of the late Wes Craven’s horror masterpiece, The Hills Have Eyes.
Who knew back then that a modestly budgeted film, shot out in the Apple Valley and Victorville (you pass by these communities when driving up to Las Vegas), would become such an iconic horror gem. A road trip gone horribly wrong!
Bonus features include a commentary option teaming Craven with producer Peter Locke, a newly prepared video session with composer Don Peake, an alternate ending and a making-of documentary titled Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes, which features Craven and Locke, actors Michael Berryman (Pluto), Dee Wallace (Lynne), Janus Blythe (Ruby), Robert Houston (Bobby) and Susan Lanier (Brenda), plus director of photography Eric Saarinen.
Also on Sept. 27 is new 2K restoration (from original film elements) of director Juan Piquer Simón’s (aka: J.P. Simon) 1988 creature feature, Slugs.
They crawl, they slither … and they consume everything in their path. Toxic waste spawned them and now its up to lowly health inspector, Mike Brady (Michael Garfield), to rally the locals and turn back the onslaught. There’s just one problem, no one takes him seriously.
Bonus goodies include commentary from filmmaker Chris Alexander, video sessions with actor Emilio Linder, art director Gonzalo Gonzalo and production manager Larry Ann Evans.
Rounding out the release action in September from Arrow Video is the Sept. 20 2K restoration of director Brian Trenchard-Smith 1986 cult treasure from Down Under, Dead End Drive-In.
Things have gone to pot in Australia and teenage troublemakers are sentenced to hard time at the local drive-in theatre, which is where Crab (Ned Manning) and his “girlfriend,” Carman (Natalie McCurry) have found themselves. It is, by a design, a junkie’s paradise … the plan is make everything so seemingly hopeless as to pacify the restless youth. It works, but Crab is having not it!
Bonus features include commentary by director Brian Trenchard-Smith, a documentary titled The Stuntmen and a 1978 short film from filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith titled “Hospitals Don’t Burn Down.”