Monday, March 12, 2018

Arrow Video Targets May 29 For The Double-Disc Blu-ray Release Of Director Wes Craven's The Last House On The Left

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Wes Craven, as writer and director, and Sean S. Cunningham, as producer, teamed in 1972 for a low budget genre film.   Filmed largely in and around Cunningham’s Westport, Connecticut home (for budgetary reasons), with Wes Craven making his directorial debut and featuring a cast of largely unknowns — although the late Fred J. Lincoln, who played Fred “Weasel” Podowski, would go on to become one of the most prolific adult filmmakers in the history of cinema — The Last House on the Left has ultimately become what both fans and critics agree … a horror masterpiece!

Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution support from MVD Entertainment Group, has tabbed May 29 for the release of a double-disc Blu-ray special edition.    A new 2K restoration (from the original film elements) features three separate cuts of the film — the original theatrical presentation of The Last House on the Left, an uncut presentation (roughly an additional two minutes in running time) and the British Krug & Company cut of the film (trims for censorship in the UK and a reordering of several scenes).

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
As to bonus goodies, which are numerous, the Uncut version of The Last House on the Left (Disc One) features two archival commentary tracks — one with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham and the second with actors David Hess (as Krug Stillo), Marc Sheffler (as Junior) and Fred Lincoln (as Fred 'Weasel' Podowski) — plus there is a newly-minted commentary option with Bill Ackerman and Amanda Reyes.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyMarc Sheffler is also featured in a new video session title “Junior’s Story,” wardrobe and make-up artist Anne Paul is featured in a newly minted video session, documentary filmmaker David Gregory’s 2003 film, Celluloid Crime of the Century, is included here as is the archival featurette title “Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on The Left.”  

And more, much more on Disc One, including deleted scenes, outtakes and dailies … Disc Two (which includes the theatrical and UK cuts) has a newly-prepared featurette titled “The Craven Touch,” a video session with filmmaker Roy Frumkes and excerpts from Wes Craven’s unfinished short film, Tales That'll Tear Your Heart Out.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

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