The cult cinema experts at Arrow Video are set to guarantee film fans a happy new year come January with some spectacular DVD, Blu-ray and Dual Format releases lined up.
Following on from December’s Limited Edition release of Donnie Darko comes standard edition releases on both DVD and Blu-ray. The DVD release offers the theatrical cut of the mind-bending classic, while the Blu-ray release has both the theatrical and director’s cuts on board!
January’s a great month for fans of Japanese crime cinema too as Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy arrives on both Blu-ray and DVD. These stylish and gripping crime films put Miike on the cinematic map and proved he was more than just a specialist in blood and guts.
But if it’s blood and guts you want, you’re also in for a treat with Blood Rage! This classic 80s horror is a Thanksgiving-set masterpiece of schlock with amazing effects by Terminator 2: Judgement Day’s Ed French. Out the same week is Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, the film that director Sam Peckinpah stated as the only film that ended up exactly how he wanted. Arrow Video bring it to Limited Edition Blu-ray.
Last but by no means least in January is the Limited Edition Dual Format release of Brian De Palma’s Raising Cain. The thriller stars John Lithgow in no less than three roles – a pair of twins and their father – and he delivers a startling performance as one of them descends into a psychotic rage.
Donnie Darko – on Blu-ray on 9 January 2016
A chance to see this classic cult film as it was intended in this brand new 4K restoration, overseen and approved by director Richard Kelly. With both the director’s cut and the theatrical cut, the release also has a wealth of special features to keep fans enthralled.
Donnie Darko (Theatrical Cut) – on DVD on 9 January 2017
Fans of the original theatrical cut of Donnie Darko can watch Arrow Video’s brand new 4K restoration on DVD along with a fantastic selection of extras.
Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy – on DVD and Blu-ray on 16 January 2017
See the films that made Takashi Miike’s name as a master of Japanese crime cinema with this exciting set from Arrow Video. Including Shinjuku Triad Society, Rainy Dog and Ley Lines, in beautiful high definition transfers, the set also contains a host of special features including a brand new interview with the director himself.
Blood Rage – on Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD on 23 January 2017
This classic 80s slasher arrives with a 2K restoration of the “hard” home video version of the film that lets you see Ed French’s gruesome effects like never before. There’s also a wealth of extras to give horror fans a fresh insight into this fun chiller.
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – on Limited Edition Blu-ray on 23 January 2016
As close to ‘pure Peckinpah’ as you’ll ever get, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is possibly the director’s greatest work, and certainly his most autobiographical. This brand new and exclusive 4K restoration shows off the film beautifully and offers film fans the chance to explore Peckinpah and his oeuvre even further with a glut of extras.
Raising Cain – on Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD on 30 January 2017
Channelling Psycho and Peeping Tom, Raising Cain is a creepy psychological thriller from Brian De Palma and starring John Lithgow in the performance of his career. This Limited Edition Dual Format release is limited to 3,000 copies and features both the theatrical and director’s cuts.
Arrow Academy also announced their January releases, and they have some interesting movies coming too.
January 2017 sees the stand-alone releases of two more of Allen’s best pictures, completing the collection started in December. Broadway Danny Rose is the director’s heartfelt tribute to the days of New York vaudeville, following hapless agent Danny Rose as he struggles to keep up with the sudden fame of one of his cheesy crooners.
With The Purple Rose of Cairo, Allen makes one of the best movies about movies of all time. Starring Mia Farrow and Jeff Daniels, this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy is a complex and rich film that explores the very nature of illusion and reality.
Perfect for Woody Allen fans or simply lovers of fantastic comedy, these two Arrow Academy Blu-rays are sure to warm up some cold January evenings.
Broadway Danny Rose on Blu-ray on 9 January 2017
When your no-hope clients include piano-playing parrots, blind jugglers, one-legged tap dancers and stuttering ventriloquists, what chance do you have of representing an actual star? But that’s the problem facing Danny Rose when one of his clients, lounge singer Lou Canova, suddenly hits the big time.
The Purple Rose of Cairo on Blu-ray 9 January 2017
When a lonely waitress (Mia Farrow) becomes obsessed by the titular adventure-romance in 1930s New Jersey, its star (Jeff Daniels) notices her and steps out of the screen to meet her. As romance ensues, the leads must find out whether the film can continue without its star – and whether any other actors will suddenly desire to step out of bounds…
Some great films to be had this New Year.