September’s lineup from Arrow Video includes a unique Brit chiller, a Seventies Hollywood classic, a Mario Bava masterpiece, a superb Italian murder mystery, and an Oscar-winning British comedy classic.
First up this month is The Ghoul, an outstanding debut from writer-director Gareth Tunley, from executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire), about a cop investigating a series of murders who finds himself drawn into the murky world of the occult. Starring Tom Meeten (Sightseers) and Alice Lowe (Prevenge), The Ghoul is a unique and nasty slice of British horror cinema.
Also at the start of September is the classic 1973 thriller The Day of the Jackal, based on the best-selling book by Frederick Forsyth. Starring Edward Fox as the titular assassin, hired to kill French President Charles de Gaulle, The Day of the Jackal remains one of the greatest political thrillers of all time, and is issued here by Arrow with rare archival clips among the extras, as well as a collector’s booklet with the first pressing.
Mid-September sees the release of two superior Italian thrillers. Firstly, the Dual Format debut of The Suspicious Death of a Minor, a 1975 giallo/’poliziotteschi‘ hybrid, from the great Sergio Martino (All the Colours of the Dark, Torso). With a cast that includes Mel Ferrer (Nightmare City), Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria) and Jenny Tamburi (The Psychic), the lurid murder-mystery sees a cop on the trail of a Milanese criminal gang, and the Dual Format release includes a brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative, produced exclusively by Arrow Video.
Then there’s legendary Black Sunday director Mario Bava’s Kill, Baby… Kill!, a stunning Gothic horror about a remote village haunted by the spirit of a young girl. Co-starring the unforgettable Erika Blanc (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, So Sweet… So Perverse), Kill, Baby… Kill! - restored here in 2k – arrived at the tail-end of the golden age of Italian horror and is regarded by many as Bava’s masterpiece.
Finally in September is the Blu-ray release of A Fish Called Wanda, the hilarious and irresistible farce from 1988, starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline. A box office smash, nominated for three Academy Awards (winning one for Kline’s outstanding supporting turn as the psychotic Otto), A Fish Called Wanda has stood the test of time and can be rightfully called a comedy classic.
The Ghoul – on Blu-ray and DVD on 4 September 2017
This mind-bending British psychological thriller is the latest standout addition to a thriving new wave of British cinema. The debut feature of writer-director Gareth Tunley, and executive produced by Kill List director Ben Wheatley, The Ghoul sits alongside such classics of the genre as Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell’s Performanceand David Lynch’s Lost Highway. Starring Tom Meeten (Sightseers), Alice Lowe (Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place) and Dan Renton Skinner (Notes on Blindness), The Ghoul is presented here with commentary, interviews and a short film.
The Day of the Jackal – on Blu-ray on 4 September 2017
Edward Fox gives a genuinely brilliant and chilling performance as the methodical assassin, in High Noon director Fred Zinnemann’s ruthlessly effective thriller, a high watermark in filmmaking from the early 1970s. A faithful adaptation of Frederick Forsyth’s nerve-shattering book, Arrow Video’s High Definition Blu-ray brings this still-prescient masterwork back into the fore.
The Suspicious Death of a Minor – on Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD on 11 September 2017
A lesser known, but nevertheless essential giallo from the great Italian director Sergio Martino (Torso, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), about a cop uncovering a girl trafficking ring with disturbing connections to powerful people. This rarely seen thriller, starring Mel Ferrer, features a brand new 2K restoration, a new commentary and interviews, a reversible sleeve with newly commissioned artwork, and an illustrated booklet with the first pressing.
Kill, Baby… Kill! – on Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD on 11 September 2017
Horror maestro Mario Bava returned to his preferred stomping ground in 1966, after a three-year hiatus, with this mesmerising chiller, starring Giacomo Rossi-Stuart (The Last Man on Earth), that many regard as his masterpiece. The Dual Format release includes a restored 2K high definition digital transfer, a host of extras including a new audio commentary from Bava expert Tim Lucas, and the first pressing comes with a collector’s booklet.
A Fish Called Wanda – on Blu-ray on 18 September 2017
Part Monty Python, part Ealing comedy, A Fish Called Wanda features an A-list cast, some jet black humour and the best of British comedy talent. John Cleese stars as a barrister who gets embroiled with criminals Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin, with painfully funny results. This brand new 4k restoration release includes new interviews, documentaries, deleted scenes and more, as well as a booklet with the first pressing.