Arrow Video & Arrow Academy Will Own Your Soul In 2014

Contributing Writer; Dallas, Texas (@HatefulJosh)
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Arrow Video has come a long way in the last four years. They've evolved from a giallo-centric label focusing on the classic works from Argento and '80s American slashers into the premier cult label in the world. The slashers and Italian horror are still there, but they're now supplemented by big name cult classics like John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China and minor masterpieces long thought forgotten by audiences like The Car. Each release is treated with the kind of care that cult film fans have always wanted but never thought possible, and that is what puts them heads and shoulders above their competition in the English-speaking world.

Arrow's latest attack on cult film lovers' wallets is a doozy. The first three months of 2014 features title after title that I never thought I'd live to see get the deluxe treatment on Blu-ray, but here we are, fat and happy. Not only does Arrow Video show us the goods, but the recently resurrected Arrow Academy prestige line also features some world Blu-ray premieres that are definitely worth checking out!

Click through the gallery below and prepare to mortgage your soul to the Devil in order to make these releases your own.

As a staunch atheist, it's a challenge to my lack of faith when a release like this appears, because if there was ever proof that God exists, it's the fact that Arrow Video is releasing Brian DePalma's masterpiece, Phantom of the Paradise, on Blu-ray.

This film, long ignored on US home video, has only been released on Blu-ray in France, so this release is more than welcome. DePalma's horror-tinged ode to Gaston LeRoux's oft-adapted Phantom of the Opera is a wonderland of craziness and blood, unlike anything that I've ever seen. If this world were a just one, Phantom of the Paradisewould have the kind of midnight-movie success that The Rocky Horror Picture Show has enjoyed. Here's the synopsis from Arrow Video:

Brian De Palma’s inspired rock’n’roll fusion of Faust, The Phantom of the Opera and The Picture of Dorian Gray boasts an Oscar-nominated score by Paul Williams, who also stars as an evil record producer who not only steals the work of composer/performer Winslow Leach (William Finley) but gets him locked up in Sing Sing - and that’s not the worst that happens to him along the way.

Few revenge scenarios have ever been so amply justified, but the film is also constantly aware of the satirical possibilities offered by the 1970s music industry, exemplified by Gerrit Graham’s hilariously camp glam-rock star. Jessica Harper (Suspiria) appears in her first major role as the naïve but ambitious singer, on whom Winslow secretly dotes.

Prodigiously inventive both musically and visually, this is one of De Palma’s most entertaining romps, not least because it was so clearly a labour of love.
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  • Guro Taku

    Shogun's Joy of Torture is available on DVD with English subtitles from perfectly legit Dutch label Japan Shock

  • J Hurtado

    Good to know

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