UPDATED: The Arrow US/UK October Titles Have Been Announced!

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UPDATE: The SHOCK AND GORE: THE FILMS OF HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS [LIMITED TO 500] box set is now sold out in the United States.

 

Last week, Arrow Video unveiled its UK-only titles for the month of October. If you missed out on our look at those films, you can go here. Today, the label announced the products that will be available for collectors on both sides of the Atlantic. Below is a rundown on what we’re getting:

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VAMP

This 1986 cult classic had previously seen a Blu-ray release in the States via Image Entertainment (One of many of the titles they got from Anchor Bay). In addition to a booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Cullen Gallagher, this new edition features the following bonus features:

  • High Definition digital transfer
  • Original mono audio
  • Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • One of those Nights: The Making of Vamp – a brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Richard Wenk, stars Robert Rusler, Dedee Pfeiffer, Gedde Watanabe
  • Behind-the-scenes rehearsals
  • Blooper Reel
  • Image gallery
  • Dracula Bites the Big Apple (1979) – Richard Wenk’s celebrated short film
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

VAMP will be sold as separate Blu-ray and DVD editions in the United Kingdom (Bonus materials are identical for both), and Blu-ray only in the States. Release date will be October 3rd (4th for the US)

 

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BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR

Brian Yuzna’s 1990 sequel to RE-ANIMATOR will be hitting the shelves again this year, minus the R-rated version and the fancy packaging.

Bonus Features:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version, approved by director Brian Yuzna
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna
  • Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
  • Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
  • Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator – brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel
  • Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator – brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler
  • Getting Ahead in Horror – archive making-of featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin

BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR is scheduled for October 17th/18th.

 

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DARK WATER

The original Japanese version by Hideo Nakata (RINGU) comes in a Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition with the following extras:

  • High Definition digital transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
  • Brand new interview with director Hideo Nakata
  • Brand new interview with novelist Koji Suzuki
  • Brand new interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
  • Archive interview with actress Asami Mizukawa
  • Original ‘Making of’ documentary
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain

In addition, the first pressing includes an illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing by David Kalat, author of J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge and Beyond, and an examination of the American remake by writer and editor Michael Gingold. DARK WATER comes out on October 10th/11th.

 

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THE HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST

“In 1963, director Herschell Gordon Lewis pulled a cow s tongue out of an actress mouth on camera, and in doing so, changed the landscape of horror cinema forever. That sequence was just one of numerous gruesome gags featured in Blood Feast, the film credited as being the world s first gore movie. It s no exaggeration to say that the modern gross-out movies of today owe their very existence to the pioneering efforts of H.G. Lewis.

But whilst Lewis is most widely celebrated for his blood-and-guts epics (Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Wizard of Gore et al.), there s more to the prolific director than splatter. From tales of sordid photographers (Scum of the Earth) to sex robots (How to Make a Doll), from biker girl-gangs (She-Devils on Wheels) to youths-run-amok (Just for the Hell of It), and from psychic witches (Something Weird) to hard liquor-loving hillbillies (Moonshine Mountain), the filmography of H.G. Lewis reads like a veritable wish-list of exploitation movie madness.

Now, for the first time ever, Arrow Video is proud to present fourteen of the Godfather of Gore s most essential films (including nine Blu-ray world debuts), collected together at last and packed full of eye-popping bonus content. So put your feet up, pour yourself a glass of good ol moonshine, and prepare yourself for a feast H.G. Lewis style!”

Here are the contents for this set:

  • Fourteen of the Godfather of Gore s finest attractions, newly restored from original and best surviving vault materials: Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth, Two Thousand Maniacs!, Moonshine Mountain, Color Me Blood Red, Something Weird, The Gruesome Twosome, A Taste of Blood, She-Devils on Wheels, Just for the Hell of It, How to Make a Doll, The Wizard of Gore, The Gore Gore Girls, This Stuff ll Kill Ya!
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the features and extras on 7 Blu-ray and 7 DVD discs
  • Brand new introductions to the films by Lewis
  • Hours of extras including newly-produced interviews and featurettes, commentaries, short films and much more
  • Additional 2 bonus Blu-rays featuring 1.33:1 versions of Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth, Color Me Blood Red, A Taste of Blood and The Wizard of Gore [limited editions exclusive]
  • Additional bonus DVD: Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore documentary [limited editions exclusive]
  • 28-page H.G. Lewis annual stuffed full with Lewis-themed activities plus archive promotional material [limited editions exclusive]
  • Newly illustrated packaging by The Twins of Evil [Feast edition exclusive]

 

This box set will be an Amazon.uk exclusive for our friends across the pond, who can pre-order at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Herschell-Gordon-Lewis-Feast-DVD/dp/B01IVUKRKS?tag=bluraycom-21

North American pre-order link will be up at a later date. THE HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST will be released on October 24th/25th.

 

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SHOCK AND GORE: THE FILMS OF HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS

This fancier- and more expensive- version of HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST box set is limited to only 500 copies in the UK and 500 in the US. You can pre-order your copy by going to:

http://www.boxofgore.com/

 

So, yeah… That’s the entire Arrow slate for October. Honestly, when they said last week that the UK/US releases would “contain our biggest ever releases”, I was thinking more quality of titles, not sheer size.  What do you guys think? Tell us what you think in the comment section.

 

Josh Obershaw

Josh Obershaw is a film enthusiast, horror fan, rock fan, wrestling fan, blogger and amateur artist. Follow him on Twitter at @DoctorSplatter.

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