Arrow Video Kicks Off 2017 with Hardboiled Japanese Crime and Zombie Bikers

Jan 17, 2017 No Comments by

Arrow Video has shared their upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release schedule for January and February and as usual their offerings run the gamut.  First on the list is the Black Society Trilogy, a series of transcendent crime films from Japanese splatter master Takashi Miike.  Next we have We Are the Flesh, a surreal Mexican frightmare that’s been making waves on the festival circuit.  You can watch the trailer here.  And, finally, we have Psychomania, something of a British exploitation classic about Satanists, zombie bikers, and mayhem.

Read the full press release below for all the specs on these upcoming Blu-ray/DVD offerings, Horror Fans….

MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with three new titles to kick off 2017…

January’s a great month for fans of Japanese crime cinema 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. 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.

Fresh from recent festival and filmmaker acclaim, We Are the Flesh debuts in the US on DVD and Blu-ray. We Are the Flesh is a Mexican arthouse head-trip which takes you on a nightmarish journey into a post-apocalyptic hell. Outrageous and explicit, it sees a brother and sister taken in by a strange hermit who uses them as he acts out his own depraved fantasies. The longer they stay, the more they find themselves slipping into the darkness, despite their better judgement.

This bizarre slice of Mexican arthouse is one of the most unsettling film experiences you will ever have and an all-out psychedelic head-trip. It details the adventures of a brother and sister who take refuge with a strange hermit in a post-apocalyptic city. As he acts out his dark, depraved fantasies, they find themselves drifting further into the realms of the forbidden.

Last but not least, The United States gave motorcycle-mad cinemagoers Easy Rider, The Wild One and The Wild Angels. The United Kingdom gave them Psychomania, the tale of zombie bikers run amok is southern England, coming to Dual Format DVD + Blu-ray on February 21. The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning. Psychomania is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure.

TAKASHI MIIKE’S BLACK SOCIETY TRILOGY on DVD and Blu-ray on January 24, 2017

After several years spent working almost exclusively in the direct-to-video world of “V-cinema” in Japan, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one’s place in the world. His first films made specifically for theatrical release, and his first for a major studio, the “Black Society Trilogy” was the beginning of Miike’s mature career as a filmmaker and they remain among the prolific director’s finest works.

Set in the bustling Kabuki-cho nightlife neighborhood of Tokyo, Shinjuku Triad Society follows a mixed-race cop (Kippei Shiina, Outrage) struggling with private issues while hunting a psychotic criminal (Tomorowo Taguchi, Tetsuo the Iron Man) who traffics in children’s organs. Rainy Dog, shot entirely in Taiwan, is about an exiled yakuza (Dead or Alive’s Show Aikawa) who finds himself saddled with a son he never knew he had and a price on his head after the Chinese gang he works for decides to turn on him. Ley Lines moves from the countryside to the city and back, as three Japanese youths of Chinese descent (including The Raid 2’s Kazuki Kitamura) seek their fortune in Tokyo, only to run afoul of a violent gang boss (Naoto Takenaka, The Happiness of the Katakuris).

Three of the most dramatically moving films created by the director, the “Black Society Trilogy” offers clear proof that Miike’s frequent pigeonholing as a specialist in bloody spectacle is only one aspect of his filmmaking career, and taken as a whole, the films are among the finest works ever to deal with the way violence and brutality can unexpectedly destroy even the most innocent of lives.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition digital transfers of all three films

Original uncompressed stereo audio

Optional English subtitles for all three films

New interview with director Takashi Miike

New interview with actor Show Aikawa (Rainy Dog, Ley Lines)

New audio commentaries for all three films by Miike biographer Tom Mes

Original theatrical trailers for all three films

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films.

BLU-RAY SKU: AV078 UPC: 760137968986 SRP: $49.95 DVD SKU: AVD004 UPC: 760137969099 SRP: $39.95 Street Date: 01/24/17 PreBook Date: 12/13/16 Label: Arrow Video » Genre: Action/Adventure Run Time: 302 mins Number of Discs: 2 Audio: STEREO Year of Production: 1995 Director: Takashi Miike Actors: Kippei Shiina, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kazuki Kitamura, Naoto Takenaka Box Lot: 30 Territory: US Language: Japanese

Complete product details and hi res cover art, can be found HERE – Stills and photos HERE

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

WE ARE THE FLESH on Blu-ray and DVD on February 14, 2017

A visionary and bizarre slice of Mexican art house cinema, We Are The Flesh is an extraordinary and unsettling film experience, a sexually charged and nightmarish journey into an otherworldy dimension of carnal desire and excess, as well as a powerful allegory on the corrupting power of human desire.

Synopsis:

A young brother and sister, roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behaviour.

Overview:

Acclaimed by the Oscar-winning Mexican directors of The Revenant and Gravity, and playing to rave reviews and stunned audiences at genre film festivals around the world We Are The Flesh is that rare beast – an intelligent, beautifully-crafted art house film that is also provocative and deeply disturbing.

Mixing the graphic, powerful imagery of Gaspar Noé’s Love and Enter The Void with the surreal, hallucinatory impact of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and taking Mexican arthouse cannibal flick We Are What We Are to the next level, We Are The Flesh is a bizarre, psychedelic head trip, mixing intense, outrageously explicit imagery with a profound allegory on the nature of existence, to make this is an unforgettable, boundary-pushing experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Visionary, unrelenting, and certainly not for the prudish or faint-hearted, We Are The Flesh is an erotic inferno of the senses that manages to pack all manner of delirium into its short running time, including incest, necrophilia, and cannibalism. This is extreme art cinema at its boldest and most taboo-bustingly bizarre.

Reactions and Quotes:

‘Disturbing’ ★★★★ Total Film

‘The most disturbing horror debut since Hellraiser’ ★★★★ SFX

‘Truly nightmarish and hypnotic’ ★★★★ SciFiNow

★★★★ HeyUGuys

‘Feverishly intense’ The List

‘Beautiful and hypnotising’ ★★★★ Flickering Myth

“I loved this film. It takes over our waking thoughts, like a recurring dream we try to forget, because we are fearful of finding out it may be a memory.” Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron

“We Are the Flesh is a very personal, very powerful film that deeply impressed me.” The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu

BLU-RAY Special Features and Disc Specs:

* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

* 5.1 surround and uncompressed stereo 2.0 audio options

* Optional English subtitles

* A new video essay by critic Virginie Sélavy

* New interviews with director Emiliano Rocha Minter and cast members Noé Hernández, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel

* Two short films by Emiliano Rocha Minter; Dentro and Videohome

* Theatrical trailer

* Stills gallery

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork

DVD Special Features and Disc Specs:

* High Definition digital transfer

* 5.1 surround and stereo 2.0 audio options

* Optional English subtitles

* A new video essay by critic Virginie Sélavy

* New interviews with director Emiliano Rocha Minter and cast members Noé Hernández, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel

* Two short films by Emiliano Rocha Minter; Dentro and Videohome

* Theatrical trailer

* Stills gallery

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Anton Bitel, and a note from the producer on the film.

BLU-RAY SKU: AV077 UPC: 760137964780 SRP: $29.95

DVD SKU: AVD003 UPC: 760137964896 SRP: $19.95

Street Date: 02/14/17 PreBook Date: 01/10/17 Label: Arrow Video » Genre: Cult Run Time: 89 mins Number of Discs: 1 Audio: 5.1 SURROUND Year of Production: 2016 Director: Emiliano Rocha Minter Producers: Emiliano Rocha Minter Actors: María Cid, María Evoli, Diego Gamaliel Territory: US Language: Spanish

Complete product details and hi res cover art, can be found HERE – Stills and photos HERE

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

PSYCHOMANIA on Blu-ray + DVD  on February 21

The United States gave motorcycle-mad cinemagoers Easy Rider, The Wild One and The Wild Angels. The United Kingdom gave them Psychomania, the tale of zombie bikers run amok is southern England. The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning… Directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp (The Kiss of the Vampire, The Devil-Ship Pirates) and co-starring Beryl Reid (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) and George Sanders (Village of the Damned), Psychomania is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure.

Bonus Materials * 2K restoration from preservation negatives * High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations * Original 1.0 mono audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray) * Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing *  Brand-new interview with star Nicky Henson * Return of the Living Dead, an archive featurette containing interviews actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor * Sound of Psychomania, an archive interview with composer John Cameron * Riding Free, an archive interview with ‘Riding Free’ singer Harvey Andrews * Hell for Leather, a brand-new featurette on the company who supplied the film’s costumes * Remastering Psychomania, a look at the film’s restoration from the original 35mm black and white separation masters * Theatrical trailer * Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet containing writing by Vic Pratt, William Fowler and Andrew Roberts

BLU-RAY + DVD SKU: AV082 SRP: $29.95 UPC: 760137972389 Street Date: 02/21/17 PreBook Date: 01/17/17 Label: Arrow Video » Genre: Cult Run Time: 90 mins Number of Discs: 2 Audio: STEREO Year of Production: 1973 Director: Don Sharp Actors: Nicky Henson, Beryl Reid, George Sanders

Box Lot: 30 Territory: US Language: English

Complete product details and hi res cover art, can be found HERE – Stills and photos HERE

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

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