1976 Enzo G. Castellari film “Keoma” starring Franco Nero on Blu-ray in April

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The 1976 Enzo G. Castellari directed Western Keoma starring Franco Nero is getting a Blu-ray Disc release on April 16th, via Arrow Video. The film, co-starring William Berger and Olga Karlatos, has previously been released as a double feature on Blu-ray format (back in 2012). This time around the folks at Arrow have given it a new 2K restoration from the original 35MM camera negatives. Tech specs for the release include 1080p video and uncompressed PCM 1.0 Mono sound. The Arrow Blu-ray can be found for pre-order now over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included and detailed info regarding this upcoming release can be found below.

  • Keoma and the Twilight of the Spaghetti Western – a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • Play as an Actor – a new interview with actor Volfango Soldati
  • The Flying Thug – a new interview with actor Massimo Vanni
  • Parallel Actions – a new interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci
  • Writing Keoma – a new interview with actor and writer Luigi Montefiori AKA George Eastman
  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust – a new interview with director Enzo G. Castellari
  • The Ballad of Keoma – a new interview with the legendary star Franco Nero
  • New audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack, Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • An Introduction to Keoma by Alex Cox – an archival featurette with the acclaimed director, Original Italian and international theatrical trailers, Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive, Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio, High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative

2001 Robert Altman directed film “Gosford Park” on Blu-ray in November

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The 2001 Robert Altman directed film Gosford Park is getting a Blu-ray Disc release on November 27th via Arrow Academy – a label of Arrow Video. This film won an Academy Award for best Screenplay, and its star-studded cast featured Alan Bates, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jeremy Northam, Bob Balaban, Charles Dance, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson, and Ryan Phillippe. Tech specs for the release include 1080p video from a brand new 2K restoration (and a 4K scan) with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. This new restoration was “supervised and approved by director of photography Andrew Dunn” according to Arrow Academy. The title is available for PRE-ORDER now over at Amazon. A list of details regarding the release and bonus materials set to be included can be found below.

  • Brand new 2K restoration from a 4K scan, carried out by Arrow films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director of photography Andrew Dunn
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by director Robert Altman, production designer Stephen Altman and producer David Levy
  • Audio commentary by writer-producer Julian Fellowes
  • Brand-new audio commentary by critics Geoff Andrew and David Thompson (author of Altman on Altman)
  • Introduction by critic Geoff Andrew
  • Brand new cast and crew interviews recorded exclusively for this release
  • The Making of Gosford Park archive featurette
  • Keeping Gosford Park Authentic archive featurette
  • Q&A Session with Altman and the cast
  • Fifteen deleted scenes with optional Altman commentary
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Sheila O’Malley and an archive interview with Robert Altman

1981 slasher film “Bloody Birthday” gets Arrow Video Blu-ray release in December

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The 1981 slasher film Bloody Birthday will be getting a Blu-ray Disc re-release via Arrow Video on December 4th. The film, directed by Ed Hunt, starred Lori Lethin, and was previously released on Blu-ray back in 2014. This new Blu-ray will include a brand new 2K restoration from the original film elements. Tech specs for the release include 1080p HD video and Uncompressed Linear PCM Mono sound. The title is now available to PRE-ORDER over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • Brand NEW audio commentary with director Ed Hunt
  • Brand NEW audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • Brand NEW interview with actress Lori Lethin
  • Bad Seeds and Body Counts a brand new video appreciation of Bloody Birthday and the killer kid sub-genre by film journalist Chris Alexander
  • Archival interview with producer Max Rosenberg
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Lee Gambin