Two limited-edition Blu-ray Disc boxed sets of classic movies and a 4K Ultra HD edition of Italian horror master Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage highlight Arrow Video’s July 2021 disc release slate.
Releases get underway July 6 with Threshold, available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film, produced last year, tells the story of a girl who believes she is cursed and convinces her brother to head out on a cross-country road trip to break the curse. The psychological thriller was co-directed by Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young and stars Joey Millin, Nadine Sondej-Robinson, Daniel Abraham Stevens, John Terrell and Madison West.
Other releases all become available on July 27 and include two limited-edition Blu-ray Disc boxed sets.
The Vengeance Trails: Four Classic Westerns includes four classic Italian-American Westerns from the late 1960s and early ’70s: Massacre Time, My Name is Pecos, Bandidos and And God Said to Cain.
- In Lucio Fulci’s Massacre Time (1966), Franco Nero stars as a New Mexico prospector who returns home to help his drunkard brother save the family ranch from a businessman and his sadistic son.
- Robert Woods stars in My Name is Pecos (1967), from director Maurizio Lucidi. Woods plays a Mexican gunslinger who squares off with the man that killed his family.
- Enrico Maria Salerno is a gunman who seeks revenge on a former pupil in director Massimo Dallamano’s Bandidos (1967).
- Rounding out the set is And God Said to Cain (1970), from director Antonio Margheiti. Klaus Kinski stars as a recently released prisoner who tracks down the men who framed him.
All four films all restored in 2K using the original 35mm camera negatives. The four-disc limited edition set includes an illustrator collector’s booklet and a fold-out double-sided poster.
The second boxed set due on July 27 is The Daimajin Trilogy. This limited edition Blu-ray Disc set includes all three films in the “Daiei” series — Daimajin, Return of Daimajin, and Wrath Of Daimajin. The series takes the Golem legend and places it in 16th century Japan. The films have frequently been overlooked, but fans of the films have frequently placed them among the best the kaiju genre has to offer, praising the outstanding special effects. The set includes a 100-page book featuring essays by Jonathan Clements, Keith Aiken, Ed Godziszewski, Raffael Coronelli, Erik Homenick, Robin Gatto, and Kevin Derendorf.
Also out on July 27 is The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, director Argento’s groundbreaking debut and a film largely responsible for kicking the “Giallo” genre into high gear. Roger Ebert praised the film, saying it’s “what thrillers are all about,” while Bloody Disgusting dubbed it a “flawless debut.” Tony Musante stars as an American author vacationing in Rome when he witnesses a terrible murder, but things aren’t quite as they seem. This new release sees the Argento classic make the jump to 4K Ultra HD with a brand new 4K restoration, courtesy of Arrow. This set includes an illustrated booklet featuring writings on the film and a fold-out poster.