‘True Romance’ on 4K Among Titles Due on Blu-ray from Arrow and MVD in June

The 1990s crime romance True Romance, the horror film The Initiation of Sarah and the 1980s slasher Edge of Sanity are being released on Blu-ray from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group in June.

The Initiation of Sarah (1978) comes to Blu-ray on June 21 with a brand-new 2K restoration from the camera negative. Satanic secrets and telekinetic terror combine in this made-for-TV horror movie directed by Hammer Films alumnus Robert Day (She), from a story co-written by Tom Holland (Fright Night), featuring cinematography by Ric Waite (48 Hrs). In the film, shy misfit Sarah Goodwin (Kay Lenz, House), has a secret gift: the ability to control — and destroy — with her mind. When Sarah goes off to college with her more outgoing and popular sister, Patty (Morgan Brittany, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat), their plans to join the most prestigious sorority on campus are scuttled by snobby president Jennifer Lawrence (Morgan Fairchild, Phantom of the Mall). Separated from her sister, Sarah is taken in by a rival, less popular sorority, whose mysterious house mother, Mrs. Hunter (Shelley Winters, The Night of the Hunter), is harboring a secret of her own: a scheme to harness Sarah’s terrifying power for revenge. The release includes audio commentary from TV movie expert Amanda Reyes, a new interview with writer Tom Holland, and a new appreciation of the film that examines it through a queer feminist lens with the hosts of the Gaylords of Darkness podcast.

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Also due June 21 is Edge of Sanity, a late ’80s slasher that takes elements from Jack the Ripper and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and blends them together. The iconic Anthony Perkins stars as Dr. Henry Jekyll, a scientist experimenting on the human psyche in 1880s England. After mixing ether and cocaine, Dr. Jekyll transforms into Edward “Jack the Ripper” Hyde and begins to go on a killing spree, hunting down prostitutes on the streets of England. Edge of Sanity was directed by Gérard Kikoïne and, in addition to Perkins, stars Glynis Barber, David Lodge and Harry Landis. Arrow’s release features a new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, a new audio commentary and new interviews.

Arrow closes the month out on June 28 with 1993’s True Romance on limited-edition Blu-ray, limited-edition 4K Ultra HD, limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook and limited-edition 4K Ultra HD deluxe Steelbook. Tony Scott directs this love story about a martial arts-loving Elvis fanatic (Christian Slater) that falls for a call girl (Patricia Arquette) and kills her pimp, forcing the two of them to go on the run. The Quentin Tarantino-penned script follows the two inseparable love birds as they go to great lengths to prove that love has no bounds. In addition to Slater and Arquette, the film also stars Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport and James Gandolfini. Special features include new restorations of both the theatrical and director’s cuts; audio commentary tracks with Scott, Tarantino, Slater and Arquette; a 60-page perfect-bound collectors’ booklet; and a double-sided poster.

Arrow Video US Sets January Blu-ray Releases of ‘Shock,’ ‘Red Angel,’ ‘Sleep’

Arrow Video US is kicking off 2022 with new three Blu-ray Disc genre releases from Italy, Japan and Germany.

Mario Bava’s Shock (1977), coming Jan. 18, stars the legendary Daria Nicolodi as Dora, a woman that goes through extensive electroshock treatment and then moves into her old home with her young son and her new husband. While in the home, she’s tormented by the memories of her dead first husband.

Released in the United States as Beyond the Door II, Shock was the last theatrical film Bava would release before his death in 1980. Arrow presents Shock with a brand-new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative. This new restoration features Italian and English soundtracks and newly translated English subtitles. Special features include new audio commentary, new interviews with co-writers Lamberto Bava and Dardano Sacchetti, a video essay, and  more.

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Also arriving on Blu-ray Disc on Jan. 18 is 1966’s Red Angel, from director Yasuzo Masumura. Red Angel takes a look at the horrors of war through the eyes of Sakura Nishi (Ayako Wakao), a young field nurse on the front lines in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. While tending the wounds of soldiers injured in battle, Nishi must also be strong enough to deal with their unstable mental state and unwanted sexual advances.

Arrow’s Blu-ray release of Red Angel contains a high-definition film presentation with the original uncompressed Japanese audio. Special features include a new audio commentary with Japanese cinema scholar David Desser, a new film introduction by Tony Rayns and a new visual essay from Jonathan Rosenbaum. First pressings will also include an illustrated booklet with new writing from Irene Gonzalez-Lopez.
 
Arrow’s final release of the month is Sleep, which will be issued on Blu-ray Disc on Jan. 25. After being plagued by horrific nightmares of a place she has never been, Marlene (Sandra Hüller) suffers a mental breakdown in a remote village and is placed in a psychiatric ward. Marlene’s daughter Mona (Gro Swantje Kohlhof) follows after her, uncovers dark family secrets, and reveals a curse that threatens her life.

The debut film from director Michael Venus, released in 2020, earned German Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Feature Film Debut, and Best Editing.  Special features on Arrow’s limited-edition Blu-ray release include an audio commentary track with authors Kim Newman and Sean Hogan, a visual essay from film scholar Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, a conversation between director Venus and star Kohlhof, and more.

Arrow Video US releases are distributed through the MVD Entertainment Group.