Romero-Argento Duo ‘Two Evil Eyes’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Aug. 24 From MVD

Horror masters George Romero and Dario Argento direct a pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe in the two-disc set Two Evil Eyes, available on 4K Ultra HD Aug. 24 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

In Romero’s The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. In Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel, From Dusk Till Dawn) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet.

Martin Balsam (Psycho), E.G. Marshall (Creepshow), John Amos (The Beastmaster) and Tom Atkins (Night of the Creeps) co-star in this horror duo that also features makeup effects by Tom Savini (Maniac).

Blue Underground scanned Two Evil Eyes in 4K 16-bit from the original camera negative. The release features Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix.

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Bonus features include:
  • audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Murder By Design: The Unsane Cinema of Dario Argento;
  • the theatrical trailer;
  • a poster and still gallery;
  • “Two Masters’ Eyes,” featuring interviews with Argento and Romero, Savini, executive producer Claudio Argento and Asia Argento;
  • “Savini’s EFX,” a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s special make-up effects;
  • “At Home With Tom Savini,” a personal tour of Savini’s home;
  • Adrienne Barbeau on Romero;
  • “Before I Wake,” an interview with star Ramy Zada;
  • “Behind the Wall,” an interview with star Madeleine Potter;
  • “One Maestro and Two Masters,” an interview with composer Pino Donaggio;
  • “Rewriting Poe,” an interview with co-writer Franco Ferrini;
  • “The Cat Who Wouldn’t Die,” an interview with assistant director Luigi Cozzi;
  • “Two Evil Brothers,” an interview with special make-up assistant Everett Burrell; and
  • “Working With George,” an interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson.

 

David Lynch’s ‘Dune’ on 4K, Italian Cinema Headline Blu-ray Releases From Arrow and MVD in August

David Lynch’s Dune on 4K, the Italian “Sergio Martino Collection,” the Japanese erotic horror film Blind Beast, Dario Argento’s Cat O’ Nine Tails on 4K and the horror film The Brotherhood of Satan are coming to Blu-ray from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video in August.

On Aug. 3, Arrow kicks things off with the Blu-ray release of “The Sergio Martino Collection.” The three-disc set features three classic 1970s films from the Italian genre filmmaker. George Hilton stars as an insurance investigator trying to get to the bottom of a strange string of murders in The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail. Next, Martino takes on Edgar Allen Poe in Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key. Martino borrows elements from Poe’s “The Black Cat” to craft this tale of a series of murders around the estate of a degenerate author and his wife. In The Suspicious Death of a Minor, the murder of a prostitute leads to the discovery of a trafficking ring with ties to powerful people. All three films come with 2K restorations from the original camera negatives.

On Aug. 24, Arrow will release two titles on Blu-ray. First up is 1969’s Blind Beast. The erotic horror story of a blind sculptor that kidnaps a young model with the help of his mother comes courtesy of director Yasuzô Masumura, one of post-war Japan’s most important filmmakers.

Also coming from Arrow on Aug. 24 is the 4K Ultra HD release of Dario Argento’s classic giallo The Cat O’ Nine Tails, starring Academy Award winner Karl Malden. A newspaper reporter and a retired journalist work together to get to the bottom of a series of killings in this straight forward murder-mystery, offering an early glimpse into the style and technique that would later become Argento trademarks. The release features an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes; a fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards; and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative.

Arrow brings the month to a close with two titles Aug. 31. A cult of senior citizens recruits the children of a desert town to worship Satan in director Bernard McEveety’s The Brotherhood of Satan, due on Blu-ray. This low-budget horror entry was notable for giving theater patrons a packet of seeds during its original theatrical run. The seeds were labeled as “Satan’s soul” and claimed to offer protection “from the Black Magic of The Brotherhood of Satan.”

Also streeting Aug. 31 is David Lynch’s Dune (1984). The controversial adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved novel has achieved cult classic status over the years, and it arrives with a brand new 4K restoration on both limited edition Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray just ahead of the new blockbuster remake. The all-star cast of the sci-fi epic includes Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Sting, Patrick Stewart, Sean Young and Max von Sydow. The release includes a 60-page book featuring new writing on the film by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden; a large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions; and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor.

Arrow’s July Release Slate Includes Two Boxed Blu-ray Disc Sets, 4K Ultra HD of Argento Debut ‘Bird With the Crystal Plumage’

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.

Romero-Argento Horror Compilation ‘Two Evil Eyes’ Due on Blu-ray Oct. 29 From MVD and Blue Underground

Two Evil Eyes, featuring a pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe from directors George Romero and Dario Argento, will come out in a three-disc, limited-edition Blu-ray plus CD set from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

In Romero’s The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. In Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet.

Martin Balsam, E.G. Marshall, John Amos and Tom Atkins co-star.

In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, Blue Underground presents Two Evil Eyes in a new 4K restoration from its original camera negative.

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Bonus features include new audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Murder By Design: The Unsane Cinema of Dario Argento; the theatrical trailer; a poster and still gallery; “Two Masters’ Eyes,” featuring interviews with Argento and Romero, special make-up effects supervisor Tom Savini, executive producer Claudio Argento and Asia Argento; “Savini’s EFX,” a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s special make-up effects; “At Home With Tom Savini,” a personal tour of Savini’s home; “Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero”; “Before I Wake,” a new interview with star Ramy Zada; “Behind the Wall,” a new interview with star Madeleine Potter; “One Maestro and Two Masters,” a new interview with composer Pino Donaggio; “Rewriting Poe,” a new interview with co-writer Franco Ferrini; “The Cat Who Wouldn’t Die,” a new interview with assistant director Luigi Cozzi; “Two Evil Brothers,” a new interview with special make-up assistant Everett Burrell; and “Working With George,” a new interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson.

The set also includes a CD with the original motion picture soundtrack by Donaggio and a collectable booklet with a new essay by Michael Gingold.

‘Suspiria’ Remake Due on Digital Jan. 15, Disc Jan. 29 From Lionsgate

Luca Gudagnino’s re-imagining of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror cult classic Suspiria arrives on digital Jan. 15 and Blu-ray (plus digital) Jan. 29 from Lionsgate.

Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth and Chloë Grace Moretz, Guadagnino’s directorial follow-up to his Oscar-winning Call Me by Your Name (Best Adapted Screenplay, 2017) follows young American dancer Susie Bannion, who arrives in 1970s Berlin to audition for the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Company and stuns the troupe’s famed choreographer, Madame Blanc. When she vaults to the role of lead dancer, Olga, the previous lead, breaks down and accuses the company’s female directors of being witches.

Special features on Blu-ray and digital include the featurettes “The Making of Suspiria,” “The Secret Language of Dance,” and “The Transformations of Suspiria.”

Gilliam’s ‘Tideland,’ Argento’s ‘Cat O’ Nine Tales’ Among Titles Coming to Blu-ray From Arrow and MVD in August

Arrow Video will release several new titles on Blu-ray this August from MVD Entertainment Group.

Aug. 7 from director Kinji Fukasaku comes Street Mobster, in which a streetwise punk gets caught in a bloody street war in hopes of securing turf for the remnants of his former gang. The release includes audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes; the theatrical trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon; and for the first pressing only an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jasper Sharp.

Italian horror films The Cat O’ Nine Tails and What Have They Done to Your Daughters? come to Blu-ray Aug. 14.

The Cat O’ Nine Tails is the middle entry in the “Animal Trilogy” from Dario Argento. It’s the tale of a newspaper reporter and retired, blind journalist that join forces to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company’s top-secret projects. The release includes new audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman; new interviews with co-writer/director Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis and production manager Angelo Iacono; script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time; the original Italian and international theatrical trailers; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp.

What Have They Done to Your Daughters? is director Massimo Dallamano’s story of a police investigation into teen suicide that uncovers the dark details behind a teenage prostitution racket. The release includes new audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films; “Masters and Slaves: Power, Corruption & Decadence in the Cinema of Massimo Dallamano,” a new video essay by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine; “Eternal Melody,” an interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani; “Dallamano’s Touch,” an interview with editor Antonio Siciliano; unused hardcore footage shot for the film by Massimo Dallamano; the Italian theatrical trailer; an image gallery; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais; and for the first pressing only an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Mackenzie.

Also due Aug. 14 is The Gore Gore Girls. The darkly comedic spatterfest from legendary filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis follows a young reporter as she attempts to solve the murder of a Chicago stripper. The last film Lewis would make before returning 30 years later, it marked the first time he submitted one of his films to the MPAA where it would receive an ‘X’ rating. The release includes the bonus feature, 1971’s This Stuff’ll Kill Ya!; introductions to the films by Lewis; audio commentary on The Gore Gore Girls with Lewis; audio commentary on This Stuff’ll Kill Ya! with camera operator and Lewis biographer Daniel Krogh; author Stephen Thrower on The Gore Gore Girls; “Regional Bloodshed,” in which filmmakers Joe Swanberg and Spencer Parsons discuss Lewis’ legacy as a pioneer of regional indie filmmaking; “Herschell Spills His Guts,” in which Lewis discusses his career post-The Gore Gore Girls; the This Stuff’ll Kill Ya! Trailer; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil.

Tideland, a controversial film from director Terry Gilliam, follows a young girl who is left alone in a decrepit country estate where she is forced to live within her own imagination. It streets Aug. 21 and includes commentary by writer-director Gilliam and co-writer Tony Grisoni; an introduction by Gilliam; “Getting Gilliam,” a 45-minute documentary on the making of Tideland by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice); “The Making of Tideland” featurette; the “Filming Green Screen” featurette with commentary by Gilliam; interviews with Gilliam, producer Jeremy Thomas and actors Jeff Bridges, Jodelle Ferland and Jennifer Tilly; deleted scenes with commentary by Gilliam; B-roll footage; a photo gallery; the theatrical trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring two choices of original artwork; and for the first pressing only an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Neil Mitchell.

Coming Aug. 28 from Mohsen Makhamalbaf, an Iranian filmmaker known for his ability to explore the relationship between the individual and a larger social and political environment, come Gabbeh, The Silence, and The Gardener, which Makhamalbaf has dubbed “The Poetic Trilogy.” The release includes audio commentary on Gabbeh by critic Godfrey Cheshire; “Poetry in Motion: An Interview with Mohsen Makhmalbaf,” an in-depth conversation between the Iranian auteur and film critic Jonathan Romney, newly produced for this edition; “Mohsen with Closed Eyes,” an archival interview with Makhmalbaf on The Silence; original trailers; a stills and collections gallery; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow; and for the first pressing only an illustrated booklet featuring new writing by film academic Negar Mottahedeh and Makhmalbaf.

Also coming Aug. 3 is the book Philip K. Dick on Film by Gregg Rickman. The now legendary writings of Dick (1928-1982) have inspired fourteen feature films and four TV series, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, “The Man in the High Castle,” Blade Runner 2049 and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. The book reviews all of the above films and television shows from, as much as possible, the perspective of Dick himself.