‘Bad Biology,’ ‘Nightmare’ Among Cult, Horror Titles Available on Disc Jan. 30 From Severin and MVD

The cult film Bad Biology and the horror titles Nightmare, The Psychic and Danza Macabra Volume Two: The Italian Gothic Collection are available on disc Jan. 30 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Due on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, Bad Biology (2008) comes from splatter master Frank Henenlotter (writer/director of Frankenhooker, Brain Damage, “The Basket Case” trilogy). After 17 years, he returned with the most graphic, transgressive and jaw-droppingly depraved black comedy shocker of his career in Bad Biology. In the film, Jennifer (Charlee Danielson) is a homicidal nymphomaniac who spontaneously births mutant babies, and Batz (Anthony Sneed) has a monstrous penis with a mind of its own. In a city ruled by pleasure and pain, will two made-for-each-other freaks deliver the ultimate orgasmic horror? Eleonore Hendricks (Daddy Longlegs), radio host Rude Jude and director James Glickenhaus (The Exterminator) co-star in the film produced and co-written by underground hip-hop hero R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn with F/X by Gabe Bartalos (Skinned Deep), now scanned in 4K from the camera negative. Special features include commentary with director Frank Henenlotter, director of photography Nick Deeg and actor Anthony Sneed; archival commentary with director Frank Henenlotter and producer R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn; “Spook House,” interviews with director Frank Henenlotter, producer R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn, production coordinator Michael Shershenovich, director of photography Nick Deeg, retired detective David Henenlotter and production manager Chaz Kangas; “In the Basement With Charlee Danielson,” an interview Danielson; “Deeg and Sneed,” a conversation between Nick Deeg and Anthony Sneed; “Swollen Agenda,” interview with makeup effects artist Gabe Bartalos; “Suck,” a short film By Anthony Sneed; “Legendary Loser,” a music video by R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn; and an image gallery.

Due on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD is the controversial and misunderstood genre film Nightmare (1981). In the film, when a homicidal mental patient (Baird Stafford) flees an experimental drug program, he leaves a five-day trail of psychosexual carnage from the peep shows of 42nd Street to the gore-soaked shores of Florida. Written and directed by Romano Scavolini, the film — with a U.K. release as Nightmares in a Damaged Brain led to the imprisonment of distributor David Hamilton-Grant — has been scanned from the internegative and various foreign print sources to create the most complete version ever assembled. Special features include audio commentary with star Baird Stafford and special effects assistant Cleve Hall moderated by Lee Christian and David DeCoteau; audio commentary with producer William Paul; “Kill Thy Father and Thy Mother,” an interview with director Romano Scavolini; “Dreaming Up a Nightmare,” cast and crew interviews; “The Nightmare of Nightmare,” an interview with erroneously credited special effects director Tom Savini; “The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of,” an interview with makeup artist Robin Stevens; “A Nightmare on Many Streets,” a locations tour with Rue Morgue writer Michael Gingold; the open matte peep show sequence; deleted scenes; a still gallery; and trailers.

Due on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray is The Psychic (1977), writer/director Lucio Fulci’s giallo masterpiece. In the film, Jennifer O’Neill (Scanners) stars as a woman tormented by violent visions of past slayings. Or are they premonitions of murders still to come? Gabriele Ferzetti (The Night Porter), Marc Porel (The Sister of Ursula), Gianni Garko (Night of the Devils) and Evelyn Stewart (Footprints) co-star in the film originally titled Murder to the Tune of the Seven; co-written by Fulci, Roberto Gianviti (Don’t Torture a Duckling) and Dardano Sacchetti (The Beyond); and scanned in 4K from the original negative. Special features include “Doom and Gloom,” an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti with contributions from director Lucio Fulci; selected scene commentary with cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Freak-O-Rama’s Federico Caddeo; “Close Up on the Eyes,” an audio interview with camera operator Franco Bruni; “Elegant Ladies,” an audio interview with costume designer Massimo Lentini; “Cutting Moments,” an audio interview with editor Bruno Micheli; and the trailer.

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Due on 4K Ultra HD is Danza Macabra Vol. Two: The Italian Gothic Collection (1960s and 1970s). In this second collection of Italian gothic shockers, viewers enter cobweb-shrouded worlds of violence, madness and sexual deviance. Gothic goddess Barbara Steele stars in Antonio Margheriti’s Castle of Blood and its Italian version Danza Macabra, both restored and scanned in 4K and presented in UHD for the first time ever. Jekyll is 1969’s award-winning four-part RAI-TV sceneggiati from writer/director/star Giorgio Albertazzi that contemporizes the classic tale of man’s darkest impulses. Writer/director Corrado Farina reinvents the Dracula legend as a modern-day capitalist conspiracy with his startling and long out-of-print 1971 debut They Have Changed Their Face. Rosalba Neri is seduced by Satan himself in 1972’s The Devil’s Lover, finally available restored and uncut. All four titles are now presented in their North American Premieres, newly mastered from the best available elements with more than 13 collective hours of special features.

Horror Flicks ‘City of the Living Dead’ and ‘Frankenstein ’80’ Due From MVD

Two Italian horror flicks, City of the Living Dead (1980) and Frankenstein ’80 (1972), are due on disc from Cauldron Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In City of the Living Dead (a.k.a. The Gates of Hell), available on 4K Ultra HD Aug. 29, when a priest hangs himself in a cemetery, he opens the gates of hell in the mysterious New England town of Dunwich. At the same moment, Psychic Mary Woodhouse (Catriona MacColl, House By the Cemetery, The Beyond) enters a trance and witnesses the cosmic events unfold, causing her to seemingly die of fright. After being buried alive, she is rescued by skeptical reporter Peter Bell (Christopher George, Pieces, Enter the Ninja, Rat Patrol) who joins her on the journey toward Dunwich to help close the gates of hell before evil is unleashed upon the world. Lucio Fulci’s gut-spewing, brain smashing, head drilling, Lovecraftian zombie nightmare features a list of Italian talent behind the scenes with a screenplay co-written by Dardano Sacchetti (Rat Man, Demons), special FX by Gino De Rossi (Zombie, Cannibal Ferox), cinematography by Sergio Salvati (Contraband, The Beyond), and a soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi (Contraband, The Psychic). It also features supporting performances by Giovanni Lombardo Radice (Phantom of Death, House on the Edge of the Park), Carlo De Mejo (Contamination, House by the Cemetery) and Janet Agren (Rat Man, The Iron Commissioner). Cauldron Films’ worldwide UHD debut of Lucio Fulci’s Italian horror classic features an updated 4K restoration, with a new Dolby Vision color grade. The release features three discs, including the 4K UHD feature, Blu-ray feature and Blu-ray extras. Special features include a new audio commentary with film historian Samm Deighan; archival audio commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson; archival audio commentary with actress Catriona MacColl moderated by Jay Slater; archival audio commentary with actor Giovanni Lombardo Radice moderated by Calum Waddell; “Zombie Kings: Interview with Massimo Antonello Geleng”; “Requiem for Bob: Interview with Giovanni Lombardo Radice”; “On Stage: Q&A with Venantino Venantini & Ruggero Deodato”; a Catriona MacColl Q&A; a Fabio Frizzi Q&A; “The Meat Munching Movies of Gino De Rossi”; “Carlo of the Living Dead,” an archival interview with actor Carlo De Mejo; “A Trip Through Bonaventure Cemetery”; a Catriona Maccoll video intro from 2001; an image gallery; a double sided Blu-ray wrap with artwork by Matthew Therrien; optional English SDH subtitles; and seamless branching to watch in English language with English credit sequences and watch Italian language with Italian credit sequences.

In Frankenstein ’80, due on Blu-ray Aug. 15, when Professor Schwarz invents a new serum that helps transplant patients better accept their new organs, Dr. Frankenstein quickly steals it to bring to life his greatest creation — Mosaic. Once alive, Mosaic is uncontrollable and escapes from the lab nightly to solicit prostitutes and leave a trail of corpses across the city that only seems to baffle the police and create a wave of fear. Mario Mancini’s (camera operator on Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace and Black Sunday) only film as director is a stylish, gory, and sleazy take on the Frankenstein story in true Italian exploitation fashion. With nods to giallo films, a streak of dark humor, featuring gruesome special effects by Carlo Rambaldi (E.T., Bay of Blood) and starring Gordon Mitchell (Shanghai Joe), Xiro Papas (Black Killer), John Richardson (Black Sunday), Renato Romano (The Fifth Cord) and Dalila Di Lazzaro (Flesh for Frankenstein), Cauldron Films presents Frankenstein ’80, uncensored and restored on Blu-ray for the first time. It features a 2K restoration from the uncensored negative in English audio and Italian audio with English subtitles. Extras include “Dalila Forever: The Recorded Memories of Dalila Di Lazzaro”; “Little Frankensteins: History of Italian Frankenstein films with Domenico Monetti”; audio commentary by film historian Heather Drain; and a reversible Blu-ray wrap with alternate artwork.

Japanese Classic ‘Big Time Gambling Boss,’ Italian Classic ‘The Iron Prefect’ Due on Blu-ray July 18 From Radiance and MVD

The Japanese classic Big Time Gambling Boss and the Italian classic The Iron Prefect will be released on Blu-ray Disc July 18 from Radiance Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Originally released in 1968, Big Time Gambling Boss is set in Tokyo in the 1930s, where gang boss Arakawa is ill and a successor must be named. The choice falls on Nakai, but being an outsider he refuses and suggests senior clansman Matsuda instead. But Matsuda is in jail and the elders won’t wait for his release, so they appoint the younger and more malleable Ishido to take the reins. Clan honor and loyalties are severely tested when Matsuda is released, resulting in an increasingly violent internal strife. An atmospheric tale of gangland intrigue written by Kazuo Kasahara (Battles Without Honor and Humanity) and starring Tomisaburo Wakayama (Lone Wolf and Cub, “The Bounty Hunter Trilogy”) and genre legend Koji Tsuruta, Big Time Gambling Boss is a classic of the Yakuza genre. Special features include a visual essay by genre expert Chris D., author of Gun and Sword: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980, on Big Time Gambling Boss‘s origins in the Toei studio’s serialized yakuza movie production and what sets the film apart; “Ninkyo 101,” a video essay with Mark Schilling, author of The Yakuza Movie Book; a gallery of promotional stills; and the trailer.

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The Iron Prefect (1977) is based on the true story of Cesare Mori, the Iron Prefect who was sent to Sicily for an Eliot Ness-in-The Untouchables style clean up of the mafia. Mori approaches organized crime on the island with uncompromising force even in the face of mass murders designed to scare him off. Pasquale Squitieri (The Climber) directs the period piece which won the David di Donatello award for best film and features spaghetti western icon Giuliano Gemma playing against type as the titular hero, winning him an award for his performance at the prestigious Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Alongside Gemma are co-stars Claudia Cardinale (The Day of the Owl) and Francisco Rabal (Sorcerer), screenwriter Ugo Pirro (The Working Class Goes to Heaven) and composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in America). The released includes a 2K restoration of the film from the original negative presented with Italian and English audio options; new and improved English subtitles for Italian audio and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for English audio; and uncompressed mono PCM audio. Special features include an archival interview with director Pasquale Squitieri and star Giuliano Gemma (2009); a new interview with Squitieri biographer Domenico Monetti (2023); a new appreciation of Giuliano Gemma and the film by filmmaker Alex Cox (2023); the original trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring designs based on the original posters; and a limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Italian cinema expert Guido Bonsaver and an original article on the real-life Cesare Mori and his Mafia raid as depicted within the film.

Italian Drama ‘The King of Laughter’ Due on Digital and DVD Feb. 14

The Italian drama The King of Laughter will be released on digital and DVD Feb. 14 from Film Movement.

The film is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Belle Époque Naples, where theaters and the cinema were thriving and the great comic actor Eduardo Scarpetta was the box office king. Known in the Neapolitan theater for his cheeky alter egos, Scarpetta’s larger-than-life stage productions were matched only by his eccentric personal life. Composed of wives, partners, lovers, legitimate and illegitimate children (including a young Eduardo De Filippo, famed Neapolitan playwright), Scarpetta’s home situation resembled one of his comedies more than a traditional family. In 1904, at the height of his popularity, the comedian risked everything by staging a parody of the great Italian poet, Gabriele D’Annunzio. Booed and hissed from the stage by younger rivals, Scarpetta was sued for plagiarism, leading to the first ever copyright lawsuit in Italy. Despite the draining years of legal troubles and familial strife, Scarpetta fought not only for his craft but for his legacy as one of the great thespians of Italian theater.

The film was nominated for 26 international awards, including the 2021 Venice Golden Lion for Best Film, and captured 14, including the Best Actor Award for Toni Servillo at Venice and Best Costume Design at Italy’s 2022 David di Donatello Awards, as well as Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography and Best Film at the 2021 Golden Ciak Awards.

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Bonuses include the short film La Smorfia directed by Emanuele Palamara. It follows Carmine, a popular Neapolitan singer, who is left disfigured and confined to a wheelchair after a tragic accident. He longs to return to the stage, but when his doting sister stands in the way he devises a treacherous plan.

 

Crunchyroll Premieres First Italian Dubs

Anime brand Crunchyroll is premiering its first Italian dubs streaming this spring. 

The list of series receiving Italian dubs includes:

  • season one of “The Rising of the Shield Hero,” a dark fantasy isekai that follows Naofumi Iwatani in his journey to become the shield hero (Italian speakers can catch up on season one dubs, while following the season two simulcast each week);
  • “My Dress-Up Darling,” a rom-com in which two opposite worlds collide as a shy boy and a popular girl find a connection via cosplay; and
  • “Ranking of Kings,” a series that follows Prince Bojji, who is unable to hear or speak, but sets off on an adventure to prove that he’s a worthy heir with the help of a shadow named Kage. 

 

Earlier this month, Crunchyroll announced the full slate of dubbed anime heading to the platform with 25 series streaming for fans in a mix of English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Russian.

Crunchyroll connects anime and manga fans across 200-plus countries and territories. In addition to free ad-supported and subscription premium content, Crunchyroll serves the anime community across events, theatrical, games, consumer products, collectibles and manga publishing.

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The Crunchyroll app is available on more than 15 platforms, including all gaming consoles.

Crunchyroll is an independently operated joint venture between U.S.-based Sony Pictures Entertainment and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., both subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corp.

Italian Film ‘The Fashion Lover’ Due on Digital May 17 From Ariztical

The foreign coming-of-age drama The Fashion Lover will be released through digital retailers May 17 from Ariztical Entertainment.

In the Italian film, young Sardinian shepherd boy Giovannino dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Unfortunately, his small rural town is a long way from the bright lights. With his cheating father out of the picture, Giovanni must reckon with an angry mom. But two friends, a fashion teacher with connections and a buddy who’ll do anything for him, give Giovanni hope.

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Directed by Marco Pollini, the film stars Pino Ammendola, Frencesco Desogus, Mariandrea Cesari, Valentina Sulas and Davide Garau.

The Fashion Lover – Trailer from Ariztical Entertainment on Vimeo.

 

‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,’ ‘Robocop’ on 4K Among Titles Due in April From Arrow and MVD

Six titles, including two new box sets and three 4K Ultra HD releases, are available in the April lineup from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group.

The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter, from legendary Shaw Brothers’ director Lau Kar-leung, makes its American Blu-ray debut April 5. In the film, General Yeung Yip and his sons are ambushed and brutally attacked, leaving Yip and all but two of his sons killed or captured. One son, Yeung Chiu (Alexander Fu Sheng), returns home to his mother and sisters. The other son, Yeung Dak (Gordon Liu), goes to live in a monastery where he develops the eight diagram pole fighting technique. After one of their sisters is captured, Dak is driven with anger to return home and exact his revenge. The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter was one of the last great martial arts epics to be released by the famous Shaw Brothers studio. However, the film is also remembered for the great tragedy that struck during filming. Star Fu Sheng tragically died in a car accident midway through production. As a result, Kar-leung reworked the final half of the script, turning it into the ultimate action spectacular as a tribute to his young star. This Arrow release features a brand-new 2K restoration from the original camera negative and comes loaded with bonus content.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is available on 4K Ultra HD April 12. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars alongside an all-star cast that includes Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter and Ian Holm in this cinematic telling of the influential gothic tale. At the turn of the 19th century, scientist Victor Frankenstein (Branagh) is determined to conquer human morality. His attempt at playing God results in the creation of a hideous monster (De Niro). The film earned an Oscar nod for Best Makeup and seven nominations at the Saturn Awards. Arrow brings the film to 4K for the first time with a brand new restoration from the original camera negatives. The release includes a slate of new special features, including a documentary on the origins and evolution of the Frankenstein story. 

April 12 also marks the release of Robocop in a limited edition 4K Ultra HD steelbook. This sci-fi classic, about a terminally injured cop (Peter Weller) that returns to the line of duty as a cyborg advertised as the future of law enforcement, introduced Hollywood to the wild world of director Paul Verhoeven. The film is making its global debut in 4K, with a restoration approved by Verhoeven. Included in this limited edition release are both the theatrical and director’s cuts of the film.

On April 19, Arrow will release Rogue Cops & Racketeers: Two Crime Thrillers by Enzo G. Castellari on Blu-ray. One of the most influential Italian genre directors of all time, Castellari made a name for himself helming titles such as Keoma and The Inglorious Bastards. Arrow presents two of Castellari’s action-packed titles in one set. First up, is 1976’s The Big Racket, in which a gang of goons attempts to bring an Italian city to its knees by extorting money from local shops and bar owners. Unfortunately for them, Inspector Palmieri (Fabio Testi) is on the scene. The film is notable for a death-defying stunt that sees Testi trapped in a car that goes tumbling down a ditch. Rounding out the set is Castellar’s The Heroin Busters. Testi returns, this time as an Italian police officer that goes undercover to bring down an international heroin smuggling ring. While on the job, he and a hot-tempered Interpol agent (David Hemmings) working the same case, butt heads. The limited-edition two-disc set includes brand-new 2K restorations for both films, new audio commentary tracks and new interviews.

Arrow will release their second set of Claude Chabrol films on April 26 with Twisting The Knife: Four Films by Claude Chabrol. This four-disc set brings together four films from the later part of Chabrol’s career starting with 1997’s The Swindle. In that film, Victor (Michel Serrault) and Betty (Isabelle Huppert) are a pair of small-time scam artists that travel in their camper van from business convention to business convention robbing unsuspecting businessmen. Betty sets her sights on something more ambitious and convinces Victor to take on a mark with a potential payday of 5 million Swiss francs. The pair soon realize they’re in over-their-head and must fight for their lives. In The Color of Lies, a 10-year-old girl is found murdered in a small town. René (Jacques Gamblin), her art teacher, is the last one to see her alive and instantly becomes a prime suspect. Chabrol partnered with Huppert once more for the 2000 psychological thriller Nightcap. Huppert stars as Mika, owner of a Swiss chocolate company and the first wife of renowned pianist André Polonski (Jacques Dutronc). After André’s second wife dies, he remarries Mika. Soon an unsuspecting visitor arrives, bringing with her revelations of foul play and long-hidden family secrets. The final film on the set is 2003’s The Flower of Evil, in which a wealthy family living in Bordeaux sees their perfect life come crashing down when the wife of the family, Anne (Nathalie Baye), decides to run for mayor. A political smear campaign reveals secrets of an old murder scandal that threatens to bring the family down. The Flower of Evil was nominated for Best European Film at the 18th annual Goya Awards. Bonus content on the set includes new 4K restorations; new audio commentary tracks; new interviews; and an 80-page collector’s booklet of new writing by Sean Hogan, Brad Stevens, Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Pamela Hutchinson.

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The month comes to a close on April 26 with the 4K Ultra HD upgrade of Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi thriller 12 Monkeys. Set in a future world that is ravaged by disease and death, the film stars Bruce Willis as a convict sent back in time to find the original virus and help develop a cure. Brad Pitt earned an Oscar nomination for his turn as Jeffrey Goines, a mental patient with environmentalist and anti-corporatist views. This new release comes with archival bonus content and a limited-edition illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Nathan Rabin and Ian Christie.

Fellini Classic ‘La Dolce Vita’ Headed to Blu-ray With New Intro by Martin Scorsese

Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic La Dolce Vita will be released on Blu-ray Feb. 8 by Paramount Home Entertainment with a new introduction by director Martin Scorsese, who shares his thoughts on the film and its impact on cinema.

Both a critique of the culture of stardom and a look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome’s rich, La Dolce Vita follows a notorious celebrity journalist over one crazy week. It stars Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée and Yvonne Furneaux.

The film was restored in 2011 by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with The Film Foundation, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Mediaset-Medusa, Paramount Pictures and Cinecittà Luce.

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Italian Thrillers ‘Deep Red,’ Gaillo Classics Hitting Disc This Fall From Arrow and MVD

Dario Argento’s Deep Red in 4K and a “Giallo Essentials” collection are being released on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 26 and Nov. 30, respectively, from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video.

From legendary director Argento (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), Deep Red is being released on 4K Ultra HD Oct. 26 with a new 4K restoration of both the original 127-minute Italian version and the 105-minute export version from the original negative by Arrow Films. In the film, one night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator — or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems.

Three films from the Italian export genre giallo — films steeped in mystery and intrigue, delivered with stylized violence — are available Nov. 30 in the first of a multi-volume series of “Giallo Essentials,” including The Possessed (1965), The Fifth Cord (1971) and The Pyjama Girl Case (1978). The films feature a raft of talent in front of and behind the camera with each film restored from the original camera negatives and presented with a range of contextualising interviews and featurettes. The Possessed is based on one of Italy’s most notorious crimes. It tells the story of a depressed novelist (Peter Baldwin) in search of his old flame (Virna Lisi) who has disappeared under suspicious circumstances, prompting an investigation that finds him plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder. The Fifth Cord boasts a complex, Agatha Christie-esque plot of investigation into a series of brutal assaults. As the body count rises, whisky swilling journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero) finds himself under suspicion, making it all the more imperative he crack the case. The Pyjama Girl Case, inspired by a real-life case, takes viewers to Australia where former inspector Timpson comes out of retirement to crack the case of a young woman, found on the beach, shot in the head, burned to hide her identity and dressed in distinctive yellow pajamas.

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.