Schwarzenegger’s ‘Total Recall’ on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 8

Lionsgate will release the 1990 sci-fi classic Total Recall on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time Dec. 8 in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary.

The three-disc combo pack will include the film on both 4K and standard Blu-ray, plus a Blu-ray of additional bonus material.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven and inspired by the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker on Earth in 2084 whose memory implant of a vacation to Mars awakens the dormant personality of a secret agent involved with revolutionary forces on the red planet. The cast also includes Rachel Ticotin, Michael Ironside, Sharon Stone and Ronny Cox.

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The film has been restored by StudioCanal in 4K from a scan of the original 35mm negative. Supervised by Verhoeven, the restoration crew paid particularly high attention to preserving special-effects continuity. Total Recall was one of the earliest films to use computer-generated images for visual effects, winning a Special Achievement Oscar.

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The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the film in Dolby Vision with Dolby Atmos sound, plus commentary with Schwarzenegger and Verhoeven, the film’s trailer, the new documentary Total Excess: How Carolco Changed Hollywood, and the new featurettes “Open Your Mind: Scoring Total Recall” and “Dreamers Within the Dream: Developing Total Recall.”

The second disc will contain the film on regular Blu-ray, plus the commentary and the two new featurettes. Disc three will be a regular Blu-ray with the Carolco documentary, the trailer, and previously released extras including the documentary “Imagining Total Recall” and the featurettes “The Making of Total Recall” and “Total Recall: The Special Effects.”

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A version of the combo pack in Steelbook packaging will be available exclusively at Best Buy.

Best Buy’s ‘Total Recall’ Steelbook

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.