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Arrow Video USA releases for 2021

An exciting announcement from UK label, Arrow Video, with upcoming North American region-A releases for March 2021. Two science-fiction thrillers from Japan, The Invisible Man Appears (1949), The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly (1957); The Bloodhound (2020); An American Werewolf in London (1981 / Steelbook); JSA – Joint Security Area (2000).

The Invisible Man Appears (1949)

For the very first time, directors Shinsei Adachi and Shigehiro Fukushima’s little-known sci-fi thriller, The Invisible Man Appears (1949), will be released on Blu-ray

Finally released outside Japan for the very first time, these unique riffs on H.G. Wells’ classic character (though undoubtedly also indebted to Universal’s iconic film series) are two of the earliest examples of tokusatsu (special effects) cinema from Daiei Studios, later the home of Gamera.

In The Invisible Man Appears, written and directed by Nobuo Adachi in 1949, a scientist successfully creates an invisibility serum, only to be kidnapped by a gang of thugs who wish to use the formula to rob a priceless jewel. In addition to being the earliest surviving Japanese science fiction film ever made, the film’s entertaining special effects were an early credit for the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, five years before he first brought Godzilla to life.

The Invisible Man Appears (1949) Blu-ray

Release date: March 16, 2021
Genre: Sci-fi / Horror

DirectorShinsei Adachi, Shigehiro Fukushima
CastChizuru Kitagawa, Takiko Mizunoe, Daijirô Natsukawa
Production Year1949
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Run Time87 minutes
FormatsBlack and white / 1.37:1
AKATômei ningen arawaru
StudioArrow Video (USA)

The Invisible Man Appears (1949)

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The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly (1957)

Eight years later, Mitsuo Murayama’s exciting The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly tells the story of a series of mysterious murders where the only clue is strange buzzing noise at the scene of the crime… could this be linked to secret wartime experiments in shrinking humans to the size of insects? And can a scientist who’s just invented an invisibility ray be the one to stop it?

The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly (1957) Blu-ray

Release date: March 16, 2021
Genre: Sci-fi / Horror

DirectorMitsuo Murayama
Cast Ryûji Shinagawa, Yoshirô Kitahara, Junko Kanô
Production Year1957
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Run Time96 minutes
FormatsBlack and white
AKATômei ningen to hae otoko
StudioArrow Video (USA)

Special features

High Definition (1080p) transfers of both films on one Blu-ray disc
Original lossless Japanese mono audio on both films
Optional English subtitles for both films
Transparent Terrors, a newly filmed interview with critic and genre scholar Kim Newman on the history of the “Invisible Man” in cinema
Theatrical trailer for The Invisible Man Appears
Image galleries for both films
Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Graham Humphreys
First pressing only: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Keith Allison, Hayley Scanlon and Tom Vincent

The Bloodhound (2020)

Francis (Liam Aiken, A Series of Unfortunate Events), a dispossessed young man, is summoned to the secluded home of his wealthy childhood friend, JP Luret (Joe Adler, The Maze Runner), who is suffering from a mysterious affliction. Upon his arrival, Francis realizes that JP and his ethereal twin sister Vivian (Annalise Basso, Ouija: Origin of Evil) are the sole surviving members of the privileged Luret family, whose legacy has been one of depression and self-destruction, and the only occupants of their family estate. As the old friends attempt to reconnect, a number of inexplicable incidents begin to occur within the house, and Francis finds himself drawn into a world of malaise and despair, where an act of betrayal might provide his only way out…

From Leal Naim and Thomas R. Burke, producers of The Endless and Synchronic, and featuring some remarkable performances from its trio of lead actors, The Bloodhound leads you on a journey exploring themes that are as relevant to today as ever before, such as the yearning for emotional connection, the perils of social isolation and the fragility of mental health.

Those with an affinity for genre material in a cryptic, ascetic arthouse mode may fall under its chilly spell, and even those who don’t may be curious to see what this writer-director does next.

Dennis Harvey — Variety
The Bloodhound (2020) Blu-ray

Release date: March 23, 2021
Genre: Horror

DirectorPatrick Picard
CastLiam Aiken, Annalise Basso, Joe Adler
Production Year2020
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Run Time72 minutes
FormatsColor / 1.66:1
StudioArrow Video (USA)

Special features

High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary by director Patrick Picard and editor David Scorca
Four experimental short films by director Patrick Picard: bad dream, the muffled hammerfall in action, the mosaic code and wiggleworm
On the Trail of The Bloodhound: Behind the Scenes of a Modern Chiller, exclusive 45-minute making-of featurette
First pressing only: Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel

The Bloodhound (2020) trailer

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An American Werewolf in London (1981 / 4K Steelbook Blu-ray)

One of the greatest directors of the 1980s, John Landis (The Blues Brothers, Trading Places), expertly combines macabre horror with dark humor in the lycanthropic classic, An American Werewolf in London.

American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are savaged by an unidentified vicious animal whilst hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend dead and his life in disarray. Retiring to the home of a beautiful nurse (Jenny Agutter, Walkabout) to recuperate, he soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body, undergoing a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital…

An American Werewolf in London had audiences howling with laughter and recoiling in terror upon its cinema release. Landis film has gone on to become one of the most important horror films of its decade, rightly lauded for its masterful set-pieces, uniquely unsettling atmosphere and Rick Baker s truly ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special makeup effects. Now restored and presented with an abundance of extra features, this big beast of horror can be devoured as never before.

An American Werewolf in London (1981) — 4K Steelbook Blu-ray

Release date: February 23, 2021
Genre: Comedy / Horror

DirectorJohn Landis
CastDavid Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher
CountryUK / USA
Production Year1981
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Run Time97 minutes
FormatsColor / 4K / 1.85:1
StudioArrow Video (USA)

Special features

Original uncompressed 1.0 mono and optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary by Beware the Moon filmmaker Paul Davis
Audio Commentary by actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf, newly produced, feature-length documentary by filmmaker Daniel Griffith, featuring interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante and more
An American Filmmaker in London, a newly filmed interview with John Landis in which he reflects on his time working in Britain and British cinema
I Think He’s a Jew: The Werewolf’s Secret, new video essay by filmmaker Jon Spira (Elstree 1976) about how Landis’ film explores Jewish identity
The Werewolf’s Call, Corin Hardy, director of The Nun, chats with writer Simon Ward about their formative experiences with Landis’ film
Wares of the Wolf, new featurette in which SFX artist Dan Martin and Tim Lawes of The Prop Store look at some of the original costumes and special effects artefacts from the film
Beware the Moon, Paul Davis’ acclaimed, feature-length exploration of Landis’ film which boasts extensive cast and crew interviews
Making An American Werewolf in London, a short archival featurette on the film’s production
An Interview with John Landis, a lengthy archival interview with the director about the film
Makeup Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London, the legendary make-up artist discusses his work on the film
I Walked with a Werewolf, an archival interview with the make-up artist about Universal horror and its legacy of Wolfman films
Casting of the Hand, archival footage from Rick Baker’s workshop as they cast David Naughton’s hand
Original trailers, teasers and radio spots
Extensive image gallery featuring over 200 stills, posters and other ephemera
Limited edition booklet featuring writing by Craig Ian Mann and Simon Ward

Not just gory but actually frightening, not just funny but clever, ‘American Werewolf…’ has its flaws, but these are outweighed by the film’s many, mighty strengths.

Tom Huddleston — Time Out

An American Werewolf in London (1981) trailer

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JSA – Joint Security Area (2000)

Arrow Video will be releasing director Chan-Wook Park’s (Old Boy) fascinating look at war at the DMZ border, JSA – Joint Security Area (2000) on Blu-ray.

Before Oldboy, before The Handmaiden, visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook helmed this gripping tale of deceit, misunderstanding and the senselessness of war.

Gunfire breaks out in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, leaving two North Korean soldiers dead while a wounded South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-hun, The Good, the Bad, the Weird) flees to safety. With the tenuous peace between the two warring nations on a knife-edge, a neutral team of investigators, headed by Swiss Army Major Sophie Jean (Lee Young-ae, Lady Vengeance), is dispatched to question both sides to determine what really happened under cover of darkness out in no-man’s land.

The recipient of multiple accolades, including Best Film at South Korea’s 2001 Grand Bell Awards, JSA – Joint Security Area showcases Park’s iconic style in an embryonic form, and demonstrates that humanity and common purpose can be found in the most unlikely places.

Quentin Tarantino considers this one of the top 20 films made since 1992.

JSA – Joint Security Area (2000) Blu-ray

Release date: January 19, 2021
Genre: Drama / Thriller

DirectorChan-wook Park
CastLee Yeong-ae, Lee Byung-Hun, Song Kang-Ho
CountrySouth Korea
Production Year2000
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Run Time109 minutes
FormatsColor / 2.35:1
StudioArrow Video (USA)

Special features

High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
Original lossless Korean DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
New audio commentary by writer and critic Simon Ward
Isolated music and effects track
Newly recorded video interview with Asian cinema expert Jasper Sharp
The JSA Story and Making the Film, two archival featurettes on the film’s production
About JSA, a series of archival introductions to the film by members of the cast
Behind the scenes montage
Opening ceremony footage
Two music videos: Letter from a Private and Take the Power Back
Theatrical trailer
TV spot
Image gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch
JSA – Joint Security Area (2000) — Photo
Image courtesy IMDB

Park Chan-wook presents the general atmosphere and the depiction of the conditions in one of the most unstable areas in the world with realism, but without failing to entertain in equal proportion, particularly through some comedic moments

Panos Kotzathanasis — Asian Movie Pulse

JSA – Joint Security Area (2000) trailer

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