Thursday, 11 November 2010

Forthcoming Argento titles on Arrow Video

Those too-cool-for-school folks over at Cult Labs and Arrow Video have raised the bar yet again with the announcement of several forthcoming Argento titles next year.

Kicking things off will be a beautifully designed and jam-packed two disc special edition of Argento’s undisputed giallo masterpiece, Deep Red, on Blu-ray and DVD in late November/early Dec 2010.

As well as the exquisitely lurid new artwork that champions each release from Arrow Video, this special edition of Deep Red also contains a 2 sided fold-out poster, an exclusive collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on Deep Red by Alan Jones, author of ‘Profondo Argento', a brand new transfer of the Director’s Cut in High Definition with an introduction by composer Claudio Simonetti.

There are a number of brand spanking new featurettes too, such as Rosso Recollections – Dario’s Deep Genius, Lady in Red: Daria Nicolodi remembers Profondo Rosso and Music to Murder For! Claudio Simonetti on Deep Red. Other special features include several trailers and a tour of the Profondo Rosso shop in Rome with long time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi.

Also due out early next year with the now unmistakable Arrow Video treatment, is Argento’s directorial debut, the chic and shocking The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Here’s a peek at the new commissioned artwork courtesy of Rick Melton. The imagery and design are obviously inspired by the creepy covers of the same pulp novels that inspired Argento’s genre defining movie.

Nailing the giallo blueprint in The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Argento’s groundbreaking shocker combines eye-popping visuals with a seamy vein of sadomasochism and a lust for violence to create an undeniable genre classic.

And just announced today over at Cult Labs forums – Argento’s critically maligned, much misunderstood Phenomena will also be released in a special 2 disc edition on DVD and blu-ray next year. A veritable melting pot of Argento-esque themes and imagery, Phenomena unfurls as a dark and gorily violent paranormal fantasy meshed with typical traits of the giallo to create a heady, at times uneven – though never anything short of entertaining - thriller. With flies. Lots of flies. And a straight-razor wielding chimp for good measure. If there is one film that can really split opinion and fire heated debate amongst Argento’s fan base, then this is surely it.

Keep an eye on Arrow Video and Cult Labs for further details of special features to be included with these two titles. Rest assured, if the previously released Arrow Video Giallo titles are anything to go by, we're in for a real treat!

6 comments:

Andrew Green said...

Ah, I love those Argento films....
And the cover art is classic.

These look like some great DVD releases.

Drunketh said...

Unholy fucking shit! I am super f'n jealous of those covers. The Bird especially. Damn, I love all three films with the deepest blackness in my soul. This new artwork is very, very welcome. I could stare at that Deep Red cover for hours. Starting....... now!

Simon said...

Maybe they can give Stendhal Syndrome a release? The only one I can ever find is the god-awful Troma version.

Jenn said...

Very cool, James! The posters are freakin' awesome, as well. Thanks for the heads up!

James said...

Simon, Arrow Video have indeed released The Stendhal Syndrome...
http://watchinghorrorfilmsfrombehindthecouch.blogspot.com/2010/03/arrow-video-goes-argento-crazy.html

I love the new artwork as much as you guys! And LOOK! They've just released artwork for Cat O'Nine Tails... http://www.cult-labs.com/forums/arrow-video-titles-past-present-future/3932-arrow-video-cat-o-nine-tails-artwork.html

:oD

Cody said...

Oh, that Phenomena special edition looks delicious.