Arrow Video brings Assonitis’ Madhouse and Argento’s Bird with the Crystal Plumage to Blu-ray this June
As spring begins to turn into summer, horror heroes Arrow Video have some real treats in store for cult film fans, with a pair of bona fide Italian cult classics coming to Blu-ray this June!
First up is the awesome Madhouse, a gruesome flick directed by Ovidio Assonitis (The Visitor, Tentacles). This Italian production was shot entirely on location in Savannah, Georgia and blended the excesses of Italian horror with the traits of the US slasher movie trend.
Then, Arrow Video brings the limited edition of Dario Argento‘s acclaimed directorial debut, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, to disc. This is the film that redefined the giallo genre and began Argento’s golden era of filmmaking. With the Dual Format release gorgeously showing off Vittorio Storaro’s sumptuous cinematography and Ennio Morricone‘s seductive score, the film has never looked or sounded better as it does here with its brand new 4K restoration.
Special features for Madhouse include:
– Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations
– Original Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
– Brand new interviews with cast and crew
– Alternate opening titles
– Theatrical Trailer, newly transferred in HD
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film
Special features for The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
– Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the camera negative in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
– English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
– New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
– The Power of Perception, a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study
– New analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinger
– New interview with writer/director Dario Argento
– New interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp)
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
– Double-sided fold-out poster
– 6 Lobby Card reproductions
– Limited edition 60-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook
Do you plan on picking up these Eurohorror gems?