|On July 4th, the vigilante classic Fighting Back makes its debut on Blu-ray. Directed by Lewis Teague, the film stars Tom Skerritt as a family man pushed too far. After a violent attack against his wife (Patti LuPone in her first film role) and mother, John D’Angelo
(Skerritt) forms a neighborhood patrol group. However, tensions soon escalate, and the group turns to vigilante tactics to protect their own, leading to hard hitting action on the streets of Philadelphia.
The Blu-ray special features include new interviews with director Teague and camera operator Daniele Nannuzzi; a trailer; TV Spot; image gallery; double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Luke Insect; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Luke Insect; an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critics Rob Skvarla and Walter Chaw, and a
career-spanning interview with director Lewis Teague.
On July 18th, Arrow unlocks the secrets of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Limited Edition features the 4K Ultra HD debut of the 2D presentation of the film in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) and Blu-ray presentation of the film in 2D and 3D. The Academy
Award-winning film, based on the novel by Brian Selznick, celebrates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema. Recently orphaned Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives in the Paris train station, tending to the various clocks, like his father had, while evading the police constable (Sacha Baron Cohen) who is constantly on his tail. When Hugo clashes with a toy store owner Georges (Sir Ben Kingsley), it sets off a series of events that will forever change them all.
The special features include an audio commentary by filmmaker and writer Jon Spira, publisher of The Lost Autobiography of Georges Méliès; the theatrical trailer; Inventing Hugo Cabret, a new interview with Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of the original novel on which the film is based; Capturing Dreams, a new interview with director of photography
Robert Richardson; The Music of Dreams, a new interview with composer Howard Shore; Ian Christie on Hugo, a new interview with the acclaimed film historian and editor of Scorsese on Scorsese; Secret Machines: Hugo and Film Preservation, a new visual essay by filmmaker and critic Scout Tafoya; Creating New Worlds, a new featurette in which French film historian and author Julien Dupuy examines the life and the legacy of Georges Méliès and his impact on cinema and special effects; Papa Georges Made Movies, a new featurette in which film critic and historian Pamela Hutchinson explores the days of early cinema; Méliès at the Time of Hugo, a new visual essay by filmmaker and writer Jon Spira; five archival featurettes on the making of the film – Shoot the Moon: The Making of Hugo, The
Cinemagician: Georges Méliès, The Mechanical Man at the Heart of Hugo, Big Effects, Small Scale and Sacha Baron Cohen: Role of a Lifetime; a double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket; an illustrated collector’s booklet with writing by film critic Farran Smith Nehme; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and
newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket.
Finally, on July 25th, Arrow continues its box set journey into Italian Westerns with Blood Money: Four Western Classics Vol. 2. The Limited Edition box set features brand new 2K restorations of all four films from the original 35mm camera negatives by Arrow Films; restored lossless original Italian and English soundtracks; brand new introductions to each film by journalist and critic Fabio Melelli; galleries for all four films; an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by author and critic Howard Hughes; limited edition packaging with a fold-out, double-sided poster and reversible sleeves featuring original poster designs, and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx.
DISC 1 – $10,000 BLOOD MONEY
Django is back! Starring Gianni Garko and directed by Romolo Guerrieri, the story pits Django against the most unscrupulous of criminals, Manuel Vasquez (Claudio Camaso). What started as a simple job turns into a blood lust vendetta for Django when Vasquez makes it personal.
The Blu-ray special features include brand new audio commentary by author and film historian Lee Broughton; Tears of Django – a newly edited featurette with archival interviews with director Romolo Guerrieri and actor Gianni Garko; The Producer Who Didn’t Like Western Movies – featuring a brand new interview with producer Mino Loy; How the West Was Won – a brand new interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi; and a theatrical trailer.
DISC 2 – VENGEANCE IS MINE
Much like For a Few Dollars More, director Giovanni Fago’s Vengeance is Mine is not a direct sequel to $10,000 Blood Money, but rather a spiritual successor. Fago’s film again casts Gianni Garko and Claudio Camaso in the leading roles, this time as brothers on the opposite sides of a Civil War. Garko is a bounty hunter tasked with bringing in his Confederate soldier brother-turned-renegade-outlaw to justice.
The Blu-ray special features include brand new audio commentary by critics Adrian J. Smith and David Flint; Cain and Abel – a newly edited featurette with archival interviews with actor Gianni Garko and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi; In Conversation with Nora Orlandi – a newly edited archival interview with the film’s iconic composer; Movie After Movie – a brand new interview with producer Mino Loy; and a theatrical trailer.
DISC 3 – FIND A PLACE TO DIE
In the tradition of The Professionals and The Magnificent Seven comes director Claudio Camaso’s twisted take on the men-on-a-mission film, Find a Place to Die. Jeffery Hunterstars as Joe Collins, a former solider tasked by a beautiful woman to save her husband, who’s trapped in their gold mine. Collins assembles a motley crew to ostensibly save the woman’s husband but, in reality, are eager to steal the gold.
The Blu-ray special features include brand new audio commentary by author and critic Howard Hughes; Sons of Leone – a newly edited archival interview with director Giuliano Carnimeo; and Traditional Figure – a brand new, in-depth appreciation of the soundtrack and its’ composer, Gianni Ferrio, by musician and disc collector Lovely Jon.
DISC 4 – MATALO! (KILL HIM)
A gang of outlaws gets more than they bargained for in director Cesare Canevari’s Matalo!(Kill Him). After a double-cross that leaves a gang of criminals with a windfall of gold, they hide out in a ghost town where the only other people appear to be a couple Ray (Lou Castel) and Bridget (Claudia Gravy). The gang begins to terrorize the couple, never dreaming they would fight back. They also didn’t count on those deadly boomerangs Ray
has in his satchel.
The Blu-ray special features include a brand new audio commentary by critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson; A Milanese Story – a brand new, in-depth interview with filmmaker Davide Pulici, discussing the career of Matalo! director Cesare Canevari; Untold Icon – a brand new, in-depth appreciation of the soundtrack and its’ composer, Mario Migliardi, by musician and disc collector Lovely Jon; and a theatrical trailer.