Arrow Video is to drop some Viral Horror, a Korean Classic and some Gamera Goodies

Arrow Video starts the new year with a bang, with a truly terrifying Spanish horror, a pair of films from a visionary auteur including a bona-fide contemporary masterpiece, Gamera box sets packed to the gills with extras, and a timely and darkly comic epic.

This New Year-brightening lineup includes beautiful steelbook limited editions, including a Zavvi exclusive, HD debutsbrand new audio commentaries, indispensable documentaries and featurettes, as well as exquisite new sleeve artwork, and collectable booklets.


 In January, Arrow Video presents [REC], the original 2007 “found footage” phenomenon that spawned a hit franchise and US remake.It’s 28 Days Later meets The Blair Witch Project as a mysterious virus turns the inhabitants of an apartment building into a horde of frenzied, bloodthirsty ghouls. Fusing the zombie genre with the “found footage” format to throw the audience right into the midst of the action, [REC] is a terrifying, relentless rollercoaster ride which builds to one of the horror genre’s all time bone-chilling climaxes. The Blu-ray comes with a new commentary track and a host of behind-the-scenes extras.

Also in January comes  JSA – Joint Security Area, visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook’s gripping tale of deceit, misunderstanding and the senselessness of war, helmed before Oldboy and The Handmaiden. 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. This hi-def presentation includes an illustrated booklet on the film with the first pressing.

Next up, a double-hit for fans of the original hero in a halfshell, Gamera, with lavish Blu-ray sets of Gamera – The Showa Era, and Gamera – The Heisei EraThe Showa Era highlights the introduction of Gamera to the screen in the 1960s – a character that would be embraced for generations: the giant, flying, fire-breathing turtle, and friend of all children, collected here with eight films on four discs!  In The Heisei Era, after laying dormant for fifteen years, Gamera was rebooted for the big screen in a smash hit trilogy masterminded by director Shusuke Kaneko (Necronomicon), writer Kazunori Ito (Ghost in the Shell) and SFX director Shinji Higuchi (who went on to co-direct Shin Godzilla). The four disc set includes an extensive three-part documentary and a bonus Gamera film. Also released is The Heisei Trilogy, the three films in a fantastically designed Limited Edition Steelbook.

Towards the end of January comes a limited edition two-disc Blu-ray of Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales, his follow-up to the cult 2001 hit Donnie Darko. This ambitious and even more beguiling sophomore effort, in which forces of totalitarianism and anarchism collide against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic, near-future world, is beguiling and baffling – a darkly comic futuristic epic that speaks as presciently to our turbulent times as it did to the American socio-political climate in 2006. Southland Tales receives a fresh – and timely – lease of life with this new, director-approved restoration, including a new feature-length retrospective documentary on the film, and a limited edition collector’s booklet.

Finally, there is Oldboy, on Limited Edition Steelbook 4K UHD, and 4K UHD Blu-ray. Often cited as one of the best films of the 2000s and possibly the definitive example of extreme Asian cinema, this is a brutal, lyrical modern classic of the revenge genre. Directed with immense flair by Park Chan-wook (JSA, The Handmaiden) as the second instalment of his Vengeance TrilogyOldboy blazed a trail at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival where it was lauded by the President of the Jury, director Quentin Tarantino. The film went on to become a huge international smash, blowing audiences’ minds with its concoction of filmmaking virtuosity, ingenious plotting, violence and pathos. Now, this masterpiece has been restored in 4K and is presented here with the feature-length documentary Old Days, and a massive array of extras.

Arrow Academy – January 2021 – New Releases

[REC]

On Blu-ray, 4 January

A television film crew, documenting the night shift of a Barcelona fire brigade, get much more than they bargained for when they attend an apparently routine call-out. Upon arrival at an inner city apartment, the firefighters are viciously attacked by the elderly female occupant, who appears to be in the throes of some sort of viral infection. Before long, the virus has taken hold of the entire building, which is cordoned off by the authorities. Trapped inside, the television crew – using their cameras to capture the events as they unfold – and the other remaining survivors find themselves pitched into a nightmare of unimaginable proportions.

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JSA – Joint Security Area

On Blu-ray, 18 January

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.

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Gamera – The Showa Era

On Blu-ray, 25 January

Buried under the Arctic ice for several millenia, the colossal chelonian is unleashed upon Japan, leaving havoc in his wake. After becoming an unexpected box office sensation, Gamera returned several more times, leaping to the world’s defence against a motley assortment of evil creatures, from the death-ray-shooting flying terror Gyaos, to the knife-headed alien menace Guiron, to the underwater invader Zigra!

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Gamera – The Heisei Era

On Blu-ray, 25 January

Trading the campy kid-friendly surrealism of the earlier films for a darker, more realistic tone and jaw-droppingly innovative special effects, the “Heisei Trilogy” are still regarded today as among the best – and by some, the very best – kaiju films ever made; and a bonus disc features Gamera the Brave, a heartwarming mix of family-friendly adventure and cutting-edge kaiju action.

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Gamera – The Heisei Trilogy

On Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray, 25 January

Trading the campy kid-friendly surrealism of the earlier films for a darker, more realistic tone and jaw-droppingly innovative special effects, the “Heisei Trilogy” are still regarded today as among the best – and for more, the very best – kaiju films ever made.

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Southland Tales

On Limited Edition Blu-ray, 25 January

Los Angeles, 2008. As the city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental chaos, the fates of an eclectic set of characters – including an amnesia-stricken action star (Dwayne Johnson, the Fast & Furious series), an adult film star developing her own reality TV project (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cruel Intentions) and a police officer whose identity has split in two (Seann William Scott, TV’s Lethal Weapon) – intertwine with each other and with the whole of humanity.

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Oldboy

On Limited Edition Zavvi Exclusive Steelbook 4K UHD Blu-ray, 25 January

Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge whilst also striking up a romance with a young, attractive sushi chef, Mi-do (Kang Hye-jung). He eventually finds his tormentor, but their final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors…

For more information and images please visit: LINK

Oldboy

On 4K UHD Blu-ray, 25 January

Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge whilst also striking up a romance with a young, attractive sushi chef, Mi-do (Kang Hye-jung). He eventually finds his tormentor, but their final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors…

For more information and images please visit: LINK