Arrow Announcements, Speculation & Wild, Irresponsible Conjecture

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Re: Arrow Announcements, Speculation & Wild, Irresponsible Conjecture

#1851 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri May 28, 2021 10:17 am

domino harvey wrote:
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Boosmahn wrote:
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I was intrigued by The Brotherhood of Satan for a minute, and then promptly found out it's (apparently) awful.
Found out by who? I think it's great, and it received several votes in our Horror List. It's easily, and I mean easily, one of the best horror films of the 70s, especially compared to some of the titles Arrow has foisted on an unsuspecting populace.
I can vouch for domino here; it’s substantially better than the vast majority of Arrow’s horror releases, and one of the better satanic horror films

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#1852 Post by therewillbeblus » Fri May 28, 2021 10:25 am

Count me amongst the fans. I thought it was a relatively unique twist on the satanic horror subgenre.

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#1853 Post by swo17 » Fri May 28, 2021 10:55 am

Fourthed

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#1854 Post by Boosmahn » Fri May 28, 2021 2:07 pm

I stand corrected! This month's slate just got better. I admit I was too quick to jump onto the Rotten Tomatoes train (all eight of the critic and audience reviews were negative).

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#1855 Post by therewillbeblus » Fri May 28, 2021 2:17 pm

They're just bitter 'cause they don't belong to the Brotherhood of Satan like the four of us

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#1856 Post by L.A. » Fri May 28, 2021 3:58 pm

Any chance of The Black Hole (1979) someday?

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#1857 Post by dwk » Fri May 28, 2021 4:18 pm

L.A. wrote:
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Any chance of The Black Hole (1979) someday?
No
Production company: Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution

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#1858 Post by L.A. » Fri May 28, 2021 4:28 pm

I know that was a long shot but besides Disney really can’t think of another label putting TBH out. This deserves a stacked release.

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#1859 Post by swo17 » Fri May 28, 2021 4:31 pm

They actually put it out on Blu-ray a couple years ago as a Disney Movie Club exclusive. You can get it on eBay if you're not a member

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#1860 Post by L.A. » Fri May 28, 2021 4:36 pm

swo17 wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 4:31 pm
They actually put it out on Blu-ray a couple years ago as a Disney Movie Club exclusive. You can get it on eBay if you're not a member
Yes, although the Blu-ray has some really weird issues.

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#1861 Post by Adam X » Sat May 29, 2021 6:48 am

Unfortunately, I think we lost the opportunity for a general release on blu-ray, that actually looks good, when the propsed sequel got shelved.

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#1862 Post by What A Disgrace » Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:53 pm

I wonder if this new deal with Daiei, and the focus on Yasuzo Masumura, could lead to films by Kon Ichikawa or Kenji Mizoguchi being released by Arrow. Though I imagine Criterion has snatched most of the Mizoguchi films.

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#1863 Post by Michael Kerpan » Wed Jun 02, 2021 4:57 pm

What A Disgrace wrote:
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Though I imagine Criterion has snatched most of the Mizoguchi films.
Mizoguchi's Straits of Love and Hate (Aien kyō, 1937) seems to be pretty much orphaned. There was apparently a copy in decent shape once upon a time. Not sure that there are materials that could be fixed up enough for bluray purposes.

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#1864 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:20 pm

My understanding is that the circulating version of Straits of Love and Hate comes from a 16mm print discovered in the '80s that was subsequently blown up to 35mm. Every account I've seen from a theatrical screening (in 16 or 35mm) describes the film's condition as dire—or "appalling," as David Bordwell puts it—with a noise-riddled soundtrack that renders some of the dialogue incomprehensible, loads of print damage, and the entire movie appearing out of focus. The film's star Yamaji Fumiko supposedly had a copy that she wouldn't let anyone access, but given that she died in 2004 and no better version has surfaced, I suspect a) those reports were in error, b) her copy ended up being even worse than the circulating version, or c) her heirs aren't letting anyone access it either.
What A Disgrace wrote:
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I wonder if this new deal with Daiei, and the focus on Yasuzo Masumura, could lead to films by Kon Ichikawa or Kenji Mizoguchi being released by Arrow. Though I imagine Criterion has snatched most of the Mizoguchi films.
Is there a new deal? Daiei is part of Kadokawa and Arrow's been licensing from them for awhile, but maybe Daiei titles were off limits until recently for some reason.

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#1865 Post by Aunt Peg » Fri Jun 04, 2021 5:46 am

I see that Tom DeSimone's Reform School Girls (1986) is getting a Blu Ray release in Germany. I recall reading this may be a forthcoming Arrow release - can anyone confirm anything?

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#1866 Post by yoloswegmaster » Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:19 pm

Arrow are teasing a Shaw Brothers announcement on July 9. I wouldn't be surprised if it was something for their streaming service.

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#1867 Post by Maltic » Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:36 pm

yoloswegmaster wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:19 pm
Arrow are teasing a Shaw Brothers announcement on July 9. I wouldn't be surprised if it was something for their streaming service.

Probably a long shot, but here's hoping for Dirty Ho...

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#1868 Post by Orlac » Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:31 am

Maltic wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:36 pm
yoloswegmaster wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:19 pm
Arrow are teasing a Shaw Brothers announcement on July 9. I wouldn't be surprised if it was something for their streaming service.

Probably a long shot, but here's hoping for Dirty Ho...
A title that surely confused the raincoat crowd back in the day...

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#1869 Post by Maltic » Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:43 am

Yeah, it's been hard to see compared to some of Lau's other major works, and people have speculated that the misdirect English title has something to do with it

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#1870 Post by Orlac » Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:40 am

Maltic wrote:
Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:43 am
Yeah, it's been hard to see compared to some of Lau's other major works, and people have speculated that the misdirect English title has something to do with it
It did get a US theatrical release back in the 80s, an official UK VHS in the 1990s, and Dragon Dynasty picked it up in the 00's for DVD release (it was one of at least two dozen Shaw titles they owned but didn't get around to releasing).

Also, AGFA recently remastered it (and I suspect these titles are the ones Arrow is going to release) - https://www.americangenrefilm.com/agfa- ... tribution/

So I'm fairly confident it's only a matter of time.

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#1871 Post by JamesF » Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:09 am

AGFA didn't remaster any of the films, they just licensed theatrical rights for a time from Celestial, either making DCPs from Celestial's HD masters or screening 35mm prints from their and Celestial's archives.

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#1872 Post by Orlac » Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:41 am

The advantage of preserving the old 35mm prints is that Celestial cut a lot of frames out of their masters between 2004 and 2007 - the current remaster of King Boxer on DVD is a good 4/5min shorter than the old VHS, even taking PAL/NTSC differences into account.

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#1873 Post by Calvin » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:19 am

Top of my wishlist would be a release of King Hu's debut, Sons of the Good Earth, but it's not a title that seems to have interested anyone who has licenced from this catalog so far

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#1874 Post by Pavel » Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:23 am

Calvin wrote:
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:19 am
Top of my wishlist would be a release of King Hu's debut, Sons of the Good Earth, but it's not a title that seems to have interested anyone who has licenced from this catalog so far
Isn't his first The Story of Sue San?'

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#1875 Post by Calvin » Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:37 am

Pavel wrote:
Calvin wrote:
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:19 am
Top of my wishlist would be a release of King Hu's debut, Sons of the Good Earth, but it's not a title that seems to have interested anyone who has licenced from this catalog so far
Isn't his first The Story of Sue San?'
I'm unsure of who did what, but I think Li Han-hsiang gets the director credit on that film with King Hu credited as 'executive director'.

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