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‘C.H.U.D.’ and More Are Coming from Arrow Video this November!

Arrow Video has released the full details on their November lineup and it’s shaping up to be another great month from the UK-based company. Three new titles will be coming to Blu-ray in the form of The Initiation, C.H.U.D. and The Driller Killer. While I’m eager to get my hands on all three Blu-rays, C.H.U.D. is the one that has me licking my chops. Can you believe that thanks to Arrow and Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector Series we’ll soon have both C.H.U.D. and C.H.U.D. II on Blu-ray?! That’s bonkers but man is it exciting! Full details below!

THE INITIATION [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 11/8/2016
 
HERE’S TO BEING YOUNG… STAYING YOUNG… AND DYING YOUNG.

Marking TV star Daphne Zuniga’s debut in a leading role, The Initiation ranks amongst the finest of the college-based stalk-and-slash flicks – now finally restored in glorious High-Definition!

Kelly’s new sorority has a special initiation ritual in store for her – an after-hours break-in of her father’s department store. But what begins as a night of harmless college fun turns sour when, once inside the enormous mall, Kelly and her fellow pledges find themselves locked in for the night… with a deadly intruder stalking the corridors.

Arriving in 1984, The Initiation might have been late to the slasher party, but, alongside the likes of The House on Sorority Row and The Mutilator, it remains one of the stronger entries to emerge in the latter days of the slice-and-dice boom.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
•  Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
•  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
•  Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio  
•  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•  Brand new audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues
•  Sorority Saga – a brand new interview with writer Charles Pratt, Jr.
•  Pledge Night – a brand new interview with actor Christopher Bradley 
•  Dream Job – a brand new interview with actress Joy Jones
•  Extended Scene
•  Original Theatrical Trailer
•  Original Screenplay & Production Schedule (BD -ROM Content)
•  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
  
First pressing only: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver


C.H.U.D. [2 Disc Special Edition]
Release Date: 11/22/2016

THEY’RE NOT STAYING DOWN THERE, ANYMORE!

From the subterranean depths it crawls! Finally making its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray, director Douglas Cheek’s cult ’80s favorite C.H.U.D. is the ultimate underground movie experience.

In downtown Manhattan, a police captain’s hunt for his missing wife leads to the discovery of a series of mysterious disappearances in the area. Extending his search into the tunnels and sewers below the city streets, it soon becomes clear that something monstrous is lurking in that subterranean world – and it won’t stay there much longer…

Starring John Heard (Home Alone) and Christopher Curry (Starship Troopers) alongside an early appearance from John Goodman, C.H.U.D. has justifiably built up a huge cult following in the years since its release in 1984, with one of the most iconic creature designs of the period.

2-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
•  Brand new restoration from the original film elements 
•  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Integral Cut from a new 2K film transfer
•  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Original Theatrical Cut [Limited Edition Exclusive]
•   Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio / Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•  Audio commentary by director Douglas Cheek, writer Shepard Abbott, and actors John Heard, Daniel Stern and Christopher Curry
•  A Dirty Look – an interview with production designer William Bilowit
•  Dweller Designs – an interview with special make-up effects and creature creator John Caglione, Jr.
•  Notes from Above Ground: The NYC Locations of C.H.U.D. – featurette hosted by journalist Michael Gingold and filmmaker Ted Geoghegan
•  Brand new audio track featuring isolated score selections and an interview with composers Martin Cooper and David A. Hughes
•  Behind-the-Scenes Gallery
•  Extended Shower Scene
•  Original Theatrical Trailer
•  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
•  Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Gingold


THE DRILLER KILLER [Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-Ray + DVD SteelBook and Special Edition Dual Format Blu-Ray + DVD]
Release Date: 11/29/2016

In career that has encompassed such controversial classics as Ms. 45, Bad Lieutenant and Welcome to New York, none of Abel Ferrara’s films have quite managed to match the shock, extremity and downright notorious nature of The Driller Killer.
 
Ferrara plays struggling artist Reno, a man pushed to the edge by the economic realities of New York living in the late seventies and the No Wave band practising in the apartment below. His grip on reality soon begins to slip and he takes to stalking the streets with his power tool in search of prey…

One of the most infamous ‘video nasties’, in part thanks to its drill-in-head sleeve, The Driller Killer has lost none of its power to unnerve and is presented here fully uncut.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• Limited Edition SteelBook featuring original artwork (2500 copies)
• Brand new restoration from original film elements
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by director and star Abel Ferrara, moderated by Brad Stevens (author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision) and recorded exclusively for this release
• Brand new interview with Ferrara
• Willing and Abel: Ferraraology 101, a new visual essay guide to the films and career of Ferrara by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Cultographies: Ms. 45
• Mulberry St. (2010), Ferrara’s feature-length documentary portrait of the New York location that has played a key role in his life and work, available on home video in the UK for the first time ever
• Trailer
• Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Michael Pattison and Brad Stevens

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• Brand new restoration from original film elements
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by director and star Abel Ferrara, moderated by Brad Stevens (author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision) and recorded exclusively for this release
• Brand new interview with Ferrara
• Willing and Abel: Ferraraology 101, a new visual essay guide to the films and career of Ferrara by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Cultographies: Ms. 45
• Mulberry St. (2010), Ferrara’s feature-length documentary portrait of the New York location that has played a key role in his life and work, available on home video in the UK for the first time ever
• Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
First pressing only: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Michael Pattison and Brad Stevens



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COMMENTS

2 Comments
  • Jim Parsons

    Well it would be nice to have a decent version of Driller Killer (if there is such a thing). The DVD I have seems to be a copy of a VHS of a copy of a Betamax or something. It’s dreadful. https://myownpersonalhellblog.wordpress.com/

  • Eddie Dutra

    I’ll stick with my V/H/S copy of C.H.U.D. and the television version with the different ending.

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