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Old 16th January 2017, 04:34 PM
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And now over to our three US only releases…

NEW US TITLE: Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD)

This collection brings together three works from the late sixties and early seventies.

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Release Date: April 11th 2017

The work of Kiju Yoshida is one of Japanese cinema’s obscure pleasures. A contemporary of Nagisa Oshima (Death by Hanging, In the Realm of the Senses) and Masahiro Shinoda (Pale Flower, Assassination), Yoshida started out as an assistant to Keisuke Kinoshita before making his directorial debut at age 27. In the decades that followed he produced more than 20 features and documentaries, yet each and every one has proven difficult to see in the English-speaking world.

This collection brings together three works from the late sixties and early seventies, a loose trilogy united by their radical politics and an even more radical shooting style. Eros + Massacre, presented here in both its 169-minute theatrical version and the full-length 220-minute director’s cut, tells the parallel stories of early 20th-century anarchist (and free love advocate) Sakae Osugi and a pair of student activists. Their stories interact and intertwine, resulting in a complex, rewarding work that is arguably Yoshida’s masterpiece.

Heroic Purgatory pushes the dazzling cinematic language of Eros + Massacre even further, presenting a bleak but dreamlike investigation into the political discourses taking place in early seventies Japan. Coup d’état returns to the past for a biopic of Ikki Kita, the right-wing extremist who sought to overthrow the government in 1936. Yoshida considered the film to be the culmination of his work, promptly retiring from feature filmmaking following its completion.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
•Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3,000 copies)
•High definition digital transfers supervised by Kiju Yoshida
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations for all films
•Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio on all films
•New translated English subtitles on all films
•Yoshida …or: The Explosion of the Story – a 30-minute documentary on Eros + Massacre with contributions from Yoshida and film critics Mathieu Capel and Jean Douchet
•Introductions to Heroic Purgatory and Coup d’etat by Yoshida
•Newly-filmed discussions of Eros + Massacre, Heroic Purgatory and Coup d’etat by David Desser, author of Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave, recorded exclusively for this release
•Scene-select commentaries by David Desser on all three films
•Heroic Purgatory theatrical trailer
•Coup d’etat theatrical trailer

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Old 16th January 2017, 04:37 PM
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NEW US TITLE: The Assassin [L’Assassino] (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD)

Elio Petri’s dazzling first feature stars Marcello Mastroianni in a gorgeous high-definition restoration created by the Cineteca di Bologna.

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Release Date: April 11th 2017

THE LADYKILLER OF ROME

Released within months of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and Antonioni’s La Notte, Elio Petri’s dazzling first feature The Assassin (L’Assassino) also stars Marcello Mastroianni, this time as dandyish thirtysomething antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli, arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover Adalgisa (Micheline Presle). But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less and less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is effectively put on trial.

Best known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and The Tenth Victim, Petri was one of the finest and yet most underrated Italian directors of the 1960s and 70s. Highly acclaimed on its original release but unjustly neglected since, The Assassin is a remarkably assured debut from one of the cinema’s sharpest chroniclers of Italian social and political realities. Petri said that he wanted to reflect the changes wrought by the early sixties, and to examine “a new generation of upstarts who lacked any kind of moral scruple”.

Arrow Academy is proud to present The Assassin in a gorgeous high-definition restoration created by the Cineteca di Bologna.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•2K digital restoration from the Cineteca di Bologna
•Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
•Elio Petri and L’Assassino, an introduction by Italian cinema expert Pasquale Iannone
•Tonino Guerra: A Poet in the Movies: Nicola Tranquillino’s documentary about the great Italian screenwriter
•Theatrical Trailer
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring writing on the film by Petri expert Camilla Zamboni, Petri’s own critical analysis of 1950s Italian cinema, plus a selection of contemporary reviews

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NEW US TITLE: Three Brothers (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD)

Francesco Rosi’s Oscar-nominated film restored in 2K.

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Release Date: April 25th 2017

“A wonderful film that moves on waves of feeling. Francesco Rosi, who has one of the greatest compositional senses in the history of movies, keeps you in a state of emotional exaltation. A simple image has the kind of resonance that most directors never achieve.” (Pauline Kael, New Yorker)

Francesco Rosi established himself as one of the greatest chroniclers of Italy’s stormy postwar history with such riveting classics as Salvatore Giuliano, The Mattei Affair and Illustrious Corpses. Three Brothers (Tre fratelli) explores similarly knotty social and political territory through the seemingly straightforward story of three siblings returning to their native southern Italy to pay homage to their late mother. However, their various professions – a judge in Rome (Philippe Noiret), a spiritual counsellor in Naples (Vittorio Mezzogiorno), a factory worker in Turin (Michele Placido) – have a profound effect on their response to this reunion.

Arrow Academy is proud to present this powerful, Oscar-nominated film in a brand new 2K restoration.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
•2K restoration from original film materials
•High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
•Optional newly translated English subtitles
•Archival interview with Francesco Rosi
•Original theatrical trailer
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring an essay by Professor Millicent Marcus, a 1981 interview with Rosi and a selection of contemporary reviews (first printing only)

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Old 16th January 2017, 04:55 PM
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NEW US TITLE: Three Brothers (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD)

Francesco Rosi’s Oscar-nominated film restored in 2K.

Pre-order links should be live soon!
Release Date: April 25th 2017

“A wonderful film that moves on waves of feeling. Francesco Rosi, who has one of the greatest compositional senses in the history of movies, keeps you in a state of emotional exaltation. A simple image has the kind of resonance that most directors never achieve.” (Pauline Kael, New Yorker)

Francesco Rosi established himself as one of the greatest chroniclers of Italy’s stormy postwar history with such riveting classics as Salvatore Giuliano, The Mattei Affair and Illustrious Corpses. Three Brothers (Tre fratelli) explores similarly knotty social and political territory through the seemingly straightforward story of three siblings returning to their native southern Italy to pay homage to their late mother. However, their various professions – a judge in Rome (Philippe Noiret), a spiritual counsellor in Naples (Vittorio Mezzogiorno), a factory worker in Turin (Michele Placido) – have a profound effect on their response to this reunion.

Arrow Academy is proud to present this powerful, Oscar-nominated film in a brand new 2K restoration.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
•2K restoration from original film materials
•High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
•Optional newly translated English subtitles
•Archival interview with Francesco Rosi
•Original theatrical trailer
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring an essay by Professor Millicent Marcus, a 1981 interview with Rosi and a selection of contemporary reviews (first printing only)

See, Michal was close with his Three Mothers guess.
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Old 16th January 2017, 05:41 PM
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Am I the only one that has zero interest in the Woody Allen stuff?
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Old 16th January 2017, 05:51 PM
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Am I the only one that has zero interest in the Woody Allen stuff?
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Old 16th January 2017, 06:04 PM
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Am I the only one that has zero interest in the Woody Allen stuff?
Absolutely not Mr Harker. Boring, tedious, unfunny, suicide inducing, self important lube wanking in a mirror waste of celluloid. But, hey, some people love his stuff and hate the low brow, sexist, misogynistic, violent toothbrush anal probing crap that I love!

You say pedophile I say paedophile, given the choice between watching any of the kiddie fiddler Woody Allen's films or watching CBeebies...CBeebies would win every time!
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Old 16th January 2017, 06:10 PM
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Barring Sleeper, I'm not a huge fan of Allen, in fact I find him quite annoying.
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Barring Sleeper, I'm not a huge fan of Allen, in fact I find him quite annoying.
Snap. After Sleeper, he's a non-entity in my book.
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Old 16th January 2017, 06:27 PM
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Absolutely not Mr Harker. Boring, tedious, unfunny, suicide inducing, self important lube wanking in a mirror waste of celluloid. But, hey, some people love his stuff and hate the low brow, sexist, misogynistic, violent toothbrush anal probing crap that I love!

You say pedophile I say paedophile, given the choice between watching any of the kiddie fiddler Woody Allen's films or watching CBeebies...CBeebies would win every time!
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