Arrow Video Bring Robocop & More To Thanksgiving In November

As November arrives the cold temperatures of winter approach. You’re thinking of laying on the sofa, wrapped in a quilt and watching Blu-rays to avoid the impending doom of Thanksgiving dinner with the relatives. This year is going to be more painful than ever. You’re going to need a lot of downtime before you get stuck at a table with that twice removed third cousin who has all his phone’s speed dial numbers dedicated to talk radio call lines. Luckily Arrow Video has plenty of new Blu-rays coming out in November to keep you from thinking about being trapped next to the foghorn of solutions at the you’re still a kiddie to Nana table.

Apprentice to Murder is a surprisingly good film starring Chad Lowe. Chad’s career has sadly been reduced to being remembered as the husband his wife forgot to thank during her Oscar speech. They eventually divorced. This was his first screen role as an assistant to a doctor investigating an outbreak. Flowers In the Attic brought VC Andrew’s novels about a family with a unique living arrangement in the large house.

The Far Country is a classic American western about running cattle to Canada. Jimmy Stewart is roping those doggies. The film was directed by Anthony Mann. He was the original director of Spartacus that was taken over by Stanley Kubrick. I’ve been told that Mann shot the first reel scenes before Kirk Douglas had him fired. Hitchhike to Hell is a classic of ’70s windowless van abduction is finally coming to Blu-ray. You’ll never stick your thumb out after you see this film.

Finally the big event is the arrival of Robocop loaded with more bonus features than his original programming. You might miss Thanksgiving dinner as you keep digging deeper into tales of how the half man/half robot all law enforcement Robocop came to be in this world. There’s even a new transfer that upgrades the resolution. You’ll see more crime than ever in Detroit. There’s two version coming out so you can get the limited edition version or the Steelbook. Why wouldn’t you want a Steelbook wrapped around Robocop?

Here’s the press release from Arrow Video with all the bonus features:

New from Arrow Video US and Arrow Academy US

APPRENTICE TO MURDER [Blu-ray] (11/5)

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC [Blu-ray] (11/12)

THE FAR COUNTRY [Blu-ray] (11/12)

HITCHHIKE TO HELL [Blu-ray] (11/19)

ROBOCOP [Limited Edition Blu-ray and Steelbook] (11/26)

via MVD Entertainment Group

Religious murder, Gothic attics, and RoboCop headline Arrow’s November lineup!

As we head into the penultimate month of the year, Arrow has another ultimate lineup of releases. The November slate includes 5 new titles across a wide variety of genres. Whatever your tastes may be, you’re sure to find something from this lineup to keep you warm and fuzzy during the crisp autumn nights.

Chad Lowe, younger brother to Rob, stars in Apprentice to Murder coming to Blu-ray on November 5th. Lowe plays Billy, a young man that gets caught up in the workings of powwow magic and falls under the spell of Dr. Reese (Donald Sutherland). As the two begin to investigate a strange sickness infesting their community, the lines between good and evil start to blur. Arrow presents Apprentice to Murder with a brand-new 2K restoration and a number of bonus features including a video interview on religious horror with Kat Ellinger.

November 12th will see two titles coming home beginning with the controversial and dark, Flowers in the Attic. Based on VC Andrews’ smash-hit novel, Flowers in the Attic is a Gothic tale about four siblings locked away in the attic by their evil grandmother (Louise Fletcher). Originally panned by critics, director Jeffrey Bloom’s adaptation has developed a cult following over the years. The new Arrow release comes loaded with special features including new interviews and the original, studio-vetoed ending.

The second November 12th release is Anthony Mann’s gorgeous Technicolor western, The Far Country. James Stewart stars as an adventurer that bumps head with a corrupt judge (John McIntire). Despite being filmed in Canada, The Far Country is one of the rare westerns to be set in Alaska. The two-disc limited edition release from Arrow features the film in two aspect ratios and with a new 4K restoration.

Irvin Berwick’s delightfully sleazy Hitchhike to Hell hits Blu-ray for the first time on November 19th. Inspired by the brutal crimes of the “Co-ed Killer” Edmund Kemper, Hitchhike to Hell is a classic slice of American exploitation. With a brand-new 2K restoration and plenty of special features, this is a must-own for genre fans everywhere.

The month comes to a close with the November 26th release of Paul Verhoeven’s seminal classic, RoboCop. Set in the not-too-distant future, RoboCop is the story of officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) who is gunned down in the line of duty before being brought back to life as a half-man/half-machine crime-fighting badass. This new limited edition release features the director’s cut and the original theatrical release, both presented with a 4K restoration approved by Verhoeven himself. If you’re looking to get your fix of RoboCop bonus features, look no further than this release which is loaded with more bonus content than OCP has corruption. RoboCop will be available in standard and steelbook editions.

COMPLETE DETAILS, SPECIAL FEATURES, and HI-RES ART BELOW


Apprentice To Murder
WAS IT MAGIC, MURDER, OR MADNESS? In early twentieth-century Pennsylvania Dutch Country, young Billy Kelly (Chad Lowe, Highway to Hell) falls in with a charismatic “powwower” or folk magic healer, Dr. John Reese (Donald Sutherland, Don’t Look Now), shunned by the rest of the community for his non-conformist beliefs. Together, they investigate the mysterious sickness that is blighting the area, which Reese believes to be the work of a sinister local hermit. But as the plague spreads and the wide-eyed Billy falls ever deeper under Reese’s spell, are they doing God’s work or the Devil’s bidding? Also starring Mia Sara (Legend) and featuring a powerhouse performance by Donald Sutherland – reunited here with Don’t Look Now screenwriter Allan Scott – Apprentice to Murder is a chilling and unforgettable tale of the macabre that blurs the lines between conventional notions of “good” and “evil”.
Bonus Materials
Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original 35mm interpositive
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original lossless mono soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary by author and critic Bryan Reesman
New video interview on religious horror cinema with Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine
New video interview with cinematographer Kelvin Pike
New video interview with makeup supervisor Robin Grantham
Theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love.

BLU-RAY
SRP: 39.95
Street Date: 11/05/19
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Language: English
Run Time: 97 mins


Flowers In The Attic
When her husband dies in a tragic accident, widow Corrine Dollanganger (Victoria Tennant, The Holcroft Covenant) takes her four children to the ancestral family home she fled before they were born. Locked away in the attic by their tyrannical grandmother (Academy Award® winner Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), it falls to older brother and sister Chris (Jeb Stuart Adams, The Goonies) and Cathy (Kristy Swanson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to care for their younger siblings. But with their mother growing increasingly distant and erratic and a mysterious sickness taking hold, will any of the Dollanganger children survive to escape the clutches of the house’s cruel matriarch? Originally published in 1979, VC Andrews’ novel Flowers in the Attic was a smash hit, spawning four sequels and going on to sell over 40 million copies worldwide. With undercurrents of incest and child abuse and a haunting score by Christopher Young (Hellraiser), Flowers in the Attic is a dark and chilling Gothic suspense thriller in the classic tradition.
Bonus Materials
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original lossless 2.0 stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine
Home Sweet Home: Filming Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with cinematographer Frank Byers
Fear & Wonder: Designing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with production designer John Muto
The Devil’s Spawn: Playing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with actor Jeb Stuart Adams
Shattered Innocence: Composing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with composer Christopher Young
Production gallery of behind-the-scenes images, illustrations and storyboards
The original, studio-vetoed ending
The revised ending with commentary by replacement director Tony Kayden
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love

BLU-RAY
SRP: 39.95
Street Date: 11/12/19
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins


The Far Country
An archetypal example of its genre, The Far Country is one of five superb westerns the screen legend James Stewart (Vertigo, Man of the West) made with acclaimed Hollywood auteur Anthony Mann (El Cid, The Man from Laramie). Mann’s film tells of Jeff Webster (Stewart) and his sidekick Ben Tatum (Walter Brennen, My Darling Clementine): two stoic adventurers driving cattle to market from Wyoming to Canada who come to logger heads with a corrupt judge (John McIntire, Psycho) and his henchmen. Ruth Romain (Strangers on a Train) plays a sultry saloon keeper who falls for Stewart, teaming up with him to take on the errant lawman. An epic saga set during the heady times of the Klondike Gold Rush, The Far Country captures the scenic grandeur of northern Canada’s icy glaciers and snow-swept mountains in vivid Technicolor. Mann’s direction expertly steers the film to an unorthodox, yet thrilling ‘all guns-blazing’ finale, whilst the imposing landscape takes on a whole new splendour in High Definition.
Bonus Materials
TWO-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Two presentations of The Far Country in both original aspect ratios of 1.85:1 and 2.00:1
Brand new 4K restoration from the original film elements by Arrow Films
Original 1.0 stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Limited edition booklet with new writing on the film by Philip Kemp and original reviews
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
DISC ONE
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1
New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin
American Frontiers: Anthony Mann at Universal, an all-new, feature-length documentary with Mann biographer Alan K. Rode, western author C. Courtney Joyner, script supervisor Michael Preece, and critics Michael Schlesinger and Rob Word
Mann of the West, a newly filmed appraisal of Far Country and the westerns of Anthony Mann by the critic Kim Newman
Image gallery
Original trailer
DISC TWO
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film in the alternate original aspect ratio of 2.00:1

BLU-RAY
SRP: 39.95
Street Date: 11/12/19
Genre: Western
Language: English
Run Time: 97 mins


Hitchhike To Hell
Be careful who you hitch a ride with! All roads lead to terror in Hitch Hike to Hell, the delightfully sleazy cautionary tale from cult director Irvin Berwick (Malibu High, The Monster of Piedras Blancas). Howard is a mild-mannered momma’s boy whose job running deliveries for a cleaning agency affords him a lot of time out on the road. It’s not until he picks up young women who’ve run away from home that he transforms into a twitching, homicidal maniac, hellbent on meting out punishment for their “transgressions”. Can the cops put a stop to Howard’s demented spree before he claims yet another victim? Influenced by the depraved crimes of the likes of “Co-ed Killer” Edmund Kemper, Hitch Hike to Hell is a bona fide American nightmare from the vaults of legendary exploitation producer Harry Novak (The Child, Toys Are Not for Children).
Bonus Materials
Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
1.33 and 1.78 versions of the feature
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Newly-filmed appreciation by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
Road to Nowhere: Hitchhiking Culture Goes to Hell – brand new video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas exploring the dark side of hitch-hiking in the real world and on the screen
Original theatrical trailer
Original press book (BD-ROM Content)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Heather Drain

BLU-RAY
SRP: 39.95
Street Date: 11/19/19
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Language: English
Run Time: 87 mins


Robocop (Limited Edition)
PART MAN, PART MACHINE, ALL COP. RoboCop, from Orion Pictures, marked director Paul Verhoeven’s (Flesh + Blood) Hollywood debut and instantly became an enduring sci-fi/action classic when it landed in theaters in the summer of 1987. Verhoeven’s peerlessly exciting and kinetic visuals were matched by a sharp script, iconic cast and exceptional special effects by Rob Bottin (The Thing) and Phil Tippett (The Empire Strikes Back). The film takes place in Detroit in the not-too-distant future. Heroic cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai) is gunned down in the line of duty, only to be resurrected as RoboCop – a cybernetic mix of spare human parts and Motor City steel, and the latest defense against crime designed by the all-powerful OCP Corporation. As RoboCop’s memories of his former life as Murphy resurface, only his ex-partner (Nancy Allen, Dressed To Kill) stands beside him to fight against the vicious thugs responsible for his death, as well as a nefarious top-level OCP executive orchestrating the chaos from above. Unsurpassably thrilling, unexpectedly moving and unforgettably hilarious in equal measure, the future of law enforcement is back in a definitive Blu-ray™ presentation packed with hours of brand new bonus features and exclusive collectable packaging.
Bonus Materials
4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven
Newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ discs
Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound option on both cuts
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
Six collector’s postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)
Double-sided, fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition)
Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director’s Cut)
New commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
New commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen
The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, a newly filmed interview with co-writer Michael Miner
RoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nick McCarthy (director of Orion Pictures’ The Prodigy)
Truth of Character, a newly filmed interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as Lewis
Casting Old Detroit, a newly filmed interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film’s ensemble cast was assembled
Connecting the Shots, a newly filmed interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt
Composing RoboCop, a new tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson
RoboProps, a newly filmed tour of super-fan Julien Dumont’s collection of original props and memorabilia
2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett
RoboCop: Creating a Legend, Villains of Old Detroit and Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew
Paul Verhoeven Easter Egg
Four deleted scenes
The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil Tippett
Director’s Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenes
Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
Extensive image galleries
Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film)
Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer’s Original Mix and Final Theatrical Mix) in lossless stereo
Edited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only)
Split screen comparison of Theatrical and Director’s Cuts
RoboCop: Edited For Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, newly transferred in HD from recently-unearthed 35mm elements
BLU-RAY
SRP: 49.95
Street Date: 11/26/19
Genre: Action/Adventure
Language: English
Run Time: 102 mins


Robocop [Steelbook]
PART MAN, PART MACHINE, ALL COP. RoboCop, from Orion Pictures, marked director Paul Verhoeven’s (Flesh + Blood) Hollywood debut and instantly became an enduring sci-fi/action classic when it landed in theaters in the summer of 1987. Verhoeven’s peerlessly exciting and kinetic visuals were matched by a sharp script, iconic cast and exceptional special effects by Rob Bottin (The Thing) and Phil Tippett (The Empire Strikes Back). The film takes place in Detroit in the not-too-distant future. Heroic cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai) is gunned down in the line of duty, only to be resurrected as RoboCop – a cybernetic mix of spare human parts and Motor City steel, and the latest defense against crime designed by the all-powerful OCP Corporation. As RoboCop’s memories of his former life as Murphy resurface, only his ex-partner (Nancy Allen, Dressed To Kill) stands beside him to fight against the vicious thugs responsible for his death, as well as a nefarious top-level OCP executive orchestrating the chaos from above. Unsurpassably thrilling, unexpectedly moving and unforgettably hilarious in equal measure, the future of law enforcement is back in a definitive Blu-ray™ presentation packed with hours of brand new bonus features.
Bonus Materials
4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven
Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ discs
Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound option on both cuts
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
Limited edition collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth
Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director’s Cut)
New commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
New commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen
The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, a newly filmed interview with co-writer Michael Miner
RoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nick McCarthy (director of Orion Pictures’ The Prodigy)
Truth of Character, a newly filmed interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as Lewis
Casting Old Detroit, a newly filmed interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film’s ensemble cast was assembled
Connecting the Shots, a newly filmed interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt
Composing RoboCop, a new tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson
RoboProps, a newly filmed tour of super-fan Julien Dumont’s collection of original props and memorabilia
2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett
RoboCop: Creating a Legend, Villains of Old Detroit and Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew
Paul Verhoeven Easter Egg
Four deleted scenes
The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil Tippett
Director’s Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenes
Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
Extensive image galleries
Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film)
Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer’s Original Mix and Final Theatrical Mix) in lossless stereo
Edited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only)
Split screen comparison of Theatrical and Director’s Cuts
Robocop: Edited For Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, newly transferred in HD from recently-unearthed 35mm elements

BLU-RAY
SRP: 49.95
Street Date: 11/26/19
Genre: Action/Adventure
Language: English
Run Time: 102 mins

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