Arrow Video Brings Japanese Horror, Spanish Slasher & Manon In February

Do you still have those gift cards from the holidays begging to be swiped? Lucky for you Arrow Video has three titles coming out at the end of February that bring cinematic treats from around the World that promise more surprises than a Whitman Sampler heart. First is Manon from the French directing legend Henri-Georges Clouzot (Wages of Fear). A French Resistance fighter gets romantically involved with a woman who’s accused of collaborating with the Nazis. They do their best to keep their love apart, but the worst things happen to them. One Missed Call Trilogy appears to be one of the few J-Horror films to not be adapted into an American movie series. The movie core concept is people are checking their voicemails only to get messages from their future selves with predictions of their deaths. Who knew voicemails could be so fatal? Along with the first film directed by Takashi Miike (Audition) are the two sequels. The final film is Deadly Manor about a bunch of kids who end up in an abandoned house with a dark secret inside. José Ramón Larraz had hit cult gold with his Vampyres. Deadly Manor was the last of a three productions he made in the USA and Spain with the goal of the video market in America and theatrical in Europe. All three films come out on February on the 25th so you have plenty of time to find your gift cards.You can also visit vidico.com for more information.

Here’s the press release from Arrow Video:

New from Arrow Video US and Arrow Academy US

MANON [Blu-ray] (2/25)

ONE MISSED CALL TRILOGY [Blu-ray] (2/25)

DEADLY MANOR [Blu-ray] (2/25)

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Arrow’s Eclectic Lineup Continues This February with films covering J-Horror, Spanish Slasher and French Drama Genres

Arrow continues to offer up a diverse lineup for home video collectors with a threesome of releases. Fans of late ’40s French drama, early ’90s slashers, and mid-00s J-horror will be thrilled by this month’s new additions.

This month’s releases all drop on February 25th, starting with Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Manon via Arrow Academy. Loosely adapted from Antoine François Prévost’s 1731 novel, this stunning French drama is the story of a French Resistance fighter that rescues and falls in love with a woman from accused of working with the Nazi’s. The couple moves to Paris where their life begins to spiral out of control as they get caught up in prostitution and murder. The film took home the Golden Lion award at the 1949 Venice Film Festival. This new high definition release includes a brand-new video appreciation by critic Geoff Andrew and an archival documentary that features Clouzot discussing his love for literature.

First up from Arrow Video is the multi-disc set One Missed Call Trilogy. This legendary trio of J-horror films launched with Takashi Miike’s 2003 film about people who receive strange voicemails from their future selves predicting their deaths. Yumi Nakamura, a young psychology student, begins to investigate the calls and discovers this terrifying circumstance has been plaguing Japan for centuries. The original series was followed by two more films, One Missed Called 2 and One Missed Call: The Final Call. While the franchise never quite reached the popularity of contemporaries like the Ring and Ju-on: The Grudge, it’s certainly not without its own devoted fanbase thanks to its visual flare and the nightmare scenario catered towards a generation that grew up with cell phones. The complete trilogy comes to Blu-ray with a full voicemail of special features thank include interviews, documentaries, a TV special, a short film and more.

Rounding out February is José Ramón Larraz’s bonkers late-era slasher, Deadly Manor. Also known as Savage Lust, this final genre effort from Larraz follows a pretty standard template as teens stay the night in an abandoned mansion that happens to be home to a lunatic killer. Restored in 2K using the original elements, Deadly Manor will be making its Blu-ray debut. This release will include a multitude of special features, including a new interview with actress Jennifer Delora and the original VHS trailer.

Manon
This masterful adaptation of Prévost’s 1731 novel Manon Lescaut marks quite a departure for Henri-Georges Clouzot, the French director lauded for his acclaimed thrillers The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques. A classical tragic romance transposed to a World War II setting, Clouzot’s film follows the travails of Manon (Cécile Aubry), a village girl accused of collaborating with the Nazis who is rescued from imminent execution by a former French Resistance fighter (Michel Auclair). The couple move to Paris, but their relationship turns stormy as they struggle to survive, resorting to profiteering, prostitution and even murder. Eventually escaping to Palestine, the pair attempt a treacherous desert crossing in search of the happiness which seems to forever elude them… Clouzot’s astute portrayal of doomed young lovers caught in the disarray of post-war France wowed the jury of the 1949 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion award. Unjustly overshadowed ever since by the director’s suspense films, Manon now returns to screens in glorious High Definition with a selection of elucidating extras.
Bonus Materials
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original 1.0 mono audio
Optional English subtitles
Bibliothèque de poche: H.G. Clouzot, an archival documentary from 1970 in which Clouzot talks of his love of literature and the relationship between the page and the screen
Woman in the Dunes, a newly filmed video appreciation by film critic Geoff Andrew
Image gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options

BLU-RAY
SRP: 39.95
Street Date: 02/25/20
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Run Time: 100 mins


One Missed Call Trilogy
An iconic trilogy of J-horror films comes to Blu-ray for the first time! Tapping into the same brand of terror as the Ring and Grudge movies, visionary director Takashi Miike (Audition, Blade of the Immortal) presents a modern, high-tech twist on that mainstay of Japanese folklore, the yurei or vengeful spirit, in the form of its own iconic antihero – the terrifying Mimiko. In the first installment in the trilogy, 2003’s One Missed Call, student Yoko (Anna Nagata, Battle Royale) receives a phone message from her future self, ending with her own death scream. Two days later, she dies in a horrific rail collision. As the mysterious phone curse spreads, claiming more young lives, Yoko’s friend Yumi (Ko Shibasaki, Battle Royale, 47 Ronin) joins forces with detective Hiroshi (Shinichi Tsutsumi, Space Battleship Yamato), whose sister met the same gruesome fate. But can they unravel the mystery before the clock runs out on the next victim – Yumi herself? Mimiko’s curse continues to wreak bloody havoc in two sequels – 2005’s One Missed Call 2 and 2006’s One Missed Call: Final, in addition to spawning a TV series and an American remake. This lavish collection from Arrow Video gathers together the original trilogy and a swathe of in-depth bonus features for the ultimate spine-tingling experience.
Bonus Materials
High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations
Lossless Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
New audio commentary on One Missed Call by Miike biographer Tom Mes
The Making of One Missed Call, an hour-long archival documentary on the film’s production
Archival interviews on One Missed Call with actors Ko Shibasaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi and Kazue Fukiishi, and director Takashi Miike
Archival interview on One Missed Call with director Takashi Miike
Archival footage from the One Missed Call premiere
Live or Die TV special
A Day with the Mizunuma Family
One Missed Call alternate ending
The Making of One Missed Call 2, a half-hour archival documentary on the film’s production
Gomu, a short film by One Missed Call 2 director Renpei Tsukamoto
One Missed Call 2 deleted scenes
One Missed Call 2 music video
The Making of One Missed Call: Final, an hour-long archival documentary on the film’s production
Maki and Meisa, an archival behind-the-scenes featurette on One Missed Call: Final with actresses Maki Horikita and Meisa Kuroki
Behind the Scenes with Keun-Suk Jang, an archival featurette with One Missed Call: Final’s South Korean star
The Love Story, a short film tie-in for One Missed Call: Final
Candid Mimiko, an archival location tour with the series’ iconic villain
Theatrical trailers and TV spots
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin

BLU-RAY
SRP: 49.95
Street Date: 02/25/20
Genre: Horror
Language: Japanese
Run Time: 336 mins

Deadly Manor
An old, dark house… A maniac on the loose… An orgy of bloodlust! All the hallmarks of late master of Spanish macabre José Ramón Larraz (Edge of the Axe, Vampyres) are present and correct in 1990’s Deadly Manor – the final horror movie from one of the genre’s most unheralded filmmakers. Whilst en route to a lake, a group of youngsters make an unscheduled stop-off at a remote, seemingly abandoned mansion where they plan to spend the night. But the property is full of foreboding signs – a blood-stained car wreck in the garden, coffins in the basement, scalps in the closet, and photographs of a beautiful but mysterious woman adorning every corner of the house. Before daybreak, the group will unwittingly uncover the strange and terrifying truth that lurks behind the walls of this dreadful place. The last in a trio of transcontinental slice-and-dice co-productions helmed by Larraz towards the end of the 80s (all of which which he directed under the anglicized moniker of Joseph Braunstein), Deadly Manor – released on VHS in the US under the title Savage Lust – is a fitting capper to the director’s prolific career in fear, now finally unearthed for the first time on Blu-ray.
Bonus Materials
Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
Newly-filmed interview with actress Jennifer Delora
Making a Killing – a newly-filmed interview with producer Brian Smedley-Aston
Extract from an archival interview with Jose Larraz
Original “Savage Lust” VHS trailer
Image Gallery
Original Script and Shooting Schedule (BD-ROM content)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais (TO BE REVEALED)
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author John Martin
BLU-RAY
SRP: 39.95
Street Date: 02/25/20
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Run Time: 86 mins

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