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The Mutilator [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
The Mutilator [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Mitler
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Just a Few Words...., 1 Mar. 2016
It says that I'm not a verified purchaser of this set but I was able to order this release directly from Arrow which came along with a Limited Edition Slip (I believe it's limited to 1000 copies, but don't quote me on it) which doesn't feel cheap [I don't know how else to describe the high quality of the slip]. This is another great package from Arrow with an excellent making-of feature length documentary that never gets boring. However, the transfer is disappointing but Arrow have done the best they could with the time, money and the materials available to them; a 35mm master print. The following comes from the booklet:
"... there are still noticeable instance of damage on the picture and soundtrack that are in keeping with the condition of the source elements. There are also instances in which the original print was mistimed during lab printing, which resulted in some sections of the films cast in blue. We have worked to correct the colour for these sections as much as possible"

The frustrating thing is that this problem doesn't come up for a frame or two, but with a full reels, which is around 15 minutes. and that can take you out of the film. What you see on the left hand side of the frame, say 5% to 10% of the full image, is fading with a red tint.

If it wasn't for the problems with the transfer this would be another 5 star release from Arrow (that's not taking the quality of the actual film), however fans of the film or horror genre will enjoy the full package but you might want to wait for a sale. The negative of doing this is the risk of missing out on the slip, if that's what you are into.

Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy [Blu-Ray]
Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy [Blu-Ray]
Dvd ~ Doug Bradley

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Few Short Words......, 10 Nov. 2015
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Unlike a handful of people my order wasn't cancelled, & arrived safe and sound across the Pacific Ocean here in Australia. This is almost a perfect release and I would have given this set 4 1/2 stars with the whole physical package getting the full 5 stars and only losing 1/2 star because of the movies, with part 3 being the major culprit. Some people people have been upset and given the set a low mark due to being it limited and missing out on it which is very unfair. A regular box set is coming out in January/February so you will have another opportunity to get the films which contain the majority of the special features that come in the Limited Edition set. It will not contain the bonus disc and hardcover book, but hopefully each future release will contain a booklet with some of the same information that's in the hardcover; just don't quote me on it. It sucks that some people missed out on the set and now the only place where you can get it is from the secondary market with overly inflated price, but some people need to take thinks into perspective. I'm sure Arrow are kicking themselves for not printing and extra 1000 sets or so, but I don't know if the set would have sold out before the release date; just take a look at their Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Limited Edition set . If you say you're a huge fan of Hellraiser/Barker than surely you would have heard of the sets release and have pre-ordered it asap; if you missed out because you've only just heard about it or couldn't afford it, such is life - you can't get everything you want. There are many limited editions that I want but circumstances won't allow it and you just have to move on. No amount of spitting at the distributor will change things.

My favorite aspect of the set is the 200 page hardbound book, something which has become a major feature of Arrows limited editions and I appreciate their effort for providing this aspect. The cost must be significantly higher if they were to give us a softcover and it makes this set something really special and unique. The postcards and poster, which is 2 sided, are also a nice edition but I can't see myself doing anything with them.

Now some words about the transfer of the first film which some have complained about. Firstly, in full disclosure - I know what grain is all about but don't mind the use of dnr (this is just a personal preference) and sometimes don't see what all the fuss is about, ala, Children of Paradise. Of course there are exceptions and sometimes way over used which ruins my enjoyment of the film.

So, some people have complained that the first film is overly grainy which ruins the the film for them. Me? I can't see the problem. The film is grainy but no more than a lot of other films. The transfer is from an interpositive and not from the original negative (why they couldn't use the OCN I don't know) is just great. The difference between the Arrow release and the first blu-ray release isn't exactly day and night but it is significant with the arrow one being the better of the two.

This is another fantastic release from Arrow along the lines of their Videodrome Limited Edition set and if you can find it below $100 and funds available don't be afraid to take plunge, you won't be disappointed. A fantastic transfer, numerous on-disc and physical extras, with a unique special physical set. And for those that missed out - keep an eye out on Arrows Facebook page or their forum at so you won't miss Any future limited editions.

A perfect release, "...nobody does it better..." And Arrow should be proud of the set.

My Darling Clementine + Frontier Marshal [Limited Edition Blu-ray] [1946]
My Darling Clementine + Frontier Marshal [Limited Edition Blu-ray] [1946]
Dvd ~ Henry Fonda
Price: £22.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Short Product Review, 3 Sept. 2015
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The transfers are excellent (Theatrical Cut is the same as The Criterion Collection release), and the documentaries are informative and a joy to watch. The commentary really stood out for me and the featurette discussing the two different cuts was a bit overlong - to me.

Now the controversy...... Pre-release transfer.

There seems to be some confusion whether this is the same transfer as The Criterion Collection release, which I don't have. What I have been able to gather from checking out numerous forums is that the transfer is the same, but the Arrow release has had some digital clean-up work done by Fox themselves, whereas the Criterion release is a bit raw with scratches-and-stuff.

In the end they are both excellent releases, but since I'm in Region B (I do have a region free player but it's starting to break) I went with the Arrow release.

Also, please remember that this is a Limited Edition which contains an extra movie, slip, and booklet which wont be included in the regular release. If you want to be kept up to date with how many sets are still available I advise you to visit Arrows Facebook page.

X-Ray a.k.a Hospital Massacre (Slasher Classics) [Blu-ray]
X-Ray a.k.a Hospital Massacre (Slasher Classics) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Barbi Benton
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £7.51

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Make Sure Your Medical Insurance Is Up To Date, 2 Sept. 2015
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This is my first purchase of 88Films series SLASHER CLASSICS COLLECTION. I was taking my time because I'm not a Slasher Film fan so I needed an all-round good package, and this is what we get with X-ray. When you are considering purchasing blu-ray in this league you need to set realistic expectations, 88Films is a two man crew who do this part time for the love of it and not to rake in the millions after every release.

Not being a fan of Slashers I don't know where X-Ray sits in the ratings of other slashers. If you want to find all the relevant info than Google is your friend. My naked opinion of the film is an "OK", there are a few gory scenes but nothing that compares to today's gore-porn but it does have a unique quality. But onto the actual product......

The quality of the case and printing is high and you also get an alternate cover with the title of HOSPITAL MASSACRE, but the X-Ray version is much better. The menus are easy to navigate and look very professional. 88Films use a transfer that is given to them and is ok and nothing on it that would ruin your experience of watching the film. For extras there are a few interesting interviews but to me the stand out was the commentary. It was fun and informative.

For the price I paid I'm extremely happy with what I got.

Contamination [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD] [Region A & B]
Contamination [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD] [Region A & B]
Dvd ~ Ian McCulloch
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Quality Product From Arrow, 2 Sept. 2015
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The movie might be crap but Arrow puts as much love into Contamination as to any of their classic film releases. My favorite is the transfer, the swanky slip that comes with the first printing, and the really informative commentary by FANGORIA editor Chris Alexander. Also amusing is the behind-the-scenes featurette "Notes on Science-Fiction Cinema" which has director Cozzi take us through the making of the film.

Now my pet scenes from other documentaries, mix matching them, cut and paste, and "making" new featurettes/documentaries; this is what you get here with "Imitation Is The Sincerest Form of Flattery: A Critical Analysis of the Italian Cash-In". They feel cheap and unprofessional. What Arrow have done here is just cut and paste from Calum Waddell's feature length documentaries "Eaten Alive! The Rise and Fall of the Italian Cannibal Film" (which can be found in 88Films release of ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST) and "42nd Street Memories: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Block" (also found in 88Films release of ANTHROPOPHAGOUS). Now, if you don't have those releases, or even Grindhouse blu-ray CANNIBAL FEROX, you won't know any better and find the information new and refreshing. I didn't and felt disappointed. But that's me, and you are you.

Despite that one hiccup I don't regret purchasing this directly from Arrow.

Society [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Society [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Dvd ~ Billy Warlock

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Package, Movie Not So Much, 13 July 2015
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Those rose colored nostalgia glasses paid this film in a bright manner but after watching it again you realize it was a poor directorial effort. The story has a great premise put it just doesn't pull it of especially with the acting and other choices done by the director. In the age of "Gore Porn" the ending doesn't have much oomph. So when going naked into the movie make sure you don't have high expectation and you will surely enjoy some of the madness on the screen. And it's that madness and weirdness of the story, cinematography, acting (some), and the period the film was shot in can bring you a little enjoyment when watching this film with friends.

This is a 2015 release from Arrow Video and as usual the transfer is of the same high quality as you would expect. There is no general documentary about the making of the film but you do get featurettes and a commentary from the director, which is frank and open, which contains most of the info you need if you want to know the nuts and bolts of making the movie.

The Limited Edition comes in an exclusive digipak in a slipcase and miniature comic which adds value to the set but nothing that you need to know about the film. I found the print in the comic to be to small and disorganized which put me off completing it. The digipak is of high quality, the slipcase is very unique with the lettering slightly lifted up and the cardboard (light-stock) is very sleek which suits the film that's inside.

It's not a movie you need to have in your collection but fans of the film, or the horror genre should be very happy with what Arrow Films have provided. The film is a child of its time.

Time of Eve - Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
Time of Eve - Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Yasuhiro Yoshiura

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Deluxe Edition, 15 Jan. 2015
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Recently, after many years in hiding, we have the joy of once again buying anime Deluxe Editions in Region B territory. Say what you will about the company ALL THE ANIME, but they've released some very nice funky editions in the past year and with TIME OF EVE Deluxe Edition released by Pied Pipper we can get another excellent release.

Originally this was a KickStarter project and I was extremely disappointed to find out I was to late to the party and I wouldn't have the opportunity to purchase this fantastic product. I was very happy to learn later on that this release would be made available on Amazon eventually and as soon as it was available to purchase I made my order. However, Amazon decided to use a package that was slightly thinner than the digipack and guess what happened? What aggravated it more was the long journey from the UK to Australia but I was happy to see that the digipack was only slightly damaged. Amazon needs to find a way to package digipacks in such a way that when it arrives at our door we can be confident that the digipack will be unblemished. They did after all do it for steelbooks.

After checking up on different options available I found Amazon UK to be the cheapest way to get it to Australia.

The box which houses the discs and booklet aren't in a chipbox but it a high quality sturdy thickish cardboard that you don't see often outside of Japan. As you can see in the above image of the box the UK rating that's standard with all UK BR/DVD releases is visible. To some this is really annoying and those that find it so will be happy to learn that it's only shown in the wrap-around slip that can be removed if so wished to leave the front clean. Also, the sides a free of the ratings logo too.

The booklet is a softcover and like everything else with this box set is also in excellent quality. The discs are housed in the slip and are held securely so you will be very unlucky if your set arrives with a floating disc.

There doesn't seem to be any problems with the transfer and the audio is clean in both the Japanese language or English dub. The on-disc special features are substantial and the cd soundtrack is also a nice bonus.

In the end this set wouldn't look out of place standing next to your imported Japanese anime BD/DVD.
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The Devils (Special Edition) [DVD] [1971]
The Devils (Special Edition) [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ Oliver Reed
Price: £8.44

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Transfer That's As Good As Many HD Releases, 21 Mar. 2014
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I'll just say a few words about this edition

The one thing that stood out (as you can tell by my title) was the transfer, for a Non-HD it's absolutely beautiful. With the history that this film has I was worried what I might see, and if you are worried - don't.

BFI has released a great package including a booklet and great documentaries going into the history of the main character and the film itself.

Baise-moi [DVD]
Baise-moi [DVD]
Dvd ~ Karen Bach
Offered by UK_Media_Offers
Price: £7.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrow's BAISE-MOI DVD Release, 21 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Baise-moi [DVD] (DVD)
This movie is banned has been banned in certain territories and I was a little bit surprised that it was available in the UK. I've been waiting for a BR release but it never came so I decided to get it now, Amazons price was hard to pass by. Watching the film I realised that it would be pointless releasing this film on BR since it was shot on S-Video, and for some reason this passed me by when I did a little research on the film.

Arrow has released a very nice DVD package, an informative booklet and a decent sized documentary which features extensive interviews with the writer, director, and the two leading actresses who are honest about their involvement in the film as well as their previous roles they played before taking part in BAISE-MOI.

Whisper Of The Heart [Blu-ray]
Whisper Of The Heart [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Ashley Tisdale
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £14.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghibli Fantasyless., 9 Dec. 2012
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StudioCanal continues with their Ghibli releases in the UK. What you get is a cleaned up transfer, which I like but there are people who are against those sort of things. Most of the extras that are available on the Japanese edition are included which is fantastic just don't expect anything special.

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