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Old 03-05-21, 11:33 AM
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The drive-in filmmaker boxed sets keep on comin'. Al Adamson, Bill Grefe, Andy Milligan on the way (well, I can probably live without that one), and now Bill Rebane from Arrow.

(Available on Blu-ray in the UK on May 24 and in the US and Canada on May 25)

Region B, apparently, but I can't imagine Europe having a bigger audience than the U.S. for something like this. Really wish it had GIANT SPIDER INVASION and/or BLOOD HARVEST – which I'm sure will be pointed out repeatedly – but those are on other labels and this looks pretty solid nonetheless. Some of the films are pretty dire, but they do have their place in the unique history of American regional filmmaking:


FROM THE WILDS OF WISCONSIN HE CAME…

Alien Invasions! Haunted Pianos! Sentient Monster Trucks! Arrow Video is proud to present the first ever collection of works by Bill Rebane, the epitome of an independent regional filmmaker who built his own studio in the wilds of Wisconsin. He acted for Hitchcock, he searched for the arms of the Venus De Milo, he turned a VW Beetle into a giant spider and he’s still at work today!

Bringing together six films, all new to Blu-ray and in brand new restorations, Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection packs in a mutant astronaut bothering blissful sunbathers (Monster A Go-Go), a contagion apocalypse as seen from the vantage point of a remote mountain cabin (Invasion from Inner Earth), deadly alien spores from the rocks of Mars (The Alpha Incident), rural gothic and outright horror (The Demons of Ludlow), an eccentric ‘body count’ movie (The Game) and a comedy smash-‘em up that pits three hillbilly stooges against a talking Monster Truck with artificial intelligence (Twister’s Revenge).

Loaded with new interviews and extras, this is an essential collection of features from one of America’s most tenacious outsider auteurs!

MONSTER A GO-GO!

American astronaut Frank Douglas returns to earth as a ten-foot-tall radioactive humanoid monster! Independent filmmaker Bill Rebane’s first attempt at a feature film began life as Terror At Halfday but was abandoned when funds ran dry. It was then bought by legendary exploitation pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis who shot extra footage, added a voice over and released it to drive-ins as MONSTER A GO-GO! Rebane himself called it “the worst film ever made”, but it’ll still give you the wim-wams!

INVASION FROM INNER EARTH

In the Canadian wilderness a group of pilots listen to reports of planes crashing, cars stalling and a deadly plague gripping the planet. As it becomes clear that the Earth is amidst an invasion, they barricade themselves in a cabin in the woods and wait for impending doom.

THE ALPHA INCIDENT

A space probe returns from Mars carrying a deadly organism that could destroy all life on Earth! While being transported across country by train the micro-organism is accidentally released, resulting in the quarantine of an entire train station. Those trapped inside must wait for the government to find a cure while trying not to sleep, because that’s when the organism strikes!

THE DEMONS OF LUDLOW

The population of a small, quiet town prepares to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of its founding, but the town of Ludlow has a very dark past and when a piano arrives at auction, the ghosts its past return to seek retribution.

THE GAME (aka THE COLD)

Three bored millionaires gather nine people at an old mansion to play “The Game” … if they can meet and conquer their fears and they’ll receive a million dollars in cash. But all is not as it seems!

TWISTER’S REVENGE

An action-comedy-smash-‘em-up in which three bumbling criminals repeatedly attempt to steal the artificial intelligence control system of Mr. Twister, a talking Monster Truck.



LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • Six Bill Rebane films, all newly restored from the best surviving film elements: Monster A Go-Go (1965), Invasion from Inner Earth (1974), The Alpha Incident (1978), The Demons Of Ludlow (1983), The Game (1984), Twister’s Revenge (1988)
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations on 4 Blu-ray discs
  • Original uncompressed mono audio for all films
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Straight Shooter, a multi-part interview with director Bill Rebane about the making and release of each film in the set
  • Who is Bill Rebane? A definitive brand new feature length documentary by historian and critic David Cairns, featuring contributions from filmmakers, fans, historians, critics, and the cast and crew who worked with Bill Rebane [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
  • Fully illustrated 60-page collector’s booklet featuring extensive new writing by historian and critic Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of Exploitation Independents [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
  • Reversible poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
  • Reversible sleeves featuring newly commissioned artwork for each of the films by The Twins of Evil
DISC ONE - MONSTER A GO-GO + INVASION FROM INNER EARTH
  • Straight Shooter Part 1 and Part 2, two newly filmed interviews about the making of Monster A Go-Go and Invasion from Inner Earth with director Bill Rebane
  • Brand new interview with historian and critic Kim Newman about the films of Bill Rebane
  • Twist Craze, and Dance Craze, two early short films by Bill Rebane
  • Kidnap Extortion (1973), a newly restored industrial short directed by Bill Rebane
  • Stills and Promotional Gallery
DISC TWO - THE ALPHA INCIDENT + THE DEMONS OF LUDLOW
  • Straight Shooter Part 3 and Part 4, two newly filmed interviews about the making of The Alpha Incident and The Demons of Ludlow with director Bill Rebane
  • Rebane’s Key Largo, a brand new visual essay by historian and critic Richard Harland Smith
  • The Alpha Incident original trailer
  • The Demons of Ludlow original trailer
  • Stills and Promotional Gallery
DISC THREE - THE GAME + TWISTER’S REVENGE
  • Two presentations of The Game (aka The Cold) in 1.85 and 1.33 aspect ratio
  • Straight Shooter Part 5 and Part 6, two newly filmed interviews about the making of The Game and Twister’s Revenge with director Bill Rebane
  • Discovering Bill Rebane, brand new presentation by historian & critic Stephen R. Bissette about his personal connections with the films of Bill Rebane and their importance to regional film making in America
  • The Game original trailer
  • Twister’s Revenge original trailer
  • Stills and Promotional Gallery
DISC FOUR - WHO IS BILL REBANE? (2021) + BONUS
  • Who is Bill Rebane? Exclusive new feature length documentary by historian and critic David Cairns on the life and work of the Wisconsin auteur, featuring historians, critics, filmmakers, plus cast and crew members who worked with Bill Rebane
  • King of the Wild Frontier a new almost two-hour impassioned conversation with historian and critic Stephen R. Bissette about the films of Bill Rebane
  • Invasion from Inner Earth outtakes from the shoot
  • The Alpha Incident outtakes from the shoot
  • The Demons of Ludlow outtakes from the shoot
  • The Giant Spider Invasion original trailer
  • Gallery of Behind the Scenes stills
  • Stills and Promotional Galleries for the rest of Rebane’s filmography
Extras subject to change

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Old 03-22-21, 06:16 PM
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Arrow Academy is being rolled up into Arrow Video:

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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Love the art on this beaut. Looking forward to that extensive Peckinpah docu.


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from Smokey and the Bandit 4K, plus Cool World, Revenge of the Shogun Women in 3D, Zavvi buys Arrow Films & more (thedigitalbits.com)


Finally today, in other news from around the industry, it appears that The Hut.com Ltd, the UK company that owns the online retailer Zavvi, has just purchased the UK-based distributor Arrow Films. Thereís been no official announcement of this yet, but you can see the documentation of the sale here at the UK governmentís Companies House website. I wouldnít necessarily expect this to change anything about the way Arrow Films and Arrow Video operate, but itís an interesting development nonetheless.
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Old 04-08-21, 07:36 PM
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Is this good or bad for US releases? Isn’t Zavvi in CA?
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I can see Zavvi making some really great Arrow releases exclusives through their site only. Screw that noise.
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Definitely looking forward to that 3D release of Women whatever. Arrow hasn’t done many or any to my recollection. Kino Lorber usually does the old ones in nice 3D releases. I’ll get Nobody of course.
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Originally Posted by E Unit
I can see Zavvi making some really great Arrow releases exclusives through their site only. Screw that noise.
that would suck. Amazon never did me wrong on Arrow SEís.
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Didn't know Arrow was doing Cool World.
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Originally Posted by Why So Blu?
Didn't know Arrow was doing Cool World.
they aren't (AFAIK), that's an unrelated subject mentioned in the same TDB article.
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Originally Posted by OldBoy
Is this good or bad for US releases? Isnít Zavvi in CA?
Zavvi is in the UK
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Originally Posted by OldBoy
Definitely looking forward to that 3D release of Women whatever. Arrow hasnít done many or any to my recollection. Kino Lorber usually does the old ones in nice 3D releases. Iíll get Nobody of course.
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Originally Posted by E Unit
I can see Zavvi making some really great Arrow releases exclusives through their site only. Screw that noise.
I do see that as one possibility. Physical media has held up a bit better in the UK compared to the US. Zavvi isn't buying Arrow not to use the label as an exclusive lure for their retail side.
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Are we still getting these great US sets? That’s not gonna change is it?

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Are we still getting these great US sets? Thatís not gonna change is it?
I'd assume their US operations won't change that much.
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Definitely looking forward to that 3D release of Women whatever. Arrow hasnít done many or any to my recollection
Pretty sure Bob Furmanek mentioned somewhere in the past that this one would be going to Kino like most of their others. It's just a separate news item in that Digital Bits column, unrelated to Arrow.
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Coming Home in a Body Bag poster.

Nice artwork on that edition. Will we get a US release?
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I’m all over that True Romance. I assume both cuts. Love that one so much.
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I may have to try for that True Romance steelbook with slipcase. 4K is region free, isn't it?
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4K is region free, isn't it?
There have been a couple of instances where labels would skirt around specs and rig up a sort of home-brew region locking, but for all intents and purposes, yeah, there are no region restrictions. On the other hand, extras are often offloaded to traditional Blu-ray Discs, and those can still be region-coded.

Geez, this is an expensive month. Iím definitely in for Vengeance Trails and Daimaijin (after falling for the franchise via Mill Creekís collection). I might wait for standard editions of True Romance and Cat oí Nine Tails, depending on the price. Iíve never seen the former, and...well, this would be my fourth copy of the latter, and itís my least favorite of Argentoís golden period.
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I got the old Daimajin Blu set but never actually watched it. I should give it a look.
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