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New Cult Blu-Ray Announcements From ARROW US & SEVERIN UK!

To all our fellow Blu-Ray collectors out there, ARROW US just announced two titles that should spark your interest, WAKE UP AND KILL and WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? Meanwhile, Severin Films are releasing the Jess Franco flicks VAMPYROS LESBOS and SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY COME in the UK on Blu-Ray at the end of November. (Both are already available here in the US.) Here’s the full specs and details on both companies upcoming slate.

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WAKE UP AND KILL 
[Blu-ray + DVD] coming November 24

“An important step in the evolution of Lizzani’s crime cinema.” – Giallo Fever

During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French Riviera. To the media he was the ‘machine gun soloist’, a name he’d earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To the public he was a romantic figure, one who only targeted the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his criminal career.
 
Wake Up and Kill was the logical extension of such fame. It became the first feature to commit Lutring’s story to celluloid, shooting having begun mere months after his eventual arrest. Capitalizing on the breakthrough success of his performance in French television’s The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Robert Hoffmann is perfect as Lutring, bringing just the right amount of charisma and youthful exuberance to his first major big screen role.
 
Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), scored by Ennio Morricone, penned by the future screenwriter of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and featuring that film’s star, Gian Maria Volonté, in a key supporting role, Wake Up and Kill‘s true-crime thrills serve as an enthralling dry run for the poliziotteschi movies that would follow a few years later.
 
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
* Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
* High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: the original full-length Italian release, and the shortened English-language cut
* Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono sound on the respective versions of the film
* Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian version
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English cut
* Theatrical trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
* Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Robert Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980
 
Format: BLU-RAY + DVD
SKU: AV035
UPC: 760137793397
Street Date: 11/24/15
Label: Arrow Video
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 124 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1966
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Actors: Robert Hoffman, Lisa Gastoni, Gian Maria Volonté
Territory: US
Language: English/Italian
Amazon pre-order: http://amzn.to/1Ky9DL0

WhatHaveYouDoneToSalange

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? [BLU-RAY + DVD] coming December 15

“An accomplished film that should keep even the most hardened of giallo fanatics guessing until the very end.” – Flickering Myth

From director Massimo Dallamano, cinematographer on both A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, comes giallo classic What Have You Done to Solange?, the debut feature of actress Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave). A sexually sadistic killer is preying on the girls of St. Mary’s school. Student Elizabeth witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police’s investigations. Why is the killer choosing these young women? And what does it have to do with a girl named Solange? Also starring Cristina Galbo (Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue) and Fabio Testi (I Spit On Your Grave), What Have You Done with Solange? features all the hallmarks of classic gialli – the amateur detective, the black-gloved killer – as well as a lush score from Ennio Morricone.
 SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
* Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
* Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio
* Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
* Brand new audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
* What Have You Done to Decency? A conversation with Karin Baal – the actress shares her thoughts on Dallamano’s classic giallo in this brand new interview
* First Action Hero – a newly-edited 2006 interview with actor and former stuntman Fabio Testi, including a look at his role in Solange
* Old-School Producer – a newly-edited 2006 interview with producer Fulvio Lucisano
* Innocence Lost: Solange and the “Schoolgirls in Peril” Trilogy – a brand new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie, exploring the themes of Solange and its two semi-sequels
* Original theatrical trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Malleus
* Collector’s booklet featuring a new article on the giallo scores of Ennio Morricone by Howard Hughes, alongside a Camille Keaton career retrospective from Art Ettinger, comprising interview excerpts with the Solange actress, all illustrated with original archive stills and posters
Format: BLU-RAY + DVD
SKU: AV028
UPC: 760137802891
Street Date: 12/15/15
Label: Arrow Video
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 107 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: DTS-HD MA MONO 1.0
Year of Production: 1975
Director: Massimo Dallamano
Actors: Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Camille Keaton
Territory: US
Language: English/Italian

Amazon pre-order: http://amzn.to/1MGQ8FV

JESS FRANCO’S VAMPYROS LESBOS and SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY COME TO BLU-RAY FROM SEVERIN FILMS 

What are widely considered to be the finest works of late, great Euro-cult master Jess Franco’s labyrinthine career, his 1971 erotic horrors VAMPYROS LESBOS and SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY have long been sought after by cult cinema collectors. Now, for the first time ever in the UK, the fully restored, uncensored versions of both films will be available in Special Editions from Severin Films.Both films star the bewitching beauty Soledad Miranda, who was tragically killed before either film was released, and achieved additional cult status thanks to the sexadelic, ultra groovy soundtrack that became an unexpected dance floor hit three decades after original release.

VAMPYROS LESBOS has already had successful and acclaimed theatrical screenings in the UK ahead of these releases, and the time is set for the extraordinary work of the mercurial Franco to reach out to a brand new audience.

Featuring newly created cover art by Wes Benscoter, both these films have been remastered and restored in HD, ensuring that they look and sound better than they ever have done!

FORMAT: BLU-RAY
RELEASE DATE: 30 November 2015

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VAMPYROS LESBOS

Newly remastered HD presentation of the feature in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio

Special Features:
Vampyros Jesus: Interview featurette with Director Jess Franco
Sublime Soledad: Interview with Soledad Miranda Historian Amy Brown
Stephen Thrower on Vampyros Lesbos: Interview with Author of Murderous Passions – The Delirious Cinema Of Jess Franco
Jess Is Yoda Clip
Alternate German Opening Title Sequence – Dracula’s Heiress
German Trailer

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SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY

Newly remastered HD presentation of the feature in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio

Special Features:
Jess Killed In Ecstasy: Interview with Director Jess Franco
Sublime Soledad: Interview with Soledad Miranda Historian Amy Brown
Stephen Thrower on She Killed in Ecstasy: Interview with Author of Murderous Passions – The Delirious Cinema Of Jess Franco’
Paul Muller On Jess Franco: Interview with frequent Franco Star
German Trailer

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