Arrow Academy presents a fantastic slate of European classics, award-winning thrillers, and Hollywood psychological drama at its finest. As always, the releases are full of new and archival extras that will delight the most ardent collector.
First out of the gate is Thomas Vinterberg’s acclaimed The Hunt, featuring an astonishing performance from Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One, Casino Royale) as a primary school teacher whose life is torn apart and plunged into danger by an innocent lie. Once seen, never forgotten, the Arrow Academy Blu-ray and DVD releases include a making of featurette, deleted scenes, an alternate ending and more.
The next August title is the Dual Format release of The Tree of the Wooden Clogs, Ermanno Olmi’s epic portrait of peasant life in late nineteenth century Italy. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival, the film presents a year in the life of four families working and living on the farm of a landowner in northern Italy. This release features a Brand-new 4K restoration, an introduction from Olmi, and interviews with the director.
Mid-August sees the release of 2016’s Clash, a film that none other than Tom Hanks says you simply must see. Set entirely in a police truck during the turmoil that erupts following the ousting of former president Morsi in Cairo, this festival smash hit is released with an interview with the director, and a making-of featurette, which details the extraordinary production, with the crew facing genuine protesters and riots.
Next up is the great French filmmaker Jean Grémillon’s final film, 1953’s The Love of a Woman, starring Micheline Presle as a young doctor who encounters love – and hostility – on a remote island. The beautiful and elegiac romance is presented on Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD, and includes a feature length documentary on Grémillon, as well as a collector’s booklet with the first pressing.
At the end of August Kiss Me Deadly director Robert Aldrich’s classic Hollywood take down The Big Knife (1955) is released on Blu-ray. This superb adaptation of Clifford Odets’s play features a mesmerising performance from Jack Palance (Shane) as a film star on the edge, and brilliant turns from Shelley Winters (Lolita) as a starlet with a secret, and Rod Steiger (In The Heat Of The Night) as an intense studio boss. Featuring a brand-new 2K restoration, which shows off Ernest Laszlo’s crisp black and white cinematography to sensational effect, the package also has exclusive new commentaries, and a collector’s booklet with the first pressing.