As spring begins to turn into summer, Arrow Video have some real cult gems in store for fans in June with a heady mix of 80s action, Kiwi thrills, post-apocalyptic sci-fi, vampires and Spaghetti Westerns, all on Blu-ray.
First out of the Arrow Video June stable, is Jake Speed, a fun action romp in the vein of Romancing the Stone & Raiders of the Lost Ark. It sees the titular Jake leap from the pages of a pulp thriller novel into the real world in order to help a woman rescue her sister from a gang of white slavers, while John Hurt (Alien) chews up the scenery as Jake’s arch-nemesis in a truly wicked performance.
Next on the slate comes Vigil, which was the first film from New Zealand to play in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival and won a standing ovation for lead child actor, Fiona Kay. It sees a mysterious outsider grow close to a young widow, but her daughter suspects him of being the devil and sets about defending her home.
The following week takes a completely different turn in the form of post-apocalyptic sci-fi, The Quiet Earth. Another film from New Zealand, this sees a scientist wake up to discover he’s the last man on Earth. After a while, his mind begins to unravel and fantasy and reality begin to blur.
The Addiction, meanwhile, is Abel Ferrara’s addition to the vampire canon. It stars Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol) as a young woman transformed into a vampire, coming to terms with her newfound desire for human blood.
However, the crowning glory of Arrow Video’s June slate is The Complete Sartana – a Blu-ray box set limited to 2,500 copies and featuring all of the Sartana films starring Gianni Garko and, latterly, George Hilton. With gorgeous 2K restorations of all of the films, and a huge raft of extras, the set shows off the mysterious wanderer with a penchant for card tricks like never before.
If you can’t wait until June for your next fix of Arrow, you only need to wait until April for the release of Ennio Morricone’s Autopsy soundtrack from Arrow Records. Released on Record Store Day exclusively in participating shops, this is a limited marbled orange vinyl, which has been newly mastered from the original analogue tapes by James Plotkin.