Arrow Video’s February Releases Include Box Set From Claude Chabrol And A 1980s Slasher

Arrow Video has officially announced that they will be bringing two new Blu-Ray releases to their collection this February. This month will see a collection from a staple of the French New Wave scene with Lies and Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol and an oft-overlooked slasher in Deadly Games. Both releases come loaded with special features that should more than thrill fans. Get all the details on both releases below!

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Lies and Deceit: Five Films By Claude Chabrol

Release Date: February 22, 2022

Too often overlooked and undervalued, Claude Chabrol was the first of the Cahiers du Cinema critics to release a feature film and would be among the most prolific. The sneaky anarchist of the French New Wave, he embraced genre as a means off lifting the lid on human nature. Nothing is sacred and nothing is certain in the films of Claude Chabrol. Anything can be corrupted, and usually will be. Arrow Video is proud to present Lies & deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol. Featuring Cop Au Vin (Poulet au vinaigre), Inspector Lavardin, Madame Bovary, Betty and Torment (L’enfer), this inaugural collection of Claude Chabrol on Blu-ray brings together a wealth of passionate contributors and archival extras to shed fresh light on the films and the filmmaker. Dark, witty, ruthless, mischievous: if you’ve never seen Chabrol before, you’re in for a treat. If you have, they’ve never looked better.

Bonus Materials

  • LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • High definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of all five films
  • New 4K restorations of Madame Bovary, Betty, and Torment
  • Original lossless French PCM mono audio on Cop Au Vin, Inspector Lavardin, Madame Bovary and Betty
  • Original lossless French PCM stereo audio on Torment
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Archive introductions to all films by film scholar Joël Magny
  • Select scene commentaries for all films by Claude Chabrol
  • Theatrical trailers and image galleries for all films
  • 80-page collector’s booklet of new writing by film critics Martyn Conterio, Kat Ellinger, Philip Kemp and Sam Wigley, and archive material
  • Limited edition packaging with newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
  • DISC 1: COP AU VIN
  • New commentary by critic Ben Sachs
  • New interview with film historian Ian Christie
  • Claude Chabrol at the BFI, Chabrol on stage with film historian Ian Christie in 1994
  • Claude Chabrol, Jean Poiret & Stephane Audran in conversation, archive Swiss TV episode with director and cast discussing Cop Au Vin
  • DISC 2: INSPECTOR LAVARDIN
  • New commentary by critic Ben Sachs
  • Why Chabrol?, new interview with film critic Sam Wigley on why Chabrol remains essential viewing
  • DISC 3: MADAME BOVARY
  • New commentary by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Imagining Emma: Madame Bovary on screen, new visual essay by film historian Pamela Hutchinson
  • DISC 4: BETTY
  • New commentary by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Betty, from Simenon to Chabrol, new visual essay by French Cinema historian Ginette Vincendeau
  • New interview with Ros Schwartz, the English translator of the Georges Simenon novel on which the film is based
  • DISC 5: TORMENT
  • New commentary by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson
  • On Henri Georges Clouzot, archival interview with Chabrol about, Clouzot’s abandoned attempt to make L’enfer
  • Interview with Marin Karmitz, archive interview with Chabrol’s most frequent producer from 1985 onward
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Deadly Games

Release Date: February 22, 2022

Steve Railsback (famed for his unhinged performance as Charles Manson in 1976’s TV mini-series Helter Skelter) is at his sinister best as a troubled Vietnam Vet in 1982’s Deadly Games – a tale of madness, murder and adultery from writer/director Scott Mansfied. A masked maniac with a penchant for a horror-themed board game is playing his own twisted game with the women of a small American town. Each time the dice is rolled, another victim meets a grisly end. Returning home to mourn the death of her murdered sister, Keegan (Jo Ann Harris) befriends local cop Roger and oddball cinema projectionist Billy (Railsback) – but soon finds herself in the killer’s sights. Originally entitled Who Fell Asleep, Deadly Games is an intriguing early ’80s slasher oddity which benefits from focusing as much on the development of its female-led cast as it does on its scenes of stalking and slashing. Available for the first time ever on disc, Arrow Video is proud to present this long-overlooked creepy gem in a brand new restoration from the recently-unearthed camera negative!

Bonus Materials

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • Sooty’s a Sh*t – a brand new interview with actor Jere Rae-Mansfield
  • Practical Magic – a brand new interview with special effects and stunt co-ordinator John Eggett
  • Extensive image gallery featuring never-before-seen production photos and promotional material
  • Original Trailer
  • Original screenplay under the title Who Fell Asleep [BD-ROM content]
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Ralf Krause
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian/author Amanda Reyes
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