Arrow’s October Blu-Ray Releases Include The Last Starfighter, Mallrats, And More

Arrow Video has announced five new titles to join their collection on Blu-Ray this October: The Deeper You Dig (2019), Mallrats (1995), Warning From Space (1956), The Last Starfighter (1984) and Cold Light of Day (1989). These represent a family horror movie, a 90s comedy classic, a landmark Japanese sci-fi film, an 80s sci-fi cult favorite and a fictionalized story of a British serial killer! Details on these films can be found below:

The Deeper You Dig

Street Date: October 6, 2020

Arrow VideoSynopsis: Themes of family, loss and survival intersect on the thin line that separates the living from the dead in The Deeper You Dig, the latest feature written, directed by and starring filmmaking family the Adams Family (Knuckle Jack, Rumblestrips) – described as “a force to be reckoned with” (Dread Central) and “the multi-hyphenates other multi-hyphenates hope to be when they grow up” (Nightmare on Film Street). Bogus tarot card reader Ivy (Toby Poser) and her teenage daughter Echo (Zelda Adams) are an unconventional but loving mother/daughter team. But when reclusive Kurt (John Adams) moves in down the road, a tragic accident results in Echo’s murder, causing three lives to collide in mysterious and wicked ways. Kurt believes he can hide his secret beneath the earth – but Echo, refusing to accept death, burrows into his head until he can feel her in his bones. As she haunts his every move, trying to reach her mother from beyond, Ivy must dig deep to see the signs and prove that love won’t stay buried. A dark, unsettling meditation on grief, survival and the brittle barrier that separates the living from the dead, this limited double-disc edition pairs The Deeper You Dig with John Adams’ earlier feature The Hatred, making for a compelling double bill of original, independent horror.

Bonus Materials
  • Exclusive two-disc set containing The Deeper You Dig (2019) and The Hatred (2018)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two exclusive choices of artwork
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Limited edition illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Neil Mitchell
  • DISC ONE – THE DEEPER YOU DIG
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by writers/directors/stars Toby Poser and John Adams
  • At Home with the Adams Family, an exclusive, in-depth interview with the trio of filmmakers responsible for The Deeper You Dig
  • It’s in the Blood: The Family in the Horror Genre, an exclusive visual essay by critic Anton Bitel exploring the theme of family in The Deeper You Dig and the Adams Family’s broader filmography
  • Special effects breakdown with commentary by Trey Lindsay
  • FrightFest TV interview with the Adams Family
  • Hellbender music videos
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • DISC TWO – THE HATRED
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Kid Kalifornia music videos

 

Mallrats

Street Date: October 13, 2020

Arrow VideoSynopsis: THEY’RE NOT THERE TO SHOP. THEY’RE NOT THERE THERE TO WORK. THEY’RE JUST THERE. Following the smash success of his first feature, Clerks, Kevin Smith returned with Mallrats. Spawning a raft of characters and in-jokes that Smith would carry throughout his career, the film continued the one-of-a-kind comedic world known as the View Askewniverse. Simultaneously dumped by their girlfriends, comic book obsessive Brodie (Jason Lee) and best friend TS (Jeremy London) plan to ease the pain of their losses by taking take a trip to the local mall. Amongst shoppers, they discover the mall is being used as the venue for a dating show, in which TS’s girlfriend Brandi is the star. Hatching a plan to win back their significant others, Brodie and TS enlist the help of professional delinquents Jay and Silent Bob to hijack the gameshow in a bid to win back Brandi. Meanwhile, Brodie carries out his own mission to make good his relationship with Rene (Shannen Doherty), who has attracted the attentions of his nemesis Shannon (Ben Affleck). Featuring a cast including Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, who would go on to be recurring collaborators in Smith’s movies, Mallrats celebrates its 25th Anniversary in this limited edition set boasting a brand new restoration and hours of bonus content.

Bonus Materials
  • LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • Brand new restoration by Arrow Films of both the Theatrical and Extended cuts of the film, approved by director Kevin Smith and cinematographer David Klein
  • Newly assembled TV cut of the film featuring hilarious overdubbing to cover up profanity
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Philip Kemp
  • Fold out poster featuring replica blueprints for ‘Operation Drive-by’ and ‘Operation Dark Knight’
  • DISC ONE – THEATRICAL AND EXTENDED CUTS
  • Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Kevin Smith, producer Scott Mosier, archivist Vincent Pereira, and actors Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, and Jason Mewes
  • Brand new introduction to the film by Kevin Smith
  • My Mallrat Memories – and all-new interview with Kevin Smith
  • A newly filmed tribute to producer Jim Jacks by Kevin Smith
  • Brand new interview with actor Jason Mewes
  • Brand new interview with Cinematographer David Klein
  • Hollywood of the North: A newly produced animated making-of documentary featuring Minnesota crew members who worked on the film
  • Deleted Scenes – Kevin Smith and Vincent Pereira discuss deleted scenes and sequences originally cut from the film
  • Outtakes and behind the scenes footage
  • Cast interviews from the original set
  • Erection of an Epic: The making of Mallrats – archival retrospective with cat and crew looking at the making and release of the film
  • Q&A with Kevin Smith – archival Q&A filmed for the 10th anniversary
  • Build Me Up Buttercup music video
  • Stills galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • DISC TWO – TV CUT
  • Newly assembled TV cut of the film featuring hilarious overdubbing to cover up profanity
  • Original stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new introduction to the TV cut by director Kevin Smith
  • Stills gallery of the comic books featured in the film’s opening sequence
  • Easter eggs

Warning From Space

Street Date: October 13, 2020

Arrow VideoSynopsis: The first Japanese science fiction film to be made in color, Koji Shima’s Warning From Space features eye-popping special effects from the same team at Daiei Studios that would bring Gamera to life a decade later. As Japan is rocked by mysterious sightings of UFOs over Tokyo and large one-eyed aliens attempting contact, scientists collaborate to investigate the unexpected rise in extraterrestrial activity. Unbeknownst to them, one of the aliens has already assumed human form and is about to deliver a very important message… that could be humanity’s last hope for survival. With a witty script by Hideo Oguni (screenwriter of several Akira Kurosawa classics including Seven Samurai) and iconic starfish-like aliens designed by avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto, the original Japanese version of Warning From Space finally makes its official English-language video debut.

Bonus Materials
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio
  • Optional newly translated English subtitles
  • Brand new commentary by Stuart Galbraith IV, author of Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!
  • First-ever HD transfer of the American release version of the film, including a newly restored English dub track
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Image galleries
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an essay on artist Taro Okamoto by Japanese art historian Nick West, and an essay on the production of the American edit of the film by David Cairns

The Last Starfighter

Street Date: October 27, 2020

Arrow VideoSynopsis: Greetings Starfighter! You have been recruited by Arrow Video to experience the 1984 sci-fi classic as you’ve never experienced it before! Directed by Nick Castle, the man behind the Michael Myers mask in the original Halloween, The Last Starfighter tells the story Alex Rogan (Lance Guest), an arcade game whizz-kid whose wildest dreams comes true when he finds himself enlisted to fight in an interstellar war. Now newly restored from a 4K scan of the original negative and featuring a 4.1 mix originally created for the film’s 70mm release – never included on previous home video formats – The Last Starfighter arrives loaded with brand new and archival bonus features. Strap yourself in: the Blu-ray adventure of a lifetime is about to begin!

Bonus Materials
  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed 2.0 stereo, 5.1 DTS-HD MA and 4.1 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with Mike White of The Last Projection Booth podcast
  • Archival audio commentary with director Nick Castle and production designer Ron Cobb
  • Heroes of the Screen – archival featurette
  • Crossing the Frontier: The Making of The Last Starfighter – archival 4-part documentary
  • Image Galleries
  • Theatrical and Teaser Trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Ferguson
  • PLUS MORE NEW EXTRAS TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY
  • Limited Edition O-Card
  • Limited Edition Reversible Poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes and sci-fi author Greg Bear’s never-before-published Omni magazine article on Digital Productions, the company responsible for the CGI in The Last Starfighter

 

Cold Light Of Day (Limited Edition)

Street Date: October 27, 2020

Arrow VideoSynopsis: February, 1983. Detectives are called to a residential address in the London suburbs following reports that the drains have been clogged by human remains. One of the property’s residents, Dennis Nilsen – a mild-mannered and unassuming civil servant – is brought in for questioning, leading to the discovery of one of the most shocking and disturbing cases of serial murder ever to rock Britain. Offering a grim and gritty retelling of the story of “Des” Nilsen, often dubbed the “British Jeffery Dahmer”, 1989’s Cold Light of Day stars Bob Flag (the face of Big Brother in Michael Radford’s 1984) as Nilsen-cipher Jorden March, delivering one of the most chilling and credible portrayals of a serial killer ever committed to screen. From writer-director Fhiona-Louise, Cold Light of Day – which picked up the UCCA Venticittà Award at the 1990 Venice International Film Festival – is a hugely underseen and underrated British effort that can stand proudly alongside the likes of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer as one of the most unflinching true-crime films of all time.

Bonus Materials
  • Limited Edition of 2000 units
  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original 16mm camera negative approved by director Fhiona-Louise
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with writer/director Fhiona-Louise
  • Brand new audio commentary with film historians/writers Dean Brandum and Andrew Nette
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Martin Byrne-Quinn
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Steve Munroe
  • Original Cold Light of Day promo film made to raise financing for the feature
  • Re-Release Trailer
  • Two short films starring Cold Light of Day director Fhiona-Louise and photographed by Star Wars DP David Tattershall, newly restored in HD: Metropolis Apocalypse (1988, 11 mins) and Sleepwalker (1993, 2 mins)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • Limited Edition Die-cut O-card
  • Limited Edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jo Botting and a look at how the press reported Dennis Nilsen’s real-life crimes by Jeff Billington