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New from Arrow Video US

The Swinging Cheerleaders [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 5th)

Crimes Of Passion [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 12th)

via MVD Entertainment Group
MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with several new titles in July…

The Swinging Cheerleaders [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 5th)

They gave it all for their team…Jack Hill spent the seventies specialising in tough female characters. He made movies about girl gangs (Switchblade Sisters) and women in prison (The Big Doll House, The Big Bird Cage), turned Pam Grier a star with Coffy and Foxy Brown, and contributed to the Cheerleaders line of drive-in favourites with The Swinging Cheerleaders.

Kate, an undergraduate at Mesa University, goes undercover as a cheerleader for her college newspaper in order to expose ‘female exploitation in contemporary society’. But instead of oppression she finds love, friendship and a bigger fish to fry: corruption in the football team, headed up by the coach and his pals.

A favorite of Quentin Tarantino, who screened it at the very first Tarantino Film Fest, The Swinging Cheerleaders features a cast of cult favourites including Colleen Camp (Wayne’s World, Game of Death), Rainbeaux Smith (Caged Heat, The Incredible Melting Man) and future Playmate of the Month Rosanne Katon.

BONUS MATERIALS

– Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials
– High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentations
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
– Audio commentary by writer-director Jack Hill, recorded exclusively for this release
– Brand new interview with Jack Hill
– Archive interview with cinematographer Alfred Taylor
– Archive interview with Hill and Johnny Legend
– Q&A with Hill, and actors Colleen Camp and Rosanne Katon recorded at the New Beverly Cinema in 2012
– TV spots
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

– Illustrated booklet containing new writing by Cullen Gallagher (first pressing only)

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

Crimes Of Passion [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 12th)

She is watched. She is worshipped. And she must remain a mystery.

In the early eighties British enfant terrible Ken Russell travelled to America and placed his unorthodox imprint on a pair of US movies. The first was the Altered States, so out-there its screenwriter disowned it. The second was the equally crazy Crimes of Passion, starring Kathleen Turner (Body Heat, Serial Mom) at the height of her powers.

Fashion designer Joanna Crane (Turner) leads a double life. By night she is China Blue, a prostitute who’s attracted the unwanted attention of two men. One is a sexually frustrated private detective hired by her employees. The other is psychopathic priest (played by Norman Bates himself, Anthony Perkins) in possession of a murderous sex toy.

With its outré screenplay by Barry Sandler and over the top score by Rick Wakeman, Crimes of Passion may just be the most outrageous Ken Russell film ever made – and that’s quite some feat!

BONUS MATERIALS

– Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film materials
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the director’s cut and unrated versions of the film
– Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Audio commentary with director Ken Russell and producer-screenwriter Barry Sandler
– Seven deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary by Sandler
– Brand-new interview with Sandler recorded especially for this release
– Home movie footage of Ken Russell visiting Florida for a retrospective screening of Crimes of Passion at the 2009 Florida Film Festival
– Theatrical trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil

– Illustrated booklet containing new writing by Ken Russell’s biographer, Paul Sutton, correspondence between Russell and Kathleen Turner, and an on-set interview with Russell (first pressing only)

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 26th)

Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies)

Starring the iconic and beautiful Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Stray Cat Rock) in a role that came to define her career, the four-film Female Prisoner Scorpion series charts the vengeance of Nami Matsushima, who assumes the mantle of “Scorpion,” becoming an avatar of vengeance and survival, and an unlikely symbol of female resistance in a male-dominated world.

Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion introduces Nami, a gullible young woman unjustly imprisoned, who must find a way to escape in order to exact revenge upon the man who betrayed her. The visually avant-garde Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 sees director Shunya Ito and star Meiko Kaji re-unite as Nami and six other female convicts escape prison once more. The Gothic horror-inspired Beast Stable finds Nami branded public enemy #1 and on the run. She soon finds refuge with a sympathetic prostitute, but runs afoul of a local gang. The final film in the series, #701’s Grudge Song (from director Yasuharu Hasebe, Retaliation, Massacre Gun), shows a gentler side of Nami as she falls in with Kudo, an ex-radical suffering from physical and psychological trauma caused by police torture.
Spiritual kin to Ms. 45, Coffy and The Bride Wore Black, the Female Prisoner Scorpion is the pinnacle of early 1970s exploitation cinema from Japanese grindhouse studio Toei, and one of the greatest female revenge sagas ever told.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

– Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies)
– Brand new 2K restorations of all four films in the series presented on High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD
– Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays) for all films
– Optional English subtitles for all films
– Double-sided fold out poster of two original artworks
– Reversible sleeves for all films featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
– Booklet featuring a new writing on the films, an archive interview with Meiko Kaji, and a brand new interview with Toru Shinohara, creator of the original Female Prisoner Scorpion manga
FEMALE PRISONER #701: SCORPION:
– Newly filmed appreciation by filmmaker Gareth Evans (The Raid)
– Archive interview with director Shunya Ito
– New interview with assistant director Yutaka Kohira
– Theatrical Trailers for all films in the series
FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: JAILHOUSE 41:
– Newly filmed appreciation by critic Kier-La Janisse
– Japanese cinema critic Jasper Sharp looks over the career of Shunya Ito
– New interview with production designer Tadayuki Kuwana
– Original Theatrical Trailer
FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: BEAST STABLE:
– Newly filmed appreciation by critic Kat Ellinger
– Archive interview with director Shunya Ito
– New visual essay on the career of star and icon Meiko Kaji by critic Tom Mes
– Original Theatrical Trailer
FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: 701’S GRUDGE SONG:
– Newly filmed appreciation by filmmaker Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (Kichiku: Banquet of the Beasts)
– Archive interview with director Yasuharu Hasebe
– Japanese cinema critic Jasper Sharp looks over the career of Yasuharu Hasebe
– Visual essay on the Scorpion series by critic Tom Mes
– Original Theatrical Trailer

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

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