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Cold Light of Day is a 1989 independent crime-drama and arrived on Blu-ray in October by Arrow Video and includes new interviews and featurettes alongside two commentary tracks.


Cold Light of Day

Genre(s): Drama, Crime
Arrow Video | NR – 80 min. – $39.95 | October 27, 2020

Date Published: 12/11/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Fhiona Louise
Writer(s): Fhiona Louise (written by)
Cast: Bob Flag, Martin Byrne Quinn, Geoffrey Greenhill, Mark Hawkins, Andrew Edmans, Jackie Cox

Features: Audio Commentaries, Featurette, Interviews, Short Films, Trailer
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (PCM 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 37.71 GB
Total Bitrate: 44.42 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Arrow Video provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


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 (BOB FLAG) – 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.



This release comes with a cool looking slip cover with a cut-out on the front revealing a leg and hands.

Audio Commentaries:

  • Historians/Writers Dean Brandum and Andrew Nette
  • Writer/Director Fhiona Louise


  • Playing the Victim (15:49) – Actor Martin Byrne-Quinn
  • Risky Business (5:25) – Actor Steve Munroe

Scenes of the Crime (12:38) is a tour of the shooting locations with writer/director Fhiona Louise and Arrow Video producer Ewan Cant.

Original Promotional Film (4:39) – Short film made to raise fiancés for the feature film.

Re-Release Trailer (1:04)

Short Films:

  • Metropolis Apocalypse (9:16)
  • Sleepwalker (3:29)



VIDEO – 4½/5

Arrow Video releases Cold Light of Day onto Blu-ray presented in its original 1.33 full frame aspect ratio and given a newly restored 1080p high-definition transfer (MPEG-4 AVC codec). Per the included booklet, the original 16mm AB negative was scanned in 2K resolution. The picture here, especially for what I assume was a very limited budget, looks pretty good. Detail is decent enough while the original noise and grain is rather heavy, though presumably that’s how it originally appeared when it was in theaters back in 1989.

AUDIO – 3¼/5

The disc includes a PCM Mono track which was taken from the original mag reels. Nothing outstanding here, dialogue comes through well enough but you do get regular hissing in the quiet scenes and being a singular channel, the audio is limited of course. Again, as with the video, the budget does come into play with what I assume was not the best sound equipment.


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