May 032022

Rundown of the major releases from the April 2022 Arrow Films including 12 Monkeys (4K Ultra HD), Robocop (4K Ultra HD), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (4K Ultra HD) and The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter.



Arrow Video
— April 2022 Rundown —

April 12th, 2022

Plot Synopsis: As Viktor Frankenstein (KENNETH BRANAGH) is dying he shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain. Viktor, using previous experiments by a brilliant scientist, was able to bring a creature (ROBERT DE NIRO) assembled from body parts back to life. Once he realized how destructive his experiments had become, he abandoned the creature and tried to live a normal life with his fiance (HELENA BONHAM CARTER). The lonely creature seeks out Viktor and demands one of two things: a bride or revenge.

Special Features:

  • Frankenstein: A Liberal Adaptation – The first screen adaptation of the Shelley’s story.
  • Dissecting Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – Brand new featurette with David Pirie, Jonathan Rigby and Stephen Vollk on the differences between the novel and screen adaption.
  • Mary Shelley and the Creation of a Monster – Brand new featurette on the origins and evolution of the Frankenstein story.
  • Interviews:
    + Make-Up Designer Daniel Parker
    + Composer Patrick Doyle
    + Costume Designer James Acheson
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historians Michael Brooke and Johnny Mains
  • Original Trailers

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Laz Manquez; Illustrated collector’s booklet.

Video: 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible); New 4K restoration from the original camera negative by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Audio: Original uncompressed stereo audio and DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio

April 5th, 2022

Plot Synopsis:Song Dynasty general Yeung Yip and his seven sons have been sent to fight at the Battle of Jinsha. The prophecy states: `Seven went, six returned’, which makes them believe one of the sons will be killed in battle.



Special Features:

  • A Tribute to Fu Sheng – Short film commemorating the late actor that played before early screenings
  • Interviews – Stars Gordon Liu, Lili Li and Yeung Ching-ching
  • Brand New Audio Commentary with Jonathan Clements, author of A Brief History of China
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Aspinall; Illustrated collector’s booklet.

Video: High-Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation; Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films.

Audio: Original lossless Cantonese, Mandarin and English mono audio

12 Monkeys (1995)
April 26th, 2022

Plot Synopsis: Traveling back in time isn’t simple, as James Cole (Bruce Willis) learns the hard way. Imprisoned in the 2030s, James is recruited for a mission that will send him back to the 1990s. Once there, he’s supposed to gather information about a nascent plague that’s about to exterminate the vast majority of the world’s population. But, aside from the manic Jeffrey (Brad Pitt), he gets little in the way of cooperation, not least from medical gatekeepers like Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe).



Special Features:

  • The Film Exchange with Terry Gilliam – 1996 Interview with Gilliam and critic Jonathan Romney
  • Appreciation by Ian Christie author of “Gilliam on Gilliam”
  • The Twelve Monkeys Archives
  • The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys – Feature-length making-of documentary by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (Lost in La Mancha)
  • Audio Commentary with Terry Gilliam and Producer Charles Roven

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Aspinall; Illustrated collector’s booklet.

Video: 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible); Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative by Arrow Films, approved by director Terry Gilliam.

Audio: Lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo soundtracks

Robocop (1987)
April 12th, 2022

Plot Synopsis: In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) into an armed confrontation with crime lord Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) so they can use his body to support their untested RoboCop prototype. But when RoboCop learns of the company’s nefarious plans, he turns on his masters.


Special Features:

Disc One (Director’s Cut)

  • Audio Commentary with director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director’s Cut)
  • Robocop: Edited for Television – Compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television, including outtakes
  • Edited-for-Television version of the film.
  • Split-Screen Comparison between the Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut, and the Theatrical Cut and edited-for-TV version

Disc Two (Theatrical Cut)

  • Audio Commentary with director Paul Verhoven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version)
  • Director’s Cut Production Footage – Raw dailes from the filming of the unrated gore scenes (presented in 4K)
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
  • Image Galleries
  • Paul Verhoven Easter Egg
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil Tippett
  • Robocop: Creating a Legend, Villains of Old Detroit, Special Effects: Then & Now – Three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew.
  • 2012 Q&A with the filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen and star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett
  • RoboProps – Tour of super-fan’s collection of original props and memorabilia.
  • Analog – Featurette focusing on the special photographic effects including interviews with Peter Kuran and Kevin Kutchaver
  • More Man Than Machine: Composing RoboCop – A Tribute to composer Basil Poledouris
  • Casting Old Detroit – Interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film’s ensemble case was assembled.
  • Connecting the Shots – Interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoven collaborator Mark Goldblatt.
  • The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop – Interview with co-writer Michael Miner
  • RoboTalk – Conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke and Nicholas McCarthy
  • Truth of Character – Interview with star Nancy Allen
  • Commentary with Film Historian Paul M. Sammon
  • Commentary with fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen

Double-sided fold-out poster; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commisioned artwork, 80-page collector’s booket; six collector’s postcards

Video: 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible); 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved director Paul Verhoven

Audio: Optional lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 and Dolby Atmos surround sound options on both cut.

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