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Friday, May 27, 2016

"Arrow Video" (US) July 2016 Releases




MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of "Arrow Video" in the US with several new home video titles available July 2016, including "The Swinging Cheerleaders" [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 5th),  "Crimes Of Passion [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 12th) and "Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection" [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 26th):


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

"'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: namely corruption in the football team, headed up by the coach and his pals..."



Cast includes Colleen Camp ("Wayne's World"), Rainbeaux Smith ("Caged Heat") and Playboy Playmate Rosanne Katon.



BONUS MATERIALS include : 
- Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials
- High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentations
- Optional subtitles 
- Audio commentary
- 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)


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

"...she is watched. She is worshipped. And she must remain a mystery. Fashion designer 'Joanna Crane' (Kathleem 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 a disturbed priest (Anthony Perkins)..."



BONUS MATERIALS include:
- 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)



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

"... Meiko Kaji ("Lady Snowblood") stars as '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..."




SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS include:
- 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"

- a 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"

- a 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



Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Swinging Cheerleaders", "Crimes OF Passion" and "Female Prisoner Scorpion"...