From Lucio Fulci, the godfather of gore (The Psychic, The Beyond), comes one of the most powerful and unsettling giallo thrillers ever produced: his 1972 masterpiece Don t Torture a Duckling.
When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by a series of murders of young boys, the superstitious locals are quick to apportion blame, with the suspects including the local witch , Maciara (Florinda Bolkan, A Lizard in a Woman s Skin). With the bodies piling up and the community gripped by panic and a thirst for bloody vengeance, two outsiders city journalist Andrea (Tomas Milian, The Four of the Apocalypse) and spoilt rich girl Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) team up to crack the case. But before the mystery is solved, more blood will have been spilled, and not all of it belonging to innocents. Deemed shocking at the time for its brutal violence, depiction of the Catholic Church and themes of child murder and paedophilia, Don t Torture a Duckling is widely regarded today as Fulci’s greatest film, rivalling the best of his close rival Dario Argento. Arrow Video is proud to present this uniquely chilling film in its UK high definition debut.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations/Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)/English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack/Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack/New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films/The Blood of Innocents, a new video discussion with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film/Every (Wo)man Their Own Hell, a new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger/Interviews with co-writer/director Lucio Fulci, actor Florinda Bolkan, cinematographer Sergio D Offizi, assistant editor Bruno Micheli and assistant makeup artist Maurizio Trani/Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides/FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collectors booklet with new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw and Howard Hughes.
THE BIG RACKET:Now for the first time on vinyl, Four Flies Records present two unmissable Eurocrime soundtracks. THE BIG RACKET by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis, composed in 1976 is considered to be one of the genre’s finest offerings directed by Enzo G. Castellari.
Perhaps the most forceful OST from the Italian duo, IL GRANDE RACKET consists of fuzz distortion and electronic effects from the beginning to the end. This sonic gem is also enriched with psychedelic flutes, obsessive rhythms, and percussion which results with a totally prog-rock and psych-funk score that perfectly describes the main elements of the film: action, tension and violence. Remastered from the original master tapes preserved for decades in the C.A.M. archives, and augmented with exclusive liner notes by Davide Pulici (Nocturno Cinema) and stunning original artwork created by Luke Insect, this edition will be a true pleasure of the senses for any and all soundtrack lovers.
SUPERBITCH:Previously unreleased complete edition for this explosive jazz-funk score by Italian maestro Riz Ortolani, written in 1973 for the poliziotteschi film, “Si può essere più bastardi dell’ispettore Cliff?” (also known as “Mafia Junction” and ”Super Bitch” (UK)).
Only two tracks from this soundtrack were ever released, and as a result is now an extremely rare and sought-after C.A.M. 7-inch – but that was enough to create the legend.Four Flies Records have been granted access to the original C.A.M. master tapes and present, for your listening pleasure, the complete recording session for the first time!
Expect to hear one of the funkiest pieces of Ortolani’s entire compositional career: the audio backdrop to car chases, erotic sex scenes, and outlandish violence are accentuated here by amazing drum breaks, fat bass lines, a captivating horn section, and wonderful guitar effects. A totally outstanding session, and an essential new classic for all Eurocrime- funk lovers!
ENTER THE NINJA:Angolan Bush War veteran Cole (Franco Nero, Django) is a westerner living in Japan who has been inducted into the secret fighting rituals of Ninjitsu – the darkest and deadliest of all martial arts. Coming to the aid of a war buddy in the Philippines, Cole is dragged
into a land dispute with a scheming oil baron. With his henchmen no match for the imposing Cole, Venarius hires the best assassin
money can buy – Ninja Hasegawa (martial arts super star Sho Kosugi) enters the fray with a lethal agenda.
REVENGE OF THE NINJA:Martial arts legend Sho Kosugi (Prey For Death) steps into the fray wielding swords and shuriken – displaying super-human abilities of
strength, speed and lethal Ninja know-how in the 1980s action classic Revenge of the Ninja. When a ruthless band of Ninja assassins slaughters the family of Cho Osaki (Kosugi) in his homeland of Japan, he flees to America
in the hope of building a new life. A former Ninja himself, Osaki tries to escape his violent past but soon discovers he has become the
pawn of a ruthless drug trafficker.
DIRECTORS:MENAHEM GOLAN/SAM FIRSTENBERG
CAST:FRANCO NERO,SUSAN GEORGE,SHO KOSUGI,KEITH VITALI
When Adele (Erin Wilhelmi) is sent to look after her aunt Dora, she hopes to bond with the kind lady who cared for her as a child. But Dora won’t leave her room and barely speaks. So when Adele meets the seductive Beth, her lonely life improves for the first time. After Beth pushes her to shirk her duties however, Adele faces a dangerous reckoning. Who is Beth and what does she want from Adele? From performances to visual style, A.D. Calvo’s supernatural chiller evokes the eerie atmosphere of ”70s and ’80s horror in much the same way Ti West did with THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL.
Cast: Quinn Shephard ,Susan Kellermann ,Erin Wilhelmi.
Experienced coroner Tommy Tilden and his son Austin run a family-owned morgue and crematorium in Virginia. When the local Sheriff brings in an emergency case – an unknown female corpse nicknamed ‘Jane Doe’, found in the basement of a home where a multiple homicide took place – it seems like just another open-and-shut case.
But as the autopsy proceeds, these seasoned professionals are left reeling as each layer of their inspection brings frightening new revelations. Perfectly preserved on the outside, Jane Doe’s insides have been scarred, charred and dismembered – seemingly the victim of a horrific yet mysterious ritualistic torture. As Tommy and Austin begin to piece together these gruesome discoveries, an unnatural force takes hold of the crematorium. While a violent storm rages above ground, it seems the real horrors lie on the inside.