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Arrow Academy Update

Arrow Academy - the new label from Arrow Films which aims to celebrate the best in world cinema, was originally set to launch in March with the Blu-ray only releases of Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves. Plans have changed slightly and the launch will now take place later this month, and where possible the releases will now be Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD).

Here is the revised line-up along with details on their third title – Rififi – and a look at what they have planned further down the line…

Bicycle Thieves - Dual Format Edition – 18th April
Vittorio De Sica’s celebrated masterpiece is released on Dual Format Edition Blu-ray and DVD with a host of special features including a commentary and documentaries. Features include:

  • Brand new restored, high definition transfer on Blu-ray (1080p) and DVD
  • Newly translated and more complete optional English subtitles
  • Feature length audio commentary by Italian Cinema expert Robert Gordon, author of BFI Modern Classics 'Bicycle Thieves'
  • ‘Cesare Zavattini’ a feature length documentary by director Carlo Lizzani on the great screenwriter, novelist, critic, long time De Sica collaborator and founder of Italian neorealism [Blu-ray only]
  • ‘Timeless Cinema’, a documentary portrait of director, actor and screenwriter Vittorio De Sica
  • Trailer
  • Comprehensive booklet featuring a brand new essay on the film by writer and film historian Michael Brooke as well as screenwriter Cesare Zavattini’s essay 'Some Ideas on the Cinema', illustrated with original stills and Lobby Cards
  • Artwork presentation packaging including three original posters and a newly commissioned artwork cover
  • LPCM mono audio on the Blu-ray and the DVD
  • Region B

Les Diaboliques - Dual Format Edition – 25th April
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s chilling thriller is released on Dual Format Edition Blu-ray and DVD with a commentary and a newly filmed interview with Ginette Vincendeau. Features include:
  • Brand new High Definition transfer of the film from a new restoration of the original negative on Blu-ray (1080p) and DVD
  • Audio commentary by Susan Hayward, author of Les diaboliques (Cine-file French Film Guides)
  • Filmed interview with Ginette Vincendeau, French cinema scholar, critic and author
  • Original Trailer
  • Brand new writing on the film by author and critic Brad Stevens and a re-printed interview with Clouzot by Paul Schrader illustrated with stills and rare original set drawings by Léon Barsacq.
  • Artwork presentation packaging including original posters and a newly commissioned artwork cover
  • Region ABC

Rififi - 9th May
Jules Dassin’s seminal heist film is released on Dual Format Edition Blu-ray and DVD and includes interviews with Dassin and a newly filmed interview with Ginette Vincendeau. Features include:
  • High Definition transfer of the film from a brand new restoration on Blu-ray (1080p) and DVD
  • Filmed introduction by Ginette Vincendeau, French cinema critic, scholar and author
  • Interview with Jules Dassin
  • Q&A with Jules Dassin at the BFI Southbank, London
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • A comprehensive booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by writer and filmmaker David Cairns, author Alastair Phillips (Rififi: French Film Guide), Francois Truffaut and John Trevelyan.
  • Artwork presentation packaging including three original posters and a newly commissioned artwork cover
  • Aspect ratio 1.33:1
  • LPCM Mono Audio (Blu-ray), Dolby Digital Mono Audio (DVD)
  • Blu-ray region B, DVD region 2

Future titles (dates and features TBC)…

Il Generale Della Rovere - DVD only
Roberto Rossellini’s powerful WWII drama stars Vittorio De Sica in one of his most powerful performances. This little-known masterpiece is presented on DVD for the first time the UK.

The Conformist - Dual Format Edition
Psychological portrait, political parable, Bernardo Bertolucci’s masterpiece is available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis - DVD only
Vittorio De Sica’s autumnal masterpiece is made available in the UK for the first time.

Ashes & Diamonds - Dual Format Edition
Andrzej Wajda’s powerful war film is made available in a new edition on Blu-ray and DVD.

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