With a new print of Giorgio Ferroni’s Mill of the Stone Women appearing at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival compliments of Arrow Video, it was easy to expect a Blu-ray edition to be forthcoming from the label. Then again, an AV release of Mill might have been expected back in 2017 when MMC! imagined an Arrow Video edition of this minor Italian Gothic masterpiece. The forthcoming Arrow Video release newly announced for November 2021 is a stacked limited edition boasting four versions of the film and a plethora of special features. MMC! managed to predict the inclusion of all four versions, anticipate Wolfgang Preiss’s archival interview being included on this latest version, and correctly invented an audio commentary by Tim Lucas. As always, film fans, you’re welcome!
November looks like a winning month from Arrow Video with a 4K UHD standard edition of Battle Royale for the UK, a 4K UHD release of The Hills Have Eyes, an impressive limited edition release of The Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge, and Shinji Somai’s Sailor Suit and Machine Gun. Could we see an Arrow set of Somai’s more dramatic works sometime in the future, providing much needed editions of Moving or Typhoon Club and saving us from solid but region-locked releases of Third Window Films? MMC! can only hope.
SCARES THAT WILL LEAVE YOU PETRIFIED!
Hans, a young artist, arrives at the famous Dutch windmill of Professor Wahl to study the horrible stone statues contained within the local landmark, a mechanical carousel of history’s most notorious women meeting their gruesome and untimely ends. There, he becomes captivated with Wahl’s mysterious and seductive daughter notwithstanding Hans’s relationship with a local art student. Warned by Professor Wahl to stay away from his seriously ill daughter and suspicious of her private doctor, Hans begins to suspect that deadly family secrets are being kept within the mill…
Giorgio Ferroni’s Mill of the Stone Women was Italy’s first horror film shot in color and has become a classic of the Italian Gothic genre. Arrow Video proudly presents four versions of the film with this release, newly restored from the best materials available and including the notorious “topless” shots of sexy French star Dany Carrel originally cut from the US release.
- New high definition transfers of the film in its 95-minute international version, 90-minute French version, 96-minute Italian version, and 93-minute German version
- High-Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD Presentation
- Uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition
- Newly translated English subtitles for French, Italian, and German editions
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Introduction to the film by author and critic Alan Jones
- Audio Commentary with film critic Tim Lucas
- Archival interview with actor Wolfgang Preiss
- Deleted and alternate scenes
- Theatrical trailers
- Stills and poster gallery
- Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Andrea Bini, an essay by Pete Tombs, and a comparison of the versions of the film by Tim Lucas, illustrated with original stills and posters