Don’t they know MMC! has been retired! Why do they keep pulling me back in! And especially without spinenumbered contribution to their releases!?! Nevertheless, it’s the end of the month and that means new Arrow Video announcements and another case of spine number wish fufillment. This time it’s Toru Murakawa’s Game Trilogy, a trio of films MMC! stumped for way back on October 5, 2015. This looks like a great package and June 2023 can’t arrive fast enough! As always, you’re welcome!
(Also, when did WordPress start installing so many ads? Yikes.)
While MMC! is still officially retired, I just wanted to take a moment to shamelessly take a lap for having called Joseph Losey’s The Servant for a wacky “C” a mere seven years ago! Not much cross-over on the extras though, which is a bit of a loss. Still (and once again, film nerds), you’re welcome!
As an aside, it’s also nice to see potential MMC! proposal candidates Targets (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968) and Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991) each getting wacky “Cs” as well!
Literally nothing on this blog makes me happier than posting about MMC! titles getting actual spine numbers and Arrow Video has made that happen once again with the announcement that Tomu Uchida’s A Fugitive from the Past will be released in September! A massive film that nicely bookends with his Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji(another film also promoted by MMC! and later released by Arrow Video), Fugitive is a masterpiece of Japanese guilt, treating the demand for atonement as a near metaphysical inevitability. Gritty in texture yet profound in its look and sensibility, Fugitive will likely catch many Arrowheads off guard and find the declaring a newly discovered masterpiece. Once again, 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.