Arrow Video is excited to announce the November 2022 lineup of their new subscription-based ARROW platform, available to subscribers in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland.
The November 2022 lineup leads with the ARROW release of Quentin Dupieux’s delightfully bonkers Incredible But True, available November 7 in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland.
Quirky, deadpan humour, an absurdist eye for French social etiquette and a keen sense of the folly of existence are among the hallmarks of the oddball comedies of director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Deerskin, Smoking Causes Coughing), and Incredible But True is no different. Extremely funny and imaginative, surreal and profound, Incredible But True is an unmissable addition to the prolific Dupieux’s marvellously offbeat oeuvre, and you can see it first on ARROW!
Incredible But True sees a husband and wife move into a suburban house of their dreams only to discover that a mysterious secret is hidden in the basement, which may change their lives forever.
The quirky French comedy stars Alain Chabat (The Science of Sleep, Mood Indigo), Léa Drucker (Custody, The Man of My Life), Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher, Thieves) and Anaïs Demoustier (Sweet Evil, Alice and the Mayor).
November 4 launches November Seasons with Jean Rollin Vol. III (UK/US/CA/IRE) to continue the Halloween festivities: Deeply misunderstood and widely misrepresented, during his decades-long career as a film director (1958-2009), Rollin’s work received absolutely no recognition in his native country of France, and was completely unknown anywhere else. In the nineties, because of home video, Rollin attained a marginal cult status in niche English speaking genre circles. Otherwise he has remained completely obscure to many audiences.
Titles include: Fascination, Lips of Blood, The Grapes of Death, The Night of the Hunted, The Escapees, Zombie Lake.
On November 7, Incredible But True leads into En Français (UK/US/CA/IRE), a curated collection of the very best in French film, covering the whole gamut and history of Gallic cinema.
With a constant output of chic and stylish cinema since the Lumiere brothers birthed the format in the first place, French cinema has not only been a valuable part of the country’s culture, but admired by cineastes from all over the world for its sophistication and the talent and influence of the many auteurs who have elevated the artform and entertained not just their countrymen, but the world.
Stage musician Georges Lumiere was the first filmmaker to embrace and push the boundaries of film and his most famous film – as well as the first genre film – A Trip To the Moon is proudly presented here with multiple viewing options. Influential auteurs like Jean-Luc Godard, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol are also well represented, as well as filmmakers initially dismissed but whose work is now coming to be reappraised and embraced such as Jean Rollin.
The best in modern French genre and arthouse cinema is present too. From the anxiety-inducing works of brilliantly mad genius Gaspar Noe, to terrifying French horror from the New French Extremity.
Titles include: Incredible But True, Love, La Haine.
On November 11, ARROW brings a pair of monster flicks to wreak havoc on North American subscribers. Humanoids from the Deep: After a new cannery introduces scientifically augmented salmon to a seaside town in the Pacific Northwest, a species of mysterious, mutated sea creatures begin killing the men and raping the women.
Inseminoid: A crew of interplanetary archaeologists is threatened when an alien creature impregnates one of their members, causing her to turn homicidal and murder them one by one.
Also on November 11, dive into the seedy underbelly of cinema with two documentaries on film noir: The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides (UK/US/CA/IRE) and Dark and Deadly: 50 Years of Film Noir (UK/US/CA/IRE).
November 11 winds up with Reel Life: Based on Truth and Lies ((UK/US/CA/IRE).
An exclusive curated Season where “real” life becomes “reel” life, explore the line between fact and fiction that often gets fuzzy when creating a biopic or telling the story of actual events on film in Reel Life: Based on Truth and Lies.
Fronted by The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides, Fay Efrosini Lellios’ film about the last of the proletariat poets, Reel Life also features films and documentaries based on or inspired by the shock rocker who claimed he shot Kurt Cobain; English, American and Australian serial killers; the nordic black metal band, Mayhem; a Canadian indie filmmaker, Picasso and even Yakuza crime bosses!
Titles include: The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides, The El Duce Tapes, Coup D'État.
November 18 continues with Shawscope Vol. 2 (UK/US/CA/IRE). Picking up where Volume One left off, this sophomore collection of Hong Kong cinema classics draws together many of the best films from the final years of the Shaw Brothers studio, proving that while the end was nigh, these merchants of martial arts mayhem weren’t going to go out without a fight!
We begin with kung fu master Lau Kar-leung’s instant classic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, in which his adoptive brother Gordon Liu achieved overnight stardom as the young man who unexpectedly finds spiritual enlightenment on the path to vengeance; Lau and Liu followed the original with two comically inventive sequels, Return to the 36th Chamber and Disciples of the 36th Chamber, both included in this Season. Already established as a genius at blending dazzling action with physical comedy, Lau himself plays the lead role in the hilarious Mad Monkey Kung Fu, coupled here with Lo Mar’s underrated Five Superfighters. Next, we once again meet Chang Cheh’s basher boy band the Venom Mob in no less than four of their best-loved team-ups: Invincible Shaolin, The Kid with the Golden Arm, Magnificent Ruffians and culminating in the all-star Ten Tigers of Kwangtung, co-starring Ti Lung and Fu Sheng.
After Lau brings us perhaps his best high-kicking comedy with My Young Auntie, a playful star vehicle for his real-life muse Kara Hui, we see Shaw Brothers fully embracing Eighties excess in our strangest double feature yet: Wong Jing’s breathtakingly wild shoot-‘em-up Mercenaries from Hong Kong, and Kuei Chih-hung’s spectacularly unhinged black magic meltdown The Boxer’s Omen. Last but certainly not least, Lau Kar-leung directs the last major Shaw production, Martial Arts of Shaolin, filmed in mainland China with a hot new talent named Jet Li in the lead role; it is paired in this set with The Bare-Footed Kid, a remake of a Chang Cheh classic with Johnnie To (Running Out of Time) in the director’s chair and Lau back on fight choreography duties, in arguably the ultimate filmed tribute to Shaws’ everlasting cinematic legacy.
Titles Include: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Return to the 36th Chamber, Disciples of the 36th Chamber.
November 25 closes out the month with two nightmares. The Devil’s Rain(US/CA):
A Satanist cult leader is burnt alive by the local church. He vows to come back to hunt down and enslave every descendant of his congregation, by the power of the book of blood contracts, in which they sold their souls to the devil.
The Final Terror (US/CA): A group of friends head out for what is expected to be a vacation of hiking, camping and a good time, but when a backwoods mama finds them on her turf, it becomes anything but a vacation.
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