Arrow Video US / UK Thread

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  1. Mutilated Prey

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    Looks so good, especially compared to what we’ve all been used to watching. Rich color, detail and deep blacks all seem present.

    Funny, the reviewer said basically the same thing I did on this thread a while back regarding the unnecessary weirdness gypsy porn - so true. I didn’t realize that cut removed like 5 minutes of nature footage. Hmmm, millipedes, snakes, etc. or hairy porn stars grinding? Or both? I’m sticking with the nature footage US cut.
     
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    So far I've watched the Theatrical cut (first) and the International (cut) — and having never seen the later shot gypsy footage before now, it is a little lame. I get why they did it as T&A padding, but it just distracts from the main plot more than anything else. They also trimmed some dialogue shorter in the International cut, like the opening scene with the Sylvesters. And the "wide-mouth frog joke" is also excised entirely, etc..

    I haven't yet watched the Composite cut yet, but if that indeed includes everything it would seem odd if they kept in the entirety of the campfire dialogue from the theatrical cut.
     
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    Sounds like they just needed a cut that's the theatrical with the nature stuff trimmed. I remember there being a LOT of those scenes when I checked this out. It was too obvious that it was padding out the runtime. Just make it short and to the point.
     
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    I'd never seen this before, and on a whim went for the theatrical cut. Normally I'd opt for the longer or international cut, as they often tend to be more explicit or complete, but the way this was presented in the packaging made me think otherwise. I'm glad I did, because after watching the gypsy flashback stuff, I really think it adds nothing and completely disrupts the momentum of the film.

    I really enjoyed the theatrical cut. I love the daylight wilderness slasher vibe it has in parts, a lot like Just Before Dawn. Great movie. Lots of fun. The nature stuff didn't bother me at all.
     
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    The nature stuff doesn't bother me either. I think it adds to the film. It's shot well. If it was poorly shot padding I may have thought differently.
     
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    Totally agree. And not for nothing, they got some pretty sick footage too as far as random nature stuff. Someone had a Bob Ross passion for it - lol.
     
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    I think it's shot really well but my memory is that there is a LOT of it. It stuck out in a bad way when I saw it. Might give it another go for October but I'm not expecting to have my mind changed.
     
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    Is there a US shop sale?
     
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    Nah, they don't really have a US shop. Well they sorta do here, but everything just links to Diabolik to purchase.
     
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    Got the Prey today at my local record store.
     
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    Wow, that's a substantial difference. Still not sure about upgrading though, it is Hills 2 after all. LOL
     
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    Just wanted to say I absolutely adored the Arrow release of THE PREY - I quite enjoyed the weirdness of this movie when catching it on VHS back in the day, but this release just oozes with love, right down to the little park pamphlet that's included inside the case. I'd never seen the international cut either before this so was very happy it was included. It definitely drags with sex scenes that are too long (I never thought I'd write that) and not one, but two, superfluous dance sequences, but I do think had the sequence been cut down that it would have added to the film proper. As it is, the theatrical cut of THE PREY feels incomplete with the random forest fire footage and no real backstory ever given for the killer. Also, the campfire story (normally a highlight for these kinds of movies like in MADMAN, THE BURNING and FRIDAY THE 13TH PART II) feels totally undercooked and barely even makes sense since whenever they cut to wide shots or nature footage the dialogue plays at an almost inaudible level. The way it's edited in the International Cut, the campfire story has weight and feels like it belongs, the Inciting Incident from the past that's basically a requisite for slasher films this time rendered as a campfire story. I'd never lose the nature footage or the bullfrog story to a deer, that's the shit that gives this movie charm. I'm just happy both versions are here though for the first time on any digital format, and that the transfer looks so good and there are so many loving extras. Jeez, that Frightmare audience sure was a dud though, weren't they? They weren't reacting to the movie at all. I'll always champion any release of a retro slasher (excited for Vinegar Syndrome's BERSERKER coming out soon) but this is my favorite Bluray release in years.
     
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    FYI - if anyone ordered The Prey through Deep Discount there is a shipping delay. Apparently, the entire stock they received was damaged, so they're waiting on replacements from Arrow.
     
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    Edge Of The Axe is coming January 28th:

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

    Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative

    English and Spanish language versions of the feature

    Original uncompressed mono audio

    Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

    Newly translated English subtitles for the Spanish soundtrack

    Brand new audio commentary with actor Barton Faulks

    Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues

    Newly-filmed interview with actor Barton Faulks

    The Pain in Spain - a newly-filmed interview with special effects and make-up artist Colin Arthur

    Image Gallery

    Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
    FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes
     

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