Friday, 3 April 2015

Coming Soon: The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Miss Osbourne

Arrow Academy's 'The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Miss Osbourne' will be released on 11th May in the UK and the following day in the United States. Following on from their wonderful 'Boro' box set, Arrow have secured some additional extras to an already impressive batch of supplementary material. The final specs are as follows:

Brand new 2K restoration, scanned from the original camera negative and supervised by cinematographer Noël Véry
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film, released on both formats for the first time anywhere in the world
- English and French soundtracks in LPCM 1.0
- Optional English and English SDH subtitles
- Appreciation by critic and long-term Borowczyk fan Michael Brooke
- Audio commentary featuring archival interviews with Walerian Borowczyk and new interviews with cinematographer Noël Véry, editor Khadicha Bariha, assistant Michael Levy and filmmaker Noël Simsolo, moderated by Daniel Bird
- Brand new interview with Udo Kier
- Brand new interview with Marina Pierro
- Himorogi (2012), a short film by Marina and Alessio Pierro, made in homage to Borowczyk
- Interview with artist and filmmaker Alessio Pierro
- Phantasmagoria of the Interior, a video essay on Borowczyk’s Dr Jekyll by Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López
- Eyes That Listen, a featurette on Borowczyk’s collaborations with electro-acoustic composer Bernard Parmegiani
- Happy Toy (1979), a short film by Borowczyk inspired by Charles-Émile Reynaud’s praxinoscope
- Introduction to Happy Toy by production assistant Sarah Mallinson
- Returning to Méliès: Borowczyk and Early Cinema, a featurette by Daniel Bird
- Reversible sleeve with artwork based on Borowczyk’s own poster design
- Booklet with new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and archive pieces by Walerian Borowczyk and André Pieyre de Mandiargues, illustrated with rare stills

After being referred to the BBFC for "senior review", this film will be released in the UK uncut after more than 2 minutes were taken out for a previous home video release.

This release promises to be one of this year's very best, and Arrow have some true experts in their particular fields who have worked on this release. Daniel Bird and Michael Brooke have worked very hard to enable such a deluxe edition to see light of day, while James White has overseen the transfer and David Mackenzie did the encoding.

I hope you'll all support this release and join me in looking forward to further Walerian Borowczyk releases in the future.

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