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April’s collector’s edition blu-ray

Fopp's Picks

with collector’s edition releases for Naked Lunch, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more, April is shaping up to be a great month for film collector’s. here’s our picks for April.

Naked Lunch

release date: 17th April 2023 


In a career dedicated to seeing the unseeable and filming the unfilmable, perhaps only David Cronenberg could really do justice to William S. Burroughs’ controversial novel, Naked Lunch. Weaving together elements of Burroughs’ own remarkable biography with the content of the book, Cronenberg’s film steps inside the body and mind of an author to depict the dangerous act of imagination itself from the inside out.
Former junkie William Lee (Peter Weller, Robocop) makes ends meet as an exterminator. But when he and his wife Joan (Judy Davis, Barton Fink) discover the hallucinatory properties of the powder he uses to kill bugs, they become hooked, and their world is changed forever. Insects speak, typewriters mutate and talk, interdimensional beings reveal themselves, identities fracture and blur; nothing and no one is quite what it seems. When Bill, under the influence of drugs, or the bugs that have begun talking to him, shoots his wife, he flees to Interzone, at once a place and a state of mind, where things only get stranger. Winner of Best Picture, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay at the 1992 Genie Awards and featuring an astonishing score by Howard Shore (Videodrome), Naked Lunch is provocative, transgressive, and surreal – a feast for the senses, where nothing is true and everything is permitted.


  • New 4K restoration from the original camera negative overseen by director of photography Peter Suschitzky and approved by director David Cronenberg
  • Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • Six postcard-sized reproduction lobby cards
  • 80-page perfect bound collector’s book featuring new writing by critics Vanessa Morgan and Jack Sargeant, plus select archival material including David Cronenberg’s introduction to Everything is Permitted: The Making of Naked Lunch, and a chapter from Cronenberg on Cronenberg

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

release date: 10th April 2023 


Five friends travelling through rural Texas stumble across what appears to be a deserted house, only to discover something sinister within. The group soon find themselves picked off, one-by-one, by a masked madman with a chainsaw.


  • 3 disc edition – 1 UHD and 2 Blu-rays with bonus features on both formats
  • A new presentation featuring additional restoration work
  • UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR produced by Second Sight Films
  • Audio tracks include new Dolby Atmos, stereo and restored original mono mix produced by Second Sight Films
  • New Audio commentary by Amanda Reyes and Bill Ackerman
  • Audio commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper
  • Rigid slipcase with original classic artwork
  • 190 page hardback book with new essays by ​​Heather Buckley, Tim Coleman, Martyn Conterio, Miranda Corcoran, Heather Drain, Lee Gambin, Caden Mark Gardner, Lindsay Hallam, Cerise Howard, Kimberly Lindbergs, Annie Rose Malamet, Maitland McDonagh, Neil Mitchell and Robert Skvarla, illustrated by Adam Stothard
  • 6 collectors’ art cards illustrated by Adam Stothard

Three Colours Trilogy

release date: 17th April 2023 


Available for the first time in the UK in 4K Ultra HD, this crisp restoration of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s award-winning trilogy explores the French Revolutionary ideals of freedom, equality and brotherhood, and their relevance to the contemporary world. It is a snapshot of European life at a time of reconstruction after the Cold War, reflected through the filmmaker’s moralist view of human nature and illuminated by each title’s palette colour.


  • One 4K Ultra HD disc of each film: New 4K restoration presented in Dolby Vision HDR, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD sound, English & optional English SDH subtitles
  • Bonus Blu-Ray disc including 12 short films and more
  • 5 Art cards each illustrated by a different artist
  • 32 pages booklet including new interview with Julie Delpy


release date: 17th April 2023 


With her first and only film—a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in—BARBARA LODEN turned in a ground-breaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and soft- spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, where she falls prey to a series of callous men—including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. A difficult-to-see masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, Wanda is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins.


  • New 2K digital restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, The Film Foundation, and Gucci, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • I Am Wanda, an hour-long documentary by Katja Raganelli featuring an interview with director Barbara Loden filmed in 1980
  • Audio recording of Loden speaking to students at the American Film Institute in 1971
  • Segment from a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett
  • Show featuring Loden
  • The Frontier Experience, a short educational film from 1975 about a pioneer woman’s struggle to survive, directed by and starring Loden
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Amy Taubin

Hands Up! / Identification Marks: None

release date: 24th April 2023 


Presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, these two early features by Jerzy Skolimowski (EODeep End) offer a rare insight into the cinematic origins and evolution of one of Europe’s most significant filmmakers. Skolimowksi himself stars in his 1965 film Identification Marks: None, charting a day in the life of a student, Andrzej Leszczyc, as he prepares for army service. But as Andrzej tries to straighten out his life before his departure, he encounters Barbara. Is she the woman he’s been waiting for? The fourth in the series of works featuring his celluloid alter ego Andrzej, Hands Up! Finds Skolimowski once again on screen. The film was made in 1967 but banned for 14 years under Poland’s communist regime. Skolimowski later revisited Hands Up! and added a sequence that explains why it was originally blocked by the censors.


  • Newly recorded audio commentaries on both films by critic and scholar Michał Oleszczyk (2023)
  • The Boxing Ichthyologist (2023, 32 mins): writer Michael Brooke introduces us to the early Polish films of Jerzy Skolimowski in this newly commissioned video essay
  • Archive interview with Jerzy Skolimowski (1983, audio only, 43 mins): the director discusses his early work in an interview recorded at the BFI’s National Film Theatre
  • Stills galleries
  • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by Ewa Mazierska, an essay by David Thompson on the career of Jerzy Skolimowski and film credits

The Street Fighter Trilogy

release date: 17th April 2023 


“Sonny Chiba stars as Takuma “Terry” Tsurugi, the animalistic antihero driven by sex, money and brawling in the infamous series that first introduced the name of the martial arts legend to a global audience. The first film to receive an X rating in the U.S. purely on account of its violence, The Street Fighter sees Tsurugi embroiled in a game of double and triple crosses involving both local and foreign mafia gangs when he is hired to kidnap Sarai (Yutaka Nakajima, The Executioner 1 & 2), the beautiful heiress daughter of a recently deceased oil tycoon. In Return of the Street Fighter, Tsurugi uncovers an extortion racket behind the construction of a new karate dojo and a shadowy cabal whose reach stretches across the whole of Asia. In The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge, Chiba is joined by Toei star Reiko Ike (Girl Boss Guerrilla, Sex and Fury) as Tsurugi goes hand-to-hand against an ambitious public prosecutor (Koji Wada) with his own fists of fury over evidence of a corporate coverup involving a chemical spillage. The Street Fighter films made Chiba a star, so beloved by Quentin Tarantino he had the young lovers of True Romance meet-cute at a Sonny Chiba triple feature and would later cast Chiba himself in Kill Bill. Making its UK Blu-ray debut, Arrow Video is proud to present The Street Fighter Trilogy in all its eye-popping, skull-crushing, throat-ripping glory!


  • Brand new 2K restorations of The Street Fighter and Return of the Street Fighter from 2K scans of the original camera negatives by Arrow Films
  • Newly remastered High Definition presentation of The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge by Arrow Films
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations
  • Original lossless mono Japanese and English versions for all three films 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella

mystery train

release date: 24th April 2023 


Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams—which, in Mystery Train, from Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise, Night on Earth), is Memphis. Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, Mystery Train is a triptych of stories that pay playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King himself, who presides over the film like a spirit. Mystery Train is one of Jarmusch’s very best movies, a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world.


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Q&A with Jarmusch in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
  • Original documentary on Mystery Train’s locations and Memphis’s rich social and musical history
  • On-set photos by Masayoshi Sukita, and behind-the-scenes photos
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: a booklet featuring essays by writers Peter Guralnick and Dennis Lim, as well as a collectible poster

Bob clark horror collection

release date: 3rd April 2023 


101 Films presents the Bob Clark Horror Collection: collecting for the first time Clark’s seminal early 70’s chillers Black Christmas, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, and Deathdream (aka Dead of Night), in a limited edition 3-disc set, complete with booklet and newly commissioned artwork.

Black Christmas

It’s time for Christmas break, and the sorority sisters make plans for the holiday, but the strange anonymous phone calls are beginning to put them on edge. When Clare disappears, they contact the police, who don’t express much concern. Meanwhile Jess is planning to get an abortion, but boyfriend Peter is very much against it. The police finally begin to get concerned when a 13-year-old girl is found dead in the park. They set up a wiretap to the sorority house, but will they be in time to prevent a sorority girl attrition problem?

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things

Led by a mean-spirited director, a theatre troupe travels by boat to a small island for buried criminals. The group gets more than they bargained for when the dead rise from their graves. Can they stay put until daylight against the undead onslaught, or do they flee into the pitch-black night? Will anyone survive?


In this shattering variation on “The Monkey’s Paw”, grief-stricken suburban parents refuse to accept the news that their son Andy has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well… or is he?

the sword and the claw

release date: 17th April 2023 


They took his money. They took his family. And now, they’ve taken his hands. But they can never take his revenge! Exploding from the same hallucinogenic netherworld as TURKISH STAR WARS, THE SWORD AND THE CLAW stars Turkish genre legend Cüneyt Arkin in his most iconic role. It’s CONAN THE BARBARIAN meets The Three Stooges meets DOLEMITE with more lo-fi bloodshed, pop-art visuals, and bizarro dubbing than the boundaries of reality can handle.


  • 4K scan from the only 35mm print in existence!
  • Face-smashing action trailers from the AGFA vault!
  • Reversible cover art with illustration by Alexis Ziritt (SPACE RIDERS)!
  • Bonus movie: BRAWL BUSTERS (1981), 2K scan from an original theatrical print

All Quiet On the Western Front

release date: 24th April 2023 


“All Quiet on the Western Front” tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Paul and his comrades experience first-hand how the initial euphoria of war turns into desperation and fear as they fight for their lives, and each other, in the trenches. The film from director Edward Berger is based on the world-renowned bestseller of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque.


  • Audio Commentary from Director Edward Berger
  • Making-of
  • Trailer
  • 24-page booklet which includes “Sharing The German Perspective” – A Conversation With Edward Berger and “A Machine Of Death Unlike Any Experienced Before” – An Interview With Historian And Professor Daniel Schönpflug

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