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december’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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With collector’s edition releases for rio bravo, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, and many more, december is shaping up to be a great month for film collectors. Here’s our picks for december.

Savage Guns: Four Classic Westerns (Volume 3) Limited Edition


release date: 11th December 2023 

Maniacal outlaws thirsting for blood! Corrupt capitalists profiting from the suffering of the common folk! Desperate people pushed to violent revenge! The Italian western has never been grittier than in this quartet of later-period cult classics, in which the trademark cynicism of the genre escalates into the radical pessimism of the late 1960s / early 1970s world.


  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations of all four films
    2K restorations of all four films from the original 35mm camera negatives, with El Puro newly restored by Arrow Films for this release
  • Italian and English front and end titles on all four films
  • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks on all four films
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
  • Brand new introductions to each film by journalist and critic Fabio Melelli
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by author and critic Howard Hughes
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

Moonage Daydream Limited Collector’s Edition with Steelbook


release date: 11th December 2023

Now for the first time in 4K UHD, with new bonus features. From Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen, director of Cobain: Montage of Heck and The Kid Stays in the Picture, MOONAGE DAYDREAM is an immersive cinematic experience; an audio-visual space odyssey that not only illuminatesthe enigmatic legacy of David Bowie but also serves as a guide to living a fulfilling and meaningful life in the 21st Century. Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music, MOONAGE DAYDREAM is the first officially sanctioned film to explore Bowie’s creative, musical and spiritual journey, guided by Bowie’s own narration.


  • Includes 4K UHD and Blu-ray
  • Gloss Finish Steelbook
  • Rigid Slipcase with Soft-touch finish and Spot-gloss
  • 4 Collectors Art Cards

The Chucky Collection Limited Edition Blu-ray


release date: 18th December 2023

From his very first outing in 1988, Chucky the pint-sized, plastic ‘Good Guy’ doll has managed to carve out a unique and enduring legacy while trying his (plastic) hand at some truly creative, blood-soaked mayhem! Featuring brand new 4K restorations of the sequels with recent cast and crew interviews as well as Kyra Elise Gardner’s behind the scenes documentary Living with Chucky, you don’t want to miss this toybox of terror from Arrow Video! Wanna play?


  • Limited edition deluxe packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Mark Bell
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by John-Paul Checkett, Kat Ellinger, Barry Forshaw, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Cerise Howard, and select archival material
  • Three double sided fold-out posters featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Mark Bell 

Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio – The Criterion Collection


release date: 18th December 2023

A classic tale is reborn through the inspired imagination of cinematic dream-weaver Guillermo del Toro, directing alongside Mark Gustafson. Realized through boundary-pushing, breathtakingly intricate stop-motion animation, this dark rendering of the fable of the puppet boy and his maker—which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—daringly transfers the story to Fascist Italy, where the irrepressible Pinocchio gradually learns what it means to be human through his experiences of war, death, and sacrifice. Featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, and Christoph Waltz, this Pinocchio imbues the oft-told tale with a bold new resonance about living with courage and compassion.


  • 4K digital master, supervised by directors Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
  • Handcarved Cinema, a new documentary featuring del Toro, Gustafson, and cast and crew, including the film’s puppet creators, production designers, and animation supervisor
  • Directing Stop-Motion, a new program featuring del Toro and Gustafson
  • New conversation between del Toro and film critic Farran Smith Nehme
  • New interview with curator Ron Magliozzi on The Museum of Modern Art’s 2022 exhibition devoted to the film
  • New program on the eight rules of animation that informed the film’s production
  • Panel discussion featuring del Toro, Gustafson, production designer Guy Davis, composer Alexandre Desplat, and sound designer Scott Martin Gershin, moderated by filmmaker James Cameron

George Michael: Portrait of an Artist Limited Collector’s Edition


release date: 4th December 2023

‘George Michael Portrait of an Artist’ is the definitive documentary about the global megastar. Directed by former Wham! manager Simon-Napier Bell and featuring exclusive interviews with those who knew George best – including Stevie Wonder, Kenny Goss, Stephen Fry, Sananda Maitreya and Rufus Wainwright among others – ‘George Michael Portrait of An Artist’ provides an in-depth insight into George’s extraordinary life and career from the early days with Wham! to his tragic death in 2016. 


  • Interview with director Simon Napier-Bell
  • Outtakes from the cutting room floor
  • 44-page booklet featuring extracts from the book of the film

The Circus – The Criterion Collection


release date: 4th December 2023


In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, Chaplin’s Little Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe’s bareback rider along the way. Despite it’s famously troubled production, this gag-packed comedy ranks among Chaplin’s finest, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director-performer’s career, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys. Re-released in 1969 with a new score by Chaplin, The Circus is an uproarious high-wire act that showcases silent cinema’s most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers.


  • New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s 1969 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
  • Interview with Chaplin from 1969
  • New interview with Chaplin’s son Eugene Chaplin
  • In the Service of the Story, a new program on the film’s visual effects and production design by film scholar Craig Barron
  • Chaplin Today: “The Circus,” a 2003 documentary on the film featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica

The way of the dragon


release date: 11th December 2023


Having established himself as the biggest box office draw in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee leveraged his success into a new deal with Golden Harvest that would allow him to write and direct as well as star in his own projects. He only got to complete one film under this deal before his untimely death, but it’s arguably his most personal and exciting: The Way of the Dragon. Lee’s only completed directorial effort is unlike any kung fu film that came before it, mixing thrilling action, stunning international location filming and charming humour in a way that would prove heavily influential on other Hong Kong filmmakers in the years since.


  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Walter Chaw
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible), restored by Arrow Films from original film elements, of the Hong Kong Theatrical Cut and the Japanese Cut via seamless branching
  • Original newly restored lossless Mandarin, English and Cantonese mono audio on the Hong Kong Theatrical Cut
  • Alternate lossless English mono audio on the Japanese Cut
  • Optional English subtitles
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing on both English audio options
  • Two feature commentaries, one by Frank Djeng & Michael Worth and one by Brandon Bentley

The Inspector Wears Skirts


release date: 4th December 2023

A team of high-kicking female super cops prove themselves a match for any man alive as they tackle foes from terrorists to jewel thieves. Action icon Jackie Chan put together a supreme team of lethal ladies including Shaw Brothers icon Wai Yin-hung (‘My Young Auntie’) and American martial arts star Cynthia Rothrock (‘China O’Brien’). The action scenes for these beauties on the beat are delivered by Jackie’s own stunt team, who also co-star in the film.


  • Double Walled O-Ring featuring new artwork by Sean Longmore
  • Limited Edition 32 Page Booklet Notes by Paul Bramhall
  • Double-sided foldout poster featuring New and Classic Poster Art
  • Brand New 2K Restoration in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio from the original negatives
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ presentation
  • Original Cantonese Mono with English Subtitles
  • English Mono Dub
  • Audio Commentary with Frank Djeng
  • Shooting Her Shot – An Interview With Cynthia Rothrock
  • The Director Wears Pants – An Interview With Director Wellson Chin
  • ”Top Squad” English Opening and Closing Titles
  • Hong Kong Trailer
  • English Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible cover with new artwork by Sean Longmore and original HK Poster Art

rio bravo


release date: 4th December 2023


On one side is an army of gunmen dead set on springing a murderous cohort from jail. On the other is Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) and two deputies: a recovering drunkard (Dean Martin) and an old codger (Walter Brennan). Also in their ragtag ranks are a trigger-happy youth (Ricky Nelson) and a woman with a shady past (Angie Dickinson) – and her eye on Chance. Director Howard Hawks lifted the Western to new heights with Red River and does it again here. 


  • 4K: Commentary by Director John Carpenter and Historian/Critic Richard Schickel
  • BD: 2 Slam-Bang All-New Featurettes: Documentary Commemoration: Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo, 
  • Featurette Old Tucson: Where the Legends Walked 
  • Career Profile The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks
  • Theatrical Trailer

Django Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD


release date: 11th December 2023

Sergio Corbucci’s ground-breaking DJANGO is one of the greatest and most influential Westerns ever. Seminal, yet banned for decades, its aesthetics of visual cruelty transcended the genre and shaped today’s film-making language. Its major influence is declared by Quentin Tarantino – among many Hollywood directors – and seen in his all films. Django, played by the legendary Franco Nero, is the mysterious lone gunslinger who, dragging a coffinbehind him, arrives in a bleak, mud-drenched town where he’ll face two ruthless gangs of sadistic killers. Presented uncut, from new 4K-restored elements, this definitive version is pristinely faithful to the original filmmakers’ vision; as attested by Ruggero Deodato (of ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ fame) who shot several scenes of ‘DJANGO’ as the then-Assistant to Corbucci.


  • A riveting feature-length testimonial by Quentin Tarantino complements this edition: showing many clips, he explains how Sergio  Corbucci’s ‘Django’ permeates his own films from ‘Reservoir Dogs’ to his resounding tribute ‘Django Unchained’
  • Franco Nero on being Django
  • Perfect-Bound 64 pages booklet with foreword by Franco Nero
  • Slip Case Serial Numbered + reversible inlays with 3 key artworks
  • ArtCard with original posters

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