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In our new column, we share the latest Blu-ray releases from our favorite indie distributors — from cult classics to long-lost gems.

The holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean your favorite labels have stopped gifting fans with upcoming releases to empty your wallet and blow your mind. Morbidly Beautiful takes a look at some interesting releases coming in February 2022!

88 Films

88 Films USA, in partnership with MVD, is releasing two high-octane Kung Fu classics from the legendary Shaw Brothers collection — The Flag of Iron and Legendary Weapons of China.

The Flag of Iron

Another cult classic from the Shaw Brothers Studio, The Flag of Iron is a quintessential Hong Kong tale of rivals, betrayal, and family feuds. When the master of the Iron Flag clan is killed by a mysterious assassin known only as Spearman, it sets off an explosive chain of events that pits two brothers against each other in an action-packed adventure of fist flying fury. Directed by Cheh Chang (The One-Armed Swordsman, Five Venoms), this kinetic and highly influential Kung Fu picture, mixes traditional storytelling with more modern presentation techniques — layering acrobatics and the use of exotic weaponry and quick as lightening fight sequences to produce a sure-fire entertaining hit, which no serious collector of martial arts movies can be without.

  • High Definition (1080p) Presentation in 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • 2.0 DTS-HD MA English Soundtrack
  • 2.0 DTS-HD MA Mandarin Soundtrack with newly translated English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Includes First Run Slipcase, Booklet and Poster

Legendary Weapons of China

When the former member of a failing magical kung fu order threatens to destroy the remaining group’s reputation through his loud mouth insults and defamatory behavior, an elite band of killers is dispatched to silence him forever. Though perhaps the golden age of martial cinema had been and gone, this late entry wuxia-style film from The Shaw Brothers house of dreams was still able to pack a powerful punch. Written, directed, and starring Chia-Liang Liu (The Spiritual Boxer, Spiritual Boxer II), this gloriously fast-paced drama which entertainingly mixes swordplay with hand to hand combat in a fabulously furious rollicking adventure weaves its own special kind of magic.

  • High Definition (1080p) Presentation in 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • 2.0 DTS-HD MA English Soundtrack
  • 2.0 DTS-HD MA Mandarin Soundtrack with newly translated English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with Asian cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Audio commentary with Asian cinema experts Frank Djeng
  • Eighteen Weapons – David West on Legendary Weapons of China
  • Gordon At Shaw – Interview with Actor Gordon Lui
  • Titus At Shaw – Interview with Producer Titus Ho
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Arrow Video

Arrow Video U.S. has two new titles releasing in February. The first is a box set celebrating French New Wave icon, Lies and Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol, and the second is an overlooked early 80s slasher, Deadly Games.

Lies and Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol

Enjoy five freshly remastered films from the man known as the French Hitchcock. Featuring Cop Au Vin (Poulet au vinaigre), Inspector Lavardin, Madame Bovary, Betty and Torment (L’enfer), this inaugural collection of Claude Chabrol on Blu-ray brings together a wealth of passionate contributors and archival extras to shed fresh light on the films and the filmmaker

  • LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • High definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of all five films
  • New 4K restorations of Madame Bovary, Betty, and Torment
  • Original lossless French PCM mono audio on Cop Au Vin, Inspector Lavardin, Madame Bovary and Betty
  • Original lossless French PCM stereo audio on Torment
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Archive introductions to all films by film scholar Joël Magny
  • Select scene commentaries for all films by Claude Chabrol
  • Theatrical trailers and image galleries for all films
  • 80-page collector’s booklet of new writing by film critics Martyn Conterio, Kat Ellinger, Philip Kemp and Sam Wigley, and archive material
  • Limited edition packaging with newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
  • DISC 1: COP AU VIN
  • New commentary by critic Ben Sachs
  • New interview with film historian Ian Christie
  • Claude Chabrol at the BFI, Chabrol on stage with film historian Ian Christie in 1994
  • Claude Chabrol, Jean Poiret & Stephane Audran in conversation, archive Swiss TV episode with director and cast discussing Cop Au Vin
  • DISC 2: INSPECTOR LAVARDIN
  • New commentary by critic Ben Sachs
  • Why Chabrol?, new interview with film critic Sam Wigley on why Chabrol remains essential viewing
  • DISC 3: MADAME BOVARY
  • New commentary by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Imagining Emma: Madame Bovary on screen, new visual essay by film historian Pamela Hutchinson
  • DISC 4: BETTY
  • New commentary by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Betty, from Simenon to Chabrol, new visual essay by French Cinema historian Ginette Vincendeau
  • New interview with Ros Schwartz, the English translator of the Georges Simenon novel on which the film is based
  • DISC 5: TORMENT
  • New commentary by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson
  • On Henri Georges Clouzot, archival interview with Chabrol about, Clouzot’s abandoned attempt to make L’enfer
  • Interview with Marin Karmitz, archive interview with Chabrol’s most frequent producer from 1985 onward

Deadly Games

A masked maniac with a penchant for a horror-themed board game is playing his own twisted game with the women of a small American town. Each time the dice is rolled, another victim meets a grisly end. Returning home to mourn the death of her murdered sister, Keegan befriends local cop Roger and oddball cinema projectionist Billy – but soon finds herself in the killer’s sights.

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • Sooty’s a Sh*t – a brand new interview with actor Jere Rae-Mansfield
  • Practical Magic – a brand new interview with special effects and stunt co-ordinator John Eggett
  • Extensive image gallery featuring never-before-seen production photos and promotional material
  • Original Trailer
  • Original screenplay under the title Who Fell Asleep [BD-ROM content]
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Ralf Krause
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian/author Amanda Reyes

Scream Factory

Nature will soon run amok in gory fashion with the new Scream Factory release Alligator: Collector’s Edition 4K UHD! Out 2/22, it features two cuts of the film and is loaded with extras, including a new interview with Bryan Cranston who was its Production Assistant. Preorder now.

Alligator

IT LIVES 50 FEET BENEATH THE CITY. IT’S 36 FEET LONG. IT WEIGHS 2,000 POUNDS … AND IT’S ABOUT TO BREAK OUT!

From director Lewis Teague (Cujo) and screenwriter John Sayles (The Howling) comes an unstoppable thriller with bite. A family returning from Florida decides their pet baby alligator is too much to handle and flushes him down the toilet. Meanwhile, Slade Laboratories is conducting secret experiments with animals and disposing of them in the sewer. The alligator, fending for itself, begins to feed on the dead animals, and grows. Now, twelve years later, after several mysterious murders, David Madison (Robert Forster, Jackie Brown) is on the case to find out who … or what … is killing people.

DISC ONE (4K UHD – Theatrical Version):

  • NEW 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative
  • Audio Commentary With Director Lewis Teague And Actor Robert Forster

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY – Theatrical Version):

  • NEW 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW Everybody In The Pool – An Interview With Actress Robin Riker
  • NEW Wild In The Streets – An Interview With Director Lewis Teague
  • NEW It Walks Among Us – An Interview With Screenwriter John Sayles
  • NEW Luck Of The Gator – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artist Robert Short
  • NEW Gator Guts, The Great River, And Bob – An Interview With Production Assistant, Now Famous Actor/Director/Producer, Bryan Cranston
  • Audio Commentary With Director Lewis Teague And Actor Robert Forster
  • Alligator Author – An Interview With Screenwriter John Sayles
  • Additional Scenes From The TV Version
  • Teaser Trailer (NEW 2K Scan)
  • Theatrical Trailer (NEW 2K Scan)
  • Trailers From Hell – Filmmaker Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) On ALLIGATOR
  • TV Spots (NEW 2K Scan)
  • ALLIGATOR Game Television Commercial
  • NEW Newspaper Ad Still Gallery By Drive-In Asylum
  • Still Gallery (Movie Stills, Movie Posters, Lobby Cards, And Behind-The-Scenes Photos)

DISC THREE (BLU-RAY – Television Version)

  • The Extended TV Version In HD For The First Time (NEW 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative With Additional Footage Scanned From An Internegative)

Vinegar Syndrome

Vinegar Syndrome has announced its February batch of Blu-ray releases. They are The Fear (1995),