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Cops vs Thugs + The Jacques Rivette Collection (Special Edition) Blu-Rays

Cops vs Thugs (Special Edition)

This week brings two Special Edition releases from Arrow Video.  First, we have Kinji Fukasaku’s 1975 yakuza crime flick, “Cops vs Thugs”.  This hard-boiled classic is considered by many one of the best Japanese films of the 70’s.  This two-disk set includes a new HD transfer as well as a DVD.  Along with the bonus features, there is an illustrated collector’s booklet.  If you are a fan of classic Japanese crime stories, you will definitely want to pick up this release.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition digital transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Beyond the Film: Cops vs Thugs, a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
  • A new visual essay on cops & criminals in Fukasaku’s works by film scholar Tom Mes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias

 

The Jacques Rivette Collection (Special Edition)

Up next, we have the six-disk Jacques Rivette Collection. In this set, you get brand new 2K restorations of “Duelle”, Noroît, and “Merry-Go-Round”. These three titles couldn’t be more different. One is a love story, the other a Wester, and third is a surreal mystery which was originally intended to be a musical thriller.  Fans of Rivette’s work will definitely be pleased with this release from Arrow Academy.  Along with the numerous bonus features, you also get a companion book with writing from Mary M. Wiles, Brad Stevens and Nick Pinkerton.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of all three films from brand new 2K restorations of the films
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
  • Optional newly-translated English subtitles for all films
  • Scenes from a Parallel Life: Jacques Rivette Remembers archive interview with the director, in which he discusses Duelle (une quarantaine), Noroit (une vengeance) and Merry-Go-Round
  • Remembering Duelle Bulle Ogier and Hermine Karagheuz recollect their work on the 1976 feature
  • Interview with critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who reported from the sets of both Duelle (une quarantaine) and Noroit (une vengeance)
  • Exclusive perfect-bound book containing writing on the films by Mary M. Wiles, Brad Stevens and Nick Pinkerton plus a reprint of four on-set reports from Duelle (une quarantaine) and Noroit (une vengeance)
  • Reversible sleeves with original and newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick

By: Marc Ferman

Order: Cops vs Thugs (Special Edition) Blu-Ray
Order: The Jacques Rivette Collection (Special Edition) Blu-Ray