Arrow’s March release lineup focuses on quality over quantity. With only two new releases on the plate, some may be left wanting more. But fear not, because these releases pack a massive punch.
On March 16, Arrow will release a double feature of Japanese sci-fi classics with The Invisible Man Appears & The Invisible Man Vs. The Human Fly. These unique riffs on the legendary H.G. Wells’ characters are sure to please fans of the Universal classic. In 1949’s The Invisible Man Appears, jewel thieves develop an interest in invisibility with plans to use it to help them steal a highly-coveted diamond necklace. The Invisible Man Appears is noted for being one of the earlier works of special effects icon, Eiji Tsuburaya. Eight years later, this disappearing act would return in The Invisible Man Vs. The Human Fly, a film that Rob Hunter of Slash Film dubbed “an ambitious blend of genre ideas.” This murder-mystery, of sorts, delivers on exactly what the title promises. The first pressing includes an illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Keith Allison, Hayley Scanlon, and Tom Vincent.
To go with something old, Arrow gives fans something new with the March 23 release of The Bloodhound. First-time director Patrick Picard puts a fun new twist on an Edgar Allen Poe classic in this stylish mystery about a young man that finds himself in a world of fear after a seemingly innocent visit with a friend. Vague Visages described the film as “unsettling, tense and incredibly strange.” The release also includes four experimental short films directed by Picard.
First-time feature director Patrick Picard brings a fresh take to one of the best-known stories from the master of mystery and the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, in his new slow-burner horror-thriller The Bloodhound, a hauntingly atmospheric tale described by The Hollywood News as “an impressively stylish and intellectual debut”.
The Invisible Man Appears/The Invisible Man Vs. The Human Fly
Finally released outside Japan for the very first time, these unique riffs on H.G. Wells’ classic character (though undoubtedly also indebted to Universal’s iconic film series) are two of the earliest examples of tokusatsu (special effects) cinema from the legendary Daiei Studios.