Wednesday, January 28, 2015
"Mark of the Devil" Sets to Make a Mark for Arrow Video in the U.S.
Arrow Video recently released Blu-Ray/DVD information for its first release in the U.S. The studio will be releasing the 1970 German cult classic "Mark of the Devil". The film stars horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) along with Herbert Lom and Reggie Nalder.
Special features on the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack includes Newly translated English subtitles for the German audio, Audio commentary by Michael Armstrong, moderated by Calum Waddell, Mark of the Times - exclusive feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions on the emergence of the 'new wave' of British horror directors that surfaced during the sixties and seventies, Hallmark of the Devil - author and critic Michael Gingold looks back at Hallmark Releasing, the controversial and confrontational distributor that introduced Mark of the Devil to American cinemas, Interviews with composer Michael Holm and actors Udo Kier, Herbert Fux, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Schoner and Herbert Lom, Mark of the Devil: Now and Then - a look at the film's locations and how they appear today, Outtakes, Gallery, Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys and Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Anthony Nield, plus an interview with Reggie Nalder by David Del Valle, all illustrated with original stills and artwork.
"Mark of the Devil" will be available for retail on 3/17.
Once proclaimed as "positively the most horrifying film ever made", Mark of the Devil arrives in a director-approved edition featuring a new restoration of the feature. A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devil sees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder's apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic Albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black. Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later pen Eskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years.