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Arrow Video opens up a new Limited Edition Blu-ray of “BASKET CASE”

Monday, November 27, 2017 | Blu-ray/DVD, News


The horror-disc monsters at Arrow Video are putting out a new special-edition Blu-ray of Frank Henenlotter’s classic BASKET CASE next year, and they’ve got one of the RUE MORGUE team involved.

This new release of Henenlotter’s debut feature, in which Duane Bradley (Kevin VanHentenryck) and his severed, stunted Siamese twin Belial embark on a gory rampage of revenge, streets February 27. It will present the movie in a brand new 4K restoration from the original 16mm negative by no less than the Museum of Modern Art! The 1080p high-definition transfer will be supplemented by a basket full of special features, among them a whole bunch of new material (including some by RM’s Michael Gingold). The full rundown is as follows:

• Brand new audio commentary by writer/director Frank Henenlotter and star Kevin VanHentenryck
• “BASKET CASE 3-1/2: An Interview with Duane Bradley”: Frank Henenlotter revisits Duane Bradley decades after the events of the original BASKET CASE
• “Seeing Double: The BASKET CASE Twins”: a brand new interview with Florence and Maryellen Schultz, the twin nurses from BASKET CASE
• Brand new making-of featurette containing new interviews with producer Edgar Ievins, casting person/actress Ilze Balodis, associate producer/effects artist Ugis Nigals and Belial performer Kika Nigals
• “Blood, BASKET and Beyond”: a brand new interview with actress Beverly Bonner
• “Belial Goes to the Drive-In”: a brand new interview with film critic Joe Bob Briggs
• Outtakes featurette
• “In Search of the Hotel Broslin”: archive location featurette
• SLASH OF THE KNIFE (1972): short film by Frank Henenlotter
• BELIAL’S DREAM (2017, 5 mins.): brand new BASKET CASE-inspired animated short by filmmaker Robert Morgan
• Behind-the-scenes of BELIAL’S DREAM
• Trailers, TV spots and radio spots
• Extensive still galleries
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Michael Gingold

The disc will be available with a limited-edition enamel pin exclusively from DiabolikDVD; see details here. Arrow has also just announced new special editions of John Grissmer’s SCALPEL, Herschell Gordon Lewis’ THE GRUESOME TWOSOME, Jörg Buttgereit’s DER TODESKING and more; find out more at the company’s Facebook page.