Class of 2010: DVD/Blu-Ray Label of 2010


There so many quality genre releases on Blu-Ray and DVD in 2010.?? The US label Shout Factory impressed with their releases of Elvis (John Carpenter, 1979), the Roger Corman cult?? classics, such as Piranha (Joe Dante, 1978), Starcrash (Luigi Cozzi, 1978), Death Race 2000 (Paul Bartel, 1975), their fine Blu-Ray of The Stepfather (Joseph Ruben 1987) and television shows such as The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series, Street Hawk: The Complete Series and Max Headroom: The Complete Series.?? Blue Underground continued their stellar work with such releases of Maniac (William Lustig, 1980), Vigilante (William Lustig,1983), Machine Gun McCain (Giuliano Montaldo, 1969) and Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966).

But for me, the label of 2010 was without doubt Arrow Films.?? Though many of their releases are not perfect for many, it is hard to believe that 2010 saw the release of such classic Italian horror as A Bay of Blood (Mario Bava, 1971), City of the Living Dead (Lucio Fulci, 1980) and Inferno (Dario Argento, 1980) on the Blu-Ray format as well as Day of the Dead (George Romero, 1985), Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000) Spirits of the Dead (Roger Vadim, Louis Malle and Federico Fellini, 1968) and Who Dares Wins (Ian Sharp ,1982).?? They also released numerous other cult films on the DVD format.?? Despite the niche market they target and the risk of low profits they continue to surprise with the titles they announce.?? They show no signs of slowing down in 2011 as they will release many Argento and Fulci classics on Blu-Ray and their off-shoot label Arrow Academy will release Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955).?? Keep up the good work Arrow.

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