Each release will be a new high definition transfer of the film from a new restoration of the original negative on Blu-ray and DVD. There will also be special features accompanying the release, as well as a celebration of the art of the film poster with alternate poster designs.
Arrow Academy takes its name from a famous repertory cinema in London – the Academy on Oxford Street, which existed from 1913 to 1986, and was where many critics, writers, filmmakers and cineastes of the day first discovered a new kind of cinema that emerged after the Second World War. The poster designs used in the new Academy releases are all based on the original wood and lino-cut designs of German artist Peter Strausfield, whose designs originally graced the walls of the cinema.
The first title being launched is Vittorio De Sica’s 1948’s classic Bicycle Thieves on 28 March. Henri-Georges Clouzot’s masterful thriller Les Diaboliques will follow on 18 April. Also slated for release is Jules Dassin’s seminal heist Rififi, Bernardo Bertolucci’s political parable The Conformist; Roberto Rossellini’s powerful World War II drama Il Generale Della Rovere; and (the one I’ve always wanted to see) De Sica’s autumnal masterpiece The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.
Check out the Arrow Films website for more on these titles.