British distributors Arrow Video have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Brian De Palma's The Fury (1978), starring Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Amy Irving, Charles Durning, and Andrew Stevens. The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the United Kingdom on October 28th.
Brian De Palma followed the huge success of Carrie with another slice of telekinetic horror, upping the ante by featuring more than one psychic.
John Cassavetes gives his most sinister performance since Rosemary's Baby as a man who kidnaps the telepathic son of his colleague (Kirk Douglas), aiming to turn him and similarly gifted individuals into human weapons. Meanwhile, Gillian (Amy Irving), is worried enough about the destructive potential of her own powers to agree to be institutionalised - but is the Paragon Institute all that it's cracked up to be? De Palma pulls out all the stops with some spectacular set-pieces (including one that will put viewers off fairground rides for life), before a spectacularly explosive climax that unforgettably demonstrates why Gillian is so afraid of her powers. She can trigger nosebleeds without any effort, so how much damage can she do when she's actually trying to hurt someone?
"Blood on the Lens": An interview with Cinematographer Richard H. Kline.
"Spinning Tales": Fiona Lewis on starring in The Fury.
"The Fury - A Location Journal": An interview with Sam Irvin, intern on The Fury, author of the film's shooting diary and then correspondent for Cinefantastique magazine.
Original archive interviews from the 1978 promotional tour, featuring Brian De Palma, producer Frank Yablans and stars Carrie Snodgress and Amy Irving.
"Double Negative": A short film tribute to Brian De Palma by Sam Irvin, starring William Finley.
Gallery of behind-the-scenes production images.
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw.
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Dumas, author of Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible, as well as a re-print of a contemporary interview with Brian De Palma, and a brand new interview with screenwriter John Farris on the writing of the film, his and De Palma's unrealised adaptation of Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man and more, illustrated with original stills and posters.
Man, Arrow Video and Shout Factory have the best cover art and artists in the game. Meanwhile we're stuck with shitty photoshop of actors heads on other peoples bodies by most of the distributors here. I will def be getting this.
Twilight Time is fcuking up all kinds of shit with them having the rights to titles here in the U.S. This would've been perfect for "Shout!/Scream Factory" to put out assuming they can use Arrow's special features much like how "Shout!/Scream" has to let Arrow use their specially produced material. I do hope this is region free. Down with Twilight Time.
Though I would rather have bought this, at least none of the special features look indispensible, so I won't rip my hair out over buying the Twilight Time. Will wait for a review though. As a consolation, I do like TT's use of original cover art a bit better, and having the isolated score, even though I will mostly listen to the soundtrack CDs instead.