Among today’s Arrow Video announcements are two titles I’m overseeing: Geoff Murphy’s New Zealand post-apocalyptic sci-fi THE QUIET EARTH and 80s actioner JAKE SPEED.

The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

The end of the world is just the beginning…

Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence, As Time Goes By), a scientist working on a pioneering energy project, wakes up one morning to find that the technology has malfunctioned, leaving him as seemingly the old man left on earth. As Zac wanders the deserted city of Hamilton, New Zealand, hoping to find some remnant of life besides himself, his mind begins to disintegrate until fantasy and reality blur together in a heady, terrifying cocktail.

Directed by Geoff Murphy (Under Siege 2, Freejack) and adapted from the 1982 novel of the same name, The Quiet Earth has attained cult status as one of the most distinctive post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies of the 1980s. By turns haunting, surreal and inscrutable, the film asks questions about humankind’s insatiable appetite for destruction that are arguably as prescient today as they were at the time of its release thirty years ago.

Special Edition Contents:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Lossless 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New audio commentary by critic Travis Crawford
  • New video essay on the film by critic Bryan Reesman
  • New interview with critic Kim Newman on the post-apocalyptic movies of the 1980s
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Laz Marquez

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amy Simmons


Jake Speed

Jake Speed

More than a myth, less than a legend… and a bit too big for his boots.

When her sister is taken by a gang of white slavers, Margaret (Karen Kopins, Troop Beverly Hills) knows she needs a hero with a difference to bring her home. Enter Jake Speed (Wayne Crawford, Barracuda), leaping from the pages of pulp thriller novels and into the real world. With Margaret in tow and his trusty sidekick Desmond Floyd (Dennis Christopher, Chariots of Fire) in tow, Jake arrives hot on the heels of the kidnappers in a southern African country gripped by civil war. But it soon turns out Jake got more than he bargained for when he discovers that the ringleader of the slavers is none other than his own arch-nemesis: the wicked, criminally insane Sid John Hurt (Alien, The Osterman Weekend)…

A ripe slice of ’80s action cheese in the tradition of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone, Jake Speed has it all: romance, death-defying stunts, spellbinding scenery shot on location in Zimbabwe… and bet of all, a wickedly off-the-wall performance by the late John Hurt, proving the old adage that a hero is nothing without a worthy foe.

Special Edition Contents:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless 2.0 stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Paperback Wishes, Cinematic Dreams, a new interview with co-writer/producer/director Andrew Lane
  • The Hard Way Reads Better, a new interview with producer William Fay
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Mark Cunliffe


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