Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I Want Brain Damage So Bad

There are a lot of reasons to find life depressing these days, but this is most assuredly not one of them -- the great Arrow Video is keeping on keeping on with their awesome selves, releasing an unceasing stream of movie magic unto the world, and here's the proof: on May 9th they're releasing Frank Henenlotter's glorious 1988 film Brain Damage in a big fancy blu-ray special edition, loaded with extras. 

Have you seen Brain Damage before? If not, are you only just now realizing how empty and meaningless your life has been before now? If you haven't seen it don't click on this link, it spoils something you shouldn't have spoiled beforehand, but if you have seen Brain Damage before click here for one of my favorite editions of our "Ways Not To Die" series, which gave good love to the film's most insane scene, which is... certifiably insane. 

You can buy the thing right here.  If you want a list of all 
the special features that are included, hit the jump...

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Mono and 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround Audio Options
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Isolated Score
Brand new audio commentary by writer-director Frank Henenlotter
Listen to the Light: The Making of Brain Damage – brand new documentary featuring interviews with actor Rick Herbst, producer Edgar Ievins, editor James Kwei, first assistant director Gregory Lamberson, visual effects supervisor Al Magliochetti and makeup artist Dan Frye
The Effects of Brain Damage – FX artist and creator of “Elmer” Gabe Bartalos looks back at his iconic effects work on the film
Animating Elmer – featurette looking at the contributions of visual effects supervisor Al Magliochetti
Karen Ogle: A Look Back – stills photographer, script supervisor and assistant editor Karen Ogle recalls her fond memories of working on Brain Damage
Elmer’s Turf: The NYC Locations of Brain Damage – featurette revisiting the film’s original shooting locations
Tasty Memories: A Brain Damage Obsession – an interview with superfan Adam Skinner
Brain Damage Q&A with Frank Henenlotter recorded at the 2016 Offscreen Film Festival
Image Galleries
Original Theatrical Trailer
Bygone Behemoth – animated short by Harry Chaskin, featuring a brief appearance by John Zacherle in his final onscreen credit
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
Limited Edition O-card with exclusive artwork
Collector’s Booklet with new writing on the film by Michael Gingold, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
Limited edition O-card with exclusive artwork
Collector’s Booklet with new writing on the film 

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