"ALICE, SWEET ALICE" AND ITS PRECURSOR, "DON'T LOOK NOW" BOTH GET STELLAR NEW BLU-RAY RELEASES!
Though things were briefly touch and go for a few weeks, Arrow Video succeeded in bringing Alfred Sole's oft-overlooked ALICE, SWEET ALICE to Blu-ray for the first time, and it is a fantastic release! Also out today is Studiocanal's 4-Disc Collector's Edition of Nicholas Roeg's DON'T LOOK NOW, which includes a 4K Ultra High-Def Blu-ray disc and soundtrack CD! Both releases boast a TON of extras and are guaranteed must-haves - let's take a closer look, shall we?
ALICE, SWEET ALICE (1976)
Synopsis: A young Brooke Shields meets an untimely end in this religious-themed proto slasher par excellence from director Alfred Sole.
On the day of her first communion, young Karen (Brooke Shields) is savagely murdered by an unknown assailant in a yellow rain mac and creepy translucent mask. But the nightmare is far from over. As the knife-wielding maniac strikes again and again, Karen's bereaved parents are forced to confront the possibility that Karen's wayward sister Alice might be the one behind the mask.
Bearing influences from the likes of Hitchcock, the then-booming Italian giallo film and more specifically, Nicolas Roeg's DON'T LOOK NOW, ALICE, SWEET ALICE is an absolutely essential – if often overlooked – entry in the canon of 1970s American horror.
Rated R | Color | 107 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
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- NEW! 2K restoration of the theatrical version from the original camera negative!
- NEW! Audio commentary with Richard Harland Smith!
- Archival audio commentary with co-writer/director Alfred Sole and editor Edward Salier!
- NEW! First Communion: Alfred Sole Remembers Alice, Sweet Alice – Director Alfred Sole looks back on his 1976 classic!
- NEW! In the Name of the Father – Interview with actor Niles McMaster!
- NEW! Sweet Memories: Dante Tomaselli on Alice, Sweet Alice – Filmmaker Dante Tomaselli, cousin of Alfred Sole, discusses his longtime connection to the film!
- NEW! Lost Childhood: The Locations of Alice, Sweet Alice – A tour of the original Alice Sweet Alice shooting locations hosted by author Michael Gingold!
- Alternate Holy Terror Television Cut!
- Deleted scene
- Alternate Opening Titles
- Trailer and TV Spot
- Original screenplay
- Image gallery
DON'T LOOK NOW (1972)
Synopsis: Starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, this is a brilliant adaptation of a Daphne Du Maurier short story. On a cold, bright autumn day in Suffolk, England, a little girl in a red mackintosh drowns in a pond – the daughter of John and Laura Baxter. Trying to recover from the tragedy, the couple arrive in Venice, Italy, where John has been commissioned to restore a church.
In the eerie atmosphere of the lagoon city in winter, they encounter two strange sisters. Laura is suddenly released from her grief when one of them, a blind psychic, tells her that she is in contact with her dead daughter. Angered and skeptical, John carries on with his work, but witnesses an unsettling vision of his own: a little girl in a red mackintosh disappearing into the Venetian alleys.
As Venice and his fate closes in on John, illusion, reality and sudden terror spiral the story to its grotesque climax, as the design in director Nicolas Roeg’s mosaic becomes unforgettably clear.
Not Rated | Color | 110 minutes | Region Free & Region B
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English Dolby Digital 2.0
- NEW! 4K restoration color graded and approved by Cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond!
- NEW! Pass the Warning: Taking A Look Back at Nic Roeg’s Masterpiece!
- NEW! A kaleidoscope of meaning: Color in Don’t Look Now featurette!
- NEW! 4k Restoration featurette!
- Archival audio Commentary with Director Nicolas Roeg!
- Death in Venice: An interview with composer Pino Donaggio!
- Archival interviews with Donald Sutherland, Allan Scott, Tony Richmond, and Danny Boyle!
- Don’t Look Now: Looking Back featurette!
- Behind the scenes stills gallery!
- EXCLUSIVE TO THIS SET: 5 artcards, theatrical poster, booklet with essays and original articles, and Soundtrack CD featuring Pino Donnagio's score for the film!
Important Note: The 4K UHD disc is Region Free (as they all are) but the two Blu-ray discs included in the set which feature the movie and the bulk of the extras respectively, are listed as Region B locked. That being said, do not order this if you don't have a 4K UHD player or at the very least a region free Blu-ray player.