Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Out of print - what and why?

We have various releases which have gone out of print and we thought that our blog might be a good place to address what this means; how it happens and why.

A particular version of a release may go out of print for one of two reasons. The first and most simple is that a release goes out print because it is superseded by another release. This is especially true if special packaging is involved such as a SteelBook or Slipbox. Along this theme another reason might be in the case of an upgrade where an older DVD becomes redundant due to a new restoration, packaging or new special edition. This is the case with some of our releases including the first DVD of The House by the Cemetery (later re-issued from a new HD restoration), SteelBooks of Battle Royale and Zombie Flesh-Eaters as well as various Slipbox editions (all still available in the usual Arrow Video packages).

The second reason refers to licensing issues. Films are most commonly licensed by distributors from producers for a limited time. Usually it is common for these licenses to be easily renewed but sometimes there are complications and this is not possible (see our releases of Dawn of the Dead, Martin and Savage Streets, all sadly OOP). We do everything we can to keep films in print and should they be lost we will endeavour for them to become part of the Arrow Video series again in the future.

Unfortunately we cannot advise how long anything will remain in print but we can say that all limited editions are truly limited and we will not print more of a limited edition to service demand. We understand that for our limited editions to remain special they must truly be limited so if there is a limited edition you want but don't have yet we would advise not waiting too long!

Just how limited any set is depends from one release to another. Our SteelBooks tend to be limited to 4000 copies, our other limited editions have either had their numbers printed such as the two sets of Battle Royale (Blu-ray, 10,000 and DVD 5,000) whereas others such as Demons 1 and 2 Slipboxes are not numbered but are even more limited at just 2,000 copies. The best place to see if a title is out of print is to check on our website, which will list as many of our releases as possible, even out of print titles, which will be listed but no longer available for sale. Our ‘out of print’ section includes titles that are no longer commercially available through stores such as Amazon or HMV so whilst they are still available from us they should be considered on the critical list!

We hope this post was informative but if you have any questions not answered here, let us know in the comments!

Arrow Video

Arrow Video Checklist - Here is a list of all our Limited Editions and their current status (last updated 18/01/17):

Audition *sold out*
Battle Royale *sold out*
Big Trouble in Little China *sold out*
Black Sunday [Zavvi Exclusive]
Blood and Black Lace *very few copies remaining* 
Blow Out *very few copies remaining*
City of the Living Dead *sold out*
Demons 1&2 *sold out*
Foxy Brown *very few copies remaining*
Inferno [Zavvi Exclusive]
Invasion of the Body Snatchers *very few copies remaining*
Killer Klowns From Outer Space *very few copies remaining*
King of New York *sold out*
Lady Snowblood 1&2 *sold out*
Lifeforce *sold out*
Maniac Cop *sold out*
Phantom of the Paradise 
Phenomena [Zavvi Exclusive]
Porky's *very few copies remaining*
Tenebrae *sold out*
The 'burbs *sold out*
The Beyond *sold out*
The Burning *sold out*
The Driller Killer *sold out*
The Fall of the House of Usher *very few copies remaining*
The Long Good Friday
The Pit and the Pendulum 
Theatre of Blood *sold out*
Time Bandits *very few copies remaining*
White of the Eye
Zombie Flesh-Eaters *sold out*

Battle Royale DVD [Limited to 5,000] *sold out*
Battles Without Honour and Humanity [Limited to 2,500 copies]
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls [Limited to 3,000 copies] *sold out
Bride of Re-Animator *sold out
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 
Dario Argento: The Neo Giallo Collection *sold out*
Death Walks Twice
Deep Red *sold out*
Donnie Darko [Limited to 5,000 copies] *sold out*
Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cats *sold out*
Fantastic Factory Presents
Female Prisoner Scorpion
Hell Comes to Frogtown [Limited to 1,000] *sold out*
Hellgate  [Limited to 1,000] **sold out*
Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box [Limited to 5,000] *sold out*
Massacre Gun [Limited to 3,000 copies]
Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio P. Miraglia *sold out
Nekromantik [Limited to 3,000 copies] *sold out*
Nekromantik 2 [Limted to 3,000 copies] *sold out*
Outlaw Gangster VIP
Phantasm 1-5 [Limited to 10,000 copies]
Pieces Limited  Edition
Pieces Deluxe Edition [Limited to 1,000 copies] *very few copies remaining* 
Raising Cain
Retaliation [Limited to 3,000 copies]
Shock and Gore: The Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis [Limited to 500 copies] *sold out
Society [Limited to 3,000 copies] *sold out*
Stray Cat Rock the Collection *sold out*
The Complete Dr Phibes Collection *sold out*
The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast 
The Hills Have Eyes *sold out*
The Long Good Friday + Mona Lisa *sold out
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [Limited to 10,000] *sold out
Thief Slipcase Edition [Limited to 3,000]  *sold out*
Videodrome  *sold out*
Vincent Price and Roger Corman Present Six Gothic Tales [Limited to 2,000]
Withnail & I + How to Get Ahead in Advertising [Limited Edition Dual-Format] *sold out*
Withnail & I + How to Get Ahead in Advertising [Personalised Limited Edition Dual-Format]  *sold out*

A Bay of Blood *sold out*
Battle Royale *sold out*
Black Sunday [Dual Format] *sold out*
Caligula *sold out*
City of the Living Dead *sold out*
Day of the Dead *sold out*
Dawn of the Dead *sold out*
Deep Red *sold out*
Demons *sold out*
Demons 2 *sold out*
Forbidden Zone *sold out*
Frankenhooker *sold out*
Inferno *sold out*
Lisa and the Devil *sold out*
Maniac Cop *sold out*
Obsession *very few copies remaining*
Phenomena *sold out*
Red Scorpion *sold out*
Tenebrae *sold out*
The Beyond *sold out*
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage *sold out*
The Cat o’ Nine Tails *sold out*
The Exterminator *sold out*
The Funhouse *sold out*
The House by the Cemetery *sold out*
Vamp *sold out*
Zombie Flesh-Eaters [Limited to 500] *sold out*

A Bay of Blood *sold out*
Dawn of the Dead *sold out*
Deep Red *sold out*
Inferno *sold out*
Martin *sold out*
Phenomena *sold out*
Tenebrae *sold out*
The Beyond *sold out*
The Kentucky Fried Movie *sold out*
Vamp *sold out*

American Horror Project
Battles Without Honor and Humanity  [Limited to 3,000 copies] *sold out*
Bride of Re-Animator *sold out*
Creepshow 2 *sold out*
Death Walks 
Donnie Darko 
Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cats 
Female Prisoner Scorpion
Massacre Gun [Limited to 3,000 copies]
Outlaw Gangster VIP
Retaliation [Limited to 3,000 copies]
Shock and Gore: The Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis [Limited to 500 copies] *sold out


  1. Fantastic informative post Arrow folk. Thank you

  2. are your disks region free?

    1. some of them are region free, check the website! www.arrowfilms.co.uk

    2. Region Free does not always entail it will work in your DVD player. Theres 'Region Free NTSC' and 'Region Free PAL' Im assuming Arrow's discs, being they are UK based, are 'Region Free PAL' which means it wont work in a US/Canadian/Japanese NTSC DVD player regardless of the 'region free' title.

    3. PAL or NTSC do not apply for Bluray. You only need to worry about the region. Not sure if Arrow is region free. I don't believe it is though.

  3. Many are region free but please check the information on our site before purchasing www.arrowfilms.co.uk

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  5. Day of the Dead and Demons Steelbooks are OOP are they not?

  6. Thanks for this, can you please put how many copies were made of each limited edition release as it only says a few and dome titles don't have a number on them. Thanks :-)

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