Potent and poetic, mischievous and macabre, Borowczyk’s film shows how many imaginative worlds the horror movie can open up when the right artist holds the keys.
Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
Following unanimous critical acclaim for their 2014 Walerian Borowczyk retrospective collection, Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the world premiere Blu-ray release of Borowczyk’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne, released on dual-format Blu-ray and DVD from 11th May 2015, marking the first time the film has been made available commercially since the VHS and Laserdisc era.
Often regarded as Borowczyk’s last great film, and his only out-and-out horror film, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne features his most culty cast including Udo Kier, Patrick Magee and Howard Vernon. The disc will be presented with both the French and English versions of the film, the latter featuring Patrick Magee’s own voice.
This new release will feature a restored high definition transfer, an introduction by critic and long-term Borowczyk fan Michael Brooke and a new audio commentary featuring archival interviews with Walerian Borowczyk, and new interviews with cinematographer Noël Véry, editor Khadicha Bariha, assistant Michael Levy and filmmaker Noël Simsolo, moderated by Daniel Bird.
This new disc will also feature Himorogi (2012), a short film by Marina and Alessio Pierro, made in homage to Borowczyk, alongside interviews with Marina Pierro, artist and filmmaker Alessio Pierro and a video essay by Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez.
Alongside this, the new edition will also include Eyes That Listen, a featurette on Borowczyk’s collaborations with electro-acoustic composer Bernard Parmegiani and Happy Toy (1979), a short film by Borowczyk based on Charles-Émile Reynaud’s praxinoscope. An introduction to Happy Toy by production assistant Sarah Mallinson will also be included.
Rounding off the Blu-ray, a new featurette by Daniel Bird, Returning to Return: Borowczyk and Early Cinema will also be included, along with the reversible sleeve with artwork based on Borowczyk’s own poster design. The booklet will include new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and archive materials, illustrated with rare stills
It’s the engagement party for brilliant young Dr Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) and his fiancée, the beautiful Fanny Osbourne (Marina Pierro), attended by various pillars of Victorian society, including the astonishing Patrick Magee in one of his final roles. But when people are found raped and murdered outside and ultimately inside the house, it becomes clear that a madman has broken in to disrupt the festivities – but who is he? And why does Dr Jekyll keep sneaking off to his laboratory?
We know the answer, of course, but Walerian Borowczyk’s visually stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-filmed tale is crammed with wildly imaginative and outrageously perverse touches characteristic of the man who scandalised audiences with Immoral Tales and The Beast, not least the explicitly sexualised nature of Mr Hyde’s primal urges.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- Brand new 2K restoration, scanned from the original camera negative and supervised by cinematographer Noël Véry
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film, released on both formats for the first time anywhere in the world
- English and French soundtracks in LPCM 1.0
- Optional English and English SDH subtitles
- Appreciation by critic and long-term Borowczyk fan Michael Brooke
- Audio commentary featuring an archival interview with Walerian Borowczyk and new interviews with cinematographer Noël Véry, editor Khadicha Bariha, assistant Michael Levy and filmmaker Noël Simsolo, moderated by Daniel Bird
- Brand new interviews with Udo Kier and Marina Pierro
- Himorogi (2012), a short film by Marina and Alessio Pierro, made in homage to Borowczyk
- Interview with artist and filmmaker Alessio Pierro
- Phantasmagoria of the Interior, a video essay on Borowczyk’s Dr Jekyll by Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López
- Eyes That Listen, a featurette on Borowczyk’s collaborations with electro-acoustic composer Bernard Parmegiani
- Happy Toy (1979), a short film by Borowczyk inspired by Charles-Émile Reynaud’s praxinoscope
- Interview with Sarah Mallinson, former assistant to Borowczyk and fellow animator Peter Foldes
- Return to Méliès: Borowczyk and Early Cinema, a featurette by Daniel Bird
- Theatrical trailer with optional commentary by editor Khadicha Bariha
- Reversible sleeve with artwork based on Borowczyk’s own poster design
- Illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and archive pieces by Walerian Borowczyk and André Pieyre de Mandiargues.