Revisiting ‘Rec’ this January from Arrow Video ( @arrowfilmsvideo )

The easy short pitch for Rec’ is 28 Days Later meets The Blair Witch Project and whilst I do love both those films, Rec is Rec.a fantastic entry and well deserved entry onto the list of films that are shot in the documentary style and also fall into the found footage style of filmmaking. A modern classic that deserved to be seen, deserves to be seen in the darkest room possible with the biggest screen viewing you can get.

When as a mysterious virus turns the inhabitants of an apartment building into a horde of frenzied, bloodthirsty ghouls, we the audience are thrown right into the middle of this chaotic and super atmospheric world and we can now revisit this experience (or feel it for the first time) with the soon to be released Arrow Video restoration (which also brings along a truck load of special features)

Just to give you a little more insight into Rec (if you haven’t seen it) The film focuses on a television film crew, documenting the night shift of a Barcelona fire brigade, who get much more than they bargained for when they attend an apparently routine call-out. Upon arrival at an inner city apartment, the firefighters are viciously attacked by the elderly female occupant, who appears to be in the throes of some sort of viral infection. Before long, the virus has taken hold of the entire building, which is cordoned off by the authorities. Trapped inside, the television crew – using their cameras to capture the events as they unfold – and the other remaining survivors find themselves pitched into a nightmare of unimaginable proportions.

SPECIAL FEATURES


FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet with new writing on the film by Xavier Aldana Reyes
High Definition Blu-ray presentation with two viewing options: the “theatrical version” (24fps, 1080p, 78 mins) as shown in cinemas, and the “production version” (25fps, 1080i, 75 mins) as originally filmed
Original Spanish DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio options on both versions
Optional English subtitles
New audio commentary by film critic and historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Found Footage Horror: Fear and the Appearance of Reality
Archive commentary by directors Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza
The Making of [REC], an archive featurette examining the process of production featuring interviews with cast & crew
How to Shoot a Horror Movie, a French-language featurette presented by directors Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza
Archive interview with Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza looking back on the film
The Fantastic Four, an archive panel discussion with [REC] directors Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza and new wave Spanish horror contemporaries Gonzalo Lopez Callego and Juan Antonio Bayona
On set footage of the cast & crew at work on key scenes including “the attack on Mrs. Izquierdo” and the “climb to hell”
Archive interview with director of photography Pablo Rosso
Archive interview with sound supervisor Xavi Mas
Archive interview with sound designer Oriol Tarragó
Confidences, a video diary by star Manuela Velasco
Deleted and extended scenes, including “Fire Station Redux”, “The Secret Archive” and “Corridors of Nails”
Casting, original video footage from the audition process
Trailers and TV spots
Image gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais

Blu-ray out 4th Jan. 2021 from Arrow Video

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