PSYCHOMANIA

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PSYCHOMANIA REVIEWED

“Psychomania” was the United Kingdom’s answer to the rise of the Corman motorcycle films. While the Hammer aesthetic lingers over the film, it takes a sharp detour into another kind of horror. After all, the biker gang leader discovered that his Satanist mother holds the secret to immortality. What follows is 91 minutes of biker action and people going aggro just for more life. Roy Batty never thought of joining a biker gang.

The film is colored darkly due to George Sanders killing himself shortly after finishing the film. I’m not going to blame this movie for closing out such a classic actor, but it is what it is. Apparently, there are no cuts between the US and UK versions. So, don’t worry about the international title change. I appreciate Arrow taking a chance on a film like this, but it feels pretty inconsequential when compared to their greater library.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Brand-new interview with star Nicky Henson
  • Return of the Living Dead, an archive featurette containing interviews actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor
  • Sound of Psychomania, an archive interview with composer John Cameron
  • Riding Free, an archive interview with ‘Riding Free’ singer Harvey Andrews
  • Hell for Leather, a brand-new featurette on the company who supplied the film’s costumes
  • Remastering Psychomania, a look at the film’s restoration from the original 35mm black and white separation masters
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet containing writing by Vic Pratt, William Fowler and Andrew Roberts

A/V STATS

  • 1.66:1 1080p transfer
  • LPCM 1.0 mono

RELEASE DATE: 2/21/17

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