Arrow Films

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Arrow Films
Industry Home video
Headquarters Hertfordshire, UK
Products DVD, Blu-ray
Website [1]

Arrow Films is a UK distributor of classic, horror, and cult films on Blu-ray and DVD.


Arrow Films was established in 1991.[1]

After the release of Zombie Flesh-Eaters in 2012, film restorer James White stated that the label would try and revamp their brand to "focus on high-quality presentations of classic and cult cinema".[2] White has stated that prior to Zombie Flesh Eaters, the label had a less favorable reception and that "a lot of those criticisms were valid. But people should understand that Arrow weren't personally responsible for those masters. They sub-licensed those titles from the rightsholders and it was either put them out with the masters they'd been supplied with or not release them at all. It's an unfortunate position that a lot of independent labels find themselves in."[2]

In 2015, Daniel Graham left Arrow to head distribution at CinemaLive.[3] Graham had been head of distribution at Arrow where he had been head of theatrical sales since February 2014.[3]


Arrow Films

Arrow Films is one of the UK's leading independent distributors of world cinema, arthouse, horror and classic films. For over 15 years Arrow Films has pioneered the best directors from Europe and around the world, such as Denys Arcand, Tinto Brass, Luis Buñuel, Claude Chabrol, Jules Dassin, Vittorio De Sica, Abel Ferrara, Lasse Hallström, Eric Rohmer, Roberto Rossellini, Giuseppe Tornatore, Andrzej Wajda, and Wim Wenders.

On 4 December 2009 Arrow Films released Departures in the United Kingdom theatrically; it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2009 Oscars.

Arrow Video

Arrow Video is a specialist label that encapsulates the spirit of the video nasties of the 1980s, including retro-style artwork and posters. This label includes films by renowned horror directors George A. Romero, Lucio Fulci, Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento. Each title is released completely uncut, and usually with new transfers, and with a choice between the original audio track and usually a lossless 5.1. Brand new, specially commissioned artwork alongside the original release artwork are included on each release. Newly made and exclusive booklets are often accompanied with the Blu-ray/DVD. Also included are new extra features for each Blu-ray/DVD with of new interviews and documentaries.

In August 2011 the Sony/PIAS warehouse fire in Enfield, North London during the 2011 England riots affected the release schedule and led to a substantial loss of stock.


In September 2011, Arrow Films launched a new sublabel, ArrowDrome, which includes brand new releases and several titles from the Arrow Video label being re-released. These new editions include reversible DVD sleeves, collectable booklet and extra features. The aim of ArrowDrome is to release DVD titles only at budget prices.[4]

The collection include these categories:

ArrowDrome Action
ArrowDrome Erotic
ArrowDrome Giallo
ArrowDrome Horror
ArrowDrome Mystery
ArrowDrome Samurai
ArrowDrome Sci-fi
ArrowDrome Blaxploitation

List of releases


In December 2013, The Guardian awarded the Arrow Films as "Label of the Year", noting their releases of Lifeforce and releases of television shows such as Borgen and The Killing as highlights.[5]

Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection was voted the best home video release of 2014 by several publications, including Sight and Sound[6] and Little White Lies,[7] and won the Focal International Award for Best Archival Restoration Project[8] and the Cinema Ritrovato Award for Best DVD Series/Best Box.[9]


  1. "About us". Arrow Films. Retrieved October 2, 2014. Since 1991, through Arrow’s diverse and rich product mix, one of the most energetic and cutting edge labels in British distribution has been forged.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Beek, Anton van (9 July 2013). "Restoring films for Blu-ray". Home Cinema Choice. Retrieved 2 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Grater, Tom (October 16, 2015). "Arrow Films exec to join CinemaLive". Screen Daily. Retrieved November 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Arrow Video Beckons You To The Arrowdrome". Twitch. Retrieved 16 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. O'Neill, Phelim (21 December 2013). "2013 DVD & Blu-ray round-up". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "The best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2014". Sight and Sound. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Jenkins, David (17 December 2014). "The 25 Best DVD & Blu-ray Releases Of 2014". Little White Lies. Retrieved 15 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Focal International Awards 2015". Focal International Awards 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "DVD Awards 2015 - XII Edition: The Winners". Il Cinema Ritrovato. Retrieved 15 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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