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    American Arcana/Something Weird presents THE RAVAGER and THE BUSHWHACKER on Blu-ray!

    American Arcana is a new sublabel from Mondo Macabro focusing on US exploitation and genre films. Our first release is a Blu-ray co-branded by Something Weird Video of two extreme softcore roughies from their archive - THE RAVAGER and THE BUSHWHACKER!

    Both films have been transferred in 2K from archival 35mm prints from the SWV vaults. We've also edited in a missing gore scene for THE BUSHWHACKER from an SD source, making it the most complete version ever released on home video. The region free disc will also have trailers for both films (BUSHWHACKER in HD, RAVAGER in SD), as well as a selection of "roughie" trailers from the SWV archives, all scanned in 2k.

    Initially this release will be only available at mondomacabro.bigcartel.com in a numbered, limited edition. It will come in a slim red case (the same red case MM used for the PERVERSION STORY LE), a reversible cover (see images below), a booklet featuring a brand new essay by Robin Bougie about THE RAVAGER, and a set of postcards reproducing original ad art for both films. Once this sells out, an unlimited retail edition will follow with a different cover and without all the bells and whistles.

    We plan on putting this up for pre-sale in January, along with the LE Mondo Macabro blu for THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE. Exact date is TBD, but probably around the second or third week in that month.

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    This is a beautiful, beautiful thing and I hope this line lives a long time.
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    Pre-order date for this is Thursday, January 24th. Mark your calendars!

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    Pre-order page is up.

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    THE DEBUT RELEASE FROM 'AMERICAN ARCANA' - OUR NEW SUBLABEL DEDICATED TO U.S. TRASH AND GENRE FILMS! A CO-PRODUCTION WITH SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO!

    THE RAVAGER and THE BUSHWHACKER represent the last hurrah for rough and tumble 60s style sexploitation before hardcore sex films completely took over the market. In lieu of graphic sex, exploitation films in this era leaned on violence to give the audience the sick thrills they were looking for. These two films are basically the last gasp, the final push on the envelope of this genre towards more extreme, horror-oriented fare, and in this they were perhaps too extreme for the raincoat brigade. After their brief theatrical runs, both disappeared for decades until unearthed by Something Weird Video in the 2000s.

    THE RAVAGER was the brainchild of Belgian cinematic weirdo Charles Nizet, whose life was as bizarre as any film he made. But THE RAVAGER is perhaps his craziest movie, and stars Pierre Agostino, a regular in the films of Ray Dennis Steckler from the same period, as a PTSD stricken Vietnam vet with a peculiar kink for peeking on couples making love and then blowing them to smithereens with homemade bombs.

    THE BUSHWHACKER was made by longtime exploitation maven Byron Mabe, who directed the classic SHE-FREAK. After their plane goes down somewhere in the deserts of the American southwest, a party of one alpha male and three lusty ladies are pursued through wild by an insane, coonskin-cap-wearing killer, who has an insatiable taste for female flesh.

    Both films occupy a strange space somewhere between the roughies of the 1960s and the slasher films of the late 1970s and early 80s. Which probably explains why they were MIA for so many years. American Arcana is proud to present these unique exploitation films on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, uncut and taken from the best available elements straight from the Something Weird Archives.

    LIMITED EDITION FEATURES

    Reversible cover, both sides unique to this release
    Booklet with brand new essay on THE RAVAGER by Cinema Sewer's Robin Bougie
    Postcards reproducing rare ad art for both films

    DISC FEATURES

    1080p presentation of both film taken from 2K scans of rare 35mm prints
    Missing gore scene(in SD) from THE BUSHWHACKER reinstated, making this the most complete version of this film ever presented on video
    Trailers for both films
    A selection of trailers from the SWV Vaults
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    Don't forget - the LE blu for this goes up for pre-order tomorrow at 9 am Pacific Time, only at mondomacabro.bigcartel.com!

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    This is on sale now! Not selling as well as DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE (which was expected), only 350 or so gone as of now.

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    People need to get in on this action while they can. This disc kicks ass.
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    People need to get in on this action while they can. This disc kicks ass.
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    I'll buy BUSHWHACKER in March, unless it's sold out by then.

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