"Independent British distributors Arrow Video have revealed that they are preparing a box set of films directed by Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk. The box set is to be released as part of the Arrow Academy series in Spring 2014.
The box set will contain new restorations of Contes immoraux (Immoral Tales, 1974) and La Bête (The Beast, 1975), as well as five more short films.
Acclaimed director Terry Gilliam is also fronting a Kickstarter campaign to restore Borowczyk's classic 1968 film Goto, l'île d'amour (Goto, Island of Love). Speaking about the Polish artist and filmmaker's work Gilliam noted: "They activate a part of my brain that very few other things do…I haven't seen any of these films in probably thirty or forty years, but they all have stuck with me. He needs to be restored and the world needs to be reminded."
Until now the majority of Borowczyk's early films have been unavailable. However, earlier this year writer, documentary filmmaker and producer of the upcoming box set Daniel Bird secured the permission of his widow Ligia Borowczyk to restore nine short films and two feature films, including Le théâtre de Monsieur & Madame Kabal (The Theatre of Mr and Mrs Kabal, 1967) and Blanche (1971).
The restorations were completed at Deluxe laboratories, London, under the supervision of leading film restorer James White. This will be the first time that many of these films will be available in any home video format in any territory.
Born in Poland in 1923, where he studied painting and sculpture before establishing himself as a poster artist during the late 1950s, Borowczyk emigrated to France in 1959 where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. With films such as Renaissance (1963) and Rosalie (1966), Borowczyk played a major part in getting animated film recognized as a serious art form."