Blu-ray Release: Black Rainbow

Blu-ray Release Date: Available now
Price: Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Arrow/MVD

Mike Hodges (Flash GordonGet Carter) wrote and directed the 1989 supernatural chiller Black Rainbow as a meditation on the human race’s ability to destroy the world, a gothic tale of suspense and the occult, guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.

Martha Travis (Rosanna Arquette, Pulp Fiction) is a travelling clairvoyant on the road with her sceptic father (Jason Robards, Once Upon a Time in the West). During a séance Martha communicates a message from a dead man to his wife in the audience. Shocked the wife insists her husband is still alive. Later that evening the husband is killed by a ruthless assassin. As Martha foresees more and more tragic events, journalist Gary Wallace (Tom Hulse, Animal House) follows the pair in pursuit of a hot story with catastrophically eerie results.

Sent direct to cable by its struggling distributor on initial release, Black Rainbow unfairly never got the exposure it deserved, newly restored from the original negative audiences can now discover the darkness at the end of the rainbow, as never before.


  Brand new restoration from the original negative approved by writer-director Mike Hodges
  Original stereo 2.0 PCM uncompressed audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound options
  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  New audio commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
  Archival audio commentary by Mike Hodges
  Message in a Bottle: Archival ‘Making of’ documentary
  Archival interviews with Jason Robards, Tom Hulce, Rosanna Arquette
  Archival featurettes ‘8 Minutes’; ‘Disasters’; ‘Seeing the Future’; ‘Behind the Rainbow’ featuring interviews with Hodges, Arquette, Robards, producer John Quested including behind-the-scenes imagery
  Trailer
  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.