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Last week, Lionsgate surprised horror fans with the announcement that they were resurrecting classic VHS label Vestron Video, in the form of a new line of Blu-Ray discs bearing the defunct label’s name and logo. Among the titles Lionsgate slated for release was C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the Chud, an almost universally hated, in-name only sequel to the 1984 cult classic C.H.U.D. At the time, many wondered why the first film wasn’t coming too, and now those folks have their answer.

Arrow Video – a formerly U.K.-only genre distributor that recently brought their talents to the U.S. – has announced plans to release the original C.H.U.D. to Blu-Ray for the first time. For those unfamiliar, C.H.U.D. (short for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) stars Home Alone veterans Daniel Stern and John Heard as two men out to uncover the truth behind a rash of attacks and disappearances on the homeless population of New York City. When dedicated Captain Bosch’s wife goes missing too, he also ends up on the case, uncovering a conspiracy to cover up the truth

Also heading to Blu-Ray courtesy of Arrow are the 1979 Abel Ferrara-directed “video nasty” The Driller Killer, and the generally well-regarded 1984 slasher The Initiation, starring then-future TV star Daphne Zuniga. None of the three films have final release dates yet, but Arrow has provided the full list of extra for each, which can be seen below. Between Scream Factory killing it, Vestron returning, and Arrow attempting to take over the states, this may be the best time ever to be an HD-loving horror fan.

C.H.U.D. Blu-Ray cover

C.H.U.D.

  • Brand new restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by director Douglas Cheek, writer Shepard Abbott, and actors John Heard, Daniel Stern and Christopher Curry
  • Brand new crew interviews
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film

The Driller Killer Blu-Ray cover

The Driller Killer

  • Brand new restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by director and star Abel Ferrara, moderated by Brad Stevens (author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision) and recorded exclusively for this release
  • Brand new interview with Ferrara
  • Willing and Abel: Ferraraology 101, a new visual essay guide to the films and career of Ferrara by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Cultographies: Ms. 45
  • Mulberry St. (2010), Ferrara’s feature-length documentary portrait of the New York location that has played a key role in his life and work
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Michael Pattison and Brad Stevens

The Initiation Blu-Ray Cover

The Initation

  • Brand new restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues
  • Brand new interview with actor Christopher Bradley
  • Brand new interview with actress Joy Jones
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver