Arrow Video have had quite the year. Be it in their major celebration of the work of Brian De Palma, their elevation of Andrey Konchalovskiy’s Runaway Train from late-night curiosity to bona-fide masterpiece via a Criterion-level home video release or in their newly relaunched Arrow Academy line, the boutique DVD and Blu-ray label have been one of the great mainstays of 2013.
Now the company are turning to Kickstarter to give an upcoming release extra special treatment. In 2014 Arrow are releasing a box-set celebrating the work of Polish-filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk. Set to comprise of 14 shorts and five features, the Kickstarter campaign has been set up to fund the restoration of one of the films in the set, Goto, l’île d’amour of which there currently only exists a standard definition transfer.
Here’s the campaign video, which is fronted by Terry Gilliam.
With the promise of copies of the finished product destined for the hands of those who fund the project, one can’t help but wonder if this is the ideal future model for the more obscure physical home video release. The amount of money put forward for the box-set by any potential funders is essentially the same as one would pay through tradition retail channels when a disc goes on sale, but if this means that riskier material could be ensured of worthwhile sales in the face of a market facing competition from alternative channels of distribution then Arrow’s solution for Goto, l’île d’amour might prove positively prophetic.
The Kickstarter for Goto, l’île d’amour can be found here.