Arrow Video

Basket Case Blu ray

Product Number: 760137820680


Publisher: Arrow Video

The feature debut of director Frank Henenlotter (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker), 1982’s Basket Case is a riotous and blood-spattered “midnight movie” experience, now immortalized in a lavish 4K restoration by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Duane Bradley seems like a pretty ordinary guy. His formerly conjoined twin Belial, on the other hand, is a deformed creature who lives in a wicker basket. Arriving in the Big Apple and taking up a room at a seedy hotel, the pair set about hunting down and butchering the surgeons responsible for their separation.

Filmed on a shoestring budget against the backdrop of 1980s New York (where it played on the midnight movie circuit for over two-and-a-half years), Basket Case has clawed its way from its humble origins to become one of the most celebrated cult movies of all time.


4K restoration from the original 16mm negative by MoMA

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

Original uncompressed PCM mono audio restored from the original 35mm magnetic tracks

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Audio commentary with writer/director Frank Henenlotter and star Kevin VanHentenryck

Archival audio commentary with Frank Henenlotter, producer Edgar Ievins, actress Beverly Bonner and filmmaker Scooter McRae

Basket Case 3-1/2: An Interview with Duane Bradley – short film by Frank Henenlotter

Me and the Bradley Boys – an interview with actor Kevin VanHentenryck

A Brief Interview with Director Frank Henenlotter – a strange 2017 interview with the director

Seeing Double: The Basket Case Twins – an interview with actresses Florence and Maryellen Schultz

Blood, Basket and Beyond – an interview with actress Beverly Bonner

The Latvian Connection – featurette including interviews with producer Edgar Ievins, casting person/actress Ilze Balodis, associate producer/special effects artist Ugis Nigals and Belial performer Kika Nigals

Belial Goes to the Drive-In – an interview with film critic Joe Bob Briggs

Basket Case at MoMA – footage from the 2017 restoration premiere

What’s in the Basket? – feature-length documentary covering the three films in the Basket Case series

In Search of the Hotel Broslin – archival location featurette

The Frisson of Fission: Basket Case, Conjoined Twins, and ‘Freaks’ in Cinema – a video essay by Travis Crawford

Slash of the Knife (1976, 30 mins) – rarely seen short made by Frank Henenlotter featuring many of the same actors from Basket Case, including optional audio commentary with Frank Henenlotter and playwright Mike Bencivenga

Basket Case and Slash of the Knife outtakes

Belial’s Dream (2017, 5 mins) – animated short by filmmaker Robert Morgan

Extensive Image Galleries

Trailers, TV & Radio Spots

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck

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