The Driller Killer (1979) (Blu-ray + DVD)

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In a career that has encompassed such controversial classics as Ms. 45, Bad Lieutenant and Welcome to New York, none of Abel Ferrara's films have quite managed to match the shock, extremity and downright notorious nature of The Driller Killer.

Ferrara plays struggling artist Reno, a man pushed to the edge by the economic realities of New York living in the late seventies and the No Wave band practising in the apartment below. His grip on reality soon begins to slip and he takes to stalking the streets with his power tool in search of prey...

One of the most infamous 'video nasties', in part thanks to its drill-in-head sleeve, The Driller Killer has lost none of its power to unnerve and is presented here fully uncut.

Special Features

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative of the never-before-seen pre-release version and the theatrical cut
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations in both 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 aspect ratios
  • Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
  • 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
  • Laine and Abel: An Interview with the Driller Killer, a 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., Ferrara's feature-length 2010 documentary portrait of the New York location that has played a key role in his life and work, available on home video in the UK for the first time ever
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil


  • Year: 1979
  • Format: Blu-ray + DVD, Colour
  • Language: English (LPCM Mono 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH
  • Region: FREE
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 1.37:1
  • Classification: 18
  • Run Time: 101 / 96 minutes
  • More info: External


The Driller Killer gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Arrow. It is dual-layered with a supportive bitrate for the 16mm negative (35mm - printed - blown-up) feature. It looks very film-like with beautiful grain texture. The 4K restoration is impressive. Audio is transferred via a faithful linear PCM mono track at 768 kbps (16-bit) in the original English. - 4/5