On 27th July 101 Films will give Split Second (1992) a definitive Blu-ray release.

Title 015 on the 101 Films Black Label, this dark, dystopian thriller stars Rutger Hauer as a veteran detective on the trail of a serial killer in a rainswept future London. Co-starring Alastair Duncan and Kim Cattrall and supported by a host of legendary British character actors, this comprehensive package includes a newly-restored version of the film, over two hours of brand new interviews with the cast and filmmakers, a new commentary, specially commissioned artwork, the full Japanese cut in SD and extensive archive extras.

Also included in this limited edition version is a booklet with new writing on the making of the film, and on the career of Rutger Hauer, featuring contributions and memories of the iconic actor from some of his closest collaborators, including Jan de Bont, Ridley Scott, Gary Sherman, and Paul Verhoeven.

The year is 2008, and heavy rainfall has flooded large areas of London. Rookie police officer Dick Durkin (Alastair Duncan) is assigned to partner maverick Harley Stone (Rutger Hauer), a burnt-out and highly cynical homicide detective who was unable to prevent the murder of his partner by a serial killer three years earlier. Following a spate of murders it appears that the killer has returned, and Stone and Durkin are assigned to the case. After investigating the scenes of several slayings they appear no closer to identifying the killer, but a mysterious connection to Stone keeps the trail warm. As each gruesome murder draws the detectives closer to the killer, the killer gets closer to them, until they must finally confront the true evil that lurks below the streets of London.

I’m old enough to have seen (and enjoyed) this one on its original release, so I am definitely looking forward to the disc – a Limited Edition version that comes with booklet and slipcase, limited to 3000 copies:

Brand New Extras

• High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, newly scanned, restored and colour graded in 4K from the 35MM internegative

• Audio Commentary by action film historian Mike Leeder and filmmaker Arne Venema

• “Great Big Bloody Guns!” Producer Laura Gregory & Actor Alastair (Neil) Duncan on Split Second (HD, 27:25)

• “Call Me Mr. Snips!” An Interview with Composer Stephen W. Parsons (HD, 22:21)

• “Stay In Line!” An Interview with Line Producer Laurie Borg (HD, 23:02)

• “More Blood!” An Interview with Creature Effects Designer Cliff Wallace (HD, 32:03)

• “Shoot Everything!” An Interview with Cinematographer Clive Tickner (HD, 18:57)

• Limited edition booklet: Includes Monster Mash: Making Split Second by Scott Harrison, and Behind Blue Eyes: Rutger Hauer, Unlikely Action Star by Phillip Escott

• Newly commissioned artwork by Keith Robinson

Additional Extras

• Original 1992 Split Second “Making of” featurette featuring interviews with stars Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair (Neil) Duncan, Michael J. Pollard, Writer Gary Scott Thompson and more! (SD, 6:12)

• Original 1992 behind the scenes feature featuring effects creator Stephen Norrington, cast and crew (SD, 3:31)

• Split Second Japanese Cut, full frame with burnt-in Japanese subtitles (SD, 95:00)

• Deleted Scenes from the Japanese Cut (English, burnt-in Japanese subtitles) (SD, 4:30)

• 7 Promotional TV Clips (SD)

• U.S. VHS Home Video Promo (SD, 2:55)

• Theatrical Trailer (SD, 2:12)

Here’s a trailer for you as well…

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle