Good news, everyone!
Arrow Video has acknowledged that the missing 6 seconds after the opening titles on ZOMBIE FLESH-EATERS (y'know, Lucio Fulci's ZOMBI 2) was a casualty of them using seamless branching for the first time, and have - after much good natured pestering - finally said that they'll fix it on subsequent pressings. In short, soon, the Arrow Video release will be the best version possible. Arrow Video, you finally made it to the top goddamn tier on this one!
Oh right, the bad news: They're NOT planning to replace anyone's current copies. Ouch.
Keep in mind that their initial reaction was "Psh, it's nowhere near six seconds long, and we've already spent a goddamn fortune. GET OVER IT." The fact that such a stunning, loving, and otherwise grandiose presentation of a movie I do legitimately like the hell out of was let down by a minor authoring glitch was something even I was willing to overlook (financially, if nothing else!), and seeing them finally cop to the fact that they done fuk'd up and will - eventually - fix it was heartwarming.
The fact that they'll make me purchase another copy to get those six seconds back? Not really helping the "New and Improved!" Arrow Video theme so much. Evidently they've finally ditched that PR company that ran their forum for a few years now, which means the Cult Lab Mods might be a bit less... enthusiastic, going forward. But it also means that Arrow Video might well step in a big pile of not-giving-a-fuck going forward too, since they no longer have anyone to tell them "The Beyond is a fucking train-wreck, and you aren't helping by promising a BD-50 on the box. Fix it up as best you can and offer replacements, now."
Still excited by Arrow Video's upcoming 2013 slate. Doesn't mean the above info isn't a shitty way to start the new years, though. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.
UPDATE #2: And at last, Arrow Video has pulled the stick out of their asses and promised that anyone willing to send in their original "faulty" disc will get a complimentary replacement.
See, Arrow? It's not that hard to stop sucking at everything! GREAT JOB!
And, yes, everything I said yesterday stands: Arrow Video did a shitty thing, and taking it back after your entire customer base tells you to fuck off with it doesn't undo your 24 hours of douchebaggery. But I'll strike it out anyway, so people don't stumble upon it a week later and then start flipping tables or something.