18 posts categorized "BLU-RAY"

May 08, 2017

Kino Lorber Studio Classics — June 2017 Home Video Releases

Kino Lorber Studio Classics 
Announces its June 2017 Home Video Releases
Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Blake Edwards' Curse of the Pink Panther and Son of the Pink Panther, Inspector Clouseau Starring Alan Arkin, Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, Brannigan Starring John Wayne, The Hound of the Baskervilles Starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, Hal Ashby's 8 Million Ways to Die, The Complete Series of Larry Cohen's 1967 TV Espionage Thriller Coronet Blue
And More Coming to Home Video from Kino Lorber Studio Classics in June 2017
 
 
 
 
New York, NY — May 8, 2017 -- Kino Lorber Studio Classics proudly announces its home video releases for June 2017.
 
Streeting on Blu-ray and DVD June 6th is Ridley Scott's 1492 Conquest of Paradise (1992), which tells the epic story of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World, starring Gerard Depardieu and Sigourney Weaver. This edition features audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson, and includes deleted scenes.
 
Streeting on DVD June 13th are Brannigan (1975), starring John Wayne as a Chicago policeman sent to London to bring back a crime boss; Sam Peckinpah's action-packed Western classic Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), featuring audio commentary by film historians Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons, David Wedlle and Nick Redman; the action thriller Runaway Train (1985) starring Jon Voight and Eric Roberts; the Charles Bronson Western From Noon Till Three (1976); and the Hammer classic The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee (which also includes a special featurette with Christopher Lee).
 
Hal Ashby's 8 Million Ways to Die (1986) starring Jeff Bridges and Rosanna Arquette streets on Blu-ray and DVD June 20th, with special features including an interview with star Andy Garcia, an interview with star Rosanna Arquette, an interview with star Alexandra Paul, an interview with writer Lawrence Block, and audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson. 
 
The complete series of Larry Cohen's TV espionage thriller Coronet Blue (1967) street on DVD June 20th. This series, which starred Frank Converse and Joe Silver, and featured guest stars such as Candice Bergen, David Carradine, Roy Scheider, Jon Voight, and Billy Dee Williams, comes in a four-disc set featuring an interview with show creator Larry Cohen.
 
Also streeting June 20th is a 2-disc double feature set of the 1960s animated adventure classics Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1968) on Blu-ray and DVD. Special features on Thunderbirds Are Go! include audio commentary with producer Sylvia Andersion and director David Lane, audio commentary by film historians Jeff Bond and Nick Redman, "History and Appeal" Featurette, "Factory of Dolls and Rockets" Featurette, "Epics in Miniature" Featurette, and the theatrical trailer. Special features on Thunderbird 6 include audio commentary with producer Sylvia Andersion and director David Lane, audio commentary by filmmaker Greg Ford and cartoon writer William Hohauser, "Lady Penelope" Featurette, "Building Better Puppets" Featurette, "Tiger Moth" Featurette, and the theatrical trailer.
 
On June 27th, Blake Edwards' Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), starring Ted Wass, David Niven and Robert Wagner, including an interview with Ted Wass as a bonus feature; and Son of the Pink Panther (1993), starring Roberto Benigni, with special features including audio commentary by Jason Simos of the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society, two deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and the extended alternate trailer, will both become available on Blu-ray, along with Inspector Clouseau (1968), directed by Bud Yorkin and starring Alan Arkin in the title role, with audio commentary by film historian William Patrick Maynard as a bonus feature.
 
Also streeting on Blu-ray and DVD June 27th are the sci-fi musical The Apple (1980), with special features including audio commentary by star Catherine Mary Stewart, moderated by film historian Nathaniel Thompson, an on-camera interview with star Catherine Mary Stewart, deleted scene still gallery, and the original theatrical trailer; and John Boorman's adventure classic Hell in the Pacific (1968), starring Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune, with special features including an interview with director John Boorman, an alternate ending, audio commentary by film historians Travis Crawford and Bill Ackerman, and an interview with art director Anthony Pratt.

December 01, 2016

Kino Lorber 2016 Home Video Highlights and Gift Guide

 

Pioneers of African-American Cinema
(5 Disc Blu-ray / DVD)

"This very special collection illuminates one of the most fascinating and unjustly neglected corners of American movie history. Every film included in Pioneers of African-American Cinema has been lovingly restored, and every one is essential viewing."
Martin Scorsese

This collection of the works of America's legendary first African-American filmmakers is the only one of its kind. Funded in part by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the packaged set includes no fewer than a dozen feature-length films and nearly twice as many shorts and rare fragments. Subject matter includes race issues that went unaddressed by Hollywood for decades. 
 
Blu-ray: $99.95
DVD: $79.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
 
Moana With Sound
(Blu-ray & DVD)
 

New 2K Restoration
Produced by Bruce Posner

In 1924, documentary film pioneers Robert and Frances Flaherty and family traveled to the Samoan island of Savaii to record the native life and make a film that would try to match the success of Nanook of the North. Restored in 2K with native sounds and traditional songs that Flahertys daughter recorded over a half-century after they shot it, Monica Flaherty's Moana with Sound is a beautiful work of docufiction and an important piece of film history.

Special features include documentaries, interviews, and Robert Flaherty's 1925 "city symphony", 24 Dollar Island.

Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $24.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
 
Fritz Lang's Destiny
(Blu-ray & DVD)  
 

New 2K Restoration from the
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung

A young woman (Lil Dagover) confronts the personification of Death (Bernhard Goetzke), in an effort to save the life of her fiance (Walter Janssen). Death weaves three romantic tragedies and offers to unite the girl with her lover, if she can prevent the death of the lovers in at least one of the episodes. Thus begin three exotic scenarios of ill-fated love, in which the woman must somehow reverse the course of destiny: Persia, Quattrocento Venice, and a fancifully rendered ancient China. 

Includes audio commentary with film historian Tim Lucas, Comparison of B&W/Color Footage, re-release trailer
 
Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $24.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
Cosmos
(Blu-ray & DVD)
The late Andrzej Zulawski's final film, a literary adaptation suffused with his trademark freneticism, transforms Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz's novel of the same name into an ominous and manic exploration of desire. 

Special Features: Audio Commentary by historian Daniel Bird, Booklet Essay by Critic Glenn Kenny, Making-of Featurette, Video essay by filmmaker David Cairns, International Trailer, Theatrical Trailer, Introduction by producer Paulo Branco and director Andrzej Zulawski.
 
Blu-ray: $34.95
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
 
The Bureau: Season One (3 Disc DVD)

Based on real-life accounts by former French spies, The Bureau tells the story of a man torn between love and loyalty, in a world where a single lie can kill. When French intelligence officer Guillaume "Malotru" Debailly (Mathieu Kassovitz) returns to Paris after six years as an undercover agent in Syria, he struggles to reconnect with his daughter, ex-wife, colleagues and even, his old self. But after learning that his lover in Syria (Nadia, played by Zineb Triki), is now in Paris, Guillaume breaks agency rules and approaches her as the man he was in Damascus: Paul Lefebvre. As Guillaume begins living a double life, he opens himself up (and DGSE) to new and unprecedented dangers.

DVD: $49.95
Street Date: December 6, 2016
 
 
Deutschland 83
(3 Disc DVD Set)  

2016 International Emmy Award-Winner: Best Drama

Notable as the first German-language TV series to air in the US, this groundbreaking show was a smash-hit when it aired on SundanceTV last summer. A coming-of-age story within a suspenseful thriller, set against the real events, culture wars and political realities of Germany in the 1980s, the series is told from the point of view of a 23-year-old East German soldier who goes undercover in West Germany and encounters a different way of life through his experiences.

This DVD includes all 8 episodes, plus interviews with the show's cast and creators.
 
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
Daisy Kenyon
(Blu-ray)
Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce), Dana Andrews (Boomerang) and Henry Fonda (The Ox-Bow Incident) deliver dazzling performances in this highly polished and slick love triangle directed by the great Otto Preminger (Laura). Daisy Kenyon (Crawford) is a lovelorn commercial artist caught in a romantic triangle with two men - one she loves but cannot have and one whose love she cannot return.

Featuring stunning black-and-white cinematography by legendary award-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy (Leave Her to Heaven, The King and I, Cleopatra)..

Blu-ray: $29.95
Street Date: Now available
 
 
Boomerang
(Blu-ray)
 
Iconic director Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront) garnered critical acclaim for this vividly portrayed, suspenseful 1947 true crime drama set in Connecticut, where the true events actually happened. When a beloved priest is gunned down, the local police chief (Lee J. Cobb, Man of the West) is under enormous pressure to find his murderer.

Also starring Dana Andrews (Daisy Kenyon), Arthur Kennedy (Elmer Gantry), Jane Wyatt (Pitfall), Sam Levene (The Killers) and Ed Begley (12 Angry Men) - Boomerang is gripping film noir entertainment from start to finish.

Blu-ray: $29.95
Street Date: Now available
 
 
The House on 92nd Street (Blu-ray)
The great Henry Hathaway (23 Paces to Baker Street) directed this classic film noir set in New York City during World War II - The House On 92nd Street is a riveting spy thriller. Reporting to FBI counterterrorist agent George Briggs (Lloyd Nolan, Somewhere in the Night), William Dietrich (William Eythe, Wing and a Prayer) becomes a double agent in order to infiltrate a cell of German spies gathering information about construction of the atom bomb. 

The great cast includes Signe Hasso (The Seventh Cross), Gene Lockhart (Meet John Doe) and Leo G. Carroll (Spellbound).
 
Blu-ray: $29.95
Street Date: Now available
 
Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Blu-ray/ DVD)   

Screen legends Walter Matthau (The Laughing Policeman) and Robert Shaw (Figures in a Landscape) team up with Martin Balsam (After the Fox) and Hector Elizondo (Cuba) to deliver a sure-fire entertainment that's gripping and exciting from beginning to end and is guaranteed to give you the ride of your life. 

Special features include Interview with star Hector Elizondo | Interview with Composer David Shire | Interview with Editor Gerald B. Greenberg | Audio Commentary by Actor/Filmmaker Pat Healy and Film Programmer/Historian Jim Healy | "Trailers From Hell" with Josh Olson | Animated Montage of Stills and Posters

Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95

Street Date: Now Available
 
 
Canadian Pacific
(Blu-ray & DVD)

Newly restored in HD! Western legend Randolph Scott (Western Union, The Cariboo Trail) is Tom Andrews, a man desperately trying save the railroad with the help of demolitions expert, Dynamite Dawson (J. Carrol Naish, Sahara). Opposing them is a band of trappers headed by Dirk Rourke (Victor Jory, The Miracle Worker) who sabotages the railroad construction and incites the local Indians to rebel against the project.

Special features include a documentary on the film's restoration, excerpts from an original 16mm CineColor print, and a rare short feature for 8mm home screening of the film

Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
 
The Cariboo Trail
(Blu-ray & DVD)
Newly restored in HD! Western icon Randolph Scott (Western Union, Canadian Pacific) co-stars with Bill Williams (TV's The Adventures of Kit Carson) as cowboys leading a small herd of cattle from Montana to the Northwest Territories, one looking for rangeland the other for gold. While driving their cattle along The Caribou Trail, the two men encounter a toll bridge run by the local cattle king (Victor Jory, The Miracle Worker) and his henchmen. But when the men refuse to pay the toll, their cattle is stampeded and all hell breaks loose in this action-packed western that has it all.

Special features include restoration documentary and rare short feature for 8mm home screening of the film

 Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
 
Fastball
(Blu-ray & DVD) 
Narrated by Kevin Costner
 
While players, historians, and scientists might disagree on who was actually the fastest pitcher in history - and yes, the film does the physics and concludes with a clear verdict - Fastball tells the story of the game itself. FASTBALL dives headfirst into the history of America's pastime, dissecting the science and emotions behind the game's most infamous pitch. Featuring interviews with baseball greats including Hank Aaron and Derek Jeter, FASTBALL sets out to answer the questions, who threw the fastest pitch and how?
 
Exclusive bonus features include extended interviews, outtakes from Hall of Famers George Brett, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Al Kaline, and Tony Gwynn and the extended story of legend and myth, Steve Dalkowski.
          
Blu-ray: $34.95
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
 


Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (DVD)  

The world knows Paul Newman as an Academy Award winning actor with a fifty-plus year career as one of the most prolific and revered actors in American Cinema. He was also well known for his philanthropy; Newman's Own has given more than four hundred and thirty million dollars to charities around the world. Yet few know the gasoline-fueled passion that became so important in this complex, multifaceted man's makeup. Newman's deep seeded passion for racing was so intense it nearly sidelined his acting career. His racing career spanned thirty-five years; Newman won four national championships as a driver and eight championships as an owner. Not bad for a guy who didn't even start racing until he was forty-seven years old.
 
Special Features:
Adam Carolla interviews with Mario Andretti, Patrick Dempsey, Jay Leno, Graham Rahal, and Bob Sharp

Adam Carolla restores Paul Newman's 1985 GT-1 Championship car
 
Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95

Street Date: Now Available
 
 
 
Awake: The Life of Yogananda (DVD)

Awake: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today (apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad). Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west, and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of Self-realization.

DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available

 
Sweet Bean
(DVD)
 

Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on

Bonus Feature: Lies (2015),
 a short film by Naomi Kawase
 
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
  On Meditation
(DVD)
On Meditation is a compilation of portraits that explore the deeply personal practice of meditation in all its myriad forms. Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is at once profound and simple: the focused attempt to move beyond conditioned thinking into a deeper state of awareness. Yet, what does that path, one of the inner journey, which is above all a private, interior one really look like? On Meditation conveys first-hand experiences of those who have developed meaningful practices and are willing to share their experiences. From teachers to everyday people to celebrities, the subjects of On Meditation offer a rare glimpse into the private insights and rituals of its subjects.

DVD extras include deleted scenes and guided meditations, trailer, Voucher for HD Digital Copy
 
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: December 6, 2016
 
 
Victoria
(Blu-ray & DVD)

Shot in a single, uninterrupted take, Victoria, a young woman from Madrid who meets four local guys outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends are real Berliners who promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these boys have got themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favour that needs repaying that evening. As Victoria's flirtation with Sonne begins developing into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. As the night rolls on, what started out as a good time, quickly spirals out of control. As dawn approaches, Victoria and Sonne realize: it's all or nothing and they abandon themselves to a heart-stopping journey into the depths of the night.
 
Blu-ray: $34.95
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now available
 
Gog 3-D
(Blu-ray)
 

Newly restored in HD and 3-D! In a remote, underground research laboratory two scientists, engaged in space travel research, are frozen to death in a cold chamber when their instruments comes under the control of an unknown power. A security agent, Dr. David Sheppard (Richard Egan, The 300 Spartans) arrives at the secret space research base, home of two experimental robots to investigate the possible sabotage. Early in his investigation, Sheppard finds that the underground laboratory under the control of the Supercomputer NOVAC and experimental robots GOG and MAGOG. 

Blu-ray Extras Include Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek and David Schecter.
 
Blu-ray: $34.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
 

Bernardo Bertolucci's Luna (Blu-ray & DVD)

Legendary filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor) directed this controversial drama starring the great Jill Clayburgh (Starting Over). Luna explores the troubled life of Joe Silveri, a teenager (Matthew Barry, The Wraith) and his troubling relationship with his parents, including an incestuous liaison with his mother. After witnessing his father's suicide, mother and son decide to move to Italy. Joe falls in with the wrong crowd and becomes addicted to heroin. Caterina, hoping to lure her son back to a healthier and safer lifestyle, tries to become closer to him, which leads to flirtation and incest.
 
Special Features: On-Camera Interview with Director Bernardo Bertolucci | Interview with Actor Matthew Barry | Audio Commentary by Star Matthew Barry and Filmmaker Elijah Drenner | Audio Commentary by Filmmaker/Writer Howard S. Berger and Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson | Original Theatrical Trailer

 Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
 
 
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
(2 Disc Blu-ray)
Mastered in 2k from the
35mm Restoration by the
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung

Inspired by the epic thrillers of Louis Feuillade (Les Vampires) and Joe May (The Indian Tomb), Fritz Lang crafted an epic drama revolving around a diabolical hypnotist, master of disguise, and criminal genius: Dr. Mabuse. Populated with henchmen, heroes, and femme fatales, punctuated with elaborate action sequences, and set against a backdrop of Weimar-era European decadence, DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER had an unmistakable influence on all the espionage thrillers that followed in its wake.

Includes a 3-part documentary on the making and restoration of the film
 
Blu-ray: $39.95
DVD: $29.95 
Street Date: Now available
 
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
(Blu-ray)
 

Leave it to legendary funnyman Gene Wilder (Blazing Saddles) to write, direct, and star in an uproarious Sherlock Holmes mystery film spoof that goes far beyond the scope of elementary comedies. After spending decades living in the shadow of his more famous and successful sibling, Consulting Detective Sigerson Holmes (Wilder) is called upon to help solve a crucial case that leads him on a hilarious trail of false identities, stolen documents, secret codes and exposed backsides. Featuring an outrageous ensemble cast that includes Madeline Kahn (High Anxiety) as the seductive singer, Marty Feldman (Young Frankenstein) as Holmes' bug-eyed assistant, and Dom DeLuise (History of the World: Part I) as an eccentric opera star turned blackmailer, this fun-filled caper packs a slew of clues and loads of laughs which The New York Times called "A Charming Slapstick Comedy". 

Includes Audio Commentary by Star/Writer/Director Gene Wilder
 
Blu-ray: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
 

Haunted Honeymoon
 (Blu-ray & DVD)

 

 
Newly Re-mastered in HD! What do you get when you combine three of Hollywood's most hysterical talents with a creaky old castle and a werewolf legend? An amiable, kinky blend of hijinks and horror that'll leave you howling with laughter! Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein), Gilda Radner (Hanky Panky) and Dom DeLuise (Silent Movie) star in this ingenious, amusing horror comedy that'll put a smile on your face - and keep it there. At the mansion of his great aunt Kate (DeLuise), Larry (Wilder) is undergoing a psychological procedure designed to rid him of his irrational phobias... by frightening them right out of him! But the jolts and frights may turn out to be the least of his problems when Kate names him her sole heir. Suddenly, the entire family seems a little too vigorous in participating in his therapy - leading Larry to believe that one of his jealous kin may be murderous... and that another may be a werewolf. 
 
 Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
 
 
The DePatie-Freleng Collection Vol. 1
(5 Disc Blu-ray or DVD Set)
The Inspector: The screen's most comically inept detective wreaks havoc on the boulevards of Paris as he, with the help of his sidekick Deux Deux, wages a single-minded (and narrow-sighted) battle for justice. (34 Cartoons/2 Discs) | Roland and Rattfink: The timeless melodramatic tradition of duelling polar opposites became the foundation of many an animated conflict, but never were Good and Evil so stylistically rendered as in the R&R cartoons. (17 Cartoons) | The Ant and the Aardvark: A&A revived the timeless cartoon conflict of predator and prey, and modernized it with an irreverent sense of humor and a splashy color palette emblematic of the late 1960s and early 70s. (17 Cartoons) | Tijuana Toads: Like an amphibian Laurel & Hardy, TT revives the thin guy/fat guy formula for comedy, and endows it with a distinctive south-of-the-border flavor. Toads Pancho and El Toro engage in madcap mischief while seeking to advance themselves within the biological food chain. (17 Cartoons)

Special Features include documentaries and selected audio commentaries
 
Blu-ray: $79.95
DVD: $49.95 
Street Date: Now available
 
 

 

November 30, 2016

Cole's DVD Collectio

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November 01, 2016

FILMSTRUCK

FilmStruck has launched. This streaming collaboration between Kino Lorber, Criterion, and Turner Classic Movies is every film-lovers dream. This is going to be HUGE I tell ya!

May 05, 2015

Kino Lorber Releases "The Boys in the Band" Blu-ray

Kino Lorber
Kino Lorber Releases Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band
Directed by William Friedkin, on Blu-ray 

Groundbreaking classic makes its Blu-ray debut on June 16th packed with special features about the film and its legacy, and an audio commentary with the director
 
 
NEW YORK, NY - May 5, 2015 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray release of The Boys in the Band, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker William Friedkin (The French ConnectionThe ExorcistCruising) and based on the groundbreaking play by Mart Crowley about the personal dynamics between a group of gay men, living in late 1960s Manhattan, and the events that unfold when they come together to celebrate a friend's birthday.

Set to make its Blu-ray debut on June 16 from Kino Lorber's Studio Classics label, The Boys in the Band comes packed with special features including audio commentary by director William Friedkin and three featurettes about the play, the making of the film, and its legacy since its release more than 40 years ago. These featurettes include interviews with playwright Mart Crowley, director William Friedkin, executive producer Dominick Dunne, actors Laurence Luckinbill and Peter White, and playwright/screenwriter Tony Kushner (Angels in AmericaMunich), discussing the genesis, production and response to the play and the film. The Blu-ray will become available for pre-book on May 19, with a SRP of $29.95

Director William Friedkin and playwright Mart Crowley serve up the acclaimed, groundbreaking film adapted from Crowley's hallmark off-Broadway play - a witty, perceptive and devastating look at the personal agendas and suppressed revelations swirling among a group of gay men in Manhattan. Harold (Leonard Frey) is celebrating a birthday, and his friend Michael (Kenneth Nelson) has drafted some friends to help commemorate the event. As the evening progresses, the alcohol flows, the knives come out, and Michael's demand that the group participate in a devious telephone game unleashes dormant and unspoken emotions in this iconic classic.

THE BOYS IN THE BAND

Director: William Friedkin

Cast: Kenneth Nelson, Frederick Combs, Cliff Gorman, Laurence Luckinbill  

Genre: Comedy-Drama

Blu-ray Pre-book Date: May 19, 2015

Blu-ray Street Date: June 16, 2015

Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Blu-ray UPC: 738329176525    

Technical Specs:

USA/1970/118 minutes/Color/1.85:1/Rated R

Special Features:

Audio Commentary by Director William Friedkin

ACT ONE: The Play - Featurette (14 minutes) 

ACT TWO: The Film - Featurette (25 minutes) 

ACT THREE: 40 Years of 'Boys in the Band' - Featurette (5 minutes)   

 
About Kino Lorber:  
With a library of 1,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including five Academy Award® nominated films in the last seven years. In addition, the company brings over 70 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases under its five house brands, distributes a growing number of third party labels, and is a direct digital distributor to all major platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Amazon, Vimeo, Fandor and others.
 

April 21, 2015

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep on Blu-ray

Adopt Films

Kino Lorber

 
Adopt Films and Kino Lorber Release Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep,
Palme d'Or Winner at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Available on Blu-ray and DVD May 5



"Ravishingly Beautiful." - Variety

"Mesmerizing." - The Washington Post

"An experience to remember." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"Stunning." - The Guardian

"...intricate, monumental and mysterious. This is masterfully staged and performed."
 -Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
 
NEW YORK, NY - April 21, 2015 - Adopt Films and Kino Lorber are proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of the critically acclaimed Palme d'Or award-winner WINTER SLEEP. Directed by the Turkish cinema master Nuri Bilge Ceylan, this enthralling, brilliantly photographed film won the top prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was Turkey's entrant in the Oscar® Best Foreign Language Film category. Ceylan's Once Upon A Time in Anatolia had shared the top prize at Cannes in 2011. WINTER SLEEP also won numerous awards at the Turkish Cinema Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Cinematography.

Following its acclaimed theatrical release by Adopt Films, opening at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York before moving on to key national markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Portland and Seattle, WINTER SLEEP comes to Blu-ray and DVD on May 5, 2015, with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray, and $29.95 for the DVD.

Set in the amazingly picturesque Cappadocia region in central Turkey,  the exterior scenes strikingly capture the remarkable topography a World Heritage site while the interior scenes bring Rembrandt to mind. A retired actor has inherited a small hotel where he is ensconced with his recently divorced sister, his much younger and growingly discontented wife. A seemingly trivial incident sets in motion a drama of personalities at odds with each other and the paths their lives have taken. The superb cast of actors quickly takes your attention and won't let it go.
 
WINTER SLEEP
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Genre: Drama
Turkey-France-Germany/in Turkish and English with English subtitles/196 minutes/NR/
Color/2.35:1/5.1 Surround Sound
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 5, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
Blu-ray UPC: 748252161420
DVD UPC: 748252161529

Artsploitation Films

 


Artsploitation Films Returns with a Vengeance

The Indie Distribution Company Announces a Diverse Slate of Genre Films
 
April 22, 2015 (Philadelphia, PA) - After a hiatus of 16 months, alternative North American film distribution company Artsploitation Films (www.artsploitation.com) has announced its upcoming summer line-up of international films. From the comedic to the horrific; the unsettling to the blood-curdling; and from the erotic to the controversial, the films showcase the best and most innovative genre movies the world has to offer.  
 
The announced selection of 10 titles begins June 9th with the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the German slasher film and film festival favorite DER SAMURAI and features films from 6 different countries. Showcased is a cross-dressing, samurai sword-wielding killer (DER SAMURAI); a middle-class snuff-making suburban couple (THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES); a group of cub scouts who should not have gone into the woods (CUB); a porno director’s bed-hopping search for his next female star (TRANSGRESSION); a young girl tormented by psycho-sexual dreams (HORSEHEAD); a money-desperate drug dealer who will stop at nothing (DEALER); a kidnapped woman more duplicitous than her abductors (RECKLESS); and, coming this Fall, a severed hand bent on bloody revenge…and bodily reunification (BLOODY KNUCKLES). And there is not a G–rated children’s film in the bunch!
 
There will be several limited theatrical releases (FEVER and DEATH IN BUENOS AIRES this summer) and most films will go out day and date on DVD/Blu-Ray and VOD. Artsploitation’s founder, Raymond Murray, sums up the company’s acquisitions philosophy as, “We seek entertaining and provocative films that encompass our admittedly left-of-center film esthetic. My goal is to find films that my team and I love but then the hard work begins: connecting each film with its targeted, often quite specialized audience. And remember, hundreds of fictional men, women and children have been killed, kidnapped, tormented, or have had their blood sucked out of them and the least we can do is connect their stories with their future fans.”
 
The slate of titles are below with more films to be announced in the coming weeks.

DER SAMURAI
(2014, Germany, Director: Till Kleinert)
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: June 9, 20015

A young police officer stalks a cross-dressing villain with a sword and a predilection for beheadings.

"A fantastic piece of cinema...beautiful and blood drenched."
- Ain't It Cool News

Bonus features:
Director's commentary
Making of featurette

THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES
(2013, USA, Directors: Jay Lee and Jim Roof)
DVD Release Date: June 16, 2015

This grisly horror-comedy follows a nice couple who happen to also be serial killers and snuff filmmakers.

"One of the greatest horror films of the century."
- Film Radar
 
Bonus features:
Director's commentary
Sizzle reel
Gag reel

HORSEHEAD
(2014, France, Director: Romain Basset)
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: June 23, 2015

A shocking horror-fantasy about a young woman haunted by nightmares involving a horse-man.

"Well acted, gorgeously and nightmarishly executed."
- Ain't It Cool News

Bonus features:
Making of featurette (60 minutes)
Four short films

THE TREATMENT
(2014, Belgium, Director: Hans Herbots)
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: July 7, 2015

A murder-mystery about a cop seeking a maniac who torments the parents before abducting their kids. Based on the international best seller by Mo Hayder.

"Exceptionally well made…incredibly creative and the twists come as huge surprises."
- Influx Magazine

Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/124133052

RECKLESS
(2014, Netherland, Directed by Joram Lürsen)
DVD Release Date: July 14, 2015

A wealthy beautiful woman is kidnapped by two ex-cons but their plan goes all wrong in this twisted thriller.  Based on 2009's The Disappearance of Alice Creed.

Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/124133699




TRANSGRESSION
(2014, France, Director: Jean-François Davy)
DVD Release Date: July 28, 2015

A semi-documentary about a seasoned French erotic filmmaker who goes on an unusual flesh and sex filled tour of Eastern Europe in search of his next leading lady.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/124357796

Bonus feature:
Director's cut of EXHIBITION, Jean-François Davy's 1975 documentary on the French porn industry.

CUB
(2014, Belgium, Director: Jonas Govaerts)
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: August 18, 2015

A camping trip turns into a carnage for a troop of cub scouts as a killer, aided by his feral young assistant, stalks them with deadly traps.

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l75j-JeFM1c

Festival screenings:
2014 Toronto International, 2014 Sitges Film Festival, 2014 London Film Festival

THE SUMMER HOUSE
(2014, Germany, Director: Curtis Burz)
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2015

A psycho-sexual drama in which a middle-aged family man’s sexual attraction to his daughter’s young friend threatens the stability of his family.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/120181262

DEATH IN BUENOS AIRES
(2014, Argentina,
Director: Natalia Meta)

DVD Release Date:
September 8, 2015

A rookie cop to goes undercover in Buenos Aires’ gay underworld to solve a murder in this crime thriller that was one of Argentina’s top grossing films of 2014.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-CB7GLfhMk

DEALER
(2014, France, Director: Jean-Luc Herbulot)
DVD Release Date: September 29, 2015

A stylish, violent thriller about a drug dealer who is thrown into an urban hell when a deal goes sour.

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re5e914SnQ8




April 13, 2015

Kino Lorber Studio Classics Announces its May Releases

 
   
       
 
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Kino Lorber Studio Classics Announces its May Releases

John Frankenheimer's The Train, Roger Corman's cult favorites The Premature Burial and X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs! and The Organization starring Sidney Poitier, and more to become available in May 2015 
NEW YORK, NY -- APRIL 13, 2015 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce its May releases on its Studio Classics label. These dozen hit films showcase some of Hollywood's biggest stars, such as Burt Lancaster, Mickey Rooney, Sidney Poitier, Ray Milland, Robert Vaughn, Yul Brynner and Martin Landau, and leading directors including John Frankenheimer, Roger Corman, Gordon Douglas and J. Lee Thompson.

Streeting on May 5 are John Frankenheimer's hit suspense thriller The Train (DVD only, $19.95), Roger Corman's war drama The Secret Invasion (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95), and the WWII thriller The McKenzie Break (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95) starring Brian Keith.

Roger Corman's cult hits The Premature Burial (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95) and X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95) both street on May 12, each packed with special features. Premature Burial includes an introduction to the film by Joe Dante, an on-camera interview with Roger Corman, and "Trailers from Hell" with Roger Corman, and X includes an introduction by Dante, two audio commentary tracks (one with Corman, the other with film historian Tim Lucas), the rare prologue, and "Trailers from Hell" with Mick Garris.

Also streeting on Blu-ray May 12 are They Call Me Mr. Tibbs! (Blu-ray only, $29.95) and The Organization (Blu-ray only, $29.95), the gripping sequels to the 1967 classic In the Heat of the Night, both starring Sidney Poitier.

Streeting May 26 are the martial arts classics Enter the Ninja (Blu-ray only, $29.95) and Revenge of the Ninja (Blu-ray only, $29.95), the latter featuring audio commentary by director Sam Firstenberg and stunt coordinator Steven Lambert, an intro by Sam Firstenberg, and a behind-the-scenes gallery. Also streeting May 26 is the adventure hit River of Death (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95), starring Michael Dudikoff, Donald Pleasence and Herbert Lom, and two films starring the great Yul Brynner: the Western drama Invitation to a Gunfighter (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95) directed by Richard Wilson, and the historical classic Kings of the Sun (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95), directed by J. Lee Thompson and also starring George Chakiris.
 
 
THE TRAIN
DVD Street Date: May 5, 2015
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau
1964/B&W/133 minutes/Anamorphic (1.66:1)/English subtitles/Not Rated
Synopsis: Paris August 1944...with the Allied army closing in on German commander and art fanatic Colonel Von Woldheim (Paul Scofield, A Man For All Seasons), he decides to steal a vast collection of rare French paintings and loads them onto a train bound for Berlin. But when a beloved French patriot is murdered while trying to sabotage Von Waldheim's scheme, Labiche (Burt Lancaster, Run Silent, Run Deep), a stalwart member of the Resistance, vows to stop the train at any cost. Calling upon his vast arsenal of skills, Labiche unleashes a torrent of devastation and destruction -- loosened rails, shattered tracks and head-on collisions -- in an impassioned, suspense-filled quest for justice, retribution and revenge. Top-notch direction by the great John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) and a wonderful supporting cast that includes screen icon Jeanne Moreau (Viva Maria) in the role of Christine.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by director John Frankenheimer
Original Theatrical Trailer

THE SECRET INVASION
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 5, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Roger Corman
Starring Stewart Granger, Raf Vallone, Mickey Rooney, Edd Byrnes, Henry Silva
1964/Color/95 minutes/2.35:1/1920x1080p/English subtitles/Not Rated
Synopsis: Mickey Rooney (Baby Face Nelson) and Stewart Granger (King Solomon's Mines) co-star in this action-packed war drama about a group of criminals gathered into the greatest infiltration force in WWII. When an Italian general decides to join the Allies, Nazi troops capture and imprison him before he can defect. Desperate for the information and resources the general would provide, the Allies assemble a rescue team of the only men able to infiltrate the Nazi prison undetected...criminals.  But when the team's carefully planned prison break erupts into an all-out fight for survival, it will take more than bravery to carry out their mission and turn the tide of the war. Wonderfully directed by cult legend Roger Corman (Premature Burial) and featuring an outstanding cast includes Raf Vallone (Phaedra), Henry Silva (The Italian Connection), and Edd Byrnes (TV's 77 Sunset Strip), The Secret Invasion is an explosion of fast, absorbing entertainment that doesn't let up until the final salute.

Special Features:
On-camera interview with director Roger Corman
Original Theatrical Trailer

THE MCKENZIE BREAK
Mastered in HD
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 5, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Lamont Johnson
Starring: Brian Keith, Helmut Griem, Ian Hendry
1970/Color/108 minutes/1920x1080p (1.85:1)/English subtitles/Rated PG
Synopsis: Brian Keith (The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming) leads an acclaimed international cast in this poignant and powerful WWII thriller fraught with action, suspense and the haunting reality of war. Keith stars as Captain Jack Connor, a fast-talking, hard-drinking, tough-as-nails Irishman assigned to investigate an impending escape by a group of German POWs lead by the characteristic Kapitän Schleutter (Helmut Griem, The Damned). The camp commander (Ian Hendry, Get Carter) has been unable to contain the prisoners, but Connor's brash and unusual approach solves the problem...for a while. In a race against time and with a growing animosity from the commander -- Connor surpasses even his own previous unorthodox methods when he devises a scheme so daring that it will either make him a hero or prove to be the most fatal mistake of his career. Stylishly directed by Lamont Johnson (Kana Coast) with a beautifully written screenplay by William W. Norton (White Lightning, Gator), based on a book by Sir Sidney Shelley.

THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS!
Blu-ray Street Date: May 12, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
Director: Gordon Douglas
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbara McNair, Edward Asner
1970/Color/108 minutes/1.85:1/1920x1080p/Rated R
Synopsis: In this suspenseful sequel to In the Heat of the Night, screen legend Sidney Poitier (Duel at Diablo) reprises his role as the intrepid investigator who, this time, must solve a puzzling murder in the city by the Bay. Featuring an original score by the great Quincy Jones (The Getaway), They Call Me Mister Tibbs! is an absorbing mystery that ranks as one of the best of the genre... when a prostitute is murdered in San Francisco's ritzy Nob Hill district, an anonymous tip implicates minister and political crusader Reverend Logan Sharpe (Martin Landau, Ed Wood). Lt. Virgil Tibbs (Poitier), who has known Sharpe for many years, asks to be assigned to the case in hopes of clearing his friend's name. So begins the detective's journey through a twisted maze of baffling evidence, frantic chases, deadly gunfire and bad alibis. Before long, Tibbs finds himself bitterly torn between his duty as a cop and his loyalty to a friend. Directed by Hollywood great Gordon Douglas (Barquero) and featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Barbara McNair (The Organization), Edward Asner (TV's Lou Grant), Anthony Zerbe (The Dead Zone) and Jeff Corey (Jennifer).

THE ORGANIZATION
Blu-ray Street Date: May 12, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
Director: Don Medford
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O'Laughlin
1971/Color/106 minutes/1.85:1/1920x1080p/Rated PG-13
Synopsis: Screen icon Sidney Poitier (Paris Blues) reprises his role as Lt. Virgil Tibbs for a third and final time, following the masterpiece In the Heat of the Night and the thrilling sequel They Call Me Mister Tibbs! Under the cover of darkness, six masked figures raid a seemingly respectable furniture factory and steal a multimillion-dollar cache of heroin! But these are no ordinary crooks. They're a passionate band of former users-turned-vigilantes whose frustration with the law's inability to combat the city's drug problem spurs them to take on a powerful narcotics ring. After contacting Tibbs, they confess to the break-in, beg him to keep silent and ask for his help. But once he reluctantly agrees to operate outside the law, Tibbs soon finds himself at odds with the police and a ruthless drug syndicate that will stop at nothing to silence him! Don Medford (The Hunting Party) directs this taut thriller that exposes the ruthless, high-stakes world of international drug trafficking. Barbara McNair (Venus in Furs), Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North, Allen Garfield, Raul Julia, Ron O'Neal, Daniel J. Travanti and Billy Green Bush co-star in this action-packed crime thriller that is edge-of-the-seat entertainment.

THE PREMATURE BURIAL
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 12, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney, Heather Angel
1962/Color/81 minutes/2.35:1/1920x1080p/Not Rated
Synopsis: Edgar Allan Poe's Chilling Tale of a Fate Too Horrifying to consider! The classic style of literature's most bizarre author, Edgar Allan Poe (The Oblong Box), comes to life in this ghoulish tale of murder and suspense starring acting great Ray Milland (X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes) as Guy Carrell, a medical student and painter whose obsessive fear of being buried alive compels him to build himself a tomb with a view, equipped with everything he can think of to escape death. But it's when his long-suffering wife Kate (Heather Angel, The Informer), convinces him to destroy the tomb... he finds himself in the gravest of danger, trapped in a web of doom so devious and intricate that there's no escape. Produced and directed by the iconic Roger Corman (The Secret Invasion) and beautifully shot in widescreen by the legendary cinematographer Floyd Crosby (Tales of Terror). The top-notch supporting cast includes Hazel Court (The Masque of Red Death), Alan Napier (TV's Batman) and Dick Miller (Gremlins).

Special Features:
Buried Alive! Legendary Director Joe Dante on Premature Burial
On-camera Interview with Producer/Director Roger Corman
Trailers From Hell with Roger Corman
Original Theatrical Trailer

X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 12, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Ray Milland, Diana Van Der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt, Don Rickles
Synopsis: Dare To Look Into The Eyes Of Madness! Fantastic tale of heart-pounding suspense, this harrowing and terrifying sci-fi shocker will fascinate horror film fans. Starring Ray Milland (The Premature Burial), it charts the startling transformation of a doctor so blinded by ambition that he dares to glimpse eternity! When the brilliant Dr. Xavier (Milland) concocts a serum to improve human sight, he stumbles upon a formula for x-ray vision. Inspired by its awesome medical potential, but shunned by his short-sighted colleagues, the doctor tests the potion on himself, only to discover that his ability to see through walls, clothing and flesh is slowly eclipsed by and insatiable desire to look still further - even if it means seeing more than any mortal can bear! Featuring wonderful direction by the great Roger Corman (Tales of Terror) and a strong supporting cast that includes Harold J. Stone (The Wrong Man), John Hoyt (Blackboard Jungle) and comedy legend Don Rickles (Run Silent, Run Deep).

Special Features:
Terror Vision! Legendary Director Joe Dante on X
Audio Commentary with Roger Corman
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
Rare Prologue
Trailers From Hell with Mick Garris
Original Theatrical Trailer

ENTER THE NINJA
Blu-ray Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
Director: Menahem Golan
Starring: Francis Nero, Susan George, Sho Kosugi
1981/Color/99 minutes/1.85:1/1920x1080p/Rated R
Synopsis: The Ninja is the highest honor given to the dedicated followers of Ninjutsu, the deadliest of all martial arts... Enter the Ninja explores the absorbing detail the Ninja's lethal, little-known "Art of Invisibility" which includes the use of hypnotism, explosives, and super-human acrobatic fighting skills. Set in Japan and the Philippines, the film tells the story of Cole (Franco Nero, The Mercenary) a westerner who's been inducted into the secret fighting rituals of the Ninja. Coming to the aid of his friends against some land grabbing oil barons, he easily takes on all opponents until a Ninja assassin; Hasegawa (Sho Kosugi, Revenge of the Ninja) is brought into the fray. The two masters make use of all the exotic weaponry at their disposal... making this one of the most sensational battle-to-the-death sequences ever filmed! Hollywood legend Menahem Golan (The Delta Force) directed this fast-paced, high quality, tough-as-nails martial arts film with style and poise. Co-starring Susan George (Sudden Terror) and Christopher George (Day of the Animals).

REVENGE OF THE NINJA
Blu-ray Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
Director: Sam Firstenberg
Starring: Sho Kosugi, Keith Vitale, Virgil Frye
1983/Color/91 minutes/1.85:1/1920x1080p/Rated R
Synopsis: Payback is deadly! The Ninjas are back! Brandishing swords and fists, leaping and kicking, wielding blow darts and explosives, they know a thousand ways to kill. Martial arts legend Sho Kosugi (Enter the Ninja) delivers a heart-pounding display of strength, speed and lethal Ninja know-how in this action-packed thriller that takes us back to the good old days of the Kung Fu extravaganza. When a band of Ninja assassins slaughters the family of Cho Osaki (Kosugi), he flees to America in the hope of building a new life. A former Ninja himself, Osaki tries to escape his deadly past but soon discovers he has become the pawn of a ruthless drug trafficker - an American Ninja intent on killing anyone who crosses his path... including Osaki! Action veteran Sam Firstenberg (Avenging Force) directed this entertaining martial arts actioner, featuring top-notch action scenes and mind-blowing stunts. Co-starring legendary villain, Professor Toru Tanaka (An Eye For An Eye) and produced by Cannon legends, Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Director Sam Firstenberg and Stunt Coordinator Steven Lambert
Intro by Sam Firstenberg
Behind-the-Scenes Gallery
Original Theatrical Trailer

RIVER OF DEATH
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Steve Carver
Starring: Michael Dudikoff, Robert Vaughn, Donald Pleasence, Herbert Lom, L.Q. Jones
1989/Color/107 minutes/1.85:1/1920x1080p/Rated R
Synopsis: In the nightmarish last days of the Third Reich, a psychotic Nazi scientist (Robert Vaughn, Bullitt) escapes to the impenetrable jungles of the Amazon. Years later, a mysterious incurable disease breaks out among the natives and adventurer John Hamilton (Michael Dudikoff, Avenging Force) is hired to lead investigators on a search for the cause. Braving bloodthirsty rives pirates, hostile native tribes and headhunting cannibals, Hamilton, guides a group of explorers up the deadly Rio del Morte to the fabulous lost Inca city. Action specialist Steve Carver (Lone Wolf McQuade) directs this top-notch action-adventure based on an Alistair MacLean (Breakheart Pass) novel. The stellar cast includes Donald Pleasence (Wake in Fright), Herbert Lom (Golden Salamander) and L.Q. Jones (The Wild Bunch).

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Director Steve Carver and Star Michael Dudikoff
Original Theatrical Trailer

INVITATION TO A GUNFIGHTER
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Richard Wilson
Starring: Yul Brynner, Janice Rule, Brad Dexter, Alfred Ryder, Mike Kellin, George Segal
1964/Color/92 minutes/1.66:1/1920x1080p/English subtitles/Not Rated
Synopsis: Who will be the last man standing? Screen legend Yul Brynner (Taras Bulba) turns in a great performance as a smooth master gunfighter who must do battle with his most formidable adversary - his own conscience - in this gripping, double-barreled western full of blistering shootouts, surprise twists and colorful villainy. In a New Mexico frontier town, Jules Gaspard d'Estaing (Brynner) is hired by the town's boss (Pat Hingle, Bloody Mama) to kill Matt Weaver (George Segal, The Hot Rock), a Civil War veteran who returns to reclaim his farm and his woman. But when d'Estaing realizes that Weaver may be the only honest man left, the conflicted hired gun must either kill an innocent man - or destroy his own reputation - in a heart-stopping final showdown. Wonderfully directed by Richard Wilson (Man with the Gun) - featuring beautiful cinematography by the great Joseph MacDonald (Kings of the Sun) and a stellar supporting cast that includes Brad Dexter (Run Silent, Run Deep), Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke), Clifton James (Juggernaut) and beautiful Janice Rule (The Swimmer).

KINGS OF THE SUN
Mastered in HD
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Starring Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Shirley Anne Field
1963/Color/108 minutes/2.35:1/1920x1080p/English subtitles/Not Rated
Synopsis: Yul Brynner (Invitation to a Gunfighter) and George Chakiris (West Side Story) shine as the kings of two clashing cultures forced to form an alliance against a mutual threat in this gripping historical saga. Kings of the Sun is packed with intense action and thrilling drama! After a terrible battle leaves young Balam (Chakiris) king of his Mayan tribe, he leads his people out of Mexico to escape the rival clan still hunting them. But upon reaching their new home, a hostile Native American tribe attacks and the Mayans manage to capture Black Eagle (Brynner), the Native American leader. While held prisoner, Black Eagle manages to earn Balam's respect and the kings agree to peace. But when Balam's old rivals arrive looking for a fight, the newly allied kings must take up arms and stand together in order to repel the invading force and save their people. J. Lee Thompson (Taras Bulba) directed this spectacular adventure featuring a rousing score by Elmer Bernstein (The Great Escape) and top-notch widescreen cinematography by the great Joseph MacDonald (My Darling Clementine).
 
About Kino Lorber:  
With a library of 1,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including five Academy Award® nominated films in the last seven years. In addition, the company brings over 70 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases under its five house brands, distributes a growing number of third party labels, and is a direct digital distributor to all major platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Amazon, Vimeo, Fandor and others.

April 01, 2015

Kino Lorber: May Home Video Releases

Kino Lorber
Concerning Violence, Serge Bozon's Tip Top, Palme D'Or Winner Winter Sleep and more to become available on home video from Kino Lorber in May 2015

CONCERNING VIOLENCE
 (Kino Lorber, DVD)
Synopsis: Narrated by Lauryn Hill, Concerning Violence uses archival footage and direct quotes from Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. to explore the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the Third World.

Director: Göran Hugo Olsson
Street Date: May 5, 2015
SRP: $29.95

ELZA (Kino Lorber, DVD) 
Synopsis: Bernadette (Mariette Monpierre) has tried hard to give her daughter everything. She is thrilled when Elza (Stana Roumillac), the first college graduate in the family, completes her master's degree. But Elza breaks her mother's heart by running off to Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers.

Director: Mariette Monpierre
Street Date: May 5, 2015
SRP: $29.95

Special Features: Behind-the-Scenes Slideshow, Trailer


WINTER SLEEP
 (Adopt Films, Blu-ray and DVD)
Synopsis: A retired actor has inherited a small hotel where he is ensconced with his recently divorced sister, his much younger and growingly discontented wife. Palme D'Or Winner at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Street Date: May 5, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

TIP TOP (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD) 
Synopsis: Farid, an Algerian informant for the French police, is found murdered in a small French town. Two offbeat and unethical female investigators (a fiercely authoritarian Isabelle Huppert paired with an inquisitive and voyeuristic Sandrine Kiberlain) are brought in to investigate the possibility of police involvement with the murder. Meanwhile the seemingly degenerate cop with a heart of gold, Mendes (François Damiens), acquires an eager, albeit naive Algerian informant, Younès (Aymen Saïdi), who quickly gets into trouble.

Director: Serge Bozon
Street Date: May 12, 2015
Blu-rary SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
EVIL EYE/THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD) 
Synopsis: While vacationing in Italy, a young woman witnesses a brutal murder and launches her own investigation...only to learn that she might be next on the killer's list! This edition includes both the original Italian-language version (The Girl Who Knew Too Much) as well as the American cut (Evil Eye). 

Director: Mario Bava
Street Date: May 19, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $24.95

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, original theatrical trailers.
THE LAST HIJACK (Kino Lorber, DVD)
Synopsis: Last Hijack is a true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate's perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling, the film takes an innovative hybrid approach to explore how one Somali pirate - Mohamed - came to live such a brutal and dangerous existence.

Director: Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting
Street Date: May 19, 2015
DVD SRP: $24.95

Special Features: Making-of Documentary, Interactive Website Featurette
ANGEL BABY (Scorpion Releasing, DVD) 
Synopsis: In this acclaimed drama produced in connection with the Australian Film Commission, a pair of oddball young romantics--he's besieged by voices and she regularly receives angelic messages via "Wheel of Fortune"--challenge the boundaries of so-called "normal" society when fate brings them together.

Director: Michael Rymer
Street Date: May 19, 2015
DVD SRP: $24.95

Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer
WINTER OF OUR DREAMS | FAR EAST - Double Feature DVD (Scorpion Releasing, DVD)

WINTER OF OUR DREAMS - Rob McGregor (Bryan Brown, F/X) is the charismatic owner of a popular Paddington bookshop living an open marriage with his academic wife Gretel and still holding onto the 60s spirit of 'free love'. While Gretel is pursuing an affair, Rob learns of the death of Lisa Blaine, an activist friend from his past, and begins looking into the reasons for her suicide.

FAR EAST - When journalist Peter Reeves and his wife Jo visit the 'The Koala Klub', they run into Morgan (Bryan Brown, Cocktail), a man from Jo's past. Twenty years earlier, Jo and Morgan were lovers in Saigon and although time has passed, it is obvious the flame could be rekindled. But when Peter is captured by secret Government troops, tortured and faced with certain death, Morgan is the only one who can rescue him.

Director: John Duigan
Street Date: May 26, 2015
DVD SRP: $29.95
THE ESCAPEES (Redemption, Blu-ray & DVD) 
Synopsis: Two female patients-one rebellious (Laurence Dubas), the other despondent (Christiane Coppé)-flee the grounds of a mental hospital and drift across the French countryside. After finding refuge among a band of gypsy-like exotic dancers, they cross paths with a petty criminal (Marianne Valiot), an aging fortune-teller (Louise Dhour) and a quartet of swingers (including Brigitte Lahaie) with sinister intentions.)

Director: Jean Rollin
Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Special Features: Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative, French with optional English subtitles, One Day in Paris - an Interview with Jean Rollin.
 
About Kino Lorber:  
With a library of 1,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including five Academy Award® nominated films in the last seven years. In addition, the company brings over 70 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases under its five house brands, distributes a growing number of third party labels, and is a direct digital distributor to all major platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Amazon, Vimeo, Fandor and others.  

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