20 posts categorized "BLU-RAY"

October 02, 2017

EIGHT FILMS BY JEAN ROUCH

“Rouch's films can be considered a race toward presence, spurred on by the dream of capturing life as it happens." 
—Sam Dilorio, Film Comment

"One of the most secretly influential of all filmmakers."
—Richard Brody, The New Yorker
October 2, 2017: Icarus Films is excited to announce that Eight Films By Jean Rouchwill be released on home video DVD, with select titles also available on video-on-demand, on November 14, 2017.

The new Jean Rouch box set from Icarus Films will include eight newly restored films on four discs, a 24-page booklet with two essays about Rouch and his methodology, and a new documentary about Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema, titled Jean Rouch, The Adventurous Filmmaker

Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Beginning in 1955 with his most controversial film The Mad Masters through 1969’s darkly comic Little By Little, these films represent the most sustained flourishing of Rouch’s practice of “shared anthropology"a process of collaboration with his subjects.

Astonishing on their own terms, now restored in high-definition and released for the first time, Eight Films By Jean Rouch is essential for anyone interested in better understanding the development of ethnography and the cross-currents of colonialism and post-colonial social change in Africa, as well as documentary film practice, film history, and world cinema as a whole.

The eight films are:

Disc 1

The Mad Masters / Les Maîtres fous (1955 / 29 minutes / 1.33:1)
A possession ritual of the Hauka religious sect using the delirious techniques of "cine-trance" also doubles as a theatrical protest against Ghana’s colonial rulers. The most controversial and also the most widely celebrated work by Jean Rouch. 

“One of the most profound explorations of the African view of the colonial world.”
–Senses of Cinema (Read more)


Mammy Water (1956 / 19 minutes / 1.33:1)
An exploration of the spiritual traditions of a fishing village on the Gulf of Guinea. When the catch is bad, villagers must honor the water spirits, or Mammy Water, with a ceremony.

Moi, Un Noir (1958 / 74 minutes / 1.33:1)
A complex portrait of Nigerian migrants in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast. Winner of the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc in 1958, Moir, Un Noir marked Jean Rouch's break with traditional ethnography and his embrace of the collaborative and improvisatory strategies he called, "shared ethnography" and "ethnofiction."

“The most daring of films and the humblest.” –Jean-Luc Godard

“Moi, Un Noir was as much psychodrama as ethnographic film, even while raising the question of moi's identity.” –J. Hoberman, Artforum
Disc 2

The Human Pyramid (1961 / 93 minutes / 1.33:1)
At a Lycée on the Ivory coast, Rouch meets with white colonial French high-school students and their black African classmates (all non-actors) and persuades them to improvise a drama.  

“Groundbreaking metafiction.” –The New Yorker (Read more)

The Lion Hunters (1965 / 81 minutes / 1.33:1)
Documentation of the lion hunt performed by the gow hunters of the Songhay people, shot on the border between Niger and Mali over a period of seven years.

“A must-see.” –Chicago Reader (Read more)
Disc 3

Jaguar (1967 / 93 minutes / 1.33:1) 
Three young Songhay men from Niger journey to the Gold Coast (modern day Ghana). After filming the trip in mid-1950s, the four reunited a few years later to record the sound, remembering dialogue and making up commentary. 
Also available on iTunes and Amazon Video.

“Exuberant in its spontaneous good humor.” –Ethnographic Film

Little By Little (1969 / 96 minutes / 1.33:1)
Jean Rouch’s Nigerian collaborators travel to France to perform a reverse ethnography of late-1960’s Parisian life.

“A truly mesmerizing, frequently hilarious, and provocative masterpiece.” –Indiewire

"Attacks the logic of mainstream cinema, subverting expectations about what film is and can be.” –Sam Dilorio, Film Comment
Disc 4 - Bonus Disc: Two Films!

The Punishment (1962 / 64 minutes / 1.33:1)
A film by Jean Rouch 

An aimless young woman is sent home from school with nothing to do. Drifting through the streets of Paris, she comes across a variety of people. 

Jean Rouch, The Adventurous Filmmaker (2017 / 55 minutes / 1.78:1)
A film by Laurent Védrine 

A new documentary about Jean Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema.

Bonus features include: a 24-page booklet with two essays on Rouch and his methodology, HD digital restorations, and two bonus films— The Punishment by Jean Rouch and Jean Rouch, The Adventureous Filmmaker by Laurent Védrine.


Eight Films by Jean Rouch Restored - Trailer
Watch the trailer of EIGHT FILMS BY JEAN ROUCH
 
EIGHT FILMS BY JEAN ROUCH
Digitized and restored with the support of the Centre National du Cinéma
Pre-Book Date: 10/10/17  | Street Date: 11/14/17
In French & English w/English subtitles
SRP: $44.98 | UPC: 8-54565-00216-6
An Icarus Films Release

August 10, 2017

100 YEARS OF OLYMPIC FILMS — CRITERION

presents
 
100 YEARS OF
OLYMPIC FILMS
 
Deluxe Blu-ray and DVD collector's sets include 53 films
and a 216-page illustrated book, to be released December 5, 2017
 
Features landmark work by Kon Ichikawa, Bud Greenspan, Milos Forman,
Leni Reifenstahl, Claude Lelouch, Masahiro Shinoda and many more!
 
 
We are pleased to announce Criterion's upcoming release of 100 YEARS OF OLYMPIC FILMS. Spanning fifty-three movies and forty-one editions of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games, this one-of-a-kind collection assembles, for the first time, a century's worth of Olympic films - the culmination of a monumental, award-winning archival project encompassing dozens of new restorations by the International Olympic Committee.
 
These documentaries cast a cinematic eye on some of the most iconic moments in the history of modern sports, spotlighting athletes who embody the Olympic motto of "Faster, Higher, Stronger": Jesse Owens shattering sprinting world records on the track in 1936 Berlin, Jean Claude-Killy dominating the slopes of Grenoble in 1968, Joan Benoit breaking away to win the first-ever women's marathon on the streets of Los Angeles in 1984.
 
In addition to the work of Bud Greenspan, the man behind an impressive ten Olympic features, this stirring collective chronicle of triumph and defeat includes such landmarks of the documentary form as Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia and Kon Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad, along with lesser- known but captivating contributions by major directors like Claude Lelouch, Carlos Saura, and Milos Forman. It also serves as a fascinating window onto the formal development of cinema itself, as well as the technological progress that has enabled the viewer, over the years, to get ever closer to the action. Traversing continents and decades, and reflecting as well the social, cultural, and political changes that have shaped our recent history, this remarkable marathon of films offers nothing less than a panorama of a hundred years of human endeavor.
 
BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION COLLECTOR'S SETS FEATURE
* 53 newly restored films from 41 editions of the Olympic Games, presented together for the first time 
* Landmark 4K restorations of OlympiaTokyo Olympiad, and Visions of Eight, among other titles
* New scores for the silent films, composed by Maud Nelissen, Donald Sosin, and Frido ter Beek
* A lavishly illustrated, 216-page, hardcover book, featuring notes on the films by cinema historian Peter Cowie; a foreword by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee; a short history of the restoration project by restoration producer Adrian Wood; and hundreds of photographs from a century of Olympic Games
 
HIGHLIGHTS FROM A CENTURY OF OLYMPIC FILMS
 
Stockholm 1912
The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 (dir. Adrian Wood)
 
Berlin 1936
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (dir. Leni Riefenstahl)
Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (dir. Leni Riefenstahl)
 
Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956
White Vertigo (dir. Giorgio Ferroni)
 
Tokyo 1964
Tokyo Olympiad (dir. Kon Ichikawa)

Grenoble 1968
13 Days in France (dirs. Claude Lelouch, François Reichenbach)
 
Sapporo 1972
Sapporo Winter Olympics (dir. Masahiro Shinoda)
 
Munich 1972
Visions of Eight (dirs. Milos Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Yuri Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, Mai Zetterling)
 
Barcelona 1992
Marathon (dir. Carlos Saura)
 
 
32-BLU-RAY EDITION
SRP $399.95 PREBOOK 11/7/17 STREET 12/5/17
CAT. NO. CC2811BD ISBN 978-1-68143-361-5 UPC 7-15515-20451-4
 
43-DVD EDITION
SRP $399.95
PREBOOK 11/7/17 STREET 12/5/17
CAT. NO. CC2812DDVD ISBN 978-1-68143-362-2 UPC 7-15515-20461-3 

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

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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




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