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October 02, 2013

The Hitch-Hiker and The Stranger

Kino Lorber
Kino Lorber Releases 
Ida Lupino's classic film noir The Hitch-Hiker
and Orson Welles' thriller The Stranger
on Blu-ray and DVD

Blu-ray and DVD editions of new HD transfers from archival 35mm film elements preserved by the Library of Congress will become available on October 15th


The Hitch-hiker Blu-ray cover art  The Stranger Blu-ray cover art
 
 
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 2, 2013 - Kino Classics proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD releases of two classic films presented in new HD transfers from 35mm archival restorations by the Library of Congress: Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker, and Orson Welles' The Stranger.

This release is the latest in a longtime collaboration between Kino Lorber and the Library of Congress, which has resulted in critically acclaimed editions of Stanley Kubrick's Fear and DesireKing: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis, andOf Human Bondage, starring Bette Davis, all mastered in HD from 35mm archival elements.

Listed on the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress and the National Film Preservation Board, The Hitch-Hiker is notable for its cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (Ida Lupino), and beyond that, stands as a masterpiece of the suspense genre in its tale of two men on a road trip who find themselves held hostage by a psychotic gun-wielding drifter. This Blu-ray and DVD edition streets on October 15th with an SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $24.95 for the DVD. It includes an image gallery as a bonus feature.

The Stranger is a suspense classic from master filmmaker Orson Welles, who also stars in this story of an escaped Nazi war criminal who hides out in a quaint New England town, and the government agent who seeks to bring him to justice. This Blu-ray and DVD edition streets on October 15th with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray and $29.95 for the DVD. Special features include audio commentary by film historian Bret Wood; the original theatrical trailer; an image gallery; "Death Mills" (1945, 21 min.), an informational film on the Nazi death camps (produced by Billy Wilder), footage of which appears in The Stranger; and Orson Welles' Wartime Radio Broadcasts - four complete programs that exemplify Welles' blending of propaganda and entertainment: "Alameda" (Nazi Eyes on Canada, 1942), "War Workers" (Ceiling Unlimited, 1942), "Brazil" (Hello Americans, 1942), and "Bikini Atomic Test" (Orson Welles Commentaries, 1946).

The Hitch-hiker Blu-ray cover artThe Hitch-Hiker
Inspired by the real-life murder spree of Billy Cook, The Hitch-Hiker is a gripping suspense drama and film noir starring Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy. While on a road trip, the two men are carjacked by a homicidal killer (William Talman) who forces them at gunpoint to embark on a nightmarish joyride across the deserts of Mexico.

Independently produced, The Hitch-Hikerrepresents renegade filmmaking at its finest. Working independently allowed Lupino and ex-husband/producer Collier Young to work from a treatment by blacklisted writer Daniel Mainwaring, and tackle an incident that was too brutal for the major studios to even consider.



The Stranger The Stranger Blu-ray cover art
Following his direction of two undisputed masterpieces - Citizen Kaneand The Magnificent Ambersons -  Orson Welles returned to the screen with this suspense film, a baroque postwar thriller that drew upon the style of his previous films while also laying the groundwork for his later film noir classics, The Lady from Shanghaiand Touch of Evil.

Edward G. Robinson stars as Wilson, a government agent who tracks down a high-ranking Nazi officer (Welles) who has managed to craft a new identity for himself in a quaint Connecticut town, marrying the daughter (Loretta Young) of a local judge.

Circulated in poor versions for decades, this edition of The Stranger was mastered in HD from an original 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress and is accompanied by a wealth of supplemental material.

The Hitch-Hiker
Director: Ida Lupino
Genre: Suspense
Street date: October 15, 2013
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $24.95

Special Features:
Mastered in HD from archival 35mm elements preserved by the Library of Congress
Image gallery

Technical Specs:
US / 1953 / B&W / 71 min. / 1.33:1 / 1920x1080p

The Stranger
Director: Orson Welles
Genre: Suspense
Street date: October 15, 2013
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Special Features:
Mastered in HD from archival 35mm elements preserved by the Library of Congress
Audio commentary by film historian Bret Wood
Original Theatrical Trailer
Image gallery
"Death Mills" (1945, 21 min.), an informational film on the Nazi death camps (produced by Billy Wilder), footage of which appears in The Stranger
Orson Welles' Wartime Radio Broadcasts - four complete programs that exemplify Welles' blending of propaganda and entertainment: "Alameda" (Nazi Eyes on Canada, 1942), "War Workers" (Ceiling Unlimited, 1942), "Brazil" (Hello Americans, 1942), and "Bikini Atomic Test" (Orson Welles Commentaries, 1946).

Technical Specs:
US / 1946 / B&W / 94 min. / 1.33:1 / 1920x1080p
About Kino Lorber

With a library of 700 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 20 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including four Academy Award® nominated films in the last six years. In addition, the company brings over 60 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases as well as digital distribution on all platforms.

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