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Dec 152018
 

Kino Lorber Announces its January 2019 Home Video Releases
 

 

Silent Scream (1979) (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: January 2, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Horror / 87 min / R / Color

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Starring: Rebecca Balding, Barbara Steele, Cameron Mitchell, Avery Schreiber, Yvonne De Carlo, Steve Doubet

Synopsis: What is the deadly secret haunting the Engel’s family? Young co-ed Scotty (Rebecca Balding, The Boogens) is unable to find housing on the campus. She finds a vacancy at the Engels’ mansion, now a boarding house for college students. Mrs. Engels (Yvonne De Carlo, TV’s The Munsters) and her son seem nice enough, but it becomes clear to Scotty that something is not right at her new residence. When her fellow boarders begin dying, two detectives (Cameron Mitchell, Toolbox Murders and comedian Avery Schreiber, in a serious role) must solve the mystery of the Engels’ boarding house before the body count rises. Written and produced by Ken and Jim Wheat, the creative team behind Pitch Black, The Fly II and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, and featuring horror icon Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) in an unforgettable role, Silent Scream was one of the most successful independent horror films of the slasher era.

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Star Rebecca Balding and Writers Ken & Jim Wheat | Audio Commentary by Actress Barbara Steele | Denny Harris’ Final Audio Interview | Scream of Success – 30 Years Later | Silent Scream – The Original Script | The Wheat Brothers: A Look Back | Interview with Rebecca Balding | 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo | TV Spot | Theatrical Trailer

Blind Date (1984) (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)

Blu-ray Street Date: January 8, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Horror / 103 min / R / Color

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Starring: Joseph Bottoms, Kristie Alley, Keir Dullea, Marina Sirtis, Lana Clarkson, James Daughton

Synopsis: Struck by sudden blindness, ad executive Jonathon Ratcliff (Joseph Bottoms, The Black Hole, Crime and Passion, The Dove) is frustrated when doctors can find nothing wrong with him. With the aid of his girlfriend (Kirstie Alley, Cheers, Look Who’s Talking), he consults a top eye doctor (Keir Dullea, 2001: A Space Odyssey, David and Lisa) who fits him with an experimental device allowing him to see with the aid of a computer interface and brain electrodes. Meanwhile, a taxi driver is taking young women up to their apartments, sedating them, and performing a little fatal amateur surgery. Their paths inevitably converge as the serial killer starts cutting too close to home. From cult director Nico Mastorakis (Island of Death) comes a sexy, sleek thriller co-starring Lana Clarkson (Haunting of Morella, Barbarian Queen), James Daughton (Malibu Beach, Animal House), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Wicked Lady) and Valeria Golino (Rain Man), plus a chilling score by Stanley Myers (The Deer Hunter, Conduct Unbecoming, Cold Heaven) with songs by John Kongos. Scorpion Releasing proudly presents this cult classic from a brand new 4k scan of the original director’s cut, supervised by the director.

Bonus Features: Music Videos | Trailers | Still Gallery | The Films of Nico Mastorakis | Theatrical Cut SD | 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo

Street Law (1974) (Code Red, Blu-ray)
Blu-ray Street Date: January 8, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95

Action / 105 min / NR / Color

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Starring: Franco Nero, Barbara Bach, Giancarlo Prete, Renzo Palmer, Massimo Vanni, Romano Puppo

Synopsis: The legendary Franco Nero (Django, The Mercenary, The Salamander, Enter the Ninja) stars as Carlo Antonelli, an average citizen until the day he is brutally beaten during a violent robbery. When the police drop the case and the suspects remain free, Carlo is pushed beyond his breaking point. Now one man will launch an all-out war against the criminal scum who plague our cities, where justice has its own rules, vengeance needs no badge and the only thing that matters is Street Law. Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me, The Unseen, The Great Alligator, Screamers) and Giancarlo Prete (Warriors of the Wasteland, Escape from the Bronx) co-stars in this vicious Death Wish-inspired crime thriller (also known in Europe as Vigilante II) directed by Italian action maestro Enzo Castellari (The Heroin Busters, The Big Racket, Keoma, The Inglorious Bastards).

Bonus Features: Brand New HD Scan of the longer Italian Cut | Brand New Interview with Star Franco Nero | Alternate US Cut in HD | Theatrical Trailer

Let the Corpses Tan (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD street Date: January 8, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Thriller / 92 min / NR / Color

Director: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Starring: Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin

Synopsis: Let the Corpses Tan is a deliriously thrilling homage to Spaghetti Westerns and 1970s Italian crime films. Belgian filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani trade in the crushed velvet and creeping shadows of their giallo-worshipping first two films (Amer, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears) for blistering sun, creaking leathre and raining bullets. After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. Home to a reclusive yet hypersexual artist and her motley crew of family and admirers, it seems like a perfect hideout. But when two cops roll up on motorcycles to investigate, the hamlet erupts into a hallucinatory battlefield as both sides engage in an all-day, all-night firefight rife with double-crosses and dripping with blood. Based on a classic pulp novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid and featuring vintage music cues by Ennio Morricone, Let the Corpses Tan is a deliriously stylish cinematic fever dream that will fire up your senses like buckshot to the brain.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by film critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Queensland Film Festival Director John Edmond | Trailer

A Paris Education (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD street Date: January 8, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama / 137 min / NR / B&W

Director: Jean-Paul Civeyrac
Starring: Andranic Manet, Diane Rouxel, Jenna Thiam

Synopsis: A Paris Education is a sweeping love letter to cinema from filmmaker Jean Paul Civeyrac (My Friend Victoria). Etienne (Andranic Manet), a serious and impressionable shaggy- haired young cinephile, leaves behind his steady girlfriend (Diane Rouxel) in Lyon to study film in Paris. Settling into a dingy flat with a rotating cast of roommates, he immerses himself in a bohemian world of artists, intellectuals, and fellow film geeks who excitedly share their passion for Bresson, Ford, and obscure Russian directors. It’s a seemingly idyllic life of the mind-until more complicated matters of the flesh, as well as jealous creativity, intrude. Shooting in timeless black and white and interweaving references to philosophy, music, and cinema-from Pascal to Mahler to Parajanov-Jean Paul Civeyrac conjures a bittersweet ode to student life that evokes the films of the French New Wave. – Film Society of Lincoln Center

Bonus Features: 3 Short Films by director Jean Paul Civeyrac | Booklet essay by critic Kristen Yoonsoo Kim | Trailer

Iranian Cinema Before and After the Revolution: Three Documentaries by Jamsheed Akrami

DVD Street Date: January 8, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 316 min / NR / Color

Director: Jamsheed Akrami

Synopsis: Iranian Cinema Before and After the Revolution is an illuminating two-disc set that includes a trilogy of documentaries by film scholar Jamsheed Akrami, Friendly Persuasion (2000) gives an overarching portrait of Iranian cinema through interviews with three generations of Iranian directors – from New Wave visionaries (Abbas Kiarostami) to post-revolutionaries (Mohsen Makhmalbaf) and the third generation (Jafar Panahi). The Lost Cinema (2007) digs deeper into the Iranian New Wave, which blossomed as a counter-cinema in the 1970s and ended up banned due to the severely restrictive censorship codes imposed by the Islamic government after the 1979 Revolution. A Cinema of Discontent (2013) focuses on contemporary censorship codes by interviewing twelve filmmakers (from Asghar Farhadi to Dariush Mehrjui) about how they cope with or circumvent these restrictions. Taken together, along with the bonus short film A Walk with Kiarostami (2003), these films provide a deep and wide-ranging exploration of a courageous and fiercly creative national cinema.

Tintoretto (National Gallery of Art, DVD)
DVD Street Date: January 15, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 30 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Jacopo Tintoretto changed the face of Venetian painting. His fast and furious brushwork was likened to a thunderbolt. Combining the rich colors of Titian with the dramatic muscularity of Michelangelo’s figures, Tintoretto covered the walls of his native city with pictures that astounded his contemporaries; Vasari declared him “the most extraordinary brain that the art of painting has ever produced.” This documentary examines Tintoretto’s career with original footage of his works in the churches and palaces of Venice.

Four Times That Night (1972) (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: January 15, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Horror / 83 min / NR / Color

Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Brett Halsey, Daniela Giordano, Dick Randall, Pascale Petit, Brigitte Skay, Calisto Calisti

Synopsis: Four Times That Night is one of the most eclectic entries in Mario Bava’s already wildly varied filmography. Bava (Black Sunday, Black Sabbath) crafted a swinging sex comedy laced with dark undertones, and structured it in the style of Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon. It begins with a couple’s chance encounter in a public park that turns into a tumultuous sexual evening together. But sources vary on what exactly happened that fateful night, so the tryst is recounted from four separate points of view. Bava treats the kaleidoscopic story with his always-brilliant eye for color and composition, and the resulting film is perhaps the first bona fide arthouse nudie cutie picture.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Maria Bava: All the Colors of the Dark | Alternate English dialogue track | Deleted scenes | U.S. theatrical trailer | Mario Bava trailer gallery

Knives of the Avenger (1966) (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: January 15, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Adventure / 84 min / NR / Color

Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Fausto Tozzi, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Elissa Pichelli, Luciano Pollentin

Synosis: With Knives of the Avenger Mario Bava stepped outside of the horror genre and into the popular but short-lived Viking film. Bava crafted a barbaric revenge picture flavored with the inky darkness and splashes of color that have become the maestro’s stylistic trademark. Just as Sergio Leone used Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo as the template for his A Fistful of Dollars, Bava took inspiration from George Stevens’s Shane in fashioning this story of Helmut, a wandering soldier (Cameron Mitchell) who finds shelter in the home of a woman and child (Elissa Pichelli, Luciano Pollentin). When an assassin (Fausto Tozzi) is sent to kill the innocents, Helmut becomes their defender, fulfilling the prophecy foretold by a witch-like psychic.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark | English main title sequence | Alternate English dialogue track | Theatrical trailer | Mario Bava trailer gallery

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (Greenwich Entertainment, DVD)

DVD Street Date: January 22, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 91 min / NR / Color

Director: Sasha Waters Freyer
Starring: Geoff Dyer, Jeffrey Fraenkel, Susan Kismaric

Synopsis: Described as a “poet”, an “athlete”, or a “philosopher” of photography, Garry Winogrand harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American 1960s and ’70s. His Leica M4 snapped spontaneous images of everyday people, from the Mad Med era of New York to the early years of the Women’s Movement to post-Golden Age Hollywood, all while observing themes of cultural upheaval, political disillusionment, intimacy and alienation. Once derided by the critics, Winogrand’s “snapshot aesthetic” is now the universal language of contemporary image making. Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first cinematic treatment of Winogrand’s work, including selections from the thousands of rolls of film still undeveloped upon his unexpected death in 1984. Interviews with Tod Papageorge, Matthew Weiner and more attest to Winogrand’s indisputable influence, both as artist and chronicler of culture, while archived conversations with Jay Maisel highlight the gruff, streetwise perspective of “a city hick from the Bronx.” In the tradition of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Winogrand’s candid, psychological style transports us to a bygone world, one where image lacked the editing and control possible today.

Studio 54 (Zeitgeist Films, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: January 29, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 98 min / NR / Color

Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Starring: Steve Rubell, Ian Schrager, Jack Dushey

Synopsis: For 33 months, from 1977 to 1980, the nightclub Studio 54 was the place to be seen in Manhattan. A haven of hedonism, tolerance, glitz and glamour, Studio 54 was very hard to gain entrance to and impossible to ignore, with news of who was there filling the gossip columns daily. Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, two college friends from Brooklyn, succeeded in creating the ultimate escapist fantasy in the heart of the theater district. Rubell was the bon vivant who wanted to be everybody’s friend and was photographed with every celebrity du jour who entered the club, and Schrager was the behind-the-scenes creative mastermind who shunned the limelight. Studio 54 was an instant success and a cash cow, but the drug-and-sex-fueled dream soon imploded in financial scandal and the club’s demise. With unprecedented access to Schrager, who tells the whole unvarnished story for the first time, and a treasure- trove of rare footage, director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood) constructs a vivid, glorious portrait of a disco- era phenomenon, and tells the story of two friends who stuck together through an incredible series of highs and lows.

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