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Mar 062019
 

Kino Lorber Announces its March 2019 Home Video Releases
 

 

Of Fathers and Sons (Kino Lorber, DVD and Blu-ray)
2019 Academy Award® Nominee — Best Documentary Feature
DVD Street Date: March 5, 2019
Blu-ray Street Date: April 16, 2019
DVD and Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 102 min / NR / Color

Director: Talal Derki
Featuring: Abu Osama, Ayman Osama, Osama Osama

Synopsis: After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs (2013), Talal Derki returned to his Syrian homeland where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems content to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, Of Fathers and Sons is a work of unparalleled intimacy that captures the chilling moment when childgood dies and jihadism is born.

Macunaíma (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)

Blu-ray Street Date: March 5, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

1969 / Fantasy/Comedy / 104 min / NR / Color

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade
Starring: Grande Otelo, Paulo José, Jardel Filho

Synopsis: One of the high points of Brazil’s subversive Cinema Novo movement, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade’s Macunaíma (1969) is an anarchic comedy that mixes ancient myths, racial burlesque, and urban guerillas into a hallucinatory masterpiece. Adapted from the classic 1928 modernist novel by Mário de Andrade, the film follows Macunaíma, the “hero with no character,” after he emerges as a full-size adult from his mother’s belly. Born black, he magically turns white as he wanders aimlessly across the country, tricking his way through traps laid out by witches and giants, while also falling in with a beautiful revolutionary. Thumbing its nose at the authoritarian government then reigning in Brazil, Macunaíma is a vibrant and politically combustible comedy at the cutting edge of the Tropicalist avant-garde. This Kino Classics release also includes two short films and Andrade’s subsequent feature, The Conspirators (1972), a historical reconstruction of a failed coup during Brazil’s colonial period.

Special Features: All directed by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade: The Conspirators (1972, 79 minutes), Brazilia, Contradictions of a New City (1967, 23 minutes), The Language of Persuasion (1970, 11 minutes)

Little Gandhi (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 12, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 91 min / NR / Color

Director: Sam Kadi
Featuring: Robert Ford

Synopsis: Little Gandhi is a powerful documentary that follows the life of iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar, who became internationally known as “Little Gandhi” for his initiative of facing down violent government security forces with flowers and bottles of water. Matar was a key organizer of peaceful protests in his hometown of Daraya against one of the most vicious regimes in the 21st century, inspiring people worldwide. His brutal torture and death at the age of 26, merely a few months after his marriage with a baby on the way, outraged the international community and erupted into one of the most violent crises in modern history.

Director Sam Kadi made the film by recruiting Syrian activists who risked their lives to help arrange and film the interviews after being trained on basic filmmaking techniques via Skype. Kadi also used Skype to direct the entire shoot inside Syria. It then took over six months to gradually smuggle the film files out of Syria on small thumb drives for eventual uploading. Remarkably, it became Syria’s first-ever official submission for Foreign Language Film competition for the 90th Academy Awards®.

Special Features: Teaser for TEDx Talk by director Sam Kadi | Trailer

Chef Flynn (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: March 12, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 82 min / NR / Color

Director: Cameron Yates
Starring: Flynn McGarry, Meg McGarry, Paris McGarry

Synopsis: While many of his peers were still playing with toy cars, Flynn McGarry was creating remarkable gastronomic delights at his home in Studio City, California. Enjoying unwavering support from his mother Meg, an artist who documented every step of his distinctive journey, he devoted himself entirely to his creative passion. Flynn loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and soon became konwn as the “Teen Chef,” establishing his own supper club at age 12 and being featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. Before he was 16, he had staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. But critics soon emerged who challenged Flynn’s rapid ascent in the culinary world, threatening to distract him from his dream. Pairing Meg’s exhaustive home videos with intimiate vérité footage, Chef Flynn director Cameron Yates (The Canal Street Madam) creates a collage of Flynn’s singular focus and one-of-a-kind childhood. The result is a uniquely comprehensive portrait of a young star’s rise as seen from the inside.

Special Features: Deleted Scenes | Trailer | Reversible sleeve artwork | TEDYouth talk by Flynn McGarry | KCRW’s The Document asks “What Happens When You Reach Your Dream…at Age 19?” with Flynn McGarry, director Cameron Yates and producer Laura Coxson (courtesy of KCRW)

Unknown Soldier (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 12, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama / 180 min / NR / Color

Director:  Aku Louhimies
Starring: Eero Aho, Johannes Holopainen, Jussi Vatanen

Synopsis: The most expensive movie ever produced in Finland, the monumental war drama Unknown Soldier broke box office records in its homeland upon release. Based on the classic novel by Väinö Linna, it tells the story of an infantry unit’s three-year tour of duty during the Finnish Continuation War. The film follows the story of Rokka, Kariluoto, Koskela, Hietanen, and their brothers-in-arms. It shows how friendship, humor, and the will to live unite these men on their way to the battlefront and back. The war changes the lives of each of the soliders as well as the lives of those on the home front, and also leaves its mark on the entire nation.

Special Features: Into the Unknown: The Making of Unknown Solider | Deleted Scenes | Post-production Featurettes | Trailer

Eagle’s Wing (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)

Blu-ray Street Date: March 19, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

1979 / Western / 111 min / PG / Color

Director: Anthony Harvey
Starring: Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Harvey Keitel, Stéphane Audran, John Castle, Caroline Langrishe

Synopsis: A Scorpion Releasing Release! Anthony Harvey (The Lion in Winter, They Might Be Giants, Grace Quigley) directed this lyrical western, set among the savage landscape of canyons and plains of New Mexico, features Martin Sheen (Little girl Who lives by the Lane, Cassandra Crossing, Badlands, Apocalypse Now) as city-bred Pike who travels to the badlands with experienced trapper Henry (Harvey Keitel, Mean Streets, Bad Lieutenant, Reservoir Dogs) to buy pelts from a Comanche chief. The chief is attacked by White Bull (Sam Waterston, The Killing Fields, Warning Sign, TV’s Law and Order), a vicious Kiowa brave, who subsequently ambushes the trappers. Pike is left alone to fend for himself and, as he learns how to survive in the hostile environment, his mind turns to revenge. Co-starring Stéphane Audran (Babette’s Feast, Les Biches, Le Boucher).

Special Features: Brand new on camera interview with actress Caroline Langrishe

Steel Arena (Code Red, DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 19, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

1973 / Action / 98 min / PG / Color

Director: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Dusty Russell, Buddy Love, Gene Drew, Dutch Schnitzer, Speed Stearns, Ed Ryan

Synopsis: Come rejoice with the “Circus of Death”, the real life daredevil car show featuring the Hell Drivers in Mark L. Lester’s 70’s drive-in classic Steel Arena. The new HD Blu-ray from Code Red features a brand new awesome scan from the original uncut negative. This is a one of a kind cult film that is a must for any collection. It even inspired the 1977 hit movie Smokey and the Bandit and you’ll see why after you check out the incredible Steel Arena! Written and directed by Mark L. Lester (Commando, Firestarter, Class of 1999, Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw).

Special Features: Audio Commentary with director Mark L. Lester moderated by film geek Marc Hotk | Interview with Mark L. Lester

The Last Resort (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: March 19, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 70 min / NR / Color

Director: Dennis Scholl, Kareem Tabsch
Featuring: Edna Buchanan, Susan Gladstone, Stan Hughes

Synopsis: Before the arrival of Miami Vice and MTV Spring Break, South Beach was home to the largest cluster of Jewish retirees in the country. Drawn by the small apartments, low cost of living, sunny weather, and thriving cultural life, they came by the thousands seeking refuge from the Northeast’s brutal winters. By the 1970s, these former New Yorkers had turned from seasonal visitors to year-round residents, making Miami Beach home to a population that was primarily over 70 and overwhelmingly Jewish. The Last resort takes audiences on a journey to the iconic Miami Beach of that era through the lens of young photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe. With cameras in hand, they embarked on an ambitious 10-year project to document this unique chapter in the city’s history, which would soon be erased by the turbulent 1980s. Featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Buchanan, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, photographer Gary Monroe, and more, The Last Resort is a stunning testament to a community all but forgotten…until now.

Special Features: Deleted Scenes | Q&A with the directors | Cherry Pop: The Story of the World’s Fanciest Cat (2014), a short film by Kareem Tabsch | Andy Sweet Photo Gallery | Gary Monroe photo gallery | South Beach architecture gallery | Trailer

Kingdom of the Spiders (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)
Brand New 2017 HD Master!
Blu-ray Street Date: March 26, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

1977 / Horror / 97 min / PG / Color

Director: John ‘Bud’ Cardos
Starring: William Shatner, Woody Strode, Tiffany Bolling, David McLean, Natasha Ryan

Synopsis: A Code Red Release! Television legend William Shatner (TV’s Star Trek, T.J. Hooker and Boston Legal) stars as vet “Rack” Hansen in this cult classic about an Arizona town infested with a horde of arachnids that turn on the humans. After livestock belonging to Rack’s friend Walter Colby (Woody Strode, The Italian Connection. The Ravagers, The Professionals) Fall victim to a spider attack, entomologist Diane Ashley (Tiffany Bolling, Wild Party) arrives and tries to help Rack deal with the crisis. But with the big county fast approaching, Mayor Connors (Roy Engel, The Man from Planet X) refuses to let them quarantine the Colby’s ranch. Soon the remaining residents of the town must barricade themselves to stave off the eight-legged invaders in the ultimate man vs. arachnid showdown! Directed by cult filmmaker Roy ‘Bud’ Cardos (The Dark, Mutant, Outlaw of Gor).

Special Features: Audio commentary with director John ‘Bud’ Cardos, producer Igo Kantor and star Tiffany Bolling | Interview with Tiffany Bolling | Theatrical Trailer

The World Beneath Your Feet (Greenwich Entertainment, DVD)

DVD Street Date: March 26, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 95 min / NR / Color

Director: Jeremy Workman
Featuring: Matt Green

Synopsis: There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking them all – every street, park, cemetery, beach, and bridge. It’s a five-borough journey that stretches from the barbershops of the Bronx to the forests of Staten Island, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, with Matt amassing a surprisingly detailed knowledge of New York’s history and people along the way. Something of a modern-day Thoreau, Matt gave up his former engineering job, his apartment, and most of his possessions, sustaining his endeavor through couch-surfing, cat-sitting and a $15-per-day budget. He’s not sure exactly why he’s doing it, only knowing that there’s no other way he’d rather spend his days. Executive produced by Oscar® nominee Jesse Eisenberg, The World Before Your Feet is a tribute to an endlessly fascinating city and the freedom to be found, wherever you live, in simply taking a walk.

Special Features: Deleted Scenes | Interview with Jesse Eisenberg | SXSW Q&A | Trailer

The Iceman Cometh (Kino Classics, 2-Disc Blu-ray)
Blu-ray Street Date: March 26, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95

1973 / Drama / 239 mins / PG / Color

Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Lee Marvin, Fredric March, Robert Ryan

Synopsis: In the faded light of Harry Hope’s 1912 skid row bar, a group of fallen men, like ghosts haunting the wreckage of their own lives, await the annual arrival of Hickey (Lee Marvin). This year, however, the charismatic salesman brings not the usual rounds of drinks and slaps on the back, but an unwelcome message of sobriety. Hollywood legends Fredric March and Robert Ryan performed alongside relative newcomer Jeff Bridges in a brilliant cinematic experiment that captured the existential dread of O’Neill’s play, the capstone of which is Marvin’s haunting suggestion of the madman that hides beneath Hickey’s ribald, garrulous exterior.

Special Features: Disc One: New 2K restoration of the complete 239-minute director’s cut | Optional English subtitles Disc Two: New 2K restoration of the 178-minute theatrical version | Interview with Edie Landau | “Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera,” a promotional film for the American Film Theatre | Optional English SDH subtitles | Trailer Gallery

Bad Banks (Kino Lorber, 2-Disc DVD)

DVD street Date: March 26, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Crime/Drama/Thriller / 321 min / NR / Color

Director: Oliver Kienle
Starring: Paula Beer, Barry Atsma, Désirée Nosbusch

Synopsis: Bad Banks is a thrilling peek into the high-stakes world of high finance. The six episodes of Season One follow Jana Liekam, an up-and-coming investment banker in Luxembourg. Her conniving boss Christelle Leblanc gets her fired, and Jana has to get a similar job in Frankfurt, leaving behind her boyfriend and his 5-year-old daughter. Behind-the-scenes, Leblanc continues to manipulate Jana for her own obscure plans, tipping her off to an attractive deal. Now indebted, Jana is expected to deliver something in return…

Bad Banks takes us on a breakneck journey into the highly complex system of a major bank. We meet protagonists who keep the circulation of the global financial economy going with varying motivations and high personal commitment, and yet are always in search of recognition. With them, we ask ourselves: What are you worth? What do you live for? And what price are you willing to pay?

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