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Oct 172018
 

Kino Lorber Announces its November 2018 Home Video Releases

 

Truman Capote’s The Glass House
(1972 TV Movie) (Scorpion Releasing)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: November 6, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama / 91 min / NR / Color

Director: Tom Gries
Starring: Alan Alda, Vic Morrow, Clu Gulager, Dean Jagger, Billy Dee Williams

Synopsis: Filmed entirely on location at Utah State Prison, this is one of the most brutal prison stories ever filmed. A taut, tense trip down nightmare alley and as devastating an experience as one could stomach, making this film one of the most shocking of its genre. In grim and often graphic detail, the film follows the introduction into the system of a new prison guard (Clu Gulager, The Killers. Hunter’s Blood), a man full of high ideals and moral intentions, but totally ill-equipped and unable to contain the corruption and degradation he encounters within. When two new inmates, a college professor (Alan Alda, M*A*S*H, The Four Seasons) and a young teenager become the target for the brutal and sadistic gang leader (Vic Morrow, Combat, Twilight Zone: The Movie), they find nowhere to run and no one to run to. Even the aging Warden (Dean Jagger, I Heard the Owl Call My Name, Game of Death) is bought and paid for by the gang leaders. Their fate is inevitable and terror reigns supreme, it is the law of the jungle, the law of gang rapes, scalding and vicious knifings. Legendary Truman Capote’s (In Cold Blood) The Glass House is a relentless, devastating and above all, a damning portrayal of life and death as it exists in one of America’s toughest prisons. Directed by Hollywood veteran Tom Gries (100 Rifles, Lady Ice, Breakout) and co-starring Billy Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back, Hit!), Scott Hylands (Fools, Death Hunt) and Luke Askew (Dune Warriors). Now see this groundbreaking TV movie for the first time in HD!

Special Features: On-camera interview with star Clu Gulager

Revenge of the Dead (1983) (Code Red)

Blu-ray Street Date: November 6, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95

Horror / 89 min / R / Color

Director: Pupi Avati
Starring: Gabriele Lavia, Anne Canovas, Paola Tanziani, Cesare Barbetti, Bob Tonelli

Synopsis: A Code Red Release! Mystery, science fiction and horror fuel this pulse-pounding supernatural thriller from Italian director Pupi Avati (House of the Laughing Windows). Not your usual zombie flick, but a thought-provoking puzzler steeped in ancient mysteries, Revenge of the Dead will make you believe the dead can walk again. Stefano, a budding novelist, (Gabrielle Lavia, Beyond The Door, Deep Red) receives the innocent gift of a used typewriter from his wife on their wedding anniversary. While changing the ribbon, he discovers the typed imprint of writing left by the previous owner. Fascinated by this startling essay, Stefano uncovers the experiments of scientist Paolo Zeder whose claims of places where death ceases to exist intrigue the young writer. Obsessed with finding the truth about Zeder’s theories, Stefano is led on a terrifying journey where he is confronted with an occult conspiracy to reanimate the dead! Now see this terrifying tale in HD!

Special Features: Interview with director Pupi Avati | Interview with Star Gabriella Lavia

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Greenwich)
DVD Street Date: November 6, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 97 min / NR / Color

Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Starring: Scotty Bowers, Peter Bart, Stephen Fry

Synopsis: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became confidante, aide-de-camp and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male — and female — stars. In the 1940s and ’50s, Scotty ran a gas station in the shadow of the studio lots where he would connect his friends with actors and actresses who had to hide their true sexual identities for fear of police raids at gay bars, societal shunning and career suicide. An unsung Hollywood legend, Bowers would cater to the sexual appetites of celebrities-straight and gay-for decades. While the studio PR machines were promoting their stars as wholesome and monogamous, Bowers was fulfilling the true desires of many of them. This cinéma-vérité documentary by director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) tells his story, as well as presents eyeopening takes on icons from the Hollywood Golden Age including Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and many more.

Itzhak (Greenwich)

DVD Street Date: November 6, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 82 min / NR / Color

Director: Alison Chernick
Starring: Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Alan Alda

Synopsis: From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary Itzhak looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

What Will People Say (Kino Lorber)

DVD Street Date: November 6, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama / 106 min / NR / Color

Director: Iram Haq
Starring: Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) lives a double life. When out with her friends, she’s a regular Norwegian teenager. At home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter. But when her father (Adil Hussain) catches her alone with her boyfriend, Nisha’s two worlds brutally collide. To set an example and escape the judgment of their peers, Nisha’s parents send her to live with extended family in a small town in Pakistan. There, in an unfamiliar country surrounded by people she barely knows, Nisha must adapt to a rigid culture that denies her the freedoms she once enjoyed. Winner of Audience Awards at AFI Fest and the Les Arcs European Film Festival, What Will People Say is a tense and moving drama about women’s rights, immigrant identity, and familial duties. It features an astounding debut by 18-year-old Mozhdah and a nuanced performance by veteran actor Hussain (Life of Pi).

The Fifth Floor (1978) (Code Red)

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: November 13, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Thriller / 90 min / R / Color

Director: Howard Avedis
Starring: Robert Englund, Bo Hopkins, Anthony James, Mel Ferrer, Patti D’Arbanville, Dianne Hull, Sharon Farrell, Julie Adams, John David Carson

Synopsis: A young woman (Dianne Hull, Aloha Bobby and Rose) collapses on the disco dance floor from what’s revealed to be strychnine poisoning. Assuming a suicide attempt, her boyfriend (John David Carson, Pretty Maids All in a Row) and her doctor have her committed to The Fifth Floor, an asylum with obviously crazy inmates, including Benny (Robert England, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Great Smokey Roadblock) and a predatory orderly Carl (Bo Hopkins, Killer Elite, Mutant). The problem is, she’s still sane – and her ordeal is just beginning. Also starring Anthony James (Texas Detour), Mel Ferrer (The Great Alligator), Julie Adams (Creature from the Black Lagoon), Sharon Farrell (Sweet Sixteen) and Patti D’Arbanville (Modern Problems).

Special Features: Interview with star Bo Hopkins

The Last Seduction (1994) (Scorpion Releasing)
Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: November 20, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

DVD SRP: $19.95

Thriller / 110 min / R / Color

Director: John Dahl

Starring: Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman, Peter Berg, J.T. Walsh, Bill Nunn, Dean Norris

Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmaker John Dahl, the director of Kill Me Again, Red Rock West, Rounders, Unforgettable and Joy Ride – Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino, Men in Black, Jade) seems to have it all: beauty, intelligence and a marriage to Clay, a wealthy physician (Bill Pullman, Lake Placid, Independence Day). But everything isn’t enough for Bridget, who persuades her husband to make dirty deals on prescription drugs and then runs with the profit. Now incognito in a mid-American small town. Bridget draws a naive local, Mike Swale (Peter Berg, A Midnight Clear, Late for Dinner) into a smoldering affair. Passion, greed and revenge forge a desperate triangle between the three as Bridget draws her unknowing victims deeper into her deadly web of deceit. The stellar cast also includes J.T. Walsh (Breakdown), Dean Norris (TV’s Breaking Bad) and Bill Nunn (Do the Right Thing).

Blu-ray Special Features:
NEW Audio Commentary with Director John Dahl, moderated by Nathaniel Thompson | The Art of Seduction Featurette with Dahl, Star Bill Pullman and Writer Steve Barancik | Behind-the-Scenes Footage | Deleted Scenes with optional Commentary | Alternate Ending with optional Commentary | Stills Gallery | Trailer

DVD Special Features::
NEW Audio Commentary with Director John Dahl, moderated by Nathaniel Thompson | The Art of Seduction Featurette with Dahl, Star Bill Pullman and Writer Steve Barancik | Behind-the-Scenes Footage | Deleted Scenes | Alternate Ending | Stills Gallery | Trailer

Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers (Kino Classics)

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: November 20, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $99.95
DVD SRP: $79.95

Documentary / 1710 min / NR / B&W

Synopsis: In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores.

Special Features: 80-page booklet with essays and photos | Interviews with historians and archivists | Audio commentaries for select films

Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (1988) (Kino Lorber)
DVD Street Date: November 20, 2018
DVD SRP: $59.95

Documentary / 343 min / NR / Color

Featuring: Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers

Synopsis: In The Power of Myth, the beloved 1988 PBS series, mythologist and storyteller Joseph Campbell joins Bill Moyers to explore what enduring myths can tell us about our lives. In each of six episodes – “The Hero’s Adventure,” “The Message of the Myth,” “The First Storytellers,” “Sacrifice and Bliss,” “Love and the Goddess,” and “Masks of Eternity” – Moyers and Campbell focus on a character or theme found in cultural and religious mythologies. Campbell argues that these timeless archetypes continue to have a powerful influence on the choices we make and the ways we live.
Released shortly after Campbell’s death on October 30, 1987, The Power of Myth was one of the most popular TV series in the history of public television, and continues to inspire new audiences.

Special Features: Finding Joe, a 2011 documentary about Joseph Campbell’s lasting influence (80 minutes) Extended conversations with Joseph Campbell from Bill Moyers Journal Selections from Bill Moyers’ interview with George Lucas | Trailers

Clouzot: The  Early Works — 2-Disc Set (Kino Classics)

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: November 20, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Documentary / 511 min / NR / B&W

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Synopsis: Before directing his first feature, Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear, Diabolique) spent ten years learning the ropes. During this prolific period as a screenwriter he learned cinematic grammar and began to forge his style. To better know and understand Henri-Georges Clouzot, you have to discover these rare films, of which he was one of the principal architects. Kino Classics is proud to present CLOUZOT: THE EARLY WORKS, which collects six varied features he worked on from 1931-1933: frothy comedies, boxing dramas, musicals and melodramas. The set includes his directorial debut – the short film The Terror of Batignolles (1931), which anticipates his canonical thrillers to come.

Special Features: Booklet Essay by Film Critic Peter Tonguette

Almost Human (1974) (Code Red)
Blu-ray Street Date: November 27, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Action / 90 min / R / Color

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Starring: Tomas Milian, Henry Silva, Laura Belli, Gino Santercole, Mario Piave

Synopsis: Giulio Sacchi (Tomas Milian, Tepepa, Sonny and Jed, Sex with a Smile) is a psychotic small-time thief with a chip on his shoulder who’s leaving a slew of dead bodies all over Milan. Now he’s got a plan to make a quick and easy jackpot: kidnap the daughter of a local billionaire and hold her for ransom. And nothing is going to stop Giulio from getting his money — not even Inspector Walter Grandi (Henry Silva, Cry of A Prostitute, Trapped, Foxbat, Shoot, Day of The Assassin), Milan’s toughest cop who’s hot on Sacchi’s trail. Now the police are racing to find the kidnapped girl and stop the ticking human time bomb before he explodes and leaves more death and carnage in his wake. Gritty and exciting, Almost Human is a top-notch Italian crime classic from director Umberto Lenzi (Seven Blood Stained Orchids, Ironmaster) and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (My Name Is Nobody, Case of The Scorpion’s Tail). Filled with tough, brutal and bloody action sequences, it contains a powerful, memorable score from legendary composer Ennio Morricone (The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in The West) and a supporting cast including Ray Lovelock (Autopsy, The Cassandra Crossing, Murder Rock) and Anita Strindberg (Who Saw Her Die). Tough-as-nails entertainment, Almost Human is always thrilling and now more explosive than ever in a brand-new HD master!

Special Features: Interview with director Umberto Lenzi | Trailer

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