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Jun 032018
 

Kino Lorber Studio Classics
Announces its June 2018 Home Video Releases
 

The Big Country (1958) (2-Disc 60th Anniversary Special Edition)
Newly Mastered in HD!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 5, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Western-Epic/166 min/NR/Color

Director: William Wyler
Starring: Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Burl Ives, Charles Bickford, Chuck Connors

Synopsis: From William Wyler, the legendary director of Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives and Ben-Hur, comes this epic western featuring an incredible cast of screen legends Gregory Peck (On the Beach), Jean Simmons (Elmer Gantry), Charlton Heston (The Ten Commandments), Carroll Baker (Baby Doll) and Burl Ives (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) in his Oscar-winning performance (Best Actor in a Supporting Role). This bold, sweeping tale of a ship’s captain (Peck) who ventures west to find a hotbed of jealousy, hatred and dangerous rivalries. As the reluctant hero is thrust into the maelstrom, he must summon all of his resolve to save not only his own life, but also the life of the woman he loves. The Big Country is an action-packed adventure that triumphs as a work of art. The film’s legendary rousing score by Jerome Moross (The War Lord) was nominated for an Oscar. The stellar cast includes Charles Bickford (Duel in the Sun) and Chuck Connors (TV’s The Rifleman and Branded).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Noted Cultural Historian Sir Christopher Frayling | Directed by William Wyler – 60 Minute Documentary | Wyler Doc Outtakes with Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston and Billy Wilder | Interviews with Cecilia Peck, Carey Peck and Tony Peck | Interview with Fraser Heston | Interview with Catherine Wyler | Fun in the Country – Featurette | Larry Cohen on Chuck Connors | Original Theatrical Trailer | TV Spot | Two Animated Image Galleries | Reversible Blu-ray Art

Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

Newly Mastered in HD!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 12, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Fantasy-Adventure-Family-Romance / 185 min / NR / Color

Director: Nathan Juran
Starring: Kerwin Matthews, Torin Thatcher, Judi Meredith, Walter Burke, Don Beddoe

Synopsis: A pretty princess… an evil sorcerer… a hero for all ages! Forget about beanstalks – this vivid fairy tale brilliantly re-imagines the beloved fable as a rugged adventure that delights with vigorous acting and excellent trick effects. Reuniting the director (Nathan Juran) and stars (Kerwin Mathews and Torin Thatcher) of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, this visual treat is a journey you’ll want to take again and again. Farm boy Jack (Mathews) heroically rescues Princess Elaine (Judi Meredith) from sorcerer Pendragon (Thatcher) by slaying his bloodthirsty giant. But when Pendragon uses his evil powers to bewitch and imprison Elaine in his enchanted fortress, Jack must cross the ocean to brave dragons, two-headed ogres and an army of ghouls to save his lady love. This special edition includes both the original 94-minute cut and the re-envisioned 91-minute musical version of the classic.

Special Features: Includes both original 94-minute cut and the re-envisioned 91-minute musical version | Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas (Original Cut) | Original Theatrical Trailer

Spetters (1980)
Brand New 4K Restoration!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 12, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Foreign/Action/Drama / 123 min / NR / Color

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Renée Soutendijk, Rutger Hauer, Hans van Tongeren, Jeroen Krabbé, Toon Agterberg, Maarten Spanjer

Synopsis: From legendary filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (Robocop) and screenwriter Gerard Soeteman (Soldier of Orange) comes this unrated director’s cut of the explosive, fast-paced and thrilling coming-of-age drama. Raw, intense and unabashedly sexual, Spetters is a wild ride that will knock the unsuspecting for a loop. Rien, Eef and Hans are three young guys stuck in an industrial town on the outskirts of Rotterdam. They couldn’t be more different except for one thing: their shared passion for motorcycle racing, which each sees as his ticket to a better life. But a deeper passion will soon rule each of their lives, when a sexy, ambitious blonde (Renée Soutendijk, The 4th Man) comes between them and provokes unforeseen events that will rock their worlds. Co-starring Rutger Hauer (Flesh + Blood) and Jeroen Krabbé (The Fugitive).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Director Paul Verhoeven | Animated Image Gallery | Original Theatrical Trailer

Gross Anatomy (1989)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 19, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $11.95

Drama/Romance / 109 min / PG-13 / Color

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Starring: Matthew Modine, Daphne Zuniga, Christine Lahti, Todd Field, Zakes Mokae

Synopsis: It takes hard work, discipline and commitment to get through med school. Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket) stars as Joe Slovak, a brilliant first-year med student whose casual, nonconforming approach to life gets tested when he enrolls in Gross Anatomy, the toughest course in med school. Joe’s freewheeling, independent style creates funny moments in the classroom, but puts him at odds with his demanding professor (Christine Lahti, The Executioner’s Song), who questions whether her class “rebel” has what it takes to be a doctor. On top of that, Joe falls in love with his no-nonsense lab partner (Daphne Zuniga, Modern Girls), who won’t let anything, especially romance, interfere with her plans. And while Joe’s never done anything by the book, he proves he does have what it takes to succeed – without changing his ways. Todd Field (Eyes Wide Shut) co-stars in this romantic drama wonderfully directed by cult filmmaker Thom Eberhardt (Night of the Comet, Sole Survivor).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Director Thom Eberhardt | Theatrical Trailer

Under Capricorn (1949)
Brand New 4K Restoration!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 19, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Mystery/Romance/Drama / 117 min / NR / Color

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton, Michael Wilding, Cecil Parker, Margaret Leighton

Synopsis: Mystery, murder and passion from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock (Lifeboat, Psycho). Screen legends Ingrid Bergman (Joan of Arc, Intermezzo) and Joseph Cotten (Portrait of Jennie, The Farmer’s Daughter) star in Under Capricorn, a lush Technicolor drama. Cotten plays Sam Flusky, a native Briton banished to Australia for murder. Bergman is his wife, Henrietta, the disturbed sister of the man Flusky was convicted of killing. When a new governor (Cecil Parker, 23 Paces to Baker Street) arrives, he brings with him his cousin Adare (Michael Wilding, Stage Fright), an old friend of Henrietta’s, who sets out to help her conquer her demons and return her life to normal. But is Henrietta going insane, or is someone trying to drive her mad? Is she merely an alcoholic, or is someone trying to poison her? No one but Hitchcock could handle these questions with such surefire tension, and the performances by the entire cast are excellent. A rich account of emotional self-sacrifice, Under Capricorn is that rare film which captures the humanity of its characters while keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. Beautifully shot by Jack Cardiff (Black Narcissus).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger | Hitchcock/Truffaut: Icon interviews Icon (audio) | Cinema of Signs: Claude Chabrol on Alfred Hitchcock | Theatrical Trailer

The Woman in the Window (1944)

Newly Mastered in HD!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 19, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Film Noir/Thriller / 107 min / NR / B&W

Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Dan Duryea, Edmund Breon

Synopsis: Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson, The Stranger) is no criminal… at least, he wasn’t until he met “the woman in the window.” With his wife and kids out of town, the chaste professor engages in an innocent flirtation with a chance acquaintance (Joan Bennett, Scarlet Street) and inadvertently commits a shocking and unspeakable crime. But that’s just the beginning of his problems, for as the cunning D.A. (Raymond Massey, The Hurricane) – one of Wanley’s dearest friends – gets closer and closer to identifying the killer, Wanley finds he’s more and more willing to resort to desperate measures to avoid being caught. Masterfully directed by the legendary Fritz Lang (Metropolis, Spies), The Woman in the Window is a suspense-laden, gripping thriller with the logic and plausibility of a nightmare. Co-starring Dan Duryea (Storm Fear).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Imogen Sara Smith | Theatrical Trailer

I, Jane Doe (1948)
Brand New HD Master from a 4K Scan of the Original 35mm Negative and Finegrain by Paramount Pictures Archives!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 19, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama/Crime / 85 min / NR / B&W

Director: John H. Auer
Starring: Ruth Hussey, John Carroll, Vera Ralston, Gene Lockhart, John Howard, Adele Mara

Synopsis: In this courtroom drama, a woman (Vera Ralston, Dakota) stands trial for murder. While stationed in France during World War II, a married American fighter pilot (John Carroll, Flying Tigers) commits bigamy and marries a local French girl (Ralston). After the end of the war, he disappears, returning back to the U.S. The war bride follows him to the U.S., finding him married to a successful lawyer (Ruth Hussey, The Uninvited). The bigamist tries to get her deported and in the ensuing argument, she accidentally kills him. And to everyone’s surprise, the man’s widow decides to take on her case and defend her. Wonderfully directed by Republic Pictures veteran John H. Auer (City That Never Sleeps).

The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Vol. 2 (1966-1968)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 26, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Animation / NR / B&W

Director: Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt
Starring: Larry Storch, Rich Little, Paul Frees, Laura Olsher, Mel Blanc, Henry Mancini

Synopsis: In this collection of twenty animated theatrical shorts, the Pink Panther firmly hits his stride, the character’s persona first established and refined in his previous twenty films. The Pink Panther of 1966-1968 is just reaching his prime, one blithe cat maintaining his cool in the face of an uptight society, often personified by the stress-wracked “Little Man.” Here, as always, are pop-culture parodies (the still-timely superhero spoof Super Pink), satires of ’60s counterculture (Psychedelic Pink), and flirtations with outright surrealism (The Hand Is Pinker Than the Eye, Pink Outs). With production supervised by animation legend Friz Freleng, and direction largely handled by the Panther’s original graphic designer Hawley Pratt, these shorts blend classic cartoon slapstick with a more modern sensibility that make them favorites with audiences of all ages.

Special Features: 20 shorts in chronological order (21-40) – All with original audio (no laugh tracks) | Audio commentaries for selected films by author Mark Arnold, historian Jerry Beck, filmmaker Greg Ford, cartoon writer William Hohauser, and veteran DePatie-Freleng storymen Tony Benedict and Art Leonardi | Pink Outs (TV Version) | From Page to Screen – In the Pink (5:26) | From Page to Screen – The Pink Blueprint (6:22)

The Martian Chronicles (1980)
Newly Mastered in HD!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 26, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $24.95

Science Fiction / 293 min / NR / Color

Director: Michael Anderson
Starring: Rock Hudson, Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Bernie Casey, Darren McGavin, Bernadette Peters, Joyce Van Patten, Maria Schell, Frtiz Weaver, James Faulkner

Synopsis: Making contact was the beginning of the end… From the mind of legendary writer Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes) springs what is perhaps his most epic vision. Capturing mankind’s first venture into the colonization of another planet – and its tragic first contact with another species – The Martian Chronicles is a stunning achievement that will take you from the edge of your seat and to the stars. Earth is on the verge of extinction. To survive, mankind must find another place to live. And when three expeditions to Mars, headed by Col. John Wilder (Rock Hudson, Avalanche), find suitable conditions for relocations, humans pour in by the shipload, bringing the old evils of Earth with them. As Wilder begins to heed the lessons of the dying Martian civilization, can he save humanity from repeating its own doom? Michael Anderson (Logan’s Run, Orca) directed this epic mini-series featuring Gayle Hunnicutt (Marlowe), Bernie Casey (Sharky’s Machine), Darren McGavin (TV’s The Night Stalker), Roddy McDowall (Fright Night), Bernadette Peters (The Jerk), Joyce Van Patten (The Falcon and the Snowman), Fritz Weaver (Black Sunday), Maria Schell (The Hanging Tree) and James Faulkner (TV’s Game of Thrones).

Special Features: Interview with actor James Faulkner

Miracles (1986)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 26, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Comedy, Action, Romance / 87 min / PG / Color

Director: Jim Kouf
Starring: Teri Garr, Tom Conti, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Rodriguez, Charles Rocket, Ken Lerner

Synopsis: From Jim Kouf, the writer of Stakeout, Up the Creek, Rush Hour and The Hidden comes this action-filled romantic comedy about a married couple on the run. Jean (Teri Garr, Mr. Mom) and Roger (Tom Conti, American Dreamer) decide to divorce after 10 years, but 12 hours later, they’re together again by accident. Their cars collide swerving to miss Juan, the jaywalking jewel thief (Paul Rodriguez, Born in East L.A.) who decides to cash in on the crash. The ex-couple are kidnapped, shot at, cast adrift, mistaken for smugglers and even survive a plane crash. But the toughest torture these two endure is being trapped together. Miracles is a frantic flurry of hilarious and miraculous mishaps stylishly directed by Jim Kouf (Gang Related), making his directorial debut. Co-starring Christopher Lloyd (Camp Nowhere) and Charles Rocket (Delirious).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Jim Kouf and Associate Producer Lynn Kouf | Original Theatrical Trailer

Disorganized Crime (1989)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: June 26, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $11.95

Action, Comedy, Crime / 98 min / R / Color

Director: Jim Kouf
Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Ed O’Neill, Fred Gwynne, Corbin Bernsen, Hoyt Axton, Rubén Blades, Daniel Roebuck, William Russ

Synopsis: From Jim Kouf, the writer of Stakeout, Up the Creek, Rush Hour and National Treasure comes this heist comedy about five crooks without a plan and two cops without a clue, starring Lou Diamond Phillips (The First Power), Ed O’Neill (TV’s Married with Children), Corbin Bernsen (Hello Again), Fred Gwynne (TV’s The Munsters), Hoyt Axton (Gremlins), Rubén Blades (Color of Night), Daniel Roebuck (River’s Edge) and William Russ (Wanted: Dead or Alive). A gang of not-so professional criminals have everything it takes to rob a bank — except their leader, their getaway car and an actual plan. On their tail are two cops, who are actually dumber than the criminals. By the time the gang hits the bank vault, it’s a safe bet there’s going to be organized insanity — and disorganized crime. This hilarious hit delivers an arresting combination of action, suspense and comedy. Written and directed by Jim Kouf (Miracles).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Jim Kouf and Producer Lynn Kouf | Interview with actor Daniel Roebuck | Original Theatrical Trailer

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