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Feb 032020
 

Kino Lorber Announces its February 2020
Home Video Releases

The Disappearance of My Mother
Prebook Date: 1/7/20
Street Date: 2/4/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K242763
DVD UPC: 738329242763
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 97
Director: Beniamino Barrese
Actors: Benedetta Barzini
Language: Italian and English

Benedetta Barzini wants to disappear. An iconic fashion model in the 1960s, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Penn and Avedon. As a radical feminist in the 1970s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, she is fed up with all the roles that life has imposed on her and decides to leave everything and everybody behind, to disappear to a place as far as possible from the gaze of the camera. Only her son Beniamino is permitted to witness her journey. Having filmed her since he was a child despite her resistance, he now wants to make a film about her, to keep her close for as long as possible – or, at least, as long as his camera keeps running. The making of The Disappearance of My Mother turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta – that of her liberation.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by film curator Eric Hynes | Deleted Scenes | Theatrical Trailer

The Trouble With You

Prebook Date: 1/14/20
Street Date: 2/11/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24257
DVD UPC: 738329242572
Genre: Comedy
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 108
Director: Pierre Salvadori
Actors: Adele Haenel, Pio Marmai, Damien Bonnard, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Eibaz
Language: French with English subtitles

The Trouble with You is a rollicking and star-studded French comedy from director Pierre Salvadori (Priceless). In a town on the French Riviera, detective Yvonne (Adèle Haenel, BPM) is the young widow of beloved police chief Santi (Vincent Elbaz, The Hundred-Foot Journey). When she shockingly discovers that an innocent young man, Antoine (Pio Marmaï), has spent eight years in prison as Santi’s scapegoat, she is thrown into turmoil. Yvonne wants to do everything she can to help the very charming Antoine get his life and wife (Audrey Tautou, Amélie) back. Everything, that is, except telling him the truth about Santi. Antoine finds it difficult adjusting to civilian life, to say the least, and drags Yvonne along into a spectacular series of misadventures.

Bonus Features: Theatrical Trailer.

After Parkland

Prebook Date: 1/28/20
Street Date: 2/25/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24274
DVD UPC: 738329242749
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 92
Director: Emily Taguchi & Jake Lefferman
Actors: David Hogg, Brooke Harrison, Andrew Pollock
Language: English

In the days immediately following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman began filming with students and families whose lives were forever altered. They included senior David Hogg, who became the public face of a student movement to end gun violence; freshman Brooke Harrison, who was in the first classroom attacked; Andrew Pollack, the father of 18-year-old Meadow, who was killed after being shot nine times; and the loved ones of 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, including his parents Manuel and Patricia, girlfriend Victoria Gonzalez, and friends Dillon McCooty and Sam Zeif. Filmed over the course of the spring, summer, and fall following the tragedy, After Parkland weaves together candid, in-depth interviews, vérité footage and personal videos and photos to chronicle moments both intimate and defining – as families navigated the unthinkable and rose to challenge the nation to end gun violence.

Bonus Features: Trailer

Synonyms

Prebook Date: 1/28/20
Street Date: 2/25/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24279
DVD UPC: 738329242794
BD SRP: 34.95
BD Item #: K24280
BD UPC: 738329242800
Genre: Drama
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 123
Director: Nadav Lapid
Actors: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillote
Language: English, Russian, Italian, German, Mandarin, Cantonese

One of the best-reviewed films of 2019, and winner of the Golden Bear for Best Feature at the Berlin Film Festival, Synonyms is a ferociously funny movie about the existential angst of an expat. It features a dynamic lead performance from newcomer Tom Mercier, whose feral intensity practically bursts out of the frame. Mercier plays Yoav, a disaffected young Israeli who flees Tel Aviv for Paris to start a new life. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees France as his only hope for salvation. He vows not to utter a single word of Hebrew, his French dictionary becoming his constant companion. He is swiftly befriended by a strange young French couple who enmesh him in a very Parisian love triangle. Based on writer- director Nadav Lapid’s (The Kindergarten Teacher) own experiences, Synonyms explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place.

Bonus Features: NYFF Live: In Conversation with Nadav Lapid (Courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center) | Interview with director Nadav Lapid | Theatrical trailer

Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
Prebook Date: 1/28/20
Street Date: 2/25/20

Label: National Gallery of Art
DVD SRP: 14.95
DVD Item #: K24371
DVD UPC: 738329243715
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 30
Actors: Glenn Close
Language: English

Andrea del Verrocchio (c. 1435 – 1488) was one of the great artists of the Italian Renaissance. His works in bronze and marble rival ancient sculptures in their naturalism, expressiveness, and sophisticated design. As a true “Renaissance man,” he was also a gifted painter and draftsman whose innovations deeply influenced the young artists of his busy workshop, including his prize pupil, Leonardo da Vinci. This film, narrated by Glenn Close, tells the story of Verrocchio’s career as a favored sculptor of the Medici, the most powerful family of Renaissance Florence, and explores his collaborations with Leonardo. It includes new footage of the original settings for his works – the beautiful churches, palaces, and public spaces of Florence, Pistoia, and Venice.

Blood and Sand
Prebook Date: 1/14/20
Street Date: 2/11/20

Label: Kino Classics
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24332
DVD UPC: 738329243326
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24333
BD UPC: 738329243333
Genre: Drama
Year: 1922
Rating: NR
Runtime: 104
Director: Fred Niblo
Actors: Rudolph Valentino Nita Naldi Lila Lee
Language: English

Mastered in 4K from 35mm film elements preserved by the Cinémathèque Française and Paul Killiam. Additional material provided by Eye Filmmuseum.

The film has been color tinted according to instructions in the 1922 continuity script. Special thanks to the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, David Pierce, and Ken Winokur.

An immortal icon of brooding sexuality, Rudolph Valentino has become one of silent cinema’s most enigmatic and entrancing performers. Based on the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibanez, Blood and Sand was Valentino’s first starring vehicle, in which he portrays Juan Gallardo, a young Spaniard who achieves his boyhood ambition to become a celebrated toreador. But with fame come temptation and treachery, and the triumphant Juan finds himself the victim of his own desires, forsaking the pure love of the sweet-natured Carmen (Lila Lee) for the sinister charms of the exotic Doña Sol (Nita Naldi).

Bonus Features:
* Audio commentary by film historian Anthony Slide
* Booklet essay by Donna Hill, author of Rudolph Valentino: The Silent Idol
* Filmed introduction by Orson Welles
* Original theatrical trailer.
* Footage of Valentino’s funeral procession.
* Parody film starring Will Rogers
* Audio recording of the Love Theme: “You Gave Me Your Heart’ (Susan Rogers soloist)

The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes

Prebook Date: 1/21/20
Street Date: 2/18/20

Label: Kino Classics
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24336
DVD UPC: 738329243364
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24337
BD UPC: 738329243371
Genre: Drama
Year: 1937
Rating: NR
Runtime: 111
Director: Karl Hartl
Actors: Hans Albers, Heinz Ruhmann, Marieluise Claudius, Hansi Knotek
Language: German with optional English subtitles

In this fast-paced mystery-thriller, Hans Albers (mid-century Germany’s most popular leading man) stars as a pipe-smoking super-sleuth who may-or may not-be Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective. Traveling under the name Morris Flint with his Watson-like sidekick Macky (Heinz Rühmann), but possessing the unmistakable bearing of the renowned criminologist, he employs his charm, wit and powers of deduction to penetrate an elaborate criminal conspiracy. While it appears light-hearted on the surface, The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (also released as Two Merry Adventurers) subtly reflects the troubled era in which it was made: 1937 Germany under the Third Reich. Its protagonist navigates a labyrinthine world in which everyone conceals secrets, truth is elusive, and heroes and charlatans are indistinguishable. Thanks to Albers’s roguish charisma and the sure-handed direction of Karl Hartl (Gold, F.P.1 Doesn’t Answer), the film hides its cynical undertones beneath a layer of effervescence, making The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes a playful yet dark mirror maze of romantic intrigue.

Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus
Prebook Date: 1/21/20
Street Date: 2/18/20

Label: Kino Classics
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24277
DVD UPC: 738329242770
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24278
BD UPC: 738329242787
Genre: Drama
Year: 1976
Rating: NR
Runtime: 87
Director: Serge Gainsbourg
Actors: Jane Birkin, Joe Dallesandro, Hugues Quester, Rene Kolldehoff, Gerard Depardieu
Language: French with English subtitles

Cult icon Serge Gainsbourg wrote, directed, and scored Je t’aime moi non plus, a tale of doomed love between a lonely truck stop waitress (Jane Birkin, Blow-Up) and a gay, hunky garbage truck driver (Joe Dallesandro, Flesh), whose boyfriend (Hugues Quester) becomes increasingly jealous of the two. Sharing its title with Gainsbourg and Birkin’s sexually explicit 1969 hit pop song, the film is an equally provocative depiction of an unlikely couple’s torrid affair.

Special Features: Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan | New interview with star Joe Dallesandro | Q&A with Jane Birkin and Joe Dallesandro (courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center) | Trailer

Munchhausen

Prebook Date: 1/14/20
Street Date: 2/11/20

Label: Kino Classics
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24334
DVD UPC: 7383243340
BD Item #: K24335
BD UPC: 738329243357
Genre: Drama
Year: 1943
Rating: NR
Runtime: 111
Director: Josef von Baky
Actors: Hans Albers, Hermann Speelmans, Brigitte Horney, Ilse Werner, Ferdinand Marian, Kate Haack
Language: German with optional English subtitles

In early 1943, just as Nazi Germany began its collapse with the surrender at Stalingrad, the Ufa Studios released an elaborate super-spectacle to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary. Produced at the enormous cost of 6.5 million Reichsmarks, Münchhausen was the German response to such extravaganzas as Britain’s The Thief of Bagdad and Hollywood’s The Wizard of Oz, both of which were jealously admired by Propaganda Minister Goebbels. Starring hypnotic, blond superstar Hans Albers, this lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting, and a rich color palette.

SPECIAL FEATURES
* Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
* Theatrical trailer
* Documentary on the production and restoration
* 1944 Animated short by Hans Held
* Samples of Agfacolor restoration

Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture

Mom and Dad
(Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture: Volume 1)
Prebook Date: 1/28/20
Street Date: 2/25/20

Label: Kino Classics
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24338
BD UPC: 738329243388
Genre: Drama
Year: 1945
Rating: R
Runtime: 97
Director: William Beaudine
Actors: June Carlson, Hardie Albright, Lois Austin Jimmy Clark, George Elderedge
Language: English

In the 75 years since its initial release, Kroger Babb’s Mom and Dad has achieved mythical cinematic status. It was a film that, during the height of the Production Code, not only dared to address issues of venereal disease and unexpected pregnancy but presented graphic footage of bodies scarred by syphilis and multiple unobstructed views of childbirth. So sensational was the film (and so different were the audiences’ motivations for seeing it) that screenings were commonly segregated by gender. Furthermore, screenings were presented with a live sex hygiene lecturer, who underscored the film’s educational value and sold informational pamphlets. It became one of the highest-grossing films of the 1940s, yet for decades has been unavailable for screening. The original negative has succumbed to nitrate decomposition, but this authorized presentation has been mastered from three separate 35mm elements. It is presented with a wealth of supplemental material to illuminate why Mom and Dad became such a phenomenon, and continues to fascinate audiences even now.

SPECIAL FEATURES
* 4K restoration from 35mm archive elements
* Audio commentary by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking True! A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959
* Original theatrical trailer
* Mom and Dad radio spots
* Sex Hygiene (1942, dir: John Ford)
* Sex hygiene lectures and vintage childbirth footage
* Sex hygiene book pitches
* Gallery of exploitation trailers

Reefer Madness / Sex Madness
(Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture: Volume 2)
Prebook Date: 1/28/20
Street Date: 2/25/20

BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24339
BD UPC: 738329243395

Label: Kino Classics
Reefer Madness
Genre: Drama
Year: 1938
Rating: R
Runtime: 65
Director: William Beaudine
Actors: June Carlson, Hardie Albright, Lois Austin Jimmy Clark, George Elderedge
Language: English
Black & White

Label: Kino Classics
Sex Madness
Genre: Drama
Year: 1938
Rating: R
Runtime: 59
Director: Joseph Seiden
Actors: Charles Olcott, Vivian McGill, Rose Tapley, Stanley Barton
Language: English
Black & White

No films better represent the 1970s midnight movie phenomenon as Reefer Madness and Sex Madness: two finger-wagging camp classics that hysterically warned the public of the horrors of marijuana and syphilis. But the more we discover about the exploitation genre, the more we learn the true hep cats were the ones who made the films: ruthless opportunists who produced raunchy, ribald melodramas loaded with sex, drugs, and violence, and enabled them to be shown by wrapping them in a tissue-thin pseudo-educational message.

These two essential cult favorites are presented in definitive editions, meticulously restored from 35mm elements.

SPECIAL FEATURES
*Audio commentary for Reefer Madness by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking True! A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959
* Assassin of Youth (abridged version)
High on the Range (1924, excerpt)
* Gallery of exploitation trailers, including Reefer Madness, Cocaine Fiends, Marihuana: Weed With Roots in Hell, Narcotic, and more
* Radio spots: The Narcotic Story, Reefer Ruin, Metamorphosis and the Weed

Unashamed: A Romance/ Elysia (Valley of the Nude)
(Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture: Volume 3)

Prebook Date: 1/28/20
Street Date: 2/25/20

BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24340
BD UPC: 738329243401

Label: Kino Classics
Unashamed: A Romance
Genre: Drama
Year: 1938
Rating: R
Runtime: 66
Director: Allen Stuart
Actors: Rae Kidd, Robert Stanley, Lucille Shearer, Joseph W. Girard
Language: English
Black & White

Label: Kino Classics
Elysia (Valley of the Nude)
BD Item #: K24254
BD UPC: 738329
Genre: Drama
Year: 1938
Rating: R
Runtime: 66
Director: Allen Stuart
Actors: Rae Kidd, Robert Stanley, Lucille Shearer, Joseph W. Girard
Language: English
Black & White

In an unusual reversal of the usual exploitation formula-in which scenes of sex, violence, and drug abuse were wrapped in a dire warning of moral degradation-the nudist film took a more positive approach to its subject matter. Arguing for the health benefits of sunlight and the detrimental effects of constrictive clothing, films such as Unashamed: A Romance and Elysia (Valley of the Nude) presented nudism as a positive lifestyle choice, and proved their point with only slightly unobstructed views of naked flesh. But more surprising than the nudity is that Unashamed reveals itself to be a remarkably poignant drama about the unrequited love between a mixed-race woman (Rae Kidd) and her employer (Robert Stanley).

SPECIAL FEATURES
* Audio commentary for Unashamed by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
* Nudist-Land (1937, 11 Min.)
* Why Nudism: An Exposé of Nudism (ca. 1938, 22 Min.)
* Hollywood Script Girl (1938, 5 Min.)

Maya Deren Collection

Prebook Date: 1/28/20
Street Date: 2/25/20

Label: Kino Classics
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24281
DVD UPC: 738329242817
BD SRP: 34.95
BD Item #: K24282
BD UPC: 738329242824
Genre: Avant-Garde
Year: 1943 – 1979
Rating: R
Runtime: 208
Director: Maya Deren
Language: English
Black & White

Maya Deren is one of the most important American experimental filmmakers of all time and Kino Classics and Re:Voir are proud to present new 2K restorations of her essential work. Along with being a filmmaker, Deren was a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer and photographer, and she brings all of these disciplines together in her dreamlike and ecstatic films.

Her most famous and influential is Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), co-directed with Alexander Hammid, which depicts a surrealist slippage in reality as a woman’s home becomes a shifting landscape of beauty and menace. At Land (1944) is another psychogeographical journey where Deren washes up on a beach and encounters a multiplicity of selves.

Also included are four 1940s dance films (A Study in Choreography for Camera, Ritual in Transfigured Time, Meditation on Violence, and The Very Eye of Night) in which, as Deren wrote, “I have attempted to place a dancer in limitless, cinemato-graphic space.” She and Hammid put felines through a similarly intimate process in The Private Life of a Cat (1947), which foresaw the future of cat videos. A different exploration of movement occurs in Divine Horsemen (1947-1951, 1979), a remarkable hour-long montage of footage that Deren shot of Haitian Voodoo ceremonies. Stan Brakhage called Maya Deren “the mother of us all.” The history of avant-garde film is unthinkable without her.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
* Audio commentaries on Divine Horsemen, Meditation on Violence, and Ritual in Transfigured Time by film scholar Moira Jean Sullivan
* Audio commentaries on At Land, Meshes of the Afternoon, and The Very Eye of Night by film curator Thomas Beard
* Never-released outtakes from the original soundtrack recording sessions with Teiji Ito on Meshes of the Afternoon and The Very Eye of Night
* Invocation: Maya Deren (1987, a documentary by Jo Ann Kaplan)

We
Prebook Date: 1/21/20

Street Date: 2/18/20

Label: Artsploitation
DVD SRP: 9.95
DVD Item #: ART56
DVD UPC: 851597006810
BD SRP: 14.95
BD Item#: ART56B
BD UPC: 851597006827
Genre: Drama
Year: 2018
Rating: NR
Runtime: 100
Director: Rene Eller
Actors: Tijmen Govaerts, Aime Claeys, Salome van Grunsven, Laura Drosopoulos
Language: Dutch with optional English subtitles

During one hot summer, a group of suburban teens hang out and play increasingly depraved games to break the listless monotony. Their descent from innocence to ruthless predators involves arson, prostitution, pornography, assault and blackmail. This controversial and explicit coming-of-age tale is imbued with sex, nihilism and amorality and is reminiscent of the films of Harmony Korine, Larry Clark and Lars von Trier.

Fraternity Vacation
Prebook Date: 1/7/20
Street Date: 2/4/20

Label: Scorpion
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24365
BD UPC: 738329243654
Genre: Drama
Year: 1985
Rating: R
Runtime: 94
Director: Spike Lee
Actors: Tim Robbins, Sheree J. Wilson, Stephen Geoffreys, Britt Ekland, John Vernon, Cameron Dye
Language: English

For Iowa fraternity brothers ‘Mother’ (Tim Robbins, Jacob’s Ladder) and Joe (Cameron Dye, Body Rock), the only way to score a paid vacation in sunny Palm Springs is to take along supreme nerd Wendell (Stephen Geoffreys, 976-Evil). When they make a bet with a rival frat to be the first to bed a beautiful woman (Sheree J. Wilson, Crimewave), their getaway goes out of control. Now with the help of some bikini beauties, a bit of creative party crashing and a local girl (Amanda Bearse, Fright Night) with a very dangerous secret, the ultimate Spring Break is about to begin! John Vernon (Animal House), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Kathleen Kinmont (Halloween 4), Matt McCoy (Police Academy 6: City Under Siege), Leigh McCloskey (Inferno), Max Wright (Alf), Nina Talbot (Chained Heat), Frank Ajaye (Convoy), Charles Rocket (Earth Girls are Easy) and Britt Ekland (The Wicker Man) co-star in this outrageous yet good-natured comedy that could only have been made in the 80s, filled with scary fashion, gratuitous nudity, sudden aerobics and music by Bananarama, Con Funk Shun and others..

Bonus Features: Brand New 2019 HD Master | Theatrical Trailer

The Killing Time

Prebook Date: 1/14/20
Street Date: 2/11/20

Label: Scorpion
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24366
BD UPC: 738329243661
Genre: Thriller
Year: 1987
Rating: R
Runtime: 92
Director: Rick King
Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Beau Bridges, Joe Don Baker, Wayne Rogers, Michael Madsen, Camelia Kath
Language: English

Kiefer Sutherland (TV’s 24, The Lost Boys) stars as a disturbed young killer who steals the identity of his latest victim to become deputy of a coastal town. But when the soon-to-be-promoted sheriff (Beau Bridges, Heart Like a Wheel, The Landlord) and his mistress (Camelia Kath, Terror on Tour) plot to kill her wealthy husband (Wayne Rogers, TV’s M*A*S*H, The Hot Touch) and frame the new deputy, their perfect crime takes some very unexpected turns. In a place where everybody has something to hide, are two lovers with a taste for homicide any match for a lone psychopath with a passion for vengeance? Joe Don Baker (Walking Tall, Joysticks) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Species) co-star in this gripping neo-noir thriller that pulses with sex, suspense and a murderous new twist directed by Rick King (Prayer of the Rollerboys, Point Break).

Bonus Features: Brand New 2019 HD Master | Theatrical Trailer

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