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Apr 092018

Kino Lorber Announces its May 2018 Home Video Releases

Legend of the Mountain (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
Newly restored in 4K!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 1, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: King Hu
Starring: Chun Shih, Feng Hsu, Sylvia Chang

1979 / Fantasy/Horror/Mystery / In Mandarin with English subtitles / 191 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: In King Hu’s masterpiece Legend of the Mountain, a traveling scholar is tasked with translating a Buddhist sutra said to have immense power over the spirits of the afterlife. During his research he loses his way in the mountains, encountering ghostly presences amid a haunting fantasia of color, light and landscape. King Hu rose to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s as a superb director of wuxia films (A Touch of Zen), a popular Chinese action genre of swords, sorcery and chivalrous heroes. Legend of the Mountain comes from the director’s late period, when his visual artistry was at the height of its powers. The film’s astonishing nature scenes, shot on location in the Korean countryside, are reminiscent of Terrence Malick, while the reflective blend of myth and history is all Hu’s own.

Special Features: Booklet essay by novelist Grady Hendrix | Interview with film critic Tony Rayns | Video essay by film critic Travis Crawford | Photo Gallery | Trailer

The Half-Breed/The Good Bad Man (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 1, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Allan Dwan
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse

1916 / Western / 72 min / NR / B&W

Synopsis: In an attempt to brand himself as a serious actor, the smiling swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks starred in THE HALF-BREED (1916), a Western melodrama written by Anita Loos and directed with flair by Allan Dwan. Fairbanks stars as Lo Dorman, who has been ostracized from society because of his mixed ethnicity – his Native American mother was abandoned by his white father. When Lo catches the eye of the rich white debutante Nellie (Jewel Carmen), he becomes a target for the racist Sheriff Dunn (Sam De Grasse), who wants to break them up and take Nellie for his own. This love triangle becomes a quadrangle with the arrival of Teresa (Alma Rubens), who is on the run from the law. Through fire and fury Lo must decide who and what he truly loves.

Special Features: THE GOOD BAD MAN (1916), starring Douglas Fairbanks and directed by Allan Dwan (50 minutes) | Amazing Tales from the Archives: Restoring The Half-Breed (1916) | Audio commentaries for THE HALF-BREED and THE GOOD BAD MAN by Tracey Goessel and Robert Byrne | Music for THE HALF-BREED and THE GOOD BAD MAN composed and performed by Donald Sosin | Photo Gallery


The Violent Professionals (1973) aka Milano trema: la polizia vuole giustizia (Code Red, Blu-ray)
Blu-ray Street Date: May 1, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Director: Sergio Martino
Starring: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Silvano Tranquilli, Carlo Alighiero, Martine Brochard, Luciano Bartoli

1973 / Action/Thriller / 85 min / R / Color

Synopsis: A Code Red Release – Tough cop Giorgio (Luc Merenda, Kidnap Syndicate, Torso) doesn’t like to play by the rules, going as far as gunning down a ruthless criminal in broad daylight. After he’s suspended from the force and his boss is murdered, he goes on a brutal undercover dive into the criminal underworld to expose a criminal organization with no respect for authority. Starring Richard Conte (The Godfather, Cry of the City) with a powerhouse score by the great composers Guido and Maurizio De Angelis (Street Law, The Big Racket), this blistering Italian crime classic blazes onto Blu-ray with every car chase and gunshot more mind-blowing than ever. Directed by cult filmmaker Sergio Martino (Hands of Steel, The Great Alligator, Screamers).

Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer


Human Experiments (1979) (Scorpion Releasing, DVD)

DVD Street Date: May 8, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Gregory Goodell
Starring: Linda Haynes, Geoffrey Lewis, Aldo Ray, Jackie Coogan, Ellen Travolta, Laurene Tuttle

1979 / Crime/Thriller / 85 min / R / Color

Synopsis: A Scorpion Release – The terrifying cult classic finally hits you in the face with a stunning new HD restoration! Rachel Foster (Linda Haynes, Rolling Thunder, The Drowning Pool) is a country singer traveling alone through the United States. She resists the advances of lecherous bar owner Mat Tibbs (Aldo Ray, Haunted, The Lucifer Complex), and in her hurry to leave town, she accidentally wrecks her car. Looking for assistance, she finds what appears to be an abandoned house, but after stumbling inside, she discovers that in fact it’s the scene of a grisly multiple homicide. Simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time, she’s railroaded into a women’s correctional facility and finds herself at the mercy of prison psychiatrist Doctor Kline (Geoffrey Lewis, High Plains Drifter, 10 to Midnight) who has insidious intentions up his sleeve. Evidently, it doesn’t take Rachel long to realize that something is greatly amiss, as female inmates inexplicably go missing without a trace. Jackie Coogan (Chaplin’s The Kid) co-stars.

Special Features: Audio Commentary with Director Gregory Goodell | Watch This in Katarinas Nightmare Theater Mode | Original Theatrical Trailer


The Sacrifice – 4K Restoration – 2-Disc Special Edition (Kino Classics, Blu-ray/DVD)
Street Date: May 15, 2018
SRP: $39.95

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring: Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, Allan Edwall

1986 / Drama / 146 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Andrei Tarkovsky’s final masterpiece, The Sacrifice (1986) is a haunting vision of a world threatened with nuclear annihilation. As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of their patriarch Alexander (Erland Josephson, Cries and Whispers), news of the outbreak of World War III reaches their remote Baltic island – and the happy mood turns to horror. The family descends into a state of psychological devastation, brilliantly evoked by Tarkovsky’s arresting palette of luminous grays washing over the bleak landscape around their home. The film’s masterful cinematography is by Sven Nykvist, Ingmar Bergman’s longtime collaborator. Made as he was dying of cancer, The Sacrifice is Tarkovsky’s closing artistic testament, a profoundly moving, redemptive tragedy steeped in unforgettable imagery and heart-wrenching emotion.

Special Features: Disc 1 (Blu-ray)
*Audio commentary by Layla Alexander-Garrett, Tarkovsky’s translator on the set of THE SACRIFICE
*Interview with Michal Leszczylowski, editor of THE SACRIFICE and director of DIRECTED BY ANDREI TARKOVSKY

Disc 2 (DVD)
*Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, a documentary on the making of THE SACRIFICE (102 minutes)

Beuys (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: May 15, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Andres Veiel
Featuring: Joseph Beuys, Caroline Tisdall, Rhea Thönges-Stringaris

Documentary / 111 min / NR / Color

Thirty years after his death, Joseph Beuys still feels like a visionary and is widely considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. Known for his contributions to the Fluxus movement and his work across diverse media – from happening and performance to sculpture, installation, and graphic art – Beuys’ expanded concept of the role of the artist places him in the middle of socially relevant discourses on media, community, and capitalism. Using previously untapped visual and audio sources, director Andres Veiel has created a one-of-a- kind chronicle: Beuys is not a portrait in the traditional sense, but an intimate and in-depth look at a human being, his art and ideas, and the way they have impacted the world.

Special Features: Excerpt from JOSEPH BEUYS: TRANSFORMER, a documentary by John Halpern | Interview with director Andres Veiel by John Halpern | John Halpern Introduction | Ronald Feldman Introduction | Trailer

Forbidden Films (Zeitgeist Films, DVD)
DVD Street Date: May 15, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Felix Moeller
Featuring: Hans Albers, Götz Aly, Elise Aulinger

Documentary / 94 min / NR / B&W/Color

1,200 feature films were made in Germany’s Third Reich. According to experts, some 100 of these were blatant Nazi propaganda. Nearly seventy years after the end of the Nazi regime, more than 40 of these films remain under lock and key. Director Felix Moeller (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss) interviews German film historians, archivists and filmgoers in an investigation of the power, and potential danger, of cinema when used for ideological purposes. Utilizing clips from the films and recorded discussions from public screenings (permitted in Germany in educational contexts) in Munich, Berlin, Paris and Jerusalem, Moeller shows how contentious these 70-year-old films remain, and how propaganda can retain its punch when presented to audiences susceptible to manipulation. – Telluride Film Festival


Hostages: Season 1 (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: May 22, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir
Starring: Jonah Lotan, Tomer Kapon, Nevo Kimchi

Drama/Thriller / 385 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: When four masked men violently break into the Danon family home, taking them hostages, the family of four will be shaken to the core and their lives will change forever. Hostages is a pulse-pounding television series that became a sensation in Israel (and which was remade in the United States). In season one, the kidnappers demand that Yael, the matriarch of the family and a brilliant surgeon, kill the Israeli Prime Minister during a routine surgery. If the Prime Minister does not die, Yael’s family soon will. Desperate to save her family but keep her patient alive, Yael uses her wits to delay the decision until the last possible moment. During this terrifying time in which the kidnappers and hostages are bound together, a tangled web of secrets and lies are revealed.


The Misadventures of Biffle & Shooster (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: May 22, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Michael Schlesinger
Starring: Nick Santa Maria, Will Ryan, Kevin Quinn

Comedy/Musical / 131 min / NR / Color & B&W

Synopsis: Remember when the Golden Age of Hollywood was full of great comedy duos like Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Olsen & Johnson and Biffle & Shooster? Wait, what? WHO? Okay, so they weren’t really from the 1930s, but these astoundingly authentic and hilarious shorts have actually made audiences believe that those Merry Madcaps of Mayhem worked their screwball magic back then. Award-winning filmmaker Michael Schlesinger and his enormously talented cast and crew throw themselves into the zaniness with gleeful abandon, stars Will Ryan and Nick Santa Maria are as versatile as they are uproarious, and you’ll spot
some familiar faces popping up here and there. Packed with extras, The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster brilliantly recreates the era when comedy was actually funny. So relax, everyone: Biffle & Shooster will Make America Laugh Again!

Special Features: Hilarious Commentary On All Five Shorts By Filmmaker Michael Schlesinger And Stars Nick Santa Maria And Will Ryan | 1928 Vitaphone Short FIRST THINGS LAST | Spanish Outtake From IMITATION OF WIFE * MAD MAD WORLD outtake | 1962 Interview With The Team | Will Rogers PSA | “Turn Off Your Phone” And Other Bumpers | Deleted Scenes | Alternate Takes and Extended Musical Numbers | Behind the Scenes Footage | Trailers | Plus Nearly One Full Hour of Bloopers and Outtakes!

West of the Jordan River (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: May 29, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Amos Gitai
Featuring: Bill Clinton, Amos Gitai, Gideon Levy

Documentary / 84 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Amos Gitai returns to the West Bank to better understand the efforts of the citizens, both Israelis and Palestinians, to try to overcome the consequences of the 50-year occupation. Interspersing footage of his interviews with Yitzhak Rabin from the 1990s with the contemporary interviews of


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