Kino Lorber August Releases

Kino Lorber Announces its August 2018 Home Video Releases

Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: August 7, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1975 / Drama/Romance / 98 min / NR / Color

Director: Sam O’Steen
Starring: Maureen Stapleton, Charles Durning, Michael Brandon, Michael Strong, Charlotte Rae, Martha Tilton

Synopsis: A Scorpion Release – An enchanting and heart-warming story about the rediscovery of love. When Bea Asher (Academy Award winner Maureen Stapleton, REDS, THE FAN) is suddenly widowed, her comfortable life is shattered and all that lies ahead of her is a future of lonely independence. But this all changes when she meets Al Green (Charles Durning, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING) at the Stardust Ballroom where he teaches her not only how to dance…but how to love again. Charlotte Rae (FACTS OF LIFE) co stars in this wonderful tell about starting over again that won two Emmy Awards and now you can see it in brand new HD.

Desecration (Code Red, Blu-ray)

Blu-ray Street Date: August 7, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95

Director: Dante Tomaselli
Starring: Irma St. Paule, Christie Sanford, Danny Lopes

Synopsis: A Code Red Release – One of the most original horror films in recent years, Desecration is an eerily dazzling and genuinely frightening psychological chiller about a beyond the grave relationship between a teenage boy and his long dead mother. Bobby, a 16-year-old loner, has been emotionally damaged by his mother’s early death and a repressive Catholic upbringing. The boy accidentally causes a nun’s death, triggering a chain of supernatural events and violent mayhem that leads Bobby into Hell to confront his mother. Powerful childhood demons are exorcised and unleashed as the gates of Hell open in this gripping, hallucinatory film. First-time feature film writer/director Dante Tomaselli has created an incredibly atmospheric and terrorizing film that he has described as “being in the psychedelic fun house.” With its mist-shrouded ambience, photography and trance-like soundtrack, the film, almost subliminally, creates an unsettling mood that crawls beneath the skin. A sensational young talent, Tomaselli has taken the horror genre in a new and exciting direction.

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Writer/Director/Composer Dante Tomaselli | BUILDING THE TORTURE CHAMBER Featurette | DESECRATION – Short Film | WITCHES Album – Featuring 13 Tracks | DESECRATION Still Gallery | DESECRATION Trailer

Let Fury Have the Hour (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: August 7, 2018
DVD SRP: $19.95

Documentary / 87 min / NR / Color

Director: Antonino D’Ambrosio
Starring: Chuck D, Ian MacKaye, Shepard Fairey

Synopsis: Rough, raw and unapologetically inspirational, Let Fury Have the Hour is a charged journey into the heart of the creative counter-culture. In a time of global challenges, big questions and by-the-number politics, this upbeat, outspoken film tracks the story of the artists, writers, thinkers and musicians who have gone underground to re-imagine the world – honing in on equality, community and engaged creativity – in exuberantly paradigm-busting ways. Writer/director Antonino D’Ambrosio unites 50 powerful, of-the-moment voices – from street artist Shepard Fairey to rapper Chuck D to playwright Eve Ensler to musicians Tom Morello and Billy Bragg to novelist Edwidge Danticat to filmmaker John Sayles to comic Lewis Black – who share personal and powerful tales of how they transformed anger and angst into provocative art and ideas. D’Ambrosio presents a visceral portrait of a generation looking to re-jigger a system that has failed to address the most pressing problems of our times.

Special Features: Additional interviews | Trailer

The Great Smokey Roadblock aka The Last of the Cowboys (Code Red, Blu-ray)
Blu-ray Street Date: August 14, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

1977 / Comedy Drama / 104 min / PG / Color

Director: John Leone
Starring: Henry Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Robert Englund, Eileen Brennan, Dub Taylor, Austin Pendleton, John Byner, Melanie Mayron

Synopsis: A Code Red Release – Put the pedal to the metal and hang on tight, cause that high-ballin’ bandit is rollin’ tonight! Screen legend Henry Fonda (Once Upon a Time in the West, The Ox-Bow Incident) shines in his role as worn-out trucker Elegant John who has his 18-wheeler repossessed only months before his retirement. Determined to make one last big haul before he says goodbye, Elegant John steals his big rig back, then further turns his back on the law by escorting people over the border – determined to just keep on driving in this action-packed comedy. Also starring Robert Englund (Nightmare On Elm Street), Susan Sarandon (Atlantic City), Eileen Brennan (Private Benjamin), Dub Taylor (Burnt Offerings), Austin Pendleton (Simon), Melanie Mayron (TV’s Thirtysomething), and John Byner (Bizarre) head the cast in this rollicking adventure film.

Special Features: On camera interview with star Robert Englund

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and Street Date: August 14, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 120 min / NR / Color

Director: Sophie Fiennes
Starring: Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude, Sly & Robbie

Synopsis: This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. But the stage is the fixed point to which the film returns, with eye-popping performances of “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Love Is the Drug,” and more.

Special Features: Audio commentary with Grace Jones, director Sophie Fiennes, and Associate Professor of Africana Studies Judith Casselberry | Audio commentary with director Sophie Fiennes and critic Ian Haydn Smith | Q&A with Grace Jones and Sophie Fiennes, moderated by Piotr Orlov (Courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center)

Leonor (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: August 21, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1975 / Horror-Fantasy / 85 min / PG / Color

Director: Juan Luis Buñuel
Starring: Liv Ullmann, Ornella Muti, Michel Piccoli, Carmen Maura, José María Prada, Antonio Ferrandis

Synopsis: A Scorpion Release – Legendary international star Liv Ullmann (Cries and Whispers, Persona) stars as Leonor, in this chilling and poetic 1970s arthouse horror film about a medieval noblewoman whose untimely death haunts her husband Richard (Michel Piccoli, Belle de Jour, Contempt). After years of mourning and with Leonor’s body walled up in a tomb, Richard marries the much younger Catherine (Ornella Muti, Flash Gordon, Oscar, Oasis of Fear), but he still can’t find true happiness. Desperate the relive his life with Leonor, he makes a pact with the devil that indeed brings back his late wife, but she’s cold to the touch and now possesses an unearthly hunger that could destroy everyone around him. From director Juan Luis Buñuel (Expulsion of the Devil, The Lady with Red Boots), son of the legendary filmmaker, Luis Buñuel, and writers Jean-Claude Carrière (The Tin Drum, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) and Bernardo Zapponi (Deep Red, Spirits of the Dead) comes a beautifully acted tale of an uncanny and tragic love, featuring a haunting score by Oscar® winner Ennio Morricone (The Thing, Spasmo) and stunning cinematography by Luciano Tovoli (Suspiria, The Passenger). Available for the first time in HD.

Special Features: Brand New 2018 HD Master of the U.S. Cut | Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth

We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash Bitter Tears Revisited (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: August 21, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 53 min / NR / Color

Director: Antonino D’Ambrosio

Synopsis: We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited is a feature documentary based on Antonino D’Ambrosio’s critically acclaimed book A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears, which tells the astonishing story behind Cash’s little known concept album and his unique collaboration with folk artist Peter La Farge. With this still largely unknown recording, Cash placed himself in the middle of the fervent social upheavals gripping the nation at the time (many of which still enflame us in the present). Cash faced censorship and an angry backlash from radio stations, DJs, and fans, for speaking out on behalf of Native people on “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian.” He decided to fight back.

Special Features: Additional interviews | Trailer

Hostages Season 2 (3 discs) (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: August 21, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama/Thriller / 540 min / NR / Color

Director: Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir
Starring: Jonah Lotan, Tomer Kapon, Itay Tiran

Synopsis: In Season Two of the pulse-pounding Israeli thriller HOSTAGES, a SWAT officer has abducted the Prime Minister in order to save his wife’s life. Now he is under siege by the police force, including some of his best friends.

He is stuck with the Prime Minister in an abandoned Yeshiva building on the outskirts of Jerusalem. His wife’s medical condition is deteriorating, and he has to get out of there to save her life. He has no plan of action, and every passing moment sinks him deeper into quicksand. Even if he manages to extricate them from the trouble they’re in, he will discover that the real troubles await him outside.em from the trouble they’re in, he will discover that the real troubles await him outside.

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