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Kino Lorber Announces its July 2019 Home Video Releases

Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student’s Journey (Alive Mind Cinema, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 2, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 106 min / NR / Color

Director: Jake Clennell

Synopsis: Iyengar Yoga is universally respected, practiced worldwide and credited by multitudes as life transforming, but because its founder B. K. S. Iyengar is famously reclusive, little is known about the man who invented this powerful practice… until now! Thanks to exclusive, intimate access to this legendary yogi, Jake Clennell’s documentary Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student’s Journey is able to showcase the profound spirituality embedded in his practice, which has led religions around the world including Catholicism and Islam to incorporate Iyengar Yoga into their ritual observances. Best of all is the time spent with Iyengar himself, including in the studio where he rules alternately with an iron fist and a velvet touch while demonstrating feats of flexibility and discipline that would be extraordinary if carried out by an Olympic gymnast, let alone a man in his 90s. This documentary is required viewing for anyone with an interest in yoga, wellness, spirituality, or the connection of mind and body.

Special Features: Trailer

3 Faces (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: July 9, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama / 100 min / NR / Color

Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei, Narges Del Aram

Synopsis: Jafar Panahi’s fourth completed feature since he was officially banned from filmmaking by the Iranian government is one of his very best. Panahi begins with a smartphone video shot by a young woman (Marziyeh Rezaei) who announces to the camera that her parents have forbidden her from realizing her dream of acting and then, by all appearances, takes her own life. The recipient of the video, Behnaz Jafari, as herself, asks Panahi, as himself, to drive her to the woman’s tiny home village near the Turkish border to investigate. From there, 3 Faces builds in narrative, thematic, and visual intricacy to put forth a grand expression of community and solidarity under the eye of oppression. – New York Film Festival

Special Features: Booklet interview with Jafar Panahi by film historian Jamsheed Akrami | Trailers

Peter Pan (1924) (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: July 9, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Adventure, Fantasy / 102 min / NR / B&W

Director: Herbert Brenon
Starring: Betty Bronson, Esther Ralston, Ernest Torrence, Anna May Wong, Mary Brian

Synopsis: Ingeniously capturing the mysteries and wonder of childhood, J.M. Barrie’s timeless play became one of the most popular films of the 1920s. Betty Bronson stars as Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, who charms Wendy (Mary Brian) and her brothers (Philippe De Lacy, Jack Murphy) to fly with him to Never Never land. On this island of dreams and magic, they rescue the Lost Boys from Captain Hook (Ernest Torrence) and his band of pirates, encountering along the way the delightful fairy Tinker Bell (Virginia Browne Faire), a man-eating crocodile, and a band of natives (led by Anna May Wong).

Special Features: New 2K restoration from 35mm film elements, Orchestral score by Philip C. Carli, Commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger, Essay by film historian, Frederick C. Szebin, Audio interview with actress Esther Ralston

Attack of the Robots (1966) (Redemption, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: July 16, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Comedy, Sci-Fi / 93 min / NR / B&W

Director: Jess Franco
Starring: Eddie Constantine, Françoise Brion, Fernando Ray, Sophie Hardy

Synopsis: At once an homage to classical Hollywood thrillers and a playful riff on the newly-popular James Bond films, Attack of the Robots (Cartes sur table) stars Eddie Constantine as a wise-cracking superspy investigating a series of assassinations being performed by ruthless killers with bronze skin and horn-rimmed glasses. The trail of these mindless automata leads him to the lair of a seductive villainess (Françoise Brion, L’Immortelle) who has formulated a computer-powered plot to overthrow the governments of Europe. Constantine, who was popular in France for his two-fisted Lemmy Caution films (including Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville), had begun to tire of playing the hardboiled detective, and welcomed the opportunity to take a more light-hearted approach to the genre film. Reflecting director Jess Franco’s passion for jazz (he appears in two scenes as a nightclub pianist), Attack of the Robots has a spontaneity and playfulness that make it one of his most entertaining films, even as it embraces themes of sadomasochism and mind control that were so integral to his work.

Special Features: French language soundtrack with English subtitles, English language soundtrack, Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, co-author of Obsession: The Films of Jess Franco, Original theatrical trailer

Murder Rock (Special Edition) aka Murder-Rock: Dancing Death | Murderock – Uccide a passo di danza (1984) (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)
Brand New 2018 Master!
Blu-ray Street Date: July 16, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Horror / 90 min / R / Color

Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Olga Karlatos, Ray Lovelock, Claudio Cassinelli, Cosimo Cinieri, Geretta Geretta, Christian Borromeo

Synopsis: From Italian horror legend Lucio Fulci, the creator of Zombie and The Beyond, comes the ultimate music thriller nightmare! The world of dance is brutal… the rehearsals are grueling… the competition is fierce. At the Arts for Living Center in New York City, the best of the best are dying for a part in a major production, but only a select few will be chosen. Now the contenders are being narrowed down at the hands of a killer who uses a deadly hatpin to pierce women’s hearts through their bare breasts. Ambition and jealousy appear to be motives, which makes everyone a suspect! Also known as The Demon Is Loose and Slashdance, this stylish chiller stars Olga Karlatos (Purple Rain, Zombie), Ray Lovelock (Almost Human, The Cassandra Crossing), and Claudio Cassinelli (Screamers, Hands of Steel), featuring an insane soundtrack from prog rock legend Keith Emerson (The Church, Dario Argento’s Inferno). Now see this flashy, skin-tillating cult classic more beautiful than ever with a new HD transfer!

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth | Extensively Restored English Audio | Italian Audio with Properly Translated English Subtitles | Interview with Actress Geretta Geretta | Interview with Make-Up Artist Franco Casagni | Archival Audio Excerpts by Director Lucio Fulci | Trailers

The Psychic (Special Edition) aka Sette note in nero (1977) (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)

Brand New 2K Scan of the Original Camera Negatvie!
Blu-ray Street Date: July 16, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Horror / 98 min / R / Color

Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Jennifer O’Neill, Marc Porel, Gabriele Ferzetti, Gianni Garko, Evelyn Stewart, Fabrizio Jovine

Synopsis: From Lucio Fulci, the legendary horror maestro behind Zombie and The Beyond, comes a chilling vision of terror. Jennifer O’Neill (Scanners, Lady Ice) stars as Virginia, who experiences clairvoyant clues to a violent crime that ends with the victim walled up alive. Her investigation soon uncovers a hidden corpse and a shocking secret that could make her the killer’s next target. Marc Porel (Don’t Torture a Duckling), Gabriele Ferzetti (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Gianni Garko (Devilfish), and Evelyn Stewart (The Night Child) also star in this riveting entry in Fulci’s series of giallo classics alongside A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin and Murderock, featuring a stunning soundtrack prominently used in Kill Bill. Vol. 1. Now experience this atmospheric and visually stunning thriller in HD… if you dare!

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth | Interview with Screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti (Including Audio Excerpt with Director Lucio Fulci) | Still Gallery | Trailers

The Goddesses of Food (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 23, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 94 min / NR / Color

Director: Vérane Frédiani

Synopsis: In November of 2013, Time Magazine released an international cover story called “The Gods of Food.” Unfortunately, not a single female chef appeared on the list. The
new documentary The Goddesses of Food is here to change popular perception. In the male dominated food universe, discover the women changing the game on all levels. The Goddesses of Food presents the best female chefs from around the world, including Alice Waters and multi-Michelin star chefs Dominique Crenn and Barbara Lynch. It also introduces rising new stars and those making incredible food in all corners of the globe. The Goddesses of Food is a worldwide journey exploring female strength in gastronomy.

Special Features: Deleted Scenes | Trailer

Death in the Garden (1956) (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: July 23, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Adventure / 104 min / NR / Color

Director: Luis Buñuel
Starring: Simone Signoret, Charles Vanel, Georges Marchal, Michel Piccoli, Michele Girardon

Synopsis: Death in the Garden (1956) is one of Luis Buñuel’s (Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) most underrated films, a delirious descent into the heart of darkness. A revolt has erupted in a mining town in the Amazon. As a result, a group of men and women are forced to take refuge in the virgin forest under the supervision of an adventurer called Chark (Georges Marchal). Djin (Simone Signoret), a prostitute, Castin (Charles Vanel), a mystic, his deaf and dumb daughter María (Michèle Girardon), and a missionary called Lizardi (Michel Piccoli) will have to confront thirst, fear, wild animals and insects in order to survive.

Special Features: Audio commentary by film critic Samm Deighan | Booklet essay by film critic Peter Tonguette | Interview with film critic Tony Rayns | Trailers

The Milky Way (1969) (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: July 23, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Comedy / 101 min / NR / Color

Director: Luis Buñuel
Starring: Laurent Terzieff, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig, Michel Piccoli

Synopsis: The Milky Way (1969) is a deliciously surreal comedy from the master Luis Buñuel (Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie). Inspired by the picaresque Spanish novels of the sixteenth century, it follows two men (Laurent Terzieff and Paul Frankeur), part tramp, part pilgrim, who are on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. On their way they meet a whole assortment of people-some truculent, some violent, and some bizarre; they experience many adventures-some mysterious, some erotic, some even supernatural…a religious odyssey as only Buñuel could conceive.

Special Features: Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton | Booklet essay by film critic Adam Nayman | Interview with writer Jean-Claude Carrière | Critical analysis by Professor Peter W. Evans | Trailers

If the Dancer Dances (Monument, DVD)

DVD Street Date: July 23, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 87 min / NR / Color

Director: Maia Wechsler

Synopsis: If The Dancer Dances invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dance-makers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film tracks Petronio’s dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance – and a legacy – alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, If The Dancer Dances is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009.

Special Features: Commentary with filmmakers Lise Friedman and Maia Wechsler & subject Stephen Petronio | Original theatrical trailer | Deleted scenes

Luminous Motion (1998) (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: July 23, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama / 94 min / NR / Color

Director: Bette Gordon
Starring: Deborah Kara Unger, Terry Kinney, Eric Lloyd, Jamey Sheridan

Synopsis: Luminous Motion (1998) is a dreamlike and erotically charged thriller from critically acclaimed director Bette Gordon (Variety). Deborah Kara Unger (The Game) stars as an unnamed hustler who seduces and robs gullible men while criss-crossing the country with her ten-year-old son Phillip (Eric Lloyd, The Santa Clause). Phillip grows accustomed to this outlaw life on the road, but his world is turned upside-down when his mother settles in the suburbs with a carpenter named Pedro (Terry Kinney). Desperate to reclaim his mom’s attentions, Phillip plots Pedro’s violent end, hoping for a return to the road. But this Oedipal dream turns into a nightmare as they are pursued by ghosts from their past, including Phillip’s menacing father (Jamey Sheridan, Spotlight), who seems to be intent on reclaiming his place at the head of this deteriorating family.

Special Features: Audio commentary with director Bette Gordon and DP Teodoro Maniaci | Gallery of production stills by Nan Goldin | Gallery of illustrated script pages | Storyboard Gallery | Trailers

Working Woman (Zeitgeist Films, DVD)

DVD Street Date: July 23, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama / 93 min / NR / Color

Director: Michal Aviad
Starring: Liron Ben Shlush, Menashe Noy, Oshri Cohen

Synopsis: Working Woman is a beautifully performed drama about the everyday struggles of being female in the workplace. Orna (Liron Ben Shlush) is the mother of three young children whose husband is struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family Orna lands a job with a former army superior, Benny (Menashe Noy), who is now a successful real estate developer. While Orna embraces her new position and tries to balance its demands with her home life, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from her boss. Her rapid rise through the ranks and her increasing financial success seem to parallel a pattern of predatory behavior which ultimately brings her career and marital relationship to the brink. This timely and devastating story is expertly told by long time feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad.

Special Features: Trailer

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