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Aug 062018

Kino Lorber Announces its September 2018 Home Video Releases

DVD Street Date: September 11, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 93 min / NR / Color

Director: Tony Zierra
Starring: Leon Vitali, Ryan O’Neal, Danny Lloyd

Synopsis: Leon Vitali was a rising British television actor when Stanley Kubrick picked him for the role of Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon. That first encounter with the famed auteur proved decisive – he swiftly resolved to devote the rest of his life working for the director, this time behind the scenes, and took on just about every job available: casting director, acting coach, location scout, sound engineer, color corrector, A.D., promoter, and eventually restorer of Kubrick’s films. Tony Zierra’s affecting documentary Filmworker enthusiastically recounts Vitali’s days with the notoriously meticulous, volatile and obsessive director. The experiences brought both tremendous sacrifice and glowing pride. Filmworker celebrates the invisible hands that shape masterpieces, reminding us that behind every great director, there is a Leon Vitali.

Special Features: Q&A with Leon Vitali and director Tony Zierra | Trailer

The People Speak

DVD Street Date: September 11, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 113 min / NR / Color

Director: Anthony Arnove, Chris Moore
Starring: Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, Marisa Tomei

Synopsis: The People Speak is a beautiful and moving film inspired by Howard Zinn’s books A People’s History of the United States — first published in 1980 and one of the best-selling history books in the United States — and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, the primary-source companion to A People’s History of the United States, edited with Anthony Arnove. The film features the actual words (in letters, songs, poems, speeches, and manifestos) of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past-and present-including Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Bob Dylan, Langston Hughes, Chief Joseph, Muhammad Ali, and unknown veterans, union workers, abolitionists, and many others never featured in high school textbooks. Like Howard Zinn’s work as a whole, The People Speak celebrates the extraordinary possibilities for creating social change that ordinary people have realized throughout the course of our nation’s rich but often ignored history of dissent and protest.

Lindy Lou – Juror Number 2
DVD Street Date: September 11, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 87 min / NR / Color

Director: Florent Vassault

Synopsis: Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 is an illuminating look at the American criminal justice system from the perspective of a juror on trial that resulted in a death penalty sentence. Lindy, the juror, begins a journey through rural Mississippi looking for the eleven other jurors she sat beside twenty years ago on the trial of Bobby Wilcher. While Wilcher sat on death row, Lindy was the only person to visit him, ultimately resulting in a friendship. The feelings of guilt she has lived with since his death inspire her to seek answers from her fellow jurors. The film follows her journey, which examines how the verdict has impacted the jurors who decided it, and questions one of the most controversial topics in American politics: capital punishment.

The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation

DVD Street Date: September 18, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

1999 / Documentary / 88 min / NR / Color

Director: Chuck Workman
Starring: Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper, John Turturro

Synopsis: When Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs met at Columbia University in the 1940s, they spawned a movement, then called the Beats, that set precedents for the political, hippie and spiritual movements of the 1960s and ’70s. This comprehensive portrait of the Beat Generation includes interviews with virtually every surviving figure from this period. Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper and John Turturro perform dramatized readings of works by Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg. The Source is the definitive film portrait of the Beat Generation and the countercultural movements that followed, directed with flair by Academy Award® winner Chuck Workman.

Modus Season 2
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 18, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Crime/Thriller / 360 min / NR / Color

Director: Lisa Siwe
Starring: Henrik Norlén, Melinda Kinnaman, Greg Wise, Kim Cattrall

Synopsis: Season two of Modus is made up of excitement, love, revenge and hidden secrets that threaten to ruin everything. The American president, Helen Tyler (Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City), is on a state visit to Stockholm when, under mysterious circumstances, she vanishes without a trace. During the intensive police investigation, a power struggle takes place between a panic-stricken USA and Sweden, as the threat to one of the world’s most powerful people rocks the world. Criminal profiler Inger Johanne (Melinda Kinnaman) and police superintendent Ingvar (Henrik Norlén) are drawn into pursuing the truth, but it soon becomes clear that nobody can be trusted.

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade: The Complete Films (3-Disc Blu-ray)

Blu-ray Street Date: September 25, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $59.95

Comedy / 680 min / NR / Color

Director: Joaquim Pedro De Andrade

Synopsis: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade was one of the most important figures in the Cinema Novo movement that transformed Brazilian cinema in the 1960s and ’70s. Kino Classics is proud to present his complete films on Blu-ray, restored in 2K. Hailing from a culturally prominent family in Rio de Janeiro, Andrade grew up in close contact with some of the country’s greatest artists, writers, and scholars. Abandoning his university education to pursue filmmaking, he would soon find himself at the heart of the proliferation of formally and politically audacious filmmaking that comprised Cinema Novo. Like those of his fellow Cinema Novo-associated filmmakers, such as Glauber Rocha and Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Andrade’s films combined a sophisticated, modernist formal approach with an uncompromisingly political, often outrageous, and uniquely Brazilian sensibility that makes his work every bit as vital today as it was in the 1960s and ’70s.

Special Features: Booklet essay by film critic Fábio Adrade

Ramen Heads
DVD Street Date: September 25, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 93 min / NR / Color

Director: Koki Shigeno
Starring: Shôta Iida, Kumiko Ishida, Katsuya Kobayashi

Synopsis: Ramen Heads follows Osamu Tomita, Japan’s reigning king of ramen, as he reveals every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect bowl of noodles. He is relentless in his search for the highest-quality ingredients, as are his competitors. This delicious documentary also profiles five other notable ramen shops, each with its own philosophy and flavor, which exemplify different aspects of the ramen world. Ramen Heads
provides a bite-size history of ramen’s historical roots, while giving an in-depth look at the contemporary culture surrounding this unique and beguiling dish.


DVD Street Date: September 25, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 66 min / NR / B&W

Director: Diana Groó
Starring: Rachel Weisz

Synopsis: Diana Groó’s poetic documentary Regina tells the story of Regina Jonas (1902-1944), who made history by becoming the first officially ordained woman rabbi in the world. Through graceful use of archival footage, and sensitive voiceover from Rachel Weisz as Regina, scenes from Jewish life in Berlin during the early twentieth century come to life. Regina Jonas, the daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler, grew up in Berlin’s slum, studied at the liberal College for the Scientific Study of Judaism beginning in 1924, and was ordained in 1935. Her sermons brought encouragement to the persecuted German Jews. At age 37, she met the love of her life, Rabbi Josef Norden. Both of them were deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp. Only their love letters survived the Holocaust.

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