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Aug 132018

Kino Lorber Studio Classics
Announces its September 2018 Home Video Releases

Oscar (1991)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 4, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Comedy / 109 min / PG / Color

Director: John Landis
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Chazz Palminteri, Ornella Muti, Tim Curry, Marisa Tomei, Kirk Douglas, Peter Riegert, Ken Howard, William Atherton, Harry Shearer, Vincent Spano, Kurtwood Smith, Linda Gray, Yvonne De Carlo, Don Ameche, Eddie Bracken

Synopsis: Hollywood superstar Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, Rambo) teams up with legendary director John Landis (The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, An American Werewolf in London), and the results are hilarious. Stallone plays Chicago’s #1 gangster “Snaps” Provolone. After promising his dying father (Kirk Douglas, Tough Guys) that he’ll quit his life of crime, Snaps realizes it’s easier said than done. The great cast includes Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale), Ornella Muti (Once Upon a Crime), Tim Curry (Clue), Marisa Tomei (Untamed Heart), Peter Riegert (Animal House), Vincent Spano (Indian Summer), Kurtwood Smith (RoboCop), Yvonne De Carlo (Criss Cross), Don Ameche (Cocoon), Ken Howard (TV’s The White Shadow) and Eddie Bracken (Hail the Conquering Hero).

Special Features: Interview with Director John Landis | Trailer

Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 4, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Comedy / 78 min / PG-13 / Color

Director: Mark Herman
Starring: Dudley Moore, Bryan Brown, Patsy Kensit, Bronson Pinchot, Richard Griffiths, Andreas Katsulas, Alison Steadman, Penelope Walton, Jim Carter, Alex Norton

Synopsis: Mix-ups, Mishaps, Madness and Mayhem… It’s all part of the service! In the wildly entertaining spirit of A Fish Called Wanda, Blame It on the Bellboy delivers crazy laughs. The hilarity kicks off when a daffy bellboy (Bronson Pinchot, Perfect Strangers) accidentally switches the itinerary envelopes for three guests. His actions cause a hilarious case of mistaken identities, sending the trio down the road of nonstop comic adventures. Check in today for a zany time with a stellar cast that includes Dudley Moore (Arthur), Bryan Brown (F/X), Richard Griffiths (Withnail and I), Andreas Katsulas (The Fugitive), Patsy Kensit (Lethal Weapon 2), Alison Steadman (Life Is Sweet) and Penelope Wilton (Shaun of the Dead). Written and directed by Mark Herman (Brassed Off, Hope Springs).

Once Upon a Crime (1992)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 4, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Comedy / 94 min / PG / Color

Director: Eugene Levy
Starring: John Candy, Cybill Shepherd, James Belushi, Giancarlo Giannini, George Hamilton, Sean Young, Richard Lewis, Ornella Muti, Joss Ackland, Elsa Martinelli, Caterina Boratto

Synopsis: What do you get when you combine four bumbling American tourists, a $5000 puppy and a dead body? Inspired lunacy starring John Candy (Delirious), James Belushi (Mr. Destiny), Cybill Shepherd (Special Delivery), Sean Young (Fire Birds), Richard Lewis (The Wrong Guys), Ornella Muti (Oscar), Giancarlo Giannini (Seven Beauties), Joss Ackland (White Mischief), Elsa Martinelli (The Indian Fighter) and George Hamilton (Zorro: The Gay Blade). Lewis and Young are two down-and-out Americans attempting to return a lost dog to its Monte Carlo socialite owner for a $5000 reward. But when the owner is murdered, they become the prime suspects. But who’s the real killer? The roulette loser (Candy)? The gigolo (Hamilton)? Or could it possibly be… the dog? Once Upon a Crime is the perfect film to see after a brain-taxing day – directed by SCTV comedy legend Eugene Levy.

Cabin Boy (1994)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 18, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Comedy / 80 min / PG-13 / Color

Director: Adam Resnick
Starring: Chris Elliott, Brion James, Brian Doyle-Murray, James Gammon, Ritch Brinkley, Melora Walters, Bob Elliott, David Letterman, Ann Magnuson, Russ Tamblyn, Ricki Lake, Mike Starr, Andy Richter, Alfred Molina

Synopsis: A cult classic for fancy lads everywhere, Cabin Boy was met with a frothy blend of confusion and hostility upon first release, but has aged like a fine flagon of wine. From Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick, co-creators of the influential deconstructed sitcom Get a Life, Cabin Boy is one of the most surreal comedies ever released by a major Hollywood studio. After graduating from finishing school as a well-bred “Fancy Lad,” Nathanial Mayweather (Chris Elliott, There’s Something About Mary) prepares for a trip to Hawaii. But his plans are dashed when he mistakenly boards The Filthy Whore, a fishing boat manned by a ragtag crew of salty shipmates, and soon becomes the vessel’s hapless Cabin Boy. On his journey, he woos the feisty but beautiful Trina (Melora Walters, Magnolia) and encounters a host of eye-rubbing curiosities including an amiable shark man, a savage ice monster, a tobacco-chewing cupcake, and a six-armed seductress (Ann Magnuson, Love at Large) who relieves Nathanial of his virginity, much to the displeasure of her 30-foot salesman husband (Mike Starr, Dumb and Dumber). Inspired by classic seafaring yarns like Captains Courageous, Cabin Boy has grown in reputation over the years as a truly offbeat cult comedy-fantasy with Ray Harryhausen-like special effects, a hilariously oddball performance by Elliott, and a treasure chest of eccentric supporting players including Brian Doyle-Murray, Brion James, James Gammon, Andy Richter and Russ Tamblyn, plus a seminal cameo by Elliott and Resnick’s old boss David Letterman as an antagonistic sock-monkey vendor.

Special Features: New Audio Commentary by star Chris Elliott and director Adam Resnick, moderated by writer Mike Sacks | New Interview with star Chris Elliott and director Adam Resnick | Limited Edition booklet essay by film critic Nick Pinkerton | Archival cast interviews featuring Chris Elliott, Ritch Brinkley, James Gammon, Brian Doyle-Murray, Brion James, Melora Walters and Russ Tamblyn | B-Roll Footage | Edited outtakes | Newly commissioned art by Jacob Phillips | Audition Tapes: Melora Walters and Andy Richter | 5 TV spots | Limited Edition O-Card | Reversible Art | Theatrical Trailer

The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection
Volume 3
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 18, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Animation / 138 min / NR / Color

Director: Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt
Starring: Larry Storch, Rich Little, Paul Frees, Laura Olsher, Mel Blanc, Henry Mancini

Synopsis: This collection includes 22 Pink Panther cartoon from 1968 to 1969 – By the end of the 1960s, The Pink Panther had achieved the status of iconic cartoon character, and the cosmopolitan cat left his big-city habitat and began crossing into more universal comedy settings: a military base (G.I. Pink), caveman times (Prehistoric Pink and Extinct Pink) and Olde England (Pink Valiant and Pinkcome Tax). But the panther never completely changed his stripes. In color-splashed urban landscapes (a hallmark of the DePatie-Freleng studios), the sublime feline continued to engage in duels of wits-with the establishment “Little Man” as well as the occasional inanimate object (a cuckoo clock in In The Pink of the Night).

Special Features: 22 shorts in chronological order (41-62) – All with original audio (no laugh tracks) | Audio commentaries for selected films, by author Mark Arnold, historian Jerry Beck, filmmaker Greg Ford, cartoon writer William Hohauser and animator Mike Kazaleh | Behind the Feline: The Cartoon Phenomenon (10:49) | Reversible Art (Blu-ray)

Impulse (1984)

Brand New HD Master from a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 18, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Horror/Mystery/Science Fiction/Thriller / 91 min / R / Color

Director: Graham Baker
Starring: Tim Matheson, Meg Tilly, Hume Cronyn, Bill Paxton, John Karlen, Amy Stryker, Peter Jason

Synopsis: From raw desire… to rampant destruction! Tim Matheson (Up the Creek), Meg Tilly (Psycho II), Bill Paxton (Aliens) and Hume Cronyn (Cocoon) come face to face with mankind’s deepest – and darkest – primal urges in this disturbing and suspenseful psychological thriller. Directed with flair by Graham Baker (Alien Nation) and packed with pulse-quickening twists that spring from its terrific premise, Impulse generates enough electricity to make your hair stand on end. When Jennifer (Tilly) and her boyfriend Stuart (Matheson) return to her idyllic hometown, they discover that all boundaries of civility seem to have eroded. Mystified by the actions of normally kind townspeople who are suddenly driven to extremes of irrational-and violent-behavior, Jennifer and Stuart attempt to get to the bottom of the increasingly life-threatening chaos… before it destroys them.

Special Features: Audio Commentary by director Graham Baker | Trailer

Gold (1974)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 18, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Adventure/Thriller / 124 min / PG / Color

Director: Peter Hunt
Starring: Roger Moore, Susannah York, Ray Milland, John Gielgud, Bradford Dillman, Tony Beckley

Synopsis: Roger Moore (Live and Let Die, Street People) and Susannah York (The Killing of Sister George) star in this explosive 1974 international conspiracy thriller, set in the South African goldfields and directed by Peter Hunt (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Death Hunt). A ruthless global cabal of financial investors plans to manipulate the price of gold on the world market – by sabotaging one of South Africa’s top gold mines and flooding it with millions of gallons of water. All they need is someone to take the blame. Manager Rod Slater (Moore) seems the perfect choice. He’s brash, rough and impulsive – just the sort of man to make a fatal mistake. As Slater embarks on an affair with Terry (York), the heiress granddaughter of mine owner Hurry Hirschfeld (Ray Milland, Panic in Year Zero!), the conspiracy tightens all around him and thousands of lives hang by a thread… Based on a best-selling novel by Wilbur Smith (Dark of the Sun, Shout at the Devil) and filmed entirely on location in South Africa, Gold is an unforgettable thriller with a breathtaking climax and a fantastic cast which also includes John Gielgud (The Whistle Blower) and Bradford Dillman (Compulsion).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson

Retroactive (1997)

Blu-ray Street Date: September 18, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Action/Crime/Thriller / 91 min / R / Color

Director: Louis Morneau
Starring: James Belushi, M. Emmet Walsh, Kylie Travis, Frank Whaley, Shannon Whirry, Jesse Borrego, Sherman Howard, Guy Boyd, Roger Clinton, Robbie Thibaut Jr.

Synopsis: If you could leap back in time and change the past, would you? If you did, could you face the consequences? A young woman comes face to face with these tantalizing questions in this action-packed sci-fi thriller starring James Belushi (Red Heat), Kylie Travis (Sanctuary), M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple) and Frank Whaley (Career Opportunities). Exploding with breathtaking special effects and startling twists and turns, this full-throttle adventure pushes the envelope for cutting-edge excitement. Karen (Travis) is a beautiful hostage negotiator trying to escape a tragic past. But her desperate flight leads to an even greater horror when she finds herself stranded on a deserted highway and at the mercy of a violent psychopath who commits a brutal murder right before her eyes. But this time, Karen gets a second chance… stumbling upon an isolated research center, she meets a brilliant young scientist and discovers a top-secret device that gives her the opportunity to stop the savage rampage before it begins. Stylishly directed by Louis Morneau (Soldier Boyz).

Special Features: Theatrical Trailer

Bat 21 (1988)
Blu-ray Street Date: September 18, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

War/Action / 105 min / R / Color

Director: Peter Markle
Starring: Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed, David Marshall Grant, Clayton Rohner, Erich Anderson

Synopsis: Only the bravest of men risk their lives to save others! In this suspenseful and engrossing action tale based on a true-life rescue story, screen legends Gene Hackman (The Package) and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) portray a pair of valiant American soldiers up against impossible odds for survival and rescue within war-torn Vietnam. After his reconnaissance plane is shot down behind enemy lines in Vietnam, Lt. Colonel Hambleton (Hackman), a career soldier who’s used to calling the shots from behind a desk, must now figure out a way to survive in the jungle. Luckily for him, he manages to establish radio contact with an Air pilot, Bird-Dog (Glover), who makes it his mission to save his stranded comrade. To plan the dangerous rescue, the two soldiers communicate by secret code. But when the enemy intercepts their messages, it’s only a matter of time before the code is broken… leaving both men at risk of being caught and imprisoned. Peter Markle (Youngblood) directed this edge-of-your-seat thriller co-starring Jerry Reed (Gator) and Clayton Rohner (Modern Girls).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by director Peter Markle | Theatrical Trailer

The Farmer’s Daughter (1947)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 25, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Comedy Drama/Romance / 97 min / NR / B&W

Director: H.C. Potter
Starring: Loretta Young, Joseph Cotton, Ethel Barrymore, Charles Bickford, Rhys Williams, Harry Davenport

Synopsis: Loretta Young (The Stranger) is The Farmer’s Daughter – blonde, brash and so hilariously heartwarming that she won the 1948 Academy Award® for Best Actress in a Leading Role. As Katrin, she romps through one uproarious romantic adventure after another, an independent farm girl who becomes a politician and captures the heart of a Congressman along the way. The outrageous antics begin when Katrin, fresh from the farm, arrives in Capitol City ready to take on the metropolis. She takes the very first job she can find: housemaid in the wealthy home of urbane Congressman Glenn Morley, charmingly played by Joseph Cotten (Portrait of Jennie). But she’s no sooner tied the apron strings around her waist than she’s running for Congress. To complicate matters further, Morley is developing a case of infatuation for Katrin – and it’s looking like love that knows no political bounds. Directed by H. C. Potter (Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House) and co-starring Ethel Barrymore (The Spiral Staircase), Charles Bickford (The Big Country) and Harry Davenport (The Ox-Bow Incident). Bickford was nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Award®.

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin | KLSC Trailers

Trapeze (1956)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 25, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama/Romance / 106 min / NR / Color

Director: Carol Reed
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida, Katy Jurado, Thomas Gomez, Minor Watson

Synopsis: Screen icons Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry), Tony Curtis (The Vikings) and Gina Lollobrigida (Woman of Straw) form a troubled love triangle in the realistic, suspenseful film shot in the actual Cirque d’Hiver in Paris. Young American acrobat Tino Orsini (Curtis) is an aspiring trapeze artist who comes to Paris in search of Mike Ribble (Lancaster), a former aerialist who has retired after injuring himself attempting a triple somersault. Mike agrees to teach Tino the triple after circus performer Rosa O’Flynn (Katy Jurado, One-Eyed Jacks) convinces him to stop feeling sorry for himself and try to recapture some of the fame that eluded him. But when two men both fall in love with the beautiful Lola (Lollobrigida) – who uses them both to further her own ambitions – the triangle threatens the dreams of them all. Trapeze, directed by the great Carol Reed (The Third Man, The Fallen Idol) is highlighted by great performances and high drama, and all the actors performed most of their own stunts (Lancaster had previously been an acrobat in real life). Two of the film’s best features are the terrific Scope photography by Robert Krasker (El Cid, Brief Encounter) and the hauntingly beautiful score by Malcolm Arnold (The Bridge on the River Kwai). The wonderful Thomas Gomez (Key Largo) co-stars in this classic romantic drama.

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger | Original Theatrical Trailer

The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 25, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama / 108 min / PG / Color

Director: Peter Masterson
Starring: Geraldine Page, Rebecca De Mornay, John Heard, Carlin Glynn, Richard Bradford, Kevin Cooney, Norman Bennett

Synopsis: A richly textured and triumphant tale of an elderly woman’s journey home, The Trip to Bountiful stars Geraldine Page (What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?) in the performance of a lifetime and a role that won her an Academy Award® for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Funny, adventurous and suspenseful, The Trip to Bountiful is perfect on just about every level and is a demonstration of the human spirit. Carrie Watts (Page) is an elderly woman with a weak heart, but of strong determination. Trapped in a tiny apartment under the care of her cowardly son and his shrewish wife, Carrie is determined to escape and return to her girlhood home. Seizing her chance and her meager Social Security check, Carrie sets out on an unforgettable quest to make peace with her past-and the secrets of her heart that draw her ever homeward. Peter Masterson (Full Moon in Blue Water) directed this endearing and uplifting drama co-starring John Heard (Deceived) and Rebecca De Mornay (Runaway Train). Legendary writer Horton Foote (Tender Mercies) wrote the Oscar®-nominated screenplay based on his own play.

Special Features: Return to Bountiful – Documentary | Trailer

Good Times (1967)
Brand New HD Master from a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 25, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Comedy/Musical/Western / 91 min / NR / Color

Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Cher, Sonny Bono, Norman Alden, Edy Williams, China Lee, Sonny & Cher

Synopsis: In their one-and-only onscreen pairing, singing duo and television stars Sonny and Cher star in this happy, affectionate and lovably surreal film about – who else? – Sonny and Cher! An impressive feature directorial debut by legendary filmmaker William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The Boys in the Band, The French Connection), Good Times is good, great and downright groovy! Husband-and-wife singers Sonny and Cher couldn’t be hotter – they even have an offer to star in a movie. Trouble is, Cher doesn’t want to do it and the script stinks. Now Sonny has ten days to write a new script. He has great ideas – he could be a cowboy, the king of the jungle or a private eye. But he still has to convince his dynamite babe to sing the same tune!

Special Features: Interview with Director William Friedkin | Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin | KLSC Trailers

The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (1976)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 25, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Western/Comedy / 102 min / PG / Color

Director: Don Taylor
Starring: Lee Marvin, Oliver Reed, Robert Culp, Elizabeth Ashley, Strother Martin, Kay Lenz, Sylvia Miles, Howard Platt

Synopsis: They weren’t forgotten by history… they were left out on purpose! Screen legend Lee Marvin (Prime Cut, Monte Walsh) is Great Scout, Kay Lenz (The Passage) is Cathouse Thursday and with a little help from their friends (and enemies), including Oliver Reed (The Hunting Party), Robert Culp (Hickey & Boggs), Sylvia Miles (92 in the Shade), Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke) and Elizabeth Ashley (Golden Needles), they’re out to take over the lusty world of modern Colorado in 1908. In this ribald adventure, Marvin (as a leathery frontier scout) and Reed (as his half-breed partner) try to recover $60,000 stolen by their arch enemy Culp. Instead they end up saddle-bagged with a bevy of Wild West prostitutes all named for the days of the week, one almost-virtuous young lady named Thursday, and an acid-tongued ex-sweetheart (Ashley). The stage is set for some big complications as this colorful group takes on the tycoons, madams and the effects of modern times. Actor turned director Don Taylor (The Island of Dr. Moreau, Damien: Omen II) directed this rip-roaring comedy western.

The DePatie/Freleng Collection
Volume 2
(6 Discs)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 25, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $89.95
DVD SRP: $59.95

Animation / 640 min / NR / Color

Director: Friz Freleng, David H. DePatie, Art Leonardi
Starring: Bob Holt, Art Johnson, Bob Ogle, Larry D. Mann, Arnold Stang, Frank Welker, Art Johnson, Hazel Shermet, Paul Winchell, Tom Holland

Synopsis: This 6-disc collection includes The Blue Racer (17 cartoons), Sheriff Hoot Kloot (17 cartoons), The Dogfather (17 cartoons), Misterjaw (34 cartoons) and Crazylegs Crane (16 cartoons). Loaded with Extras!

Special Features: Six documentaries by Greg Ford and William Hohauser – Featuring author Mark Arnold, historian Jerry Beck, cartoon director/producer John R. Dilworth, ink-and-paint specialist Barbara Donatello, composer Doug Goodwin, director/animator Art Leonardi, and layout artist Martin Strudler | Audio commentaries for selected films Mark Arnold, Jerry Beck, Greg Ford, cartoon writer William Hohauser, cartoon director Bob Balser and Friz Freleng (archival audio)

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