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Feb 152020
 

Kino Lorber Announces its March 2020
Home Video Releases

Kinetta
Prebook Date: 2/4/20
Street Date: 3/3/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24439
DVD UPC: 738329244392
BD SRP: 34.95
BD Item #: K24440
BD UPC: 738329244408
Genre: Drama
Year: 2005
Rating: NR
Runtime: 98
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Actors: Evangelia Randou, Costas Xikominos, Aris Servetalis
Language: Greek with English subtitles

Kinetta is a perversely fascinating early feature from director Yorgos Lanthimos, who would later go on to international renown with Dogtooth, Alps, and The Favourite. It is set at a desolate Greek resort town where a bored chambermaid (Evangelia Randou, Attenberg) forms a bizarre trio with a control freak detective (Costas Xikominos) and an eccentric photo shop clerk (Aris Servetalis, Alps). Together they stage re-enactments of the murders of a local serial killer. What at first seems to be an investigative experiment turns out to be more of an exploration into the depths of their own psychosexual obsessions. As provocative and thought-provoking as his more famous work, Kinetta is essential to understanding one of the greatest artists of his generation.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by film critic Amy Simmons | Trailers

Lifeline: Clyfford Still

Prebook Date: 2/11/20
Street Date: 3/10/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24441
DVD UPC: 738329244415
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 77
Director: Dennis Scholl
Actors: Julian Schnabel, Jerry Saltz, John Hickenlooper
Language: English

Jackson Pollock said, “He makes the rest of us look academic,” Mark Rothko acknowledged him as a “myth-maker” and Clement Greenberg called him “a highly influential maverick and an independent genius.” Clyfford Still, one of the strongest, most original contributors to abstract expressionism, walked away from the commercial art world at the height of his career. Extremely disciplined, principled, and prolific, Still left behind a treasure trove of works like no other major artist in history. With a wonderful mosaic of archival material, found footage and audio recorded by the artist himself, Lifeline: Clyfford Still paints a picture of a modern icon, his uncompromising creative journey and the price of independence.

Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes / Trailer.

Compassion in Exile
Prebook Date: 2/11/20
Street Date: 3/10/20

Label: Alive Mind
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24518
DVD UPC: 738329245184
Genre: Documentary
Year: 1993
Rating: NR
Runtime: 957
Director: Mickey Lemle
Actors: Dalai Lama, Heinrich Harrer
Language: English and Tibetan

Compassion in Exile is an intimate portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Inherent in the life story of this Nobel Peace Prize laureate is the saga of the suffering of the Tibetan people under Chinese occupation. For over fifty years the Dalai Lama has waged a non-violent struggle in exile to bring attention to the plight of his people and save their unique culture and religion. He is the embodiment of the ideal of his Buddhist heritage and practice, and his life story is an inspiring lesson in compassion, humor and peace. For this film, the Dalai Lama personally granted director Mickey Lemle unprecendented access and cooperation.

With candor and humor, he describes his upbringing and key moments in his life, detailing historic events including his becoming head of state at the age of sixteen, journeying to Beijing at nineteen to confront Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, and fleeing to India at twenty. Using historic and some never- before-seen footage, and with an entrancing score by Philip Glass, his remarkable story is also told by the people closest to him, including his older brother, his sister, and Heinrich Harrer (his childhood tutor and the author of Seven Years in Tibet).

Bonus Features: Trailer

The Last Dalai Lama?

Prebook Date: 2/18/20
Street Date: 3/17/20

Label: Alive Mind
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24275
DVD UPC: 738329242756
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2017
Rating: NR
Runtime: 81
Director: Mickey Lemle
Actors: Dalai Lama
Language: English

For over a thousand years, Tibetan Buddhist psychology has taught techniques for overcoming negative emotions, such as anger, greed, jealousy, sloth and ignorance. In the inquisitive documentary The Last Dalai Lama?, directed by Mickey Lemle (Compassion in Exile, Ram Dass: Fierce Grace) His Holiness explains that Tibetan Buddhism is both a religion and a “science of the mind”; he also shares his crystallized understanding of the nature of mind, and its part in the creation and alleviation of all of our suffering. His urgency and dedication come through as he now turns 82, and must deal with the questions of aging and death, and whether he will reincarnate as The Dalai Lama, or if he will be the last of the lineage that has existed for a millennia.

Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes | Trailers

Alice Guy Blache
Vol. 1: The Gaumont Years

Prebook Date: 2/18/20
Street Date: 3/17/20

Label: Kino Classics
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24444
DVD UPC: 738329244446
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24445
BD UPC: 738329244453
Genre: Drama / silent
Year: 1897 – 1907
Rating: NR
Runtime: 144
Director: Alice Guy Blache
Language: English
Black & White

After years of relative obscurity, Alice Guy Blaché is now being recognized for her role in the development of the cinematic arts. Beginning as a typist for the Gaumont Company, she volunteered to produce a series of novelty films. So successful were her films-and so efficient her methods-she eventually became the studio’s head of production. During cinema’s first decade, the multi-talented Guy Blaché experimented with color and synchronized sound (decades before these technologies would be perfected) and cultivated such diverse genres as slapstick comedy, social realism, historical epic, and fantasy. Though rooted in the theatrical style of the Belle Époque, there is a decidedly modern sensibility to her films, as she playfully discovers comic and dramatic potential in the social mores of gender and class. This collection includes films made directly by Guy Blaché at Gaumont, as well a sampling of films produced by others, under her executive supervision (for example, The Birth, the Life, and Death of Christ, 1906).

SPECIAL FEATURES:
* Booklet essay by film historian Kim Tomadjoglou
* Restoration samples

Alice Guy Blache

Vol. 2 Solax Years

Prebook Date: 2/18/20
Street Date: 3/17/20

Label: Kino Classics
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24446
DVD UPC: 738329244460
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24447
BD UPC: 738329244477
Genre: Drama / Silent
Year: 1911 – 1914
Rating: NR
Runtime: 251 minutes
Director: Alice Guy Blache
Black & White

Having pioneered the art and technology of cinema during its infancy (organizing a system of film production at the Gaumont Studios in France), Alice Guy Blaché moved to the United States where she co-founded the Solax Company, where she served as head of production. Enjoying complete creative freedom, she explored long-form storytelling, alternating between serious dramatizations of the early 20th-century American experience (Making an American Citizen, The Strike, Frozen on Love’s Trail) and playful experiments in melodrama (The Detective’s Dog). Produced more than a century ago, Guy Blaché’s films maintain their power to surprise the viewer, with moments of unexpected pathos and irreverent humor (the ribald cross-dressing comedies Officer Henderson and Cousins of Sherlocko). This collection is truly an international endeavor-2K and 4K restorations from materials preserved by the Library of Congress, British Film Institute, EYE Film Institute, George Eastman Museum, the Academy Film Library, Lobster Films, and others-and is essential viewing for anyone interested in the evolution of the industry and the art form.

Bonus Features: Booklet essay by film historian Kim Tomadjoglou

Intrique: The Films of Julia Crawford Ivers
Prebook Date: 2/18/20
Street Date: 3/17/20

Label: Kino Classics
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24448
DVD UPC: 738329244484
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24449
BD UPC: 738329244491
Genre: Drama
Year: 1916
Rating: NR
Runtime: 197
Director: Julia Crawford Ivers
Actors: Lenore Ulric, Florence Vidor, Cecil Van Auker, Howard Davies, Paul Weigel, Dustin Farnum, Winifred Kingston, Tom Bates, Jack Livingston, Herbert Standing
Black & White / color tinted

Most commonly known as the principle screenwriter for ill-fated director William Desmond Taylor, publicity-shy Julia Crawford Ivers was a filmmaker of diverse talents, working as director, scenarist, production supervisor, and editor at Paramount. This collection showcases two of Ivers’s directorial efforts: A Son of Erin (1916) and The Majesty of the Law (1915, of which only a single reel survives). But the centerpiece is The Intrigue (1916, directed by Frank Lloyd) a sci-fi/espionage film in which world powers vie for control of a death ray during World War I. Through these meticulous restorations of films preserved by the Library of Congress, the woman once known as “Lady in the Shadows” can now finally receive the attention her work so richly deserves.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary on THE INTRIGUE by film historian Anthony Slide, Booklet essay by film historian April Miller

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

Prebook Date: 2/11/20
Street Date: 3/10/20

Label: Zeitgeist
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24442
DVD UPC: 737329244422
BD SRP: 34.95
BD Item #:K24443
BD UPC: 737329244439
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 87
Director: Matt Wolf
Cast: Marion Stokes
Language:English

Synopsis: Marion Stokes was secretly recording American television twenty-four
hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis at the dawn of the twenty-four-hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 while the Sandy Hook massacre played on television as Marion passed away. In between, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows, and commercials that told us who we were, and show how television shaped the world of today.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by director Matt Wolf | Episodes of Marion Stokes’s TV Show “INPUT” | Theatrical Trailer

Lightning Over Braddock and Collected Shorts: The Films of Tony Buba
Prebook Date: 2/25/20
Street Date: 3/24/20

Label: Zeitgeist
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24255
DVD UPC: 738329242558
BD SRP:34.95
BD Item #: K 24256
BD UPC: 738329242565
Genre: Documentary
Year: 1972 – 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 307
Director: Tony Buba
Cast: Wendy Brown, Silvia Federici, George A. Papandreou
Language:English

For five decades Tony Buba has chronicled the industrial decline of his hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania with bleakly disarming humor and a boldly self-reflexive style.
Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films are proud to present a two-disc collection of his newly restored films starting with his 1970s shorts and working its way through his feature-length masterpiece Lightning Over Braddock: A Rust Bowl Fantasy (1988) and on into his essential recent work. In Lightning Over Braddock, Buba plays himself as a struggling director trying to make a feature with narcissistic conman Sal (subject of the short Sweet Sal), but never manages to leave Braddock, where factories keep closing despite the heroic efforts of local unions. With its mix of politically potent documentary portraiture and hilarious comic re-enactments, it’s an uncategorizable work of art that has had a vast, if underground, influence on the future of documentary, anticipating the work of everyone from Michael Moore to The Daily Show.

Downtown 81

Prebook Date: 2/25/20
Street Date: 3/24/20

Label: Metrograph Pictures
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24452
DVD UPC: 738329244521
BD SRP:34.95
BD Item #: K 24453
BD UPC: 738329244538
Genre: Drama
Year: 1981
Rating: NR
Runtime: 72
Director: Edo Bertoglio
Cast: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Deborah Harry, James White
Language:English

In 1981, writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti innovator and noise music artist who’d just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie about the bombed out bohemia that they knew, with a script by O’Brien, Bertoglio directing, and Basquiat, a naturally compelling presence, starring. Left incomplete due to money problems and assembled for release in 2000, Downtown 81, which follows Basquiat trying to move a painting while hustling for a place to sleep, became a window on a lost world of life on the margins and crazy creative ferment. Featuring John Lurie, Fab Five Freddy, and Debbie Harry, with musical performances by DNA, James White and the Blacks, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts — and Manhattan in all its mangy glory.

Bonus features: Audio commentary with writer Luc Sante and artist Lee Quiñones | Re-release trailer

Emma 2! Emmatastic!
Prebook Date: 2/4/20
Street Date: 3/3/20

Label: Wiggles
DVD SRP: 14.99
DVD Item #: K24368
DVD UPC: 738329243685
Genre: Childrens Preschool
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 150
Language:English

Synopsis: Hello there, my name is Emma. It’s nice to see you today! I have chosen a selection of my favorite episodes from the new Emma! series to share with you. Walk, jump, skip, dance or wheel your way to the garden as we visit dancing butterflies, baby lambs, kittens and ponies. The next bowtiful adventure is waiting for us inside the music box – I wonder what we will find. Also, pop on your dancing shoes as we try samba, salsa, ballet, tap, Highland, Irish and jazz. Enjoy learning some Australian Sign Language (Auslan) with me and have a look at the traditional actions for the Tamil version of ‘Five Fingered Family’. My dear friend, Emily Wurramara, from Groote Eylandt right at the top of Australia, joins me as we sing ‘Watching the Waves’. I’m so excited to feature new songs like the Greek nursery rhyme ‘Mia Oréa Petalútha’, ‘Walking on the Moon’, ‘Gumboot Dance’ and ‘Emma Baila Baila!’. Enjoy this “Emmatastic” feature and have a bowtiful day!

Bonus Features: Emma’s Sign Language Time

Bad Manners aka Growing Pains

Brand New HD Master
Prebook Date: 2/4/20
Street Date: 3/3/20

Label: Scorpion
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24516
DVD UPC: 738329245160
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24517
BD UPC: 738329245177
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1984
Rating: R
Runtime: 85
Director: Robert Houston
Actors: Pamela Adlon, Karen Black, Marin Mull, Anne De Salvo, Kimmy Roberts, Edy Williams
Language: English

The Home of the Bleeding Heart for Orphans is more like a prison than a home for orphans. Run by the tyrannical Sister Serena (Anne De Salvo, Arthur, Taking Care of Business) and her eccentric assistant Mr. Kurtz (Murphy Dunne, The Blues Brothers, Blues Brothers 2000), it doesn’t take the inmates long to hatch an escape plan. With a scheme in mind, the kids begin to wreak havoc in the orphanage until one of them is “selected” to join the bizarre Fitzpatrick family. The escape plans quickly turns into a rescue mission, as the friends set off in search of their lost “brother”. On the run from Sister Serena, Mr. Kurtz, the police and the Fitzpatricks, the kids make a break for freedom in this off-the-wall comedy from the creator of Shogun Assassin, Robert Houston (Trust Me). Karen Black (The Pyx, Trilogy of Terror), Martin Mull (Clue, Mr. Mom) and Kimmy Robertson (Twin Peaks, The Last American Virgin) co-star as members of the Fitzpatrick family with Pamela Adlon (Grease 2, Louie) and Edy Williams (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Bad Girls from Mars). Bad Manners is also known as Growing Pains.

Bonus Features: Brand New HD Master | Optional English Subtitles | Theatrical Trailer

Raw Courage
Brand New 2019 HD Master

Prebook Date: 2/18/20
Street Date:3/17/20

Label: Scorpion
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item#: K24363
DVD UPC: 738329243630
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24364
BD UPC: 738329243647
Genre: Thriller
Year: 1984
Rating: R
Runtime: 90
Director: Robert L. Rosen
Actors: Ronny Cox, M. Emmet Walsh, Art Hindle, Lois Chiles, William Russ, Tim Maier
Language: English

FIND IT… OR DIE! A 72-mile marathon to glory in New Mexico by Pete Canfield (Ronny Cox, Deliverance, Robocop, Total Recall), Roger Bower (Art Hindle, Black Christmas, The Octagon, The Brood) and Craig Jensen (Tim Maier, Psycho II, Coward of the County) turns into a nightmarish fight for survival when the three men are tracked and hunted by a feral band of commandos armed with full weaponry and motorcycles. Led by Colonel Crouse (M. Emmet Walsh, Blade Runner, Blood Simple, Critters), the renegade group maneuvers to kill their two-legged prey. Lois Chiles (Moonraker, Death on the Nile) and William Russ (Wanted: Dead or Alive, Dead of Winter) co-star in this tense action-packed thriller where man’s true survival instincts are tested.

Bonus Features: NEW On-Camera Interview with Writer/Producer/Star Ronny Cox | Brand New 2019 HD Master | Optional English Subtitles | Theatrical Trailer

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