Kino Lorber Studio Classics has unveiled the details of their November 2020 Blu-Ray releases including works from such icons as Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Richard Pryor, John Landis, Joe Dante, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Mel Gibson and more. Get all the details on this incredibly packed lineup below:
Street Date: 11/3/20
Synopsis: Marlene Dietrich (Desire) stars opposite John Wayne (Rio Bravo) as sexy saloon singer Bijou Blanche, who’s as quick with a comeback as she is with a come-on, in Seven Sinners. Deported from every South Sea island on which she has ever performed, Bijou winds up in Boni Komba at the Seven Sinners Café, convincing the manager that she will break only hearts, not bar stools. Bijou soon charms a handsome Navy officer (Wayne), who falls deeply in love with the woman his superiors refer to as a naval destroyer. When a spiteful admirer of Bijou’s resorts to violence to keep the lovers apart, the glamorous chanteuse proves she will do anything—especially the unexpected—for the man she loves. Dietrich sizzles on screen singing her trademark, husky renditions of “I’ve Been in Love Before” and “The Man’s in the Navy” in this sultry tropical romance. Directed by Tay Garnett (Bataan) and featuring wonderful supporting performances by Albert Dekker (Dr. Cyclops), Broderick Crawford (Born Yesterday), Anna Lee (The Crimson Kimono), Mischa Auer (My Man Godfrey), Billy Gilbert (The Great Dictator), Oskar Homolka (Ball of Fire) and Reginald Denny (Skinner’s Dress Suit).
Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle | Theatrical Trailer | Optional English Subtitles
Street Date: 11/3/20
Synopsis: From Henry Hathaway, the acclaimed director of The House on 92nd Street, Kiss of Death, Rawhide, Niagara, Legend of the Lost, The Sons of Katie Elder and True Grit, comes this classic adventure yarn starring screen legend John Wayne (Red River, The Searchers, Brannigan, The Shootist) as Young Matt Mathews, a hillbilly moonshiner. Burdened from boyhood by a family tragedy, Matt’s life is driven by the need to avenge his mother’s abandonment by an uncaring father. The stern family matriarch Granny Becky (Marjorie Main, Murder, He Says), in the absence of both parents, has taken over the leadership duties for the extended family of moonshiners. The arrival of a stranger (Harry Carey, Hell Bent) is cause for alarm in this small community whose main source of revenue is illegal corn whiskey. This stranger, a quiet older man, has healing ways that begin to alter the face of the community. Rejected by the locals, he is befriended by Matt’s pretty barefoot girlfriend (Betty Field, The Great Gatsby) who learns the secret of his healing powers and the curse of vengeance that torments the man she loves. The heated confrontation between the two men leads to a startling climax that threatens to tear the town apart. The stellar cast includes Beulah Bondi (The Good Fairy), Ward Bond (Canyon Passage) and Marc Lawrence (I Walk Alone).
Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critic and Author Simon Abrams | Theatrical Trailer | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: From Jason Blum, the producer of Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Get Out and Us, comes this gritty horror film starring Jessica Alba (Stretch, Sin City), Thomas Jane (The Punisher, Thursday), and Lily Rabe (Miss Stevens, American Horror Story). Follow the lone survivor of a religious cult mass-suicide as she returns to the scene of the tragedy for the first time, after 30 years, with a documentary crew in tow. What they unveil is more disturbing than they could have ever imagined. Written by Robert Ben Garant (Balls of Fury, Night at the Museum) and directed by Phil Joanou (Three O’Clock High, State of Grace).
Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Director Phil Joanou | NEW Interview with Co-Star Thomas Jane | Theatrical Trailer | Reversible Art | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: One Con… Eight Kids… One Outrageous Journey! Richard Pryor (Silver Streak, Stir Crazy) stars in this wild, wacky and warmhearted road movie with a difference, which later inspired a TV series. When budget cuts close a children’s home in Philadelphia, Vivian Perry (Cicely Tyson, Sounder, The Help) decides to help eight special-education students by taking them to her aunt’s farm outside Seattle. In desperate need of a driver/mechanic for the bus, she teams up with Joe Braxton (Pryor), an equally desperate ex-con who hates women and children. Fueled by Roberta Flack’s songs, the action is fast and funny as this delightfully mismatched group battles the bus, the law, the Ku Klux Klan and even each other on their way west. But it all ends happily for the kids, the con and the straitlaced lady.
Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Sergio Mims | 2 Radio Spots | Theatrical Trailer | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Amazon Women on the Moon is a madcap send-up of late-night TV, low-budget sci-fi films and canned-laughter-filled sitcoms packed with off-the-wall sketches that will have you in stitches. Centered around a television station which features a 1950s-style sci-fi movie interspersed with a series of wild commercials, wacky shorts and weird specials, this lampoon of contemporary life and pop culture skewers some of the silliest spectacles ever created in the name of entertainment. Co-directed by Joe Dante, John Landis, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton and Robert K. Weiss; and written by Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland. The hilarious cast includes Steve Allen, Rosanna Arquette, Belinda Balaski, Paul Bartel, Ralph Bellamy, Ed Begley Jr., T.K. Carter, Sybil Danning, Griffin Dunne, Carrie Fisher, Steve Forrest, Monique Gabrielle, Donald Gibb, David Alan Grier, Steve Guttenberg, Arsenio Hall, Phil Hartman, Howard Hesseman, Peter Horton, Lou Jacobi, B.B. King, Mike Mazurki, Russ Meyer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joe Pantoliano, Kelly Preston, Henry Silva, Rip Taylor and Henny Youngman. This truly outrageous look at the best of the worst that television has to offer is presented here in a special edition loaded with extras.
Bonus Features: BULLSHIT OR NOT: THE TRUE STORY OF AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON – NEW Featurette with Directors John Landis, Joe Dante, co-editor Marshall Harvey, casting director Julie Selzer & Others | Audio Commentary by Film Historians Kat Ellinger and Mike McPadden | Newly Discovered Outtakes and Dailies from Joe Dante’s personal archive | Deleted Scenes | Outtakes | Theatrical Trailer | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Brand New 2K Master! From Don Siegel, the legendary director of Madigan, Coogan’s Bluff, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Charley Varrick, The Black Windmill and The Shootist, comes this tense psychological drama of love and betrayal starring screen legend Clint Eastwood (For a Few Dollars More, Play Misty for Me) with Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful), Elizabeth Hartman (The Group), Jo Ann Harris (Act of Vengeance), Pamelyn Ferdin (The Mephisto Waltz) and Melody Thomas Scott (The Young and the Restless). During the Civil War, a wounded Union soldier is sheltered by the headmistress and students of a girls’ academy in the South. As his health returns, his desire increases—but can he trust these enemy women not to turn him in? He takes his chances but soon realizes that his benefactress can’t be trusted… with his love or with his life! His lustful ambition turns quickly against him and the story follows him through a series of nerve-shattering events, including realistic scenes that are among the boldest, most shocking ever witnessed on film.
Bonus Features: Brand New 2K Master | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger | The Beguiled, Misty, Don and Clint – Featurette | TRAILERS FROM HELL with John Landis | Theatrical Trailer | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Brand New 2K Master! From Clint Eastwood, the legendary director of The Outlaw Josey Wales, Bird, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby and American Sniper, comes this terrifying thriller about psychotic obsession. Eastwood (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) stars as Dave Garver, a popular radio disc jockey who repeatedly receives on-air phone requests from a sexy female fan to “play Misty for me.” When the woman, Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter, The Group), orchestrates a rendezvous with Dave at his favorite nightspot, the two begin a torrid affair. But when Dave decides to end the relationship, Evelyn’s obsession turns to violence. Soon everything and everyone in Dave’s life becomes a target for Evelyn’s increasingly deadly campaign of terror. Beautifully photographed by Bruce Surtees (Night Moves) on location in Eastwood’s hometown of Carmel, California, Play Misty for Me continues to be considered one of the great modern-day thrillers. Play Misty for Me was Eastwood’s directorial debut, co-written by Jo Heims (Breezy) and Dean Riesner (Charley Varrick) with a strong supporting cast that includes Donna Mills (Superdome), John Larch (Dirty Harry), Jack Ging (High Plains Drifter) and Eastwood’s mentor, filmmaker Don Siegel.
Bonus Features: Brand New 2K Master | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | NEW Interview with Co-Star Donna Mills | NEW Video Essay by Film Historian Howard S. Berger | Play It Again… A Look Back at “Play Misty For Me” – Documentary | The Beguiled, Misty, Don and Clint – Featurette | TRAILERS FROM HELL with Adam Rifkin | Theatrical Teaser in HD | Theatrical Trailer in HD | Two TV Spots | Stills Montage | Clint Eastwood Directs and Acts: Photo Montage | The Evolution of a Poster | Reversible Art | Limited Edition Slipcase | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Brand New 2K Master! From Clint Eastwood, the legendary director of Play Misty for Me, High Plains Drifter, Firefox, Gran Torino and Sully, comes this international espionage thriller set in the Swiss Alps. Jonathan Hemlock (Eastwood) is a retired professional assassin who has adapted a calmer lifestyle with a pursuit of art collecting. When a close friend is murdered, Hemlock is suddenly forced out of retirement to hunt the deadly double agent that killed his comrade. The search takes him on a breathtaking journey up the Swiss Alps with a team of mountain climbers, one of which is an unidentified. target. Co-starring George Kennedy (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot), The Eiger Sanction features some of the most exciting mountain-climbing sequences ever captured on film. Two of the film’s best features are the terrific on-location photography by Frank Stanley (Magnum Force) and the hauntingly beautiful score by the great John Williams (Jaws).
Bonus Features: Brand New 2K Master | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critic Nick Pinkerton | NEW Interview with Actor Reiner Schöne | Archival Interview with Actress Heidi Brühl | Vintage 8-Minute Promotional Reel in HD | Theatrical Trailer in HD | 4 TV Spots in HD | 5 Radio Spots | Poster and Image Gallery | Reversible Art | Limited Edition Slipcase | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Come along on a spirited fifteen-year journey that follows songwriting sensation Denise Waverly (Illeana Douglas, To Die For, Ghost World, Cape Fear) who struggles to escape the shadow of pop-music icons and ultimately emerges a singer in her own right. From the late 1950s doo-wop era to the psychedelic seventies, Denise’s experiences in life and adventures in romance stir her genius and inspire the rich melodies that sustain a music empire. In crafting the hits the whole world sings, Denise draws on her relationships with the men in her life: a brilliant, but self- destructive composer (Matt Dillon, Drugstore Cowboy, The Outsiders, Crash), and his songwriting partner (Eric Stoltz, Mask, Some Kind of Wonderful). And in a hilarious and touching role, John Turturro (Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou, Miller’s Crossing) plays the producer who provides Denise support and guidance during three decades of trials and triumphs. From executive producer Martin Scorsese (The Irishman, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator) and celebrated writer/director Allison Anders (Gas Food Lodging, Four Rooms), Grace of My Heart is the lyrical tale of a remarkable woman striving to find her own voice in the male-dominated world of pop music. The remarkable cast also includes Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion, Willard, Brass Target, Short Eyes), Bridget Fonda (Single White Female, Point of No Return), Chris Isaak (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me) and Patsy Kensit (Lethal Weapon 2).
Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Director/Writer Allison Anders | The Idea Becomes a Movie: Making-of Doc | Deleted Scenes | Theatrical Trailer | 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Lossless Audio | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Brand New 2K Masters! Dragnet, one of TV’s most famous and innovative series from the 1950s, comes to colorful life in a classic full-length feature. As Sgt. Joe Friday, Jack Webb (The Men) recreates his memorable portrayal of a Los Angeles cop—“Just the facts, ma’am”—in this action-packed tale. A mysterious gangland slaying has taken place and it is up to Joe Friday and the Los Angeles Police Department to put together the pieces. With the help of his partner, Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander, Man in the Shadow), they enlist the services of a pretty and daring policewoman to trap the devious mobsters and bring them to justice. Directed by Jack Webb (Pete Kelly’s Blues), written by Richard L. Breen (A Foreign Affair) and beautifully shot by Edward Colman (Mary Poppins). The top-notch cast includes Richard Boone (Hombre), Ann Robinson (The War of the Worlds) and Dennis Weaver (Duel). This special edition includes both the widescreen and fullscreen versions of the classic film.
Bonus Features: Brand New 2K Master | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Toby Roan | Includes both the 1.75:1 and 1.37:1 Versions | Theatrical Trailer | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Brand New 4K Master! This lush adaptation of Homer’s grand epic The Odyssey stars Kirk Douglas (The Vikings) as the hero Ulysses. After victory in the Trojan War, Ulysses embarks on a ten-year journey back to his kingdom. But before he can reunite with his beloved wife (Silvana Mangano, 5 Branded Women), he must defeat the brutal Cyclops, escape the spell of Circe who turns his crew into swine and outwit the Sirens who lure sailors to their death. Peril is everywhere—even at home, where the arrogant Antinous (Anthony Quinn, Barabbas) plots to steal Ulysses’ wife before he can complete his final quest in this powerful tale of heroism. Co-starring Rossana Podestà (Helen of Troy) with stunning cinematography by Harold Rosson (Singin’ in the Rain).
Bonus Features: 4K Restoration | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | Includes both the English and Italian Versions | Alternate U.S. Opening Titles | Trailers | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Brand New 4K Master! Let the magic carpet glide you back to ancient Baghdad! Meet Aladdin (Donald O’Connor, Singin’ in the Rain) and follow him through a maze of wild adventures with Amazon queens, desert bandits, magicians, princes, paupers and—last but not least—an adorable 9-foot-tall genie (Vittorio De Sica, A Farewell to Arms), who will grant the young man three wishes if he sets him free from his lamp, which has held him prisoner for 12,000 years. Mario Bava (Kill, Baby… Kill!) and Henry Levin (Journey to the Center of the Earth) co-directed this classic tale of sweeping entertainment for the whole family, co-starring Terence Hill (Man of the East) and Michèle Mercier (Black Sabbath).
Bonus Features: Brand New 4K Master | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | Trailers | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Steve (Harry Hamlin, Clash of the Titans, Making Love, TV’s L.A. Law) works at a Porsche repair garage by day, and by night reigns as the “King of The Mountain”, the most successful of a group that participate in races along Mulholland Drive on the hills over Los Angeles. In his highly tuned 356 Speedster, Steve races against both newcomers and veterans alike. Steve once raced against his friends Buddy (Joseph Bottoms, Blind Date, The Dove, The Black Hole) and Roger (Richard Cox, Seizure, Hell Hole, The Vindicator), but now his friends’ focus has shifted away from racing in favor of potential careers in the music industry, leaving Steve to reign as King alone. Steve is egged on by Cal (Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Speed), the former King. When Steve meets Tina (Deborah Van Valkenburgh, The Warriors, TV’s Too Close for Comfort), Steve is also torn between choosing Tina over his life as a racer and continuing being the King. Co-starring Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams, Condominiums, Elves), Seymour Cassel (California Dreaming, Minnie and Moskowitz, Dick Tracy), and featuring a hot soundtrack that includes Robert Palmer’s “Looking for Clues”. Directed by Noel Nosseck (Youngblood).Now watch this fast-charged action-drama from a brand new 2020 2K restoration!
Bonus Features: Brand New 2K Master | Interview with Star Harry Hamlin | Interview with Director Noel Nosseck | Theatrical Trailer | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Brand New 2K Master! 500 Years into the Future… One Hero… An Entire Universe… Let the Adventure Begin! Blast off with this groundbreaking theatrical feature of the action-packed sci-fi adventure that launched the hit TV series starring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla and Tim O’Connor. Join legendary intergalactic crimefighters William “Buck” Rogers (Gerard) and Colonel Wilma Deering (Gray) as they lead the crew of the starship Searcher against a galaxy of evil from the past, present and faraway future. Directed by Daniel Haller (The Dunwich Horror) and co-starring Henry Silva, Joseph Wiseman, H.B. Haggerty and Pamela Hensley.
Bonus Features: Brand New 2K Master | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson | 9-Minute Special Theatrical Preview | Theatrical Trailer | Two Radio Spots | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Blast off to the 25th century with Buck Rogers, one of the most popular sci-fi heroes of all time! When 20th-century astronaut William “Buck” Rogers (Gil Gerard) is awakened—500 years after a deep-space disaster—to an Earth in recovery from nuclear war, he must join Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) to lead the crew of the starship Searcher against a galaxy of evil from the past, present and faraway future. Co-starring Felix Silla, Tim O’Connor and the legendary voice of Mel Blanc as Twiki. This 9-disc set includes, the pilot episode, the theatrical feature and all 32 action-packed Season One and Season 2 episodes of the epic series with phenomenal guest stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Julie Newmar, Henry Silva, Pamela Hensley, Jack Palance, Roddy McDowall, Macdonald Carey, Cesar Romero, Richard Lynch, Frank Gorshin, Markie Post, Anthony James, Peter Graves, Robert Quarry, Woody Strode, Gary Coleman, Ray Walston, John P. Ryan, Paul Koslo, Mary Woronov, Jerry Orbach, Richard Moll, William Smith, Sid Haig, Barbara Luna, Dennis Haysbert, Amanda Wyss, Alex Hyde-White, Tony Cox, Billy Curtis, William Sylvester, John Fujioka and many more!
Bonus Features: Includes the Pilot Episode (Awakening), 32 Episodes and Theatrical Version (First Time in HD) | NEW Audio Commentaries for 11 Selected Episodes by Film/TV Historian Patrick Jankiewicz, Author of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: A TV Companion | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson (Theatrical Feature) | NEW Interview with Co-Star Erin Gray | NEW Interview with Actor Thom Christopher (Hawk) | 9-Minute Special Theatrical Preview | Theatrical Trailer | Two Radio Spots (Theatrical Feature) | Nine BD50 Dual-Layer Discs | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: From George Miller, the acclaimed director of The Road Warrior, The Witches of Eastwick, Lorenzo’s Oil and Mad Max: Fury Road, comes this post-apocalyptic masterpiece starring screen legend Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon, Braveheart, Payback). In the ravaged near-future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max’s best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for—revenge!
4K UHD Bonus Features: DISC 1: HDR Dolby Vision | Audio Commentary with Art Director Jon Dowding, Cinematographer David Eggby, Special Effects Artist Chris Murray, Moderated by Filmmaker Tim Ridge | Australian 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Mono | U.S. English Dubbed 2.0 Lossless Mono | Dual-Layered UHD100 Disc | Optional English Subtitles | DISC 2: BD50 Blu-ray | Interviews with Stars Mel Gibson & Joanne Samuel and Cinematographer David Eggby | Audio Commentary with Art Director Jon Dowding, Cinematographer David Eggby, Special Effects Artist Chris Murray, Moderated by Filmmaker Tim Ridge | Mel Gibson: Birth of a Superstar | Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon | Theatrical Trailers | TV Spots | TRAILERS FROM HELL with Josh Olson | Radio Spots | Australian 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Mono | U.S. English Dubbed 2.0 Lossless Mono | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: Brand New 4K Master! From Billy Wilder, the legendary director of Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd., Stalag 17, Witness for the Prosecution, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Irma La Douce and The Fortune Cookie, comes this classic drama starring screen great Ray Milland (X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, Reap the Wild Wind). An uncompromising look at the devastating effects of alcoholism, The Lost Weekend was almost never released because of the poor reaction by preview audiences unaccustomed to such stark realism from Hollywood. It has since gone on to be regarded as one of the all-time great dramas in movie history, featuring Milland’s haunting portrayal of a would-be writer’s dissatisfaction with life that leads to a self-destructive three-day binge. Filled with riveting imagery, this masterpiece, co-starring Jane Wyman (All That Heaven Allows), won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Wilder), Best Actor (Milland) and Best Screenplay (Charles Brackett and Wilder), and was nominated for Best Cinematography (John F. Seitz), Best Editing (Doane Harrison) and Best Score (Miklós Rózsa).
Bonus Features: Brand New 4K Master | Audio Commentary by Film Historian Joseph McBride | Radio Adaptation | TRAILERS FROM HELL with Mark Pellington | Theatrical Trailer | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
Synopsis: During its heyday in the late 1930s, Yiddish movies covered a broad range of genres: comedies, soap operas, the supernatural, literary adaptations, musicals, and Lubitsch-style romances. Unified through language, gesture, and a common cultural sensibility, they captured the essence of the Jewish soul. Comprised of both the essential films (The Dybbuk, Tevya) and the lesser-known programmers (The Yiddish King Lear, Motel the Operator), this five-disc set captures the diversity of Yiddish film, and encourages a better appreciation of this most fascinating, but rarely-viewed genre. The ten features in this collection were restored by Lobster Films, the result of an unprecedented collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art, the Deutsche Kinemathek and the Filmoteka Narodowa in Warsaw. Each film has been newly translated by noted Yiddish actor (the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man), playwright and translator Allen Lewis Rickman. Ten classics of Yiddish cinema now available in all-new restorations!
Motel, the Operator
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