Kino Lorber has unveiled some of the details of their October 2020 Blu-Ray releases from their Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, Menemsha Films and Artsploitation Films imprints. Get all the details on this incredibly packed lineup below:


THE WORLD IS FULL OF SECRETS


Street Date: 10/6/20

Synopsis: The World is Full of Secrets is a devilishly creepy film about a group of girls telling scary stories in the dark. An old woman’s voice recalls a terrible event from her distant past: On a summer night in 1996, five teenage girls meet in a suburban house, absent of parental supervision. To pass the time, they begin to tell morbid stories of the world outside, trying to best one another in a grim competition. As the night becomes darker and their play becomes more serious, their world of fiction is consumed by reality in this feverish Decameron-in-miniature.

Special Features: Audio commentary by director Graham Swon | Booklet essay by film critic Boris Nelepo | Deleted Scene | Trailer

HOW ABOUT ADOLF?


Street Date: 10/6/20

Synopsis: It should have been a wonderful evening. Stephan and Elisabeth have invited their family and friends over for dinner, but as soon as Thomas announces that he and his pregnant girlfriend Anna are planning to name their unborn son Adolf, things get out of hand. As the evening escalates, secrets are revealed and truths are dragged to light in a clash of egos, wounded prides and hidden passions, served up for all to enjoy. A breakout hit at the German box office, award-winning director Sönke Wortmann (The Miracle of Bern) has crafted a hilarious social satire lathered in witty dialogue and perfect timing, where German guilt and angst over the Nazi past meets a family dinner gone awry.

Special Features: Trailers

 


TEST TUBE BABIES/GUILTY PARENTS


Street Date: 10/13/20

Synopsis: The seventh volume in the series Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture addresses the prickly problems of parenting. In Test Tube Babies, Cathy (Dorothy Duke) and George (William Thomason) seem like the perfect postwar American couple, but a medical deficiency deprives them of the children that will complete their happy home. Facing a future of childless debauchery (represented by an especially raucous adults-only house party, complete with female wrestling), they pay a visit to a fertility specialist, portrayed by deadpan exploitation legend Timothy Farrell, who proposes an unorthodox solution to their problems. J.D. Kendis’s Guilty Parents is one of the better-produced incarnations of the good-girl-gone-wrong cautionary tale, highlighted by a game of silhouette strip-tease at the wayward teens’ favorite roadhouse.

Special Features: Audio commentary for Test Tube Babies by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films | Sex and Romance (1951), a marital education short film | Theatrical trailer gallery

CRESCENDO


Street Date: 10/13/20

Synopsis: When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the rst glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…

Special Features: Trailers


Street Date: 10/20/20

Synopsis: While under contract at Universal Studios, Tod Browning crafted a series of melodramas with strong female protagonists, women on the wrong side of the law, who stood defiantly against the men who tried to control them. No actress better personified this tough, glamorous anti-hero than Priscilla Dean (Drifting, White Tiger). In Outside the Law, Dean plays hard-boiled jewel thief Molly Madden. When her father is framed for murder by Black Mike Sylva (Lon Chaney), Molly partners with safecracker Dapper Bill (Wheeler Oakman) to stage a double-cross of their own. Outside the Law was Browning’s second film with actor Lon Chaney, whose gifts for elaborate makeup and ruthless villainy would flower under Browning’s direction, setting the stage for a series of monstrous characterizations that would revolutionize the melodrama and lay the foundations of the American horror film.

Special Features: Audio commentary by film historian Anthony Slide | Musical score by Anton Sanko | Alternate ending | Footage comparison

DRIFTING/WHITE TIGER


Street Date: 10/20/20

Synopsis: After the runaway success of Outside the Law, director Tod Browning reteamed with star Priscilla Dean on Drifting, another hard-boiled crime picture flavored with Orientalism. Set in a remote Chinese village, and staged on an epic scale, Dean stars as Cassie Cook, an opium trafficker caught between an undercover government agent (Matt Moore) and a fellow smuggler (Wallace Beery). Dean may have been the star, but it is Anna May Wong (age eighteen and on the brink of stardom), who steals the show during the film’s fiery climax.

An early attempt by Browning to infuse the crime melodrama with elements of the uncanny (spurring the evolution of the American horror film), White Tiger involves a band of jewel thieves who employ a chess-playing automaton to gain entry into the homes of the wealthy. But their elaborate plans are haunted by omens, and they seem doomed to an inescapable fate. This disc also contains the only surviving footage of Browning and Dean’s 1919 The Exquisite Thief, one of the key films in establishing Dean’s persona as the glamorous jewel thief.
Special Features: Audio commentary for Drifting by film historian Anthony Slide | Musical score by Anton Sanko | Audio commentary for White Tiger by film historian Bret Wood | Musical score by Andrew Earle Simpson | Fragment of the “lost” Tod Browning/Priscilla Dean film The Exquisite Thief

WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE


Street Date: 10/20/20

Eneba Many GEOs

Synopsis: A camping misadventure forces a young girl and her father into the world of a demon-worshiping cult known as The Circle. As the pair become trapped in The Circle’s increasingly frightening sphere of indoctrination, a case-hardened professional cult deprogrammer and his two clients attempt to kidnap/reclaim one of the group’s members. Grisly rituals are soon revealed to be part of a terrifying, surreal, alternate reality that has been constructed by the cult’s mysterious, isolated leader. Escape is the only objective, but all of them are trapped in The Circle.

Includes English closed captions

 

 


BABYLON BERLIN: SEASONS 1 & 2


Street Date: 10/27/20

Synopsis: Babylon Berlin is one of the most critically acclaimed European television shows of the decade, a sumptuously paranoid thriller set in 1929 Berlin, a metropolis in turmoil. In Seasons 1 and 2, the glittering excesses of the city’s nightlife sparkle while an army of the impoverished strives for a better life. Organized crime and political extremists take advantage, extending their power throughout town. Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch, The Reader), a young cop from Cologne, is transferred to the vice squad in Berlin, which is headed by the seemingly affable Bruno Wolter (Peter Kurth, Good Bye Lenin!). Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries, The Wave) is a stenographer for the homicide department who lives a double life in the city’s cabarets, a valuable resource for Rath’s investigations. He is confronted with a tangled web of corruption, forcing him into an existential conflict as he is torn between loyalty and uncovering the truth. Then a freight train from the Soviet Union arrives, which appears to hold the key to political power — and is a deadly trap for anyone trying to approach it.

Special Features: Behind-the-Scenes Footage | Making-of Documentary | Trailers
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