Kino Lorber Unveils December Releases Including Buster Keaton, Fellini, Ren & Stimpy Doc & More

Kino Lorber has unveiled some of the details of their December 2020 Blu-Ray and DVD releases from their Kino Lorber, Cohen Film Collection, Virgil Films, Good Deed Entertainment, Artsploitation, Scorpion and Code Red imprints. Get all the details on this incredibly packed lineup below:


PANIC – AKA BAKTERION


Street Date: 12/1/20

Synopsis: An English village turns into a hunting ground when an unholy bacterial experiment gone horribly wrong turns a local scientist into a deformed, rampaging nightmare! With the population being picked off one by one, it’s up to an intrepid police detective (David Warbeck, The Last Hunter, The Beyond, Tiger Joe) and a sexy scientist (Janet Agren, The Gates of Hell, Hands of Steel, Eaten Alive) to put a stop to this bloodthirsty madness before the government steps in and wipes out the entire town! Missing in action for decades since its reign as a popular ‘80s video rental, this slimy slice of Italian horror is now remastered in HD for the very first time!

 

Bonus Features: 2016 HD Scan | Trailers


FELLINI’S CASANOVA 


Street Date: 12/8/20

Synopsis: NEW 4K RESTORATION! The incomparable Federico Fellini (La dolce vita) directs this visually stunning portrait of Casanova, the infamous Italian womanizer, adventurer, author, and libertine. In a remarkable performance, Donald Sutherland (Klute) portrays the great seducer not as an amorous anomaly, but an everyday man living in extraordinary times. Featuring dazzling European settings (although it was filmed entirely in Rome), an unforgettable musical score by the great Nino Rota (The Godfather), and Oscar®-winning costume design by Danilo Donati (Romeo and Juliet), Fellini’s Casanova is a cinematic experience to fall in love with. Fellini and Bernardino Zapponi (City of Women) received Oscar® nominations for their adapted screenplay.

 

 

Bonus Features: Alternate English audio track | Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton | Booklet essay by film scholar Alberto Zambenedetti, PhD | Trailer


MAJOR ARCANA


Street Date: 12/8/20 (DVD Only)

Synopsis: Set in the backwoods of Vermont, Major Arcana follows Dink (Ujon Tokarski), a carpenter struggling to move beyond his troubled past. He returns to his hometown to mend relationships and finds solace in building a log cabin by hand. His plans are complicated when he reunites with Sierra (Tara Summers), a woman with whom he shares a difficult history, and he is forced to reconcile his old life with his new one.

 

 

 

Bonus Features: Trailer


THE GREEK TYCOON


Street Date: 12/8/20 

Synopsis: She was the most famous woman in the world. He was a peasant, a pirate, a shark. The Greek Tycoon is the story of their fiery romance. Anthony Quinn (Zorba the Greek, The Passage, Lust for Life, Lawrence of Arabia) portrays Theo Tomasis – the world’s richest and most flamboyant shipping magnate. He’s a man who seemingly has everything he could want – who reaches out and captures his final prize: lovely, expensive, legendary Liz Cassidy (Jacqueline Bisset, Bullitt, The Sweet Ride, The Deep, The Grasshopper), widow of a president of the United States. This lavishly mounted drama, which focuses on the international jet set’s continual struggle for love and power, also stars Charles Durning (Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Dog Day Afternoon, Stand Alone), James Franciscus (Killer Fish, The Cat O’ Nine Tails, Beneath the Planet of the Apes), Edward Albert (Butterflies are Free, Galaxy of Terror, The Domino Principle), Raf Vallone (The Italian Job, Cannon for Cordoba, Harlow), Luciana Paluzzi (Thunderball, The Green Slime, The Klansman), Camilla Sparv (Assignment K, Dead Heat on a Merry-Go- Round) and directed by the legendary J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, The Passage, Cape Fear). Now see the film for the first time in the U.S. in widescreen and from a brand new 2K scan!

Bonus Features: Brand New 2K Master | Audio Commentary by Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson | Alternate Opening and End Credit Sequences | Theatrical Trailer | Optional English Subtitles


CRY OF A PROSTITUTE – AKA QUELLI CHE CONTANO


Street Date: 12/8/20

Synopsis: One of the most shocking crime films of all time is now uncut and uncontrolled! From director Andrea Bianchi (Burial Ground) comes the story of Tony (Henry Silva; Foxbat, Trapped, Johnny Cool), a sadistic, cold-blooded hit man sent to Italy to settle a war between two rival criminal gangs. Caught in the middle is Margie (Barbara Bouchet; Stoney, Amuck, Don’t Torture a Duckling), a former hooker now married to a mob boss. A shockingly perverse relationship between Tony and Margie adds fuel to the local criminal fires, setting off an ultraviolent explosion that will leave you stunned! One of the most brutal and unforgettable crime films ever made, Cry of a Prostitute is now presented in all its degenerate glory uncut in HD for the very first time!

 

Bonus Features: 2017 HD Scan | Alternate U.S. Opening Credits | U.S. Theatrical Trailer


MICHAEL SMERCONISH: THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED TALKING


Street Date: 12/8/20 (DVD  Only)

Synopsis: Michael Smerconish celebrates his 30th year as a talk radio host in this dynamic one-man performance, recorded live in the midst of a pandemic. The result is both an intimate memoir and a unique explanation of the origin of a nation’s partisan divide.

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Features: Trailer


THE BUSTER KEATON COLLECTION – VOLUME 4 (GO WEST / COLLEGE)


Street Date: 12/8/20

GO WEST
Heeding the expansionist call of Horace Greeley, an idealistic young man (though aptly named “Friendless”) hops a freight train westward to meet his destiny, first in a teeming metropolis—where he is roundly trampled by rush-hour foot traffic—then into the ranch lands of Arizona. His attempts at bronco busting, cattle wrangling, and even dairy farming all end in hilarious failure, but when a trainload of steer are unleashed on the streets of Los Angeles, “Friendless” decides to undertake an unorthodox, single-handed round-up.
COLLEGE
Keaton’s ode to varsity life demonstrates the performer’s trademark brand of visual comedy as well as his remarkable agility. He stars as Ronald, a small-town, academically-inclined freshman who applies his wiry physique to a series of sports, in order to impress a fellow student (Anne Cornwall). He seems destined for failure, but when Mary is accosted by an overzealous rival (Harold Goodwin), Ronald discovers within himself an untapped wellspring of athleticism.
Both films have been restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with Cohen Film Collection.

Bonus Features: Go West (1923), a Hal Roach comedy short performed entirely by trained monkeys. | “Buster Keaton: Screenwriter,” an hour-long audio recording of Keaton hashing out a story idea for TV’s Wagon Train in 1958.


MARSEILLE: THE COMPLETE SERIES


Street Date: 12/15/20

Synopsis: The longtime mayor of Marseille is preparing to hand over the reins to his protégé when a sudden and ruthless battle erupts for control of the city. Robert Taro (Gerard Depardieu), charismatic mayor of the city for 25 years, has decided to retire in order to dedicate time to his family. But the coming elections will have him face the man he chose as his heir, Lucas Barres (Benoit Magimel), an ambitious youngster aiming high. Both candidates will fight mercilessly. This four-disc set includes the complete series – Seasons 1 and 2.

 

 

 

Bonus Features: Trailers


HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY: THE REN & STIMPY STORY


Street Date: 12/15/20 (DVD Only)

Synopsis: In the early 1990s, the animated show Ren & Stimpy broke ratings records and was a touchstone for a generation of fans and artists. Creator John Kricfalusi was celebrated as a visionary, but even though his personality suffused the show, dozens of artists and network executives were just as responsible for the show’s meteoric rise. As Kricfalusi’s worst impulses were let loose at the workplace and new allegations about even more disturbing behavior have surfaced, his reputation now threatens to taint the show forever. With clips recognizable to any Ren & Stimpy fan and interviews with Kricfalusi and his fellow creators whose work has been both elevated and denigrated by their connection to him, Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story is a complex look at a show that influenced the history of television, animation, and comedy. More than a celebration, this film forces us to consider the role of media creators and how we reckon with the reality of who they are versus what we see on the screen.

 

 

Bonus Features: Additional Interviews | Trailer


BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS


Street Date: 12/15/20

Synopsis: A Luis Vuitton bag stuffed full of cash sends a group of hard-luck lowlifes on a desperate chase for the fortune in this pitch-black neo-noir crime thriller. Fish-mongering gangsters, a greasy cop, an “innocent” gym cleaner, a young prostitute, her wife beater of a husband, her ruthless boss and her clueless boyfriend all violently scheme to get their hands on the elusive bag. First time director Kim Yong-hoon’s witty thriller is a beautifully constructed puzzle that with each double-cross, the pieces fall into place. Starring Jung Woo-sung from Asura: City of Madness and Jeon Do-yeon, award winner in Cannes for her lead role in Secret Sunshine.

Bonus Features: Trailer