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Kino Lorber - April Studio Classics Announced

#1 Post by AndyDursin » Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:12 pm

New York, NY -- March 22, 2017 -- Kino Lorber Studio Classics proudly announces its home video releases for April 2017.

Streeting on April 18th are a 4K restoration of David O. Selznick's 1957 production of A Farewell to Arms, starring Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones; Sunset in the West, starring Roy Rogers; the 1948 film noir classic The Scar, newly remastered in HD, starring Paul Henreid and Joan Bennett; The Mephisto Waltz starring Alan Alda; The Crucible, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder; Tristan + Isolde starring James Franco and Sophia Myles; and the acclaimed 1974 TV movie The Migrants, starring Cloris Leachman, Ron Howard and Sissy Spacek.

April 25th releases include a 2K restoration of the Western classic Broken Arrow, starring James Stewart and Jeff Chandler; Daredevils of the Red Circle, the 1939 action-adventure serial favorite, newly mastered in HD from a 4K scan; Don't Give Up the Ship, starring Jerry Lewis and newly mastered in HD from a 4K scan; Papa's Delicate Condition, starring Jackie Gleason and Glynis Johns; the epic comedy Those Daring You Men in their Jaunty Jalopies, with an all-star cast including Tony Curtis, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Jack Hawkins and Terry-Thomas; Jacques Demy's The Pied Piper starring Donovan, John Hurt and Donald Pleasence; and The Optimists, starring Peter Sellers.\

4K Restoration
Blu-ray Street Date: April 18, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Director: Charles Vidor
Starring: Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio De Sica, Oskar Homolka, Mercedes McCambridge

Drama / 152 mins / NR / Color

Synopsis: Based on the classic novel by Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls). This gripping version of the legendary writer's World War I masterpiece stars Rock Hudson (Giant, Seconds) as an ambulance driver and Jennifer Jones (Portrait of Jennie, Duel in the Sun) as the nurse he falls in love with. Initially strangers, the two find they must suddenly grapple with difficult decisions about their life together until fate steps in and their future becomes uncertain. Featuring a stellar cast that includes Vittorio De Sica (The Earrings of Madame de...), Mercedes McCambridge (All the King's Men) and Oskar Homolka (Sabotage). A Farewell to Arms is one of the cinema's more poignant portraits of war and survival, beautifully directed by the great Charles Vidor (Gilda). Vittorio DeSica was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor.


Newly Mastered in HD from a 4K scan!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 18, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD Street Date: $19.95

Director: William Witney
Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Estelita Rodriguez, Penny Edwards, Gordon Jones

Western / 67 mins / NR / Color

Synopsis: A gang of vicious crooks has been running guns and ammunition out to foreign revolutionaries. Gordon MacKnight (Pierre Watkin, Meet John Doe) is the mastermind behind these elaborate schemes - hijacking freight trains and killing the crews, leaving no witnesses. Sheriff Tad Osborne (Will Wright, Adam's Rib) is discouraged and has not been able to catch the killers. His niece Dixie (Penny Edwards, Trail of Robin Hood) urges him to quit while he can, but when Roy (Roy Rogers, My Pal Trigger) and his Purple Sage riders arrive in the border town, they persuade the sheriff to stay in office and help them capture the criminals. MacKnight tries to escape, but Roy and Trigger follow to ride him down and bring him back to justice. Beautifully shot in TruColor by Jack A. Marta (Cat Ballou) and wonderfully directed by the great William Witney (Daredevils of the Red Circle).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Western Historian Toby Roan

THE SCAR (1948)
Newly Re-mastered in HD!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 18, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD Street Date: $14.95

Director: Steve Sekely
Starring: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks, John Qualen

Film Noir / 83 mins / NR / B&W

Synopsis: Originally released as Hollow Triumph, this top-notch film noir suspense thriller gave actor Paul Henreid (Casablanca) a chance to trade in his romantic image for not one, but two sinister performances. After a botched hit on a casino, gambler John Muller (Henreid) has nowhere to run and with a band of killers hired by a rival mobster on his trail, he's mistaken for the psychiatrist Dr. Bartok, his dead ringer. He decides to kill Bartok and impersonate him, but it's not long before the doctor's beautiful secretary (Joan Bennett, The Woman in the Window, Scarlet Street) is on to him and Muller discovers the doctor had a few of his skeletons in the closet. Written by film noir veteran Daniel Fuchs (Criss Cross, Panic in the Streets), beautifully shot by the great John Alton (He Walked by Night) and wonderfully directed by Steve Sekely (The Day of the Triffids).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Noir Historian Imogen Sara Smith


Blu-ray Street Date: April 18, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Director: Paul Wendkos
Starring: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman, Curt Jurgens, Pamelyn Ferdin

Horror / 115 mins / R / Color

Synopsis: When was the last time you were afraid? Really afraid? Brace yourself for the ultimate transplant... the human soul! The devil is in the music in this sleek and scary piece of movie necromancy - when a failed musician-turned-journalist (Alan Alda, M*A*S*H) interviews a reclusive aging pianist (Curt Jurgens, The Enemy Below), he doesn't realize he's being interviewed himself... to be the vessel for the Satanist's dying soul! Back in a youthful body, the pianist plans for a long life in the spotlight, but when the journalist's wife (Jacqueline Bisset, Bullitt) realizes her husband's twice the man he used to be, she prepares to make his new life a living Hell! Television veteran Paul Wendkos (Cannon for Cordoba) directs this cult horror classic, based on a novel by Fred Mustard Stewart (The Norliss Tapes) with a screenplay by Ben Maddow (The Asphalt Jungle). The stellar cast includes Barbara Parkins (Valley of the Dolls), Bradford Dillman (Chosen Survivors), Pamelyn Ferdin (The Beguiled), and William Windom (TV's The Farmer's Daughter).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Bill Cooke | Audio Commentary by actress Pamelyn Ferdin, moderated by filmmaker Elijah Drenner

Blu-ray Street Date: April 18, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Joan Allen, Paul Scofield, Bruce Davison, Jeffrey Jones

Drama / 124 mins / PG-13 / Color

Synopsis: 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts - a group of teenage girls meets in the woods at midnight for a secret love-conjuring ceremony. But instead of love, Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder, Heathers) wishes for the death of her former lover's (Daniel Day-Lewis, The Last of the Mohicans) wife (Joan Allen, The Ice Storm). When the ceremony is witnessed by one of the town's ministers, the girls are accused of witchcraft. Soon the entire village is consumed by hysteria, and innocent victims are put on trial, leading to a devastating climax! Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George) directed this modern classic based on a play by the great Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman) and featuring an amazing cast that includes Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons), Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion), and Peter Vaughan (Straw Dogs). Received two Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Allen) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Miller).

Special Features: A Conversation with Daniel Day-Lewis and Arthur Miller | Audio Commentary with Director Nicholas Hytner and Writer Arthur Miller | Making-of Featurette


Blu-ray Street Date: April 18, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Starring: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Ruful Sewell, Mark Strong, Henry Cavill

Romance / 125 mins / PG-13 / Color

Synopsis: Before Romeo & Juliet, there was Tristan & Isolde! From executive producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and director Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) comes a sweeping, action-packed saga of epic battles, political intrigue and forbidden passion, set in a time when the lines between heroism and savagery were etched in fire and carved out with broadswords. After the fall of Rome, visionary warlord Marke (Rufus Sewell, A Knight's Tale) seeks to unite the squabbling English tribes to form one strong nation and defeat the brutal Irish king Donnchadh (David O'Hara, Braveheart). But when Lord Marke's greatest and most loyal knight, Tristan (James Franco, 127 Hours), falls in love with Isolde (Sophia Myles, Art School Confidential), a beautiful Irish woman, it threatens to destroy the fragile truce and ignite a war. Tristan + Isolde is a rousing tale of trust and treachery that will leave you breathless! The all-star cast also includes Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Executive Producer Jim Lemley and Co-producer Anne Lai | Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Dean Georgaris | Love Conquers All: Making of Tristain & Isolde Featurette | Music Video: "We Belong Together" by Gavin DeGraw (2 Versions) | Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots

THE MIGRANTS (1974 TV Movie)
DVD Street Date: April 18, 2017
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Tom Gries
Starring: Cloris Leachman, Ron Howard, Sissy Spacek, Cindy Williams, Ed Lauter

Drama / 90 mins / NR / Color

Synopsis: Their only crime was to be born poor. Their only chance lay in their hearts. They rise every morning with the sun and work the fields all day. Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show), Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter) and Ron Howard (TV's Happy Days) star in this story of a simple family, a family that worked hard, loved each other and hoped their hard work would produce a better life for them. And in the eyes of the son, lay the hope that allows a man to rise beyond his circumstances and like so many others, remain trapped inside a fading American dream. Produced and directed by Tom Gries (TV's Helter Skelter), teleplay by Lanford Wilson (TV's The Rimers of Eldritch), based on a story by Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire). The stellar cast also includes Cindy Williams (TV's Laverne & Shirley), Ed Lauter (The Longest Yard), Mills Watson (TV's The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo and B.J. and the Bear) and David Clennon (Missing).

Nominated for six Emmys.


A 2K Restoration!
Blu-ray Street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Director: Delmar Daves
Starring: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget, Will Greer, Arthur Hunnicutt

Western / 93 mins / NR / Color

Synopsis: The year is 1870, and former Union soldier Tom Jeffords (James Stewart, No Highway in the Sky) is recruited to remove a tribe of Apache warriors from a U.S. Mail delivery route by any means necessary. Jeffords chooses peace instead of more killings and decides to learn the Apache way of life. He agrees to a peace treaty with Apache chief Cochise (Jeff Chandler, Ten Seconds to Hell) and marries a beautiful Native American woman (Debra Paget, Cry of the City). Tragedy strikes after the settlers break the peace treaty, but now it's Cochise trying to stop Jeffords from acting out in vengeance. Delmer Daves (3:10 to Yuma) directed this classic action-packed western that was nominated for three Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Chandler), Best Color Cinematography by Ernest Palmer (Blood and Sand) and Best Screenplay by the blacklisted Albert Maltz (Two Mules for Sister Sara).

Special Features: Fox Movietone News: Stars See "New" 50-Star Flag, Broken Arrow Ceremony

Newly Mastered in HD from a 4K scan!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: William Witney, John English
Starring: Charles Quigley, Carole Landis, Bruce Bennett (Herman Brix), David Sharpe, Charles Middleton

Action-Adventure / 211 mins / NR / B&W

Synopsis: Considered by most to be one of the best, if not the best serials of all time. Three circus stuntmen track down a ruthless madman known as 39-0-13 (Charles Middleton, Emperor Ming of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe), bent on destroying the wealth and integrity of his former employer, multi-millionaire Horace Granville (Miles Mander, Murder, My Sweet). 39-0-13 kidnaps and imprisons Granville, impersonating him in order to facilitate his deeds of destruction. Cy Feur's (Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc.) pulse-pounding score sharply accentuates the crisp direction of William Witney (Sunset in the West) and John English (Adventures of Captain Marvel). Chapter One's cliffhanger - an underground tunnel flooded by a massive mountain of torrential water - is a classic! Starring serial star Charles Quigley (The Crimson Ghost), Bruce Bennett (Dark Passage) and the beautiful Carole Landis (I Wake Up Screaming).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historians Michael Schlesinger (Selected Episodes)


Newly Mastered in HD from a 4K scan!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Norman Taurog
Starring: Jerry Lewis, Dina Merrill, Diana Spencer, Mickey Shaughnessy, Robert Middleton, Gale Gordon, Claude Akins

Comedy / 89 mins / NR / B&W

Synopsis: Comedy legend Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor) stars as a newlywed naval officer whisked away from his honeymoon by a senate investigating committee who would like to know what happened to WWII battleship had commanded - the crew arrived home safely, but the battleship has completely disappeared. They don't know that he suffers from a mental block concerning the mission, so they assign a beautiful psychiatrist (Dina Merrill, Butterfield 8) to probe his subconscious. Oscar® winner*, Norman Taurog (Visit to a Small Planet) directed this hilarious comedy based on a true incident, Don't Give Up the Ship is now considered to be one of Jerry Lewis' best films.

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: George Marshall
Starring: Jackie Gleason, Glynis Johns, Charles Ruggles, Murray Hamilton, Elisha Cook Jr., Ned Glass, Charles Lane

Comedy / 98 mins / NR / Color

Synopsis: Comedy legend Jackie Gleason (TV's The Honeymooners) stars in this warm-hearted look back at one family's larger-than-life father. Set at the start of the 20th century, Gleason plays Jack Griffith, a gregarious railroad man whose love for his family is rivaled only by his love for the bottle. Griffith's penchant for outrageous behavior, followed up by more outrageous gifts to atone for it, has begun to alienate his wife and oldest daughter, although his youngest still adores her father. Gleason portrays Griffith with a mixture of humor and humanity, and the end result is a moving portrait of a family's ups and downs. Gleason's performance of the Oscar winning song (Call Me Irresponsible) by Jimmy Van Heusen (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics) is not to be missed. Hollywood veteran George Marshall (Destry Rides Again) directed this heartwarming comedy that features a wonderful cast that includes Glynis Johns (Mary Poppins), Charles Ruggles (Bringing Up Baby), Ned Glass (West Side Story), Murray Hamilton (Jaws) and Elisha Cook, Jr. (The Maltese Falcon).


Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Ken Annakin, Sam Itzkovitch
Starring: Tony Curtis, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Terry-Thomas, Jack Hawkins, Mireille Darc, Gert Frobe

Comedy / 122 mins / G / Color

Synopsis: Hollywood icon Tony Curtis (The Vikings) stars in this hilarious, romantic and action-packed romp! Set in glorious Monte Carlo, this hugely entertaining follow-up to Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines follows the dashing Schofield (Curtis) as he teams up with the scheming Count (Terry-Thomas, I'm All Right Jack) in a zany, winner-take-all car rally beset with scheming competitors, treacherous cliffs and a very beguiling blonde. The all-star international cast includes Peter Cook (Bedazzled), Dudley Moore (Arthur), Bourvil (Le Cercle Rouge), Jack Hawkins (Ben-Hur), Mireille Darc (Weekend), Walter Chiari (Bellissima), Lando Buzzanca (After the Fox), Marie Dubois (Shoot the Piano Player), Gert Frobe (Goldfinger), Nicoletta Machiavelli (Navajo Joe) and Derren Nesbitt (Where Eagles Dare). Directed by Ken Annakin (Battle of the Bulge).

Special Features: Commentary by Film Historians David Del Valle and Jesse Merlin

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Jacques Demy
Starring: Donovan, John Hurt, Donald Pleasence, Diana Dors, Jack Wild, Roy Kinnear

Fantasy-Musical / 86 mins / G / Color

Synopsis: The great Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) directed this masterful retelling of the classic children's tale. Set in the Middle Ages, the divided town of Hamelin tries in vain to rid itself of the Black Plague. Music legend Donovan plays a mysterious musician who arrives in town promising to rid the town of their rat infestation by playing his magical flute, but the townspeople cannot put aside their personal agendas and ask the piper to help them with other deeds, as the town's petty and greedy leader, the sublimely creepy Donald Pleasence (Halloween) attempts to take advantage of their new savior. With great music and spectacular costumes and sets, The Pied Piper is a fascinating take on a familiar legend. Wonderfully shot by Peter Suschitzky (The Empire Strikes Back) and featuring a splendid cast that includes John Hurt (Alien), Jack Wild (Oliver!), Peter Vaughan (Straw Dogs), Roy Kinnear (How I Won the War), Michael Hordern (The Bed Sitting Room), Cathryn Harrison (Black Moon) and Diana Dors (A Kid for Two Farthings).


Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Anthony Simmons
Starring: Peter Sellers, Donna Mullane, John Chaffrey, Marjorie Yates, Patricia Brake

Drama / 110 mins / PG / Color

Synopsis: The Optimists tells the story of a street performer named Sam, who with a unique outlook on life befriends two children and teaches them to look at life from a new perspective. The novelty of having a song and dance man as a friend soon turns into something much deeper, as Sam realizes that the children have just as much to teach him about life as he does them. Set amongst a wonderful London backdrop, comedy legend Peter Sellers (The Party, After the Fox) stars in one of his most charming, tender and rare dramatic roles. Based on a novel by Anthony Simmons (Little Sweetheart) who also directed this heart-warming classic with a screenplay by Tudor Gates (Barbarella, Danger: Diabolik) and music by legendary Beatles producer George Martin.

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