We are officially in my favorite month of the year, October. The leaves change colors, the weather gets cooler and pumpkin dominates the palate. The days get shorter as gloomy nights begin to take over and gloomy nights are perfect for movies. Luckily for us, Kino Lorber has a ton of goodies in treat for this wonderful month! Back in early September I talked about a lot of Kino Lorber titles coming out this month but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the following details on the other awesome releases soon to be available!
Director: George Mendeluk
Starring: Richard Crenna, Paul Williams, Linda Sorensen, Belinda Montgomery, Alberta Watson
Sergeant Detective Boyd (Richard Crenna, First Blood, Wait Until Dark) has been assigned to a case with no ordinary circumstances. He is taunted by a sniper who selects only prostitutes as victims, and baits police with photographs of the victims at the exact moments of their deaths. Along the faint trail through the city’s main streets, everybody is a suspect, from powerful dope dealer and pimp Julius Kurtz (Paul Williams, Phantom of the Paradise), to the attractive Monica Page (Linda Sorensen, Breaking Point), a spirited and classy hooker. Boyd enlists the help of a streetwise policewoman, Sandy McCauley (Belinda J. Montgomery, Blackout), who goes undercover as Boyd and McCauley slowly piece together the few elusive clues and await the sniper lurking in the dark corners of the city. Based on the best-selling novel The Sin Sniper by Hugh Garner (Waste No Tears), Stone Cold Dead marks the stellar writing and directing debut of George Mendeluk (The Kidnapping of the President). Alberta Watson (Spanking the Monkey, The Sweet Hereafter) co-stars in this unforgettable thriller with a shocking twist ending.
Interview with director George Mendeluk | Audio commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson | Reversible Blu-ray Art | Trailer Gallery
Director: John Irvin
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Timothy Hutton, Famke Janssen, Stephen Dorff, Lucy Liu, Micahel Jai White, Wade Dominguez
Action / 97 min / R / Color
Wanting a man dead can be reason enough to live! In the twisted maze of a city teeming with corruption, a seasoned professional is going to teach a traitorous rookie a simple lesson: There’s nothing more lethal than a man with nothing left to lose. Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Stephen Dorff (Blade) and Timothy Hutton (Q&A) turn up the heat in this edge-of-your-seat crime and revenge story that strips the mask off L.A.’s shrouded underworld and turns it inside out. In the business of armed robbery, Roy Egan (Keitel) is a master who’s ready to retire. However, when his brother Lee (Hutton) proposes one last job – a slam-dunk, three-million-dollar diamond heist with his two friends – Roy can’t resist coming out of retirement to cash in on a sure thing. But when one of the friends gets greedy and pulls a deadly double-cross, the stage is set for a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse as Roy relentlessly tracks him down, hell-bent on revenge. Action veteran John Irvin (Raw Deal, Next of Kin) directed this engrossing thriller, featuring a wonderful cast that includes Famke Janssen (X-Men trilogy), Wade Dominguez (Dangerous Minds), Michael Jai White (Spawn) and Lucy Liu (Kill Bill: Vol. 1).
Audio commentary by Steve Mitchell, producer-director of King Cohen, and film historian Nathaniel Thompson | Reversible Blu-ray Art | Trailer Gallery
Director: Larry Cohen
Starring: Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree, Ron O’Neal, Paul Winfield, Robert Forster, Wings Hauser, Isabel Sanford, Oscar Brown Jr.
Action / 99 min / R / Color
It’s time for some O.G. respect! Action legends Fred Williamson (Black Caesar), Jim Brown (Slaughter), Pam Grier (Foxy Brown), Ron O’Neal (Superfly) and Richard Roundtree (Shaft) return to the genre that made them famous in this big, brassy, overblown, pyrotechnic thriller. This action-packed tale of slick, ten-fisted retribution delivers as generous a measure of sensational entertainment as any of the Shaft or Superfly pictures of a generation ago. Bookman (Williamson), a former hood who went on to become a big time football star, returns to his old turf when the gang he founded ends up killing his father. Bookman decides to round up some of his old posse and begin an all-out street war with the vicious thugs and return his old neighborhood to its rightful state of peace and justice. Cult great Larry Cohen (Hell Up in Harlem) directed this fully-loaded thriller also featuring Paul Winfield (Trouble Man), Robert Forster (Vigilante), Wings Hauser (Vice Squad) with Isabel Sanford (TV’s The Jeffersons) and Jazz great Oscar Brown Jr. as Bookman’s mom and dad.
Audio Commentary by Director Larry Cohen, moderated by Filmmaker Elijah Drenner | Trailer Gallery
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Rock Hudson, Ellen Burstyn, Donald Pleasence, Fabio Testi
Action / 97 min / R / Color
An American ambassador, his wife, and her Arab lover are caught up in a dangerous game of intrigue, extortion, and murder, in this action-packed thriller set in the explosive Middle East. U.S. Ambassador Peter Hacker (Robert Mitchum, Nightkill) has traveled to Israel on a vital mission to initiate peace talks between young Israelis and the P.L.O., but his burning idealism is largely unwelcomed in the region. He’s stalked by assassins of unknown allegiance and blackmailers photograph his wife (Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist) in bed with her lover (Fabio Testi, The Big Racket), who proves to be a Palestinian leader. Aided by a security officer (Rock Hudson, Hornets’ Nest) and by the Israel Defense Minister (Donald Pleasence, River of Death), Hacker seeks to save his marriage, his career and the region before his many foes succeed in eliminating him. Filmed in Israel, The Ambassador is tautly directed by J. Lee Thompson (The White Buffalo) and features Rock Hudson in his final screen performance. Based on a novel by Elmore Leonard (52 Pick-Up).
Audio commentary by Editor Mark Goldblatt with Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson | Original Domestic and International Trailer
Director: Garry Marshall
Starring: Matt Dillon, Richard Crenna, Hector Elizondo, Jessica Walters, Janet Jones
Comedy-Drama / 100 min / PG-13 / Color
It’s going to be a summer to remember! Jeffrey Willis is out to set the world on fire… starting with a well-to-do Long Island beach club! Matt Dillon (My Bodyguard) leads an all-star cast, including Richard Crenna (Stone Cold Dead), Hector Elizondo (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three), Jessica Walter (Play Misty for Me) and Janet Jones (A Chorus Line), in this poignant, fast-moving and totally engrossing story that is funny, sensitive and beautifully written. Everything was settled for 18-year-old Jeffrey (Dillon), the plumber’s son from Brooklyn: one last summer of carefree fun before college. But when he gets a job as a cabana boy at the El Flamingo Beach Club – with its shapely coeds, gin-playing cardsharps and wealthy snobs – Jeffrey is lured into a world distinctly different from his working-class roots… a world that could ultimately draw him away from his education, his background and his family! Wonderfully directed by Hollywood veteran Garry Marshall (Young Doctors in Love, Pretty Woman) with a screenplay by Garry Marshall and Neal Marshall (The Carol Burnett Show).
Audio Commentary by Actor/Filmmaker Pat Healy and Film Curator Jim Healy | Trailer Gallery
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Janet Margolin, Louise Lasser, Lonny Chapman, Dan Frazer
Comedy / 85 min / PG / Color
Hollywood legend Woody Allen (Sleeper, Bananas, Love and Death) made his brilliant debut as writer, star and director in this delightful satire full of hilarious gags. Virgil Starkwell (Allen), a struggling musician, turns to larceny as a career. Unfailingly optimistic, he is nevertheless a complete criminal failure – although his prison breakouts are often successful. And with the support of his loving wife Louise (Janet Margolin, Last Embrace), he may yet pull off a successful bank heist… if he can just manage to write out a legible stickup note. Allen at his hilarious best never fails to steal the audience’s heart in this inspired comedy that’s nothing less than triumphant nuttiness. The wonderful supporting cast features Lonny Chapman (I Walk the Line) and Louise Lasser (Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask).
Reversible Blu-ray Art | Trailers
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews, Ty Hardin
Comedy / 140 min / R / Color
In this hilarious romantic comedy from legendary writer/director Billy Wilder (Irma La Douce, Witness for the Prosecution) and screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond (One, Two, Three), a wealthy American (Jack Lemmon, The War Between Men and Women) discovers true love while in Italy. This honey of a film is as delightful as the Wilder/Diamond/Lemmon classics Some Like It Hot and The Apartment. Businessman Wendell Armbruster, Jr. (Lemmon) is summoned to Italy after a car accident claims the lives of his father and his father’s secret mistress. As the mistress’ daughter (Juliet Mills, Beyond the Door) also arrives in town, the bodies of both of their parents disappear and the two instant foes are brought together in a baffling mystery… and an affair of the heart! Beautifully shot by Luigi Kuveiller (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) and featuring wonderful performances by Clive Revill (Modesty Blaise) and Edward Andrews (Elmer Gantry).
Interview with star Juliet Mills | Interview with star Clive Revill | Trailer Gallery
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Starring: David Dukes, Kelly Piper, Niall Toibin, Ronan Wilmot, Niall O’Brien, Donal McCann, Hugh O’Conor, Cora Venus Lunny
Horror / 89 min / NR / Color
He’s pure evil… pure power… pure terror! RawHead Rex is a demon, alive for millennia, trapped in the depths of hell, and waiting for release. He is held by an ancient seal, imprisoned for centuries in a barren field near the hamlet of Rathmore, Ireland. In time, this gruesome legacy has been forgotten, dismissed as an odd pre-Christian myth until Tom Garron (Donal McCann, December Bride) decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb. The seal is broken and an unspeakable evil is unleashed – on a rampage of blood and lust. Howard Hallenbeck (David Dukes, Gods and Monsters), an American historian on a working vacation with his family, discovers on the stained glass windows of a local church a series of scenes illustrating the reign of terror of RawHead Rex, but the one piece of glass depicting the defeat of the monster is missing. RawHead Rex is on the loose, and he is insatiable as Howard is desperately races against time for a way to stop the vicious monster. Directed by George Pavlou (Transmutations) with a screenplay by horror legend Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions).
Brand New 4K Restoration – From the Original Camera Negative | Audio Commentary with Director George Pavlou, Moderated by Stephen Thrower, the Author of Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents, Murderous Passions; The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco and Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci | Interview with Actor Heinrich von Bünau (Rawhead Rex) | Interview with Actor Ronan Wilmot (Declan O’Brien) | Interview with SFX/MU Crew Members Gerry Johnston (SFX Supervisor), Peter Mackenzie Litten (SFX Creature Effects), John Schoonraad (SFX Mould Maker) & Rosie Blackmore (Makeup Artist) | Interview with Cameraman Sean Corcoran | Interview with Stephen R. Bissette, co-creator of John Constantine, instructor at the Center for Cartoon Studies | Booklet Essay by Film Historian Kat Ellinger | Animated Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery | Limited Edition Slipcase of the New Poster Art by Sean Phillips | Reversible Art | 5.1 Surround Audio | Original Theatrical Trailer
Director: Steven Hilliard Stern
Starring: Don Michael Paul, Lawrence Dane, Ned Beatty, Lisa Howard, Michael J. Reynolds
Action / 90 min / R / Color
When a clan of drunken goons get off scot-free after senselessly killing a young trucker’s family, the trucker, Joey Rosso (Don Michael Paul, Robot Wars), takes matters into his own hands by building the ultimate monster truck to even the score. Spitting flames, armed with a giant drill, his awesome rig is unstoppable as Joey pursues the clan leader Tiny Doyle (Ned Beatty, White Lightning) and his murderous offspring. He tracks down the clan, one by one, crashing cars, flattening trucks, demolishing buildings and destroying anything or anyone that gets in his way. Rolling Vengeance is heavyweight action, a powerful story of twisted emotion and mangled metal, the telling of which costs the lives of no less than 65 vehicles. Steven Hilliard Stern (The Park is Mine) directed this action-packed revenge yarn with a screenplay by Michael Thomas Montgomery (Eye of the Tiger) and co-starring Lawrence Dane (Scanners).
Interview with Star Lawrence Dane | Audio Commentary by Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation.com and Film Historian Jason Pichonsky | Trailer Gallery
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Starring: Isa Jank, Linden Ashby, Debra Feuer, Doug Jones, Karen Black, Helen Martin
Horror / 90 min / R / Color
A terrifying centuries-old evil has awakened in the form of the wicked, voluptuous Lilith (Isa Anderson, Real Men). Lilith uses her beauty and her insatiable lust as a potent lifeforce which spreads death and destruction to all who dare to succumb to her charms. Posing as a cover girl for a fashion magazine, Lilith becomes the object of insane desire for all who brave her seductive gaze. Only true love can withstand her awesome powers and only one man (Linden Ashby, Mortal Kombat) is strong enough to test them in a frightening test of will and death tango with Night Angel, the mistress of hell. The supporting cast includes Debra Feuer (To Live and Die in L.A.), Helen Martin (TV’s 227), Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Karen Black (Burnt Offerings). Night Angel was directed Dominique Othenin-Girard (Halloween 5, Omen IV: The Awakening) with a screenplay by Joe Augustyn (Night of the Demons, Night of the Demons 2) and Walter Josten (Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog).
Audio Commentary with director Dominique Othenin-Girard, moderated by filmmaker Heather Buckley | Interview with Star Isa Jank | Interview with Screenwriter Joe Augustyn | Interview with Steve Johnson (Special Makeup Effects Designer & Creator) | Audio Commentary by Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation.com and Film Historian Jason Pichonsky | Animated Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery | Reversible Blu-ray Art | Original Theatrical Trailer | Night Angel Tests | Head Erosion Tests | Chest Grab Tests
Director: William Dieterle
Starring: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotton, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, David Wayne, Henry Hull
Drama / 86 min / NR / B&W
One of the most unusual romances ever filmed, Portrait of Jennie is a picture of sumptuous perfection. Jennifer Jones (Duel in the Sun) and Joseph Cotten (Since You Went Away) star in this tender and poetic tale that is enthralling from its touching beginning to its haunting conclusion. When struggling artist Eben Adams (Cotten) meets the beautiful and mysterious Jennie Appleton (Jones), he is instantly captivated. Before long, Jennie has become his great muse and he is enjoying success and bliss beyond his dreams. But there is a price to pay for such elation, and soon Eben must face the truth about who Jennie really is. Based on an outstanding novel by Robert Nathan (The Bishop’s Wife) with a first-class production supervised by David O. Selznick (I’ll Be Seeing You), this most unforgettable love story was directed by Hollywood veteran William Dieterle (The Devil and Daniel Webster) and features a stellar supporting cast which includes acting royalties Ethel Barrymore (The Spiral Staircase) and Lillian Gish (The Whales of August).
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth | Reversible Blu-ray Art | Trailer Gallery
Director: Sean Penn
Starring: David Morse, Viggo Mortensen, Charles Bronson, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Arquette, Sandy Dennis, Valeria Golino
Drama / 127 min / R / Color
This writing and directorial debut from award-winning actor Sean Penn (Into the Wild) is a raw, intense drama filled with emotion and truth. An all-star cast featuring David Morse (The Green Mile), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises), Charles Bronson (Mr. Majestyk), Valeria Golino (Rain Man), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Sandy Dennis (The Fox) and Dennis Hopper (River’s Edge) gives The Indian Runner a fundamental honesty and real substance. As deputy sheriff in a small town, Joe (Morse) leads a pretty simple life with his loving family. However, his idyllic existence abruptly changes when his troubled brother Frank (Mortensen) arrives unannounced at Joe’s door. Much to the chagrin of his wife (Golino), Joe wants to help Frank make a better life for himself. But Joe soon discovers that this is a formidable task. And so Frank continues his destructive behavior, Joe decides he’s had enough, and they square off in a final showdown that pits blood against blood.
Interview with Director Sean Penn | Interview with Star Viggo Mortensen | Interview with Star David Morse | 5.1 Surround | Trailers
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Starring: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Joe Don Baker, Ben Johnson, Mary Murphy, Dub Taylor, Don ‘Red’ Barry, Bill McKinney
Comedy-Drama / 100 min / PG / Color
Screen icon Steve McQueen (Love with the Proper Stranger, Bullitt) is at his rugged best in this totally captivating tale of a fading rodeo champion from acclaimed director Sam Peckinpah (The Getaway, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Convoy). With his bronco-busting career on its last legs, Junior Bonner (McQueen) heads to his hometown to try his luck in the annual rodeo. But his fond childhood memories are shattered when he finds his family torn apart by his greedy brother (Joe Don Baker, Framed) and hard-drinking father (Robert Preston, The Music Man). Now Junior must break the wildest bull in the West to bring his family together for one final moment of cowboy glory in the roughest, rowdiest ride of his life! Junior Bonner is an extraordinarily graceful yet unflinching rendering of a slice of Americana, beautifully shot by the great Lucien Ballard (The Ballad of Cable Hogue) and featuring a top-notch cast which also includes Ida Lupino (Road House), Ben Johnson (The Wild Bunch), Mary Murphy (Beachhead), Dub Taylor (Burnt Offerings), Don ‘Red’ Barry (Shalako) and Bill McKinney (Deliverance).
PASSION & POETRY – RODEO TIME (Documentary with screenwriter Jeb Rosebrook, Katy Haber, Ali MacGraw, Garner Simmons, L.Q. Jones) 56 Min | PASSION & POETRY – PECKINPAH ANECDOTES (Short documentary with Ernest Borgnine, James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Isela Vega, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, Bo Hopkins and David Warner) 26 Min | AUDIO COMMENTARY by Sam Peckinpah Authors Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle, moderated by Film Historian Nick Redman | JUNIOR BONNER TRIVIA (cameo’s, in-jokes & more) 5 Min | JUNIOR BONNER REMEMBERED (4th of July rodeo 2016, featurette by Keith Woods & Alyson Titkemeyer) 3 Min | JUNIOR BONNER on the set (Animated Image Gallery) 5 Min | JUNIOR BONNER in Pictures (Animated Image Gallery) 4 Min | JUNIOR BONNER Posters & Lobby Cards (Animated Image Gallery) 5 Min | US Theatrical Trailer | 2 US Radio Spots | US TV Spot | Reverse Blu-ray Art
Director: Paul Wendkos
Starring: George Peppard, Raf Vallone, John Russell, Giovanna Ralli, Don Gordon, Pete Duel, John Larch, Gabriele Tinti, Aldo Sambrell
Western / 104 min / PG-13 / Color
A rousing, action-filled historical adventure! During the 1912 Mexican Revolution, Capt. Rod Douglas (George Peppard, Operation Crossbow) leads a small group of misfits into Mexican territory to destroy six cannons before rebel leader Hector Cordoba (Raf Vallone, The Secret Invasion) and his bloodthirsty revolutionaries get their hands on them. Under direct orders from General John J. Pershing (John Russell, Fort Massacre), Douglas heads to a U.S. Army fort across the Texas border to face down Cordoba with the help of Mexican military officer Antonio (Gabriele Tinti, Rider on the Rain) and alluring and beautiful local Leonora (Giovanna Ralli, The Mercenary). Paul Wendkos (The Mephisto Waltz, Special Delivery) directed this exciting western that features a rousing score by the great Elmer Bernstein (The Scalphunters) and strong supporting cast that includes Pete Duel (The Hell with Heroes), Don Gordon (Fuzz), John Larch (Dirty Harry) and spaghetti western star Aldo Sambrell (Navajo Joe).
Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson | Trailer Gallery
Director: Garry Marshall
Starring: Michael McKean, Sean Young, Hector Elizondo, Harry Dean Stanton,
Michael Richards, Dabney Coleman, Patrick Macnee, Ted McGinley, Crystal Bernard
Comedy / 96 minutes / Rated R / Color
There’s almost always something funny at City Hospital, where the amorous young interns think that love – or at least lust – is the cure for everything! The new interns at City Hospital are desperately hoping to survive their first year of residency, which could prove difficult, since their minds are on the wrong body parts! Garry Marshall made his feature film directorial debut with this hilarious comedy in a similar vein to Airplane!, Stripes and The Naked Gun.
Audio Commentary by Actor/Filmmaker Pat Healy and Film Curator Jim Healy
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