July 31, 2021
Kino Lorber has announced its slate of “Studio Classics” home releases for September 2021.
Due Sept. 7 on Blu-ray is 1965’s The Tomb of Ligeia, starring Vincent Price, Elizabeth Shepherd, John Westbrook, Derek Francis, Oliver Johnston and Richard Vernon. Price, director/producer Roger Corman and screenwriter Robert Towne hook up for horror in Edgar Allan Poe’s most terrifying tale of passion, possession and purr-fect evil! When a dead wife sinks her claws into immortality — and comes back as a ferocious feline — she leads her husband’s (Price) new bride on a deadly game of cat and mouse. And when the fur starts flying, she soon learns that even in death she can land on her feet. The Blu-ray includes new commentary by film historian Tim Lucas, commentary by Corman, commentary by Shepherd, and “Trailers From Hell” with Joe Dante.
Also due Sept. 7 on Blu-ray is 1973’s Theater of Blood from director Douglas Hickox and starring Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Robert Morley, Jack Hawkins, Dennis Price and Ian Hendry. Price delivers a thrilling tour-de-force performance as a small-time actor plotting big-time revenge. This dramatically delicious concoction is an equal mixture of horror, comedy and Shakespeare. After years of suffering deadly reviews, hammy Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart (Price) decides it’s curtains for his critics. Bumping off his detractors with executions inspired by the Bard, Lionheart stages a beheading in the manner of Cymbeline, a stabbing inspired by Julius Caesar and even an untimely removal of a pound of flesh improvised from The Merchant of Venice. Extras include new commentary by screenwriter/producer Alan Spencer, commentary by film historians David Del Valle and Nick Redman, and “Trailers From Hell” with Alan Spencer.
Code Red Sept. 7 releases 1992’s Death Ring on Blu-ray. When ex-Special Forces agent Matt Collins (Mike Norris) wins a survivalist competition, he becomes “the toughest man alive” — perfect fodder for perverse millionaire Danton Vachs (Billy Drago), whose annual manhunt attracts the most vicious killers in the world. As the diabolical competition begins, Collins, ‘Skylord’ Harris (Chad McQueen) and John Blackwell (Don Swayze) must kill their attackers one by one … or be added to their fatal list of prey.
Due Sept. 14 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD is 1963’s Bluebeard (aka Landru), in French with English subtitles and starring Michele Morgan, Stephane Audran, Charles Denner, Danielle Darrieu, Hildegard Knef and Juliette Mayneil. Legendary French New Wave director Claude Chabrol brings the shocking true story of serial killer Henri Désiré Landru to the screen. Landru (Denner) is a seemingly respectable Parisian who devises a sick and ingenious scheme to supplement his dwindling income during the First World War. First, he lures wealthy dowagers to his villa. Then, he cons them into forking over their fortunes. Finally, he kills them, chops them up and immolates the pieces. This jet-black comedy was written by acclaimed author Françoise Sagan. Includes a 4K restoration from the original camera negative, plus a new audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger.
Also due Sept 14 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD is 1965’s Blue Panther (aka Marie-Chantal vs. Doctor Kha) in French with English subtitles, and starring Marie Laforet, Stephane Audran, Roger Hanin, Akim Tamiroff, Serge Reggiani and Charles Denner. Director Claude Chabrol took a turn into the Eurospy genre with this ’60s-chic romp. On a train bound for Switzerland, a secret agent (Hanin) entrusts Marie-Chantal (Laforet) with a jewel in the shape of a panther with ruby eyes. Unbeknownst to her, this jewel contains a virus powerful enough to destroy all humankind. The fiendish Doctor Kha is just one among many spies from different nations trying to get their hands on the panther. But the cool-as-ice Marie-Chantal will evade all attacks by sheer female cunning, and shows panther-like qualities in dealing with her male — and female — foes. Includes a 4K restoration from the original camera negative, and a new commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson.
Sept. 14 also sees the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of 1966’s Rififi in Paris (aka Du rififi a Paname/The Upper Hand), starring Jean Gabin, George Raft, Gert Frobe, Mireille Darc, Marcel Bozzuffi and Claude Brasseur. From author Auguste Le Breton comes this stylish crime caper. In Paris, a grizzled gold-smuggler (Gabin) is at war with other local gangsters who want a piece of the action. To make matters worse, he must match wits with a coin-tossing Mafioso (Raft) and the U.S. Treasury Department. Includes new audio commentary by filmmaker/historian Daniel Kremer and cinematographer Aaron Hollander.
Another Sept. 14 release is 1965’s Masquerade on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, starring Cliff Robertson, Jack Hawkins, Marisa Mell, Charles Gray and John Le Mesurier. From director Basil Dearden comes a tongue-in-cheek spy caper. The British government is in negotiations with the Middle Eastern oil-rich nation of Ramaut to allow in British drilling agencies, but Ramaut withdraws from the talks, leaving Britain desperate. British Colonel Drexel (Hawkins) is enlisted in a covert operation to kidnap the Ramaut prince, Jamil (Christopher Witty), in order to force an oil agreement between the countries. Drexel brings in American David Frazer (Robertson) to assist, but Frazer finds someone else has plans for Jamil. Includes a new 2K remaster, and a new commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Chris Poggiali.
Another Sept. 14 release is 1966’s Arabesque on Blu-ray, Starring Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel, Kieron Moore, Carl Duering and John Merivale. Stanley Donen directions this high-speed, high-class tale of international intrigue. An American hieroglyphics professor (Peck) is hired by a mysterious Arab oil magnate to decipher a secret message. When the hidden meaning is revealed, the chase is on as he and the oil magnate’s exotic yet unpredictable companion (Loren) find themselves caught in the middle of an assassination plot. Includes a new commentary by film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson; and the archival featurette “Music by Mancini” with Henry Mancini and columnist Leonard Feather.
Code Red Sept. 14 releases 1972’s The French Conspiracy (aka L’Attentat/The Assassination/Plot) on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, in French with English subtitles. Discovering that exiled Algerian OAS terrorist Sadiel (Gian Maria Volontè) is about to return to France, both the CIA and the French Secret Service go on red alert. They blackmail a journalist, François Darien (Jean-Louis Trintignant), into helping them to entice Sadiel to Paris, in order to assassinate him. Meanwhile Michael Howard (Roy Scheider) discovers the double-cross, only to be warned off by the CIA, who are quite happy to have the French dig their own political grave. A taut, gripping drama unfolds, as two secret service agencies fight for superiority on the streets of Paris. Includes a 4K Restoration from the original camera negative, and both the original French and English dub cuts.
Due Sept. 21 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc is 1970’s Skullduggery, starring Burt Reynolds, Susan Clark, Roger C. Carmel, Edward Fox, Alexander Knox and Wilfrid Hyde-White. An expedition into the interior of Papua New Guinea comes across a tribe of ape-like people, the Tropis, who may or may not be ancestors of early man. However, the influence of modern man is to have devastating effects upon these forgotten people. When one of the Tropis is allegedly murdered, the following murder trial centers around the question of whether the Tropis are human or animal. Includes a new 2K master, and a new commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, C. Courtney Joyner and Sergio Mims.
Also due Sept. 21 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc is the 1970 Western Macho Callahan, starring David Janssen, Jean Seberg, Lee J. Cobb, David Carradine, Bo Hopkins and James Booth. Diego “Macho” Callahan (Janssen), a man tricked into enlisting in the Confederate army, is later thrown into a hellish stockade on desertion charges. He eventually breaks out of the prison camp and sets out to kill Duffy (Cobb), the man in yellow boots who bamboozled him into signing enlistment papers. However, after accidentally killing a Confederate officer (Carradine), he finds himself pursued by a gang of vicious bounty hunters intent on collecting the reward put up by the dead officer’s widow (Seberg). Includes a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, plus a new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox.
Another Sept. 21 release on Blu-ray is 1974’s Golden Needles, starring Joe Don Baker, Jim Kelly, Elizabeth Ashley, Burgess Meredith, Ann Sothern and Roy Chiao. From director Robert Clouse comes this suspense story of a priceless ancient Chinese statue that is pursued halfway across the world. The legend of the golden statue (which contains seven youth-restoring acupuncture needles) promises the owner health and incredible vigor, but can also deliver a painful death. Includes a new 2K master, a new commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Chris Poggiali, newly commissioned art by Vince Evans, radio spots, a TV Spot, theatrical trailer and an image gallery.
Another Sept. 21 release on Blu-ray is 1982’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, starring Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Carl Reiner, Reni Santoni, George Gaynes and Francis X McCartney.
Martin re-teams with director Carl Reiner, following The Jerk and The Man with Two Brains, for this black-and-white comedy noir. As the private eye of private eyes, Martin is Rigby Reardon. He’s tough, rough and ready to take on anything when Juliet Forrest (Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheesemaker, has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead him to the “Carlotta Lists.” By weaving the plot and production design around memorable movie clips, Martin and Reiner summon some familiar friends to assist Reardon: Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Burt Lancaster, Charles Laughton, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, Vincent Price, Barbara Stanwyck and Lana Turner — just to name a few. Extras include a new audio commentary by filmmaker Allan Arkush and film historian/filmmaker Daniel Kremer, four radio spots, three TV spots, the theatrical trailer and a “Buttometer” teaser trailer.
Sept. 21 also sees the Blu-ray release of 1988’s Masquerade, starring Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, Dana Delany, John Glover and Doug Savant. In this sexually charged mystery about a wealthy woman who falls for the wrong man, Olivia (Tilly) seems to have it all. But behind the serene facade of her Easthampton seaside estate, something is missing: passion. Enter Tim (Lowe), the sexy sailing instructor and playboy who’s not ashamed of sleeping with his boss’ insatiable wife (Cattrall) or social climbing for sport. And when he sets his sights on Olivia, she falls under the seductive spell of this handsome stranger, unaware that he has his eye on more than just her beauty. Includes a new audio commentary by director Bob Swaim.
Also due on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 21 is 1990’s Bird on a Wire, starring Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke, Joan Severance and Stephen Tobolowsky. From director John Badham, the action-packed comedy stars Gibson as Rick Jarmin, a man hiding under the FBI Witness Protection Program who gets nervous when old flame Marianne Graves (Hawn) recognizes him. But before he can assume a new identity, the man he put in jail (Carradine) is released and comes to pay his respects. Rick and Marianne find themselves thrown together on an exhilarating cross-country scramble, barely evading the gangsters, police and an amorous veterinarian (Joan Severance). Includes a new 2K master; a new audio commentary from Badham, producer/second unit director Rob Cohen and film historian/filmmaker Daniel Kremer; and the theatrical trailer.
Code Red Sept. 21 releases on Blu-ray the 1970 family movie Pufnstuf from “Land of the Lost” producers Sid & Marty Krofft, starring Jack Wild, Martha Raye, Cass Elliott, Billie Hayes, Billy Barty and Felix Silla. After a bad day at school, Jimmy (Wild) runs to the shore to play his flute, but he can’t believe his eyes when his ordinary flute comes to life. When a magical talking boat appears, he boards the ship only to discover that it has been sent by an evil witch named Witchiepoo to keep him prisoner and take his flute. It’s up to the fantastic dragon H.R. Pufnstuf and his comical companions, Cling and Clang, to come to the rescue in an adventure beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.
Arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 28 is 1960’s Seven Days … Seven Nights (aka Moderato Cantabile), starring Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Pascale de Boysson, Jean Deschamps, Didier Haudepin and Colette Regis. The black-and-white French film from director Peter Brook stars Moreau, who won the award for Best Actress at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, as Anne Desbarèdes, a wealthy, bored housewife who believes she has witnessed a murder in a quayside bistro. Rushing to the scene of the crime, she strikes up a conversation with Chauvin (Belmondo), an employee of her husband who also saw the crime. The troubled woman continues to return to the café, increasingly identifying herself with the murder victim and becoming obsessed with Chauvin. Includes trailers and a new audio commentary by filmmaker/historian Daniel Kremer.
Also due Sept. 28 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc is 1978’s The Hunter Will Get You (aka L’Alpagueur), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bruno Cremer, Laura Antonelli, Jean Negroni, Jean-Pierre Jorris and Patrick Fierry. The French film from writer-director Phillippe Labro sees Belmondo play “L’Alpagueur,” a tough-as-nails mercenary named Roger Pilard who does what the police are unable to do — for a price, of course. After busting a drug-trafficking ring in Rotterdam, Pilard is put on the trail of “L’Épervier” (“The Hawk”), a ruthless thief who employs petty criminals to help him rob banks and then murders them. One of these criminals narrowly escapes death, but is captured and put in prison. Pilard, adopting a false identity, arranges to be placed in the same cell. There he learns how to track down “The Hawk,” who, in the meantime, has carried out a final act of vengeance. Will the hunter get his hawk? Includes the theatrical trailer, an interview with Labro, and new audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson.
Sept. 28 also sees the release of 1976’s Illustrious Corpses (aka Cadaveri Eccellenti/The Context) on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The Italian film from director Francesco Rosi stars Lino Ventura, Max Von Sydow, Fernando Rey, Tino Aumont, Marcel Bozzuffi and Tino Carraro. The politically charged crime thriller features Ventura as Inspector Rogas, a detective assigned to investigate the mysterious murders of some Supreme Court judges. During the investigation he discovers a conspiracy that involves the Italian Communist Party. Includes a 4K restoration from the original camera negative, new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox, and English and Italian trailers.
Also due Sept. 28 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD is 1973’s Lucky Luciano, starring Gian Maria Volonte, Rod Steiger, Edmond O’Brien, Vincent Gardenia, Charles Cioffi and Larry Gates.
The Italian film from director Francesco Rosi paints an epic portrait of notorious Mafia boss Charles “Lucky” Luciano. In 1946, after serving time for the murder of his colleagues in crime, Luciano was pardoned and sent back to his homeland of Sicilia. Rather than changing his life around, it was here that he became one of the most powerful leaders of crime the world has ever known. Includes a 4K restoration from the original camera negative, trailers, and a new audio commentary by film critic and author Simon Abrams.
Another Sept. 28 release will be 1973’s A Full Day’s Work (aka Une journee bien remplie) on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. In this French-Italian comedy, Jacques Dufilho plays a father who has carefully planned the execution of the nine jurors who sent his son to the gallows. Dressed in black, on a black motorcycle with his elderly mother (Luce Marquand) in the sidecar, the vengeful man calmly and methodically does away with each of the nine in the span of a single day — before the police or anyone else can stop him. Includes a 4K restoration from the original camera negative, trailers, and a new audio commentary by film critic and author Simon Abrams.
Code Red Sept. 28 releases 1979’s Story of a Woman on Blu-ray, starring Robert Stack, Bibi Andersson, James Farentino, Annie Girardot, Frank Sundstrom and Birgitta Valberg. From Leonardo Bercovici, the co-writer of The Bishop’s Wife, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands and Portrait of Jennie, comes this passionate love story starring Ingmar Bergman regular Bibi Andersson. While studying to be a concert pianist in Rome, a Swedish girl named Karin (Andersson) falls in love with a handsome medical student named Bruno (James Farentino). When she discovers that Bruno is married to an older woman, she heads home to Sweden and marries an American diplomat (Robert Stack). The diplomat is then assigned to Rome, where Karin becomes torn between the two men. Includes a musical score by the legendary John Williams.