Kino Lorber’s January Home Release Slate Includes Spaghetti Westerns, British Noir and Vintage Sci-Fi
December 18, 2019
Kino Lorber has set home release dates for its January 2020 slate of classic movies. The 19-movie slate begins rolling out Jan. 7 with the following eight releases:
- The Hellbenders (Special Edition) – Released in a new 4K restoration, this 1967 “spaghetti” Western from famed Italian director Sergio Corbucci follows the patriarch of a family of ex-Confederate killers who, in order to finance an invasion of the North, massacre a Union Army convoy carrying a large shipment of money. Bonus features include a new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox and the theatrical trailer. The film will be available at a suggested retail price of $19.95 on DVD and $29.95 on Blu-ray Disc.
- Kill Them All and Come Back Alone – Another new 4K restoration, this 1968 spaghetti Western from director Enzo G. Castellari revolves around a mercenary who leads a squad of cutthroats on a mission for the Confederate high command to infiltrate an enemy fortress and steal millions in gold from the Union Army. Bonus features include a new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox, both the English and Italian cuts, and the theatrical trailer. The film will be available at a suggested retail price of $19.95 on DVD and $29.95 on Blu-ray Disc.
- The Specialists – Another spaghetti Western from Corbucci, this 1969 classic is centered around a notorious gunfighter who is looking for revenge after traveling to a town called Blackstone, where his brother was wrongfully accused of robbing a bank and lynched for it. Bonus features include a new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox, both French and Italian audio with optional English subtitles, and the theatrical trailer. It will be available on DVD for $19.95 and Blu-ray Disc for $29.95.
- Brick (Special Edition) – A 2005 thriller from director Rian Johnson, this film follows the story of a high school loner. The girl he loves turns up dead, and when he tries to find out why he gets plunged into the girl’s dark and dangerous social strata. Bonus features will include the brand-new 4K restoration, eight deleted and extended scenes, the short documentary “The Inside Track: Casting the Roles of Laura and Dode,” the theatrical trailer, and audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson, actors Nora Zehetner and Noah Segan, producer Ram Bergman, production designer Jodie Tillen, and costume designer Michele Posch. The film is being released on Blu-ray Disc only at a suggested retail price of $29.95.
- Dr. Cyclops (Special Edition) – This 1940 science-fiction classic, directed by Ernest Schoedsack and Merian Cooper (King Kong), follows the story of a brilliant but deranged physicist who learns how to shrink his enemies to one-fifth their normal size. When four explorers discover that his mind has been warped by radiation and decide to send him to civilization for help, Dr. Cyclops makes use of his experimental body-shrinking device. This brand-new 4K master edition also comes with audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith, “Trailers From Hell” with Jesús Treviño, and the theatrical trailer. Released on a dual-layer BD50 Blu-ray Disc, the film carries a suggested retail price of $29.95.
- Cobra Woman (Special Edition) – Robert Siodmak, director of Phantom Lady, The Spiral Staircase, The Killers, and the Crimson Pirate, directed this 1944 adventure film that follows a man who discovers his fiancée has been kidnapped by a lost tribe. He and his friend set out across the seas to find her, and soon after discover that the island paradise where she is being held captive is ruled by the Cobra Woman, who commands newcomers be killed on arrival. Bonus features include a new audio commentary by film historian Philipa Berry, optional English subtitles, and the theatrical trailer. The film also is being released on a dual-layer BD50 disc priced at $19.95.
- The Slasher – Directed by Lewis Gilbert, this 1953 noir follows the story of a gang of teenage delinquents who make money by mugging women on the streets of London. It proves to be quite lucrative until the police catch up with them, and they are offered lenient sentences on the condition that they join a youth club and reform their ways. The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc only at $19.95.
- British Noir: Five Film Collection II – This five-film collection assembles some of the lesser-known Brit Noir titles from various British studios, featuring such major talents as actors John Mills, Joan Collins, Valerie Hobson, Dennis Price and Sean Connery; and directors Lewis Gilbert, Gerald Thomas and Don Chaffey. The set includes The Interrupted Journey (1949), Cosh Boy (1953), Time is My Enemy (1954), Time Lock (1957) and The Vicious Circle (1957). The DVD-only set lists for $49.95.
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Coming Jan. 14 are House by the River (Special Edition), a 1950 feature directed by Fritz Lang about a Victorian ne’er-do-well who accidentally murders his wife’s housekeeper; Room at the Top (Special Edition), a 1959 British drama that won two Academy Awards for Best Actress and Adapted Screenplay; The Whisperers, a 1967 thriller from Bryan Forbes, the writer-director of The Stepford Wives, about an elderly woman who becomes increasingly ensnared by her own world of delusion and exploited by the world of morally corrupt people; The Great McGinty (Special Edition) and The Good Fairy (Special Edition), a pair of comedies from Preston Sturges, the legendary writer-director of Christmas in July, The Lady Eve, The Palm Beach Story and Unfaithfully Yours; and Just Visiting (Special Edition), a 2001 French-American remake of the 1993 French comedy Les Visiteurs that stars Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier, Malcolm McDowell, Tara Reid, and Bridgette Wilson in a fantasy about a medieval knight and his serf who travel to 21st-century Chicago, meeting the knight’s descendant.
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Rounding out Kino’s January 2020 slate are five more releases arriving in stores on Jan. 21: Semi-Tough, a 1977 romantic sports comedy, from Michael Ritchie, about a three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the team owner’s daughter; High-Ballin’, a 1978 highway adventure with Peter Fonda, Jerry Reed and Helen Shaver as three angry independents who are set to take on a vicious gang of hijackers; Tobruk (Special Edition), a 1967 World War II blockbuster from Arthur Hiller, the director of Love Story, that stars Rock Hudson and George Peppard as the leaders of a commando group on a desperate mission to raid the enemy’s fuel bunkers; Ulzana’s Raid, a 1972 Western from Robert Aldrich, the director of The Dirty Dozen, The Grissom Gang, The Killing of Sister George and The Longest Yard; and The War Lord (Special Edition), a 1965 adventure film, set in the 11th century, from Franklin J. Schaffner, the acclaimed director of Planet of the Apes, Patton, Papillon and The Boys from Brazil.