August 30, 2021
Misery and The Silence of the Lambs on 4K Ultra HD, several TV horror and thriller classics, and a slew of other classic films are among the discs coming from Kino Lorber in October.
Due Oct. 12 on 4K Ultra HD disc is Misery (1990), based on the Stephen King novel. The psychological thriller won the Academy Award for the performance by Kathy Bates (Dolores Claiborne). In the film, after his car crashes in the mountains during a blinding snowstorm, famous novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan, Thief) is “rescued” from a car crash by Annie Wilkes (Bates), a fan obsessed with the main character in his series of novels. But when Wilkes reads his latest book — and learns he has killed her favorite character — she teaches Sheldon the real meaning of Misery. Injured and isolated far from help, Sheldon engages in a desperate battle of wits with Wilkes as she becomes ever more deranged and violent. Director Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, A Few Good Men) and screenwriter William Goldman (Marathon Man, All the President’s Men) deliver a white-knuckle suspense tale that features Frances Sternhagen (The Mist), Richard Farnsworth (The Grey Fox) and Lauren Bacall (The Big Sleep).
Coming Oct. 19 is The Silence of the Lambs (1991) on 4K Ultra HD. Screen legends Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins deliver Oscar-winning performances in the thriller based on the bestselling novel by Thomas Harris (Red Dragon, Hannibal). In the film, a psychopath nicknamed Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine, Heat) is murdering women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the FBI sends trainee Clarice Starling (Foster, The Accused) to interview a demented prisoner who may provide clues to the killer’s actions. That prisoner is psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins, Nixon), a brilliant, diabolical cannibal who agrees to help Starling only if she’ll feed his morbid curiosity with details of her own complicated life. The also co-stars Scott Glenn (The Challenge) and garnered five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ted Tally (Before and After), in addition to the acting honors, only the third film in history to sweep these five categories.
Available Oct. 5 is a Bette Davis classic Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973) on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Davis (All About Eve, Burnt Offerings) stars in the made-for-TV creepfest. In the movie, college student and aspiring artist Peggy (Sian Barbara Allen, Billy Two Hats) takes a housekeeping job at a mansion where sculptor Jeffrey (Ted Bessell, TV’s “That Girl”) lives with his elderly mother (Davis). Things get strange when Peggy discovers a third resident: Jeffrey’s hopelessly insane sister. Horror maven Gordon Hessler (The Oblong Box, Scream and Scream Again) directed this atmospheric shocker, co-written by Jimmy Sangster (Horror of Dracula, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?) and co-starring Charles Drake (Back Street) and Allan Arbus (TV’s “M*A*S*H”).
From the mind of Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, TV’s “The Martian Chronicles”) comes the 1972 made-for-television chiller The Screaming Woman (1972), starring Olivia de Havilland (The Snake Pit, Not as a Stranger) as a wealthy former mental patient who goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. The movie is coming Oct. 5 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. In the movie, while walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground. Her family, however, refuses to believe her story, and sees the incident as an opportunity to prove the woman’s mind has snapped so they can take control of her money. Jack Smight (Harper) directed this screamingly good thriller from a script by Merwin Gerard (TV’s “The Victim”) based on a Bradbury short story. Ed Nelson (Airport 1975), Laraine Stephens (Hellfighters), Joseph Cotten (Portrait of Jennie) and Walter Pidgeon (Harry in Your Pocket) lead the supporting cast, with costumes by Edith Head (The Sting) and theme music by John Williams (Jaws).
Elizabeth Montgomery (TV’s “Bewitched,” The Legend of Lizzie Borden) stars in the made-for-TV thriller The Victim (1972), coming to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5. In the story, well-to-do San Franciscan Kate (Montgomery) travels to her sister Susan’s remote home only to find Susan missing. As a fierce storm rages outside, Kate’s night of terror begins. Eileen Heckart (The Bad Seed), Sue Anne Langdon (Frankie and Johnny) and George Maharis (The Satan Bug) co-star in this suspenseful tale of a dark and stormy night, orchestrated by veteran television director Herschel Daugherty (“Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Star Trek: The Original Series”) and written by Merwin Gerard (TV’s “The Screaming Woman”) from a short story by McKnight Malmar.
Due Oct. 12 on Blu-ray is “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” (1974-75), the uniquely eerie mystery series that paved the way for “The X-Files,” with all 20 episodes digitally restored. Emmy nominee Darren McGavin reprises his role from the popular television movies The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973) as Carl Kolchak, a headstrong investigative reporter on the trail of the paranormal: zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, succubi and even aliens. No matter how unnatural or unbelievable, Kolchak is there to uncover the truth. Guest stars include Scatman Crothers, Antonio Fargas, Tom Skerritt, Dick Van Patten, Jamie Farr, Phil Silvers, Jim Backus, William Smith, Julie Adams, Cathy Lee Crosby, Carolyn Jones, Tom Bosley and many more. “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” co-starred Simon Oakland (Bullitt) and Ruth McDevitt (The Birds).
Also on the October slate are Vera Cruz, starring Gary Cooper and Charles Bronson, on Blu-ray Oct. 12; The Last Sunset, starring Rock Hudson and Kirk Douglas, on Blu-ray Oct. 12; Come September, starring Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida, on Blu-ray Oct. 19; Change of Habit, starring Elvis Presley and Mary Tyler Moore, on Blu-ray Oct. 19; The Cheat, starring Tallulah Bankhead, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; Devil and the Deep, with Bankhead and Gary Cooper, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; Hot Saturday, with Cary Grant, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; Torch Singer, with Claudette Colbert, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, with Robert Duvall, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; For Love or Money, with Michael J. Fox, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; Fritz the Cat and The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat on Blu-ray Oct. 26; Trick or Treats, with David Carradine, on Blu-ray Oct. 5; and The Hound of the Baskervilles, with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, on Blu-ray Oct. 12.