Kino Lorber Sets Jan. 4 Disc Dates for Three 1930s Mysteries

Kino Lorber on Jan. 4 will release three vintage mysteries from the 1930s under its Kino Lorber Studio Classics banner.

Rich and Strange (1931), one of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest films, will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Also known as East of Shanghai, the film is a product of Hitchcock’s early directorial endeavors in the pre-World War II British film industry. Fred Hill (Henry Kendall) and his wife Emily (Joan Barry) lead a boring existence in the London suburbs. When the Hills come into an inheritance from a wealthy uncle, Fred quits his mundane job and they embark on a world cruise to get a taste of the high life. But all does not go as planned as the couple’s voyage becomes fraught with treacherous romantic duplicities. 

Bonus features include a 4K restoration by Studio Canal, a new audio commentary by film historian Troy Howarth, and clips of audio interviews with Hitchcock conducted in the early 1960s by film critic and French New Wave director François Truffaut.

Crime of the Century (1933) gets a Blu-ray Disc-only release on Jan. 4. Directed by William Beaudine, this classic whodunit centers around Dr. Emil Brandt, a hypnotist who bursts into a police station and confesses to a murder. The only problem is, the murder he’s confessed to hasn’t happened yet — although stolen money and dead bodies soon turn up. The film’s star-studded cast includes Jean Hersholt (13 Washington Square, Heidi), Wynne Gibson (Night After Night, Her Bodyguard), Stuart Erwin (Before Dawn, Our Town) and Frances Dee (Little Women, I Walked with a Zombie).

The Kino Lorber Studio Classics Blu-ray features a new commentary by author and film historian Lee Gambin and costume historian Elissa McKechnie.

The third film Kino Lorber is releasing Jan. 4 is another Blu-ray Disc exclusive, Double Door, from 1934. Directed by  Charles Vidor (Gilda, A Farewell to Arms), this gothic chiller has Mary Morris reprising her acclaimed Broadway role as one of the most dastardly villains of all time, Victoria Van Brett. In a spooky New York City mansion, the Van Brett matriarch rules her clan with an iron hand. The sinister spinster schemes to ruin any chance her siblings might have for happiness. Evil lurks around every corner of this old dark house, and especially in a secret room behind a certain double door.

Bonus features include two new audio commentary tracks, one by film historian Tom Weaver and the other by film historians David Del Valle and Stan Shaffer.

‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’; ‘Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection’ Now Available for Home Viewing

Superman: Man of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, tops the slate of new disc releases available Sept. 8.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the latest direct-to-video “Superman” movie from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment — the 40th release in the franchise, to be precise. The film, which was released through digital retailers on Aug. 23, is now available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. It details the early life of the Man of Steel’s shy alter ego, Clark Kent.

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Also out Sept. 8 are a flurry of disc reissues, most notably the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment of “The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection,” an eight-disc set featuring the films Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds. Psycho for the first time includes the original theatrical cut of the film released in 1960; subsequent home video releases have all featured a version from a 1968 re-release that was slightly trimmed to get an ‘R’ rating from the MPAA. Universal is releasing this version of Psycho as a standalone 60th anniversary edition Blu-ray.

On the TV and web series front, highlights include season five of “Supergirl,” available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital, from Warner Bros.; season four of “Bull” on DVD and digital from Paramount/CBS; and season seven of “Chicago P.D.,” also on DVD and digital, from Universal.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Universal to Bow Five Multi-Disc Collections Sept. 29

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing five multiple-title disc collections Sept. 29.

The “Focus Features: 10-Movie Spotlight Collection,” coming on Blu-ray, features films that earned seven Academy Awards and 11 Golden Globes. The set includes Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pride & Prejudice, Brokeback Mountain, Atonement, Burn After Reading, Moonrise Kingdom, The Theory of Everything, On the Basis of Sex and Harriet.

The “Blumhouse of Horrors: 10-Movie Collection,” coming on Blu-ray and DVD, includes Get Out, The Purge, Ouija, Split, The Visit, Unfriended, Truth or Dare, The Boy Next Door, Happy Death Day and Ma.

The “Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection,” on 4K Ultra HD combo pack, features four iconic films from the acclaimed director, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds, and comes in Discbook packaging.

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The “DreamWorks 10-Movie Collection,” due on Blu-ray and DVD, includes Shrek, Madagascar, Home, Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron, How to Train your Dragon, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda, Boss Baby, Abominable and Trolls.

Finally, the “Illumination Presents 10-Movie Collection,” coming on Blu-ray and DVD, features all three Despicable Me films, The Secret life of Pets 1 and 2, Hop, Minions, Sing, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.