Acclaimed Doc ‘Apocalypse ’45’ Tops Additions to Kino Lorber’s September Home Release Slate

Kino Lorber on Aug. 12 announced several high-profile additions to its September 2021 home release slate, including an acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Erik Nelson that recounts the final days of World War II.

Arriving Sept. 7 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc is Apocalypse ’45, which the Military Times called an “unsanitized, unvarnished experience of the harrowing final year of the war in the Pacific.” The documentary, initially released last summer, features never-before-seen restored footage and the voices of 24 men who lived through these events. Bonus features include “Ford At Pearl,” a new featurette containing color footage directed by John Ford at Pearl Harbor in 1942, and the Oscar-nominated documentary “To The Shores of Iwo Jima,” from 1945.

Apocalypse ’45 generated rave reviews from various media outlets upon its initial release, with the New York Times calling out the “candid testimonies from World War II veterans[that] accompany vivid archival footage in this immersive documentary that showcases the myths we tell ourselves about war.”

Due Sept. 14 is Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, a DVD-only release that brings to life the creative process that culminated in choreographer dancer-director Bill T. Jones’s tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters, one of the most important works of art to come out of the AIDS crisis.

Sept. 21 brings Down a Dark Stairwell, a documentary about the controversial shooting by a Chinese-American police officer who kills an innocent, unarmed Black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project. The shooting sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability. The film will be available on DVD only.

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Never Gonna Snow Again, a 2021 Polish-German comedy-drama about a Ukrainian masseur who uses his magic touch to change the lives of his wealthy but sad Polish clients, rounds out the month with a Sept. 28 Blu-ray Disc and DVD release. Directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and  Michał Englert, the film stars Maja Ostaszewska, Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati, Katarzyna Figura.

Also newly announced for September are two additions to the Kino Classics line, both arriving on Blu-ray Disc on Sept 28. They are the 1923 adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the 1928 romantic comedy 13 Washington Square, both presented in 4K restoration by Universal Pictures.

Coming in September from Kino-distributed labels are the Virgil Films seafood documentary Fish & Men (Sept. 21, DVD), the Cohen Media Group’s Chasing Madoff (Sept. 28, DVD), a 2010 documentary on the late financial fraudster Bernie Madoff; and three documentaries from Greenwich Entertainment:  All the Streets Are Silent (Sept. 7, DVD), about  the 1987-97 clash between the Manhattan skateboard and hip-hop subcultures; Whirlybird (Sept. 14, DVD), about Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur’s helicopter coverage of key Los Angeles news events; and Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power (Sept. 21, DVD), a biopic on Rep. Barbara Lee, a steadfast voice for human rights, peace, and economic and racial justice.

Also coming Sept. 21 is The Wiggles: Halloween Party, a new preschool film that will be available on DVD only.

Kino Lorber has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners. Kino Lorber has garnered seven Academy Award nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases.