Kino Lorber on March 8 will release two classic 1960s Rock Hudson comedies on Blu-ray Disc under its Studio Classics imprint.
Man’s Favorite Sport? (1964) was helmed by celebrated director Howard Hawks and co-stars Paula Prentiss, Maria Perschy, John McGiver, Charlene Holt and Roscoe Karns. A screwball in the style of Hawks’ classic Bringing Up Baby, the film stars Hudson as Roger Willoughby, happily employed as one of the world’s great angling experts. Unfortunately, even his own boss doesn’t know that Roger has never been fishing in his life. So when press agent Abigail Page (Prentiss) arranges for Roger to participate in her resort’s upcoming fishing tournament, he’s thrown into a panic. At the resort, he and Abby commence a crash course to turn him into a genuine outdoorsman — only to have their plan riotously upset by a surprise visit from Roger’s fiancée. The film was scored by Henry Mancini.
Bonus features include a new audio commentary by filmmaker and film historian Michael Schlesinger with select remarks by CPrentiss and actor-director Richard Benjamin.
Also out on Blu-ray Disc on March 8 is Strange Bedfellows (1965), which pairs Hudson with Italian bombshell Gina Lollobrigida as an estranged couple on the verge of a riotous reconciliation. Carter Harrison (Hudson) is a high-powered company exec who needs to polish up his public image. When a public relations expert (Gig Young) tells him the answer lies in patching up his shaky marriage, Carter jets off to London to rekindle the affections of his fiery Italian wife Toni (Lollobrigida) — who is already planning her second marriage. But even as she begins to repeat the outrageously eccentric behaviors that split them up in the first place, Carter finds himself falling in love with the irresistible Toni all over again. Directed by Melvin Frank, the film also stars Edward Judd, Howard St. John, and Peggy Rea.
The Blu-ray Disc release includes a new audio commentary by film historian Eddy Von Mueller.
Kino Lorber has added three classics from the 1940s to its Jan. 4 release slate. China, Golden Earrings and All My Sons will be released on Blu-ray Disc only under the Kino Lorber Studio Classics line.
China is a 1943 wartime drama from director John Farrow that stars Alan Ladd as an American gasoline salesman in 1941 China who supplies his wares to the highest bidder — in this case, the enemy Japanese. His unbiased business philosophy is tested on a trip to Shanghai when he meets an American schoolteacher (Loretta Young) and her Chinese students, who tell him of Japanese cruelty. In a surprise show of allegiance, he joins a band of Chinese guerrillas on a daring heist. The film set a Hollywood record of using 70 pounds of precious, rationed gunpowder.
Bonus features include a new audio commentary by film historian Eddy Von Mueller.
Golden Earrings (1947) is an adventure film in which Marlene Dietrich plays a lusty gypsy. Escaping from the Nazis, British colonel Ralph Denistoun (Ray Milland) and his partner arrange to meet in Stuttgart to steal Hitler’s poison gas formula. On the journey, Denistoun meets Lydia (Dietrich), who keeps him out of harm’s way. Only with the help of the extraordinary gypsy woman can he finish the mission that will make him a hero in this tale of espionage and intrigue from Hollywood ace Mitchell Leisen, the director of Death Takes a Holiday, Hands Across the Table, Easy Living, Midnight, Arise, My Love and No Time for Love.
Bonus features include a new audio commentary by film historian David Del Valle.
All My Sons (1948) is a drama based on the work of acclaimed playwright Arthur Miller and stars Edward G. Robinson and Burt Lancaster. The film is a wartime tragedy of a family torn apart and forced to come to terms with their inner demons. Chris Keller (Lancaster) returns home from war with news of his impending engagement to Ann Deever (Louisa Horton), the fiancée of his missing-in-action and presumed-dead brother. As the ghosts of the past creep back into the Keller home, Chris’s father (Robinson) makes a stunning and painful revelation that will change the family forever. Directed by Irving Reis and shot by Russell Metty (Touch of Evil, Spartacus), the film has been hailed as unforgettable tale of moral dilemmas.
Bonus features include a new 2K master and a new audio commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Lee Gambin.