Kino Lorber has announced release dates for the next two films in its Kino Cult genre brand, a packaged-media imprint focusing on collector-oriented Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD releases.
The month-old label’s first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release, a deluxe edition of Clive Barker’s Underworld (1985), will be released Dec. 19. Directed by George Pavlou and featuring Denholm Elliott and Ingrid Pitt, the film is set in the neo-noir Underworld — a realm of hidden dimensions, dark, dangerous waters and a labyrinth of tunnels, inhabited by the ghoulish victims of a cruel chemical experiment.
When high-class hooker Nicole is kidnapped, businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex-lover, the hardboiled gumshoe Roy Bain, to find her. Bain traces her disappearance to the diabolical Dr. Savary, who supplies a weird white powder to a secret cabal of mutant sewer-dwellers.
Kino Cult’s Underworld combo pack includes the film on both a triple-layered UHD100 disc and a dual-layered BD50 disc. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version was made from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. It features a new audio commentary with director Pavlou, moderated by Stephen Thrower, the author of Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents. The Blu-ray Disc version was made from a new HD master, also from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, and features the same new commentary as well as archival behind-the-scenes footage; a 103-minute alternate cut, Transmutations; and an image gallery of stills, storyboards, make-up tests and Clive Barker designs.
Also out Dec. 19, on regular Blu-ray Disc, is 1973’s Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac, directed by legendary cult director Jesús “Jess” Franco and starring Anne Libert, Jacqueline Laurent, Montserrat Prous, Howard Vernon, Doris Thomas, Kali Hansa, Francisco Acosta, and Manuel Pereiro.
Made at the height of Franco’s creative prowess, Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac is a moody tale of one woman’s sexual evolution and shocking demise, told through the eyes of those who knew her. When Linda (Prous) dies in the arms of her lover (Pereiro), the man’s wife (Laurent) investigates the dead woman’s past in an attempt to clear her husband’s name. Sinner leads the viewer into a voyeuristic labyrinth of seedy discotheques, sultry jazz clubs, and delicious ’70s sex pads, backed with an acid rock soundtrack and oversaturated visuals that bring the film to the edge of psychedelia.
Bonus features on the Sinner Blu-ray Disc include a new audio commentary by novelist and critic Tim Lucas as well as interviews with actresses Laurent and Libert and editor Gérard Kikoïne. The film includes both English and French audio tracks.