Kino Lorber Sets Jan. 4 Disc Dates for Trio of 1940s Classics

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.

Kino Lorber Announces July 2018 Classics Slate

Kino Lorber has announced the line-up for its July 2018 “Studio Classics” titles.

Due July 3 is Michael Mann’s The Jericho Mile (1979 TV movie) on DVD ($19.95) and Blu-ray ($29.95), with audio commentary by film historian Lee Gambin; and Prefontaine (1997), the biopic of track star Steve Prefontaine starring Jared Leto, on DVD ($11.95) and Blu-ray ($19.95) with audio commentary by writer-director Steve James.

July 10 sees the release of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) on DVD ($19.95) and Blu-ray $29.95), with both the 90-minute cut and the 77-minute 1954 reissue cut; A Bill of Divorcement (1932) on DVD ($19.95) and Blu-ray ($29.95); Fire Birds (1990), a Top Gun-style helicopter combat drama with Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones, on DVD ($11.95) and Blu-ray ($19.95) with audio commentary by director David Green; and One Good Cop (1991), starring Michael Keaton, on DVD ($11.95) and Blu-ray ($19.95) with audio commentary by director Heywood Gould, moderated by filmmaker Heather Buckley.

Coming July 17 is director Billy Wilder’s Irma La Douce (1963), re-teaming The Apartment’s Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, on Blu-ray ($29.95) with commentaries by film historians Joseph McBride and Kat Ellinger; Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002) on DVD ($11.95) and Blu-ray ($14.95); and Whoopi Goldberg in The Associate (1996) on DVD ($11.95) and Blu-ray ($14.95).

Due July 24 are I Walk Alone (1947) on DVD $19.95) and Blu-ray ($29.95) with commentary by film historian Troy Howarth; and Tiger by the Tail (1970) on DVD $19.95) and Blu-ray ($29.95) with commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson.

July 31 sees the release of Mr. Destiny (1990) on DVD ($11.95) and Blu-ray ($19.95), with audio commentary from star James Belushi and director James Orr; and another Belushi vehicle, Taking Care of Business (1990), on DVD ($11.95) and Blu-ray ($19.95) with commentary by screenwriter Jill Mazursky, moderated by filmmaker Douglas Hosdale.