New Release Thursday?!

by Bryan Theiss

In our never-ending quest to get pretty much everything, we’ve brought in a new batch of Kino-Lorber releases that we’d previously missed. (These are all blu-rays, but many of them we also have on DVD.)

AND HOPE TO DIE (1972)

Rene Clement crime film from a novel by David Goodis, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray. With film historian commentary.

(Blu-Ray)

THE BUCCANEER’S GIRL (1950)

Yvonne De Carlo stars in this swashbuckler as an entertainer who knows the secret identity of a notorious pirate (Philip Friend) and has to decide whether to turn him in or help him. With film historian commentary.

(Blu-Ray)

DEATH ON THE NILE (1978) (SPECIAL EDITION)

Peter Ustinov first played Agatha Christie’s beloved detective character Hercule Poirot in this all-star mystery featuring Bette Davis, David Niven, Angela Lansbury, Olivia Hussey, Jane Birkin, Mia Farrow, George Kennedy and Maggie Smith. From the director of The Towering Inferno. With film historian commentary, making-of documentary and interviews with Ustinov and Birkin.

(Blu-Ray)

DR. CYCLOPS (1940) (SPECIAL EDITION)

Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper, the team behind King Kong and The Most Dangerous Game, also made this Technicolor effects spectacular about a mad doctor (Albert Dekker) who shrinks his enemies. With film historian commentary and a Trailers From Hell commentary by Jesús Treviño.

(Blu-Ray)

EVIL UNDER THE SUN (1982) (SPECIAL EDITION)

Another star-studded Agatha Christie mystery starring Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Maggie Smith and Jane Birkin return and are joined by Diana Rigg, James Mason, Roddy McDowell and Sylvia Miles. Directed by Guy Hamilton and featuring songs by Cole Porter. With film historian commentary and making-of featurette.

(Blu-Ray)

HIGHWAY TO HELL (1991)

Before Brian Helgeland won an Oscar for L.A. Confidential he wrote this cult movie starring Chad Lowe and Kristy Swanson as a couple headed to Vegas when a highway cop literally from Hell brings them to a strange underworld. Featuring Patrick Bergin, Richard Farnsworth, Jerry Stiller, a very young Ben Stiller (as Atilla the Hun), Lita Ford, and Gilbert Gottfried (as Adolf Hitler). With commentary by director Ate De Jong (Drop Dead Fred), interview with FX makeup artist Steve Johnson, and animated still montage.

(Blu-Ray)

THE INTERNECINE PROJECT (1974)

James Coburn stars as a secret agent trying to kill the four people aware of his shady past. Co-starring Lee Grant, Harry Andrews, Ian Hendry, Julian Glover and Keenan Wynn. Co-written by Barry Levinson, with a score by Roy Budd (Get Carter). Includes interview with screenwriter Jonathan Lynn.

(Blu-Ray)

OLD BOYFRIENDS (1979)

How’s this for a team up: the writer of Nashville, Joan Tewkesbury, made her directorial debut with a script by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), cinematography by William Fraker (Rosemary’s Baby) and a score by David Shire (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three). It’s a drama starring Talia Shire as a woman who, after her marriage falls apart, seeks out some of the men from past relationships, including John Belushi (!) and Keith Carradine. Also starring John Houseman, Buck Henry and P.J. Soles. This is a new 4K master with a new commentaries by Tewkesbury and film historian Peter Tonguette.

(Blu-Ray)

ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE (1984)

This non-Poirot Agatha Christie mystery stars Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, Faye Dunaway and Ian McShane and comes from director Desmond Davis (Clash of the Titans).

(Blu-Ray)

PITTSBURGH (1942)

Randolph Scott and John Wayne play coal-mining buddies fighting over Marlene Dietrich in this rags-to-riches tale. Shemp Howard is also in it.

(Blu-Ray)

THE RAGING MOON (1971) 

Malcolm McDowell stars in a romantic drama about a man who mysteriously loses the ability to walk and strikes up a relationship in a convalescent home. With commentary by film historian/filmmaker Daniel Kremer.

(Blu-Ray)

REEFER MADNESS / SEX MADNESS (1938)

“No films better represent the 1970s midnight movie phenomenon as Reefer Madness and Sex Madness: two finger-wagging camp classics that hysterically warned the public of the horrors of marijuana and syphilis. But the more we discover about the exploitation genre, the more we learn the true hep cats were the ones who made the films: ruthless opportunists who produced raunchy, ribald melodramas loaded with sex, drugs, and violence, and enabled them to be shown by wrapping them in a tissue-thin pseudoeducational message. These two essential cult favorites are presented in definitive editions, meticulously restored from 35mm elements.” Includes Reefer Madness commentary by Bold! Daring! Shocking True! A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959 author Eric Schaefer, Assassin of Youth (abridged version), High On the Range (excerpt), gallery of exploitation trailers and radio spots.

(Blu-Ray)

THE REIVERS (1969)

Steve McQueen steals a 1905 Winton Flyer and takes his buddy and the owner’s 12-year-old grandson on a road trip to Memphis. Based on the novel by William Faulkner.

(Blu-Ray)

THE RIVER (1984)

Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek play farmers trying to protect their land from a power company that wants to flood it, under the guidance of her ex (Scott Glenn). Spacek, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and composer John Williams were all nominated for Oscars for this. With film historian commentary.

(Blu-Ray)

THE STING II (1983)

After the Depression there was even more conning and ragtime going on! But less Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The new cast is headed by Jackie Gleason, Mac Davis, Teri Garr, Karl Malden and Oliver Reed, and keep an eye out for Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson, Max “Willie from ALF” Wright, Larry “strip club manager from Kill Bill” Bishop and Carl “writer of Jaws” Gottlieb. With commentary by director Jeremy Kagan.

(Blu-Ray)

STREET LAW (1974)

Franco Nero (Django) stars as a regular guy who goes on a punisher death wish vigilante one-man war against crime after getting badly beaten during a robbery. Directed by Italian exploitation legend Enzo Castellari (The Inglorious Bastards). Includes both the US cut and longer Italian cut in HD, plus a new interview with Nero.

(Blu-Ray)

A THOUSAND CLOWNS (1965)

Jason Robards (who also played this role on Broadway) stars as a non-conformist who has to convince social workers Barbara Harris and William Daniels to not send his nephew Barry Gordon to foster care. Martin Balsam won an Oscar for best supporting actor. Includes “Diary of a Middle-Aged Kid” interview with Gordon.

(Blu-Ray)

TROUBLE BOUND (1993)

Michael Madsen plays an ex-con who doesn’t know there’s a dead body in his trunk or that the young woman he picked up (Patricia Arquette) is out to kill a crime boss. Co-starring Billy Bob Thornton and Seymour Cassel. Includes interview with screenwriter Francis Delia.

(Blu-Ray)

THE WAR LORD (1965) (SPECIAL EDITION)

Charlton Heston plays a knight smitten with a village elder’s foster child (Rosemary Forsyth) in this adventure epic from the director Planet of the Apes. Co-starring Richard Boone and Guy Stockwell. With film historian commentary.

(Blu-Ray)

THE WHISPERERS (1967) (SPECIAL EDITION)

Dame Edith Evans was Oscar-nominated for her role as a loner woman who hears voices about people plotting against her, but they’re actually right – people are planning to steal the money her son hid in her apartment. With film historian commentary.

(Blu-Ray)

YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (1967)

Radiation from a nuclear test awakens a giant reptile in Korea’s first kaiju movie. With film historian commentary.

(Blu-Ray)

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