Kino Lorber Studio Classics Announces its November Releases on Blu-ray and DVD
Kino Lorber Releases Man of the West, Viva Maria!, More Dead Than Alive, Sam Whiskey, White Lightning, Gator, Drum,Coming Home, Pocketful of Miracles, The Long Goodbye and Thieves Like Us on Blu-ray and DVD in November
Eleven Hit Hollywood Films Making their Blu-ray debuts from Kino Lorber Studio Classics
Kino Lorber Studio Classics is proud to announce the release of eleven hit Hollywood films making their Blu-ray debuts in November: Man of the West, Viva Maria!, More Dead Than Alive, Sam Whiskey,White Lightning, Gator, Drum, Coming Home, Pocketful of Miracles, The Long Goodbye and Thieves Like Us.
Showcasing stars like Gary Cooper, Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Elliott Gould, Bruce Dern, Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Pam Grier, Ossie Davis, George Hamilton, Vincent Price, Angie Dickinson, Ned Beatty, Anne Francis, and many more, as well such important filmmakers as Anthony Mann, Louis Malle, Hal Ashby, Frank Capra, and Robert Altman, these releases from Kino Lorber Studio Classics deliver an unforgettable line-up of Hollywood classics presented on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray in editions that collectors and fans will want to own.
Each of these releases comes with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray edition and $19.95 for the DVD.
Man of the West, Anthony Mann's powerful, allegorical Western starring Gary Cooper streets on November 4th, as well as Viva Maria!, a wild, joyous fantasy starring Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau and directed by the acclaimed French filmmaker Louis Malle.
Streeting on November 11th are the thrilling Western More Dead Than Alive, newly remastered in HD and starring Clint Walker and Vincent Price, and a trio of action-packed films starring Burt Reynolds: Sam Whiskey, White Lightning, and Gator. Also streeting November 11th is Drum, an explosive drama in the tradition ofMandingo, about a slave revolt on a Southern plantation. Never before released on DVD or Blu-ray, this release marks Drum's debut in both formats, and includes an audio commentary with the director.
The powerful war drama Coming Home streets on November 18th, starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern in a sensitive and moving examination of the aftermath of the Vietnam War which was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three (Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay), all under the expert direction of Hal Ashby. Also streeting November 18th is the directorial swan song of the legendary Frank Capra, Pocketful of Miracles, a touching and funny comedy-drama (and remake of his earlier hit film Lady for a Day), with Bette Davis as an impoverished apple vendor who is transformed into a grand dame for a day by good-hearted racketeer Glenn Ford in order to impress her estranged daughter.
Finally, streeting on November 25th are two films from Robert Altman: The Long Goodbye, a revisionist take on the private eye genre, with Elliott Gould in a memorable turn as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe; and Thieves Like Us, a gripping crime drama set in Depression-era Mississippi starring Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, and Oscar®-winner Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest).
MAN OF THE WEST (1958)
Director: Anthony Mann Starring: Gary Cooper, Julie London, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Lord, Arthur O'Connell Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: November 4, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95 USA/English/Western/100 min/NR/Color/2.35:1 Synopsis: Screen legend Gary Cooper (Vera Cruz) powerfully demonstrates why he will forever be remembered as one of the most original and authentic stars of the screen. Tight-lipped, capable yet vulnerable, Cooper's portrayal of a former outlaw whose past returns to haunt him ranks among his best. When the train he is on gets robbed, Link Jones (Cooper) finds himself unwillingly reunited with his old gang. Dock Tobin (Lee J. Cobb, 12 Angry Men), the gang's sadistic, half-crazed patriarch, was like a father to Link some twenty years ago welcomes him back with open arms, to survive his old vicious gang, Link must take up his old killing ways. Renowned for its breathtakingly cinematography and violent fist fight between Cooper and Jack Lord (TV's Hawaii Five-O), this strong allegorical film directed by the great Anthony Mann (The Naked Spur) is now considered one of the finest achievements from the western's golden age. Bonus Features: Collector's Essay booklet Trailer
VIVA MARIA! (1965)
Director: Louis Malle Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: November 4, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95 France-Italy/French with English subtitles/Adventure/119 min./NR/Color/2.35:1 Synopsis: France's most famous and beautiful bombshells, Brigitte Bardot (And God Created Woman) and Jeanne Moreau (Jules and Jim), make an unbeatable comedy team in this joyfully romantic fairy tale for adults. Fast-paced, eye-catching and filled with sight gags, this hysterical film from legendary director Louis Malle (Atlantic City) and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière (Belle de Jour) satirizes everything from American westerns to revolutions, dictators, the Church, priesthood and even sex itself. When two women-both named Maria-unwittingly invent the striptease circa 1910, they become such a hit that enthusiastic audiences strip along with them. But when one of the Marias falls for a handsome revolutionary (George Hamilton, Love at First Bite), she finds that she has unwittingly embroiled the two of them in an armed peasant revolt.
Bonus Features: Trailer
MORE DEAD THAN ALIVE (1969) Newly Re-mastered in HD! Director: Robert Sparr Starring: Clint Walker, Vincent Price, Anne Francis, Craig Littler, Mike Henry Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: November 11, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95 USA/English/Western/101min/R/Color/1.85:1
Synopsis: Saddle up for a thrilling tale of heroes and villains in this thought-provoking western starring the tall, dark and handsome, Clint Walker (Sam Whiskey) and horror legend Vincent Price (The Pit and the Pendulum) in one of his most colorful and likable roles. This action-packed drama aims high and hits its mark - after serving 18 years, "Killer" Cain (Walker) is released from prison, determined never to touch a gun again. But the only job he can get is with traveling sideshow as the sharp shooting main attraction. As Cain works to build an honest future free of bullets and bloodshed, his enemies look to settle old scores. Now Cain must risk his new life to become the "Killer" once more- or be haunted by his past forever. Anne Francis (TV's Honey West) co-stars as Monica Alton, in this wonderful western with an ending that is truly original. Bonus Features: Trailer New On Camera Interview with Star Clint Walker
SAM WHISKEY (1969)
Director: Arnold Laven Starring: Burt Reynolds, Clint Walker, Angie Dickinson, Ossie Davis, William Schallert, Woodrow Parfrey Blu-ray and DVD Street Date:November 11, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95 USA/English/Western/96 min/PG-13/Color/1.85:1
Synopsis: When it comes to trouble, make his a double! Welcome to America's Wild - and very wacky - West! Burt Reynolds (Gator), Clint Walker (More Dead Than Alive), Ossie Davis (The Scalphunters) and Angie Dickinson (Rio Bravo) star in this tongue-in-cheek tale of love, lust and larceny that's brimming with real charm and sharp wit. Thanks to ingenious plot twists, hilarious blunders and delightful chemistry, Sam Whiskey is a comely caper full of mischief and mayhem that is altogether intoxicating. Even crooks have standards - and keeping the loot is usually one of them. But when cowboy con artist Sam (Reynolds) falls head over spurs for a sexy widow (Dickinson), he finds himself compromising a lot more than his principles. After she seduces him into helping her break into the US Mint - to return a fortune in stolen gold - Sam begins to suspect that honesty might have some very ample rewards. Wonderfully directed by western specialist Arnold Laven (Rough Night in Jericho) with a great script by William W. Norton (White Lightning, Gator). Bonus Features: Trailer New On Camera Interview with co-star Clint Walker
WHITE LIGHTNING (1973)
Director: Joseph Sargent Starring: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins, Diane Ladd, R.G. Armstrong, Matt Clark Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: November 11, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95 USA/English/Action/101 min/PG/Color/1.85:1 Synopsis: White Lightning will give you the jolt of your life! Burt Reynolds (Sam Whiskey) is Gator McKlusky, a moonshine runner who wages war against corrupt police officials in this two-fisted, four-wheeling action extravaganza. With adrenaline-pumping car chases, bone-crunching brawls and terrific acting by an all-star cast, including Ned Beatty, Diane Ladd, Bo Hopkins, Matt Clark and R.G. Armstrong. Gator is serving time in the Arkansas prison when he learns that a ruthless and corrupt sheriff (Beatty) has framed and killed his baby brother. Swearing vengeance, Gator agrees to go undercover to expose the dirty sheriff, going to any lengths to get the goods and make him pay for the crime. Top-notch direction by Joseph Sargent (Taking of Pelham One Two Three) with a wonderful script by William W. Norton (Gator). Bonus Features Back to the Bayou I: On camera interview with Burt Reynolds Trailer
Director: Burt Reynolds Starring: Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Reed, Dub Taylor Blu-ray and DVD Street Date:November 11, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95 USA/English/Action/115 min/PG/Color/1.85:1 Synopsis: Meet the Bayou's baddest good ol' boy! Burt Reynolds (Sam Whiskey) returns as Gator McKlusky, the moonshine-running king of the Bayou, in this high-octane sequel toWhite Lightning. Filled with super-charged adventure and double-barreled action - and co-starring Lauren Hutton (American Gigolo) as a sexy TV reporter - Gator is a fast and furious ride you won't want to miss! The Feds want Gator. Not for moonshining, but to go undercover to expose Bama McCall (Jerry Reed,Smokey and the Bandit), Gator's boyhood pal who is now a local crime boss. Gator is reluctant at first, but once he discovers Bama is involved in extortion, prostitution... and murder, the suspense builds to an explosive climax, as old friends become deadly enemies. Directed by Burt Reynolds (Sharky's Machine) with a script by William W. Norton (The Scalphunters). Bonus Features: Back to the Bayou II: On camera interview with Burt Reynolds Trailer
Director: Steve Carver Starring: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Ken Norton, Pam Grier, Yaphet Kotto Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: November 11, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95
Synopsis: Mandingo lit the fuse... Drumis the explosion! Plantation boss and slave owner Hammond Maxwell (Warren Oates, Two-Lane Blacktop) purchases Drum (Ken Norton, Mandingo) and Blaise (Yaphet Kotto, Alien) from bordello hostess Marianna (Isela Vega, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia). Marianna is actually Drum's mother, although her lesbian lover Rachel (Paula Kelly, Soylent Green) actually raised the boy. Thrown into the package to Hammond is Drum's girlfriend Regine (Pam Grier, Foxy Brown), who was purchased to satisfy the carnal urges of Mr. Hammond. However, Augusta Chauvet (Fiona Lewis,The Fury), setting her sites on Hammond, has other plans. Drum is such a perfect specimen that neither men nor women can keep their hands off of him. Drum looks stoic until a climactic slave revolt breaks out, guaranteeing more blood and carnage than Mandingo could ever hope to provide. See the film that "Out-Mandingos Mandingo!" In glorious HD, shot by the legendary cinematographer Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch, The Killing).
Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Director Steve Carver Trailer
COMING HOME (1978)
Director: Hal Ashby Starring: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Robert Carradine, Robert Ginty Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: November 18, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95 USA/English/Drama/127 min/R/Color/1.85:1 Synopsis: Perhaps the most compelling picture ever made about the shattering aftermath of the Vietnam War, Coming Home earned eight Academy Award® nominations and won three for Best Actress (Jane Fonda), Actor (Jon Voight) and Original Screenplay. Coming Home is a heartrending and unforgettable examination of a critical period in our nation's history and an uncompromising, extraordinarily moving film directed by the great Hal Ashby (The Last Detail). When Marine Captain Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern, Black Sunday) leaves for Vietnam, his wife Sally (Jane Fonda, Klute) volunteers at a local hospital. There she meets Luke Martin (Jon Voight, Deliverance), a former sergeant whose war injury has left him a paraplegic. Embittered with rage and filled with frustration, Luke finds new hope and confidence through his growing intimacy with Sally. The relationship transforms Sally's feeling about life, love and the horrors of war. And when, wounded and disillusioned, Sally's husband returns home, all three must grapple with the full impact of a brutal distant war that has changed their lives forever. The stellar supporting cast includes Robert Carradine (The Big Red One) and Robert Ginty (The Exterminator).
Bonus Features: "Coming Back Home" Featurette "Hal Ashby: A Man out of Time" Featurette Audio Commentary by Jon Voight, Bruce Dern and Haskell Wexler Original Theatrical Trailer
POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES (1961)
Director: Frank Capra Starring: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Thomas Mitchell Blu-ray and DVD Street Date:November 18, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95 USA/English/Comedy-Drama/136 min/NR/Color/2.35:1 Synopsis: Capricious, winsome, whimsical, and all together delightful! Superbly directed by the peerless Frank Capra (It's a Wonderful Life), this remake of Lady For A Day is pure Hollywood magic - an unforgettable combination of comedy, whimsy and romance that was nominated for three Oscars including Supporting Actor (Peter Falk, TV's Columbo). Impoverished Broadway peddler "Apple Annie" (Bette Davis, All About Eve) has a problem, her daughter Louise (Ann-Margret, Tommy), educated abroad since infancy, is coming for a visit and bringing her wealthy fiancé with her. The problem is that Louise has believed all her life that Annie's a wealthy dowager, and the poor old women doesn't know what to do. Enter "Dave the Dude" (Glenn Ford, 3:10 to Yuma), a kindhearted racketeer who enlists the aid to pass Annie off as a high-society granddame so Louise can marry her fairy-tale prince and everyone can live happily ever after! This Christmas classic was the final film in Frank Capra's glorious career and featured a great supporting cast that included Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton and Barton MacLane. Bonus Features: Trailer
THE LONG GOODBYE (1973)
Director: Robert Altman Starring: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Henry Gibson, Mark Rydell, David Carradine, Arnold Schwarzenegger Blu-ray and DVD Street Date:November 25, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95 USA/English/Mystery/112 min/R/Color/2.35:1 Synopsis: Elliott Gould (Busting) gives one of his best performances as a quirky, mischievous Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman's (Thieves Like Us) fascinating and original send-up of Raymond Chandler's classic detective story. Co-starring Nina Van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell and Henry Gibson with a screenplay Leigh Brackett (The Big Sleep), The Long Goodbye is a gloriously inspired tribute to Hollywood with an ending that's as controversial as is it provocative. Private eye Philip Marlowe (Gould) faces the most bizarre case of his life, when a friend's apparent suicide turns into a double murder involving a sexy blonde, a disturbed gangster and a suitcase of drug money. But as Marlowe stumbles toward the truth, he soon finds himself lost in a maze of sex and deceit - only to discover that in L.A., if love is dangerous... friendship is murder.
Bonus Features: "Rip Van Marlowe" Featurette with Director Robert Altman and Star Elliott Gould "Vilmos Zsigmond Flashes THE LONG GOODBYE" Featurette American Cinematographer 1973 Article intro with Animation Five Radio Spots Original Theatrical Trailer
THIEVES LIKE US (1974)
Director: Robert Altman Starring: Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, John Schuck, Louis Fletcher, Tom Skerritt, Bert Remsen Blu-ray and DVD Street Date:November 25, 2014 Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 DVD SRP: $19.95 USA/English/Crime Drama/123 min/R/Color/1.85:1 Synopsis: Never has a film portrayed the life of on-the-run bank robbers with such conviction, violence and pathos. Set in Mississippi during the 1930s Depression, Thieves Like Us is wonderfully directed by one of America's most revered filmmakers, Robert Altman (The Long Goodbye). Based on Edward Anderson's novel, the film is layer-deep with characterization that gets better every time you look at it. Convicted murderer Bowie (Keith Carradine, Southern Comfort) is as tough as the come. So tough, in fact, he's made a daring prison escape and has gone on the lam with two buddies. On a rampage across the country, this armed and dangerous trio is soon wanted for a series of violent bank robberies. But when they hole up in a rural farmhouse, Bowie falls for a young woman (Shelley Duvall, The Shining). And as the law draws closer to their hideout, and chances for escape dwindle as the young lover's future looks as doubtful as his surviving the impending blaze of gunfire. The stellar supporting cast includes John Schuck, Bert Remsen, Louise Fletcher and Tom Skerritt.
Bonus Features: Trailer Audio Commentary by Director Robert Altman