Thursday, February 8, 2018

Kino Lorber Announces its March 2018 Home Video Releases

Kino Lorber Announces its March 2018 Home Video Releases

AMERICAN YOGI
Alive Mind Cinema, DVD
DVD Street Date: March 6th, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Steven Newmark
Starring: Neem Karoli Baba, Ram Dass

Documentary / 79 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: American Yogi is a delightful autobiographical documentary about a nice Jewish boy from Miami who travels to San Francisco for the "Summer of Love" and returns a hippie. Later, as a successful but dissatisfied businessman, he discovers Ram Dass's iconic book Be Here Now about the Indian Saint Maharajji and decides to travel to India in search of a more meaningful life. There, he comes face to face with the mind-altering world of ancient India and must choose between the miracles he sees and life as he knew it.

THE ORCHARD END MURDER
Redemption, Blu-ray 

Blu-ray Street Date: March 6th, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Director: Christian Marnham
Starring: Tracy Hyde, David Wilkinson, Mark Hardy, Clive Mantle, Bill Wallis

1981 / Thriller / 49 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: A sexually-charged true-crime drama ,Christian Marnham's The Orchard End Murder chronicles the brutal murder of a young woman (Tracy Hyde) in rural Kent ,and dramatizes the tragic aftermath of the crime.The hunt for the killer leads the woman's boyfriend (Mark Hardy) to the house of an ecentric stationmaster, who tends a garden of gnomes and seems to posses a diabolical secret. Orchard End is a cinematic curiosity item, being a short feature intended for distribution as part of a double-bill (usually packaged with Gary Sherman's
Dead and Buried). Restored by the British Film Institute, this edition also includes Marnham's The Showman,a fascinating documen- tary portrait of seedy sideshow impresario Wally Shufflebottom Jr.

Special Features:
- Interview with Christian Marnham
- Interview with actress Tracy Hyde
- Interview with actor David Wilkinson
- The Showman (1970, 25 min.), a documentary short directed by Christian Marnham
- Christian Marnham on The Showman
HOUSE ON THE END OF THE PARK| LAST HOUSE ON MASSACRE STREET
Code Red, Blu-ray
Blu-ray Street Date: March 6th, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95

Director: Ruggero Deodato, Jean-Marie Pelissie
Starring: David Hess, Robin Strasser, Annie Belle, John Beal, Arthur Roberts, Christian Borromeo

1980/1973 / Horror / 176 min / NR/PG / Color

Synopsis: Delivers shocks to the maximum... pushes the limits of acceptability! The 70s drive-in retrospect continues with 2 more Houses of Hell! The box office opens at 7 o'clock. Our first feature LAST HOUSE ON MASSACRE STREET (1973) starts at dusk, followed by our main feature HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK (1980). The slice of Italian exploitation starring David Hess (Last House on the Left) and directed by Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust) is a cut above the rest. Watch in drive-in mode to enjoy the full nostalgic experience in shocking HD!

Special Features:
- Watch both films in Drive-In Theater Mode with ads the good old drive-in way!

REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS
Code Red, DVD 

DVD Street Date: March 13th, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Richard Lerner
Starring: Jerii Woods, Cheryl Smith, David, Hasselhoff, Helen Lang, Patrice Rohmer, Susie Elene, Eddra Gale, Carl Ballantine

1976 / Horror / 87 min / R / Color

Synopsis: The cheerleading team at Aloha High are popular with their fellow students (except for a couple of stuck-up rich girls), but they're a major cause of the school's lecherous reputation for underage sex and drug abuse. The fun-loving gals spike the lunchroom spaghetti sauce with a concoction of pot, pills, and powders, hold wild orgies in the boys' locker room, and never bother to attend their classes. The school board considers a merger with Aloha's biggest rivals, the vocational school Lincoln High, but the cheerleaders refuse to mix with the low-class juvenile delinquents that go there. A new principal, ex-Marine Hall Walker (Norman Thomas Marshall), might whip the school into shape, but it'll mean forcing the cheerleaders out of the squad and back into the classroom. Though the girls prove their importance to Aloha spirit at the crucial moment of a big basketball game, it turns out that more sinister forces are at work when the school is blown up and the principal is kidnapped. It's up to the cheerleaders to save the day and unravel a conspiracy to steal Aloha High's land for a shopping mall. Carl Ballantine, David Hasselhoff, and genre vet Rainbeaux Smith appear in this energetic sex comedy.

Special Features:
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director/Producer Richard Lerner and Director of Photography Nathaniel Dorsky
- Trailers
RUNNING WILD
Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 13th, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Gregory La Cava
Starring: W.C. Fields, Marie Shotwell, Mary Brian

1927 / Silent Comedy / 67 min / NR / BW

Synopsis: A browbeaten W.C. Fields gains the roaring courage of a lion thanks to a vaudeville hypnotist in Running Wild (1927), a raucously funny silent comedy. Fields stars as Elmer Finch, a meek accountant nagged by his wife, harassed by his children, and awed by his boss. After he accidentally throws a horseshoe through a window, the cops are on his tail, and a suitably ridiculous chain of events puts him under the thrall of hypnosis, where he believes himself to be a lion. With newly leonine strength he visits all those who shamed and bullied him, and tries to get a raise in the process. Written and directed by the legendarily witty Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey), Running Wild is a non-stop laugh riot.

Special Features:
- Mastered in 2K from 35mm film elements preserved by The Library of Congress
- Audio commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur, author of THE W.C. FIELDS FILMS
- New score by Donald Sosin
IT'S THE OLD ARMY GAME
Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD 

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 13, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Starring: W.C. Fields, Louise Brooks, Blanche Ring

1926 / Silent Comedy / 75 min / NR / BW with color tinting

Synopsis: It's the Old Army Game (1926) is an uproarious silent comedy in which the inimitable W.C. Fields finds it impossible to get some sleep. It was the fourth film in which Fields appeared, but the first over which he had some control, as it was adapted from his own stage play. Co-starring Louise Brooks (also in her fourth feature), and directed with verve by A. Edward Sutherland, It's the Old Army Game is a non-stop comedy of errors. Fields plays Elmer Prettywillie, a druggist kept awake by clamorous garbage collectors, a nosy woman seeking a 2-cent stamp, bogus land deals, and phony fortunes.

Special Features:
- Mastered in 2K from 35mm film elements preserved by The Library of Congress
- Audio commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur, author of THE W.C. FIELDS FILMS
- New score by Ben Model
COURT
Zeitgeist Films, Blu-ray and DVD

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 13th, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
Starring: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni

Drama / 116 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane's Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the "people's poet," is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution, and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. What truly distinguishes Court, however, is Tamhane's brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors; his affecting mixture of comedy and tragedy; and his naturalist approach to his characters and to Indian society as a whole, rich with complexity and contradiction. -New Directors/New Films

Special Features:
- Three Behind- the-Scenes Featurettes
- Trailer
PORTO
Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD 

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 13th, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Gabe Klinger
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Lucie Lucas, Paulo CalatrĂ©

Drama-Romance / 76 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Porto is a luminous love story that features one of Anton Yelchin's best, and most heartbreaking performances. Jake (Anton Yelchin) and Mati (Lucie Lucas) are two expats who experience a brief but intimate connection in the ancient Portuguese city of Porto. He's an American loner exiled from his family. She's a student from France embroiled in an affair with one of her professors. After spotting each other from a distance at an archaeological site and then again at a train station and a café, Jake works up the courage to approach Mati and they embark on a night of carefree intimacy. This romantic encounter is viewed from years later, both characters still haunted by the powerful connection they shared.

Special Features:
- Audio commentary by director Gabe Klinger
- Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater, a documentary by Gabe Klinger (2013, 70 minutes)
- Booklet essay by Michael Sicinski
- Making-of Documentary
- Outtakes
- Super 8 Footage with Chantal Akerman's unused voiceover 
- Trailer
OFFERINGS
Code Red, Blu-ray

Brand New 4K Master!
Blu-ray Street Date: March 20th, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95

Director: Christopher Reynolds
Starring: Loretta Leigh Bowman, Elizabeth Greene, G. Michael Smith, Jerry Brewer, Tobe Sexton

1989 / Horror / 95 min / R / Color

Synopsis: John Rudley (G. Michael Smith) is angry. When he was young, the local kids pushed him to the brink. Ten years in a sanitarium is a long time. Now he's free... free to release those savage frustrations... free to avenge himself against those responsible for his injuries... and in case anyone thought he was long gone... he can't wait to have them all wrapped up.

DIVINE ORDER
Zeitgeist Films, Blu-ray and DVD 

Blu-ray Street Date: March 20th, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
Starring: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig

Comedy-Drama / 96 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress award at Tribeca) is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town's suffragette movement. Her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats, and the potential end to her marriage, but, refusing to back down, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike...and makes a few startling discoveries about her own liberation. Uplifting and crowd- pleasing, this charming, captivating film is a time-capsule that could not be more timely.

Special Features:
- Behind-the- Scenes Footage
- Interviews with Cast and Crew
- Trailer
THE TEENAGE PROSTITUTION 
Raro Video, Blu-ray and DVD

Blu-ray Street Date: March 27th, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Carlo Lizzani
Starring: Cinzia Mambretti, Lidia Di Corato, Cristina Moranzoni

1975 / Drama-Thriller / 115 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Occupying a creepy cinematic netherworld somewhere between Eurocrime and erotica, Carlo Lizzani's Teenage Prostitution Racket (Storie di Vita e Malavita) is an unapologetically sordid film that explores the troubled sexuality of a series of young women coming of age in 1970s Milan. Beginning on the outskirts of town, where a peasant woman pimps her thirteen-year-old companion to passing truck drivers, Lizzani's film worms its way into the metropolis, where the oldest profession, in its varied forms, is dramatized in a series of interlocking narratives. A working-class girl is lured into prostitution by a boyfriend; a rich girl uses sex to rebel against her wealthy parents; a photographer's model discovers sex is an unspoken requirement of her job; an ex-convent girl becomes a nymphomaniac after being "seduced" at school; an independent hooker relies on a vicious dog to defend her against a gang of mobsters. As sensational as the episodes may be, Lizzani doesn't reduce the characters to mere sex objects. Instead, he endows each woman with enough depth that even the most voyeuristic viewer can't help but become invested in her struggles to survive, and share her resentment toward the shady characters who try to control her.

Special Features:
- Documentary (Italian language with English subtitles)
- Photo Gallery
- Cut scenes
A GIRL
Redemption, DVD 

DVD Street Date: March 27th, 2018
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Simon Black
Starring: Hannah Short, Mark Blackwell

Horror / 75 min / NR / BW

Synopsis: Pearl is a seemingly 'normal' young woman who lives a reclusive lifestyle. She struggles between her sexual desires and society's "acceptable" behaviour. One day she hears a voice claiming to be Jesus talking to her through the radio. Pearl communicates with him in what appeasr to be waking consciousness, as well as in her dreams, and he slowly takes over her mind, manipulating and tormenting her as she is pulled between sexual desire and sexual guilt. A Girl is the first film in a new series of Satanic Sluts: Second Generation productions and includes and number of disturbing and erotically charged scenes in which the diminutive Hannah Short uses her body and sexuality to challenge and arouse the viewer in equal measure.

Special Features:
- TAR ROT a short film featuring Hannah Short and directed by Simon Black (2014, 11 min.)