Kino Lorber Announces Its September 2020 Home Video Releases

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Denise Ho Becoming the Song DVD

Denise Ho: Becoming the Song

Street Date: 9/1/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K25107
DVD UPC: 738329251079
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2020
Rating: NR
Runtime: 83
Director: Sue Williams
Actors: Denise Ho
Language: English

Denise Ho: Becoming the Song is the first feature documentary to profile the charismatic Hong Kong singer and human rights activist Denise Ho. Denise’s story closely mirrors Hong Kong’s uneasy relationship with China. In 2014, at the height of her career, she publicly supported the students who were demanding free elections during the Umbrella Movement. Her actions led to her arrest, she was blacklisted by China, and her commercial sponsors dropped her. In 2017 director Sue Williams began to follow Denise as she toured the UK and North America, attempting to rebuild her career. In June 2019, Hong Kong exploded in anti-extradition law protests, with millions taking to the streets. Once again, Denise joined them in enduring the tear gas and water cannons. She addressed the UN and the US Congress, pleading for international help, making it clear that Hong Kong’s struggle is a fight for freedom and democracy around the world.

Bonus Features:
Deleted Scenes | Trailer

Tomasso

Street Date: 9/15/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K25050
DVD UPC: 738329250508
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item#: K25051
BD UPC: 738329250515
Genre: Drama
Year: 2020
Rating: NR
Runtime: 117
Director: Abel Ferrara
Actors: Willem Dafoe, Cristina Chiriac, Anna Ferrara
Language: English / Italian

“Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe’s most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists”. – Film at Lincoln Center

Bonus Features:
Abel Ferrara interviewed by filmmaker Sean Baker (courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center) | Booklet essay by film critic Brad Stevens (Blu-ray only) | Interview with Willem Dafoe (courtesy of Coolidge Corner Theatre) | Trailers

Proud

Street Date: 9/15/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K25052
DVD UPC: 738329250522
Genre: Drama / LGBT
Year: 2017
Rating: NR
Runtime: 151
Director: Phillippe Faucon
Actors: Frederic Pierrot, Stanislas Nordey, Benjamin Voisin, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Hafid Djemai, Sami Outabali
Language: French with English subtitles

“In 1981, it was still illegal to be gay in France. Today, same-sex marriage is recognized
and has paved the way for legalizing the adoption of children by LGBTQ families. Proud tells the story of Charles, Victor and Diego, three generations of the same family who represent the seismic social changes that took place in just three decades. From the award-winning director of Fatima (César Award winner for Best Film) Philippe Faucon, Proud is a three-part episodic cinema event that is a chronology of tolerance and a portrait of one family through changing times.”

Bonus Features:
Trailer

Spooky House

Street Date: 9/1/20

Label: Kino Lorber / Unobstructed View
DVD SRP: 14.95
DVD Item#: K25053
DVD UPC: 738329250539
BD SRP: 19.95
BD Item #: K25063
BD UPC: 738329250638
Genre: Comedy
Year: 2002
Rating: NR
Runtime: 106
Director: William Sachs
Actors: Ben Kingsley, Mercedes Ruehl, Matt Weinberg, Katharine Isabelle
Language: English

Oscar® winner Ben Kingsley plays the Great Zamboni, a magician with a mysterious secret. He lives alone with his jaguar, Shadow, in the Spooky House, an old mansion rigged with magic tricks and hidden chambers. Young orphan Max (Matt Weinberg) believes he can befriend him but his attempts are met with stubborn resistance. When a trio of teenage bullies, who work for the town’s eccentric crime queen (Oscar® winner Mercedes Ruehl) led by Mona (Katharine Isabelle), chases Max and his friends into the Spooky House on Halloween, a night of hilarious magic and spectacular illusions ensues. In this funny, heartwarming story Zamboni and Max discover the power of real magic.

Bonus Features:
Alternate French audio | English Closed Captions

The Goodtimes Kid
2K restoration from the 35mm negative

Street Date: 9/29/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K25058
DVD UPC: 738329250584
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K25059
BD UPC: 738329250591
Genre: Comedy Drama
Year: 2005
Rating: NR
Runtime: 72
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Actors: Gerardo Naranjo, Diaz, Azazel Jacobs, Lucy Dodd, Patrick Reynolds, Gill Dennis

“A story about stolen love and stolen identities, literally shot on stolen film…Momma’s Man writer-director Azazel Jacobs’ second feature is an absurdist comedy of errors, a punk-rock slice of DIY rebellion, and a warmhearted frolic that captures the “amour fou spirit of the early French New Wave” (The Village Voice).

Hot-tempered Echo Park slacker Rodolfo Cano (Jacobs) enlists in the army to escape a meaningless existence with his free-spirited girlfriend Diaz (Diaz). When his call-for-service letter somehow winds up in the hands of another Rodolfo Cano (Gerardo Naranjo, director of Miss Bala), a quietly dignified loner who lives on a sailboat, their three lives intersect in odd and beautifully unexpected ways. Evoking the inventive gags of Chaplin and Jacques Tati, plus the deadpan minimalism of Kaurismäki and Jarmusch, The GoodTimesKid “finds poetry in wordless scenes of observation” (The New York Times).”

Bonus Features:
2K restoration from the 35mm negative | New audio commentary by director Azazel Jacobs | Production Stills and Scrapbook Gallery | Extended Takes

Momma’s Man

Street Date: 9/29/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K25056
DVD UPC: 738329250560
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K25057
BD UPC: 738329250577
Genre: Drama
Year: 2008
Rating: NR
Runtime: 98
Director: Azazel jacobs
Actors: Matt Boren, Ken Jacobs, Flo Jacobs

“Bumped from a flight back to Los Angeles and the life, wife, and infant daughter that await him there, Mikey (Matt Boren, How I Met Your Mother) returns to his childhood home, a cluttered, cocoon-like Manhattan loft presided over by his bohemian parents. “You can stay here as long as you want,” Mikey’s mother tells him. But in Momma’s Man, what begins as a respite from adult responsibility becomes a premature midlife crisis. Re-installed in a household saturated with two generations of bric-a-brac evoking days gone by, Mikey starts to regress and drift back to an awkward youth he never outgrew. To realize this “modestly scaled movie with a heart the size of The Ritz” (The New York Times), writer-director Azazel Jacobs (The Lovers, Terri) cast his real-life parents, artist Flo Jacobs and underground film legend Ken Jacobs (Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son), as Mikey’s benevolent mother and father, and the Jacobs’ family apartment as an archive of the unconscious where free-floating anxiety renders Mikey a prisoner of his own nostalgia. Deftly balancing “melancholy emotional realities with unexpected moments of Chaplinesque comedy” (Variety), Momma’s Man is a funny, touching, and bracingly honest look at the pleasures and perils of yearning for the imperfect past.”

Bonus Features:
New audio commentary by director Azazel Jacobs | Momma’s Family, behind-the-scenes documentary | Rain Building Music (1991, Azazel Jacobs’ first film) | Audio conversation with Azazel Jacobs and his parents | Deleted Scenes | Production stills gallery | Trailer

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

Street Date: 9/29/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K25060
DVD UPC: 738329250607
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2020
Rating: NR
Runtime: 89
Director: Gero von Boehm
Actors: Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Grace Jones, Anna Wintour, Claudia Schiffer
English / French

Women were clearly at the core of legendary photographer Helmut Newton’s work. The stars of his iconic portraits and fashion editorials – from Catherine Deneuve to Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling to Isabella Rossellini – finally give their own interpretation of the life and work of this controversial genius. A portrait by the portrayed. Provocative, unconventional, subversive, his depiction of women still sparks the question: were they subjects or objects?

Bonus Features:
Trailer
KIno CLassics Logo

Black Gravel

Street Date: 9/1/20

Label: Kino Classics
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K25061
DVD UPC: 738329250614
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item#: K 25062
BD UPC: 738329250621
Genre: Horror
Year: 1961
Rating: NR
Runtime: 114
Director: Helmut Kautner
Actors: Helmut Wildt, Robert Neidhardt, Ingmar Zeisberg, Hans Cossy, Wolfgang Buttner
Language: German with English subtitles

In this gripping Cold War noir, tensions simmer between residents of a small German village and the soldiers of a U.S. military base. Postwar economic hardship has turned the town of Sohnen into a vice district. The women serve as entertainment for the GIs, while the men struggle for survival in the black market. Helmed by Helmut Käutner (Port of Freedom), Black Gravel is hardboiled cinema at its most cynical, recalling such white-knuckle thrillers as Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear and Jules Dassin and A.I. Bezzerides’s Thieves’ Highway. Upon its initial release, Black Gravel was criticized for its honest depiction of lingering antisemitism—and the film was re-edited for general release. This Kino Classics edition presents both the uncensored “Premiere” cut and the revised “Distribution” version, both meticulously restored in 4K by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Bonus Features:
Includes both the uncensored “Premiere” version and the re-edited “Distribution” version of the film | Audio commentary by film historian Olaf Möller

Variety
NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE OVERSEEN BY DIRECTOR BETTE GORDON.

Street Date: 9/29/20

Label: Kino Classics
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24699
DVD UPC: 738329246990
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #:K24700
BD UPC: 738329247003
Genre: Drama
Year: 1983
Rating: NR
Runtime: 100
Director: Bette Gordon
Actors: Sandy McLeod, Will Patton, Richard Davidson, Luis Guzman, Nan Goldin

NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE OVERSEEN BY DIRECTOR BETTE GORDON. Bette Gordon’s Variety is a landmark independent film that challenges common notions about feminism and pornography, which Kino Classics is proudly presenting in a director-approved 2K restoration from the original camera negative. It follows Christine (Sandy McLeod, Something Wild), a bright and unassuming young woman, after she takes a job selling tickets at a porno theater near Times Square. Christine soon develops an obsession that begins to consume her life, finding self-expression through an interest in porn. Variety dramatizes the changes that occur in her relationships with both Mark (Will Patton, Armageddon), her boyfriend, and Louie (Richard Davidon, Law & Order), a dangerous-looking patron of the theater. Emerging out of the underground NYC arts scene that produced the late ’80s boom in American independent cinema, Variety contains the contributions of an impressive array of talent, including cinematographer Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion), actor Luis Guzman (Boogie Nights), a script by the late cult novelist Kathy Acker, and a score by actor and musician John Lurie (Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law).

Bonus Features: Anybody’s Woman (1981, short film directed by Bette Gordon) | Audio commentary with director Bette Gordon moderated by writer Hillary Weston | Booklet essay by film critic Amy Taubin (Blu-ray only) | Gallery of production stills by Nan Goldin |Location scouting stills gallery | Storyboard illustrations by Bette Gordon

Desert One

Street Date: 9/29/20

Label: Greenwich Entertainment

DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K25048
DVD UPC: 738329250485
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 107
Director: Barbara Kopple
Actors: Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Ted Koppel
Language: English

“It has been called “the most audacious, difficult, complicated rescue mission ever attempted.” Desert One uniquely blends emotion and bravado to tell the incredible
tale of America’s secret mission to free the hostages of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Two-time Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple discovers a wealth of unearthed archival sources and receives unprecedented access, engaging in intimate conversations with many of the soldiers closest to the story, some for the first time, as well as President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale and TV newsman Ted Koppel. Evocative new animation brings audiences closer than anyone has ever gotten to being on the inside for this history-making operation.”

Bonus Features:
Trailers

The Dead Ones

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Street Date: 9/29/20

Label: Artsploitation
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: ART71
DVD UPC: 851597006872
BD SRP: 24.95
BD Item #:
BD UPC: 851597006889
Genre: Horror
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 73
Director: Jeremy Kasten
Actors: Sarah Rose Harper, Brandon Thane Wilson, Katie Foster, Torey Garza, Clare Kramer
Language: English

For four outcast teens, summer detention means being assigned to clean their high school after a horrific incident. But they are not alone; a macabre gang wearing guises of The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse – Famine, Pestilence, War and Death – has locked them inside and is hunting them through the school’s ravaged hallways. As the four students battle to survive, each must confront the supernatural echoes of past traumas they have struggled to forget – and may be condemned to relive.

Bonus Features: Trailers

Def-Con 4

Street Date: 9/15/20

Label: Scorpion
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K25036
BD UPC: 738329250362
Genre: Science Fiction
Year: 1985
Rating: R
Runtime: 88
Director: Paul Donovan, Digby Cook
Actors: Lenore Zann, Maury Chaykin, Kate Lynch, Tim Choate, Kevin King, John Walsch
Language: English

Three astronauts, Tim Choate (The First Time, Ghost Story), Kate Lynch (Meatballs), John Walsch (Body Parts), in a secret spaceship lose all contact with the ground and observe what appears to be a nuclear exchange between the USA and Russia, basically a WW III. Two months later, the spacecraft’s guidance system is mysteriously reprogrammed, forcing the crew’s return to a vastly changed Earth. The spacecraft lands considerably off-course, on a beach in eastern Nova Scotia, Canada and they encounter “terminals” – humans crazed by disease. In the middle of the night, Howe ventures out in search of help and a way to escape. He soon encounters Vinny (Maury Chaykin – Twins, War Games, Highpoint), a survivalist who has fortified his house with barbed wire and booby-traps. Vinny effectively saves him from the “terminals”, and makes him his prisoner. Eventually, Vinny, fellow survivor J.J. (Lenore Zann – Visiting Hours, Happy Birthday to Me, American Nightmare, Murder by Phone), and Howe are captured, and taken in chains to a makeshift fortress built out of junk. In order to survive, the crew must escape to the radiation-free zones while avoiding the cannibal “terminals” and a sadistic military-school student- turned-despotic ruler. And will any of them be able to escape before a malfunctioning nuclear warhead explodes in sixty hours? Hang on tight, DEF-CON 4 is a sci-fi survival thriller that will leave you breathless.

Bonus Features:
Brand New HD Master | NEW Interview with Composer Chris Young | Newly Commissioned Art | Limited Edition Slipcase | Theatrical Trailer | Optional English Subtitles

Toy Soldiers

Street Date: 9/1/20

Label: Code Red
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K25035
BD UPC: 738329250355
Genre: Action
Year: 1985
Rating: R
Runtime: 88
Director: David Fisher
Actors: Jason Miller, Cleavon Little, Tim Robbins, Tracy Scoggins, Martin LaSalle, Terri Garber
Language: English

While vacationing off the coast of Central America, a group of college students are kidnapped by a rebel death squad who announce plans to execute the hostages. But when one of the students, Amy (Terri Garber, TV’s Dynasty, North and South) makes a daring escape, she puts together her own jungle assault team that includes a pair of hard-living combat veterans Sarge (Jason Miller, The Exorcist, The Nickel Ride) and Buck (Cleavon Little, Blazing Saddles, Vanishing Point); and a baseball bat-wielding party animal Boe (Tim Robbins, The Shawshank Redemption, The Player). The time for terrorist negotiations is now over! If the U.S. government won’t start a war to rescue its citizens… then this motley crew will! Directed by David Fisher (Liar’s Moon) and co- starring Willard E. Pugh (RoboCop 2), Soap legend Mary Beth Evans (Days of Our Lives), Jay Baker (April Fool’s Day), Tracy Scoggins (TV’s The Colbys) and Martin LaSalle (Pickpocket, Sorceress). Now see this thrilling action-adventure for the first time in HD!

Bonus Features:
Brand New HD Master | Theatrical Trailer | Optional English Subtitles

Wiggly Halloween

Street Date: 9/8/20

Label: Wiggles
DVD SRP: 14.99
DVD Item #: K25049
DVD UPC: 738329250492
Genre: Children’s Preschool
Year: 2013
Rating: NR
Runtime: 45
Director: Anthony Field, Emma Watkins
Actors: Anthony Field, Emma Watkins, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce
Language:English

Let’s all sing and dance together and have some Wiggly Halloween fun as we listen to the spooky sounds of Halloween. Dance like a jiggly skeleton and get your Zombie Feet moving to the beat wearing your favorite Wiggly Halloween costume. Watch the adventures of the Furry Wolfman, Hey, Billy Bat! and start mumbling like Mumbles the Monster. Can you count how many pumpkins are in the pumpkin patch? Make your best Pumpkin Face with Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony and have a hoot of a Wiggly time!

Fun & Games

Street Date: 9/15/20

Label: Wiggles
DVD SRP: 14.99
DVD Item #: K24783
DVD UPC: 738329247836
Genre: Children’s Preschool
Year: 2020
Rating: NR
Runtime: 62
Director: Anthony Field, Emma Watkins
Actors: Anthony Field, Emma Watkins, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce
Language:English

“The Fun and Games begin in the park, hopping around the mulberry bush, looking for baby shark. Join us, The Wiggles, in a Mexican hat dance and Henry the Octopus in his eight legged pants. Who else is coming to the Wiggly party? Captain Feathersword, Dorothy and Bromley Bumblebee! Dr Knickerbocker appears too, counting to nine and 10 green bottles stand very still in line. Enjoy the bear hunt and the little speckled frog, and listen for the woof from our friend Wags the Dog. Now it’s time to sit back, relax and giggle and be entertained by your friends, The Wiggles!”

Bonus Features:
Photo Gallery

 

ABOUT KINO LORBER:

With a library of over 2,800 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Carlotta USA, Adopt Films, Greenwich Entertainment, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering “virtual theatrical” releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.

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