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Film Fanaddict News : Kino Lorber Studio Classics Announces its May Releases
Posted by David Carter on 2015/4/19 10:31:38 (1739 reads)

Open in new windowKino Lorber is proud to announce its May releases on its Studio Classics label. These dozen hit films showcase some of Hollywood's biggest stars, such as Burt Lancaster, Mickey Rooney, Sidney Poitier, Ray Milland, Robert Vaughn, Yul Brynner and Martin Landau, and leading directors including John Frankenheimer, Roger Corman, Gordon Douglas and J. Lee Thompson.

Streeting on May 5 are John Frankenheimer's hit suspense thriller The Train (DVD only, $19.95), Roger Corman's war drama The Secret Invasion (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95), and the WWII thriller The McKenzie Break (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95) starring Brian Keith.

Roger Corman's cult hits The Premature Burial (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95) and X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95) both street on May 12, each packed with special features. Premature Burial includes an introduction to the film by Joe Dante, an on-camera interview with Roger Corman, and "Trailers from Hell" with Roger Corman, and X includes an introduction by Dante, two audio commentary tracks (one with Corman, the other with film historian Tim Lucas), the rare prologue, and "Trailers from Hell" with Mick Garris.

Also streeting on Blu-ray May 12 are They Call Me Mr. Tibbs! (Blu-ray only, $29.95) and The Organization (Blu-ray only, $29.95), the gripping sequels to the 1967 classic In the Heat of the Night, both starring Sidney Poitier.

Streeting May 26 are the martial arts classics Enter the Ninja (Blu-ray only, $29.95) and Revenge of the Ninja (Blu-ray only, $29.95), the latter featuring audio commentary by director Sam Firstenberg and stunt coordinator Steven Lambert, an intro by Sam Firstenberg, and a behind-the-scenes gallery. Also streeting May 26 is the adventure hit River of Death (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95), starring Michael Dudikoff, Donald Pleasence and Herbert Lom, and two films starring the great Yul Brynner: the Western drama Invitation to a Gunfighter (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95) directed by Richard Wilson, and the historical classic Kings of the Sun (Blu-ray, $29.95; DVD, $19.95), directed by J. Lee Thompson and also starring George Chakiris.


THE TRAIN
DVD Street Date: May 5, 2015
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau
1964/B&W/133 minutes/Anamorphic (1.66:1)/English subtitles/Not Rated
Synopsis: Paris August 1944...with the Allied army closing in on German commander and art fanatic Colonel Von Woldheim (Paul Scofield, A Man For All Seasons), he decides to steal a vast collection of rare French paintings and loads them onto a train bound for Berlin. But when a beloved French patriot is murdered while trying to sabotage Von Waldheim's scheme, Labiche (Burt Lancaster, Run Silent, Run Deep), a stalwart member of the Resistance, vows to stop the train at any cost. Calling upon his vast arsenal of skills, Labiche unleashes a torrent of devastation and destruction -- loosened rails, shattered tracks and head-on collisions -- in an impassioned, suspense-filled quest for justice, retribution and revenge. Top-notch direction by the great John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) and a wonderful supporting cast that includes screen icon Jeanne Moreau (Viva Maria) in the role of Christine.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by director John Frankenheimer
Original Theatrical Trailer

THE SECRET INVASION

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 5, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Roger Corman
Starring Stewart Granger, Raf Vallone, Mickey Rooney, Edd Byrnes, Henry Silva
1964/Color/95 minutes/2.35:1/1920x1080p/English subtitles/Not Rated
Synopsis: Mickey Rooney (Baby Face Nelson) and Stewart Granger (King Solomon's Mines) co-star in this action-packed war drama about a group of criminals gathered into the greatest infiltration force in WWII. When an Italian general decides to join the Allies, Nazi troops capture and imprison him before he can defect. Desperate for the information and resources the general would provide, the Allies assemble a rescue team of the only men able to infiltrate the Nazi prison undetected...criminals. But when the team's carefully planned prison break erupts into an all-out fight for survival, it will take more than bravery to carry out their mission and turn the tide of the war. Wonderfully directed by cult legend Roger Corman (Premature Burial) and featuring an outstanding cast includes Raf Vallone (Phaedra), Henry Silva (The Italian Connection), and Edd Byrnes (TV's 77 Sunset Strip), The Secret Invasion is an explosion of fast, absorbing entertainment that doesn't let up until the final salute.

Special Features:
On-camera interview with director Roger Corman
Original Theatrical Trailer

THE MCKENZIE BREAK
Mastered in HD
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 5, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Lamont Johnson
Starring: Brian Keith, Helmut Griem, Ian Hendry
1970/Color/108 minutes/1920x1080p (1.85:1)/English subtitles/Rated PG
Synopsis: Brian Keith (The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming) leads an acclaimed international cast in this poignant and powerful WWII thriller fraught with action, suspense and the haunting reality of war. Keith stars as Captain Jack Connor, a fast-talking, hard-drinking, tough-as-nails Irishman assigned to investigate an impending escape by a group of German POWs lead by the characteristic Kapitšn Schleutter (Helmut Griem, The Damned). The camp commander (Ian Hendry, Get Carter) has been unable to contain the prisoners, but Connor's brash and unusual approach solves the problem...for a while. In a race against time and with a growing animosity from the commander -- Connor surpasses even his own previous unorthodox methods when he devises a scheme so daring that it will either make him a hero or prove to be the most fatal mistake of his career. Stylishly directed by Lamont Johnson (Kana Coast) with a beautifully written screenplay by William W. Norton (White Lightning, Gator), based on a book by Sir Sidney Shelley.

THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS!

Blu-ray Street Date: May 12, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
Director: Gordon Douglas
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbara McNair, Edward Asner
1970/Color/108 minutes/1.85:1/1920x1080p/Rated R
Synopsis: In this suspenseful sequel to In the Heat of the Night, screen legend Sidney Poitier (Duel at Diablo) reprises his role as the intrepid investigator who, this time, must solve a puzzling murder in the city by the Bay. Featuring an original score by the great Quincy Jones (The Getaway), They Call Me Mister Tibbs! is an absorbing mystery that ranks as one of the best of the genre... when a prostitute is murdered in San Francisco's ritzy Nob Hill district, an anonymous tip implicates minister and political crusader Reverend Logan Sharpe (Martin Landau, Ed Wood). Lt. Virgil Tibbs (Poitier), who has known Sharpe for many years, asks to be assigned to the case in hopes of clearing his friend's name. So begins the detective's journey through a twisted maze of baffling evidence, frantic chases, deadly gunfire and bad alibis. Before long, Tibbs finds himself bitterly torn between his duty as a cop and his loyalty to a friend. Directed by Hollywood great Gordon Douglas (Barquero) and featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Barbara McNair (The Organization), Edward Asner (TV's Lou Grant), Anthony Zerbe (The Dead Zone) and Jeff Corey (Jennifer).

THE ORGANIZATION
Blu-ray Street Date: May 12, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
Director: Don Medford
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O'Laughlin
1971/Color/106 minutes/1.85:1/1920x1080p/Rated PG-13
Synopsis: Screen icon Sidney Poitier (Paris Blues) reprises his role as Lt. Virgil Tibbs for a third and final time, following the masterpiece In the Heat of the Night and the thrilling sequel They Call Me Mister Tibbs! Under the cover of darkness, six masked figures raid a seemingly respectable furniture factory and steal a multimillion-dollar cache of heroin! But these are no ordinary crooks. They're a passionate band of former users-turned-vigilantes whose frustration with the law's inability to combat the city's drug problem spurs them to take on a powerful narcotics ring. After contacting Tibbs, they confess to the break-in, beg him to keep silent and ask for his help. But once he reluctantly agrees to operate outside the law, Tibbs soon finds himself at odds with the police and a ruthless drug syndicate that will stop at nothing to silence him! Don Medford (The Hunting Party) directs this taut thriller that exposes the ruthless, high-stakes world of international drug trafficking. Barbara McNair (Venus in Furs), Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North, Allen Garfield, Raul Julia, Ron O'Neal, Daniel J. Travanti and Billy Green Bush co-star in this action-packed crime thriller that is edge-of-the-seat entertainment.

THE PREMATURE BURIAL

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 12, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney, Heather Angel
1962/Color/81 minutes/2.35:1/1920x1080p/Not Rated
Synopsis: Edgar Allan Poe's Chilling Tale of a Fate Too Horrifying to consider! The classic style of literature's most bizarre author, Edgar Allan Poe (The Oblong Box), comes to life in this ghoulish tale of murder and suspense starring acting great Ray Milland (X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes) as Guy Carrell, a medical student and painter whose obsessive fear of being buried alive compels him to build himself a tomb with a view, equipped with everything he can think of to escape death. But it's when his long-suffering wife Kate (Heather Angel, The Informer), convinces him to destroy the tomb... he finds himself in the gravest of danger, trapped in a web of doom so devious and intricate that there's no escape. Produced and directed by the iconic Roger Corman (The Secret Invasion) and beautifully shot in widescreen by the legendary cinematographer Floyd Crosby (Tales of Terror). The top-notch supporting cast includes Hazel Court (The Masque of Red Death), Alan Napier (TV's Batman) and Dick Miller (Gremlins).

Special Features:
Buried Alive! Legendary Director Joe Dante on Premature Burial
On-camera Interview with Producer/Director Roger Corman
Trailers From Hell with Roger Corman
Original Theatrical Trailer

X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 12, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Ray Milland, Diana Van Der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt, Don Rickles
Synopsis: Dare To Look Into The Eyes Of Madness! Fantastic tale of heart-pounding suspense, this harrowing and terrifying sci-fi shocker will fascinate horror film fans. Starring Ray Milland (The Premature Burial), it charts the startling transformation of a doctor so blinded by ambition that he dares to glimpse eternity! When the brilliant Dr. Xavier (Milland) concocts a serum to improve human sight, he stumbles upon a formula for x-ray vision. Inspired by its awesome medical potential, but shunned by his short-sighted colleagues, the doctor tests the potion on himself, only to discover that his ability to see through walls, clothing and flesh is slowly eclipsed by and insatiable desire to look still further - even if it means seeing more than any mortal can bear! Featuring wonderful direction by the great Roger Corman (Tales of Terror) and a strong supporting cast that includes Harold J. Stone (The Wrong Man), John Hoyt (Blackboard Jungle) and comedy legend Don Rickles (Run Silent, Run Deep).

Special Features:
Terror Vision! Legendary Director Joe Dante on X
Audio Commentary with Roger Corman
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
Rare Prologue
Trailers From Hell with Mick Garris
Original Theatrical Trailer

ENTER THE NINJA

Blu-ray Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
Director: Menahem Golan
Starring: Francis Nero, Susan George, Sho Kosugi
1981/Color/99 minutes/1.85:1/1920x1080p/Rated R
Synopsis: The Ninja is the highest honor given to the dedicated followers of Ninjutsu, the deadliest of all martial arts... Enter the Ninja explores the absorbing detail the Ninja's lethal, little-known "Art of Invisibility" which includes the use of hypnotism, explosives, and super-human acrobatic fighting skills. Set in Japan and the Philippines, the film tells the story of Cole (Franco Nero, The Mercenary) a westerner who's been inducted into the secret fighting rituals of the Ninja. Coming to the aid of his friends against some land grabbing oil barons, he easily takes on all opponents until a Ninja assassin; Hasegawa (Sho Kosugi, Revenge of the Ninja) is brought into the fray. The two masters make use of all the exotic weaponry at their disposal... making this one of the most sensational battle-to-the-death sequences ever filmed! Hollywood legend Menahem Golan (The Delta Force) directed this fast-paced, high quality, tough-as-nails martial arts film with style and poise. Co-starring Susan George (Sudden Terror) and Christopher George (Day of the Animals).

REVENGE OF THE NINJA
Blu-ray Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
Director: Sam Firstenberg
Starring: Sho Kosugi, Keith Vitale, Virgil Frye
1983/Color/91 minutes/1.85:1/1920x1080p/Rated R
Synopsis: Payback is deadly! The Ninjas are back! Brandishing swords and fists, leaping and kicking, wielding blow darts and explosives, they know a thousand ways to kill. Martial arts legend Sho Kosugi (Enter the Ninja) delivers a heart-pounding display of strength, speed and lethal Ninja know-how in this action-packed thriller that takes us back to the good old days of the Kung Fu extravaganza. When a band of Ninja assassins slaughters the family of Cho Osaki (Kosugi), he flees to America in the hope of building a new life. A former Ninja himself, Osaki tries to escape his deadly past but soon discovers he has become the pawn of a ruthless drug trafficker - an American Ninja intent on killing anyone who crosses his path... including Osaki! Action veteran Sam Firstenberg (Avenging Force) directed this entertaining martial arts actioner, featuring top-notch action scenes and mind-blowing stunts. Co-starring legendary villain, Professor Toru Tanaka (An Eye For An Eye) and produced by Cannon legends, Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Director Sam Firstenberg and Stunt Coordinator Steven Lambert
Intro by Sam Firstenberg
Behind-the-Scenes Gallery
Original Theatrical Trailer

RIVER OF DEATH

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Steve Carver
Starring: Michael Dudikoff, Robert Vaughn, Donald Pleasence, Herbert Lom, L.Q. Jones
1989/Color/107 minutes/1.85:1/1920x1080p/Rated R
Synopsis: In the nightmarish last days of the Third Reich, a psychotic Nazi scientist (Robert Vaughn, Bullitt) escapes to the impenetrable jungles of the Amazon. Years later, a mysterious incurable disease breaks out among the natives and adventurer John Hamilton (Michael Dudikoff, Avenging Force) is hired to lead investigators on a search for the cause. Braving bloodthirsty rives pirates, hostile native tribes and headhunting cannibals, Hamilton, guides a group of explorers up the deadly Rio del Morte to the fabulous lost Inca city. Action specialist Steve Carver (Lone Wolf McQuade) directs this top-notch action-adventure based on an Alistair MacLean (Breakheart Pass) novel. The stellar cast includes Donald Pleasence (Wake in Fright), Herbert Lom (Golden Salamander) and L.Q. Jones (The Wild Bunch).

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Director Steve Carver and Star Michael Dudikoff
Original Theatrical Trailer

INVITATION TO A GUNFIGHTER
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Richard Wilson
Starring: Yul Brynner, Janice Rule, Brad Dexter, Alfred Ryder, Mike Kellin, George Segal
1964/Color/92 minutes/1.66:1/1920x1080p/English subtitles/Not Rated
Synopsis: Who will be the last man standing? Screen legend Yul Brynner (Taras Bulba) turns in a great performance as a smooth master gunfighter who must do battle with his most formidable adversary - his own conscience - in this gripping, double-barreled western full of blistering shootouts, surprise twists and colorful villainy. In a New Mexico frontier town, Jules Gaspard d'Estaing (Brynner) is hired by the town's boss (Pat Hingle, Bloody Mama) to kill Matt Weaver (George Segal, The Hot Rock), a Civil War veteran who returns to reclaim his farm and his woman. But when d'Estaing realizes that Weaver may be the only honest man left, the conflicted hired gun must either kill an innocent man - or destroy his own reputation - in a heart-stopping final showdown. Wonderfully directed by Richard Wilson (Man with the Gun) - featuring beautiful cinematography by the great Joseph MacDonald (Kings of the Sun) and a stellar supporting cast that includes Brad Dexter (Run Silent, Run Deep), Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke), Clifton James (Juggernaut) and beautiful Janice Rule (The Swimmer).

KINGS OF THE SUN

Mastered in HD
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 26, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Starring Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Shirley Anne Field
1963/Color/108 minutes/2.35:1/1920x1080p/English subtitles/Not Rated
Synopsis: Yul Brynner (Invitation to a Gunfighter) and George Chakiris (West Side Story) shine as the kings of two clashing cultures forced to form an alliance against a mutual threat in this gripping historical saga. Kings of the Sun is packed with intense action and thrilling drama! After a terrible battle leaves young Balam (Chakiris) king of his Mayan tribe, he leads his people out of Mexico to escape the rival clan still hunting them. But upon reaching their new home, a hostile Native American tribe attacks and the Mayans manage to capture Black Eagle (Brynner), the Native American leader. While held prisoner, Black Eagle manages to earn Balam's respect and the kings agree to peace. But when Balam's old rivals arrive looking for a fight, the newly allied kings must take up arms and stand together in order to repel the invading force and save their people. J. Lee Thompson (Taras Bulba) directed this spectacular adventure featuring a rousing score by Elmer Bernstein (The Great Escape) and top-notch widescreen cinematography by the great Joseph MacDonald (My Darling Clementine).



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