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Coming to Blu-ray July 13th from Kino Classics!

The Great Gabbo (1929)
Starring Erich von Stroheim and Betty Compson
Directed by James Cruze

2K Restoration from 35mm Material Preserved by the Library of Congress!

One of Hollywood's earliest -- and most peculiar -- musicals, The Great Gabbo stars Erich von Stroheim as an egotistical ventriloquist who casts a Svengali-like spell upon an ingenue (Betty Compson), against a backdrop of singularly strange numbers (including "Icky" and the spider-and-fly-themed "Caught in a Web"). Director James Cruze (The Covered Wagon) allowed von Stroheim to endow the character with his signature flourishes, resulting in a wicked cocktail of garish stage shows and Austro-Hungarian villainy that is a diabolical delight.

Special features:
*Audio commentary by Richard Barrios, author of A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film
*Optional English SDH subtitles

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I have the Kino Double Feature DVD with The Great Gabbo, paired with Blind Husbands which is just as good - I hope Blind Husbands will get Blu'd one day - then I can retire the DVD.
Excellent announcement ! :)
 

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Coming to Blu-ray July 20th from Kino Lorber!

Bordertown Season 3
Directed by Juuso Syrja, Marko Makilaakso, Jussi Hiltunen
Starring Ville Virtanen
3 Discs/10 Episodes

In Season 3 of the Finnish Nordic Noir hit Bordertown, chief investigator Kari Sorjonen of the Serious Crimes Unit has grave concerns about the future of his family, while pursuing a murderer who seems to have been studying his previous cases.

Special features:
*Trailers
*Optional English Subtitles
*Limited edition O-Card

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Coming to Blu-ray July 20th from Kino Classics and Something Weird!

Girl Gang (1954) / Pin-Down Girl (1951)
Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture, Vol. 11

By the late 1940s, exploitation producers such as George Weiss (Test Tube Babies, Glen or Glenda?) drifted away from the pseudo-educational framework of the genre and began producing risqué crime melodramas. No films better represent the “mainstreaming” of exploitation than Girl Gang and Pin-Down Girl, and no actor was more suited to such low-grade potboilers than deadpan baritone Timothy Farrell. In Girl Gang, Farrell is a small-time mob boss who feeds dope to high school girls hungry for kicks. A return to the gymnasium setting of Weiss and Farrell’s The Devil’s Sleep, Pin-Down Girl stars Peaches Page as a woman caught in the vice-riddled world of female wrestling. Girl Gang was mastered in 2K from the original 35mm negative; Pin-Down Girl was mastered in 2K from a 35mm re-release version (The Blonde Pick-Up).

Special features:
*Audio commentary for Girl Gang by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
*Audio commentary for Pin-Down Girl by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films 1919-1959
*Optional English SDH subtitles
*Theatrical trailers

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Coming to Blu-ray July 20th from Kino Classics and Something Weird!

Girl Gang (1954) / Pin-Down Girl (1951)
Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture, Vol. 11

By the late 1940s, exploitation producers such as George Weiss (Test Tube Babies, Glen or Glenda?) drifted away from the pseudo-educational framework of the genre and began producing risqué crime melodramas. No films better represent the “mainstreaming” of exploitation than Girl Gang and Pin-Down Girl, and no actor was more suited to such low-grade potboilers than deadpan baritone Timothy Farrell. In Girl Gang, Farrell is a small-time mob boss who feeds dope to high school girls hungry for kicks. A return to the gymnasium setting of Weiss and Farrell’s The Devil’s Sleep, Pin-Down Girl stars Peaches Page as a woman caught in the vice-riddled world of female wrestling. Girl Gang was mastered in 2K from the original 35mm negative; Pin-Down Girl was mastered in 2K from a 35mm re-release version (The Blonde Pick-Up).

Special features:
*Audio commentary for Girl Gang by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
*Audio commentary for Pin-Down Girl by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films 1919-1959
*Optional English SDH subtitles
*Theatrical trailers

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forget Star Wars and all the hype, at the conclusion of this release, Kino/ Something Weird will have released the entire Umberto Scalli Trilogy, now the circle is complete :D
 

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Coming to Blu-ray July 20th from Kino Classics and StudioCanal!

Whirlpool of Fate (1925) and Nana (1926)

Two separate releases directed by Jean Renoir, in new 4K restorations!

WHIRLPOOL OF FATE
Whirlpool of Fate
(1925) is Jean Renoir’s debut feature, a lyrical tale of the tragic life of an orphan girl. An independent feature shot on family friend Paul Cézanne’s property, La Nicotiere, it is a dreamy episodic melodrama that follows the poor girl as she endures the loss of her father, the abuse of her alcoholic uncle, and a perilous fall down a well that erases her memory and triggers surreal dreams. Presented in a beautiful new 4K restoration, Whirlpool of Fate gives an early glimpse of Renoir’s immense talent.

Special features:
*Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton
*Music composed and performed by Antonio Coppola
*Optional English subtitles

NANA
Nana
(1926) is Jean Renoir’s (The Rules of the Game) second feature, and one of his most ambitious productions, presented here in a new 4K restoration. It is an elaborately mounted adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel that tracks the doomed romances of its title character—an actress who would go on to be the most notorious courtesan of her era. When her father dies, a young girl is sent to live with her uncle. Mistreated, she runs away to lead a vagabond’s life in the forest. When she is found, she becomes Nana, a fashionable actress of loose morals, becoming first the mistress of a count, and then of the Emperor’s chamberlain. Nana’s love affairs are set against gorgeously mounted sets designed by Claude Autant-Lara.

Special Features:
*Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton
*Before-and-After Restoration Comparison
*Music composed and performed by Antonio Coppola
*Optional English subtitles

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Great covers once more! I've never seen Renoir's first film; looking forward to finally watching it. As far as Nana is concerned, I've seen a 35mm print (over 4 decades ago), but I understand that Nana exists in various cuts. What is the running time of this version? I'm sure that the version I saw was somewhat abbreviated.
Thanks for these exciting releases of Renoir's silent period.
 

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Coming to Blu-ray July 20th from Kino Classics and StudioCanal!

Whirlpool of Fate (1925) and Nana (1926)

Two separate releases directed by Jean Renoir, in new 4K restorations!

WHIRLPOOL OF FATE
Whirlpool of Fate
(1925) is Jean Renoir’s debut feature, a lyrical tale of the tragic life of an orphan girl. An independent feature shot on family friend Paul Cézanne’s property, La Nicotiere, it is a dreamy episodic melodrama that follows the poor girl as she endures the loss of her father, the abuse of her alcoholic uncle, and a perilous fall down a well that erases her memory and triggers surreal dreams. Presented in a beautiful new 4K restoration, Whirlpool of Fate gives an early glimpse of Renoir’s immense talent.

Special features:
*Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton
*Music composed and performed by Antonio Coppola
*Optional English subtitles

NANA
Nana
(1926) is Jean Renoir’s (The Rules of the Game) second feature, and one of his most ambitious productions, presented here in a new 4K restoration. It is an elaborately mounted adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel that tracks the doomed romances of its title character—an actress who would go on to be the most notorious courtesan of her era. When her father dies, a young girl is sent to live with her uncle. Mistreated, she runs away to lead a vagabond’s life in the forest. When she is found, she becomes Nana, a fashionable actress of loose morals, becoming first the mistress of a count, and then of the Emperor’s chamberlain. Nana’s love affairs are set against gorgeously mounted sets designed by Claude Autant-Lara.

Special Features:
*Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton
*Before-and-After Restoration Comparison
*Music composed and performed by Antonio Coppola
*Optional English subtitles

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What exciting releases! What KL is doing in terms of silent cinema is phenomenal. Can't wait to add these to my collection.
 

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Now my interest is certainly peaked, after a little research, when did Antonio Coppola do the music for Whirlpool of Fate, he passed away last year at the age of 102, and I can't seem to find one single note of this music to give a listen to.

I'll just have to echo Thomas' statement,

What exciting releases! What KL is doing in terms of silent cinema is phenomenal. Can't wait to add these to my collection.
 
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Now my interest is certainly peaked, after a little research, when did Antonio Coppola do the music for Whirlpool of Fate, he passed away last year at the age of 102, and I can seem to find one single note of this music to give a listen to.

I'll just have to echo Thomas' statement,
He is also listed as Anton Coppola

I did find the company that probably did the 4K restorations around or before 2018



Here's the write-ups in French for the films from the Lumiere Festival 2018


 

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Coming to Blu-ray July 27th from Kino Classics!

Ken Jacobs Collection, Vol. 1
1955-2021

Ken Jacobs is one of the most wildly creative and influential film artists and teachers in the history of the medium, and Kino Classics is proud to present this two-disc selection from his vast body of work (additional titles will be available digitally via Kino Now). Jacobs, born in Brooklyn, NY in 1933, studied Abstract Expressionism with Hans Hofmann before turning to filmmaking – where he became a prolific member of the underground scene, along with contemporaries Jonas Mekas, Jack Smith, and Stan Brakhage.

His early films use NYC as a poetic landscape (Orchard Street) and as a setting for Smith’s carnivalesque performances (Little Stabs at Happiness and Blonde Cobra – both preserved by Anthology Film Archives). Jacobs then started experimenting with found footage, expanding a five-minute fragment of Billy Bitzer’s Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son to feature length (restored in 2K by Museum of Modern Art), and went on to embrace digital tools - using stroboscopic effects to turn silent shorts and Victorian stereoscopic photographs into mind-expanding 3D investigations (Capitalism: Child Labor).

He continues to push the boundaries of the art form – as you can see with his hypnotically abstract Movie That Invites Pausing (2021). In addition to his landmark films, which have been honored by the American Film Institute, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, Jacobs (along with his wife Flo) founded the free film school Millennium Film Workshop, and he also helped create SUNY Binghamton’s experimental Department of Cinema in 1969, where he became a Distinguished Professor and influenced generations of artists and scholars.

The Films:
DISC 1:
Orchard Street (1955, 27 minutes)
The Whirled (1961, 19 minutes)
Little Stabs at Happiness (1963, 15 minutes) - new 2K restoration
Blonde Cobra (1963, 34 minutes) - new 4K restoration
The Sky Socialist (1963-‘64/2019, 96 minutes)
Window (1964, 12 minutes)

DISC 2:
The Sky Socialist: Environs and Outtakes (1964-‘66/2019, 47 minutes)
Tom Tom the Piper's Son (1969, 115 minutes) - 2K restoration (MoMA)
The Georgetown Loop (1996, 11 minutes)
A Tom Tom Chaser (2002, 11 minutes)
Capitalism: Child Labor (2006, 14 minutes)
Capitalism: Slavery (2006, 3 minutes)
Movie that Invites Pausing (2021, 20 minutes)

SPECIAL FEATURES:
*Booklet essay by film critic J. Hoberman
*Conversation between Ken Jacobs and film scholar Tom Gunning (Disc 1)

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Concerning the two Renoir silents, the Lionsgate box of his StudioCanal-owned titles included two short films - The Little Match Girl and Charleston Parade alongside the two features. Were these not available for extras?
 

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Immensee (1943) / The Great Sacrifice (1944)
Directed by Veit Harlan
Starring Kristina Söderbaum

During World War II, Kristina Söderbaum came to represent, for the German people, an ideal woman: the embodiment of strength and beauty, as well as a paragon of fidelity and sacrifice. Immensee stars Söderbaum as Elisabeth, a woman in love with Reinhardt, a brilliant composer (Carl Raddatz), but who instead marries someone more reliable (Paul Klinger). Years later, Reinhardt returns, and Elisabeth has a chance to be true to her one greatest love. In The Great Sacrifice, Söderbaum is Äls, a goddess of a woman who captures the heart of a married man Albrecht (Raddatz). When Äls falls victim to a serious illness, Albrect’s loyal wife (Irene von Meyendorff) sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her husband. Filmed in the rich, warm hues of the Agfacolor process (exquisitely restored by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung), both films are heavy with mood, highlighted by feverish dream sequences that give sublime visual expression to the character’s overwrought emotions.

Special features:
*Immensee audio commentary by film historian Olaf Möller
*The Great Sacrifice audio commentary by film historians Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson
*Optional English subtitles

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Coming to Blu-ray July 27th from Kino Classics!

Immensee (1943) / The Great Sacrifice (1944)
Directed by Veit Harlan
Starring Kristina Söderbaum

During World War II, Kristina Söderbaum came to represent, for the German people, an ideal woman: the embodiment of strength and beauty, as well as a paragon of fidelity and sacrifice. Immensee stars Söderbaum as Elisabeth, a woman in love with Reinhardt, a brilliant composer (Carl Raddatz), but who instead marries someone more reliable (Paul Klinger). Years later, Reinhardt returns, and Elisabeth has a chance to be true to her one greatest love. In The Great Sacrifice, Söderbaum is Äls, a goddess of a woman who captures the heart of a married man Albrecht (Raddatz). When Äls falls victim to a serious illness, Albrect’s loyal wife (Irene von Meyendorff) sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her husband. Filmed in the rich, warm hues of the Agfacolor process (exquisitely restored by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung), both films are heavy with mood, highlighted by feverish dream sequences that give sublime visual expression to the character’s overwrought emotions.

Special features:
*Immensee audio commentary by film historian Olaf Möller
*The Great Sacrifice audio commentary by film historians Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson
*Optional English subtitles

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More hard-to-find Nazi-era films! Looking forward to this release.
 

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More hard-to-find Nazi-era films! Looking forward to this release.
would probably better to refer to it as State controlled UFA-Film GmbH (UFI), as all film production during that time frame and all annexed nations fell under the aegis as well until the fall if the Reich.
 

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