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Coming February 28th!

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)
• Remastered in HD by Paramount Pictures – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 93 Minutes 1.85:1 Not Rated
Harriet Blossom (Shirley MacLaine, The Apartment) isn’t happy with her marriage to priggish bra manufacturer Robert (Richard Attenborough, The Great Escape), but there’s no reason for concern. Harriet gets by with a little help from above—she keeps a lover in the attic! And years later, when hubby finally notices, the end result of her secret tryst may not be what you expect at all. The marital/extramarital comedy The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom blooms with tongue-in-cheek fun, brilliantly bent performances (including Monty Python trouper John Cleese’s cameo portrayal of an exasperated postal clerk) and a colorful splash of paisleyed ’60s—London style. Based on the play by Alec Coppel (Vertigo), directed by Joseph McGrath (Casino Royale) and co-starring James Booth (Robbery), it’s “something a little different, even original…with a neat climactic twist” (The New York Times).

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Coming February 28th!

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)
• Remastered in HD by Paramount Pictures – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 93 Minutes 1.85:1 Not Rated
Harriet Blossom (Shirley MacLaine, The Apartment) isn’t happy with her marriage to priggish bra manufacturer Robert (Richard Attenborough, The Great Escape), but there’s no reason for concern. Harriet gets by with a little help from above—she keeps a lover in the attic! And years later, when hubby finally notices, the end result of her secret tryst may not be what you expect at all. The marital/extramarital comedy The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom blooms with tongue-in-cheek fun, brilliantly bent performances (including Monty Python trouper John Cleese’s cameo portrayal of an exasperated postal clerk) and a colorful splash of paisleyed ’60s—London style. Based on the play by Alec Coppel (Vertigo), directed by Joseph McGrath (Casino Royale) and co-starring James Booth (Robbery), it’s “something a little different, even original…with a neat climactic twist” (The New York Times).

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Got a good review in the NY Times in 1968. It was released as part of a double bill
with a movie called "Danger: Diabolik" in NY.
Per the review:

Settle, instead, for something a little different, even original — a curious comedy called "The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom. As for "Bliss," only the British could have concocted some serenely amoral fun from a story about a London housewife who keeps a lover in the attic for years, while sweetly inspiring her husband to invent a miracle brassiere. What does the trick are the brisk writing, the restrained performances (excluding one simpering sleuth) and the extremely nimble direction of Joe McGrath.The picture, in lovely color, is roguish, restrained and absurdly likable, with a neat climactic twist. Some of the fantasy montages get a little thick, but we'll buy the sly, cool impudence of Shirley MacLaine (surprisingly low-keyed), Richard Attenborough and James Booth, as a rather peculiar but decidedly personable mènage à trois.
 

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Coming February 28th!

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)
• Remastered in HD by Paramount Pictures – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 93 Minutes 1.85:1 Not Rated
Harriet Blossom (Shirley MacLaine, The Apartment) isn’t happy with her marriage to priggish bra manufacturer Robert (Richard Attenborough, The Great Escape), but there’s no reason for concern. Harriet gets by with a little help from above—she keeps a lover in the attic! And years later, when hubby finally notices, the end result of her secret tryst may not be what you expect at all. The marital/extramarital comedy The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom blooms with tongue-in-cheek fun, brilliantly bent performances (including Monty Python trouper John Cleese’s cameo portrayal of an exasperated postal clerk) and a colorful splash of paisleyed ’60s—London style. Based on the play by Alec Coppel (Vertigo), directed by Joseph McGrath (Casino Royale) and co-starring James Booth (Robbery), it’s “something a little different, even original…with a neat climactic twist” (The New York Times).

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Bless you KL!!! I'd given up ever seeing this on blu ray as it never made it to DVD (but it did on laser disc). Absolutely charming! Can't wait to see it again.
 

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Coming to Blu-ray February 7th from Kino Classics!

Congress Dances (1932)
Directed by Erik Charell
Starring Lilian Harvey, Conrad Veidt, Willy Fritsch, Otto Wallburg

Made contemporaneously with the storybook operettas of Ernst Lubitsch (The Smiling Lieutenant) and Rouben Mamoulian (Love Me Tonight), Congress Dances shares a similar blend of risqué comedy, playful camerawork, inventive sound, and of course, romantic ballads. The luminous Lilian Harvey stars as a shopkeeper who promotes her wares by ambushing world leaders with floral bouquets. When she performs this stunt just before a gathering of world leaders in Vienna, she is thrust into the political and romantic entanglements of the crowned heads of Europe.

Bonus features:
*Audio commentary by film historian Eddy Von Mueller
*English Subtitles

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I've rather hoped the English-language version of "Congress Dances" might one day be remastered/restored and made available, as I think there's an extant print of it. It's always fascinating to see the contrasting variations in the different-language versions from that era.

Lilian Harvey came to the US and made two or three films for Fox, and one of them, "I Am Suzanne" (1934) is a real lulu! Quite bizarre, to say the least.
 

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Coming to Blu-ray February 7th from Kino Classics!

Congress Dances (1932)
Directed by Erik Charell
Starring Lilian Harvey, Conrad Veidt, Willy Fritsch, Otto Wallburg

Made contemporaneously with the storybook operettas of Ernst Lubitsch (The Smiling Lieutenant) and Rouben Mamoulian (Love Me Tonight), Congress Dances shares a similar blend of risqué comedy, playful camerawork, inventive sound, and of course, romantic ballads. The luminous Lilian Harvey stars as a shopkeeper who promotes her wares by ambushing world leaders with floral bouquets. When she performs this stunt just before a gathering of world leaders in Vienna, she is thrust into the political and romantic entanglements of the crowned heads of Europe.

Bonus features:
*Audio commentary by film historian Eddy Von Mueller
*English Subtitles

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Delighted to see Kino pick this one up. Hope it does well enough for them that they're encouraged to release an earlier (and even more delightful) title from the Lilian Harvey-Willy Fritsch duo. That would be "Die Drei von der Tankstelle"(roughly The Filling Station Trio) from 1930. A lively and very creative milestone among early movie musicals.
 

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I haven't seen Congress Dances in ages! I agree with Bert; it'd be nice to see the English version as well, and other Harvey films would be welcome. I Am Suzanne is somewhere in MoMA's vaults. Saw it as part of their ongoing Film from the Archive series. Also saw Die Drei von der Tankstelle. All these films were very innovative and fun.
 

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Coming February 28th!
https://www.kinolorber.com/product/the-crimson-rivers-1

The Crimson Rivers (2000)
• Audio Commentary by Director Mathieu Kassovitz and Stars Jean Reno & Vincent Cassel
• The Investigation: Documentary
• The Corpse: Featurette
• The Car Chase: Featurette
• Mountain Sequence: Featurette
• Theatrical Trailer
• French & English 5.1 Surround
• Blu-ray Reversible Art
• Limited Edition Blu-ray Slipcase
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 106 Minutes 2.35:1 Rated R
When Commissaire Pierre Niemans (Jean Reno, Léon: The Professional), France’s leading serial killer investigator, is called to examine a grisly murder, he enters a world of secrets, lies and unthinkable horrors. The dead, whose hands and eyes have been removed, are clues to a terrible tradition the killer can no longer bear. Each murder means something more; each victim, a guilty conspirator in a grand immoral experiment. Filled with blood-chilling suspense, twisted turns and breathtaking locations in the French Alps, this tense thriller has the style, action and intelligence to keep you wondering what’s really happening right up until its shocking conclusion. Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine) and featuring Vincent Cassel (Eastern Promises), Nadia Farès (The Nest), Dominique Sanda (The Conformist), Philippe Nahon (I Stand Alone) and Jean-Pierre Cassel (Army of Shadows).

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Coming to Blu-ray Feburary 14th from Cohen Media Group and Kino Lorber!

Love on the Ground (1983)
Directed by Jacques Rivette
Starring Jane Birkin, Geraldine Chaplin, André Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Kalfon

Jane Birkin and Geraldine Chaplin star as theatre troupe members who are invited by a mysterious playwright/director to perform in a strange mansion. As the rehearsal progresses, secrets are revealed and the line between fiction and reality blurs.

Bonus features:
*Audio commentary track by Richard Peña, Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival & Professor of Film and Media Studies, Columbia University
*Re-release trailer
*English subtitles

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Coming to Blu-ray February 7th from Kino Classics!

Congress Dances (1932)
Directed by Erik Charell
Starring Lilian Harvey, Conrad Veidt, Willy Fritsch, Otto Wallburg

Made contemporaneously with the storybook operettas of Ernst Lubitsch (The Smiling Lieutenant) and Rouben Mamoulian (Love Me Tonight), Congress Dances shares a similar blend of risqué comedy, playful camerawork, inventive sound, and of course, romantic ballads. The luminous Lilian Harvey stars as a shopkeeper who promotes her wares by ambushing world leaders with floral bouquets. When she performs this stunt just before a gathering of world leaders in Vienna, she is thrust into the political and romantic entanglements of the crowned heads of Europe.

Bonus features:
*Audio commentary by film historian Eddy Von Mueller
*English Subtitles

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Fabulous news. Lilian Harvey is one of the great undiscovered treasures of cinema. (We ran MY LIPS BETRAY at Cinecon this year and the crowd ate it up.) I believe CONGRESS was filmed in French as well as English and German, but I assume that version doesn't survive, either. :emoji_cry:
 

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The Crimson Rivers (2000)
• Audio Commentary by Director Mathieu Kassovitz and Stars Jean Reno & Vincent Cassel
• The Investigation: Documentary
• The Making of a Corpse: Featurette
• The Chase: Storyboard Comparisons with Optional Commentary
• The Avalanche: Multi-Angle Featurette
• Theatrical Trailer
• French & English 5.1 Surround
• Blu-ray Reversible Art
• Limited Edition Blu-ray Slipcase
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 106 Minutes 2.35:1 Rated R
When Commissaire Pierre Niemans (Jean Reno, Léon: The Professional), France’s leading serial killer investigator, is called to examine a grisly murder, he enters a world of secrets, lies and unthinkable horrors. The dead, whose hands and eyes have been removed, are clues to a terrible tradition the killer can no longer bear. Each murder means something more; each victim, a guilty conspirator in a grand immoral experiment. Filled with blood-chilling suspense, twisted turns and breathtaking locations in the French Alps, this tense thriller has the style, action and intelligence to keep you wondering what’s really happening right up until its shocking conclusion. Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine) and featuring Vincent Cassel (Eastern Promises), Nadia Farès (The Nest), Dominique Sanda (The Conformist), Philippe Nahon (I Stand Alone) and Jean-Pierre Cassel (Army of Shadows).

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When I was at Sony, I was given this to do as an uplift release. But they hated the idea that I was booking it in Landmark and similar theatres--even though that's where it belonged--so they took it away from me and released it themselves in regular theatres--dubbed--selling it like an action film. Naturally, it died like a dog. And they wouldn't even discuss letting me do the sequel, even though it had Christopher Lee as the villain. I'm glad it's getting a new life via KL and hope #2 will be as well.
 

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Coming February 28th!
https://www.kinolorber.com/product/marathon-man-4kuhd

Marathon Man (1976)

DISC 1 (4KUHD):

• Brand New HDR/Dolby Vision Master – From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
• 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio
• Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles

DISC 2 (BLU-RAY):
• Brand New 2022 HD Master – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
• The Magic of Hollywood: Original Making of Marathon Man
• Going the Distance: Remembering Marathon Man
• Rehearsal Footage
• Theatrical Trailer
• 10 TV Spots
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 125 Minutes 1.85:1 Rated R
Is it safe? From the best-selling novel by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, Misery) comes one of the most daring and affecting thrillers ever brought to the screen. Dustin Hoffman (Papillon) plays the likable graduate student and marathon runner of the title, unwillingly trapped in a killing game of intrigue involving a Nazi fugitive, Christian Szell. Laurence Olivier (Sleuth) received an Academy Award nomination for his chilling portrayal of Szell, who turns dental instruments into tools of torture with dispassionate ease. Directed by John Schlesinger (Billy Liar, Midnight Cowboy, The Day of the Locust), Marathon Man moves with nail-biting suspense to its gripping, fever-pitched conclusion. Featuring Roy Scheider (Jaws), William Devane (Rolling Thunder), Marthe Keller (Black Sunday) and the extraordinary cinematography of Conrad Hall (Electra Glide in Blue).

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I hope the Jacques Rivette titles won't have burnt-in subtitles like all of the recent Cohen BDs:emoji_pray:otherwise I'll have to get the French releases instead and sync eng subs myself. The first thing I always do when I buy foreign movies is to OCR the subtitles to be able to use my preferred font/style/size, plus rendering subs in native 4K makes them look so much better.
 

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