February 10, 2017

Blu-Ray News: Coming in March from KINO LORBER STUDIO CLASSICS

Kino Lorber Studio Classics Announces its March 2017 Home Video Releases

Alfred Hitchcock's Classic Wartime Thriller Lifeboat, Brand New 4K Restoration of Compulsion starring Orson Welles, Brand New 2K Restoration of Philip Kaufman's Cult Classic The Wanderers, A Game of Death directed by Robert Wise, Horror Classics The Skull starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, Terence Fisher's The Man Who Could Cheat Death and More Coming to Home Video from Kino Lorber Studio Classics in March 2017
Sometimes murder is just a way to pass the time! The great Richard Fleischer (The Vikings) directed this riveting true story about the notorious 1924 Leopold/Loeb murder case. Hollywood Icon Orson Welles (The Third Man, Touch of Evil) stars as the brilliant Clarence Darrow whose history-making defense against capitol punishment saved two Chicago teenagers from a death sentence. Though names were changed, this factual and fascinating character study focuses on the two boys - one bossy and intimidating (Bradford Dillman, The Mephisto Waltz), the other sensitive and introverted (Dean Stockwell, Married to the Mob) - who thought their superior intellect would enable them to pull off "the perfect crime. This tense, intelligent re-enactment of what was seen as the crime of the century, co-stars Diane Varsi (Peyton Place), E.G. Marshall (12 Angry Men), Martin Milner (TV's Adam-12 and Route 66), Gavin MacLeod (TV's The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Richard Anderson (TV's The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman).
The Skull once again teams up horror legends Peter Cushing (Horror of Dracula) and Sir Christopher Lee (House of the Long Shadows) in a chilling, supernatural tale of murder from beyond the grave. Based on a short story by Robert Bloch (Psycho), The Skull introduces us to Dr. Christopher Maitland (Cushing), a collector of the occult. When he is given the opportunity to purchase the skull of the infamous Marquis de Sade, he leaps at the chance. What he doesn't know is that his friend, Matthew Phillips (Lee) is the former owner of the skull - and quite happy to be rid of it. Possession of The Skull leads to a terrifying series of nightmarish events for Dr. Maitland as he tries to keep control of his life and the of unspeakable evil bearing down upon him. Hammer horror great and Oscar-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis (The Creeping Flesh, The Innocents) directed this bone-chilling thriller with a script by Milton Subotsky (Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror). The stupendous cast includes Patrick Wymark (The Psychopath), Nigel Green (The Ipcress File), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange) and Michael Gough (The Crimson Cult).
His Terrifying Secret... His Hideous Obsession... Made Him The Man Who Could Cheat Death! Dr. Georges Bonnet has figured out a way to live forever, all he needs are glands from some very unwilling donors! Anton Diffring (Where Eagles Dare, Circus of Horrors) stars as the mad doctor in this chilling Hammer Horror classic. As he struggles against the inevitable icy grip of death, the doctor begins a descent into madness that threatens to destroy the laws of nature and the lives of those he cares for the most; the only person who could stop his unholy quest is horror legend Christopher Lee (The Oblong Box). Great direction by Hammer legend Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula) with a screenplay by Jimmy Sangster (Dracula: Prince of Darkness) based on a play by Barré Lyndon (The Lodger). Co-starring the beautiful Hazel Court (Premature Burial).
Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (North by Northwest, Psycho, Rope) directed this suspenseful World War II thriller, a remarkable story of human survival. After their ship is sunk in the Atlantic by Germans, eight people are stranded in a lifeboat, among them a glamorous journalist, a tough seaman, a nurse and an injured sailor. Their problems are further compounded when they pick up a ninth passenger - the Nazi captain from the U-boat that torpedoed them. With its powerful interplay of suspense and emotion, this breathtaking classic is a microcosm of humanity, revealing the subtleties of man's strengths and frailties under extraordinary duress. The stellar cast features the great character actors Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, John Hodiak, Heather Angel, Hume Cronyn, Henry Hull and Canada Lee. Lifeboat received three Academy Award nominations for Director (Hitchcock), Best Writing - Original Story (John Steinbeck) and Cinematography, Black-and-White (Glen MacWilliams). 
The great Robert Wise (Run Silent Run Deep, The Haunting) directed this suspense thriller based on the classic Richard Connell (Meet John Doe) story, The Most Dangerous Game. A shipwrecked Don Rainsford (John Loder, Sabotage) washes up on a homicidal big-game hunter's Caribbean island where the madman hunts human prey for his personal island habitat. A Game of Death is a thrilling adventure yarn, which was beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white by the great J. Roy Hunt (I Walked with a Zombie, Crossfire) and also featured wonderful performances by Audrey Long (Born to Kill, Desperate) and Robert Clarke (The Man From Planet X, The Hideous Sun Demon).
Meet the Wanderers, the Coolest Guys in Town! Tully High School seniors Richie, Joey and Perry run with a gang called The Wanderers in the Bronx. The year is 1963 but their experiences are universal: falling in love, surviving in school and defending their turf against rivals like the Fordham Baldies, the Del Bombers and the Ducky Boys. From the acclaimed first novel by Richard Price (Clockers), The Wanderers is a rich fabric of comedy and tragedy, fantasy and farce. Director Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff) mixes dynamic talents that include Ken Wahl (The Soldier), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Toni Kalem (The Sopranos) and Linda Manz (Days of Heaven) with a jukebox full of golden oldies to generate a heady atmosphere. Like American Graffiti and Saturday Night Fever, this cult-classic is a nostalgic window to a vanished world. Beautifully shot by the great Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull). This special edition includes both the original theatrical version and the very rarely seen Preview Cut.

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