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 Posted:   Mar 20, 2016 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing have detailed two upcoming Blu-ray titles: Kevin Connor's The People That Time Forgot (1977) and Nicolas Gessner's The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976).

The People That Time Forgot

Synopsis: This "surefire box-office attraction" (L.A. Free Press) delivers a daring, diabolical, dinosaur-laden fantasy adventure that's packed with "hair-raising beasties and erupting fire" (Daily Variety) every second.

When an expedition in search of a lost colleague traces his last steps in the frozen Arctic, the team discovers a hidden tropical oasis in the middle of the ice! As things quickly thaw out, clothes come off and long forgotten cavemen - and dinosaurs - come a-hunting for fresh meat. Soon, prehistoric hysteria sets in and it's every man - and scantily clad woman - for himself.

Special Features:
On Camera interview with star Sarah Douglas
On camera interview with star Dana Gillespie
Audio commentary with director Kevin Connor moderated by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Original Theatrical Trailer

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

Synopsis: Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster is "in top form" (The Hollywood Reporter) in this "razor-sharp story of suspense" (Albuquerque Journal) about a troubled teen with a deadly secret. Co-starring Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman and Scott Jacoby, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a "delicious" (Philadelphia Daily News) thriller that's "slyly ambiguous and ally watchable" (Los Angeles Times).

Some little girls can be murder! Thirteen-year-old Rynn (Foster) is a gifted prodigy who lives in a big old house with her reclusive father...all alone. Or does she? When Rynn's nosy landlady and a lecherous neighbor (Sheen) begin to suspect that this little girl is hiding a dark and dangerous secret, Rynn is determined to preserve her isolated existence at any cost - and stop those vicious rumors dead in their tracks.

Special Features:
On Camera interview with star Martin Sheen
Audio commentary with director Nicolas Gessner
Conversation between Sheen and Gessner
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible wrap

 Posted:   Mar 22, 2016 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Kino Lorber will add to its Blu-ray catalog Etienne Perier's film When Eight Bells Toll (1971), starring Anthony Hopkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon, Jack Hawkins, and Corin Redgrave. The release will be available for purchase on March 8, 2016.

FINALLY! I've waited my whole life to get this on American video, since the day that I saw it in the theater in 1971. And kudos to Kino Lorber for not using the awful British DVD artwork:

and instead going with this:

which of course is derived from the fabulous original British theatrical poster:

The American theatrical poster went with another, equally exciting, depiction:

WHEN EIGHT BELLS TOLL is, like most films released in the U.S. by Cinerama Releasing Corp, somewhat of an "orphan film" when it comes to home video release. CRC did not hold the copyright on its releases, and as a result, video rights are scatted to the four winds, with video labels having to track down and make individual deals with the various production companies involved in the films.

WHEN EIGHT BELLS TOLL was one of two screenplays that producers Jerry Gershwin and Elliott Kastner had purchased from author Alistair MacLean. The other script, also based on a MacLean novel, was WHERE EAGLES DARE, a World War II drama produced by MGM and released in 1968. Gershwin and Kastner had a unique partnership by which they found and developed properties entirely at their own expense. Kastner was based in London and Gershwin in Los Angeles. It's likely that Kino Lorber has struck a deal with the Gershwin-Kastner company Winkast Films and/or Glen Alden Corp., which had been authorized by Winkast to produce and enter into distribution agreements for WHEN EIGHT BELLS TOLL.

Thanks for that explanation, Bob DiMucci.

I'm fond of this old spy film and welcome it's DVD / blu-ray release in the USA, finally and at long last. This is the type of action movie that used to pack 'em in.

Kino has also released two other Alistair MacLean films, THE SATAN BUG and RIVER OF DEATH. And of course THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, ICE STATION ZEBRA, WHERE EAGLES DARE and PUPPET ON A CHAIN have been ubiquitous for awhile. The latter has just been released in a limited edition blu-ray of 1,000 copies by Scorpion. Screen Archives is of course the seller.

Bob DiMucci, as an aside, what's the story with the other Alistair MacLean adaptations? The independently produced B movies. There was FEAR IS THE KEY (1972), CARAVAN TO VACCARES (1974), THE GOLDEN RENDEZVOUS (1977) and BEAR ISLAND (1979) which had sporadic theatrical releases in the USA but no DVD. Then there was also a TV version of THE WAY TO DUSTY DEATH. Is some rights issue holding them up?

 Posted:   Mar 23, 2016 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Kino Lorber have confirmed that they will release on Blu-ray director Rouben Mamoulian's film The Mark of Zorro (1940), starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, and Eugene Pallette. The release will be available for purchase later this year.

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