Kino Lorber revealed its October release slate this past week and the long-anticipated arrival of Night Tide: Remastered Edition on DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 15.
This Dennis Hopper classic was originally slated for release back in April, but was delayed for unspecified reasons. As mentioned back then, this 1961 gem from writer/director Curtis Harrington stars Hopper as a sailor on leave who becomes enamored with a mysterious woman named Mora (Linda Lawson).
The film is noted for its Santa Monica pier location shooting — very cool time capsule — and the weirdly mysterious tale about whether the lovely Mora is indeed an actual mermaid who lures her lovers to their deaths when the full moon rises. This is a real treat for genre fans and film buffs.
Bonus features for Night Tide: Remastered Edition include (vintage) commentary from filmmaker Curtis Harrington (he died in 2007 and was noted for such genre films as Ruby, What's the Matter with Helen?, Queen of Blood and Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet) and the film’s star Dennis Hopper (who left us in 2010), plus 50 minutes worth of extended interviews with Harrington and the film’s original theatrical trailer.
There are two additional “Remastered” editions also slated for delivery as Blu-ray and DVD product offerings on Oct. 15. Both are film noir greats, The Hitch-Hiker: Remastered Edition and The Stranger: Remastered Edition.
Bonus features for director Orson Welles’ 1946 film noir thriller, The Stranger, include commentary from Bret Wood (author of “Orson Welles: A Bio-Bibliography” … plus director, writer and producer) and filmmaker George Stevens Nazi concentration camp footage used in the film.
On the new theatrical release front, Oct. 8 marks the DVD and Blu-ray debut of documentary filmmaker Jacob Hatley’s Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm, an intimate portrait of the late Levon Helm, founder of the legendary rock group, The Band.
The ARR is 172 days and the box office gross from the film’s limited major metro run came in at $102,057.
Hatley tracks survivor Levon Helm — sex, drugs and rock’n’roll can take its toll (cancer, band breakup and bankruptcy, etc.) — over a two year period as he preps for his 2007 comeback album, “Dirt Farmer” (a Grammy-winner).
Also on the release calendar in October from Kinoonsciousness film, Molly's Theory of Relativity (Oct. 22), starring Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine as a wife and husband in conflict over life-changing decisions during the course of one evening.
Writer/director Miguel Gomes’ poignant Tabu (in Portuguese on Oct. 29), starring Ana Moreira and Laura Soveral as younger and older versions of Aurora — a woman with a dark secret (told in two parts).
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