Kino Lorber announce a 16-SKU line-up of DVD and Blu-ray product offerings for the month of Nov. this past week. As is the case with Kino Lorber, it is an eclectic blend of classics, arthouse enteries and foreign language imports.
In chronological order we begin on the first street date Tuesday of the month, Nov. 5, with DVD releases of both writer/director Andrew Bujalski’s award-winning tale of machine against man, Computer Chess (the ARR is 109 days and domestic major metro ticket sales are $90,619) and documentary filmmaker Molly Bernstein’s Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (ARR is 200 days and the domestic box office was $147,986).
The early computer nerds rule in Computer Chess … it’s over 30 years ago and we meet the likes of “Advantage” (Kriss Schludermann) and “Deep Speed” (Tom Fletcher) in a “what-might-have-been-encounter” at a convention for early computer programmers in their attempts to beat human contestants at chess. It is, of course, a well-played metaphor on the coming of ever-increasing technology and the innocent nerds who unleashed it upon us.
The fascinating world of actor, writer and magician Ricky Jay is chronicled in Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay. Included in the mix are early TV appearances, including a classic from The Dinah Shore Show featuring Ricky Jay with a young comedian by name of Steve Martin.
Shifting to Nov. 12, we discover fully-restored DVD and Blu-ray editions of director David Leeds’ 1978 cult favorite, Shoot the Sun Down: Director’s Cut, starring Christopher Walken (just prior to Deer Hunter) and Margot Kidder (just prior to Superman).
This pre-Western (Texas, circa 1830 … prior to the Battle of the Alamo in 1836), finds four unlikely characters — The Woman (Kidder), Mr. Rainbow (Walken), The Captain (Bo Brundin) and Scalphunter (Geoffrey Lewis) — on a three-day journey to the (New) Mexican city of Santa Fe as they search for the legendary treasure of Montezuma’s gold.
Bonus features include an alternate opening title sequence.
Also streeting on Nov. 12 are DVD and Blu-ray editions of director Christian Petzold’s German-language import, Barbara. Set in East Germany before reunification, Nina Hoss stars as Barbara, a doctor who is sent to a remote clinic as punishment for her views on the repressive political systems … her goal is to defect, but the care of her patients creates a moral conflict that she dare not resolve.
Shifting to Nov. 19, we find both newly remastered Blu-ray and DVD editions of the 1922 German silent classic, Nosferatu (a double-disc collection) and the Russian language import, Russian Ark: Anniversary Edition.
German filmmaker F.W. Murnau’s classic vampire tale, Nosferatu, arrives on both DVD and Blu-ray with two viewing options — the original German version (with optional English subtitles) or the domestic English Intertitles version with Hans Erdmann’s 1922 music score. There is also the feature-length documentary, The Language of Shadows, included as a bonus feature.
Also streeting on Nov. 19 is the DVD-only release of documentary filmmaker Erik Sharkey’s intimate look at the life of movie poster artist Drew Struzan, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster.
The ARR for this look the background of the artist who design such one-sheet classics as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future and Star Wars has an ARR of 95 days.
The month concludes on Nov. 26 with the DVD release of Danish filmmaker Martin Zandvliet’s Applause, starring Paprika Steen as has-been actress Thea Barfoed, who must now confront the damage she’s done to her life and relationships after a prolong period of alcoholism in her attempt to resurrect her career.
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