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BLACK SABBATH (BLU-RAY)

BLACK SABBATH (

I'm not a big Bava freak, but this horror anthology is ten kinds of creepy fun, with the famed genre director on his game completely here. Plus, the original Euro cut and the HD mastering earn it high marks.

Recommended.
Release Date: July 16, 2013 from Kino

 

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - September 29, 2013, 8:00 am - DVD Review
Keywords: mario bava, boris karloff, horror anthology



HELL'S HOUSE (BLU-RAY)

HELL'S HOUSE (B

This forgettable drama from 1932 is best known for featuring Bette Davis and Pat O'Brien just before they hit it big, and now it's on Blu-Ray from Kino Classics.
Release Date: June 18, 2013 from Kino

 

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - August 24, 2013, 7:36 am - DVD Review
Keywords: bette davis, pat o'brien



TROUBLED TEENS CLASSIC EDUCATIONAL SHORTS: VOL. 6

TROUBLED TEENS

There's generally a kitschy cool to educational shorts, but this batch of teen-themed material is often more of a downer than a laugh-fest. If you're a completist of the series you'll want to pick this up, otherwise I'd say not so much.
Release Date: January 15, 2013 from Kino

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - April 21, 2013, 6:21 am - DVD Review
Keywords: educational shorts, dick york



RULES FOR SCHOOL CLASSIC EDUCATIONAL SHORTS: VOL. 5

RULES FOR SCHOO

Odds are you either love the bizarre weirdness of vintage educational shorts or you don't. If you do like them then this collection of school-related films is over three hours of what-the-hell-was-that entertainment.

Recommended.
Release Date: January 15, 2013 from Kino

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - March 31, 2013, 7:09 am - DVD Review
Keywords: educational shorts



WHITE ZOMBIE (BLU-RAY)

WHITE ZOMBIE (B

Kino may have committed a huge miscue with the rather grotesque digitally restored transfer offered here, but the film remains a classic in its own right. The superb commentary track from film historian Frank Thompson and the unrestored 'raw' print are reason enough to pick this up. Recommended (but certainly NOT for the primary transfer).
Release Date: January 29, 2013 from Kino

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - February 17, 2013, 8:55 am - DVD Review
Keywords: bela lugosi, zombies



DIE NIBELUNGEN (BLU-RAY)

DIE NIBELUNGEN

This is an epic release in every sense of the word, from the history of the films to the scope of the storytelling to the elaborate restoration process.

Highly recommended, and a surefire addition to my 2012 "Best Of" list
Release Date: November 06, 2012 from Kino

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - December 22, 2012, 9:26 am - DVD Review
Keywords: fritz lang, die nibelungen, fantasy



TWO ORPHAN VAMPIRES (BLU-RAY)

TWO ORPHAN VAMP

This surreal vampire project from Jean Rollin never quite achieves the existential heft it tries so hard to deliver.
Release Date: August 28, 2012 from Kino

 

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - November 11, 2012, 7:42 am - DVD Review
Keywords: jean rollin, vampires



FEAR AND DESIRE (BLU-RAY)

FEAR AND DESIRE

The legendary Stanley Kubrick's first feature film finally makes its way to Blu-ray, after being virtually unseen since it first showed up in theaters back in 1953. The fact that Kino has thrown in a documentary short by Kubrick as well, makes this realease one of the easier purchasing decisions of the year.
Release Date: October 23, 2012 from Kino

  

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - October 29, 2012, 6:58 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: soldiers, peasant, assassinate



THE LIVING DEAD GIRL (BLU-RAY)

THE LIVING DEAD

Jean Rollin is held in high esteem by a lot of horror fans, but I've never found his films to excite me the way they do others. Redemption/Kino's Blu-Ray treatment of The Living Dead Girl sure looks great - and the women are attractive - but the film plods along slowly.
Release Date: August 28, 2012 from Kino

 

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - September 23, 2012, 12:41 pm - DVD Review
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LES VAMPIRES (BLU-RAY)

LES VAMPIRES (B

Louis Feuillade's ten-part crime thriller serial from 1915/1916 remains a hellzapoppin' funhouse ride nearly 100 years later, but one character in particular steals the 7-hour show.

Recommended.
Release Date: August 14, 2012 from Kino

 

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Keywords: louis feuillade, musidora, vampires, silent serial



THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTION (BLU-RAY)

THE DEVIL'S NEE

None of these films is a masterpiece, nor are they in the best shape after almost a century of neglect. Nevertheless, they're extraordinary time capsules of a more liberal era.
Release Date: July 03, 2012 from Kino

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Posted by: Ross Johnson - August 7, 2012, 4:52 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: silent



BURKE & HARE (BLU-RAY)

BURKE & HARE (B

This is a curiosity, if nothing else. It is a fairly straightforward recitation of the legend of those famous 1800s-era-Scotland/dead-body-sellers William Burke and William Hare, mixed with some tired attempts at humor and frequent nudity.
Release Date: July 17, 2012 from Kino

 

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - July 28, 2012, 3:27 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: vernon sewell, burke & hare, derren nesbitt, glynn edwards, françoise pascal, yutte stensgaard



LOUVRE CITY

LOUVRE CITY

This contemplative but unpretentious film goes behind-the-scenes at the Louvre museum. Director Nicolas Philipert documents a vibrant community--an entire world--that tourists never see.
Release Date: May 24, 2011 from Kino

 

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Posted by: Ross Johnson - January 24, 2012, 4:07 pm - DVD Review
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THE CELLULOID SALESMAN Classic Educational Shorts, Volume 4

THE CELLULOID S

Volume 4 of Kino's Classic Educational Shorts series tackles the art of the sell, all amidst a wonderfully bizarre collection of vintage infotainment

Recommended.
Release Date: February 28, 2011 from Kino

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - June 4, 2011, 7:39 am - DVD Review
Keywords: educational short films



THE BLACK PIRATE (BLU-RAY)

THE BLACK PIRAT

A solid sea yarn from the silent era gets regal treatment from Kino on Blu-Ray, featuring an impressive transfer of the original two-strip Technicolor print and yet another film geek history lesson commentary from Rudy Behlmer.

Recommended.
Release Date: December 14, 2010 from Kino

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - April 24, 2011, 6:21 am - DVD Review
Keywords: douglas fairbanks, the black pirate, pirates, silent films



BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (BLU-RAY)

BATTLESHIP POTE

Many will question what an oft-abused silent film could possibly benefit from a high-def presentation. The answer is right here in this brilliant restoration of a brutal propaganda classic.
Release Date: April 20, 2010 from Kino

 

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Posted by: Ross Johnson - May 18, 2010, 7:44 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: eisenstein, kino, silent, military, war, russian



SAYURI ICHIJO: FOLLOWING DESIRE

SAYURI ICHIJO:

The cultural shock value of Tatsumi Kumashiro's sexy Pink Cinema title may have lost a little in the subsequent decades, but it remains a groovy little B-movie about the Japanese strip club scene in 1972.
Release Date: March 23, 2010 from Kino

  

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Keywords: tatsumi kumashiro, roman porno, hiroko isayama, sayuri ichijo



I CAN SEE YOU

I CAN SEE YOU

What happens when you combine equal parts surreal weirdness and madness-tinged horror? You get Graham Reznick...
Release Date: October 27, 2009 from Kino

   

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Keywords: nightmares, hallucinogenics, horror



MARLENE

MARLENE

Up close and personal with one of the great temptresses in the history of the big screen.
Release Date: October 06, 2009 from Kino

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Keywords: documentary, marlene dietrich, schell, diva



THE TOE TACTIC

THE TOE TACTIC

This is really all about Emily Hubley's wonderful animation, and if you're looking for a meditative experience this could merit a rental.
Release Date: September 01, 2009 from Kino

  

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Keywords: animation, experimental, emily hubley



TAKE OUT

TAKE OUT

Sometimes a positive quote by a reviewer on the front of a DVD case is enough to instantly grab my attention, and I'm hoping this more than lives up to such praise.
Release Date: September 01, 2009 from Kino

   

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EXTREME ANIMATION: FILMS BY PHIL MULLOY

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No one can ever accuse animator Phil Mulloy of being traditional or subtle, as witnessed by this wonderfully bizarro collection of short films.
Release Date: July 28, 2009 from Kino

 

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Keywords: animation, phil mulloy



SHERLOCK HOLMES

SHERLOCK HOLMES

While Arthur Conan Doyle's detective was a huge hit in print, many of the enduring qualities that are featured in the movies and television presentations had their roots in the play by William Gillette. Kino provides us with a new restoration of the filmed version starring the legendary John Barrymore. But is it a Jekyll or a Hyde?
Release Date: July 07, 2009 from Kino

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Keywords: doyle, detective, mystery, sherlock holmes



TEMPEST

TEMPEST

The fall of the Tsars has proven to be fertile ground for filmic drama, but one of the earlier of these efforts was John Barrymore's Tempest, produced only a decade after the events depicted. With a story written by a Russian, and a screenplay co-written by an uncredited Erich von Stroheim, it certainly promises to be interesting.
Release Date: July 07, 2009 from Kino

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Keywords: russia, revolution, tsar, von stroheim



3 SECONDS BEFORE EXPLOSION

3 SECONDS BEFOR

Kino keeps bringing the Yakuza bon bons, and like a moth to the flame is your faithful reviewer drawn to these DVDs.
Release Date: May 19, 2009 from Kino

 

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Keywords: yakuza, gangster, foreign, japanese, crime, kino



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