Kino Lorber Announces its July Home Video Releases

Circle (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 5, 2016
DVD SRP: $24.95
Horror/Sci-Fi | 86 mins | NR | Color
Directors: Aaron Hann, Mario Miscione    
Starring: Julie Benz, Mercy Malick, Carter Jenkins, Lisa Pelikan, Cesar Garcia    

Synopsis: In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Organized in a circle and unable to move, they learn that every two minutes, one of them must die...executed by a strange device in the center of the room. The strangers soon realize that they have the power to decide who will be the next to be killed. But how can they choose who deserves to die? And what happens when there's only one person left?    

Bonus Features: Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, Trailer
A Sinner in Mecca (Alive Mind Cinema, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 5, 2016
DVD SRP: $29.95
Documentary | 79 mins | NR | Color
Director: Parvez Sharma

Synopsis: For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For filmmaker Parvez Sharma, however, these were risks he had to assume as he embarked on his Hajj pilgrimage, a journey considered the greatest accomplishment and aspiration within Islam, his religion.

Mountains May Depart (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: July 12, 2016
Blu-ray Street Date: $34.95
DVD Street Date: $29.95
Drama |126 mins | NR | Color
Director: Jia Zhangke    
Starring: Zhao Tao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jing Dong, Dong Zijian, Sylvia Chang

Synopsis: Mainland master Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin) scales new heights with Mountains May Depart. Starring the luminous Zhao Tao, the film is both an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic about how China's capitalist experiment has affected the lives of one splintered family, leaping in time from the past to the present to the speculative near-future. Jia's new film is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.

Bonus Features: Booklet Essay by Aliza Ma, New York Film Festival: A Conversation with Jia Zhangke (73 min., courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center), Trailer



Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 12, 2016
DVD SRP: $29.95
Documentary | 98 mins | NR | Color
Director: Walter Salles   

Synopsis: Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang is the portrait of a Chinese director who has become one of the most important filmmakers of our time. This documentary by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) follows Jia back to his birthplace, the Shanxi province in Northern China, and to the locations of his films. His actors, friends, and close collaborators join him in retracing the history behind his landmark features including Platform (2000), The World (2004), Still Life (2006) and A Touch of Sin (2013). Through these films Jia has told the story of contemporary China, and the convulsive shifts endured by its people as the country has gone through unprecedented change. An intimate and incisive portrait of one of the greatest artists of our time, Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang is a profound work in its own right.     

Bonus Features: New York Film Festival: A Conversation with Walter Salles (44 min. courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center)



13 Cameras (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 12, 2016
DVD SRP: $29.95
Horror | 89 mins | NR | Color
Director: Victor Zarcoff
Starring: PJ McCabe, Brianne Moncrief, Sarah Baldwin, Jim Cummings, Heidi Niedermeyer, Neville Archambault

Synopsis: In the pulse-pounding thriller 13 Cameras, newly-weds Ryan (PJ McCabe) and Claire (Brianne Moncrief) move into a new house across the country, only to find out that their marital issues are the least of their problems. Unbeknownst to them, their grim and lascivious landlord (Neville Archambault) has been spying on them from day one, and he has evil intentions.

Bonus Features: Finding the Monster: the Search for the Perfect Slumlord, Highlight-Lowlight with the Cast and Crew of 13 Cameras, Horror on a Shoestring: Making a Low Budget Horror Film, Trailer




Skyline (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 19, 2016
DVD SRP: $24.95
Documentary | 74 mins | NR | Color
Directors: Miguel Drake-McLaughlin, Jonny Leahan
Synopsis: In 1979, Arthur C. Clarke wrote a novel about an elevator to space. The mind-expanding documentary Sky Line tells the story of the people who intend to build it. Dr. Bradley Edwards has a plan to build the elevator. All he needs to do is design the largest structure ever build, and material strong enough to make it work. Sky Line follows Dr. Edwards and his collaborators through their years working with NASA, raising equity, and creating companies and institutions to make this dream of science fiction a reality.

Bonus Features: Eight Deleted Scenes, Trailer





Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 19, 2016
DVD SRP: $29.95
Documentary | 85 mins | R | Color
Director: Michael Valentine
Synopsis: Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages is an exciting documentary about the worldwide comic book phenomenon told through the thoughts and images of comic book creators, artists, writers, and collectors, but especially the passionate fans who have made the art form the success that it is today. Comix includes exclusive one-on-one interviews with icons from the comic book industry, like Stan Lee (Spiderman, X-Men, Fantastic Four) and Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), while capturing the fans, many dressed in full costume, as they talk about their love for the characters and cosplay, at conventions like Comic-Con, Wizard World, and more.

Bonus Features:
Disc 1: Extended Scenes and Outtakes
Disc 2: Hour-long Interviews with Frank Miller and Stan Lee




Hand Gestures (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 19, 2016
DVD SRP: $29.95
Documentary | 76 mins | NR | Color
Director: Francesco Clerici

Synopsis: The beautifully observed documentary Hand Gestures follows the process of creating one of Velasco Vitali's famous dog sculptures, from wax to glazed bronze, at Fonderia Artistica Battaglia (Battaglia Artistic Foundry), in Milan. The film observes the work of a group of skilled artisans in this 100-year-old foundry and reveals the ancient traditions of bronze sculpture making, unchanged since the sixth century B.C.

Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes, Wax Casting Instructional Manual, Trailer





The Russian Woodpecker (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 26, 2016
DVD SRP: $24.95
Documentary | 81 mins | NR | Color
Director: Chad Gracia

Synopsis: The Russian Woodpecker is a thrilling, award-winning investigation into whether the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown was an inside job. Director Chad Gracia follows the unforgettably eccentric artist Fedor Alexandrovich, who reveals to the world an enormous secret Soviet weapon that stands in the shadow of Chernobyl, which Kremlinologists in the 1980s thought might be a giant mind-control device. But what Fedor discovers is much more sinister. Secret police start appearing and one of the crew members is shot by a sniper, as revolution, paranoia and terror engulf the crew. This Sundance Grand Jury winner and darling of critics worldwide pushes the boundaries of the documentary form while telling a crucial story about the deadly dance between Ukraine and Russia.

Bonus Features: Climbing the Duga, Deleted Scenes, Dreams of Fedor, Epilogue, More Duga Secrets, Trailer



A Strange Course of Events (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 26, 2016
DVD SRP: $29.95
Drama | 100 mins | NR | Color
Director: Raphael Nadjari
Starring: Ori Pfeffer, Moni Moshonov, Michaela Eshet, Maya Kenig, Bethany Gorenberg   

Synopsis: Shaul (Ori Pfeffer) is a melancholic dreamer, with a tendency to run whenever things go wrong. In A Strange Course of Events he returns to his hometown of Haifa for a reckoning with the father he has not seen in five years. But getting along with a hippie mother-in-law with a penchant for New Age philosophy, a daughter on the verge of adolescence, and a father who's been converted to the healing powers of yoga is not easy. After a fateful slip, Shaul will find his place as a son and a father.





Paul Verhoeven's Tricked (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 26, 2016
DVD SRP: $29.95
Drama | 89 mins | NR | Color
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring:  Peter Blok, Robert De Hoog, Sallie Harmsen, Gaite Jansen, Rickey Koole, Carolien Spoor, Jochum Ten Haaf, Pieter Tiddens

Synopsis: After his string of subversive Hollywood hits like Basic Instinct, Robocop, and Total Recall, director Paul Verhoeven has returned home to Holland for his most experimental project of all - the first user-generated film, Tricked. The first five minutes of this comedic-erotic thriller were written by a professional screen-writer and filmed by Verhoeven. After this first scene was posted to the internet, viewers were invited to submit their version of the rest of the story. Verhoeven and his team then pieces together the rest of the plot from their submissions. This unique feature begins with a documentary of Tricked's production, Paul's Experience, which takes you through nine months of behind-the-scenes adventures, as the whole nation guided Verhoeven in his project. The second part presents Tricked itself, a slickly realized thriller of lies and romantic betrayal. It follows a real estate tycoon and womanizer (Peter Blok, Black Book) whose entire family is caught up in his web of lies, leading to shady corporate takeovers and pregnancies of unknown origin. A prockling, erotic, and hilarious satire of modern capitalism, it's a rollicking film only Verhoeven could make.

Bonus Features: Behind-the-scenes Footage, Interviews, Trailer

H8RZ (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: July 26, 2016
DVD SRP: $29.95
Thriller | 91 mins | NR | Color
Director: Derrick Borte
Starring: Israel Broussard, Eliza Bennett

Synopsis: After a mysterious high school tragedy, an attorney questions the only witness, a student, in hopes of protecting the school from any lawsuits. But as this student weaves his tale, it's clear that there is much more to this story than meets the eye. H8RZ has the intrigue of a thriller, while cleverly dealing with issues of bullying, school corruption, and the darker side of teen interactions.