Kino Lorber Announces its March 2017 Home Video Releases

Russian Ballet: Don Quixote (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 7, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

1978 / Performance / 112 min / NR / Color

Featuring Vyacheslav Gordeyv, Nadezhda Pavlova, Vasiliy Vorokhobko, Cherkasskaya Vozianova

Synopsis: With its sunny effervescence and dazzling leading roles, Don Quixote has come to exemplify Bolshoi Ballet virtuosity. Premiered in 1896, Marius Petipa's choreography reflected his travels in Spain and his love of castanets, toreadors and Spanish bravura, loosely connected to Cervantes' classic. Don Quixote, and elderly Spanish knight, sets off with his servant Sancho Panza on a chivalrous quest. He comes across a village where the innkeeper's daughter Kitri and Basilio the barber are trying to persuade Kitri's father to let them marry. But he wants Kitri to make a better marriage to the rich but foppish Gamache. Don Quixote fantasizes that Kitri is his dream Dulcinea, a noble lady who must be rescued from this potential tragedy, and the rest of the ballet show the comic events that finally result in love winning the day amid a feast of brilliant dancing. This 1978 live performace film from the Bolshoi Theater, digitally restored and remastered to HD quality, stars Nadezha Pavlova with her husband Vyacheslav Gordeyev, dancers rarely seen in the West. Don Quixote is Vladimir Levashev, and Ludwig Minkus's bubbling music is conducted by Alexander Kopylov.


Russian Ballet: Spartacus (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 7, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

1979 / Performance / 133 min / NR / Color

Featuring Tatiana Golikova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Mikhail Gabovich, Ekaterina Maximova, Valery Antonov

Synopsis: Spartacus, with its storming athleticism, bold story and passionate music, is considered a signature ballet of the Bolshoi Ballet. The gladiator Sparatcus is probably the most physically demanding male role ever created in ballet, full of phenomenal jumps, dramatic solos and melting love duets, including acrobatic lifts never before seen in ballet. In imperial Rome, vividly designed by Simon Virsaladze, the cruel emperor Crassus parades his conquered slaves, among them Spartacus and Phrygia. Crassus seizes Phrygia for his pleasure, to the fury of his mistress Aegina. Spartacus inspires the Roman people to join him in overthrowing the dictator. As the rebels gain the upper hand, Aegina uses her seductive wiles to intoxicate Spartacus's troops and betray him. He dies a spectacular death as Phrygia mourns on behalf of all those who fight for freedom. This 1979 live performance film, digitally restored and remastered to HD quality, is a precious document of the fabulous Vladimir Vasiliev and Ekaterina Maximova returning to their original roles as Spartacus and Phrygia. Mikhail Gabovich is Crassus and Tatiana Golikova the wily Aegina. Algis Zhuraytis conducts Khachaturian's famous score.


Russian Ballet: Giselle (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 7, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

1991 / Performance / 113 min / NR / Color

Featuring Nina Ananiashvili, Victor Barykin, Ruslan Pronin

Synopsis: This moving and picturesque work of French romantic ballet caused a sensation in 1841. With music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Jules Perrot (the solos) and Jean Coralli (the ensemble), Giselle featuredthe new ethereality possible on pointe, ghostly lighting effects with gas light, and a ballerina role whose mad scene is famous for its dramatic demands. Giselle is an innocent peasant girl who lives with her mother. The armorous Duke Albert disguises himself as a villager and swears to marry her, but when his deceit is uncovered Giselle's heart breaks and she dies in a madness of grief. She becomes a Wili, one of the ghosts of betrayed girls who haunt the forest. This 1991 performance film, digitally restored and remastered to HD quality, stars the world-renowned Nina Ananiashvili as a delicate yet dramatic Giselle, with Victor Barykin as the faithless Albert.


I Am the Ambassador (Kino Lorber, 2- Disc DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 7, 2017
DVD SRP: $34.95

Documentary Miniseries / 280 min / NR / Color

Director: Niels Krogsgård
Starring: Rufus Gifford, Stephen DeVincent

Synopsis: I am the Ambassador is a ten-episode documentary series that depicts the life of the former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, Rufus Gifford. He was the financial director of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in 2012 before moving to Denmark in 2013 to take office, along with his partnet Stephen DeVincent and their dog Argos. The series offers exclusive inside perspectives to Rufus' life as an ambassador, spending his time meeting as many Danes as possible to get an understanding of their culture. As an ambassador from the United States he works to continuously establish and maintain the relationship between the U.S. and Denmark, while also fighting for LGBT rights - an important cause for Rufus both professionally and personally.

10 Episodes on Two Discs


The Lovers on the Bridge
(Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 14, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

1991 / Drama-Romance / 127 min / R / Color

Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant

Synopsis: Leos Carax's The Lovers on the Bridge, presented by Martin Scorsese, is one of the most spectacularly romantic films of the 1990s. It follows the intense, convulsive relationship between one-eyed artist Michele (Juliette Binoche) and alcoholic street performer Alex (Denis Lavant). Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, is their home and their stage as they break up and get back together in increasingly explosive reunions both figurative and literal, including a jaw-dropping re-creation of the fireworks display that marked the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. Originally famous for budget overruns (Carax built an enormous set of the bridge and its environs), The Lovers on the Bridge is now justly revered as a deliriously entertaining depiction of amour fou.

Special Features: Booklet essay by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Water and Stone, a video essay by Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin, Trailer


Minimalism (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 14, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 77 min / NR / Color

Director: Matt D'Avella
Featuring: Dan Harris, Joshua Becker, Shannon Whitehead

Synopsis: How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life - families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker-all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.

Special Features: Q&A with the minimalists, the minimalists on the road, trailer


Romanzo Criminale Season One
(Kino Lorber, 3-DVD Set)
DVD Street Date: March 14, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

Crime / 660 min / NR / Color

Director: Stefano Sollima
Starring: Vinicio Marchioni, Mauro Meconi, Edoardo Pesce, Francesco Montanari

Synopsis: A criminal known as "The Lebanese" (Franceso Monanari) has a dream: to conquer the underworld of Rome. To carry out this feat without precedent he puts together a ruthless and highly organized gang. Their progress and changes in leadership take place over twenty-five years, from the 1970s into the '90s, and are inseparably intertwined with the dark history of modern Italy.

12 Episodes on 3 Discs


Romanzo Criminale Season Two (Kino Lorber, 3-DVD Set)
DVD Street Date: March 14, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

Crime / 530 min / NR / Color

Director: Stefano Sollima
Starring: Vinicio Marchioni, Mauro Meconi, Edoardo Pesce, Francesco Montanari

Synopsis: A criminal known as "The Lebanese" (Franceso Monanari) has a dream: to conquer the underworld of Rome. To carry out this feat without precedent he puts together a ruthless and highly organized gang. Their progress and changes in leadership take place over twenty-five years, from the 1970s into the '90s, and are inseparably intertwined with the dark history of modern Italy.

10 Episodes on 3 Discs


Moving From Emptiness: Zen Dude
(Alive Mind Cinema, DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 14, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 69 min / NR / Color

Director: Shaeri Richards, Jerry Hartleben
Featuring Alok Hsu Kwang-han

Synopsis: Where does creativity come from? Zen calligraphic painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han proposes that it arises from emptiness, the silent space that houses the intelligence prior to thought. Armed with rice paper, ink, brush and a collection of Zen teaching and Koans, Alok opens the door to a world of magical brush strokes and enchanted students. On the verge of his 75th birthday and with a new love in his life, Alok employs his teachings to confront his own personal history. Through his workshops, his relationship, and his art we share a journey of transformation that becomes possible when we are simply "present, available, playful and not knowing." Through Alok we discover that "in a clear heart, no mountain hides the moon."

Special Features: Additional interviews, trailer


A Small Good Thing (Alive Mind Cinema, DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 14, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 72 min / NR / Color

Director: Pamela Tanner Boll
Featuring Stephen Cope, Tim Durrin, Shirley Edgerton

Synopsis: A Small Good Thing is a feature documentary that tells the stories of people moving away from a philosophy of "more is better" toward a more holistic conception of well-being - one based on a close connection to themselves, the natural world, and to the greater good. The film follows farmers, social work students, yoga teachers and others who share a deep desire to have more meaning in their lives, a closer bond with their families and communities, and a connection to themselves, and the natural world. These stories are deepened by some of our most visionary thinkers, including: Bill McKibben, author on climate change; Jeremy Rifkin on the future of energy; Stephen Cope, director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living at Kripalu; Dacher Keltner, positive psychology researcher; and Kristin Neff, a leading expert on self-compassion.

Special Features: Deleted scenes, trailers


Fire at Sea (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 21, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 113 min / NR / Color

Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Featuring Samuele Pucillo, Maria Costa, Giuseppe Fragapane

Synopsis: The first documentary to ever win the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women, and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are too small for such a journey. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rose masterfully places these realities side by side, and in so doing creates a remarkable third narrative that jolts us into a new understanding of what is really happening in the Mediterranean today.

Special Features: Booklet essay by film historian Alberto Zambenedetti, Interview with director Gianfranco Rosi, Interview with Dr. Pietro Bartolo, NYFF Q&A with Gianfranco Rosi


A Great Wall (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 21, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

1986 / Comedy-Drama / 101 min / PG / Color

Director: Peter Wang
Starring Peter Wang, Sharon Iwai, Kelvin Han Yee

Synopsis: The first American movie shot in China, A Great Wall is a delightful comedy that was a "cross-cultural hit" (Los Angeles Times) when released in 1986. When San Francisco computer programmer Leo Fang (co-writer and director Peter Wang) is passed over for a promotion, he calls it quits and moves his family to stay with his sister in Peking. Leo nostalgically searches for the traditional China he left behind, while his song Paul (Kelvin Han Yee) charms his cousins with his seemingly wild Western ways. The culture clash develops in unexpected, hilarious directions, which all come to a head in a climactic ping pong battle.

Special Features: Booklet with essays by producter Shirley Sun and critic Oliver Wang, trailer


Tower (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 21, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 82 min / PG / Color-B&W

Director: Keith Maitland
Featuring Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson

Synopsis: August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. Tower combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. The film highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever - a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

Special Features: Character profiles, deleted scenes, trailer


For Grace (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 28, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 91 min / NR / Color

Director: Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski
Starring Curtis Duffy

Synopsis: Curtis Duffy, one of the country's most renowned chefs, is building his dream restaurant at the worst time of his personal life. Already the recipient of two coveted stars from the Michelin Guide, Duffy has ambitions for his Chicago restaurant Grace to become the best in the country. But his laser focus at his cooking career cost Duffy his marriage and two young daughters. For Grace is the revealing feature-length documentary by Chicago filmmakers Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski. The film follows the building of Grace from concrete box to its opening night, showing as few films have before the exacting standards required in luxury dining. It's a story about food, family, balance and sacrifice. It also revisits Duffy's turbulent childhood: How a middle school home economics teacher recognized cooking talent in a troubled teenager, how an unimaginable tragedy made Duffy seek refuge in the kitchen, and how cooking ultimately exacted a price.

Special Features: Deleted scenes, trailers


Sons of Ben (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: March 28, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 73 min / NR / Color

Director: Jeffery C. Bell
Featuring Wendell N. Butler, Corey Furlan, Don Garber

Synopsis: Sons of Ben: The Movie tells the story of a Major League Soccer supporters club's quest to bring an MLS team to their city, and how that journey changed the group's members as well as the face of a struggling community. While chasing their dream, which came true in the form of the Philadelphia Union MLS franchise, the Sons of Ben expanded their mission and dedicated themselves to helping the community of Chester, Pennsylvania. Sons of Ben: The Movie tells an incredible story about becoming a part of something larger than ourselves.


September Storm (3D Blu-ray and 2D DVD)
Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: March 28, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1960 / Drama / 92 min / NR / Color

Director: Byron Haskin
Starring: Joanne Dru, Mark Stevens, Robert Strauss

Synopsis: A rediscovered gem newly restored by the 3-D Film Archive, September Storm is a CinemaScope Stereovision adventure that plunges the viewer into the depths of the Balearic Sea, off the coast of Spain. Mark Stevens stars as a treasure-hunter who convinces a yacht hand (Asher Dann) to take him and his cohort (Robert Strauss) on a quest for gold doubloons. They encounter many spectacles along the way: a violent storm, man-eating sharks, a deadly man o' war, but perhaps the most stunning sight of all is the bewitching model (Joanne Dru) who embarks on the journey with them. Director Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds, Robinson Crusoe on Mars) uses the 3-D camera to maximum effect, while hardboiled writer W.R. Burnett (The Asphalt Jungle, Little Caesar) injects the screenplay liberal doses of seduction and betrayal.

Special Features:
2016 interview by 3-D SPACE with September Storm co-star Asher Dann
Color theatrical trailer for the flat 1960 release
Black and white 60 second TV spot for the 1960 3-D release
The Adventures of Sam Space, aka Space Attack, a comedy short originally released with September Storm
Harmony Lane, a previously lost British short from 1953
1995 interview by Tony Sloman with Harmony Lane director Lewish Gilbert