Kino Lorber Releases The Sheik and The Son of the Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, on Blu-ray and DVD

New York, NY -- May 1, 2017 -- Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD releases of two silent film classics, The Sheik (1921) and The Son of the Sheik (1926), starring Rudolph Valentino in his most famous roles.New York, NY -- May 1, 2017 -- Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD releases of two silent film classics, The Sheik (1921) and The Son of the Sheik (1926), starring Rudolph Valentino in his most famous roles.

Each film will become available on Blu-ray and DVD on May 30th, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray editions, and $19.95 for the DVD editions. The Sheik features a music score composed and performed by Ben Model. Special features include audio commentary by Gaylyn Studlar, author of This Mad Masquerade: Stardom and Masculinity in the Jazz Age and co-editor of Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film; archival footage taken at Valentino's funeral; and the original theatrical trailer of Valentino's Blood and Sand (1922).

The Son of the Sheik features a music score by the Alloy Orchestra. Special features include a filmed introduction by Orson Welles recorded in 1971 for the TV series "The Silent Years"; "Valentino: His Life and Times," a vintage documentary short; "Valentino at the Beach" (aka "The Sheik's Physique"), a rare short subject; the original theatrical trailer of The Young Rajah (1922); and a sampling of newspaper headlines announcing Valentino's illness and death.
 
Hollywood's first male sex symbol, Rudolph Valentino, appears in his most iconic role in The Sheik (1921). Agnes Ayres stars as Lady Diana Mayo, a headstrong Western woman who infiltrates the private party of the handsome Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Valentino). When the Sheik later encounters Diana in the desert, he abducts her and takes her to his sumptuous lair. Unable to resist the Sheik's cruel magnetism, Diana's defiant nature crumbles and she begins to develop affectionate feelings for her captor. The Sheik plays upon a long tradition of Orientalism in Western art, which romanticized the sands of Northern Africa as a hotbed or seduction and captivity. This edition includes a music score composed and performed by Ben Model.

In this visually intoxicating sequel to Valentino's career-defining film The Sheik, the silent screen's greatest lover portrays a cultured yet untamed young man who is lured into a thieves trap by  a beautiful dancer, Yasmin (Vilma Banky). After escaping, he kidnaps the damsel and holds her captive in his desert lair, dressing her in Arabian finery and threatening to unleash his violent passion upon her. 

Exotic romance saturates every frame of this Orientalist epic; its sadomasochistic fantasies are acted out against the lavish set design of William Cameron Menzies (The Thief of Bagdad) and lushly photographed by George Barnes (Sadie Thompson). The Son of the Sheik proved to be Valentino's final film. He died suddenly on August 23rd, 1926 at the age of 31, just before the picture's release. This edition is mastered from the best surviving 35mm elements and features a dazzling score by Alloy Orchestra. 

The Sheik (1921)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 30, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres
Director: George Melford
Presented by Jesse L. Lasky
Based on the Novel by Edith M. Hull
Scenario by Monte M. Katterjohn
Music Composed and Performed by Ben Model
1921 | Color Tinted | Silent | 75 Min. | 1920x1080p (1.33:1) | Not Rated
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Gaylyn Studlar, author of This Mad Masquerade: Stardom and Masculinity in the Jazz Age and co-editor of Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film Archival footage taken at Valentino's funeralOriginal theatrical trailer of Valentino's Blood and Sand (1922)

The Son of the Sheik (1926)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 30, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Starring Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky, George Fawcett, and Agnes Ayres
Produced and Directed by George Fitzmaurice
Screenplay by Frances Marion and Fred De Gresac
Based on the Novel by Edith Maude Hull
Photographed by George Barnes
Production Design: William Cameron Menzies
Music by Alloy Orchestra
1926 | Color Tinted | Silent | 80 Min. | 1920x1080p (1.33:1) | Not Rated
Special Features: Filmed introduction by Orson Welles"Valentino: His Life and Times," a vintage documentary short "Valentino at the Beach" (aka "The Sheik's Physique"), a rare short subject, Original theatrical trailer of The Young Rajah (1922), A sampling of newspaper headlines announcing Valentino's illness and death