Kino Lorber Announces its September Home Video Releases

Down Down the Deep River
DVD Street Date: September 5, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Will Sheff
Starring: Dustin Cournoyer, Griffin Gamache, Luke Bonner

Drama-Fantasy / 42 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Down Down The Deep River marks the directorial debut of Will Sheff, lead singer and songwriter for Okkervil River. Shot in Sheff's hometown over one year with local non-actors, the dreamy, dialogue-free short film is a story of childhood, imagination, alienation, and loss as two young boys form a friendship and spur the unfolding strange events in 1980s small town New Hampshire.

Impeccable art direction brings magic to nostalgic, dreamlike, fictionalized representations of Sheff's own childhood memories, filtering them through the aesthetics of the cornerstone children's fantasy films of the era - E.T., Explorers, and The Goonies to name a few.

Sheff scored the film to a musical landscape drawn from his band's song "Down Down the Deep River" from their 2013 album The Silver Gymnasium.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Will Sheff and Johnny North | Behind-the-Scenes Featurette | Deleted Scenes | Music Videos Read-Along Adventure Book and Recording

Slack Bay
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 12, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Bruno Dumont
Starring: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Comedy / 122 / NR / Color

Synopsis: The bourgeois and extremely eccentric Van Peteghem family -- among them Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi -- have settled in for another summer at their cliff- top villa overlooking the picturesque Slack Bay. Their leisurely rhythm of sunbathing and seaside constitutionals is soon interrupted by the arrival of two bumbling inspectors investigating a string of tourists gone missing (and serving full-on Keystone Kops). As the macabre mysteries mount and love blossoms between the family's genderqueer teen and the son of a local fisherman, Binoche and company ratchet the slapstick up to eleven. It's no wonder director Bruno Dumont (Li'l Quinquin, Camille Claudel 1915) cites Peter Sellers, Monty Python, and Laurel and Hardy as cinematic influences for his delightful foray into winking, absurdist farce.

Special Features:
Interview with Juliette Binoche | Trailer | Interview with Bruno Dumont (courtesy of UniFrance)

Seven Beauties
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 12, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Starring: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler

1975 / Comedy-Drama / 116 / NR / Color

Synopsis: Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Director, Seven Beauties (1975) stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. Something of a tool, and a tool of history, he is captured by the Germans and sent to a concentration camp, where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer. Outrageously funny and harrowingly sad, it is one of Lina Wertmüller's most enduring and haunting works.

Special Features:
Booklet essays by director Allison Anders and film historian Claudia Consolati, Ph.D | Excerpt from Behind the White Glasses, a documentary on Lina Wertmüller | Interview with director Amy Heckerling | Trailers

Swept Away
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 12, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Starring: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Riccardo Salvino

1974 / Comedy-Drama / 114 / NR / Color

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, Swept Away (1974) is Lina Wertmüller's most famous and controversial f ilm about sex, love and politics. On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island. Raffaella must submit to Gennarino in order to su rvive, which culminates in a dramatic climax when they are rescued. They must determine if their love can survive the harsh realities of civilization.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Valerio Ruiz, director of Behind the White Glasses | Booklet essays by director Allison Anders and Grace Russo Bullaro, author of Man in Disorder: The Cinema of Lina Wertmüller in the 1970s | Excerpt from Behind the White Glasses, a documentary on Lina Wertmüller | Interview with director Amy Heckerling | Trailers

Summer Night
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 19, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Starring: Mariangela Melato, Michele Placido, Massimo Wertmüller

1986 / Comedy / 103 / NR / Color

Synopsis: Summer Night is Lina Wertmüller's outrageous, and outrageously funny,
response to her own Swept Away, updated with the politics and conspicuous consumption of the 1980s. Mariangela Melato (Swept Away) stars as Signora Bolk, a self-made tycoon interested in ecological preservation. She is fed up with the terrorists who poach Italy's rich beauty, and as part of a crazy retaliation scheme she hires a former CIA agent to abduct the number one violator, Giuseppe "Beppe" Catania (Michele Placido). Catania is taken to her villa on a private island where he insists that as a man, he cannot go without sex. She relents and hires two prostitutes to pleasure him. Blindfolded and chained, Beppe realizes that the third woman is none other than the woman who kidnapped him and agrees to pay the $100 million but only with a twist.

Special Features:
Booklet essay by Simon Abrams | Trailer

Ferdinando and Carolina
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 19, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Starring: Sergio Assisi, Gabriella Pession, Nicole Grimaudo

1999 / Comedy / 107 / NR / Color

Synopsis: In Ferdinando and Carolina (1999), Lina Wertmüller turns her gimlet eye to the 18th century, and hilarity ensues. In the dazzling court of 18th century Naples, against their wishes, young King Ferdinando (Sergio Assisi) will wed Carolina (Gabriella Pession), the sweet 16-year-old daughter of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. As the monarchies of Europe hold their breath, something unexpected happens. King Ferdinando and Carolina share one common interest-a rollicking, orgiastic celebration of the senses, and plunge with gusto into the silken bed sheets to uphold their regal duties. As the court continues on with magnificent splendor, the sovereigns continue to reign, oblivious to the revolutionary tides that are on the verge of tearing France apart and overtaking all of Europe.

Special Features:
Booklet essay by film critic Simon Abrams | Trailers

Behind the White Glasses
DVD Street Date: September 19, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Valerio Ruiz
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Rutger Hauer, Sophia Loren

Documentary / 107 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Behind the White Glasses offers a deep dive into the groundbreaking life and career of Lina Wertmüller, the first woman ever nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Director for her masterpiece Seven Beauties.

The documentary spans decades, from the unpublished pictures taken in Cinecitta, when she was Federico Fellini's assistant director on 8 1/2, to the places where her most famous films were set, revealing the artistic and human universe of a woman who, with her unfailing irony and taste for the grotesque, has left her mark in all the fields of entertainment in which she worked: cinema, drama, television, music. The journey is accompanied by many exclusive interviews with the artists who witnessed her intense and constantly evolving career. Among them: Giancarlo Giannini, Marina Cicogna, Sophia Loren, Harvey Keitel, Nastassja Kinski, and film critic John Simon. The film features a long series of unreleased videos, images and songs written by Lina Wertmüller.

Special Features:
Behind-the-scenes footage | Trailer

Dare to Drum
DVD Street Date: September 19, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: John Bryant
Featuring Stewart Copeland

Documentary / 85 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Dare to Drum tells the remarkable story of rock star composer Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police, and his groundbreaking collaboration with D'Drum, a Texas-based world percussion group, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Jaap van Zweden.

In 2011, after three years of composing, rehearsals, recording sessions, and trips to Bali and Java, "Gamelan D'Drum" - a musical synthesis of pitch, rhythm, and orchestration - is ready for its world premiere. But when uncharacteristically cold and icy weather hits Dallas, it threatens to derail their dreams of performing the creative masterpiece with the Dallas Symphony.

Special Features:
Full concert performance with the Dallas Symphony: Gamelan D'Drum | Concerto for World Percussion and Orchestra (30 min.) | Trailer

Killer Barbys
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 26, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Jess Franco
Starring: Santiago Segura, Mariangela Giordano, Aldo Sambrell

1996 / Horror / 90 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Eurohorror master Jess Franco (Female Vampire, Daughter of Dracula) pays homage to the classic cinema in the revisionist "old dark house" thriller. A vanload of kids are stranded in a hilltop castle and become the unwitting victims of an immortal, sex-crazed countess (Mariangela Giordano) who retains her youth by feeding upon the blood of the young. Hardly the typical "Scooby-Doo" kids, these guests are members of the gore-punk band the Killer Barbies, who prove themselves quite well equipped to battle the horrors that confront them.

Special Features:
Newly restored from a 4K scan of the original film elements | Spanish soundtrack with optional English subtitles | English language soundtrack | French language soundtrack | Audio commentary by film historian Troy Howarth

Pop Aye
DVD Street Date: September 26, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
Director: Kirsten Tan
Starring: Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, Bong

Drama / 102 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Pop Aye is a heartwarming tale of a man and his elephant. A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters that includes a pair of nonplussed local police officers, a forlorn transgender sex worker, and a mysteriously wise drifter. As the encounters mount and the bond between man and elephant deepens, filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in this feature debut that won prizes (and hearts) at the Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals.