If you’ve never picked up a Kino Lorber Blu-ray, you’re missing something special. If you love new, stunning pictures, solid all around packaging and slick bonus material, Kino Lorber should be one of your go-to distributors. If not, we hope you’ll change your mind by picking up one of their new upcoming April genre releases.
Here’s the scoop on a few flicks well worth your time. Both will be available for purchase on April 18th!
The Mephisto Waltz
Special Features include Audio Commentary by Film Historian Bill Cooke, Audio Commentary by actress Pamelyn Ferdin, moderated by filmmaker Elijah Drenner
When was the last time you were afraid? Really afraid? Brace yourself for the ultimate transplant… the human soul! The devil is in the music in this sleek and scary piece of movie necromancy – when a failed musician-turned-journalist (Alan Alda, M*A*S*H) interviews a reclusive aging pianist (Curt Jurgens, The Enemy Below), he doesn’t realize he’s being interviewed himself… to be the vessel for the Satanist’s dying soul! Back in a youthful body, the pianist plans for a long life in the spotlight, but when the journalist’s wife (Jacqueline Bisset, Bullitt) realizes her husband’s twice the man he used to be, she prepares to make his new life a living Hell! Television veteran Paul Wendkos (Cannon for Cordoba) directs this cult horror classic, based on a novel by Fred Mustard Stewart (The Norliss Tapes) with a screenplay by Ben Maddow (The Asphalt Jungle). The stellar cast includes Barbara Parkins (Valley of the Dolls), Bradford Dillman (Chosen Survivors), Pamelyn Ferdin (The Beguiled), and William Windom (TV’s The Farmer’s Daughter).
Special Features include a Conversation with Daniel Day-Lewis and Arthur Miller, Audio Commentary with Director Nicholas Hytner and Writer Arthur Miller, and a Making-of Featurette.
17th-century Salem, Massachusetts – a group of teenage girls meets in the woods at midnight for a secret love-conjuring ceremony. But instead of love, Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder, Heathers) wishes for the death of her former lover’s (Daniel Day-Lewis, The Last of the Mohicans) wife (Joan Allen, The Ice Storm). When the ceremony is witnessed by one of the town’s ministers, the girls are accused of witchcraft. Soon the entire village is consumed by hysteria, and innocent victims are put on trial, leading to a devastating climax! Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George) directed this modern classic based on a play by the great Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman) and featuring an amazing cast that includes Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons), Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion), and Peter Vaughan (Straw Dogs). Received two Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Allen) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Miller).