Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

As 'Nymphomaniac' Provokes, von Trier and Leth's Masterful 'Five Obstructions' Gets DVD Rerelease

At the same time that the impish Lars von Trier is busy offending, affronting, provoking and outraging audiences with “Nymphomaniacs” I and II, Kino Lorber has chosen to re-release one of the films that got a lot of people excited about von Trier in the first place: “The Five Obstructions.”
  • By John Anderson
  • |
  • April 1, 2014 11:32 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Kino Lorber Dates Sundance Doc 'Who is Dayani Cristal,' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal (CLIP)

Kino Lorber has dated the Sundance prize-winning doc "Who is Dayani Cristal?," starring Gael Garcia Bernal, who is on a quest to reveal mysteries of the immigration trek into the U.S.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • March 20, 2014 1:21 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Hollywood Whipping Boy Von Stroheim's Decadent 'Foolish Wives' Was First Million Dollar Movie

Orson Welles is often held up as the most abused child in the history of Hollywood, but Erich von Stroheim was easily his equal as whipping boy: Beginning with “Foolish Wives” -- Hollywood’s first “million-dollar movie,” for which von Stroheim recreated Monte Carlo on the back lot of Universal – the former assistant to D.W. Griffith lost one duel after another to the hedge-clippers of Hollywood. On “Greed” alone, he was probably relieved of more footage than Welles ever shot in his life. The loss to cinema history has been mourned since the ‘20s.
  • By John Anderson
  • |
  • July 27, 2013 3:04 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Blu-ray Review: Smoldering Dietrich is Von Sternberg's 'Blue Angel' in Kino Restoration

“The Blue Angel,” a crowning achievement of Weimar cinema and the most famous of the seven collaborations between director Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, is newly on Blu-ray from Kino. The finely restored transfer, with sharp picture quality and crisp sound highlighting Von Sternberg’s early-talkie innovations, is the original German-language version. (Two versions were shot simultaneously in 1930 -- the lesser known English-language version was long considered a lost film until its discovery in the early 2000s.)
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • December 19, 2012 2:38 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Kino Releases 5-Film David O. Selznick Collection on Blu-ray & DVD

Kino Classics will release the "David O. Selznick Collection" for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13. The collection focuses on the golden-age mogul's earlier productions and includes the Freddie Bartholomew classic "Little Lord Fauntleroy," the original 1937 version of "A Star is Born" starring Janet Gaynor...
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • November 9, 2012 2:22 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Kino Brings D.W. Griffith's 'Abraham Lincoln,' Starring Walter Huston, to Blu-Ray

Honest Abe's surge in popularity continues with Kino Classics' release of D.W. Griffith's "Abraham Lincoln" on Blu-ray (November 13), starring Walter Huston (father of John, grandfather of Anjelica) as the 16th president.
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • November 7, 2012 2:46 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Email Updates