While most people may be seeing their holiday shopping winding down, there are rumors that this weekend, December 15, will be the year’s biggest day of the season. If you have film lovers in your midst, they should be the easiest people to shop for. But most of you probably have no idea what they already own or may like. If that film lover on your gift list happens to have any kind of leanings toward the eccentric or even the classic then Kino Lorber is here to help.
There are 12 fantastic gift ideas available for your last minute shopping ranging from the macabre to the hilarious with everything in between. So in case you needed some brilliant ideas to spread some cheer to the film lover in your life, you may want to consider these titles which are either already available or listed for pre-order on either Blu-ray, DVD or both (all prices listed are retail).
The David O. Selznick Collection features five masterworks taken from Selznick’s personal collection, authorized by the Selznick estate and preserved by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department. The titles featured are A Farewell to Arms (1932), Nothing Sacred (1937), A Star is Born (1937), Bird of Paradise (1932), and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936). This set is available on both Blu-ray ($99.95) and DVD ($79.95). The Pablo Larrain: Director’s Set includes a double feature from the acclaimed Chilean director. Tony Manero is about a middle-aged thug obsessed with the disco king played by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever who splits his time between disco dancing and wreaking mayhem. Post Mortem brings the tale of a morgue clerk's obsession with a burlesque dancer playing out against the violence of Chile's 1973 military coup. The double feature is on DVD for $44.95.
The Blue Angel is considered the crowning achievement of Weimar Cinema and comes from director Josef von Sternberg. Here we find a college professor (Emil Jannings) falling out of respectability after becoming obsessed with a cabaret singer (Marlene Dietrich). Featuring a newly-restored HD print from archival 35mm elements and restored by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, The Blue Angel is $29.95 on Blu-ray. Baron Blood is part of the “Mario Bava Collection” and has been mastered in HD from the original negative to help the gothic terror shine better than ever. Aside from the nicks, scratches, and dirt, this is probably as good as the film will ever look without a full restoration which seems unlikely. Bonus material includes an audio commentary from Tim Lucas (author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark) and also features Italian Title Sequences, Italian and English Theatrical Trailers, three radio spots, and trailers for additional Bava films. Baron Blood is a nice return to the Italian giallos of yesteryear and is available on Blu-ray ($29.95) and DVD ($24.95).