KINO BLU: Hitch-Hiker, The Stranger & Night Tide in October

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The Hitch-Hiker
October 15th
Kino
Retail: 24.95, Our: $19.99
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The Hitch-Hiker (Blu-Ray)
October 15th
Kino
Retail: 29.95, Our: $23.99
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Night Tide
October 15th
Kino
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Night Tide (Blu-Ray)
October 15th
Kino
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The Stranger
October 15th
Kino
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The Stranger (Blu-Ray)
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Some familiar classics are getting an upgrade from Kino this October 15th: The Hitch-Hiker (1953), Night Tide (1961) and The Stranger (1946). All three films have undergone restoration from 35mm prints and will be released on both DVD & Blu-Ray.

The films have seen numerous public domain company releases over the years with Film Chest recently doing a decent job with their 2011 Stranger combo set (which we carried until today's announcement). Hitch-Hiker was first released on DVD by Kino in 2000, but this will mark its Blu debut.

Announced by Kino earlier this year, Night Tide was postponed, but with this announcement, appears to have a solid release date.

Bonus features are expected for The Hitch-Hiker and Night Tide (below).

The only true "film noir" ever directed by a woman, this tour de force thriller (considered by many, including Lupino herself, to be her best film) is a classic, tension-packed, three-way dance of death about two middle-class American homebodies (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on vacation in Mexico on a long-awaited fishing trip.

Suddenly their car and their very lives are commandeered by psychopathic serial killer Emmett Myers (William Talman). The striking light/dark contrasts, the stunning compositions (the two kidnap victims separated by a narrow stream from a gun-cradling madman with a bum eye) and the spatial integrity of a determining sense of locale (the pitiless topography of a rock-bound, horizonless Mexico over which hovers an ever-present doom) all contribute mightily to this fascinating character-study.

NOTE: This release is a 35mm archival restoration from the Library of Congress exclusively on the Kino label.



On leave in a shore side town, Johnny (Dennis Hopper) becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and he learns that she plays a mermaid in the local carnival. After strange occurrences, Johnny begins to believe that she may actually be a real mermaid that habitually kills during the cycle of the full moon.

 
BONUS FEATURES:
  • Commentary from Director Curtis Harrington and Actor Dennis Hopper
  • Extended interview (50 min.) with Director Curtis Harrington
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
This Academy Award-Nominated (Best Writing, Original Story) thriller follows Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi fugitive hiding out as a professor in a small Connecticut town. When his new wife (Loretta Young) begins to suspect his past, a detective (Edward G. Robinson) sets out to uncover his identity

From Academy Award Winning Producer Sam Spiegel (Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, On The Waterfront).

BONUS FEATURES:

  • Audio commentary from filmmaker, historian and curator Bret Wood
  • Original Nazi concentration and prison camp footage (which are featured in the final film) from filmmaker George Stevens
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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