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Kino Lorber and Code Red Plan to End 2017 with a Bang!

Kino Lorber, who partnered with Code a while back, have just released their December DVD and Blu-ray release schedule for the two labels and it’s going to be one hell of a month! All told they’ll be putting out nearly 20 titles across a wide variety of genres spanning a number of decades.

The horror releases for the month come courtesy of Code Red with Eye in the Labyrinth and Headhunter. Code Red will also be putting out a number of action titles that include the likes of The Devastator and Cocaine Wars. All Code Red titles will be DVDs.

Kino Lorber will be pumping out DVD’s as well as Blu-rays and they’ve got a lot to offer, mostly in the way of action and westerns. Three Kino Lorber titles really stand out to me for the month — a Michael Dudikoff double features with Platoon Leader & Solider Boyz, the Chuck Norris classic Code of Silence and John Wayne’s Brannigan.

You can check out the full list of releases and details below but before doing so watching the awesome Cannon trailer for Platoon Leader.

Maigret Sets a Trap (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 5, 2017
1958 / Crime-Drama / 118 min / NR / B&W

Director: Jean Delannoy
Starring: Jean Gabin, Annie Girardot, Olivier Hussenot

Synopsis:
Prolific Belgian writer Georges Simenon’s famed police inspector Jules Maigret has been portrayed by numerous actors for the better of a century, but never with such cool authority and meticulousness as Jean Gabin in Maigret Sets a Trap (aka Inspector Maigret, 1958). A butcher of women stalks the dark alleyways of Paris, and it’s up to the dogged detective to ensnare the madman before more corpses pile up. Director Jean Delannoy captures his world-weariness in sumptuous black-and-white, as Gabin commands the screen in this electrifying blend of old-school policier and classic French noir.


Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 5, 2017
1959 / Crime-Drama / 101 min / NR / B&W

Director: Jean Delannoy
Starring: Jean Gabin, Michel Auclair, Valentine Tessier

Synopsis:
In this follow-up to Maigret Sets a Trap (1958), Georges Simenon’s inimitable Inspector Maigret (played once again by Jean Gabin) returns to his countryside hometown to investigate an ominous letter received by his old friend, the countess of St. Fiacre. The letter portends the countess’s death, and when a heart attack makes the harbinger come true, the good inspector suspects foul play. The mystery of Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case (1959) twists and turns like vines crawling up the countess’s château, culminating in an explosive finale that finds Maigret dropping by a dinner of which all the guests are suspects.


Nightfall (Code Red, DVD)

DVD Street Date: December 5, 2017
1988 / Science Fiction / 83 min / PG-13 / Color

Director: Paul Mayersberg
Starring: David Birney, Sarah Douglas, Alexis Kanner

Synopsis:
Far across the cosmos from our world lies a planet bathed in perpetual daylight. Soon nightfall will come and bring with it tremendous destruction. Science struggles against superstition in this dramatic portrayal of Isaac Asimov’s award winning short story. Starring David Birney (Caravan To Vacarres, Oh, God! Book 2), Sarah Douglas (People That Time Forgot, Superman II), Alexis Kanner (Goodbye Gemini), Starr Andreeff (Dance Of The Damned) and Andra Millian (Stacey’s Knights). Directed by Paul Mayersberg (The Man Who Fell To Earth).

Special Features:
-Interview with star Sarah Douglas
-Original Theatrical Trailer


In the Aftermath (Code Red, DVD)

DVD Street Date: December 5, 2017
1988 / Animation / 85 min / NR / Color

Director: Carl Colpaert
Starring: Tony Markes, Rainbow Dolan, Kenneth McCabe, Katie Leigh

Synopsis:
An angel comes to Earth’s aid after a nuclear holocaust in this mix of live action and animated footage, taken from the classic Japanese animation Angel’s Egg by Mamoru Oshi (Ghost In The Shell). Directed by Carl Colpaert (The Crew, Delusion) Code Red is proud to present this surreal film from a brand new HD master.


Platoon Leader | Solider Boyz (Michael Dudikoff Double Feature)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 12, 2017
1988/1995 / Action / 187 min / R / Color

Director: Aaron Norris, Louis Morneau
Starring: Michael Dudikoff, William Smith, Robert F. Lyons, Don Stroud, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Michael DeLorenzo

PLATOON LEADER
Action star Michael Dudikoff (Avenging Force) shines as an inexperienced West Point graduate thrown into the hells of war in this gutsy, brutal look at the real Vietnam War. After arriving in ‘Nam, he soon realizes that his knowledge of warfare in textbooks would get him and his men slaughtered on the real battlefields and quickly becomes a battle-hardened Platoon Leader his men can depend on. Aaron Norris (Delta Force 2) directed this action-packed war film featuring Michael DeLorenzo (TV’s New York Undercover).

SOLDIER BOYZ
Ex-Marine Major Howard Toliver (Michael Dudikoff, River of Death) runs a high security prison in L.A. until he’s ordered back into action – back to Vietnam. A wealthy heiress has been kidnapped by a ruthless gang of bandits, Toliver agrees to the rescue mission, but only if he can take six of his prison’s deadliest renegades with him. Now Toliver and his dirty half-dozen are on their way to a new kind of killing field, ‘Nam in the 90s. Louis Morneau (Retroactive) directed this exciting thriller featuring Don Stroud (Search and Destroy) and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat).

Special Features:
-Original Theatrical Trailer


Code of Silence: Special Edition

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 12, 2017
1985 / Action / 101 min / R / Color

Director: Andrew Davis
Starring: Chuck Norris, Henry Silva, Dennis Farina, John Mahoney, Molly Hagen, Ron Dean, Bert Remsen, Mike Genovese, Nathan Davis

Synopsis:
From Andrew Davis, the director of The Fugitive, The Package and Under Siege, comes this riveting, turbo-charged crime thriller starring action legend Chuck Norris (An Eye for an Eye, Hero and the Terror) in what most critics and fans consider to be his best film. Exploding with heart-stopping chases and lethal martial arts confrontations, it’s a daring and suspenseful adventure that pits an honest cop against two vicious crime lords and his own department. Eddie Cusack (Norris) is a Chicago detective who plays by his own rules – a dangerous habit, especially when he breaks the “code of silence” to blow the lid off a deadly police cover-up. Now an outcast, he receives little help from his embittered fellow officers when he’s hurled into a blistering battle against rival drug kingpins. But Cusack is a one-man army, waging war on the criminals with his razor-sharp wits, lightning-fast karate moves and a remote-controlled, rocket-equipped tank! Henry Silva (Sharky’s Machine) and Dennis Farina (TV’s Crime Story) co-star.

Special Features:
-Audio commentary by director Andrew Davis
-Interview with screenwriter Michael Butler
-Interview with actor Ron Dean
-Interview with actress Molly Hagen
-Interview with composer David Michael Frank
-5.1 Surround & 2.0 Audio
-Original Theatrcial Trailer


Brannigan

Blu-ray Street Date: December 12, 2017
1975 / Action / 111 min / PG / Color

Director: Douglas Hickox
Starring: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, Ralph Meeker, Lesley-Anne Down, Mel Ferrer, John Vernon, James Booth, Brian Glover

Synopsis:
Screen legend John Wayne (McQ, Legend of the Lost, Rio Bravo) stars as lieutenant Jim Brannigan, a Chicago policeman sent to the U.K. to escort a crime boss (John Vernon, Dirty Harry) back to the U.S. Wayne fans won’t be disappointed with this crowd pleaser that teams him up with Richard Attenborough (The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles) as British policeman Cmdr. Swann. This exciting thriller highlighted by unbelievably clever dialogue, the most imaginative action sequences ever to be staged against the London landscape and Wayne’s magnetic screen presence, Brannigan, like the Duke himself, is unforgettable and unbeatable! Douglas Hickox (Sitting Target, Sky Riders) directed this action-comedy that co-stars Judy Geeson (Doomwatch), Mel Ferrer (War and Peace), Ralph Meeker (Big House, U.S.A.), James Booth (Avenging Force), Brian Glover (An American Werewolf in London) and Lesley-Anne Down (The Great Train Robbery).

Special Features:
-Audio commentary by Steve Mitchell, producer-director of King Cohen, and film historian Nathaniel Thompson
-Original Theatrical Trailer


Legend of the Lost

Blu-ray Date: December 12, 2017
1957 / Adventure / 109 min / NR / Color

Director: Henry Hathaway
Starring: John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rossano Brazzi, Kurt Kasznar, Ibrahim El Hadish, Marsha Hunt

Synopsis:
Told against the sweeping panoramas of the Sahara desert, this star-studded epic features an exotic mix of action, suspense, and romance. Famed for its stunning location cinematography, Legend of the Lost delivers a caravan of excitement – with the screen icons John Wayne (Dakota, Brannigan) and Sophia Loren (Boy on a Dolphin, Five Miles to Midnight) leading the way. Wayne is Joe January, a hard-drinking and hard-living tour guide. When Paul Bonnard (Rossano Brazzi, South Pacific, Summertime) hires him to find his father and a legendary lost treasure, the two set out into the isolated wasteland of the North African desert. Joining them is Dita (Loren), a prostitute desperate to find a new life who comes between both men as they battle for survival… and their souls. The great Henry Hathaway (23 Paces to Baker Street, Rawhide) directed this first-class adventure with exotic backgrounds, action, mystery and intrigue.

Special Features:
-Original Theatrical Trailer


China Moon

Blu-ray Date: December 12, 2017
1994 / Thriller / 99 min / R / Color

Director: John Bailey
Starring: Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Benicio Del Toro, Charles Dance, Pruitt Taylor Vince

Synopsis:
In a small Florida town, a tantalizing tale of mystery, passion and fatal obsession unfolds under the sultry spell of a full moon. Ed Harris (Needful Things) and Madeleine Stowe (The Last of the Mohicans) turn up the heat in this sexy, stylish neo-noir thriller. Together with co-stars Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) and Charles Dance (White Mischief), Harris and Stowe deliver searing performances in this deliciously dark web of love, lust and lies that keeps you guessing until the final mesmerizing frame. Homicide detective Kyle Bodine (Harris) is the best in the business. But even a cop as brilliant as Kyle can become confused in the embrace of a seductive woman. What starts as a casual flirtation with local beauty Rachel Munro (Stowe) escalates into a desire that cannot be denied. And when Rachel’s need to escape her unhappy marriage to an abusive banker ends in murder, Kyle becomes trapped in a bewildering nightmare of deceit and deadly betrayal.

Special Features:
-Audio commentary by director John Bailey and editor Carol Littleton
-Original Theatrical Trailer


Silk (Code Red, DVD)

DVD Street Date: December 12, 2017
1986 / Action / 84 min / R / Color

Director: Cirio H. Santiago
Starring: Cec Verrell, Bill McLaughlin, Joe Mari Avellana

Synopsis:
Silk (Cec Verrell, TV’s Supercarrier), the toughest cop in Honolulu, busts some small time smugglers, only to discover a larger syndicate that is smuggling Asian mobsters into the States by buying the identities of Hawaiian citizens. All this leads to a series of murders that has the police baffled, so Silk is called in to help uncover the culprits. Her sleuthing leads to several deadly shoot- outs, and evidence that incriminates one of the cops on her own force. Also connected to the deaths are gangland figures in the ugly business of selling fake identities. From the late, prolific Filipino director Cirio H. Santiago (Wheels Of Fire, Dune Warriors, The Sisterhood), SILK is a drive-in classic that will BLOW you away! Co-starring Bill McLaughlin (The Devastator), Vic Diaz (Operation C.I.A.), funny man Joe Mari Avellana (Wheels Of Fire), Frederick Bailey (Equalizer 2000), Leo Martinez, Jack Starr “the Superstar”, David Light (Last Platoon), Italian exploitation actor Mike Monty (Strike Commando), Joey Zucchero (Bamboo Gods and Iron Men), and special appearance by Berto Spoor as Musgrave! Produced by the king of B movies, Roger Corman, this action-packed film finally appears for the very first time in its uncut version in the USA!


The Devastator (Code Red, DVD)

DVD Street Date: December 12, 2017
1986 / Action / 79 min / R / Color

Director: Cirio H. Santiago
Starring: Rick Hill, Katt Shea, Terence O’Hara

Synopsis:
This action film about a Vietnam vet and his fight against corruption in a small town is directed by action mastermind Cirio Santiago (Dune Warriors, Stryker, Wheels Of Fire)! Groovy Porter (Richard Hill, Dune Warriors, Deathstalker) gets a call from Elaine, his good buddy Marty’s wife, who tearfully asks him for help because Marty has died in an automobile accident. Once he arrives in town, Porter is set upon by the local citizens, marijuana growers who want their business kept quiet. Porter meets a foxy chick (Katt Shea, Barbarian Queen) and thinks this town is sort of safe. After Elaine’s house is burned down, Porter escapes and decides to call up reinforcements from his army days, including his old war buddy Spencer (Terrence O’Hara, Naked Vengeance), to help out. Now the combat begins! The small town becomes WW3 as evil pot dudes vs. Vietnam vets in a violent showdown with machine guns and hand grenades. Kaz Garas (Ben), and Bill McLaughlin co-star. Produced by the King of B movies Roger Corman.

Special Features:
-Interview with star Terrence O’Hara
-Original Theatrical Trailer


Cocaine Wars (Code Red, DVD)

DVD Street Date: December 12, 2017
1985 / Action / 82 min / R / Color

Director: Hector Olivera
Starring: John Schneider, Kathryn Witt, Royal Dano, Federico Luppi, Rodolfo Ranni

Synopsis:
DEA agent Cliff Adams (John Schneider, The Dukes Of Hazzard, Smallville, Eddie Macon’s Run) is working undercover in South America as a henchman for Gonzalo Reyes (Federico Luppi, The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos, Funny Dirty War), the biggest cocaine exporter in South America. After Cliff’s fiancée, Janet Meade (Kathryn Witt, Demon Of Paradise), is a reporter doing a story about Reyes is kidnapped by Reyes, he orders Cliff to assassinate a presidential candidate. Running against time, Cliff needs to save his fiancée, protect the presidential candidate and bring and end to Reyes’ evil reign. This exciting actioner was directed by Hector Olivera (Barbarian Queen, Wizards of the Lost Kingdom) and co-starred Royal Dano (House 2, One Man Jury, Messiah of Evil, Capone, Drum, Johnny Guitar).


The Kentuckian

Blu-ray Street Date: December 19, 2017
1955 / Western / 104 min / NR / Color

Director: Burt Lancaster
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, Dianne Foster, Una Merkel, John Carradine, Diana Lynn, John McIntire, John Litel, Rhys Williams

Synopsis:
Hollywood icon Burt Lancaster (The Devil’s Disciple, Valdez Is Coming) makes his directorial debut with this superb, action-packed western. Featuring a poignant, unconventional screenplay by A.B. Guthrie, Jr. (Shane, The Way West), and a powerful performance by legendary actor Walter Matthau (The Laughing Policeman, Kotch) in his first screen role, The Kentuckian is an unforgettable western adventure of the highest caliber. Big Eli Wakefield (Lancaster) and his young son are rugged Kentucky adventurers who long for an exciting life on the Texas frontier. They soon learn, however, that the greatest challenge to their progress lies not in the uncharted wilderness, but in the people they meet along the way. Thrust into the midst of a bitter family feud, Eli confronts both the deadly rage of a madman (Matthau) and the love of a beautiful woman (Diana Lynn, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek). Eli is soon lured into a brutal showdown, but must stay true to his convictions, his honor and dreams to survive.

Special Features:
-Original Theatrical Trailer


Four Faces West

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: December 19, 2017
1948 / Western / 89 min / NR / B&W

Director: Alfred E. Green
Starring: Joel McCrea, Frances Dee, Charles Bickford, William Conrad, Joseph Calleia, Martin Garralaga

Synopsis:
An honest man turned outlaw and running for his life… A marshal with a conscience more just than the law… A gambler whose greatest risks are taken for a friend… A woman whose love for a fugitive knows no danger… These are the four unforgettable characters facing the challenge of their lives when their paths cross on an innocent outlaw’s compelling flight to freedom. A one-of-a-kind sagebrush saga, this tough and touching classic is as emotionally charged as it is action-packed. Starring western legend Joel McCrea (The Gunfight at Dodge City, Fort Massacre) with Frances Dee (I Walked with a Zombie), Charles Bickford (The Big Country), Joseph Calleia (Gilda) and William Conrad (TV’s Cannon and Jake and the Fatman).

Special Features:
-Western Trailers


Valdez is Coming

Blu-ray : December 19, 2017
1971 / Western / 90 min / PG-13 / Color

Director: Edwin Sherin
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Richard Jordan, Hector Elizondo, Frank Silvera, Jon Cypher, Barton Heyman, Phil Brown

Synopsis:
Screen legend Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry, The Kentuckian) gives a powerhouse performance as an aging Mexican-American lawman who becomes a one-man army in this bold saga of retribution and redemption. Valdez Is Coming boldly recreates America’s western frontier – a place where life was sometimes cheap… but honor was always priceless. When it comes to keeping the peace, former frontier sheriff Bob Valdez has always been the voice of reason in a sea of chaos. But Frank Tanner (Jon Cypher, Lady Ice) is a very different sort of man: greedy, impulsive and rotten to the core. So when Tanner provokes a shoot-out that results in the death of an innocent man, Valdez orders him to provide financial support for the widow. But when Tanner not only refuses but also laughs in his face, Valdez dusts off his old uniform, straps on his guns and vows to exact justice and vengeance at any cost. The stellar cast includes Susan Clark (Coogan’s Bluff), Frank Silvera (Killer’s Kiss), Richard Jordan (The Yakuza) and Hector Elizondo (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three).

Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Jim Hemphill
-Original Theatrical Trailer


Eye in the Labyrinth (Code Red, DVD)

DVD Street Date: December 19, 2017
1972 / Horror / 95 min / NR / Color

Director: Mario Caiano
Starring: Adolfo Celi, Sybil Danning, Horst Frank, Rosemary Dexter, Alida Valli

Synopsis:
Julie (Rosemary Dexter, The Shoes of a Fisherman) is disturbed by the disappearance of her psychiatrist lover, Luca (Horst Frank), after witnessing his murder in a bizarre dream. She follows clues to his whereabouts to a seaside village where she encounters Frank (Adolfo Celi, The Italian Connection), who tells her Luca has indeed been there. Julie’s investigation leads her to the house of Gerta (Alida Valli, Suspiria), where the mystery at this artists’ enclave deepens and sinister secrets are soon uncovered. Also starring Sybil Danning (They’re Playing with Fire), see this rare giallo from a brand new master!


Headhunter (Code Red, DVD)

DVD Street Date: December 19, 2017
1988 / Horror / 92 min / R / Color

Director: Francis Schaeffer
Starring: Kay Lenz, Wayne Crawford, Steve Kanaly, June Chadwick

Synopsis:
A voodoo demon from Africa arrives amongst Miami’s Nigerian community as well as Pastor Bobby’s Miami Baptist Pentecostal Holiness Assemblies and begins decapitating people and possessing others. A tough Miami cop (Wayne Crawford, White Ghost, God’s Bloody Acre, Jake Speed), who recently found out his wife (June Chadwick, Forbidden World, This Is Spinal Tap) has a female lover, investigates the murders with his female partner (Kay Lenz, Stripped To Kill, The Passage, Breezy). Steve Kanaly (Fleshburn, Dillinger) also stars in this suspense thriller.



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  • Werewolf

    Picture of Dudikoff made me think of “American Ninja”.

    OMG it’s available on Blu-ray too!

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