KINO LORBER Boutique Blu-ray Label Overview PART 2: FIVE FOR FRIDAY

Last installment I covered some recommended titles from Kino Lorber’s ‘While Supplies Last’ sale. This time I just wanted to cover five titles in general that caught my attention and are on my ‘to buy’ list.

Without further ado, here they are!

p.s. As a hint I generally do not purchase films that do not offer special features. At a minimum I need a film commentary.  Physical media should give you more than you can get from just watching it on streaming, or why pay for it.

So yeah if I own it, or recommend it, it has special features. The only exception for that is titles that may not be available streaming, or 3D titles, or other scarce titles, where we are just lucky to still have the film.

Okay, now we get to it!



Very interesting sounding film from the Director of DUEL AT DIABLO. And since I have that film, I have to get this one.

This one just sounds bonkers in all the right ways. Not because the movie is going to be great, I have my doubts about that. But just the backstory behind it, namely getting relatives of famous stars to star in an exploitation movie. The commentary on this one seems poised to be full of amazing Hollywood anecdotes and backstory.

This movie sold me on its names. Name One: Director Budd Boetticher, I am now interested in seeing more of his films after picking up Arrow’s sold out FIVE TALL TALES boxset. Name Two: Jeff Chandler who has never given a bad performance and was great in a jaw dropping performance in TEN SECONDS TO HELL Name Three: Sidney Poitier. Hell you could have led with that. I have picked up every single Kino Lorber release with the great Sidney Poitier (DUEL AT DIABLO, almost sold out, Gals and Ghouls! 🙂 ). So yeah, this one is a must buy.

I love the films of John Sturges, and not only have I never seen this film, I have never heard of this film. And another film that is sold by its names: the aforementioned John (MAGNIFICENT SEVEN) Sturges! Richard (One of my favorite Movie and radio actors ever) Widmark! And Borden (I wrote two of the best westerns ever, RED RIVER and WINCHESTER 73) Chase!! What?!!! This is an easy must buy.

I did not love this film the first time i saw it, however it is possible i did not give it the attention it deserved. And considering this is one of the most ‘special feature’ rich releases, from the typically bare bones Kino Lorber, this is a must buy, for the special features alone.

Honorable Mentions:

I can not recommend this Blu-ray because it does not have any commentary or special features, but it sounds incredibly interesting. I’m going to look on streaming for this one. I really want to see if it is as good and interesting as it sounds.


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Happy Father’s Day!!!

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”
Pope John XXIII

“I know that I will never find my father in any other man who comes into my life, because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by him.”
Halle Berry

“I’m always going to love my father.”
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father’s life.”
Sidney Poitier

“The first World Cup I remember was in the 1950 when I was 9 or 10 years old. My father was a soccer player, and there was a big party, and when Brazil lost to Uruguay, I saw my father crying.”

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass’; ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.'”
Harmon Killebrew

“One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man.”
Ben Okri


On Sidney Poitier and the Measure of a Man

I am now an Amazon Associate. Yay, Boo, Hiss! 🙂 .

I was spending so much money with those guys, and recommending so much stuff, and getting them sales anyhow, that this seemed to make sense… in a nonsensical way of course. Continue doing what I was doing for free, while now also be able to get a few pennies to support this site, the surfing, the purchasing, and all the cool reviewing and time wasting that goes into it. 🙂 .

So periodically I’ll recommend you stuff I enjoyed, and think you’ll enjoy also. And if you agree, you can purchase the item through my handy dandy links and help keep this site/blog going. Thanks in advance.

Anyhow enough yapping, onto the recommending.

Sidney Poitier has been for me a long time idol. A star, in the least sappy meaning of that word. And a man, in the clearest definition of that word. I’ve enjoyed his films, one which I highly recommend is BROTHER JOHN. It’s best not knowing too much about this film, just let it carry you along, and you’ll find at the end, something endearing and hopeful and continually watchable.

Brother John

Following up on that purchase, I had bought his Audio Book THE MEASURE OF A MAN, ostensibly to give it to my Dad for a present. But once in my hands, I couldn’t resist. I listened to the tapes, and I found them… about so much more than you would expect, told with so much self effacing honesty, and so much willingness to reflect not on a singular life, but lives plural.

It’s a heady voyage Mr. Poitier takes you on, not just on his arc, his beginning and his peering at his end, but he touches on larger beginnings, and larger ends. On humanity, on God, on nature, on stars, and astronomy, and damnation and evil that may not belong to a single man… but all men.

But don’t let me mislead you, this is not a negative, wallowing, self absorbed, boring work; it is brilliant, touching, often wickedly funny, with anecdotes from a lifetime of classic movies, reflections on writers and directors, wives and mistresses, friends and foes. But above all it’s about looking up at the stars… and beginning to learn… the measure of a man.

And I love books, I love the tactile immediacy of reading, of being the chronometer of how fast or how slow the story goes, but get the audio book. Because Poitier’s voice takes you on a trip, his wisdom takes you on a trip, that the words alone cannot clearly emulate. A really, really essential purchase. My only caveat being that it’s not available on CD. But hey, the cassette will do for now.

Measure of a Man

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