This release is the latest in a longtime collaboration between Kino Lorber and the Library of Congress, which has resulted in critically acclaimed editions of Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire, King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis, and Of Human Bondage, starring Bette Davis, all mastered in HD from 35mm archival elements.
Listed on the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress and the National Film Preservation Board, The Hitch-Hiker is notable for its cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (Ida Lupino), and beyond that, stands as a masterpiece of the suspense genre in its tale of two men on a road trip who find themselves held hostage by a psychotic gun-wielding drifter. This Blu-ray and DVD edition streets on October 15th with an SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $24.95 for the DVD. It includes an image gallery as a bonus feature.
The Stranger is a suspense classic from master filmmaker Orson Welles, who also stars in this story of an escaped Nazi war criminal who hides out in a quaint New England town, and the government agent who seeks to bring him to justice. This Blu-ray and DVD edition streets on October 15th with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray and $29.95 for the DVD. Special features include audio commentary by film historian Bret Wood; the original theatrical trailer; an image gallery; "Death Mills" (1945, 21 min.), an informational film on the Nazi death camps (produced by Billy Wilder), footage of which appears in The Stranger; and Orson Welles' Wartime Radio Broadcasts - four complete programs that exemplify Welles' blending of propaganda and entertainment: "Alameda" (Nazi Eyes on Canada, 1942), "War Workers" (Ceiling Unlimited, 1942), "Brazil" (Hello Americans, 1942), and "Bikini Atomic Test" (Orson Welles Commentaries, 1946).
Inspired by the real-life murder spree of Billy Cook, The Hitch-Hiker is a gripping suspense drama and film noir starring Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy. While on a road trip, the two men are carjacked by a homicidal killer (William Talman) who forces them at gunpoint to embark on a nightmarish joyride across the deserts of Mexico.
Independently produced, The Hitch-Hiker represents renegade filmmaking at its finest. Working independently allowed Lupino and ex-husband/producer Collier Young to work from a treatment by blacklisted writer Daniel Mainwaring, and tackle an incident that was too brutal for the major studios to even consider.
With a library of 700 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 20 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including four Academy Award(R) nominated films in the last six years. In addition, the company brings over 60 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases as well as digital