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Kino Lorber Announces New ‘Studio Classics’ Label, Will Release Eight Iconic Films This July

Kino Lorber Announces New 'Studio Classics' Label, Will Release Eight Iconic Films This July

Highbrow distributor Kino Lorber is well-known for its DVD collection of art house films, especially those of historic and international significance–think Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis.”

Now, the distributor is launching a new ‘Studio Classics’ label, releasing eight high-profile titles on Blu-ray this July–all of which will be making their Blu-ray debut, and one of which, “Paris Blues,” will be released for the very first time on Blu-ray or DVD.  The new collection includes the Best Picture Oscar-winner “Marty,” as well as films by giants such as Billy Wilder, Sydney Pollack and Delbert Mann.

Here’s a list of all eight releases–no doubt there will be more to come as Kino Lorber’s new label grows.

“Witness for the Prosecution”
“The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”
“The Scalphunters”
“Separate Tables”
“Duel at Diablo”
“Paris Blues”

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These sound great! I've always wanted to see Paris Blues, and Witness…/Marty are some of my all-time favorites (I've never been much of a nitpicking nerd about aspect ratios, so I'll just be happy to have a HQ Marty in my collection).


There's been a lot of discussion over on Home Theater Forum about MARTY and Kino Lorber's decision to go with the wrong aspect ratio on it. I'm not gonna rehash it here, but the members there took issue with a statement from Kino Lorber, pasted below, and pointed out that 1.33:1 was no longer the "preferred" aspect ratio by the time MARTY was filmed and questioned the existence of "anamorphic 1.33:1."

From the Kino Lorber Classic Facebook page:

After examining the film elements and consulting with the studio and outside experts, we've decided to release our DVD and Blu-ray of MARTY in anamorphic 1.33:1. There is not a lot of head room in the print, and at 1.85:1 too much of the image was being cropped. So we are releasing it in 1.33:1, the preferred aspect ratio of the studio, and the ratio at which The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screens their prints of MARTY.

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