A Happy Holidays to All from Kino Lorber and Classic Movie Hub!
DVD/Blu-Ray Giveaway, Winner’s Choice of 8 Classic Titles
Contest is over and we have our ten winners… Congratulations to Shelia, Jo, Freeman, Heather, Ellie, Laurie, Mark, David G, David H and John L!
In celebration of the Holiday Season, we will be giving away a total of 12 Classic DVDs/Blu-Rays, courtesy of Kino Lorber! Kino has so graciously offered us a selection of eight titles to choose from… so that each winner will be able to pick their own prize from that list! So get ready, winners, for some tough choices 🙂
That said, right now we’ll be giving away 10 prizes via this Twitter version of the contest (another blog post will follow later this week, in which we’ll be giving away 2 more prizes via our Facebook/Blog version of the contest).
In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this Twitter contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, January 7 at 10PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.
- December 10: Two Winners
- December 17: Two Winners
- December 24: Two Winners
- December 31: Two Winners
- January 7: Two Winners
We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub (or this blog, depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday December 11 at 10PM EST.
If you’re also on Facebook, please feel free to visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways (or check back on this Blog in a few days) — because we’ll be giving away TWO MORE prizes via Facebook/Blog as well!
Here are the titles up for grabs:
- The Vikings (1958) starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine and Janet Leigh (Blu-Ray or DVD)
- Marty (1955) Academy Award Winning Film starring Ernest Borgnine (Blu-Ray or DVD)
- British Noir (Five Film Collection: They Met in the Dark, The October Man, Snowbound, The Golden Salamander, The Assasin) (DVD only)
- Moby Dick (1956) directed by John Huston, starring Gregory Peck (DVD only)
- Gog 3D (1956) 3D Sci-Fi Classic directed by Herbert L. Strock (Blu-Ray only)
- Witness for the Prosecution (1957) directed by Billy Wilder, starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton (Blu-Ray or DVD)
- Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) Silent Classic starring Louise Books (Blu-Ray or DVD)
- Phantom of the Opera (1925) Silent Classic starring Lon Chaney (Blu-Ray or DVD)
For more information about these titles, scroll way down below…
ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, January 7 at 10PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…
1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post
2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win the “Kino Lorber Studio Classics” #DVDGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @KinoLorber
What Classic Movies would you want Santa Claus to leave in your holiday stocking this year?
*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.
Also — Just for CMH Fans!!! Use our exclusive Kino Lorber Coupon Code CMHDEC for an extra 10% off the sale prices of titles on the Kino Lorber website, The Offer is valid through December 31, 2016, so that gives you plenty of time to peruse and use
Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.
And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).
About the Films:
The Vikings: A Spectacular and Brawling Adventure! Hollywood legends Kirk Douglas (The Devils Disciple), Tony Curtis (Taras Bulba), Ernest Borgnine (Marty) and Janet Leigh (Psycho) dazzle in this epic chronicle of brutal rivalry and bloodthirsty ambition. Roaring through the 9th century with powerful performances and brilliant visuals, The Vikings is a riveting spectacle. Bitter hatred divides two brothers. Prince Einar (Douglas) is the son and heir of a savage Viking chieftain. Prince Eric (Curtis) is his unknowing half-brother, the bastard offspring of Einar’s father and an English queen. When the Vikings kidnap a princess Morgana (Leigh), her beauty inflames the desires of both men, forcing a bloody duel that decides their fate… and the future of the English throne. Beautifully shot by the great Jack Cardiff (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes) and wonderfully directed by legendary filmmaker Richard Fleischer (Mr. Majestyk, The Spikes Gang). The stellar cast also includes James Donald (The Great Escape) and Alexander Knox (Wilson) ; Narrated by Orson Welles (Touch of Evil).
Marty: Mastered in HD – “I’ve been looking for a girl every Saturday night of my life,” says Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine, The Wild Bunch). Yet, despite all his efforts, this 34- year old Bronx butcher remains as shy and uncomfortable around women today as on the day he was born. So when he meets Clara (Betsy Blair), a lonely schoolteacher who’s just as smitten with him as he is with her, Marty’s on top of the world. But not everyone around him shares Marty’s joy. And when his friends and family continually find fault with Clara, even Marty begins to question his newfound love – until he discovers, in an extraordinary way, the strength and courage to follow his heart. Winner of 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director (Delbert Mann, Separate Tables), Actor (Borgnine) and Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky, Network).
British Noir (Five Film Collection): While the film noir movement may seem like a distinctly American phenomenon, British studios embarked on their own shadowy thrillers, laced with postwar cynicism. This five-DVD collection assembles some of the lesser-known Brit noir titles from the Rank Studios, featuring such major talents as actors James Mason, Trevor Howard, and John Mills; and directors Ronald Neame and Roy Ward Baker. THEY MET IN THE DARK (1943): Discharged for treason, a former Navy Commander (James Mason) sets out to expose the espionage ring that destroyed his career – Directed by Carl Lamac. THE OCTOBER MAN (1947): After a traumatic brain injury, a young engineer (John Mills) tries to repair his life. But his recovery is thwarted when a woman (Kay Walsh) is found strangled-and he becomes the prime suspect – Directed by Roy Ward Baker. SNOWBOUND (1948): A British Army vet (Dennis Price) exposes a plot by ex-Nazis to reclaim a stash of gold bullion hidden at a ski resort. This edition was derived from a master suffering from moderate deterioration and is presented in a less-than-ideal condition – the stellar cast included Robert Newton, Herbert Lom and Stanley Holloway – Directed by David MacDonald. THE GOLDEN SALAMANDER (1950): A British archaeologist (Trevor Howard) finds himself caught between a gang of North African gun-runners and the woman he loves (Anouk Aimee) – the top-notch cast included Herbert Lom and Wilfrid-Hyde White – Directed by Ronald Neame. THE ASSASSIN (aka Venetian Bird) (1952): A private eye (Richard Todd) arrives in Venice in search of a fugitive, but soon discovers that the city’s winding waterways hold dark secrets – Directed by Ralph Thomas.
Moby Dick: Mastered in HD! (One of the great motion pictures of our time!) The New York Times – This spectacular retelling of Herman Melville’s classic, masterfully directed by John Huston (The Unforgiven), is unsurpassed in entertainment, imagination and high adventure. From the screenplay by Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) and Huston, Moby Dick is a brilliant film – consumed by an insane rage, Captain Ahab (Gregory Peck, On the Beach) has but one purpose in life – revenge on Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed and disfigured him. The obsessed skipper of a whaling boat, Ahab uses his command as an excuse to sail the seven seas in an unrelenting search of his prey while battling a mutinous crew, tropical heat and violent storms in this epic struggle of non-stop fury and inevitable doom. The amazing cast includes Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, Harry Andrews, Bernard Miles, Royal Dano and the great Orson Welles.
Gog (3D): Newly restored in HD and 3-D! In a remote, underground research laboratory two scientists, engaged in space travel research, are frozen to death in a cold chamber when their instruments comes under the control of an unknown power. A security agent, Dr. David Sheppard (Richard Egan, The 300 Spartans) arrives at the secret space research base, home of two experimental robots to investigate the possible sabotage. Early in his investigation, Sheppard finds that the underground laboratory under the control of the Supercomputer NOVAC and experimental robots GOG and MAGOG. Herbert L. Strock (The Crawling Hand) directed this Sci-Fi/Horror classic with a stellar cast that includes Constance Dowling (Black Angel), Herbert Marshall (The Letter) and William Schallert (TV’s The Patty Duke Show).
Witness for the Prosecution: Screen legends Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton star in this “brilliantly made courtroom drama” (Film Daily) that left audiences reeling from its surprise twists and shocking climax. Directed by Billy Wilder, scripted by Wilder and Harry Kurnitz, and based on Agatha Christie’s hit London play, this splendid, one-of-a-kind classic “crackles with emotional electricity” (The New York Times) and continues to keep movie lovers riveted until the final, mesmerizing frame. When a wealthy widow is found murdered, her married suitor, Leonard Vole (Power), is accused of the crime. Vole’s only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife (Dietrich)… but his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own! Nominated for 6 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Laughton) and Supporting Actress (Elsa Lanchester).
Diary of a Lost Girl: The second and final collaboration of actress Louise Brooks and director G.W. Pabst (Pandora’s Box), DIARY OF A LOST GIRL is a provocative adaptation of Margarethe Böhme’s notorious novel, in which the naive daughter of a middle class pharmacist is seduced by her father’s assistant, only to be disowned and sent to a repressive home for wayward girls. She escapes, searches for her child, and ends up in a high-class brothel, only to turn the tables on the society which had abused her. It’s another tour-de-force performance by Brooks, whom silent film historian Kevin Brownlow calls an “actress of brilliance, a luminescent personality and a beauty unparalleled in screen history.” – Thomas Gladysz
Phantom of the Opera (1925): A forerunner of the American horror film, and one of the most lavish productions of the silent cinema, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has inspired countless remakes and imitations. But none of its successors can rival the mesmerizing blend of romance and mystery that haunts every frame of the Lon Chaney original. This edition presents the 1929 theatrical version, restored from archival 35mm elements by Film Preservation Associates. It is highlighted by the Technicolor Bal Masque sequence (in which the Phantom interrupts the revelry wearing the scarlet robes of the Red Death), as well as meticulously hand-colored sequences (replicating the Handschiegl Color Process). The film is presented at two different historically-accurate projection speeds, each with two different soundtrack options. Also included is the 1925 theatrical version, which survives only in poor-quality prints, but contains scenes that were removed from the 1929 release version.
–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub