I just received the press release:
Orson Welles’ Oscar-nominated 1946 classic The Stranger – in HD for the first time – will be available in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack, Feb. 15 from Film Chest on the HD Cinema Classics label (distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment).
Considered one of early cinema’s greatest talents, filmmaker Orson Welles (F for Fake, Chimes at Midnight, Touch of Evil, Citizen Kane) directs and stars in the film noir classic as a Nazi war criminal, Franz Kindler, who has assumed a new identity following World War II. Now Charles Rankin, Kindler is a professor at a prep school, residing in a quiet Connecticut town with his new American wife, Mary (Academy Award-winner Loretta Young, The Farmer’s Daughter, The Bishops Wife, Come to the Stable), the daughter of a Supreme Court Justice.
Although Kindler has held strong to his fascist ideals, he has effectively erased his identity and left nary a shred of evidence – not even a photograph – to identify him as a notorious mastermind of the Holocaust.
But Mr. Wilson (Robert G. Robinson, Key Largo, Double Indemnity, Kid Galahad, Little Caesar), an agent from the U.N.’s War Crimes Commission, is relentless in his determination to track Kindler down and expose his lurid secrets. Releasing a former comrade from prison, Wilson follows him to the states and his prey … but the man is killed before he can identify Kindler.
With little hope of convincing the townspeople or Kindler’s naive new wife who the stranger in their midst really is, Wilson must come up with a plan before Kindler – who feels his past closing in – decides to eliminate his bride as well.
Digitally restored in high definition from original 35 mm film assets, The Stranger is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original sound, as well as a new 5.1 surround sound mix. Enclosed is a collectible postcard reproduction of the original movie poster and special features include Spanish subtitles, before-and-after film restoration demo and trailer.
About Film Chest:
Film Chest, headquartered in New York City, boasts one of the world’s largest digitized libraries (10,000+ hours) of classic feature films, television, foreign imports, documentaries, special interest and audio, which it continues to grow aggressively. Founded in 2001, the company offers high-quality content (much in HD) for a wide variety of production and distribution needs and produces collector’s sets for consumers. In 2010, Film Chest unveiled three new labels. HD Cinema Classics are films that have been painstakingly restored in HD and 5.1 stereo – utilizing state-of-the art digital technology – from original film assets. American Pop Classics restores classic American film and TV shows from the ’30-70s. CULTRA showcases the best (and worst) of cult cinema, a cinematic cesspool of films that are surreal, eccentric, controversial, comical and scary but ultimately engaging and entertaining. With directors who were both visionaries and crackpots, these films were originally misunderstood and rarely a box office success, achieving status by word-of-mouth and underground distribution. Film Chest releases theatrically, on DVD (distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment) and digitally on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Verizon FIOS and more. Visit us online at http://www.FilmChest.com
About Virgil Films & Entertainment:
Virgil Films & Entertainment, formerly Arts Alliance America, was founded in 2003 as Hart Sharp Video by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical film, documentary, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with such high-profile entertainment brands as Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment and Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets, among others. For more information, please visit: http://www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com
The Stranger (2 Discs)
Film Chest / Virgil Films & Entertainment
Genre: Crime-Drama/Film Noir/Cult/Classic
Original Release: 1946 (B&W)
Format: DVD & Blu-ray Combo Pack
Running Time: Approx. 95 Minutes (Plus Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price: $15.99
Pre-Order Date: January 11, 2011
Street Date: February 15, 2011
Catalog #: APC-003
UPC Code: #851169003032