Kino Lorber continues its crusade to release spectacular HD versions of obscure motion pictures culled from around the planet.
Today, KL announced its plans to release GOLD, a rare and eye-filling German science fiction future-shock film from 1934 starring the great Brigitte Helm (METROPOLIS) and directed by Karl Hartl.
GOLD has been remastered in HD from archival elements preserved by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 14, 2016, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $19.95 for the DVD.
GOLD is of historical interest as an example of the cinema produced during the 1930s in National Socialist Germany. It utilizes some of the key talents of the German film industry of the silent era, including production designer Otto Hunte (who had designed Fritz (METROPOLIS) Lang’s futuristic fantasies, and cinematographer Günther Rittau.
Here’s the synopsis:
Hans Albers stars as Professor Holk, an idealistic scientist developing the process of atomic fracturing, constructing an enormous electrical device to transform common lead into gold. When the operation is sabotaged by corporate rivals, resulting in the death of Holk’s mentor (Friedrich Kayssler), Holk must accept the backing of a ruthless English businessman, John Wills (Michael Bohnen), whose interest in atomic fracturing is purely economic.Though he makes a deal with the devil, in order to continue his research, Holk recognizes it as a golden opportunity-not for a paycheck, but for payback-and plots to destroy Wills’s titanic gold-making machinery. While Holk enacts his revenge, he captures the interest of the millionaire’s rebellious daughter (Brigitte Helm), who is enthralled by the scientist’s vision and integrity.
You can pre-order GOLD here.