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Raro Video and Kino Lorber Release 
Domenico Paolella's action-packed crime film Stunt Squad

Available for the first time on Blu-ray

Euro-crime classic arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 30, remastered and loaded with bonus features including a video introduction by Mike Malloy (Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s)

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28, 2014 - Raro Video and Kino Lorber are proud to announce the release of STUNT SQUAD, an exhilarating piece of cops-and-robbers action - Italian style - directed by Domenico Paolella and starring Marcel Bozzuffi (The French ConnectionZ). This release marks the first time that STUNT SQUAD has been available on Blu-ray.

STUNT SQUAD streets on September 30, 2014, on Blu-ray (SRP: $29.95) and DVD (SRP: $24.95). Along with the film in a newly restored and remastered HD transfer, this disc also includes a selection of bonus features, such as a video introduction by Mike Malloy (Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s), and the original theatrical trailer.

Shopkeepers have been terrorized by a protection racket in Bologna, and the racketeers have found sneaky ways of planting explosives in the businesses of those who won't pay. Police Inspector Grifi (Marcel Bozzuffi, THE FRENCH CONNECTION) tries to get information from witnesses and criminal informants, but they're all brutally murdered. Grifi has no choice but to form a special squad -- one not bound by the red tape that restricts other cops -- who chase the racketeers with their daredevil stunt driving and fight them with their precision gunplay.

STUNT SQUAD(La Polizia e' Sconfitta) English version-clip
STUNT SQUAD(La Polizia e' Sconfitta) English version-clip

Director: Domenico Paolella
Genre: Action/Crime
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 30, 2014
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $24.95

Technical Specs:
1977 * 96 minutes * Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 * Italy * English and Italian with English subtitles * Color * Audio: 2.0 Dual Mono

Special Features:
Video Introduction by Mike Malloy
Original Theatrical Trailer
Digitally Restored and Remastered
New and Improved English subtitle translation
Stefano and Gianluca Curti started Raro Video Italy in 1999. Dedicated to digital restoration of films from a wide range of genres, bypassing any stylistic boundaries, the company has earned an outstanding reputation for the quality of its high-definition transfers. Its releases are also known for their supplemental content as well as the critical analysis and superb booklets that accompany each film. The firm opened its U.S. headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2010. Raro Video U.S. is a subsidiary of Gruppo editoriale Minerva/Raro, which is owned by Minerva Pictures, a 50-year old production and distribution company that continues to make films and boasts a catalog of more than 1,000 films.

Directors featured in the Raro Video catalog include: Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, David Lynch, Derek Jarman, Shinya Tsukamoto, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Lars von Trier, Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Francesco Barilli, Tinto Brass, Jean Cocteau, Pedro Almodóvar, Martin Scorsese and more.

Available now from Raro Video U.S.: The Vanquished, The Clowns, The Anger, Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man, Body Puzzle, The Visitor, Come Have Coffee With Us, The Overcoat, Murder Obsession, The Secret of Dorian Gray, Crime of Love, Young, Violent, Dangerous, Steam - The Turkish Bath, The Night of the Devils, Madness, The Automobile, To Be Twenty, Conversation Piece, The Perfume of the Lady in Black, Plot of Fear, Waves of Lust, Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show, The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection Vol. 1, The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection Vol. 2, Shoot First, Die Later, Hanging for Django, Il Generale Della Rovere, Nightmare City and Meet Him and Die.

With a library of 800 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including four Academy Award® nominated films in the last six years. In addition, the company brings over 70 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases under its 5 house brands, distributes a growing number of third party labels, and is a direct digital distributor to all major platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Amazon, Vimeo, and others.

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Darren Aronofsky in Conversation with Novelist Lynne Tillman

New Museum’s Stuart Regen Visionaries Series Announces

Darren Aronofsky as the 2014 Visionary Speaker
The Academy Award-Nominated Director Will Be in Conversation with Novelist Lynne Tillman
Tuesday September 30, 2014, 7:00 PM
in the New Museum Theater

New York, NY…The New Museum is pleased to announce that Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky will be featured as this year’s Visionary speaker. Aronofsky (b. 1969, Brooklyn) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Now in its sixth season, the annual Stuart Regen Visionaries Serieshonors leading international thinkers and creators in the fields of art, architecture, design, dance, film, literature, and technology, and marks a commitment by the New Museum to consider their effects on culture at large. Aronofsky will be in conversation with novelist and critic Lynne Tillman on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at7:00 p.m. in the New Museum Theater.
Prior Visionaries include legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, whose talk inaugurated this signature program (2009); Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia (2010); Alice Waters, chef, author, activist, and proprietor of Chez Panisse Restaurant & Café (2011); artist and architect Maya Lin (2012); and Matthew Weiner, writer, director, and producer of Mad Men (in conversation with writer A.M. Homes) (2013).
Between 1998 and 2014, Darren Aronofsky directed six films that have earned or been nominated for awards at ceremonies and festivals such as the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Venice Film Festival, and the American Film Institute, among others. In 1998, Aronofsky won the Sundance Film Festival’s Directing Award for Pi, his first feature film. Two years later, the searing Requiem for a Dream (2000) was described by the New York Times as “a downer, and a knockout.” And in 2006, the director’s exquisite fable The Fountain split the critics with its hypnotic rhythm and philosophical stance and went on to become a cult favorite. Aronofsky’s next films, The Wrestler (2008) and Black Swan (2010), look at the particular brutalities of two strangely sympathetic professions—wrestling and ballet. The films’ protagonists share tragic endings that, in Aronofsky’s vocabulary, are also victories. While these films might not seem to lead to Noah (2014), Aronofsky’s central character in this story is a man who risks everything in service to his hubris. Like its predecessors, Noah is an interrogation of the human condition. The New Museum carries forward the Visionaries Series with Aronofsky and the deeply moral documents that are the sum of his career.
Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short-story writer, and critic. She has received great acclaim for her novels, including Haunted Houses (1987); No Lease on Life (1998), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction; and, most recently,American Genius, A Comedy (2006). Among her collections of short stories areThis Is Not It (2002) and Someday This Will Be Funny (2011). Tillman is also acknowledged for her unique writing about art. Her book The Madame Realism Complex (1992) is a collection of early fictional pieces on art and culture, most of which had originally been published in Art in America, a first for art magazines. The character Madame Realism is a feminist riposte to surrealism, with Duchampian turns on gender and other received ideas. These stories and newer ones, including “Drawing from a Translation Artist,” are landmarks in art-writing in their use of narrative to respond to contemporary art. Tillman’s trenchant, witty essays fill her most recent nonfiction collection What Would Lynne Tillman Do? (2014). She lives in New York, where she is currently at work on her sixth novel.
The Visionaries Series is made possible by the Stuart Regen Visionaries Fund, established by a gift from Barbara Gladstone in honor of her son, Stuart Regen.
New Museum Members can purchase presale tickets ($20) to attend this event beginning on August 20. General admission tickets ($25) will go on sale on August 27. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Note to Press: For more information or to request a ticket to cover this event, please contact Press tickets are limited and only available to media on assignment.

About the New Museum
The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 1977, the New Museum was conceived as a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation about living artists from around the world. From its beginnings as a one-room office on Hudson Street to the inauguration of its first freestanding, dedicated building on the Bowery designed by SANAA in 2007, the New Museum continues to be a place of ongoing experimentation and a hub of new art and new ideas.

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