A film that was ahead of its time when it was release in 1973, and, quite frankly, is still very much so today, in 2012; and thus, I don’t feel it’s really received the kind of recognition it deserves.
Maybe the rest of the world will eventually catch up.
Sergio already informally announced the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of the film; this afternoon, I received an email from Kino Lorber, with an official press release on the film’s May 8th Blu-ray/DVD availabilty, including all the disc’s details, like price, extra features, and the actual Blu-ray/DVD cover art.
Kino Classics will release Bill Gunn’s rarely-screened 1973 erotic thriller that revolutionized the vampire film – Ganja & Hess – a film that is now starting to be recognized as a landmark work of African American cinema.
For many years, what was essentially a bastardized version of the film (created without Gunn’s involvement) was all that was available; but thankfully, Kino will be releasing the film in the original director’s cut, mastered in HD from a 35mm negative.
Special Features will include: “The Blood of the Thing” (25 Min.) an interview-based documentary; Audio commentary by producer Chiz Schultz, actress Marlene Clark, cinematographer James Hinton, and composer Sam Waymon; the original screenplay by Bill Gunn; an essay on the making of the film (and subsequent recutting) by David Walker and Tim Lucas; and a photo gallery.
The May 8 release will retail for $29.95 (on Blu-ray) and $24.95 (on DVD).