For years, S.R. Bindler’s 1997 documentary “Hands on a Hardbody,” has been unavailable to its fans beyond asking prices in the hundreds for DVDs and prints of the long lost film. But now, fans can finally get their hands on a completely remastered version of the film, when it is released on DVD and available for download April 1.
The film documents a yearly endurance competition in Longview, TX, in which twenty-four participants attempt to hold onto a pickup truck by hand for the longest period of time. Upon its release, it won the audience award at the Los Angeles Film Festival and played at an Austin theatre for 16 months before going out of print and becoming unavailable for the last 15 years.
“Hands on a Hardbody,” has since become something of a cult classic, gaining the attention of Robert Altman, who was planning a feature adaptation before his death, and Ira Glass, who dedicated an episode of his series “This American Life,” to the film and its participants, among others. A musical adaptation is also currently in previews on Broadway.
The new release of the film will include 86-minutes of new material and the complete remastered film. There are currently plans for the film to tour theatrically through Texas in April, with a national theatrical campaign beginning this summer. For additional information on screening information as it comes, check out the film’s website.
Check out a trailer for the film below: