The Mortician a thriller from British director Gareth Maxwell Roberts, starring Method Man (as the titular mortician), Edward Furlong, Dash Mihok, Wendell Pierce, and others has been on DVD since February, but I only just learned that it’s also now on VOD, which makes it more accessible.
It’s not streaming on Netflix (yet), but if you’re curious to see it, and haven’t yet gotten your hands on a DVD copy, you can rent it via iTunes for $3.99, or Amazon VOD for the same price.
You can also purchase digital copies from both online outlets, for $15.
The film made its worldwide debut at the Berlin Film Festival last year, in the Panorama sidebar, and screened at a handful of film festivals after that.
I should also make it clear that the film, which we first profiled in October 2009, was actually shot in 3D.
The official synopsis for this “technologically innovative and creatively groundbreaking… urban noir tale” reads:
THE MORTICIAN, one man’s struggle through the violence and corruption of a dying city where the poor are corralled into lawless ghettos. Alienated and cold, THE MORTICIAN processes the corpses with steely disregard. His new employee, NOAH, a volatile youth working as part of his parole, brings the notorious gangster, CARVER, to the mortuary door. The Mortician’s attention is pricked by the tattoo of ‘Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ inked on the body of a murdered woman, triggering a series of haunting dreams. Discovering a scared child, KANE, fleeing the morgue, he’s forced to act. Kane sparks The Mortician’s emotional awakening. They become reluctant allies struggling for redemption, determined to escape the physical and emotional chains that threaten to imprison them forever.
I actually never got to see it, but I will do so sometime today, because I’m genuinely curious about this one.
Here’s the film’s US release trailer; several still images and poster follow underneath: