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PR On The Bowery on DVD & Blu-ray Feb 21

Milestone Film & Video



When the film opened it 1956, it exploded on the screen, burning away years of Hollywood artifice, jump-starting the post-war American independent film movement and earning an Oscar nomination. Now gloriously restored by the Cineteca di Bologna, On the Bowery is both an incredible document of a bygone era and a vivid and devastating portrait of addiction that resonates today just as it did when it was made.

For Immediate Release
January 24, 2012

On The Bowery - The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Vol. 1

The Deluxe Edition with Good Times, Wonderful Times and Out
World Blu-Ray and American DVD Premiere on February 21, 2012
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Selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress Winner of the 2010 National Society of Film Critics Film Heritage Award Five Stars...Devastating! Time Out New York A must-see for anyone who cherishes the old soul of New York. Manohla Dargis, New York Times "A vivid, electrifying time.... Do not miss it." Shawn Levy, The Oregonian The ultimate New York movie!" Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

The restored On the Bowery premiered in more than 30 venues nationwide in 20102011. At New Yorks Film Forum, the film earned more than $56,000 and was the top-grossing title at the theater.

For songwriter Woody Guthrie, his guitar was a machine that kills fascists. For Lionel Rogosin, the weapon of choice was a movie camera, and his first battle was waged on the streets of New York City.

Exploring the underworld of the citys skid row, Rogosin developed his signature style. After months drinking with men he met on the Bowery, Rogosin worked with his buddies to write a screenplay that reflected their livesand then cast them as themselves. This technique of making films from the inside allowed Rogosin to film ordinary people caught up in universal problems. His films explored alcoholism, homelessness, racial discrimination, war, labor conflict, and poverty with great compassion and honesty.

On The Bowery chronicles three days in the drinking life of Ray Salyer, a part-time railroad worker adrift on New Yorks skid row. When the film opened it 1956, it exploded on the screen, burning away years of Hollywood artifice, jump-starting the post-war American independent film movement and earning an Oscar nomination. Now gloriously restored by the Cineteca di Bologna, On the Bowery is both an incredible document of a bygone era and a vivid and devastating portrait of addiction that resonates today just as it did when it was made.

Good Times, Wonderful Times was Rogosins powerful response to militarism and fascism. For two years, Rogosin traveled to twelve countries, amassing footage of war atrocities from national archives. He then interspersed these harrowing images with scenes of a London cocktail partys inane chatter. The juxtaposition satirizes the tragic irresponsibility of modern man. Good Times, Wonderful Times, released at the height of the Vietnam conflict, became one of the great antiwar films of the era. Out, a documentary by Rogosin made for the United Nations, tells the plight of Hungarian refugees fleeing to Austria in the aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

On The Bowery - The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Vol. 1
First-ever Blu-Ray release by Milestone.
Both Blu-Ray and DVD Deluxe Editions feature many rare bonus features:
1. On the Bowery. Directed by Lionel Rogosin. United States. 1956. Mono sound. Aspect ratio 4:3. Restoration by the Cineteca del Comune di Bologna. Mastered from the 2K restoration. (65.00)
2. Introduction by Martin Scorsese. Produced for Milestones release.
3. The Perfect Team: The Making of On the Bowery. Directed by Michael Rogosin. (46:30).
4. A Walk Through the Bowery. Directed by Michael Rogosin. (12:12).
5. Street of Forgotten Men. United States. 1933. Courtesy of Oddball Film + Video, San Francisco (2:12).
6. Bowery Mens Shelter. Directed by Rhody Streeter and Tony Ganz. United States. 1972. Courtesy of New York Public Library Film and Video Collection. Restored by Colorlab. (10:19).
7. On the Bowery. Theatrical Trailer (2:12).
8. Good Times, Wonderful Times. Directed by Lionel Rogosin. England/United States. 1964. Aspect ratio 4:3. Restoration by the Cineteca del Comune di Bologna. Mastered from the 2K restoration. (69.00)
9. Mans Peril: The Making of Good Times, Wonderful Times. Directed by Michael Rogosin. (24:15)
10. Out. Directed by Lionel Rogosin. 1957. United States. Aspect Ratio 4:3. Courtesy of United Nations Multimedia Resources Unit. (25:33).

Milestone Film & Video enters its 22nd year of operations with a reputation for releasing classic cinema masterpieces, new foreign films, groundbreaking documentaries and American independent features. Thanks to the companys work in rediscovering and releasing important films such as Charles Burnetts Killer of Sheep, Kent Mackenzies The Exiles, Mikhail Kalatozovs I Am Cuba, Marcel Ophulss The Sorrow and the Pity, the Mariposa Film Groups Word is Out and Alfred Hitchcocks Bon Voyage and Aventure Malgache, Milestone has long occupied a position as one of the countrys most influential independent distributors. In 1995, Milestone received the first Special Archival Award from the National Society of Film Critics for its restoration and release of I Am Cuba. Manohla Dargis, then at the LA Weekly, chose Milestone as the 1999 Indie Distributor of the Year. In 2004, the National Society of Film Critics again awarded Milestone with a Film Heritage award. That same year the International Film Seminars presented the company its prestigious Leo Award and the New York Film Critics Circle voted a Special Award in honor of 15 years of restoring classic films. In November 2007, Milestone was awarded the Fort Lee Film Commissions first Lewis Selznick Award for contributions to film history. Milestone/Milliarium won Best Rediscovery from the Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards for its release of Winter Soldier in 2006 and again in 2010 for The Exiles.

In January 2008, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association chose to give its first Legacy of Cinema Award to Dennis Doros and Amy Heller of Milestone Film & Video for their tireless efforts on behalf of film restoration and preservation. And in March 2008, Milestone became an Anthology Film Archives Film Preservation honoree. In 2009, Dennis Doros was elected as one of the Directors of the Board of the Association of the Moving Image Archivists and established the organizations press office in 2010. In 2011, Milestone was the first distributor ever chosen for two Film Heritage Awards in the same year by the National Society of Film Critics for the release of On the Bowery and Word is Out. The American Library Association also selected Word is Out for their Notable Videos for Adult, the first classic film ever so chosen. Important contemporary filmmakers have co-presented Milestone restorations including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Barbara Kopple, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, Thelma Schoonmaker, Jonathan Demme and Dustin Hoffman.

They care and they love movies. Martin Scorsese



Milestone Film & Video

January 26, 2012, 8:40 am - PR
Keywords: drama, restoration





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