Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland - a remote village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle - boasts the world's only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. Founded and curated by Siggi Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses mammalian members collected over 40 years.
DRAFTHOUSE FILMS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH CINEDIGM, REVEALS THE BLU-RAY/DVD DEBUT OF FASCINATING, STRANGER-THAN-FICTION DOCUMENTARY
The world's only penis museum needs one last endowment
The Final Member
'Side-splittingly funny...you can't make this stuff up.'- Variety
It wouldn't seem to be all that special, since all male mammals have one, yet an Icelandic museum devoted to it has become the focus of global attention. The Final Member, the hotly discussed, and well reviewed, film about the world's first and only penis museum, comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, on June 17, 2014. SRPs are $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $27.95 for the DVD. A "Total Package" edition, complete with a very special phallological keepsake, is $39.
Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland - a remote village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle - boasts the world's only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. Founded and curated by "Siggi" Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses mammalian members collected over 40 years, from a petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, and every "thing" in between.
Lamentably, Siggi's collection lacks the holy grail of phallic phantasmagoria: a human specimen. But Siggi's world changes dramatically when he receives generous offers from an elderly Icelandic Casanova looking to bequeath his organ upon his death and an eccentric American who's willing to be a living donor. However, as the competition for eternal penile preservation heats up between the two men, Siggi discovers that this process is more complicated than it initially appeared.
Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math's debut feature has been praised by critics and acknowledged by audiences for its sincere and sublimely comic portrait of obsession. "The Final Member ultimately reflects on how we choose to live our life, and even more, how we want it to be remembered," Kevin Jagerman says in his review for The Playlist. The doc follows Siggi on his dogged, often emotional quest to complete his exhibition in a peculiar yet startlingly relatable story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small).
"The Final Member documents the search for that last specimen with a twinkle in its eye and warmth in its tone," praised Jeannette Catsoulis in The New York Times. "This film demonstrates the supreme emotional effectiveness of a simple quest narrative," raved Heather Baysa in The Village Voice. It "finds hilarity in humanity," said Variety. Josh Kupecki of The Austin Chronicle said, "While very funny, The Final Member is also a compelling examination of society's concept of masculinity and male identity." "What sounds like the beginning of a dirty joke is in fact a pretty poignant character study. ... This shouldn't be missed," said Dave Canfield of Twitch. Luke Mullen of Film School Rejects called it "a beautiful portrait of one man's lifelong obsession."
Special Features on The Final Member Blu-ray and DVD include:
* A booklet about the museum and film
* A digital download of the film
* Deleted scenes
"Total Package" Collector's Limited Edition includes:
* A Blu-ray or DVD of the film, with above extras
* A limited edition genuine bull penis, preserved in a glass jar with wax seal and signed Certificate of
* Penis donation form for the Icelandic Phallological Museum
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The Final Member Blu-ray / DVD
Running time:72 minutes, plus extras
Languages:English and Icelandic with subtitles
SRP:$29.95 (BD) / $27.95 (DVD) / $39 ("Total Package")
Street Date:June 17, 2014
June 8, 2014, 1:20 pm - PR