A singer's journey of self-discovery through the city, and the characters and experiences he encounters along the way. This tale is steeped in folklore, surrealism, and music, starring and featuring a score by the experimental blues and folk recording artist Willis Earl Beal.
Kino Lorber Releases the Critically-Acclaimed 2014 Sundance Selection
on Blu-ray and DVD
Tim Sutton's surreal tale of musical self-discovery, starring and featuring a score by Blues innovator Willis Earl Beal, to become available on Blu-ray & DVD January 13, packed with bonus features including interviews with the director and Willis Earl Beal, booklet essays and more
"It's a marvel, a vision to feel and contemplate." - Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice "Every image in Memphis quivers with a poetic intensity." - Stephen Holden, New York Times "It worked its magic on me, and its meaning is something I take on faith." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com "Captures the mood of the blues with pitch-perfect sensuality." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30, 2014 - Kino Lorber is pleased to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Tim Sutton's musical drama Memphis, about a singer's journey of self-discovery through the city, and the characters and experiences he encounters along the way. This tale is steeped in folklore, surrealism, and music, starring and featuring a score by the experimental blues and folk recording artist Willis Earl Beal.
Released theatrically by Kino Lorber, Memphis opened at New York's IFC Center in September before moving on to key national markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans and Washington DC. The film had its premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, and was also an official selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Memphis comes to Blu-ray and DVD on January 13, 2015, packed with special features including booklet essays by Robert Gordon, an extra scene - "Willis Meets the Prophet", an on-set interview with Willis Earl Beal, a podcast interview with director Tim Sutton, and Teenie and Charles Hodges of the Hi Rhythm Section in session.
A strange singer with god given talent drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension.
Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-cum-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, Memphis is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory.
Director: Tim Sutton
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: January 13, 2015
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $24.95
Blu-ray SRP: 738329156329
DVD SRP: 738329155629
2013 / US / Drama / Color / in English / 78 mins / 1.78:1
Booklet Essays by Robert Gordon
Extra Scene-"Willis Meets the Prophet"
On-set Interview with Willis Earl Beal
Podcast Interview with Director Tim Sutton
Teenie and Charles Hodges of the Hi Rhythm Section in session
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January 7, 2015, 11:48 pm - PR