Kino Lorber Releases Obit., a film by Vanessa Gould, on Blu-ray & DVD
New York, NY -- July 24, 2017 -- Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Obit., the critically-acclaimed documentary by Vanessa Gould that explores the world of the New York Times' obituary writers. Obit. is set to street on Blu-ray and DVD August 1, 2017, with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray and $29.95 for the DVD. The film will also become available digitally on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video on July 25, 2017.
Released theatrically by Kino Lorber earlier this year, Obit. opened in New York at Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza Cinema before moving on to other key national markets including Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, Portland, and many others.
Obit. has received great critical acclaim, including a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was named one of the ten best films of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly. Michael Sragow in Film Comment described Obit. as "Unfailingly refreshing and engrossing." Erik Luers in Filmmaker Magazine said it is "One of the few great films I've seen about writing." And Jim Slotek in the Toronto Sun called the film "A must-see."
The film screened at over 45 film festivals by invitation, including Hot Docs, Tribeca, and AFI Docs.
It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps-and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web-an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores.
Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What never dies?
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: August 1, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
Director: Vanessa Gould
Producers: Caitlin Mae Burke and Vanessa Gould
1.78:1 | 1920x1080p (Blu-ray) | 96 minutes | English with optional English SDH subtitles |
5.1 Surround | Color