Ganja & Hess (Blu-ray)
Directed by Bill Gunn
Also Available On:Amazon Booking Inquiry
Produced by Chiz Schults
Directed by Bill Gunn
Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film Ganja & Hess is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), bestowing upon him the blessing of immortality... and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant’s beautiful and outspoken wife Ganja (Marlene Clark) comes searching for her missing husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership. Together, they explore just how much power blood holds.
Later recut and released in an inferior version, this edition represents the original release, restored by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The Film Foundation, and mastered in HD from a 35mm negative.
Blu-ray Extras Include:
- Mastered in HD from the newly restored 35mm negative
- “The Blood of the Thing” (29 min.), an interview-based documentary produced for the 1998 DVD release
- Audio commentary by producer Chiz Schultz, actress Marlene Clark, cinematographer James Hinton, and composer Sam Waymon
- Original screenplay by Bill Gunn (BD-ROM access only)
- Essay on the making of the film (and subsequent recutting) by David Walker and Tim Lucas (BD-ROM access only)
- Photo gallery
"A sensual, scholarly, magic-realist exploration of black history and black desire."
"An underground classic! The most complicated, intriguing, subtle, sophisticated and passionate black film of the '70s."
"A blood-soaked masterpiece. One of the most profound, surreal and horrifying love stories ever made."
"A visionary filmmaker."
- Official Selection Cannes Film Festival
RT' @filmcenter': "SYNONYMS is smart, stunning, and requires multiple viewings to peel back all its layers." --' @Chicago_Reader's' Jamie Ludwi…
RT' @TheFilmStage': We talk to director' @kmendoncafilho' about #Bacurau, mainstream cinema, and how the Brazilian government is destroying cul…
RT' @davidehrlich': as always, i annotated the video on IndieWire with a list of my favorite movie moments of the year: ' https://t.co/w5D6RM…'
RT' @davidehrlich': THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2019 A video countdown: ' https://t.co/szibzkDPRP'' https://t.co/7Q4tP4B1wJ'
@DNauertz' @BigBrother1988' We send to existing customers but you can also request to be added to our list here:' https://t.co/fmQkmZMFL1'
@LC_Perez81 Thanks for flagging, we are working to fix. In the meantime, try this:' https://t.co/NVD48Gr6Of'
RT' @DNauertz': There are many things I love about' @KinoLorber', but the fact that they send me catalogues is pretty high on the list. Who doe…
"[Fashion] helped me to understand... anthropology, theology, religion, and the position of women in the whole worl…' https://t.co/ZpESPJgBbc'
Huge' @KLStudioClassic' End of the Decade sale now through December 19! Over 350 Blu-rays on sale starting at $5.99,…' https://t.co/CDrwJcoLFt'
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 212-629-6880.