Ganja and Hess…1973 USA horror drama by Bill Gunn set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 26th January 2015

Posted: 17 January, 2015 in New Releases
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Ganja Hess Dual Format Blu ray Ganja & Hess is a 1973 USA horror drama by Bill Gunn.
Starring Duane Jones, Marlene Clark and Bill Gunn. BBFC link IMDb UK: The Complete Version was passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2015 Eureka Entertainment Ltd RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 26th January 2015

Version History

Bill Gunn’s original cut was 113 minutes, but the producers wanted a shorter film, and released a 78 minute version titled Blood Couple.

This film was mostly restored in 1998 and released by Image. This version was just missing a two minute sequence of George Meda stabbing Dr Hess Green.

The complete film was restored in 2006, and it is this complete version that is featured on this Eureka release.

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Promotional Material

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and the horror cinema, Bill Gunn s revolutionary independent film Ganja & Hess is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. 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.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 ), endowing him with 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 vanished husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership. Together, they explore just how much power there is in the blood.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT (BLU-RAY + DVD) EDITION:

  • Brand new 1080p high-definition transfer
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Feature-length commentary with producer Chiz Schultz, lead actress Marlene Clark, cinematogropher James Hinton and composer Sam Waymon
  • Select scene commentary with historian David Kalat
  • The Blood of the Thing: film historian David Kalat leads an interview-based documentary about the film
  • Gunn s original screenplay available via DVD-Rom and BD-Rom
  • Reversible Sleeve
  • 24-page booklet featuring a new essay by critic and author Kim Newman and a vintage letter written by Gunn to the New York Times, illustrated with archival images
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