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Lord Byron (Passion River) — Though it was made for pennies and it sure looks like it, Lord Byron remains an extremely accomplished movie. It’s well acted, it’s cinematic in how it drifts from Byron’s internal monologue to his everyday actions and back again, and it builds to a spellbinding conclusion with the help of a recurring musical theme that sounds like it was discovered in a flooded out church. But, more than that, there is just something deeply, inherently literary going on here, and that is what makes Lord Byron resonate and stand out from the pack. Watching Zack Godshall’s movie is like reading a good book. One of those good zany Southern fiction books, that is. Read the full HTN review, as well as Godshall’s Revolution and Apocalypse: The Lord Byron Manifesto”. Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Heaven’s Gate (Criterion) — The long overdue, newly restored transfer of Michael Cimino’s cut of this once-derided-and-now-admired film. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came To Shochiku (Criterion) — Includes the films The X From Outer Space; Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell; The Living Skeleton; Genocide. Available on DVD.

The Point (MVD Visual) — Available on DVD.

Have Not Seen Yet But Really/Kinda/Sorta/Maybe Wanna

Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl (PBS) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

What Did You Expect? The Archers of Loaf, Live At Cat’s Cradle (What Did You Expect) — Available on DVD.

Bringing Up Bobby (Monterey Video) — Available on DVD.

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Michael Tully was born and raised in Maryland and now lives on Tennis Court in Brooklyn. His most recent narrative feature, Septien, world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. In addition to directing Cocaine Angel (2006) and Silver Jew (2007), he is also a proud alumni of Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film" club (2006). Visit his indieWIRE blog Boredom at its Boredest——for more sporadic personal updates.

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