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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 is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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