Paul Morrissey Box Set - Date Change
Tartan Video’s Paul Morrissey boxset has been postponed because the director himself has become personally involved in the project. With all three films – Flesh, Trash, and Heat – all being fully passed uncut for the first time in the UK, Tartan plans on making its boxset the very best possible.
Newly mastered prints will ensure maximum picture quality and sound, whilst Morrissey is making a whole series of extras available to include in the package. These will include some short films, deleted scenes, and fascinating behind-the-scenes footage of life in The Factory. In addition, negotiations are underway to access commentaries and voice-overs.
While all the materials are being sourced and approved, Tartan has postponed the release date. It is hoped that the boxset will be rescheduled for a July release. Full details will be announced nearer the time.
The original announcement follows...
Morrissey/Warhol Box Set - Flesh/Trash/Heat
A leading figure of 60s underground film-making, Paul Morrissey mixed stylish realism, experimental spontaneity, and sexually frankness. This boxset focuses on three cult favourites which he collaborated on with Andy Warhol and legendary male lead, Joe Dallesandro. FLESH (1968), tells a day-in-the-life of a hustler who’s trying to raise money for an abortion for his wife’s lesbian lover. TRASH (1970) follows the fortunes of a sexually impotent drug user and the trashy characters he encounters on his travels, including his transvestite girlfriend (played by Holly Woodlawn, recently seen in Milwaukee, Minnesota). HEAT (1972), a passing tribute to Sunset Boulevard, features an unemployed TV Western star seeking to make his comeback with an ageing movie star offering her help in exchange for bedroom favours in the bedroom. An insightful documentary about the world of Warhol’s Factory makes up a fourth disc to complete the boxset. Released totally uncut for the first time in the UK.
This is the first in a series of releases from Tartan’s Morrissey collection which also includes the cult classics Blood For Dracula (1972) and Flesh for Frankenstein (1974) - to be released on Tartan’s new Grindhouse horror label - as well as three delirious dramas: Women In Revolt (1971), a satirical look at women’s lib; Madame Wang’s (1981), set in a restaurant where sadists and punk bands hang out; and Mixed Blood (1985), a gritty tale of Brazilian drug dealers. In all, Tartan will be releasing eight titles over the course of the year.