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John Sayles Collection in April

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of a John Sayles Collection for 23rd April 2007 priced at £29.99. This box-set brings together three early films from John Sayles, one of the foremost American Independent directors working today. Never before available on UK DVD, these films are characterised by their nuanced observations, humanity and irrepressible sense of independence, forming the foundations of Sayles’ illustrious career.

Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980)

John Sayles’ directorial debut, The Return of the Secaucus Seven is a landmark moment in American independent cinema.
Shot on free locations with actors drawn from Sayles’ Eastern Slope Playhouse, the film is an affectionately observed ensemble drama that deals with the annual reunion of several college friends. Formerly bound by the shared moral and political activism of 1960’s campus life, the group have all chosen different paths since graduation but despite the shifts in time and the changing nature of their relationships remain linked by a shared experience and common humanity.

Cert: 15
Feature Running Time: 104 mins approx
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full frame

Lianna (1983)

Directed, written and edited by Sayles, Lianna was one of the first American films to deal with a lesbian relationship in a non-exploitive manner. It also continued Sayles’ crafting of strong female roles and interest in protagonists largely ignored by the mainstream.

Cert 15
Feature Running Time: 108 mins approx
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full frame

Brother From Another Planet (1984)

Following a trying studio experience on Baby It's You, John Sayles triumphantly returned to independent productions with the African-American sci-fi allegory The Brother From Another Planet. Sayles regular Joe Morton (Lone Star) stars as an escaped mute black slave who fetches up in Harlem. Deftly performed and executed with Sayles’ trademark gift for understatement, the film was a sizeable box-office success and was nominated for a Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

Cert: 15
Feature Running Time: 110 mins approx
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full frame

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