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Two films by Charles Burnett in October

BFI have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep and My Brother's Wedding on 20th October 2008. Priced at £15.99 and £17.99 RRP respectively, more details can be found below…

Killer of Sheep (1977) is an acclaimed tale of a disillusioned slaughter-house worker – and the solace to be found in the simplest moments of life.

Features include:

  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • PCM Mono audio
  • Optional English HOH subtitles (except for feature commentary)
  • Exclusive new interview with Charles Burnett
  • Feature commentary with Charles Burnett and Richard Peña
  • Several Friends (1969), Burnett’s early short. Friends of the director talk, smoke and drink in South Central LA in this stylistic precursor to Killer of Sheep
  • The Horse (1973), Burnett’s haunting short film set around a decaying farmhouse where four wealthy white men await to fate of a black horse
  • Illustrated booklet containing essays, director biography, cast and credits

My Brother’s Wedding (1983) is a warm, wry drama, its vignettes steeped in the mood and character of the Los Angeles neighbourhoods in which they were shot. Presented in a 2-disc set, this release contains both the original version (113mins) and a new director’s cut (77mins) along with an exclusive new interview with Charles Burnett and two short films.

Features include:
  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • PCM Mono audio
  • Optional English HOH subtitles
  • Exclusive new interview with Charles Burnett
  • When it Rains (1995), Burnett’s short film celebrating the value of community, as a benevolent man helps a neighbour who faces eviction
  • Quiet as Kept (2007), Burnett’s short documentary concerning a former New Orleans family relocated after Hurricane Katrina
  • Illustrated booklet containing essays, director biography, cast and credits


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