"SITA" Gets a DVD Release!

by enzian
July 28, 2009 9:30 AM
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Nina Paley's ingenious animated feature and festival favorite, SITA SINGS THE BLUES, finally makes its DVD debut today, July 28. One of the most unique full-length animated works in years and among the most beloved films at this Spring's Florida Film Festival, SITA juxtaposes multiple narrative and visual styles to present a personal and thoroughly modern adaptation of the Indian epic, The Ramayana, as it relates to the real-life tale of the filmmaker's marriage falling apart. Throw in a Greek chorus of a wryly comic trio of Indonesian shadow puppets, a monkey army, and awesome old jazz and blues recordings from 1920s legend Annette Hanshaw, and you have an adult-friendly cartoon unlike anything else you've ever seen.

And it's precisely those charming and haunting old songs on the soundtrack that have caused the delay in the film's homevideo release. While Hanshaw's recordings are in the Public Domain, the song compositions and lyrics were actually owned by a handful of big media corporations who were asking for exorbitant license fees. Paley went into debt to finally clear the rights, but her loss is our gain--the film is now 100% legit and available for public consumption. If you saw it at a festival, support Nina and plunk down your $19.99 to own a copy of this extraordinary work. And if you haven't seen it yet, you definitely need to check out this witty and beautiful debut feature that inspired Roger Ebert to write on his Chicago Sun-Times blog, "I am enchanted. I am swept away. I am smiling from one end of the film to the other. It is astonishly original." 'Nuff said.

--Matthew

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  • Pooja Kohli | July 29, 2009 3:59 AMReply

    Good news! Sita Sings the Blues is now available on DVD! Get it from Amazon or Netflix starting July 28!

    [New York, NY – July 20, 2009] – This July, FilmKaravan, in partnership with Vista India Digital Media, proudly presents its first DVD release — the beautifully animated and wittily narrated debut feature film from Nina Paley, SITA SINGS THE BLUES — through Amazon, Netflix and a vast network of South Asian wholesale stores nationwide. Brimming with charm, humor and a soundtrack comprised entirely of haunting vocals from 1920s jazz legend, Annette Hanshaw, whose old jazz and blues recordings give voice to Sita, this adult-friendly cartoon offers a personal and thoroughly modern adaptation of the great Indian epic, The Ramayana.

    For more information, visit http://www.filmkaravan.com