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3D Urban Noir Tale “The Mortician” Starring Method Man Gets Official USA Trailer (On DVD February 14)

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 19, 2012 11:42 AM
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As Sergio noted in a post last month, The Mortician a thriller from British director Gareth Maxwell Roberts, starring Method Man (as the titular mortician), Edward Furlong, Dash Mihok, Wendell Pierce, and others will be released on DVD on February 14th.

The film made its worldwide debut at the Berlin Film Festival last year, in the Panorama sidebar, and screened at a handful of film festivals after that.

I should also make it clear that the film, which we first profiled in October 2009, was actually shot in 3D.

The official synopsis for this “technologically innovative and creatively groundbreaking... urban noir tale”reads:

THE MORTICIAN, one man's struggle through the violence and corruption of a dying city where the poor are corralled into lawless ghettos. Alienated and cold, THE MORTICIAN processes the corpses with steely disregard. His new employee, NOAH, a volatile youth working as part of his parole, brings the notorious gangster, CARVER, to the mortuary door. The Mortician's attention is pricked by the tattoo of 'Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' inked on the body of a murdered woman, triggering a series of haunting dreams. Discovering a scared child, KANE, fleeing the morgue, he's forced to act. Kane sparks The Mortician's emotional awakening. They become reluctant allies struggling for redemption, determined to escape the physical and emotional chains that threaten to imprison them forever.

Fast-forward to this morning when I logged onto my laptop to find an email from director Gareth Roberts reminding me of the upcoming DVD release, as well as alerting me to a new official US trailer in anticipation of its upcoming DVD release.

When I last wrote about it, the entry contained several clips from the film which I lost after effing Vimeo shut down my Vimeo account due to some, ahem, "rights violations," which they were wrong to do, and which I've been trying to rectify. I still have the clips on my computer and just need to re-upload them again to some other video sharing site.

So... booh.

For now, here's the film's US release trailer; several still images and poster follow underneath:


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  • Steven | January 19, 2012 12:01 PMReply

    I feel silly for saying this but I thought Method Man was Kimbo Slice before I expanded the poster. lol

  • Duncan Manutz | January 19, 2012 11:54 AMReply

    I one maybe two questions, How does a Black Actor get a lead role like this ? Are Real Actors pissed off ? if so, Where is the Outcry ?

  • Nadell | January 19, 2012 4:44 PM

    @ Jug - that was the other movie I was thinking about "Walk The Line".
    Now Jamie Foxx started out doing comedy first...or was it acting? Either way of which came first, his secondary profession is singing.

  • Jug | January 19, 2012 3:59 PM

    @Nadell-Oh, forgot WALK THE LINE with Joaquin Phoenix & Reece Witherspoon as Johnny Cash & his wife. Jamie Foxx in RAY splits the difference LOL

  • Jug | January 19, 2012 3:07 PM

    Troy...I have to say that was one of the more confusing & stupid comments I've read in a while. Thanks for the laugh! @ Nadell- Indeed. Remember COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER? Ever see LA BAMBA? SELENA? GREAT BALLS OF FIRE? THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY? Every one of 'em with actors (in order-Sissy Spacek, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid, Gary Busey). Proof is in the pudding. Troy is just a moron, because I'm guessing, he thinks I WANT to see this craptastic flick with Meth, trying to get his acting cred, Reading comprehension is a must ya heard. If he wants to see movies with this sort of "celebrity acting" than so be it, A Fool & his Money are Soon Parted. LOL

  • Nadell | January 19, 2012 3:00 PM

    @ Duncan - I have been thinking this since "Waiting to Exhale", "Set if Off", "The Preacher's Wife", "Takers", "Raisin in the Sun", "Baby Boy", "Cadillac Records" (to only name a few). Its pretty ridiculous and degrading to those actors and downright an injustice. But as Jug said , its all about $$$! Plaster a famous, high-profile face to a movie and the face & name alone brings in big bucks.
    @ Jug - couldn't have said it any better. I have yet to see a movie or bio about a famous artist who is white being portrayed by a singer. They understand the importance of aiming to showcase talent rather than fame -- they know the quality of acting and they make it their mission to give their beloved icon superior justice in being portrayed in film.

  • Troy | January 19, 2012 2:54 PM

    The movie was terrible. So we should want to see an actor who was a bad waiter instead of a viable celebrity. Every sorted and lowest common denominator that has box office success is successful because of white people. Whatever Jug.

    Movies are for celebrities and extras. Actors and Master Thespians belong on stage.

  • Jug | January 19, 2012 12:44 PM

    How do you get a lead role like this? Cut an album..maybe make a sex tape. Seriously, the outcry has since ceased because, unfortunately, people just want to be entertained. And to be even more specific, those who LOOK like us really don't care either. Actors, in general, we're told to "stop b*tchin'" & "get your game tight". For minorities, especially Black people, it's the business model. We go see movies with rappers, singers & athletes as leads, but white people do not. They go see Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Will Smith, Robert DeNiro, Colin Firth, Sam Worthington, etc (and the occasional Paris Hilton LOL) Trust me, the actors here are pissed off (see Omar Epps response to Puffy playing Walter Lee, Sam Jackson & his view on working with rappers-tho he does it A LOT :-/ ), but business is business and until we vote with our wallets, those types of creative/business decisions will continue.

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