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New On DVD: "The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975"

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • December 13, 2011 12:39 PM
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Swedish director Goran Hugo Olsson's revealing documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975 was released on DVD today.
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"Mama I Want To Sing" Coming Out On DVD In February

  • By Sergio
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  • December 9, 2011 1:44 PM
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I completely forgot there was film version made based on the long running "urban" play Mama I Want to Sing.
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New On DVD: Oliver Schmitz's Touching Drama "Life, Above All" To Be Released In U.S. On 12/06

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • December 5, 2011 9:00 AM
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Despite its heavy subject matter and the melancholy this film is sure to evoke from anyone with a heart who views it, Oliver Schmitz's Life, Above All is not a film to be missed by anyone who calls oneself a lover of film.   You can (and should) add this DVD to your collection when it's released this Tuesday.
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New On DVD: 15th Anniversary Edition Of Neil Gaiman AND Lenny Henry's "Neverwhere"

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • December 1, 2011 12:42 PM
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Despite the fact that it is usually credited exclusively as a Neil Gaiman-created project, BBC2's 1996 sci-fi mini-series Neverwhere was actually co-created with British funnyman Lenny Henry.  The 15th Anniversary Edition DVD of Neverwhere was released in November.

"The Mortician" With Method Man Coming Out On DVD In Feb.

  • By Sergio
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  • November 29, 2011 5:52 PM
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If I'm correct, it's been a few months since we've heard anything about the suspense thriller/horror/drama film The Mortician, starring Method Man, in the creepy lead role, along with Edward Furlong, Dash Mihok, and Wendell Pierce.
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On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD This Week - "The Weird World of Blowfly" (The Original Dirty Rapper)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 16, 2011 3:42 PM
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He's known as the original dirty rapper! Blowfly - the stage name for Clarence Reid, who wrote songs for several hit R&B groups in the 1960s and '70s. But he also recorded albums as Blowfly, his alter-ego usually seen in an ostentatious superhero costume, known especially for his x-rated raunchy raps, starting with a track called Rapp Dirty released in 1965.

New On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD This Week - "13," "The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry," "A Good Man"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 9, 2011 1:22 PM
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All films we've covered on S&A; first 13, a remake of the 2006 French film of the same name - a minimalist, black and white, atmospheric, tense thriller that I enjoyed, the feature film debut for Géla Babluani, the young French filmmaker of the original, who also wrote and directed this remake, which I hear is terrible; at least, so says one of its stars, Mickey Rourke.
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New On DVD - "Rejoice And Shout" (A Definitive History Of Gospel Music)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 1, 2011 3:47 AM
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Rejoice And Shout, a Shadow And Act recommend, which we've been following since it's festival and series circuit run over the last year, through its limited theatrical release across the country, is now out on DVD.
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On DVD/Blu-ray - "Venus Noire" ("Black Venus" - The Hottentot Venus Film) + Review + Clip +Interview

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 28, 2011 8:00 AM
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It's been over a year since I saw Venus Noire (Black Venus) at the New York Film Festival in the fall of 2010, and it never received a stateside release; actually I'm not sure it got much of a release outside of the international film festival circuit and a few European territories.

“The First Grader” Wins At World Soundtrack Academy Awards; Gets UK DVD Release

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • October 26, 2011 2:07 AM
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The Justin Chadwick directed, The First Grader, starring Naomie Harris, is a film that has been covered a good deal on this site. At the World Soundtrack Academy Awards this past weekend, music composer Alex Heffes took home the Discovery of The Year award for his work on the film.
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