I have talked many times about America’s morbid fascination with serial killers and one of the most watched through the years has been Charles Manson. Literally dozens of films have been created to tell the tale of Manson and his followers but most all agree that THE MANSON FAMILY is by far one of the most gruesome and realistic.
Directed by James Van Beeber THE MANSON FAMILY was a festival circuit hit but never really got out into the mainstream market. Severin Films is about to change all that with fantastic Blu-ray release on May 7th. This all coincides with the ten year anniversary of the film initial release.
An intense, explicit and graphic depiction of the events which led to seven horrific murders carried out by Charles Manson’s hippie cult in 1969, Van Bebber’s film took many years to complete, finally emerging from the underground to shock viewers at film festivals. The new HD remaster from Severin includes director commentary, extensive background material on the film’s long, rough road to completion, including the controversial documentary The Van Bebber Family (included here uncut), and the director’s new short film Gator Green.
In conjunction with the Blu-ray release a few theatrical viewings will also take place:
March 22 & 23 – Clay Theatre, San Francisco
March 22 & 23 – Esquire Theatre, Denver
March 27 – Boston Underground Film Festival – Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA
March 29 & 30 – Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, New York City
March 29 & 30 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston
March 29 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta
April 3 – Granoff Center for the Arts, Providence RI
April 5 – Ritz Bourse, Philadelphia
April 5 & 6 – Egyptian Theatre, Seattle
April 12 – Logan Theatre, Chicago
April 12 & 13 – Hi-Pointe Theatre, St. Louis
April 13 – Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland
April 19 & 20 – E Street Theatre, Washington DC
April 19 & 20 – Inwood Theatre, Dallas
April 21 – Screenland Crossroads, Kansas City MO
April 23 – New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles
One last thing, you have got to check out this brand new artwork that will grace the new release. It comes to us from artist Stephen Romano.