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This is tremendous news! I was just bitching about how so few Sayles movies are out on Blu-ray, especially this one, which has long been my favorite!

If you’ve never seen it, this is a masterpiece!

I hope to see more Sayles movies out on disc on a regular basis.
 

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Amazing that CoH is finally coming out on Blu-ray. Excellent urban drama, and IMHO one of Sayles' best films. I streamed this several years ago and was very impressed by the interweaving story-lines & the fantastic casting.

I know this has never gotten a modern physical media release (DVD/Blu) before now. But, I don't even know if it was available during the VHS/Laser Disk days. It's definitely one of Sayles' most obscure films.

FWIW, CoH is currently streaming on Tubi for free. Though, while the PQ is decent - there are commercials.
 
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Last paragraph in a feature on John Sayles in EMPIRE:

Shockingly, Sayles hasn't been able to get a film off the ground since 2013's Go For Sisters. "I have three or four movies I'd love to make and none of them are that expensive, but it's just really hard for anybody to make a standalone feature now," he levels. "If your last three movies haven't made tens of millions of dollars in profit for people, you're just not on the list."
 

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Last paragraph in a feature on John Sayles in EMPIRE:

Shockingly, Sayles hasn't been able to get a film off the ground since 2013's Go For Sisters. "I have three or four movies I'd love to make and none of them are that expensive, but it's just really hard for anybody to make a standalone feature now," he levels. "If your last three movies haven't made tens of millions of dollars in profit for people, you're just not on the list."
I wasn't even aware of Go for Sisters! The last film of his I remember is Amigo, which I don't know whether it was released theatrically. It didn't get a home video release to my knowledge.
 

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I wasn't even aware of Go for Sisters! The last film of his I remember is Amigo, which I don't know whether it was released theatrically. It didn't get a home video release to my knowledge.

Still need to see Amigo (2010) in it's entirety. I believe it was released theatrically, but it sounds like it was a very limited release. You're right that it never got a proper home video release. I haven't even been able to find a decent stream of this film anywhere. It's definitely one of Sayles' most obscure films.


Go for Sisters (2013) is a good film. I would classify it as an independent mystery/thriller. It did get a DVD release years ago (but is now long OOP).

 
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know this has never gotten a modern physical media release (DVD/Blu) before now. But, I don't even know if it was available during the VHS/Laser Disk days.
The only video release the movie got was VHS, circa 1992.
 

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My copy arrived today. Looking forward to checking it out this weekend.
 

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I watched this last night, and honestly, it’s even better than I remembered. Sayles has a way of crafting these stories full of many characters that seems to suggest a sprawling tale that will be hard to keep track of, but then he brings it all together with surprises and story logic that makes you say “Of course!”

If City of Hope isn’t his best, it’s certainly among them. This Blu-ray release seemed to come out of nowhere, but I’m glad it did. It’s the first release of the film since VHS in 1992. The picture looks beautiful. There aren’t any extras, save for Sayles’ commentary, which I will certainly be listening to in the future.

This film has been a holy grail on Blu-ray for a long time. I hope there are more Sayles films coming soon. (This one follows Lone Star, which is a Criterion release from January, and Eight Men Out is about to be re-released.)

Highly recommended.
 

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