Kino Lorber Press Release: Music from the Big House (DVD)

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    Kino Lorber Releases powerful blues doc
    Music From the Big House
    from Oscar®-nominated producer Erin Faith Young and Director Bruce MacDonald

    Rita Chiarelli's musical journey through Louisiana State Penitentiary arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD August 26th

    "Gets across a notion of music as universal solace."
    - Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

    "a strikingly shot film"
    - Benjamin Mercer, Village Voice

    "Gorgeously filmed in black and white, and crisply edited....themes of deep regret and redemption run throughout the film. Kind of like the blues."
    - Cheryl Eddy, San Francisco Bay Guardian
    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 6, 2014 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the release of MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD. This stirring documentary by Bruce McDonald follows blues musician Rita Chiarelli on her mission to bring music to the inmates of the historic Louisiana State Penitentiary.

    MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE streets August 26th on Blu-ray (SRP: $29.95) and DVD (SRP: $24.95). Special features include concert extras, bonus scenes and These Four Walls stills video. It will also become available on VOD on August 26th.

    MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE has received praise from all over, including "Best of Show: Feature Documentary" at the Accolade Competition, "Best Canadian Documentary" at the Edmonton International Film Festival, and Official Selection at the International Documentary Association's Docuweek. Music from the Big House Official Trailer #1 (2012) HD Movie
    From acclaimed director Bruce MacDonald, Music from the Big House is an extraordinary story about finding hope, joy and music behind bars. Rita Chiarelli, Canada's Queen of the Blues, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Blues: Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary, a.k.a. Angola Prison -- formerly the bloodiest prison in America. Rita's trip turns into an historic jailhouse performance, playing with -- rather than for -- musician inmates serving life sentences. Their shared bond of music, and Chiarelli's ebullient personality, draw striking revelations from the inmates. Rather than sensational stories of convicts, we witness remarkable voices of hope as their love of music radiates humanity and redemption on their question for forgiveness.

    Director: Bruce McDonald​
    Genre: Documentary​
    Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: August 26th, 2014​
    Blu-ray SRP: $29.95​
    DVD SRP: $24.95​
    Blu-ray UPC: 850604004030​
    DVD UPC: 850604004023

    Special Features:
    Includes Concert Extras, Bonus Scenes and These Four Walls stills video
    Technical Specs:​
    90 minutes * 2010 * Canada/USA * English * Black & White * 1.85:1​

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