Oscilloscope Laboratories Announces Howl with James Franco for DVD and Blu-ray

Oscilloscope Laboratories has officially announced the release of Howl for DVD and Blu-ray. The film stars James Franco, Jon Hamm and David Strathairn and is directed by Academy Award documentarian filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Howl recounts the life of Allen Ginsberg – the poet, counter-culture adventurer, and chronicler of the Beat Generation. Arriving January 4, 2011, the DVD carries a SRP of $29.99. The BD+DVD combo release will sell for $34.99. With 5.1 Surround, the film will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen.

Bonus Features for the DVD and Blu-ray include:

      James Franco in conversation with directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman – an all new feature length audio commentary

      Holy! Holy! Holy! Making of Howl – featuring directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, stars James Franco, John Hamm, David Strathairn, Treat Williams, Bob Balaban, poet Anne Waldman, and others

      Directors’ research tapes – original interviews with Ginsberg’s friends and collaborators Eric Drooker, Peter Orlovsky, Tuli Kupferberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Steven Taylor

      Allen Ginsberg reads Howl – never before seen footage from a performance in 1995 at the Knitting Factory in New York

      James Franco reads Howl audio feature

Additional Features Exclusively on Blu-ray:

      Allen Ginsberg reads Sunflower Sutra and Pull My Daisy – never before seen footage from a performance in 1995 at the Knitting Factory in New York

      Q&A with directors Epstein and Friedman moderated by John Cameron Mitchell at the Provincetown Film Festival

James Franco as Allen Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless, electrifying, and controversial work of his career: Howl. Pushing the limits and challenging the mainstream, the passionate and provocative Howl and its publisher found themselves on trial for obscenity, with prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn) setting out to have the book banned, while defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) fervently argues for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alessandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).

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