Ganja & Hess (1973) Blu-Ray May 8th

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  1. Ash28M

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    I'm not sure why I just found this out yesterday but the way underrated Ganja & Hess is getting a Blu- Ray release next week.

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    My Blu-ray of Ganja & Hess arrived today. Looking forward to watching it. I can't be the only fan of this film here?
     
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    Can't say I'm a fan yet, as I haven't seen it. But thanks for reminding me! I had bid on a 16mm print of it a couple years ago, but got outbid last minute...
     
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    I've got the DVD but understand that the blu is a huge improvement. I'm keeping my eye out for a good price.
     
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    I saw this for the 1st time last month via Netflix & LOVED it.
    Bought the Blu Ray & wow definitely an upgrade in quality.
    Watched it STONED & WOW the music is amazing!
    If you can get the DVD "Creatures, Critters, and Crazies" it contains the film 'BLOOD COUPLE' which is a totally different cut & a totally (good but not as good) different film.
    You can get it on half.com for like $1

    Check out the DVD/Blu Ray comparison:

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews36/ganja_and_hess.htm
     
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    any love for Ganja & Hess?
     
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    Great movie. Totally original as well as an interesting meditation on race. A good antidote to "blacksploitation" horror.
     
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    This ran at the AFI in Silver Spring last year but I missed it. Have to seek it out on disc.
     
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    I appreciate the movie for what it is,but its a hard movie to watch over again.The bluray looks fantastic compared to the old dvd
     
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    Spike Lee's remake was interesting & I'm glad he made it I guess but it's ultimately disappointing :(
     
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    Sam Waymon - Ganja & Hess (Original 1973 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    SD-006LP

    April 2018

    LP



    Strange Disc Records proudly presents the original soundtrack to one of THE groundbreaking films of African American cinema, Ganja & Hess (1973).

    Ganja & Hess is a seminal work of African American cinema, flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror cinema, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Starring Duane Jones (Night Of The Living Dead) & Marlene Clark (Midnight Cowboy, Enter The Dragon) as the leading roles.

    Ganja & Hess was honored as one of the ten best American films of its decade by the Cannes Film Festival but was barely distributed to American audiences. Commissioned at a time when ‘blaxploitation’ movies like ‘Shaft’ played as blockbusters in African American neighborhoods, it was suppressed in the United States because it did not turn out to be the Hollywood genre film the producers intended, so Ganja & Hess was withdrawn when Gunn went beyond the vampire genre and turned in an original product.

    The original cut was donated to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) whose restoration work & screenings helped build the film’s reputation as a neglected classic of independent African American cinema. The restored version later received a superior DVD & Blu Ray release through Kino Lorber and in 2014 the film was remade by Spike Lee as ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’.

    The soundtrack to this exceptional film was composed Sam Waymon, a creative legend who has contributed to local, national and world culture. Born in North Carolina, Sam Waymon began his musical odyssey playing along with his sister, Eunice. His sister left North Carolina in the ’50s and traveled north to pursue her career. Along the way she dropped her given name and became one of music’s most influential and independent musicians, known as Nina Simone.

    Sam performed with and wrote music for his sister for over ten years but finally broke away to develop a style of his own that combines gospel, R&B, blues and jazz. Sam went on to record for record labels like: RCA, Polygram, and his own label Resolution records. He has worked side by side with legendary artists such as Miles Davis, Donnie Hathaway, Roberta Flack, The 5th dimension, and the list goes on and on.

    Even more haunting than the film is its music, Sam Waymon created an innovative, ahead-of-its-time mixture of soul, tribal chants, gospel and trippy, dissonant experimental cues that makes for the strangest score for a vampire film.

    Now, for the FIRST TIME ON VINYL (or on any format) Strange Disc records proudly presents a deluxe color vinyl edition (with insert containing exclusive liner notes & rare photographic materials) exclusively for Record Store Day 2018. Curated and supervised by composer Sam Waymon himself, this release is strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide & available in participating stores on 4/21.
     
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    I've never heard of this film or its soundtrack. About to internet spiral into both.
     
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    The film is great. But it's not horror - more like a true art film mixed with exploration of racial identity with horror sprinkled on top. Truly unique and definitely a fascinating artifact.
     
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    Has anyone called up their local record store to make sure they order/stock this?
     
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    It's a Record Store Day release, so many stores do not have control if they will receive copies. Only 1k copies worldwide. Always worth an ask, however.
     

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