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The times of Harvey Milk

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  • BLU-RAY 921 M6449T (CEN)

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Director-approved Blu-ray special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Narrator, Harvey Fierstein.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2011]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (88 minutes) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (27 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 17 cm).


Not rated.


"A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and the first openly gay U.S. politician elected to public office; even after his assassination, in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world. The Oscar-winning The Times of Harvey Milk, directed by Robert Epstein and produced by Richard Schmiechen, was, like its subject, groundbreaking. One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it's a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk's message of hope and equality to a wider audience. This exhilarating trove of archival footage and heartfelt interviews is as much a vivid portrait of a time and place (San Francisco's historic Castro District in the seventies) as a testament to the legacy of a political visionary."--Container.


Originally released as documentary in 1984.

Special features: Director-approved digital transfer, from the UCLA Film & Television Archive restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack ; audio commentary featuring director Robert Epstein, coeditor Deborah Hoffmann, and photographer Daniel Nicoletta ; interview clips not used in the film ; new interview with documentary filmmaker Jon Else ; new program about The times of Harvey Milk and Gus Van Sant's Milk, featuring Epstein, Van Sant, actor James Franco, and Milk friends Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Nicoletta ; rare collection of audio and video recordings of Milk ; excerpts from Epstein's research tapes, featuring Milk partner Scott Smith ; footage from the film's Castro Theatre premiere and the 1984 Academy Awards ; panel discussion on Supervisor Dan White's trial ; excerpts from the 25th anniversary commemoration of Milk's and Mayor George Moscone's assassinations ; original theatrical trailer.

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