Groundbreaking Doc ‘The AIDS Show’ Gets DVD Release From Milestone

A groundbreaking documentary from the early days of the AIDS crisis is being released to home audiences on Oct. 18.

The AIDS Show, from the Milestone Cinematheque Collection, will be issued on DVD only at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $19.95.

The 1986 documentary was directed by Peter Adair and Rob Epstein. Filmed in 1986 in the very early years of the crisis, The AIDS (Artists Involved With Death and Survival) Show deals with the impact of the epidemic on the community most affected by the disease — gay men. The film, one of the first to deal with the subject of AIDS, was based on San Francisco’s long-running Theatre Rhinoceros stage production of the same name. Excerpts from the play were combined with interviews with the show’s creators and performers, along with a personal narration by filmmakers Adair and Epstein. The documentary was preserved by Metropolis Post from the best materials, courtesy of Epstein and Telling Pictures.

Bonus features on the DVD include the short “The Shanti Project: Performance of The AIDS Show (1985, 22 minutes) and an interview, and the audition tape, of actor Leland Moss (21 minutes).

The DVD is being distributed by Kino Lorber.