Doc ‘In the Company of Kings’ Due for Digital Purchase and Rental April 30, on DVD May 27 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the documentary In the Company of Kings for digital rental (VOD) and sale (EST) April 30, and on DVD May 27.

In the Company of Kings follows a fight fan’s journey into the dark heart of American boxing to talk to eight former World Champs and those closest to his hero Muhammad Ali about race, struggle, victory, defeat and picking yourself up off the canvas.

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The documentary features Larry Holmes, Bernard Hopkins, Tim Witherspoon, Earnie Shavers, the Spinks brothers, Bob Arum and more.

 

Documentary ‘Mad Props’ Due on Digital March 26, Blu-ray April 30 From Virgil

Virgil Films and Entertainment will release the feature documentary from director Juan Pablo Reinoso Mad Props for digital purchase and VOD (digital rental) March 26, and on Blu-ray Disc April 30.

The feature takes viewers on a journey with passionate film enthusiasts who dedicate their time, resources, and hearts to acquiring iconic on-screen movie artifacts.

Mad Props follows Tom Biolchini (an avid movie prop collector himself) as he journeys the globe getting exclusive interviews with industry insiders, prop designers, and filmmakers, while exploring the impact certain set pieces have on popular culture and the nostalgia they evoke in audiences worldwide. Some of his interviewees include Mickey Rourke, Lance Henriksen, Robert Englund, and House of Pain’s Danny Boy O’Connor.

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Featuring props from such classic films as Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Forrest Gump, Jaws, Castaway, Alien, Braveheart, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters and ScreamMad Props sets out to prove to historians and critics alike that movie props are as important an art form as the greatest paintings and sculptures in history.

 

Comic Musical Thriller ‘Open’ Due on Digital and VOD Nov. 7, DVD Nov. 14 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the comic musical thriller Open on digital (EST) and VOD Nov. 7 and on DVD Nov. 14.

In the film, when the Corbins decide to open their marriage, wife Kristina falls for an ex-TV star and longtime object of infatuation, while husband Robert chooses a much safer old friend. As the couple navigate the increasingly-complicated waters of open marriage, Kristina invents a hallucinated ’80s music video paradise, where she fronts a band comprised by the aforementioned players and all the drama that accompanies them.

The film stars Lindsay Ann Williams, Jeremy London, Miles Doleac, Elena Sanchez, Amber Reign Smith, Yohance Myles and William Forsythe.

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Doc ‘Unknown Beauty: Francois Nars’ Due Digitally Sept. 12 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the documentary Unknown Beauty: François Nars for digital purchase and VOD (digital rental) Sept. 12.

Celebrated photographer and makeup artist François Nars reveals his striking inner world in this feature-length documentary by filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland. Nars takes viewers on a tour of the fashion designers and models of 1970s Paris, the underground of ’90s New York, and the cinema, filled with actors, actresses and directors who have shaped and inspired his visual aesthetics.

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The film features commentary from Isabella Rossellini, Lauren Hutton, Marc Jacobs and many others.

 

Doc ‘Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened’ Due Digitally May 23 From Virgil

The 2016 documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened is being released for digital rental (VOD) and purchase May 23 from Virgil Films.

Merrily We Roll Along is one of the most legendary musicals in the history of Broadway. Originally a play from 1934, Hal Prince decided to do a musical version in 1981 — with a cast almost exclusively of teenagers and young adults — and brought on his friend and long-time collaborator Stephen Sondheim to do the music and lyrics. Everyone thought it was going to be the lauded team’s next big hit, but instead it closed after just 16 performances.

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of Merrily’s creation and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often-unexpected consequences of those choices through success and failure.

The film features exclusive appearances by the late Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince as well as Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of Merrily We Roll Along.

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Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened appears on many “best of” lists, including the “best of the year” (New York Times, The Wrap, Newsweek), “best theater documentaries of all time” (Playbill, Broadway World) and Esquire’s list of “20 Documentaries That Will Change Your Life.”

 

Doc ‘Rescued From Darkness’ Headed to VOD and Digital Sellthrough April 18 From Virgil

The documentary Rescued From Darkness will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough April 18 from Virgil Films.

“How much the people of Uganda need the light of the Gospel to dispel the darkness still left by long years of civil unrest, violence and fear,” said Saint John Paul II upon visiting Uganda.

On the very same grounds where genocide occurred, one community embraced the light of the Gospel in the midst of terrible darkness. The documentary is the true story of the Pope John Paul II School.

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Doc ‘Whaam! Blam! Roy Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation’ Due on Digital March 21, DVD April 25 From Virgil

The documentary Whaam! Blam! Roy Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation will be released for digital rental (VOD) and digital purchase March 21, and on DVD April 25 from Virgil Films.

Roy Lichtenstein is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. Along with Andy Warhol, he created the Pop Art movement by appropriating items from modern American culture and incorporating them into art that found favor and acclaim in the galleries and inner echelons of the art world. Warhol’s appropriation of the Campbell’s soup can — taking it from the shelves of our grocery stores and elevating it into a piece of fine art — is the most remembered icon of this era. Lichtenstein sought to do the same, choosing to take what was then considered the tactless “low art” of the masses — comic books — and elevating the form into “high art” for the galleries of Manhattan and a more “sophisticated” audience. But unlike the Campbell’s soup can, the comic art appropriated by Lichtenstein was created by comic illustrators who also considered themselves artists, and they were not pleased by the unauthorized acquisition of their work by Lichtenstein.

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Whaam! Blam! Roy Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation (with a title that’s based upon two of Lichtenstein’s most famous paintings — Whaam! and Blam) offers a balanced analysis of Lichtenstein and features both advocates and critics of his work. Proponents enthusiastically defend him and argue he did nothing wrong and created unique, original, stunning art that provides worthy commentary about the American condition during the 20th Century. Then conversely, critics stand behind the original artists like Hy Eisman, Russ Heath, and the more than 30 other comic artists appropriated by the painter and argue that these original sources have been cheated of their work, recognition and compensation.

Foreign Horror Film ‘The Returned’ Due Digitally Feb. 28 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the Spanish-language horror film The Returned (Los Que Vuelven) via digital sellthrough and VOD Feb. 28.

In Spanish and Guarani (with English Subtitles), the new thriller is from Laura Casabé, winner of Best Director at Sitges’ New Visions.

Compared to Stephen King’s Pet Sematary by Mulderville.net, the film takes place in 1919 South America and follows a landowner’s wife who is desperate for a child of her own after suffering multiple miscarriages and a stillborn death. She finds hope, however, in a seemingly outlandish plan. With the help of their servant, she prays to a mythical deity to resurrect her stillborn son. The plan works, but with the child comes something else: something evil, something horrifying.

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Doc ‘Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe’ Due Digitally Feb. 14, on DVD March 14

The documentary Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe will be released for digital purchase and VOD Feb. 14, and on DVD March 14 from Virgil Films.

Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe is a feature documentary about the passion and personalities at the heart of today’s new wave of burlesque. On stage and in candid conversation, 12 of today’s hottest performers reveal the naked truth about an exotic world where artifice is a route to authenticity and pretending to be someone else is the ultimate journey to become yourself.

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Drama ‘Match’ Due Digitally Feb. 7 From Virgil

The drama Match will be released Feb. 7 via digital sellthrough and VOD from Virgil Films.

From director Sean McGinly (Two Days, The Great Buck Howard), Match is a story about two people who meet on an online dating site. What starts as a casual flirtation quickly becomes intimate and intense. The story is told using only the emails and texts the characters send to one another. The result is a voyeuristic experience that uses graphics as well as the actors’ performances to take you into the minds of two people in a way that says something about modern dating culture.

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The film stars Austin Nichols (“John From Cincinnati,” “Ray Donovan,” “The Walking Dead”) and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help, “The Morning Show,” Where The Crawdads Sing) with a special appearance by Spencer Garrett (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, “Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty”).