New Release: Howl DVD and Blu-ray

Oscilloscope Laboratories released independent film Howl on DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 4, 2011. The DVD carries a suggested retail price of $29.99, and the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack has a list price of $39.99.

The biography movie stars James Franco (127 Hours) as the young Allen Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem “Howl.” Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, “Howl” is on trial.

Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn, Temple Grandin) sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while suave defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm, TV’s Mad Men) argues fervently for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (including Away We Go’s Jeff Daniels and Mary-Louise Parker of TV’s Weeds) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban, For Your Consideration).

Directed by the team of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet), Howl is simultaneously a portrait of a renegade artist breaking down barriers to find love and redemption and an imaginative ride through a prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation and was heard around the world.


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