DVD Release: The Little Death

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 14, 2012
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Kino Lorber


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Courtney Patterson (l.) and Zoe Cooper star in The Little Death.

The sexually charged 2010 independent drama-thriller The Little Death takes on the rather unique subject of early 20th Century brothels and that era’s psychology and philosophy on the “immorality” of prostitution.

The Little Death tells the story of a strong-willed reformer (Courtney Patterson) who ventures into a turn-of-the-century brothel to confront its owner (Daniel May) and liberate a young woman (Christie Vozniak) whom she believes is being held there in sexual captivity. While the brothel’s owner attempts mesmerize and seduce the lovely would-be rescuer, a meek student (Clifton Guterman) becomes  a pawn in the increasingly risque game of sexual cat-and-mouse that is unfolding.

Based on the 1905 play Death and Devil by German playwright Frank Wedekind (Spring Awakening), which is integrated with Anton Chekhov’s 1888 short story A Nervous Breakdown, The Little Death is written and directed by Bret Wood, whose previous credits include the well-regarded 2006 drama Psychopathia Sexualis.

Both The Little Death and Psychopathia Sexualis are available from Kino Lorber as a two-pack DVD.

Making its premiere on DVD, the film is presented in its unrated director’s cut.

Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette, a collection of deleted scenes and Wood’s 2008 short film The Other Half.

Here’s the trailer, a pretty provocative one:

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.