Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
A tough coming-of-age drama, 2011’s The Forgiveness of Blood is the second feature by writer-director Joshua Marston, who broke out in 2004 with his Oscar-nominated movie Maria Full of Grace, about a young Colombian woman working as a drug mule
In his follow-up to Maria, Marston turns his camera on another corner of the world: contemporary northern Albania, a place still troubled by the ancient custom of inter-familial blood feuds. From this reality, Marston sculpts a fictional narrative about a teenage brother (Tristan Halilaj) and sister (Sindi Lacej) who are physically and emotionally trapped in a cycle of violence, a result of their father’s entanglement with a rival clan over a piece of land.
The Forgiveness of Blood received a limited release to theaters in the U.S. in February, 2012 following a rollout to film festivals around the world. Stateside critics were largely positive about the film, which received a 7.3 out of 10 on Rotten Tomatoes based on ratings from 52 published reviews.
In the years between Maria and Forgiveness, filmmaker Marston has directed a lot of episodic television work for HBO including installments of In Treatment, How To Make It In America and, most recently, The Newsroom.
Presented in Albanian with English subtitles, the DVD and Blu-ray of the unrated film contain the following features:
• New high-definition digital transfer, approved by producer Paul Mezey, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• Audio commentary featuring director and cowriter Joshua Marston
• Two new video programs: Acting Close to Home, a discussion between Marston and actors Refet Abazi, Tristan Halilaj, and Sindi Laçej, and Truth on the Ground, featuring new and on-set interviews with Mezey, Abazi, Halilaj, and Laçej
• Audition and rehearsal footage
• A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Oscar Moralde
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