Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD, VOD release: Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents

Digital Release Date: April 19, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 19, 2016
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $24.95
Studio: Film Movement

Filmmaker Don Hardy’s 2015 documentary Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents
trains its eyes (make that eyeballs!) on the veteran renegade music collective out of San Francisco.

Obscurity1_optThe Residents’ illustrious career has spanned five decades and over sixty albums, yet to this day, no one knows their true identities. Theory of Obscurity delves into the enigmatic story of The Residents, the groundbreaking music and video collective, whose history continues to be shrouded in mystery. Now for the first time ever, The Residents’ management company, The Cryptic Corporation, has allowed director Don Hardy and his crew unprecedented access to the group’s archival materials and recent 40th anniversary world tour for this revealing look at the worldwide phenomenon that is The Residents.

The DVD of the film includes exclusive films and footage from The Residents’ own archive, including the following:

• The Residents first ever live performance
• Outtakes from The Residents underground epic film “Vileness Fats”
• The Residents classic short films: “Third Reich and “Roll”; “Hello Skinny”; “One Minute Movies”
• New short film for the song “Mellon Collie Lassie”
• “Freak Show” DVD animation
• The Residents found footage Internet experiment “The Walking Woman”
• The Residents “Ultimate Box Set #1” short film

The Blu-ray includes the same bonus features as above, as well as 11 extended interviews.


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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.