DVD, Digital Release: The Ice King

Digital, DVD Release Date: Oct. 8, 2019
Price: DVD $16.59
Studio: Film Movement

The 2018 British documentary The Ice King offers a portrait of John Curry, the ice-skating legend and gay icon who broke down barriers and helped to redefine his sport.

Curry came out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, becoming the first openly gay Olympian in a time when homosexuality was not even fully legal. Regarded by many as rebellious yet elitist and ferociously ambitious yet bent on self-destruction, Curry is here portrayed as a man forever on the run: from his father’s ghost, his country, and even his own self. The Ice King uses Curry’s life and accomplishments to chart both the evolution of competitive ice skating and that of the gay movement of the ‘70s and ‘80s that culminated in the onslaught of AIDS, which he was diagnosed with in 1987 and which contributed to his death in 1994.

Bonus features on the DVD include a Q&A with director James Erskine and a featurette on the creation of the music for the film.

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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.