New Release: The Nine Lives of Marion Barry DVD

IndiePix released The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, the documentary on the controversial former mayor of Washington D.C., on DVD on Nov. 23, 2010, with a suggested retail price of $24.95.

Many people remember Marion Barry as the philandering drug-using mayor of the nation’s capital who was famously caught in a 1990 FBI sting operation. Yet others know him as a folk hero, a civil rights champion and defender of the poor.

The Nine of Lives of Marion Barry, directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, reveals the complete story of one of America’s most resilient politicians, both despised and beloved.

The documentary covers Barry’s life from the Mississippi cotton fields to the corridors of power, drug and alcohol addiction, cancer, four marriages, jail time and political extinction to dominance over Washington D.C. politics for more than 40 years.

The film uses archival footage and a verité look at Ward 8, the city’s historically troubled and forgotten southeastern quadrant, during Barry’s 2004 campaign for city council, when political passions and historical and contemporary perspectives collided.

The DVD contains the following special features:

  • director’s commentary
  • deleted scenes
  • archival photo show


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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.