New Release: Priest of Love Blu-ray and DVD

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Ian McKellen (ctr.) and Janet Suzman are D.H. and Frieda Lawrence in Priest of Love.

Kino Lorber released the 1981 biographical film drama Priest of Love, starring Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings) as famed author D. H. Lawrence, on Blu-ray and DVD on June 21, 2011.

Directed by Christopher Miles (The Clandestine Marriage), the movie deals with the later years in the life of writer D.H. Lawrence (McKellen), his wife Frieda (Janet Suzman, Max) and their friend Dorothy Brett (Penelope Keith, TV’s To the Manor Born) after they have moved to the U.S. following the banning and burning of Lawrence’s latest novel, The Rainbow.

Staying at the home of wealthy art patron Mabel Dodge Luhan (Ava Gardner, Mogambo), in Taos, New Mexico, Lawrence ponders his life, literature and sexuality before contracting tuberculosis and returning to Europe, where he writes the work for which he is best remembered, Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Priest in Love received mixed reviews during its release in theaters 30 years ago. The biography film’s digital release by Kino marks its DVD and Blu-ray premiere.

No bonus features are included on the Bu-ray and DVD, which carry list prices of $29.95 and $24.95, respectively.

Check out the vintage trailer:


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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.