Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Keep the Lights On

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 22, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $38.94
Studio: Music Box

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Denmark's Thure Lindhardt stars in Keep the Lights On.

Keep The Lights On is a 2012 film drama about two New York men and their nearly decade-long relationship, which is fueled by sex, love, friendship, drugs and the essential human longing for companionship.

Written and directed by Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue), Keep The Lights On tells the story of documentary filmmaker Erik (Danish leading man Thure Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth, TV’s Damages), who meet through a casual encounter and then enter a extended and intense relationship. As the two men start building a home and life together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions, drugs and sex among them. Over the course of their relationship, which is defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity while being true to himself.

An official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it was a Grand Jury Prize Nominee for Dramatic Film, Keep The Lights On recently garnered four nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Director (Ira Sachs), Best Screenplay (Ira Sachs) and Best Actor (Thure Lindhardt).

Positioned as one of the only major ones in the history of GLBT cinema to portray a significant, long-term gay adult relationship, Keep The Lights On was very well-received by critics, garnering a 89% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 57 published reviews. The movie enjoyed a limited release in the U.S.’s top 50 markets beginning in September, 2012, ringing up some $240,000 at the domestic box office.

The DVD and Blu-ray contain the following bonus features:

  • Audio commentary with Director Ira Sachs
  • “Making of Keep The Lights On”
  • Deleted Scenes with commentary
  • Teaser Trailer
  • In Search of Avery Willard
  • *Cast Audition Tapes

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About Laurence

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.