DVD Release: Koch

DVD Release Date: Aug. 27, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99
Studio: Zeitgeist

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Hizzoner Edward I. Koch

Koch is a 2012 documentary film on Edward Irving Koch, the mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989.

Former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch, who died in February, 2013 at the age of 88, took office in ’87 and ran the show until ’89—a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election, an infamous 1980 transit strike, the burgeoning AIDS epidemic, landmark housing renewal initiatives, and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal.

Directed by first-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky, Koch employs candid interviews and archival footage to craft a portrait of the notoriously private Koch, his legacy as a political titan and the town he helped transform, for better or worse.

Koch received a very small release to 16 screens in February, 2013 to mixed reviews and a tidy gross of $350,000.

The DVD offers more than an hour of bonus features, including the following:

• Witnesses NYC: A new film by director Neil Barsky, featuring more extraordinary 1980s archival footage plus interviews with New Yorkers—graffiti artist, Wall Street trader, crack dealer, restaurateur, peepshow employee, artist/squatter and others—who lived though the Koch years (29 min)

• Director interview by filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig), for BYOD: Bring Your Own Doc (35 min)

• Ed Koch Q&A at the New York Jewish Film Festival, his final public appearance (17 min)

• Original theatrical 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.