Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Hyenas

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 26, 2020
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $19.99, Digital $12.99
Studio: Kino Lorber

One of the best-known filmmakers in African cinema, Senegalese master Djibril Diop Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical 1973 Touki Bouki is 1992’s Hyenas, a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit.

Hyenas follows a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child.

Per its title, Hyenas is a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose post-colonial dreams are faced with erosion by western materialism.

Kino Lorber’s edition offers a new 2K Restoration of the comedy-drama, done in 2018 by Thelma Film AG with the support of Cinémathèque suisse.

Bonus features include an audio commentary by film scholar Boukary Sawadogo, Ph.D and trailers.  The Blu-ray editions also has a booklet with introduction by culture writer Rooney Elmi and interview with director Djibril Diop Mambéty.

Buy or Rent Hyenas

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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.