Olive Films, a boutique theatrical and home entertainment distribution label dedicated to bringing independent, foreign, and classic films to DVD and Blu-ray, is excited to announce that April 19th will be the first DVD or Blu-ray releases of anticipated classics such as Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street and Try and Get Me (a.k.a. The Sound of Fury) as well as The Major and The Fool, two films from the rising Russian director Yury Bykov that received near-unanimous acclaim during their limited theatrical runs.
“It’s a special month when we have the privilege of drawing your eyes to two hard-to-see classics and the critically acclaimed work of a rising star of the international screen,” said Alex Kopecky of Olive Films. “With Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street, Try and Get Me, The Fool, and The Major, we hope to continue bringing film fans everywhere surprises and keep them wanting more.”
With Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1972), Samuel Fuller had the opportunity to bring his inspired and bizarre cinematic vision to the German crime scene television series Tatort. Taking risks such as shooting one of the series’ running characters in the opening scene, Fuller’s already oddball directorial style stood out even more distinctly against the backdrop of a typically regimented crime procedural. The feature length film gained steam amongst intellectuals and films critics after its television airing as it played at Cannes Film Festival. It added to its reputation with a limited theatrical run in the US, where critics praised it for its unconventional take on the crime genre.
As idiosyncratic as this film was, it couldn’t compare to the outlandishness of Samuel Fuller’s director’s cut. Before this release, only a few audiences had seen this audacious cut. For years it remained an impossible film to see, even for the most diehard Fuller fans, and it took on a sort of holy grail status. As such, this DVD and Blu-ray have been widely anticipated. The Olive Films Blu-ray and DVD will come packaged with a booklet featuring essays by Samuel B. Prime and Lisa Dombrowski, author of The Films of Samuel Fuller. To place the film in additional context, the disc will also contain Return to Beethoven Street: Sam Fuller in Germany, a feature-length documentary by Robert Fischer featuring interviews with Christa Lang-Fuller, Eric P. Caspar, Wim Wenders, Dominik Graf, Janet Bergstrom, and more.