Monday, June 16, 2014

Out Of The Clear Blue Sky (Sept. 2) And Korengal (Sept. 9) From Virgil Films And Entertainment

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
There have been a number of documentaries related to the events of 9/11 … some good, some bad … even the bad ones tend to be chilling.    

On Sept. 2 (clearly timed for this year’s anniversary of the event), Virgil Films & Entertainment will deliver to DVD documentary filmmaker’s Danielle Gardner’s Out of the Clear Blue Sky, a one-of-a-kind story about the events of that day (and the aftermath) that is like none other.

The bond and equity trading firm of Cantor Fitzgerald (founded just after World War II) occupied floors 101 through 105 of One World Trade Center.  658 employees were just beginning their workday when American Airlines Flight 11 plowed into the floors just below them.   Trapped, they all died … the company was devastated in a heartbeat.

Gardner’s film not only looks at the events of that morning through the eyes of Howard Lutnick, the C.E.O. of the company — who only escaped the fate of his employees by taking his young son to his first day of school — but also details the survival and eventual resurrection of the company.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
In other release news this week from Virgil Films & Entertainment, Sept. 9 will be the DVD and Blu-ray debut date for documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger’s Korengal,  a follow-up (or expansion of) to his award-winning Restrepo.

The ARR is 102 days and a brief showcase run has generated ticket sales of $14,630.
Using footage filmed by photojournalist Tim Hetherington during 2007 and 2008 (Hetherington was killed while on assignment in Libya in 2011), Junger shifts the focus of Restrepo from the battles and life on the line to the experiences and thought of the frontline soldiers in this remote area of Afghanistan.

To download this week's complete edition of the DVD and Blu-ray Release Report:  DVD & Blu-ray Release Report

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