Wolfe announced this past week that writer/director Thomas Bezucha’s critically-acclaimed and multi-awarding-winning film release of Big Eden will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary in a big way on Oct. 13 with the debut of a newly remastered Blu-ray edition.
Big Eden is a timeless tale of finding the things that are important in life — community, friendship, happiness and love — in the most unlikely of places. In the case of Henry Hart (Arye Gross — as Perlmutter in the television series Castle, plus such films as Minority Report, Burning Down the House, Harvest, etc.), a gay man and a successful New York City-based artist, he has “escaped” from Big Eden, the small Montana town of his youth. Those days are behind him … or so he thinks.
When news arrives that Sam (played by late George Coe), his grandfather — who raised him — has suffered a stroke and is bedridden, he drops everything and heads west.
What he finds — and how filmmaker Thomas Bezucha handles his story — is something unexpected. All of the things that he expected in the city have been waiting for him to discover in the small town environment of his youth.
Bonus features include a vintage commentary option featuring writer/director Thomas Bezucha and a newly-prepared featuretted titled “Remembering Big Eden,” which features video sessions with Bezucha and Gross, plus actors Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay and Louise Fletcher.