MVD Entertainment Group has locked into Apr. 9 as the DVD debut date for writer/director Dan Mirvish’s 2021 film release of 18 1/2.
On June 20, 1972 there was a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House between president Nixon and H.R. Haldeman, just days after the infamous Watergate break in. Later, it was revealed, that there was an 18 and a half minute gap in the conversation — Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, claimed to have accidently erased that segment during a September of 1973 review.
Mirvish’s film picks up the story in 1974 when a lowly White House transciber, Connie (Willa Fitzgerald — Beach House, Freak Show, The Fall of the House of Usher), stumbles upon the missing audio that was accidentally recorded while the president, Haldeman and Alexander Haig were listening to it and debating as to what action should be taken. This revelation sets Connie on an All the President’s Men adventure.
It would be like having railroad yard surveillance footage from Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, showing the backside of the grassy knoll from the vantage point of the trains coming and going. What happened and why … fascinating!
Mirvish’s film is a true indie effort, opening at the Woodstock Film Festival in October of 2021 and proceeding to work the festival circuit through April of 2022 before getting a limited theatrical release on May 27 of 2022.
For the record, the Apr. 9 street date yields an ARR of 683 days.
Bonus goodies include commentary with filmmaker Dan Mirvish and co-writer Daniel Moya, the featurette titled “Covid 18 1/2: The Making of a Film in a Global Pandemic” and the audio tape made for the film featuring actors Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi and Jon Cryer.