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Ganja and Hess

Ganja and Hess

Bill Gunn
 Cast: Bill Gunn
Bill Gunn
, Candece Tarpley
Candece Tarpley
, Duane Jones
Duane Jones
, Marlene Clark
Marlene Clark
Ganja and Hess

Ganja and Hess

Bill Gunn
 Cast: Bill Gunn
Bill Gunn
, Candece Tarpley
Candece Tarpley
, Duane Jones
Duane Jones
, Marlene Clark
Marlene Clark

Blu-ray (Color)

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Overview

A scientist stricken with an insatiable hunger for blood dominates this strikingly atmospheric drama. Dr. Hess Green (Duane Jones), a wealthy and respected African-American anthropologist, is assigned a new assistant, an intelligent but unstable man named George Meda (Bill Gunn). One drunken night, George stabs Hess with a dagger from the ancient African tribe of Myrthia and then kills himself. The Myrthians were cursed with a thirst for human blood, and, by the time George's wife, Ganja (Marlene Clark), comes looking for him, Hess has developed a similar addiction to blood. Hess and Ganja fall in love, and they soon marry, but Hess infects his new bride with the Myrthian curse, which gives them eternal life, but at a terrible price. Actor, playwright, and novelist Bill Gunn was hired to write and direct a low-budget black vampire movie, but instead he delivered a thoughtful, impressionistic film that uses addiction to blood as a metaphor for African-American cultural and spiritual identity (and never once uses the word "vampire"). Ganja and Hess proved too deliberately paced and self-consciously surreal for the producers, who chopped it to 83 minutes, removed Sam Waymon's superb musical score, and retitled it Blood Couple. This mangled version was for many years the only one available, and it appeared under six different titles on home video before Bill Gunn's original version was restored for DVD release in 1998.


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Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2012
UPC: 0738329092825
Original Release: 1973
Source: Kino Lorber
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 1:53:00

Special Features

"The Blood of the Thing" (29 min.), an Interview-Based Documentary produced for the 1998 DVD release; ; Audio commentary by Producer Chiz Schultz, Actress Marlene Clark, Cinemagrapher James Hinton, and Composer Sam Waymon; ; Original Screenplay by Bill Gunn (BD-ROM access only); ; Essay on the making of the film (and subsequent recutting) by David Walker and Tim Lucas (BD-ROM access only); ; Photo Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Gunn George
Candece Tarpley Girl in bar
Duane Jones Dr. Hess Green
Marlene Clark Ganja Meda
Sam Waymon Rev. Luther Williams
Enrico Fales Green's Son
Tara Fields Woman with Baby
Leonard Jackson Archie
Richard Harrow Dinner Guest
John Hoffmeister Jack Sargent
Betty Barney Singer In Church
Mabel King Queen Of Myrthia
Betsy Thurman Poetess
Tommy Lane Pimp

Technical Credits
Bill Gunn Director,Screenwriter
Scott Barrie Costumes/Costume Designer
E. James Hinton Cinematographer
James E. Hinton Cinematographer
Tom John Production Designer
Jack Jordan Producer
Jack Jordan Producer
Victor Kanefsky Editor
Ron Love Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Schultz Producer
Sam Waymon Score Composer,Songwriter
Bret Wood Producer

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