Sheldon Renan's 'The Killing of America' Bound for Blu-ray

Posted Tue Aug 30, 2016 at 08:00 AM PDT by

The 1981 documentary will be available in stores later this year.

In an early announcement to retailers, Severin is preparing 'The Killing of America' for Blu-ray sometime in October.

The Killing of America focuses on what the director feels is the decline of the United States. It features interviews from Ed Dorris, a retired sergeant of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, as well as Los Angeles County Coroner Thomas Noguchi. The documentary also shows several interviews with convicted killers such as Sirhan Sirhan as well as footage of murders and news broadcasts.

The Killing of America was initially shown in New York City in 1982 at The Public Theater, but did not receive a commercial release in the United States, although it did receive a home video release in Britain. The film received a wide release in Japan, where financial backers reportedly pressured Renan to add footage of peace vigils for John Lennon as a way to make the documentary less depressing. Years later the documentary would receive a 2013 North American release at Fantasia Festival in Canada.

The film uses music by Robert Houston, Buffalo Springfield, John Lennon, Nick Cash, and others.

The release will also include Violence USA -- the Japanese cut of the film with previously unseen footage.

You can find the latest specs for 'The Killing of America' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under PENDING.

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