'Square Grouper' Blu-ray Announced

Posted Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 06:00 AM PDT by

The colorful portrait of Miami’s marijuana smuggling scene of the 1970s is planned for Blu-ray this April.

In an early announcement to retailers, Magnolia says the documentary 'Square Grouper' is coming to Blu-ray on April 19.

From Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman, the filmmakers behind the globally popular 'Cocaine Cowboys' series and “The U,” part of ESPN’s recent “30 for 30” series, 'Square Grouper' is a vivid portrait of South Florida’s pot smuggling culture of the 1970s. Named after the bales of marijuana that were often caught in the warm Florida coastal waters by unsuspecting fishermen, 'Square Grouper' focuses on three incredible stories from the era: the infamous Black Tuna Gang, a group of savvy smugglers led by Robert Platshorn, the longest serving marijuana prisoner in US History; the Ethiopian Zion Coptic church, whose members (including children) all smoked marijuana from morning till night and ran a massive pot dealing operation out of Miami Beach’s exclusive Star Island; and Everglades City, a tiny fishing village 80 miles west of Miami with a brazen history of smuggling everything from endangered animals, to rum, to weed.

Specs have yet to be revealed, but supplements will include deleted scenes and extended interviews.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $29.98.

You can find the latest specs for 'Square Grouper' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under April 19.

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