S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'Word is Out')
Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown and Rob Epstein
Word Is Out (1977) is a
documentary film directed by a collective of six people known as the Mariposa
Film Group: Peter Adair, Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown, Rob Epstein, Lucy Massie
Phenix, and Veronica Selver. Peter Adair also produced the film. The film
premiered in November 1977 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco and was
released in 1978.
Theatrical Release: November 1977 (San Francisco)
DVD Review: Oscilloscope Laboratories/Milliarium Zero - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
is Out: Then and Now - 30 Years Later (24:37)
• 2008 Word is Out Trailer (4:31)
• Outfest PSA (:32)
The U.C.L.A. Film and Television Archive have restored the 1970s 16-millimeter film of recorded conversations with 26 people (culled from 100's). It's status has only appeared to have grown via looking at G/L issues prior to the explosion of AIDS. For the 30th anniversary Milestone Films is releasing this DVD.
The 1.33 image is quite grainy and lacks the polish of a more advanced production but this in no way limiting the messages it is exporting. It is fairly clean and free of damage and the heavy grain give the SD-DVD rendering a nice texture that we usually don't see from this medium. It looks as it looks and some close-ups are surprising in there detail.
Audio is likewise unremarkable but totally acceptable for the digital presentation. Milestone have taken the trouble to add optional English subtitles.
There are about 45-minutes worth of supplements beyond the full 132-minute version of the film. The Word is Out: Then and Now - 30 Years Later has some of the participants recently revisited and there is an homage to Peter Adair, originator and producer of Word is Out who died of AIDS in 1996.
This remains impacting and viable piece of cinema and the DVD release is an important one that we wholly endorse.