This May, Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the 1995 documentary The Celluloid Closet for the first time on DVD.
Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this exuberant, eye-opening movie serves up a hundred-year history of gay men and women on the silver screen. Featuring interviews with several Hollywood heavyweights, including Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, and Tony Curtis, the documentary chronicles the depiction of homosexuals in American Cinema.. Discussions of films ranging from “Rebecca” to “Mrs. Doubtfire”, help to illustrate the changing attitudes in Hollywood over the decades.
Presented in its original fullscreen aspect ratio, “The Celluloid Closet” will contain a Dolby 2-Channel audio track. The DVD will feature two Audio Commentaries; one by filmmakers Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Lily Tomlin, Howard Rosenman and Arnold Glassman, the second will feature Vito Russo Lecture. Additional extras include “Rescued From the Closet” – 55 Minutes of Outtakes, a DVD-ROM link to the GLAAD Website, bonus trailers for the films “Suddenly Last Summer,” “The Opposite of Sex” and “Philadelphia”, and Filmographies. Finally War of the Words, a correspondence between Gore Vidal and Charlton Heston, will be printed in the DVD insert.
With a suggested retail price of $29.95, “The Celluloid Closet” will hit stores on May 29th.