Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, the new film from director Sophie Fiennes (Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology). Hailed by critics, earning a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this acclaimed documentary has charmed audiences (Grace Jones super-fans and newbies alike) across the country. Grace Jones was named as a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times, who called it “A feat of portraiture and a restoration of humanity.”
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami had it world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and opened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles in April, followed by engagements in over 75 markets in the US and Canada including Austin, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.
The Blu-ray and DVD become available on August 14, with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray and $29.95 for the DVD.
Bonus features include an audio commentary with Grace Jones, director Sophie Fiennes, and Associate Professor of Africana Studies Judith Casselberry, a second audio commentary with director Sophie Fiennes and critic Ian Haydn Smith, and a Q&A with Grace Jones and Sophie Fiennes, moderated by NPR Music Editor Piotr Orlov.
This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace
Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence — Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject.
Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. But the stage is the fixed point to which the film returns, with eye-popping performances of “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Love is the Drug,” and more. Jones herself has said watching the film “will be like seeing me almost naked” and, indeed, Fiennes’s treatment is every bit as definition-defying as its subject, untamed by either age or life itself.