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FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HEAVEN: THE LOST AND SAVED FILMS OF THE ORMOND FAMILY - LE [US]
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FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HEAVEN: THE LOST AND SAVED FILMS OF THE ORMOND FAMILY - LE [US]
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FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HEAVEN: THE LOST AND SAVED FILMS OF THE ORMOND FAMILY - LE [US]
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FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HEAVEN: THE LOST AND SAVED FILMS OF THE ORMOND FAMILY - LE [US]
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FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HEAVEN: THE LOST AND SAVED FILMS OF THE ORMOND FAMILY - LE [US]
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FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HEAVEN: THE LOST AND SAVED FILMS OF THE ORMOND FAMILY - LE [US]

FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HEAVEN: THE LOST AND SAVED FILMS OF THE ORMOND FAMILY - LE [US]

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Release date: 30 May 2023
Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (World Blu-ray premieres)

Presented by Nicolas Winding Refn, From Hollywood to Heaven tells the extraordinary story of a truly unique American filmmaking family.

For almost half a century, June, Ron and Tim Ormond, a Nashville mother-father-son trio, cranked out a wild bunch of movies, from Lash LaRue westerns to the stripper-gore-musical outrage The Exotic Ones, and plunged into every area of showbiz. What’s more, they did it all on a shoestring, totally independently, with no studio to back them.

At the height of their frenzied career, Ron and June experienced a spiritual awakening when their private plane crashed on the way to a premiere. From then on, they turned their back on secular show business to produce a series of shocking, surreal religious pictures, including an unbelievable trio of films for Mississippi Baptist preacher Estus Pirkle – films such as The Burning Hell, which made millions, despite never being shown in an actual movie theatre.

Produced by Powerhouse Films in association with byNWR, and released to coincide with FAB Press’ publication of forensic biographer Jimmy McDonough’s awe-inspiring tome on the extraordinary life and work of the Ormond Family, this strictly limited, individually numbered Blu-ray box set contains thirteen feature films, a host of new and archival extra features – including five new audio commentaries and a collection of rarely seen short films – as well as a set of art cards and a fully illustrated 100-page book, newly written by McDonough.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES

DISC ONE

  • Newly remastered presentations of Untamed Mistress, Please Don’t Touch Me, and White Lightnin’ Road from rare surviving Standard Definition master tapes
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with author and Ormond biographer Jimmy McDonough on Please Don’t Touch Me (2023)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (ca.1961, 50 mins): June and Ron Ormond’s lost portrait of UFO huckster Reinhold O Schmidt, presented from a rare VHS source
  • White Lightnin’ Road theatrical trailer
  • White Lightnin’ Road radio spots
  • New English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing


DISC TWO

  • Newly remastered presentations of Forty Acre Feud, Girl from Tobacco Row, and The Exotic Ones from rare surviving Standard Definition master tapes
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with actress, exotic dancer, fire eater, and carny queen Georgette Dante and biographer Jimmy McDonough on The Exotic Ones (2023)
  • Forty Acre Feud radio spots
  • Girl from Tobacco Row radio spots
  • The Exotic Ones radio spots
  • New English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing


DISC THREE

  • New 2K restorations of If Footmen Tire You What Will Horses Do?, The Burning Hell, and The Believer’s Heaven from original duplicate negatives
  • Standard Definition presentation of The Grim Reaper, mastered from the best-available tape source
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with Greg Pirkle, son of Baptist minister and Ormond collaborator Estus Pirkle, and documentarian Brian Rosenquist on If Footmen Tire You What Will Horses Do? (2023)
  • Audio commentary with actor-director Tim Ormond, author Jimmy McDonough, and film restorationist Peter Conheim on The Burning Hell (2023)
  • Estus Pirkle Sermon (1970, 64 mins): rare and previously unreleased archival audio recording
  • The Grim Reaper radio spots
  • New English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing


DISC FOUR

  • New 2K restorations of 39 Stripes and It’s About The Second Coming from rare surviving 16mm prints
  • Standard Definition presentation of The Sacred Symbol, mastered from the best-available tape source
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with filmmaker Tim Ormond and author Jimmy McDonough on It’s About The Second Coming (2023)
  • A Tribute to Houdini (1987, 60 mins): directed by Tim Ormond, and featuring John Calvert performing an array of tricks inspired by celebrated escape artist and magician Harry Houdini
  • Lash LaRue: A Man and His Memories (1992, 71 mins): rarely seen documentary, directed by Tim Ormond, in which the beloved western star reflects upon his life and work
  • June Carr: The Virtual Vaudevillian (1997, 30 mins): Tim Ormond’s loving portrait of his mother and collaborator, June Carr Ormond
  • Forgotten Memories (1997, 20 mins): short drama, directed by Tim Ormond and starring June Ormond, in which two women meet under extraordinary circumstances
  • Forgotten Memories production footage (15 mins)
  • 39 Stripes radio spots
  • New English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive 100-page book with an extended essay by Jimmy McDonough, Peter Conheim on the restorations, and full film credits
  • Limited edition exclusive set of five art cards
  • World premieres on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition box set of 6,000 individually numbered units for the UK and US


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