Set during a weekend-long computer chess tournament circa 1980, Bujalski's funny and observant comedy depicts a group of programmers engaged in a game of man vs. machine, and their chance collision with another subculture of aging New Agers in a touchy-feely encounter therapy workshop being held in the same hotel.
"Sneakily brilliant. Real filmmaking intelligence." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times"Geeks gone wild...A lot of nerdy and a lot of weird." - Michael Calore, WIRED"An astonishing new film...Recreates the excitement and strangeness of the early days of personal computing." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10, 2013 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the DVD release of Computer Chess, the fourth film from acclaimed indie auteur Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax). Set during a weekend-long computer chess tournament circa 1980, Bujalski's funny and observant comedy depicts a group of programmers engaged in a game of man vs. machine, and their chance collision with another subculture of aging New Agers in a touchy-feely encounter therapy workshop being held in the same hotel.
Now, this acclaimed comedy comes to DVD with a street date of November 5th, and a SRP of $29.95. The DVD comes packed with special features including an audio commentary by computer scientist Murray Campbell, the programmer of Deep Blue - the computer chess program that made history by defeating world champion chess player Garry Kasparov in 1997. Also included is a bonus commentary by "an enthusiastic stoner", the crowdfunding plea video, a Sundance Film Festival promo, 4 Computer Chess reference games, trailers, and a tutorial on the 1969 Sony AVC-3260 video cameras which were used to shoot Computer Chess. To top it off, the DVD case comes packaged with a retro 1980s VHS-style cover design.
Computer Chess won the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award at the Sundance Film Festival, honoring a film whose theme is science or technology. It was also previously awarded a Tribeca Film Institute Sloan grant in 2012. The film had its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and was presented at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas before its national theatrical release by Kino Lorber this past summer.
An artificially intelligent comedy by Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation) and Winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it.
Director, Writer, Editor: Andrew Bujalski
Producers: Houston King and Alex Lipschultz
With Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz,
Gerald Peary, Wiley Wiggins, Gordon Kindlmann.
DVD Street date: November 5, 2013
DVD SRP: $29.95
Commentary by Deep Blue programmer Murray Campbell
Bonus commentary by an enthusiastic stoner
Crowdfunding plea video
Sundance Film Festival promo
4 Computer Chess reference games
1969 Sony AVC-3260 video camera tutorial
2013 / USA / 92 min. / B&W/Color / 2.0 Stereo / 1.33:1 / Not Rated
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