Billy Pilgrim Lives…
Director George Roy Hill’s “Slaughter Five” stars Michael Sacks as the universal hero Billy Pilgrim, who unstuck in time, finds himself flitting back and forth through his life, including his time as a prisoner-of-war in Dresden and his abduction by aliens from Tralfamadore.
The story is driven by dark ironies drive this story from the circumstances that surround the death of his wife to the fact that the greatest threat to his life during the war is not the Germans but a fellow American. We move back and forth between two storylines; the incidents surrounding the fire-bombing of Dresden and the story of his life after his return home. We become attached to the many characters we meet including Billy’s wartime friend (Eugene Roche), Eliot Rosewater and Howard Campbell.
Past, present and future collide. It all begins in upstate New York, 1968 when Billy finds himself unstuck in time. He travels back and forth across the entire span of his existence, he experiences key events of his life in a random order, including his formative years, the firebombing of Dresden and finally, at some undefined point in the future, he has surreal adventures on a distant planet.
Historically, Dresden is perhaps the biggest case of aerial bombardment in history: some historians estimate that more people probably died in Dresden than when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Dresden was mostly left defenseless to bombardment by the British and Americans towards the end of WWII. Later on, Billy Pilgrim becomes “unstuck in time” (his own words) after being held captive in an intergalactic zoo along with a porn star by aliens.
While Vonnegut’s novel is unable to be filmed yet this film captures its essence.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
High Definition (1080p) Blu-rayTM presentation
Original lossless mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary by author and critic Troy Howarth
New video appreciation with author and critic Kim Newman
Pilgrim s Progress: Playing Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with actor Perry King
Only on Earth: Presenting Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with Rocky Lang, son of executive producer Jennings Lang, about the film s distribution
Unstuck in Time: Documenting Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with behind-the-scenes filmmaker/producer Robert Crawford, Jr.
Eternally Connected: Composing Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with film music historian Daniel Schweiger
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley