Oscilloscope Laboratories has just announced that it’s acquired U.S. DVD rights to Banksy’s documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. The legendary street artist is perhaps even more infamous now thanks to his recent couch gag for the Simpsons, and while the film is already out on dvd across the pond it’s taken a little longer to get here, although it did enjoy a very limited U.S. theatrical release.
The official synopsis:
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP is the inside story of street art — a chaotic brew of illegal self-expression that exploded into a global phenomenon — and what happens when an eccentric shopkeeper-turned-amateur-filmmaker named Thierry Guetta sets out to produce the ultimate documentary on the art form. After spending five years recording many of the world’s most infamous vandals at work, he met Banksy, a camera shy British stencil artist who felt Guetta himself would make a more fitting subject for a documentary.
Turning the camera back on its owner with wildly unexpected results EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP is a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. One of the most provocative films about art ever made, Banksy tells the incredible true-life story of what happened when Guetta transformed himself into street art sensation Mr. Brainwash. By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an enthralling modern-day fairytale… with bolt cutters.
FilmBuff will bring the movie first to VOD and iTunes on November 23rd and the DVD will hit stores on December 14th.
Adam Yauch, Beastie Boy and head of O-Scope said, “Although we can’t say for sure, no unicorns will be harmed in the making of the dvds that we know of.”
The special features:
• B MOVIE – An Exclusive Film About The ‘Art’ Of Banksy
• Life Remote Control (Lawyer’s Edit) – The Movie That Started It All, Released For The First Time
• Deleted Scenes
• Limited Edition Inserts Designed By Banksy
Check Devin’s Sundance review of Exit Through the Gift Shop for more, and below you can watch the first five minutes of the film, embedded from Banksy’s Youtube site.