Since our inception, Vinegar Syndrome, through our sister lab, OCN Digital Labs, has had the honor of working on dozens of restorations for some of the best home video distributors in the business. The films in this section represent a sampling of titles on which we did some combination of scanning, restoration or color correction.
In 1981, filmmakers Sheldon Renan and Academy Award® nominee Leonard Schrader (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, MISHIMA, BLUE COLLAR) created a graphic and provocative examination of America’s history with – and penchant for – senseless violence, mass shootings and cold-blooded murder. It was condemned as “exploitive and obscene” (The New York Times), acclaimed as “among the most controversial documentaries in the history of cinema” (Fantasia Festival), and never distributed, televised or made available for sale in the United States. Severin Films now presents this infamous ‘shock doc’ fully restored, uncut and loaded with exclusive Bonus Features – including the even more unnerving Japanese version known as VIOLENCE U.S.A. – which remains one of the most profoundly disturbing and still chillingly relevant documentary experiences of our time.
The Killing of America Blu-ray comes fully loaded with exclusive Bonus Features including:
English Language Version New 2k Scan From Original Negative (95 mins.)
Japanese Language Version New 2k Scan From Original Negative (115 mins.) (Blu-Ray Exclusive!)
Audio commentary with director Sheldon Renan
Interview with director Sheldon Renan
Interview with editor Lee Percy
Interview With Mondo Movie historian Nick Pinkerton