The film is not currently (October 2008) available anywhere.
There is, however, plans to produce a definitive and
comprehensive DVD that will be heavy on information and
short on show biz puff.
It will have detailed chapters (essays, images, interviews)
on: meanings and intentions of the film; the U.S.
‘Prison Industrial Complex’; the rise of the
Prison Corporation; ‘New Generation’ prisons
and the psychology of control; the 1983 lockdown at USP
Marion; further sinister sides of the penal system (dubious
‘medical’ and insidious ‘research’
facilities, political prisoners); the dramatic escalation
of the ‘State as Prison’ post 9.11.
Since the film was made, the chilling
‘paranoia’ of its message has proven all too
true. There’s been a massive increase in
incarceration rates and prison construction worldwide,
surveillance and policing in 'the free world' has increased
very dramatically. The DVD project will analyze and make
sense of these phenomena, locating the film in the
political historical reality of the shifting sands of
It is an intensive project and will take time to develop
and realise. We are fortunate to have very high quality
partners in the key territories (UK, USA, and other
Eupoenan) who believe in the film and in this approach.
Watch this space.