Before now, if you wanted to see an Andy Warhol film, you either had to go to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (which I did when it opened in ‘94), or another museum (like LACMA some years ago), or you had to rent/buy a bootleg somewhere. OK, so you can check the stuff out on YouTube, but the Warhol Foundation run a tight ship, and they’ve been much more generous with the branding and selling of post cards, t-shirts, and tote bags than they’ve been with their artist’s notorious celluloid output. So it’s with excitement and promise for future releases that I pass along this announcement from PLEXIFILMwarhol-dvd.jpg: The first ever authorized DVD of Andy Warhol’s films. Released in conjunction with The Andy Warhol Museum, 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests features 13 of Warhol’s classic silent film portraits. Subjects inlcude Nico, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper, and more. Shot between 1964 and 1966 at Warhol’s Factory studio in New York City, the Screen Tests are presented with newly commissioned soundtracks by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips. The limited edition DVD is presented in a deluxe gatefold LP-style package with an exclusive poster and booklet. In addition, one frame from each of the 13 Screen Tests has been hand-printed as an archival gelatin-silver photograph in an edition of 100. Your choice of one of these individual prints is included. The retail DVD is presented in a slipcovered hard-bound book package. Get more info on the DVD and the limited edition version. Here’s a the first clip that they released…on YouTube, of course.