Chuck Berry Tribute Concert Film Debuts on Blu-ray Disc

Shout! Factory Nov. 9 will release the classic rock ‘n’ roll film Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll on DVD and, for the first time ever, Blu-ray Disc.

The Blu-ray Disc edition is a two-disc collector’s edition with a suggested retail price of $24.97.

The DVD is a standard single disc at $19.99.

The discs will be released under the indie supplier’s Shout Select brand.

The landmark feature film captures a 1986 concert honoring rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Berry on his 60th birthday. The concert was assembled by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who invited a roster of well-known musicians to honor Berry — including Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, and Julian Lennon.

The film also features archival footage of a duet by Berry and John Lennon.

Special features include:

  • Introduction by director Taylor Hackford
  • 54 minutes of rehearsal footage
  • The Reluctant Movie Star, a making-of documentary
  • The original theatrical trailer
  • Witnesses to History documentary Parts 1 & 2
  • “Chuckisms” – a collection of classic Chuck Berry remarks
  • “The Burnt Scrapbook” – Chuck Berry reminisces over his musical memories with The Band’s Robbie Robertson


A four-disc DVD was originally released in 2006 by Image Entertainment. Long out of print, copies are selling for as much as $200 on Amazon.

RLJ Entertainment Retains Fiscal, Legal Advisors in AMC Networks Deal

RLJ Entertainment has retained fiscal advisor Allen & Co. and Greenberg Traurig as its legal counsel regarding the pending proposal from AMC Networks to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of RLJE not currently owned by AMC Networks or entities affiliated with founder/board chairman Robert L. Johnson.   

RLJE, which was formed in 2012 through the merger of Acorn Media Group and Image Entertainment, said retention of the advisors is no guarantee that a definitive agreement will be reached with AMC Networks or that any transaction involving the home entertainment distributor will be approved by the board’s special committee.

‘The company does not currently intend to announce any developments with respect thereto unless a definitive agreement for a transaction has been entered into or the special committee otherwise has formally completed its review process,” RLJE said in a statement.

Notable assets include SVOD services Acorn TV and Urban Movie Channel (UMC). Subsidiaries include Image Entertainment, Agatha Christie Ltd., and Acorn Productions Ltd.

Indeed, 20th Century Fox in 2013 acquired the theatrical rights to Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express from Acorn Productions, and the subsequent film was released last November and generated more than $350 million at the global box office, including $103 million domestically.

The title was released at retail Feb. 27 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.