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.