Brazilian Music Doc ‘Elis & Tom’ Available on DVD From MVD

The Brazilian music documentary Elis & Tom — It Had to Be You is available now on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Outsider Pictures. 

In Los Angeles in February 1974, Tom Jobim, the incarnation of Bossa Nova, and Elis Regina, then Brazil’s most popular singer, met to record what would become one of the most iconic albums in the history of Brazilian music. Through rare and never before seen images, the musical documentary tells the story of how the encounter and recording of these two giant Artists happened. Elis brought her band, who joined Tom Jobim and the best musicians in Los Angeles, arranged by Bill Hitchcock at MGM studios.

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The recording was captured by the team of filmmakers led by director Roberto de Oliveira, who arranged for the duo to meet. The original footage was kept for 45 years until they were restored and remastered in 2018. The rare and unpublished images drive the musical documentary.

The film was an official selections at the AFI Latin American Film Festival.

Paramount+ to Debut ‘Thalia’s Mixtape: El Soundtrack de Mi Vida’ Docuseries May 2

Paramount+ has announced that Thalia’s Mixtape: El Soundtrack de Mi Vida, a three-part music docuseries starring global music superstar Thalia, will premiere exclusively on the service May 2 in the United States and Canada.

The series will also premiere on May 3 in the United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Thalia’s new album, Thalia’s Mixtape, will be released on April 28 by Sony Music.

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In the docuseries, Thalia, who also serves as creator and executive producer, takes the audience on a musical journey, uncovering the classics that inspired generations of artists and created the current Latin music landscape. Through a combination of interviews, found footage and modern renditions of classic hits by today’s biggest stars, the series revisits the history of Latin music and uncovers the future of the genre in an intimate way not yet seen before.

In “Vinyl, Cassettes and Rock in Spanish,” Thalia meets Charly Alberti and Rocco Pachukote and performs their classic hit songs with them. In “Burning Tires and CDs,” Thalia meets with David Summers and Kenia Os and performs classic Latin rock anthems with them. In “From Mixtapes to Playlists: The Digital Revolution,” Thalia performs “La Muralla Verde” from Enanitos Verdes with Bruses and Ben Carrillo. Then she covers “Florecita Rockera” by Aterciopelados with Leon Leiden.

“This has been my most personal project,” Thalia said in a statement. “Four years ago, the idea and concept of the mixtape of my life was born in my mind and heart. This docuseries goes through the songs that influenced my path, forging my destiny. I talk to my lifelong idols, the artists behind these legendary songs that marked entire generations with their music. In this series we delve into the stories and origins of these compositions, and as an absolute fan of these great artists, I have the honor of performing these musical gems with them. It’s an incomparable gift.”

“This has been a labor of love for Thalia, to relive and bring to life the music and the most popular songs of her teenage years, and to document and perform in the film with the original artists is a lifelong dream,” executive producer Tommy Mottola said in a statement.

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“Collaborating with people you admire will always be a dream in whatever your line of work. ‘Thalia’s Mixtape’ is the perfect blend of documentary and musical, yet another example of the timeless impact Thalia has had and continues to have on music and culture,” said Ntertain Studios executive producers Lex Borrero and Santiago Zapata.

Doc ‘George Michael Freedom Uncut’ Available on Digital

The documentary George Michael Freedom Uncut is available now on digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the deeply autobiographical feature documentary narrated by the late Grammy Award winner, Michael reveals openly and honestly the two distinct sides of his life: his very public music career and his private personal life that cameras never truly saw. Michael was heavily involved in and dedicated to the making of this documentary before his passing in 2016.

The film delves into the turbulent period after “Faith” leading up to, during and after the making of his Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 album in 1990. At this pivotal period of his life, Michael is able to fight for his artistic freedom and lead the way for others. He meets his first real love, Anselmo Feleppa, and navigates both the heartbreak of Anselmo’s early tragic passing from an AIDS-related illness and the devastating loss of his mother.

The film is also a reminder of Michael’s musical genius during the Wham! years and throughout his solo career. It features duets with Michael’s favorite artists and explores how he influenced the cultural landscape of his generation as one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

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Interwoven with exclusive, personal archival footage, the release includes never-seen-before footage from one of the most iconic videos in music history, “Freedom! ’90,” directed by Oscar-nominated David Fincher. 

The documentary will be available for the first time to audiences worldwide in 4K.

Music Doc ‘Where Are You, Jay Bennett?’ Due on Blu-ray April 19, DVD With Vinyl Albums April 23 From MVD

The feature-length documentary Where Are You, Jay Bennett?, on the renown multi-instrumentalist and recording studio savant, will have its Blu-ray Disc and pay-per-view release on April 19 from MVD Entertainment Group.

Four days later on April 23, it will have a “Record Store Day” release featuring the film on DVD along with Bennett’s last two albums Kicking at the Perfumed Air and Whatever Happened I Apologize available for the first time on vinyl.

As a member of Wilco, Bennett was a large part of the genius behind their three seminal albums. He joined the band prior to the recording of their second album Being There and subsequently co-wrote most of Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot with Jeff Tweedy (and has been called the sonic architect of both albums). Bennett was also instrumental in the recording of the Mermaid Avenue/Woody Guthrie sessions with Billy Bragg, and went on to a critically acclaimed solo career before dying tragically at the age of 45.

Directors Gorman Bechard and Fred Uhter use a mixture of audio interviews with Bennett, never-before-seen performance footage, animation, and extensive interviews with those who knew him best to give an account of the artist’s life. The offers a look at the other side of the narrative that had been created in the media once Bennett had been asked to leave the band.

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“At the time of his firing, Jay’s behavior was cast in a negative light. But there are always two sides to every story,” Bechard said in a statement. “In this film, we show just how instrumental Jay was to Wilco’s brilliance. How Bennett and Tweedy together truly were one of the greatest collaborative teams in rock history, but also how they were both perfectionists who needed to push boundaries. Ultimately, that was simply not sustainable in a band setting.”

The film, funded completely through KickStarter, is an insight into a piece of American musical history exploring Bennett’s life, his influences, his art, his obsessions, his vices, music, recording, and Wilco and their unfortunate split.

“The animation by Ed Gendron brings to life these amazing interviews with Jay,” Uhter said in a statement. “To be able to hear his voice, to have Jay himself tell his side of the story, talk about how records were made, and what role he played, it’s a priceless piece of music history.”

Bechard is the filmmaker behind 2011’s Color Me Obsessed, a Film About the Replacements.

Doc ‘Summer of Soul’ Available Digitally and on DVD Feb. 8

The documentary Summer of Soul will be released through digital retailers and on DVD Feb. 8 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Summer of Soul premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. The documentary also won the AFI Special Award, six awards at the Critics Choice Awards, and Best Documentary awards with NBR and LAFCA. The film is also nominated for the PGA and Spirit Awards.

It is streaming on Hulu in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s Onyx Collective; Searchlight Pictures released it theatrically.

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Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a documentary that is part music film, part historical record created around an event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was largely forgotten until now. The feature includes concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

Bonus features include audio commentary with Thompson, a making-of featurette, and “Harlem: Then & Now,” in which viewers revisit Mount Morris Park, location of the Harlem Cultural Festival.

‘Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends’ Available for Digital Rental and Purchase From Sony Music and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends, a new two-hour film composed of archival interviews, promotional videos and documentary shorts on the legendary artist’s career, is available now for digital purchase and rental from Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Five other film titles from the Bob Dylan catalog also are available for digital download and rental, including Bob Dylan: Trouble No More — A Musical Film, The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, Bob Dylan: MTV Unplugged, and the comedy/drama Masked and Anonymous, in which Dylan stars as Jack Fate, a singer coerced into making a comeback performance at a shady benefit concert event.

The new compilation tells the stories of some of the most important moments in Dylan’s career, featuring rare promotional films, videos and behind-the-scenes footage.

The release highlights a distribution collaboration between the Sony companies for long-form content, documentaries and concert films from artists in the Sony Music catalog across multiple digital platforms.

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“Bob Dylan has one of the most iconic catalogs in music history and we are honored to bring it to life,” Tom Mackay, president, premium of content A&R for Sony Music Entertainment said in a statement. “With Sony Pictures, we are giving fans an exclusive inside look at rare, revealing moments from his career. Because of our collaboration, this sort of creative achievement was made easier by combining the unique talent and resources of our two global companies. That partnership offers all of our artists the ideal platform to tell their stories and reach their fans around the world.”

“We are thrilled to team up with Sony Music on this distribution collaboration to bring music fans worldwide great video experiences from some of the most renowned artists in SME’s catalog,” said Jason Spivak, EVP of distribution for North America television and home entertainment at Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Bob Dylan is one of the most influential musicians of our time with a global fanbase. We could not be more excited to give his fans an inside look at his career through Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends.”

‘Khalid: Free Spirit’ Album Companion Film Due on Digital April 6 From Sony

Khalid: Free Spirit, a companion film to the multi-platinum recording artist’s album, will be available for digital purchase and rental April 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In this creative parallel to Khalid’s platinum album Free Spirit, Khalid and award-winning music video director Emil Nava expand on Khalid’s lyrics and artistry on the album to create a visual story of love, loss and the pain of growing up.

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The cast includes Khalid Robinson, Dizzy Fae, Judah Lang, Jahking Guillory, Estefania Preciado, Bianca Leonor Quinones, Maverick McConnell, Diamond White and Ed Gathegi.

The film also includes never-before-seen outtakes.

Doc ‘Buster Williams Bass to Infinity’ Due on Digital March 16 From Virgil

The documentary Buster Williams Bass to Infinity will come out on digital March 16 from Virgil Films.

Jazz musician Buster Williams has played with everyone, from Sarah Vaughan to Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Art Blakey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and others. In this documentary, viewers join Williams as he tells stories about his life and the lives of other great jazz musicians, and is joined by, and plays with, some of the greatest living contributors to this music — Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Reid, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Barron and Lenny White.

Buster Williams Bass to Infinity is a film about a great contributor to America’s greatest art form, and many other greats — those mentioned above, as well as Monk, Trane and Paul Chambers.

The trailer is here.

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Music Doc ‘Mean Man: The Story of Chris Holmes’ Due on Disc Jan. 15 From MVD

The music documentary Mean Man: The Story of Chris Holmes will come out on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 15 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

It’s the story of an iconic guitar player who has lived a life of extreme highs and lows. After losing the publishing rights to his own songs and combatting dangerous addictions, the legendary W.A.S.P. guitarist is shown starting over from scratch while living at his mother-in-law’s in Cannes, France. He is now ready to take on Europe with his new band. As the documentary follows him, he meets many fans, proving he still is the showman he was as a young and famous rockstar. This musical journey chronicles the rise, fall and rebirth of Holmes with archives, live performances and interviews.

Bonus features include behind-the-scenes extras and a slide show.

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‘Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On’ Travels to DVD May 5 from Lionsgate

Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On arrives on DVD May 5 from Lionsgate.

The documentary offers an intimate look at the moments that have defined the country star’s life and career. Following the Grammy Award winner both in his hometown and on tour, Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On explores his rise to fame and some of his personal struggles along the way. It also features in-depth interviews with Brooks, singers Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, as well as commentary from artists George Strait, Billy Joel and James Taylor, among others.

The documentary comes from the A&E Biography franchise.

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