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 The rare and unpublished images drive the musical documentary.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.

Music Doc ‘Carlos’ Available Nov. 7 for Digital Rental and Sale

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the documentary Carlos, about musician Carlos Santana, for digital rental and sale Nov. 7

A music industry legend for 50 years and a 10-time Grammy-winning global sensation, as well as a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor and a Billboard Century award, Santana continues to be one of the music world’s premiere artists, blending jazz, blues, and the Mariachi sound with a rock n’ roll spirituality. The documentary, from two-time Emmy-winning director Rudy Valdez (The Sentence, Through Our Eyes, We Are: The Brooklyn Saints), utilizes new interviews with Santana and his family alongside never-before-seen archival footage — including home video recordings Santana himself made, concert footage and behind-the-scenes moments.

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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.

Music Doc ‘Blitzed: The ’80s Blitz Kids’ Due on DVD Feb. 17 From MVD

The music documentary Blitzed: The ’80s Blitz Kids will be released on DVD Feb. 17 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The documentary explores the club where Boy George was the coat check girl (admittedly stealing money from the purses), and Bowie, synth beats, and a new freedom of sexual identity were in the air. The Blitz Club was where a hotbed of talent emerged: Ultravox, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Sade, and many others. This is the story of a cultural revolution — spawned from a grimy West End club patronized by impoverished but lavishly wardrobed trendsetters, art students and trans slackers. It was a movement that redefined music, fashion and sexual expression.  Among the stories: Mick Jagger was turned away from the door for not being well enough dressed.

Derided by many, the New Romantics can now claim influence that stretches to the modern wave of synth bands, sounds, gender fluidity and fashion sensibilities that mark the second decade of the 21st century. The music the scene spawned on the dance floor of Egan’s Blitz nightclub in Covent Garden can be heard on dance floors, films and TV soundtracks to this day. Through interviews with key players, current contemporaries, punters and pundits together with archival footage, recreated scenes and original footage, the documentary shows how and why the movement took hold and where it landed today.

Latin American Original Docu-Series ‘The Montaners’ to Debut on Disney+ Nov. 9

The new Latin American original docu-series “The Montaners” will premiere exclusively on Disney+ Nov. 9 with the first five episodes.

“The Montaners” follows the iconic family of the Montaners: Ricardo, Marlene, Mau, Ricky and Evaluna, and their significant others Stefi, Sara and Camilo, which have become a veritable phenomenon on social media and whose father is one of the greatest icons of Latin music. Throughout the episodes, viewers will witness, among other things, the challenges that each family member must face while trying to balance their private lives and professional careers, always in the public eye, as well as the milestones of their musical lives, their struggles and personal conflicts, and the emotions generated by the expansion of the family as new marriages are celebrated.

In both the first five episodes available on Nov. 9 and in the remaining five episodes arriving soon on Disney+, the series reveals the Montaner’s most-intimate moments, providing unrestricted access to their family life and uncovering the behind the scenes of events that gained great notoriety in the press and on social media, such as Ricky and Stefi’s wedding, the birth of Evaluna and Camilo’s son Índigo, and Mau and Sara’s wish to start a family, which was crowned with the conception of Apolo. “The Montaners” also showcases the backstage of the family members’ artistic careers, witnessing moments such as the 2021 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The series also accompanies them on family trips to Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Argentina, delves into Ricardo and Marlene’s “empty nest” feelings, and registers birthday parties and other special events revealing the unique way in which the Montaners celebrate family and prioritize shared moments while leading a life of fame as music stars.

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The new 10-episode docu-series features cinematic moments, live musical performances and presents their lifestyles in vérité-style documentary, made with mixed media formats, such as cell phone footage and confessional interviews, making use of Ricardo’s private video and photo archive.

Concert Feature ‘Tony Succar — Live in Peru’ Available Via On Demand Aug. 30 From Level 33

The music documentary Tony Succar — Live in Perú will be released via on demand Aug. 30 from Level 33 Entertainment.

Tony Succar, known for Unity: A Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, which surged to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Tropical Charts, is the youngest Latin Grammy winner as Producer of the Year and Best Salsa Album. In the feature, he debuts his new project, recorded during a sold-out concert at Teatro Nacional in Lima. The concert is based on the album “Live in Peru,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2022.

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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 ‘Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story’ Due on Digital July 26, Disc Aug. 9

The music documentary Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story will be released for digital sellthrough July 26 and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is a celebration of 50 years of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as New Orleans’ unique culture, featuring Jimmy Buffett; Bruce Springsteen; Katy Perry; Pitbull; Al Green; Herbie Hancock; Aaron Neville; Earth, Wind & Fire; and many others.

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‘Atlanta Rhythm Section’ Anthology, Horror Film ‘A Taste of Blood’ Among Titles on Disc From MVD and Cleopatra in May

The concert films Atlantic Rhythm Section: Sound and Vision Anthology and Grounded With the Goo Goo Dolls and the horror film A.K. Tolstoy’s A Taste of Blood are being released on disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment in May.

Southern Rock group Atlanta Rhythm Section presents a multimedia package featuring studio and live recordings in Atlantic Rhythm Section: Sound and Vision Anthology on DVD plus CD May 6. The disc includes new versions of the band’s biggest hits “Imaginary Lover,” “So Into You” and “Spooky” plus cover versions of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bachman Turner Overdrive, ZZ Top and more. The DVD features video and audio of a full concert performance. Additional bonus content on the DVD includes an interview with key band members, a band biography, discography and more.

Available May 20 is the concert film Grounded With the Goo Goo Dolls on Blu-ray plus CD and DVD. In the midst of the pandemic, the Goo Goo Dolls put on a  rock show of their most popular songs on an Augmented Reality FanTracks Stage. From the heartfelt “Indestructible” to other hits such as “Iris,” the band played a twenty-plus song back catalog for a career-spanning set live from Thunder Studios in Long Beach, Calif. Viewers can enjoy the full slick, multi-camera angled show.

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Based on Aleksey Tolstoy’s 1839 short story “The Family of the Vourdalak,” A.K. Tolstoy’s A Taste of Blood, due on Blu-ray and DVD May 10, tells the story of a man, who after going off to kill a vampire, returns home at the magic hour, between night and day. His family has doubts about whether he’s still human or whether he’s been bitten by the undead. His teenage daughter is determined to defend him, but doubts and fears grow as the darkness of the night approaches. The Blu-ray includes a bonus CD soundtrack.

Music Doc ‘Oasis Knebworth 1996’ Available for Digital Rental and Purchase

The music documentary Oasis Knebworth 1996 is available for digital rental and purchase from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Grammy Award-nominee Jake Scott, Oasis Knebworth 1996 celebrates the relationship between Oasis and their fans that made the largest concert of the ’90s possible. It is a story told entirely in the moment through the eyes of the fans who were there, built around extensive and never-before-seen archive concert and backstage footage from the event, with additional interviews with the band and concert organizers.
The band’s two record-breaking nights at Knebworth took place August 10-11, 1996, with more than a quarter of a million young music fans from all over the world converging on Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire. 

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Featuring a setlist including “Columbia,” “Acquiesce,” “Champagne Supernova,” “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” “Live Forever,” the orchestra backed “I Am The Walrus” and “Wonderwall,” the Knebworth concerts were both the pinnacle of the band’s success and the landmark gathering for a generation.