‘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.

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.

Music Doc ’23rd Century Giants — The Story of Renaldo & Loaf’ Due on Blu-ray March 8 From MVD

The music documentary 23rd Century Giants — The Story of Renaldo & the Loaf will be released on Blu-ray March 8 from MVD Entertainment Group and Well Dang! Productions.

It follows a decades-long friendship that drives an architect and a bio-medical scientist to make the weirdest music you’ve ever heard. Not many bands can boast that one of their albums, Songs for Swinging Larvae, was voted 14th weirdest of all time by Mojo magazine.

The documentary chronicles the musical careers of mild-mannered Brits Brian Poole and David Janssen, aka Renaldo & the Loaf, whose sonic experimentation with tape loops, household objects and repurposed musical instruments alike gave them a unique electronic sound that would inspire generations of adventurous music lovers for decades. From childhood friendship, to landing a deal with the record company of their wildest dreams (Ralph Records, home of the like-minded Residents), then not speaking for 20 years only to reunite to worldwide cult status, the duo persisted. This definitive history of the band features interviews with the avant-garde duo themselves, and virtually every key figure in their musical lives.

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The film also features unseen photos, unheard music and comedic cutout animations that visually represent the strangeness. The band made their long anticipated live debut in Vienna in 2018, footage of which is also included.

Special features include:

  • 25 minutes of extended interviews and deleted scenes;
  • 1981 Ralph Records Songs for Swinging Larvae promo film, remastered in HD from the original 16mm source;
  • Renaldo & the Loaf’s Backwards Film Study #1 8mm film; and
  • music videos for “A Convivial Ode” and “Optimism.”

 

 

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.

‘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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Doc ’16 Bars’ Due on DVD Feb. 7 From MVD

The documentary 16 Bars will come out on DVD Feb. 7 from MVD Entertainment Group and Lightyear Entertainment.

It offers a rare glimpse at the human stories and songs locked away in our nation’s jails and prisons and follows a unique rehabilitation effort in a Virginia jail that encourages inmates to write and record original music. In the jail’s makeshift recording studio, four men collaborate to produce an album with Grammy-winner Todd “Speech” Thomas of Arrested Development. As the creative process unfolds, the incarcerated artists must confront the traumas of their past, and music becomes the key to unlocking a new chapter in their lives.

Two-time Grammy-winner Thomas is widely considered one of the godfathers of conscious hip-hop. Starting in 2017, he set out on a journey to the Richmond City Jail, where he conducted music workshops with inmates. His goal was to shed light on the complex issues in our criminal justice system by bringing the voices and stories of incarcerated people to a larger audience.

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Special features include music videos for “Inspire,” “Lost One” and “Freedom Wind.”

The film was nominated for Best Independent Documentary at the Black Reel Awards, won the Audience Choice Award at Doclands, won Best Documentary at the Downtown LA Film Festival, and won Best Music Film at the Macon Film Fest.

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An original soundtrack album will be released through Caroline/UMG.

Music Films ‘Martin Barre’ and ‘Bluebird,’ Biopic ‘Mrs. Lowry & Son’ Available on Disc From MVD and Cleopatra

Two music films, Martin Barre — Live in NYC and Bluebird, and a biopic on artist L.S. Lowry are just out on disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

Martin Barre, best-known as the guitarist in Jethro Tull, one of the biggest selling bands of all time, brings his famous guitar chops to the Big Apple in this rare concert in Martin Barre — Live in NYC. Available on DVD with two audio CDs of the entire concert, the deluxe collector’s edition comes in an eight-panel digipak. The titles covers his solo band live as they rock through the classic hits that earned him a reputation as one of the signature axemen of his era.

Bluebird, available on Blu-ray and DVD, chronicles the origins of megastars such as Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville’s accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history. Its 35-year history is revealed through never-before-told stories from those that have worked, played, been discovered and helped preserve this unassuming strip-mall haunt. The film, an official selection at SXSW (2019), the Nashville Film Festival (2019) and the Newport Beach Film Festival (2019),  features interviews with Swift, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Faith Hill, Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Vince Gill along with the stars of the hit TV series “Nashville.”

Mrs. Lowry & Son, available on DVD, chronicles the life of British artist L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall), who lived all his life with his overbearing mother Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave). Bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth actively tried to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he was to her.