‘Le Choc Du Futur’ Coming to DVD Nov. 10 From MVD

Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group will release the electronic music drama Le Choc Du Futur (The Shock of the Future) Nov. 10.

The film, which premiered at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, takes place in the Paris of 1978, when old formulas do not charm listeners anymore, creating the need for new music to arise in its place. In an extremely male-dominated industry, Ana (Alma Jodorowsky) uses her electronic gadgets to make herself heard, creating a new sound that will mark the decades to come: the music of the future.

The DVD release also includes an exclusive interview with director Marc Collin, a slide show and other bonus features.

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FilmRise, Redbox Free Live TV Streaming Music Concert Marathon

FilmRise, along with Redbox Free Live TV, will stream a music concert marathon on Sept. 27. The concert marathon features more than 30 concerts, including Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and Phil Collins, among others. Specific highlights include Prince’s Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987), Paul McCartney and Wings: Rockshow (1980), The Doors: Live at the Bowl (1968), and Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim (1967), among others.

Prince: Sign ‘O’ The Times is a concert film with theatrical staging, featuring live performances by Prince and his band.

Paul McCartney & Wings: Rockshow: In 1975 and 1976 McCartney and his band undertook the Wings over the World tour, the largest scale tour they would ever undertake as a band. From this tour came both the “Wings over America” triple live album and the concert film “Rockshow.”  Although filmed on this tour at the Kingdome in Seattle, “Rockshow,” originally was a cut-down version of the concert, that did not premier until November 1980 in New York and April 1981 in London.

Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella & Jobin is a 1967 television event that finds Sinatra joined by Ella Fitzgerald in an historic pairing of the two preeminent vocal talents of the era.

The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68 is a concert movie depicting the performance of the Doors at the Hollywood Bowl.

‘Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse’ Available for Digital Purchase Oct. 27, Rental Nov. 10 From Sony

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse, a film documenting a series of performances from the band of all-stars led by Pink Floyd’s drummer, will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD Digital on Oct. 27, and available for digital rental Nov. 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse is a live recording taken from the band’s sold-out shows at the London venue in May 2019. The film revives both the hits from Pink Floyd’s earliest live shows, as well as songs never performed live by Floyd.

Nick Mason, Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken, known as Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, came together with the simple idea of playing early Pink Floyd — the songs pre-Dark Side of the Moon — that had not been given a live outing in decades. What started with a simple suggestion from Mason, “Why don’t we get a rehearsal room and play some things and see how we feel about it,” turned into the artist’s first live performances since 2005’s Live 8.

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Recorded almost a year to the day from the band’s first live show together, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse features songs from the garage band attack of “Arnold Layne” and “Vegetable Man” to the psychedelic journeying of “Interstellar Overdrive” and the mellow, spacey Floyd of “Atom Heart Mother” and “Green is the Colour.”

Tracks include:

  • “Beginnings”
  • “Interstellar Overdrive”
  • “Astronomy Domine”
  • “Lucifer Sam”
  • “Fearless”
  • “Obscured by Clouds”
  • “When You’re In”
  • “Remember a Day”
  • “Arnold Layne”
  • “Vegetable Man”
  • “If”
  • “Atom Heart Mother”
  • “The Nile Song”
  • “Green is the Colour”
  • “Let There Be More Light”
  • “Childhood’s End”
  • “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”
  • “See Emily Play”
  • “Bike”
  • “One of These Days”
  • “A Saucerful of Secrets’
  • “Point Me at the Sky”

‘B-52s: Live at the US Festival’ Coming to DVD and Digital Platforms Sept. 4

Shout! Factory has announced the Sept. 4 release of The B-52s: Live at the US Festival, a live performance recorded of the B-52s in action at the 1982 inaugural US Festival.

The performance, which will be available on DVD and other digital platforms, features all five original band members and is dedicated to the band’s guitarist Ricky Wilson, who passed away five years after the performance.

The B-52s: Live at the US Festival is the first-ever DVD release from their classic era, and comes packed with 13 hits and favorites from the groups earlier years, including “Party Out of Bounds,” “Give Me Back My Man,” Planet Claire,” “Throw That Beat in the Garbage Can,” “Lava,” “Mesopotamia,” “6060-842,” “Big Bird,” “52 Girls,” “Dance This Mess Around,” “Private Idaho,” “Rock Lobster” and “Strobe Light.”

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Bonus features will include new interviews with Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson talking about Ricky and what he meant to their unique sound, along with memories from their performance at the US inaugural festival.

ViacomCBS Promotes Bruce Gillmer to President of Music

ViacomCBS June 11 named Bruce Gillmer president of music, music talent, programming and events at ViacomCBS Media Networks, effective immediately.

Reporting to CEO Bob Bakish, Gillmer will be tasked guiding the media company’s strategy to align and optimize all music-driven initiatives across ViacomCBS.

“Music is a thread uniting many of our brands, and I’m confident he will maximize the full power of our combined company’s portfolio to bring ViacomCBS’s global music events and programming to new heights,” Bakish said in a statement.

Bruce Gillmer

Gillmer will form and chair a new cross-company initiative to coordinate ViacomCBS’s music programming, talent and events strategy. He will also lead the strategy for and development of music content on ViacomCBS’s expanded streaming offering.

Additionally, Gillmer will continue to oversee music talent, development and programming of music content, series and specials, and tentpole events for ViacomCBS’s Entertainment & Youth Brands, which include MTV, Comedy Central, CMT, Logo, VH1, Pop TV, Paramount Network and Smithsonian Channel, and ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI).

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This includes the creation and execution of worldwide music events, including the MTV VMAs, MTV EMAs and, now, the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Internationally, he will expand his remit to manage priority events across the brand portfolio.

The music and events, celebrity talent and creative music teams across ViacomCBS entertainment and youth brands will report into Gillmer along with the MTV International music and talent teams.

Gillmer most recently served as head of global music and EV of music and talent, programming and events for Viacom International Media Networks. He and his team created and produced numerous music series, specials and initiatives, most recently MTV Fresh Out Live!; the reimagined, local versions of YO! MTV Raps in countries around the world; MTV documentary series “The Ride”; “MTV Push”, a global initiative to spotlight new music talent; and many others.

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Gillmer has engineered many culturally defining moments in music, including the U2 and Jay-Z collaboration at the Brandenburg Gate for the 2009 MTV EMAs, and performances by artists ranging from Lady Gaga to Andrea Bocelli. He has executive produced some of the world’s largest music events, including several MTV VMAs and 13 MTV EMAs.

Prior to his international and global roles, Gillmer was SVP of music and talent relations for VH1 in the U.S., where he was involved in the co-development and production of VH1 DIVAS LIVE; VH1 Hip Hop Honors; VH1 Fashion Awards; Behind the Music; and a variety of other shows, series and events. He began his career in the MTV Music and talent department in 1987, working on iconic series and specials including Headbangers Ball, MTV Spring Break, YO! MTV Raps and more.

Remembering ‘We Are the World’

Participants, family and fans gathered Jan. 28 at Studio “A” at Henson Studios (formerly A&M Records and the original Charlie Chaplin Studios) on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, Calif., to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the recording of the song “We Are the World,” which over the years has raised millions to feed the hungry. The event will be commemorated by a plaque to be placed at the studio. The plaque reads, “In January 28, 1985, 45 superstar recording artists checked their egos at this door and joined together as one to record ‘We Are the World.’ 35 years later, the people’s anthem they created has raised over $100 million for USA for Africa. The song still lends a helping hand.” (L-R) “We Are the World” producer Ken Kragen, Gina Belafonte (daughter of “We Are the World” organizer/artist Harry Belafonte), singer Dionne Warwick, and USA for Africa’s Lloyd Greig.

Punk Biopic ‘Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League’ Due on DVD Aug. 9 From MVD

Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League will come out on DVD plus CD Aug. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

The story of the notorious punk rock band uncovers how a biker, a skinhead, a grammar school boy and a Persian exile come together, with no musical talent or ambitions and even less respect for anything or anyone, to burst into the U.K. charts with their debut single.

The film, directed by George Hencken and produced by Brian Perera, Yvonne Perera and Matt Green, stars Stewart Copeland, Rat Scabies and Nick.

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Music Doc ‘Bachman: Special Edition’ Rolling to Blu-ray and DVD May 10 From MVD

The music documentary Bachman: Special Edition will come out on Blu-ray and DVD May 10 from MVD Entertainment Group and FilmRise.

As a member of The Guess Who, Randy Bachman was part of the first ever No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Canadian band with “American Woman/No Sugar Tonight,” and then topped the Hot 100 again in 1974 with another band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, with “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” Among the other hits Bachman has written or co-written are “These Eyes,” “No Time,” “New Mother Nature,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “Let It Ride” and “Roll on Down The Highway.”

The documentary chronicles the life of the 74-year-old rocker, who is still regularly making music and performing. The film follows Bachman as he looks to the past for inspiration from rarely seen footage, pictures and documents that have been stored at the National Archives in Ottawa. It also incorporates present-day interviews with family, management and fellow musicians, touching on everything from Bachman’s childhood to his various rock bands — The Guess Who, Brave Belt, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bachman-Turner — and solo work.

“He was like my biggest influence when I was a kid,” says Neil Young in the film. “Watching him play guitar, he had an amazing sense about the way he played. And the feeling that you got when you listened to him. It was more than just chops.”

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The documentary made its world premiere in Toronto at Hot Docs 2018 before a festival run, and eventual airing in Canada on CBC’s Documentary Channel.

Bonus materials include “Neil Young on Winnipeg,” “Randy’s Crazy Horse,” “Building a Reprise ‘Here Comes the Sun,’” “On Chords,” “Songwriting ‘When No One Knows’” and the theatrical trailer.

Heavy Metal Story ‘Lords of Chaos’ Coming to Blu-ray and DVD in May From Unobstructed View and MVD

Lords of Chaos, a story about a heavy metal band starring Rory Culkin, will come out on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and DVD May 28 in the United States and May 21 in Canada from Unobstructed View and MVD Entertainment Group.

The coming of age horror-drama, from Swedish director Jonas Akerlund (Polar), weaves together a story of rock ‘n’ roll, youth, love and death. Inspired by a true story, Lords of Chaos, which debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is set in Oslo in 1987 as 17-year-old Euronymous (Culkin) is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create “true Norwegian black metal” with his band Mayhem. He’s joined by equally fanatical youths Dead (Jack Kilmer) and Varg (Emory Cohen). Believing that they’re on the cusp of a musical revolution, the group gets even darker, driven by the black metal dogma to spread evil. They begin burning down churches throughout the countryside and stealing tombstones for their record store. But when the press catches up with them and Euronymous takes more credit than he’s earned for the group’s violent acts, Varg, fresh out of jail, arranges a dark encounter to settle the score

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack contains the unrated version of the film and bonus features. The DVD includes the rated version and no bonus features.

‘Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders,’ Heartbreakers Concert Coming to Disc From MVD

Two Johnny Thunders rock films, Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders and Madrid Memory, a concert film featuring The Heartbreakers, are coming to disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Records.

Madrid Memory, streeting on DVD plus CD April 5, features a lost live concert performance from The Heartbreakers’s 1984 reunion world tour that included fellow Dolls Sylvain Sylvain and Jerry Nolan plus Billy Rath. Filmed for TV broadcast at La Edad De Oro in Madrid, Spain, the concert captures performances of songs from throughout Thunders’s career including “Personality Crisis,” “Too Much Junkie Business,” and “Born Too Lose.”

 

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Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 24, is a film based on true events surrounding the mysterious death of the legendary guitarist Thunders. Thunders arrives to New Orleans to begin a new chapter of his life by following a new musical sound, and staying clean from drugs in order to see his kids again. After he settles into the St. Peter’s Guest House Hotel, things go awry. His room is robbed, which contained the last of his money and his only methadone supply. His journey to recovery quickly turns dark when he takes desperate measures to get better, all which propel him deeper into chaos, ultimately leading to his unexplained mysterious final hours.