Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces Home Release Date, Specs For New Miles Davis Doc

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Eagle Rock Entertainment will bring the new Miles Davis documentary Birth of the Cool home next month.

The documentary, which originally premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, grossed more than $1 million during its recent theatrical run.  It is scheduled for home release April 10, and will be available as a BD/DVD combo pack and 2DVD with bonus Montreux concert footage and 16-page hardcover book and all digital platforms.  The Montreux footage was culled from Davis’ performances at the festival in 1973, 1984 and 1985.

The performance listing for the Montruex shows is noted below.

 

BONUS DVD – ALL LIVE FROM MONTREUX Tracklisting
1.) Ife (1973)
2.) Star People (1984 Afternoon)
3.) It Gets Better (1984 Afternoon)
4.) Hopscotch; Star On Cicely (1984 Afternoon)
5.) Lake Geneva (1984 Afternoon)
6.) Star People (1985 Evening)
7.) Hopscotch (1985 Evening)

 

The documentary, which also recently aired nationwide on PBS as part of the network’s beloved American Masters series, was directed by three-time Emmy award winner Stanley Nelson. It profiles the life and career of the late great trumpeter Miles Davis.  The profile features never-before-seen live performances and outtakes from Davis’ studio sessions.  It also features interviews with people who knew Davis both professionally and personally, such as Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter.

The documentary was nominated for a Grammy at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards and for a NAACP Image Award in the category of “Outstanding Documentary (Film).”

More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

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MVD Entertainment Group Announces Release Date, Specs For New Laurel & Hardy Collection

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MVD Entertainment Group will resurrect the classic comedy films and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy this summer.

Laurel & HardyThe Definitive Restorations is scheduled for release June 16.  The collection’s release will feature the duo’s classic comedy shorts presented for the first time ever in 2K and 4K restorations from the films’ 35mm originals.  It will feature shorts, such as “Me and My Pal,” “County Hospital” and “Come Clean” as well as the debut of Laurel & Hardy’s 1927 silent “pie fight” film from the short “Battle of the Century” and the only Laurel & Hardy blooper reel.

Adding to the viewing experience is eight hours of bonus content, such as rare photos and studio documents, interviews with those who worked with Laurel & Hardy and original music tracks and trailers, plus the full restoration of one of Laurel & Hardy’s surviving color films, The Tree In A Test Tube.

Commentaries from Laurel & Hardy historian Randy Skretvedt and Richard W. Bann are also featured as part of the collection’s extensive bonus content.  The restorations were made by possible by Jeff Joseph and SabuCat in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Library of Congress.

More information on this and other titles from MVD Entertainment Group is available online at:

 

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Myrath To Release Its Debut Live Recording Next Month

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Myrath will release its first-ever live recording next month.

The progressive-metal outfit is scheduled to release Live in Carthage April 17 through earMusic.  The expansive set list featured in the CD/DVD combo pack includes a variety of the band’s latest hits and songs from its previous recordings.  Among the songs included in the set list are the like of ‘Believer,’ ‘Dance,’ ‘Get Your Freedom Back’ and ‘Endure The Silence.’

Deep Purple’s own Don Airey made a guest appearance during the band’s performance of ‘Believer,’ offering his talents on the song’s keyboard line.

Pre-orders are open now for Live in Carthage.  The recording’s track listing is noted below.

 

LIVE IN CARTHAGE TRACK LISTING:
CD:
“Believer” (Feat. Don Airey)*
“Asl”
” Born To Survive”
“Storm Of Lies”
“Dance”
“Wide Shut”
“Merciless Times”
“Get Your Freedom Back”
“Endure The Silence”
“Nobody’s Lives”
“Duat”
“The Unburnt”
“Sour Sigh”
“Tales Of The Sands”
“Madness”**
“Believer”
“No Holding Back”
“Drum Solo”**
“Beyond The Stars”
“Outro”**

BONUS:
Making-Of**

*Only on CD
**Only on DVD

 

More information on Myrath’s forthcoming debut live recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.myrath.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/myrathband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/myrath

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Debuts New Trailer For New Ella Fitzgerald Documentary

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Eagle Rock Entertainment released the first new trailer this week, for its forthcoming documentary, Ella FitzgeraldJust One Of Those Things.

The new trailer, released Wednesday, features clips of Fitzgerald performing with Duke Ellington and his orchestra, new interview footage with the likes of Tony Bennett and Jamie Cullum.

The 90-second trailer also features vintage photos of Fitzgerald from early in her career and even footage of interviews that Fitzgerald herself conducted on television.

The trailer is streaming here.  Eagle Rock unveiled a clip from the documentary last month, that featured discussions on Fitzgerald’s time on the road with Chick Webb and his orchestra.  It is available to watch here.

Ella FitzgeraldJust One Of Those Things is scheduled to make its theatrical debut April 3 in select theaters nationwide.  Award-winning director Leslie Woodhead helmed the project, and Reggie Nadelson produced the presentation.

Just One Of Those Things follows Fitzgerald on and off the stage, showing how she used her musical talents and her intelligence to break down barriers and overcome great odds throughout the course of her life.  It features never-before-seen footage of interviews with Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Norma Miller and Ray Brown Jr., Ella’s son. along with many other famous figures.

Fitzgerald lost her mother when she [Fitzgerald] was 15 years old.  From there, she also endured mistreatment in reform schools.  in 1934, her life took a turn that would set her on the path of success from then on, winning a contest at the famed Apollo Theater.  She would eventually go on to work with jazz greats, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.

While she had great success on stage, Fitzgerald was very different off-stage, wanting privacy for herself and her family.  Audiences will see that dichotomy throughout the course of this new documentary.

Fitzgerald earned a number of accolades during the course of her career. Among those honors were 13 Grammy awards, record sales exceeding 40 million records and an NAACP Equal Justice Award. She also received the American Black Achievement Award.

More information on Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new Ella Fitzgerald documentary is available online at:

 

Websitehttp://www.ellafitzgeraldmovie.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/EllaFitzgerald

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ellafitzgerald

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‘ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’ Is A Big Hit

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The wait is almost over for ZZ Top fans to own the band’s new documentary.  ZZ Top: The Little Ol’ Band From Texas comes home Friday on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack.  The 90-minute documentary, which is part of the band’s ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary, is a presentation that ZZ Top’s most devoted fan base will appreciate, as will rock fans in general.  That is due in part to the doc’s main feature, which will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content that comes with the documentary adds even more appeal to its presentation, and will be addressed a little later.  The documentary’s average price point proves to be money relatively well-spent by those who purchase the documentary.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of this doc.  All things considered, they make ZZ Top: The Little Ol’ Band From Texas a piece that is easily one of this year’s top new documentaries.

ZZ Top’s new documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is a positive new presentation from one of the most respected and revered acts in the music business today.  Set for release Friday through Eagle Rock Entertainment and Banger Films, the 90-minute story takes audiences from the band’s early days coming up in the rich Texas music scene all the way up to the release of the band’s seminal album Eliminator, which remains today, the band’s best-selling album of all.  Along the way, audiences hear from the band and some of those who are close to the band, about its history and impact on the music industry.  Multiple mentions are made of the band’s late manager Bill Ham and his role in the band’s success, going from ‘That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’ to being one of the top names in the Texas (and music) world.  That is just one part of the story.  ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill even addresses the moniker used for the band “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” at one point, noting that he felt it was originally used in a negative sense against the band just because the trio was not like all the mainstream acts out there at the time. Hill’s further discussion that the band embraced the moniker rather than let it get to the band will put a smile on any viewer’s face.  On a related note, the band members’ discussions on the role that the rise of punk music (yes, punk music) had on its own approach to songwriting, too.  This is another key discussion for audiences to take in.  ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard also gets the opportunity to open up about his drug use and recovery.  That story alone is one of the documentary’s most interesting moments. That is because it is evident that Beard really was sincere about realizing what he had done to himself and his desire to clean up.  Clearly he walked the walk, as he got cleaned up.  Staying on that note, audiences will be entertained to learn how the band’s hiatus – during which Beard got cleaned up – led to the creation of the band’s now iconic image involving Hill and Gibbons’ beards.  Not to give away too much, but not everyone close to the band was happy with the band’s decision to take on its new look, though it turns out, one original naysayer admits, the band’s decision to go the long beard look turned out to be the right move in the long term.  This is just one more of the engaging and entertaining stories that is shared throughout the course of ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas.  The documentary is chock full of other material, including a discussion on the advent of MTV on the band’s fame, that audiences will appreciate.  Even as the credits roll, audiences get even more story, with the band’s members today sitting at a table at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX, looking back on the band’s history and its future.  So even though the documentary ends with the band reaching its apex in 1983, the story does not necessarily end there.  That should appease even the most devoted of the band’s fans.  Keeping all of this in mind, the story at the center of ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas forms a solid foundation for the documentary.

The bonus content that accompanies the documentary’s main feature builds on the foundation that the noted story forms in its own presentation.  The doc’s bonus content comes in the form of two separate “live” performances – one at Gruene Hall and the other is a set of vintage live performances culled from the Ham Estate archives.  Audiences get to see in the latter, ZZ Top in its infancy, sans beards.  The five-song collection, which features performances of ‘Thunderbird,’ ‘Tush,’ ‘Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers,’ I’m Bach, I’m Nationwide’ and ‘Manic Mecahnic’ are in themselves bonuses in every sense.  The footage, as old as it clearly is, has stood the test of time.  Even having been recorded before the days of high definition video and audio, it still looks and sounds wonderful.  The band’s rhinestone suits in the performance of ‘Thunderbird’ are fully visible while the audio is wholly clean.  The vintage performance of ‘Tush’ is just as enjoyable as that of ‘Thunderbird,’ its audio and video being just as clear, even despite the recording technology of the day.  It is clear throughout the footage, that the performances all came from the same show, though it is not specifically noted when and where the show was recorded.  However, noting the band’s beards, it was from after the band’s hiatus.

By comparison, the newer, more recent footage recorded at the Gruene Hall was clearly recorded in the last year or so.  The cinematography and sound are stunning for such an intimate set of performances.  There is no audience, or at least not that is visible or audible.  Gibbons’ vocals are just as strong as ever, and the talents of Beard and Hill have not faded in the least, either.  Between that footage and the vintage footage, audiences get in whole, nearly an hour of live and semi-live performances that is well worth taking the time to watch.  When this is considered along with the value of the documentary’s main feature, the combination of that primary and secondary content more than makes this presentation worth owning by any rock music fan and ZZ Top devotee.

Taking into account the importance of the collective content featured in ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, it goes without saying that while the documentary is not necessarily cheap, the presentation’s average price point is a note that the noted audiences will not mind paying.  The average price point for this documentary is $26.28.  That price is reached by averaging prices from listings at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  At the time of this review’s posting, the documentary was not listed at Walmart’s site.  Again, the price is not inexpensive, but it could have been worse.  Considering the amount of content that is featured in the documentary, roughly an hour and ten minutes total, counting the bonus content, that price of just under $30 is not that bad.  Best Buy, Target and Amazon all list prices below that point at $22.99, $$25.49 and $22.93 respectively.  Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million both break that crest at $29.99 and $29.98 respectively.  So again, even with an average price point of $26, the least of the documentary’s separate price listings are just below that level, proving themselves to still be relatively affordable.  Keeping all of this in mind, the money spent on ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is money that audiences will not regret spending.  Keeping this in mind along with the value of the documentary’s collective content, the whole of this presentation, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas proves to be a big hit for the band’s most devoted fans and for rock fans in general.

ZZ Top’s new forthcoming documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  That is due in no small part to the documentary’s primary content, which tells a deep, rich story of one of the music industry’s most respected and revered bands.  The bonus live performances that accompany the documentary adds its own share of engagement and entertainment value to the presentation.  The presentation’s average price point and separate listings round out its most important elements.  Each noted item is important in its own right to the whole of this documentary.  All things considered, they make ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas a big hit.  More information on the documentary is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zztop.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZZTop

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zztop

 

 

 

More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

 

 

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Disney Announces Home Release Dates For ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’

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The final chapter in Star Wars‘ “Skywalker Saga” ended last year, and now has a home release date.

Star WarsThe Rise of Skywalker is scheduled for release March 17 on digital and March 31 on Blu-ray and 4KUHD.  Earning more than $1 billion worldwide during its theatrical run, the finale of the “Skywalker Saga”  brings to a climax, the battle between the Resistance and the New Order.  Kylo Ren and Rey also face off one more time to bring the battle between the light and dark side to its supposed end.

The forthcoming home release of Star WarsThe Phantom Menace will feature a variety of extras, such as a profile of legendary composer John Williams’ work on the movie’s soundtrack (which is exclusive to the movie’s digital-only release), a making-of featurette, the creation of the Pasaana desert scenes and a profile of the creatures in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The full list of the movie’s bonus content is noted below.

Bonus features include*:
  • The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.
  • Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.
  • D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.
  • Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
  • Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life!
Digital Exclusive:
  • The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

More information on the home release of Star WarsThe Rise of Skywalker is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.starwas.com/films/star-wars-episode-ix-the-rise-of-skywalker

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/starwars

Twitter: http://twitter.com/starwars

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Bringing New Ella Fitzgerald Documentary To Theaters

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Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a new documentary feature about Ella Fitzgerald in theaters this spring.

The documentary, titled Ella FitzgeraldJust One Of Those Things is scheduled to make its theatrical debut April 3 in select theaters nationwide.  Award-winning director Leslie Woodhead helmed the project, and Reggie Nadelson produced the presentation.

Just One Of Those Things follows Fitzgerald on and off the stage, showing how she used her musical talents and her intelligence to break down barriers and overcome great odds throughout the course of her life.  It features never-before-seen footage of interviews with Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Norma Miller and Ray Brown Jr., Ella’s son. along with many other famous figures.

Fitzgerald lost her mother when she [Fitzgerald] was 15 years old.  From there, she also endured mistreatment in reform schools.  in 1934, her life took a turn that would set her on the path of success from then on, winning a contest at the famed Apollo Theater.  She would eventually go on to work with jazz greats, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.

While she had great success on stage, Fitzgerald was very different off-stage, wanting privacy for herself and her family.  Audiences will see that dichotomy throughout the course of this new documentary.

Audiences can view a clip from the documentary here.  The clip focuses on discussions about Fitzgerald’s time with Chick Webb and his band.

Fitzgerald earned a number of accolades during the course of her career. Among those honors were 13 Grammy awards, record sales exceeding 40 million records and an NAACP Equal Justice Award. She also received the American Black Achievement Award.

More information on Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new Ella Fitzgerald documentary is available online at:

 

Websitehttp://www.ellafitzgeraldmovie.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/EllaFitzgerald

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ellafitzgerald

 

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