26 Jan 06
Image Entertainment announced it has secured the DVD rights to “Hail! Hail! Rock N’ Roll,” the much-celebrated 1987 feature film that captured the musical event commemorating the 60th birthday of music legend Chuck Berry.
The firm will release two-disc and four-disc editions with never-before-seen footage, documentaries, interviews and other bonus materials! The new DVD releases are expecting on June 27, 2006.
The film documents the 1986 gathering of great musicians who, at the invitation of Keith Richards, performed for an evening of music to honor Chuck Berry on his 60th birthday. Among the music superstars featured are Eric Clapton, Etta James, Linda Rondstadt, Robert Cray and Julian Lennon. Interviews with legends Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, and Bo Diddley are also incorporated into the film.
The bonus materials are truly historic: intimate jam sessions featuring Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Etta James, Johnny Johnson, Keith Richards and Chuck improvising brilliantly together; extended interviews with many of the original founders of rock & roll; an intimate conversation between Chuck Berry and The Band’s Robbie Robertson in which CB talks about his prison experiences for the first time; and much, much more — over seven hours of new material!
The film is directed by Taylor Hackford, who most recently produced and directed the Oscar-winning biopic “Ray.”