Chuck Berry Film Bolstered With Extras
"Hail! Hail!" will be issued as a two-disc "Special Edition" and a four-disc "Ultimate Edition." Both include 54 minutes of previously unreleased Berry rehearsals.As tipped here in January, Image Entertainment is prepping a June 27 DVD release for "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll," the Chuck Berry movie masterminded by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards. Originally released in 1987, the film chronicles Berry's 60th birthday concert the previous year in St. Louis.
"Hail! Hail!" will be issued as a two-disc "Special Edition" and a four-disc "Ultimate Edition." Both include 54 minutes of previously unreleased Berry rehearsals, encompassing performances with Richards, Eric Clapton, Johnnie Johnson and Etta James. The one-hour documentary "The Reluctant Movie Star" is also included on both versions, detailing the film's genesis.
The four-disc set is bolstered with "Witness to History," an hour-plus roundtable with Berry, Little Richard and Bo Diddley discussing their shared experiences for the first time. Other featurettes include "The Burnt Scrapbook," with Berry and the Band's Robbie Robertson sifting through Berry's personal memorabilia, and "Chuckisms," a roundup of classic Berry sayings.
The final disc of the "Ultimate Edition" is "Witness to History 2," featuring director Taylor Hackford's three-and-a-half hour collection of interviews rock icons such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Ahmet Ertegun and Willie Dixon.