Film documents band's 1977 Australian tour.
"ABBA - The Movie," the documentary about the Swedish band's 1977 Australian tour, is about to be released on DVD for the first time.
It will be available first in Europe on Sept. 26, excluding France, where it is due Oct. 31. Releases in the U.S., Japan, Australia and Brazil are also set for October.
The set is out on Stockholm-based Polar Music International, with global distribution handled by Universal Music Group. The DVD project was coordinated by Universal Music Sweden's Mia Segolsson.
The documentary film was written and directed by Lasse Hallström, who went on directing films such as "An Unfinished Life," "Chocolat," and "The Cider House Rules".
A Hi-Definition transfer was performed by Stockholm-based FilmTeknik and DVD production handled by Stockholm-based Mpeg Production. ABBA's Benny Andersson supervised the digitally restored sound that was mixed by Bernard Löhr at Andersson's Mono Music Studio.
"Our ambition was to make this the technically best music DVD ever released," says Marten Aglander, MD of Universal Music Sweden. "When you look and listen to it, you can say that we succeeded."
A limited edition two disc version of "ABBA - The Movie" is being simultaneously released featuring bonus material. It includes a forty-minute interview with Hallström, Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.