Metallica has struck a unique deal for its documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Under the terms of the deal, Metallica will own a

Metallica has struck a unique deal for its documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Under the terms of the deal, Metallica will own and pay for marketing costs of the film, IFC Films will have U.S. distribution rights for theatrical release and Paramount Home Entertainment will release the movie on home video/DVD.

IFC will also partner with Metallica for funds in the marketing campaign's print and advertising costs. Metallica and the band's Q Prime Management will take on consulting roles for distribution.

It is unusual for an artist to take on such extensive business responsibilities for a theatrically released documentary film about the artist.

The release of "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" in theaters will coincide with Metallica's upcoming North American tour, which begins March 2 in Phoenix. The documentary, produced and directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, is expected to roll out in most of the markets on the tour schedule.

Berlinger and Sinofsky's Third Eye Motion Picture Company -- which will have a role in worldwide distribution of the movie -- is currently in discussions to release the film in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Brazil.

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