Image Entertainment has secured DVD rights to “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the seminal Chuck Berry movie masterminded by Keith Richards. The company will on June 27 release two-disc and four-disc editions with never-before-seen footage, documentaries, interviews and other bonus materials.
The 1987 film, which captures a St. Louis concert commemorating Berry’s 60th birthday the year before, features such stars as Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt and Julian Lennon.
It also incorporates interviews with an occasionally testy Berry and his family members, the late Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springsteen, Little Richard, the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley.
Also featured is footage of a performance by Berry and his backup band of the 1950s at the long-gone Cosmopolitan Club in East St. Louis, Ill. The film was directed by Taylor Hackford, who most recently produced and directed the Oscar-winning biopic “Ray.”
The four-disc set will contain more than seven hours of new material. Highlights, according to Hackford, include “intimate jam sessions” with Clapton, Cray, James, Richards, Berry and Berry’s late keyboardist sidekick Johnnie Johnson, extended interviews with some of rock’s founding fathers and a conversation between Berry and the Band’s Robbie Robertson in which Berry talks about his prison experiences for the first time.