Award-Winning Documentary Available for the First Time Digitally and on Video On Demand; Limited Edition "Lords of Summer" 12-Inch Vinyl to Be Released to Independent Retail on Black Friday Record Store Day
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 24, 2014) - Metallica today announced they would release a ten-year anniversary 2-disc Blu-ray of their long out of print, groundbreaking movie, METALLICA: Some Kind of Monster on November 24, 2014.
Originally released on July 9, 2004, METALLICA: Some Kind of Monster follows the band through three of the most turbulent years in their over three-decade long career, and gives viewers an incredibly raw and intimate look into the lives and psyches of the members of one of the most successful rock bands in music history as they battle their way through addiction, domestic life, backlash from their fans, and near-total disintegration during the making of their St. Anger album. The documentary, directed by the award-winning team of Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost 1-3), won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature.
"Two Thumbs Up!" - Ebert and Roper
"Cinematic Gold." - Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
"Even if you're not a fan of their music, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster is a revelation: Funny, fascinating and insightful." - USA TODAY
"Entertaining, moving and historically significant." - New York Times
This ten-year anniversary release marks the first time METALLICA: Some Kind of Monster will be available digitally and via Video On Demand. The updated version will contain an additional bonus feature, "Metallica: This Monster Lives," a 25 minute follow-up piece filmed at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 during the release of the band's second film, Metallica: Through the Never, which features interview footage with the band and Berlinger & Sinofsky that looks at the decade since the release of the documentary film.
On Black Friday Record Store Day, November 28, 2014, Metallica will release a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl of "Lords of Summer." Side A will feature the "First Pass" (studio) version of "Lords of Summer" as well as a previously unreleased live version recorded at the Rock In Rome Sonisphere Festival on July 1, 2014. Side B will feature a laser etching of the Metallica "M" logo. This collectable vinyl will only be available through independent retail and metallica.com. For a list of Record Store Day shops please visit http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991's Metallica (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), which is the best selling album in the history of SoundScan, scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone. Their latest studio album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. Death Magnetic charted at #1 in 32 countries and sold five million copies worldwide. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. The band celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011 with a week's worth of fan club concerts at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, CA. In 2012, Metallica unveiled a brand new stage in Mexico City that featured iconic elements that spanned its 30-year career and is featured in the film Metallica Through the Never. They played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City. Picturehouse released Metallica Through the Never in North America on September 27, 2013. The music-driven, 3D motion picture film immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of Metallica's most iconic songs -- created exclusively for film -- combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band's trailblazing iconography. In December 2013, Metallica performed a rare concert in Antarctica where all attendees listened to the performance through headphones to protect the environment.
With that show, the band made history by becoming the first act to ever play all seven continents (all within a year), earning themselves a spot in the 60th Anniversary Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Metallica performed "One" with Chinese Pianist and Grammy Ambassador Lang Lang on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26th and two days later Metallica Through the Never was released on DVD and Blu-ray.