'A Band Called Death' Blu-ray Announced

Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT by

Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett's punk rock documentary arrives on Blu-ray in a few weeks.

In an early announcement to retailers, Image Entertainment says 'A Band Called Death' will arrive on Blu-ray on August 13.

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music -- and band name -- too intimidating, and the group was never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed a single album.

Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

Specs have yet to be revealed, but supplements include: Audio Commentary with Directors Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett; Audio Commentary with the Hackney Family; Q&A Live at The Vermont International Film Festival; Deleted Scenes; 'Let The World Turn' Music Video; Trailers; 20-page Booklet with Liner Notes by MC5's Wayne Kramer; High Quality 720p HD Digital Download of the Film; and a Blu-ray exclusive Death Live at SXSW.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $29.97.

You can find the latest specs for 'A Band Called Death' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under August 13.

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