'Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm' Coming to Blu-ray

Posted Thu Oct 3, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT by

The documentary about rock musician Levon Helm will hit Blu-ray in October.

In an early announcement to retailers, Kino is preparing 'Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm' for Blu-ray on October 8.

Arkansas-born Levon Helm may be most famous as the drummer for The Band, which enjoyed phenomenal success from 1968 to 1976. Their final performance was filmed by Martin Scorsese and used as the subject for the quintessential concert documentary, 'The Last Waltz.' After being diagnosed with throat cancer, a series of radiation treatments left Helm with damaged vocal chords. While attempting to sing backup vocals for his daughter, Amy, he gradually regained the use of his voice. He jubilantly began work on his first solo album in 25 years, Dirt Farmer.

Directed by Jacob Hatley, 'Ain't In It For My Health' is a laid-back and wistful film that chronicles Helm in the wake of his Dirt Farmer success and in the process of creating Electric Dirt, the final studio album of this remarkable music legend. The film punctuates the image of Helm toward the end of his life with insight into his famed past, using archival footage of The Band appearing at Woodstock and on "The Ed Sullivan Show".

Hatley filmed with Helm for almost three years, capturing him at work at his Woodstock, NY home, hanging out with his friends, including actor Billy Bob Thornton, and spending time with his beloved daughter and infant grandson. 'Ain't In It For My Health' is an inspiring experience that no fan of Folk or Americana music should miss.

Specs have not been detailed yet, but supplements will include: deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $29.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under October 8.

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Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (Blu-ray)
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