'Dispatch: Zimbabwe' Bound For Blu-ray, HD DVD

Posted Mon Dec 3, 2007 at 10:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke

Indie rock band Dispatch is headed to HD DVD and Blu-ray disc this January with the release of their recent reunion concert, 'Dispatch: Zimbabwe - Live at Madison Square Garden.'

One of only a handful of bands to rise to prominence without the backing of a major record label, the Boston trio had not played together since their legendary farewell concert in 2004, but when it was announced that they planned to reunite for a three-night stint at Madison Square Garden this summer to help raise awareness and money for people hit by worsening political and economic conditions in Zimbabwe, tickets sold out in just 30 minutes per concert.

'Dispatch: Zimbabwe - Live at Madison Square Garden' features the complete 16-track two-hour concert, captured entirely in high-definition. Self-produced by the Boston-based trio's own Bomber Records label, Warner Music Group will handle distribution for the cross format home video bow, which is due January 29, 2008 on standard DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD/DVD combo disc. (The band is also releasing a limited Collector's edition DVD in mid-December via their own website).

Bonus features shared by all of the January disc releases are expected to include four extra songs, the "Tree With No Name" documentary on the current situation in Zimbabwe, plus additional band interviews and an outtake reel.

Tech specs for the high-def editions have not yet been announced, but you can read the full details for the standard-def DVD at the band's official website. We'll keep you posted as soon as final specs for the high-def versions are confirmed.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray and HD DVD will be $29.99 a pop, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Dispatch Foundation's ongoing efforts in Zimbabwe.

To watch a trailer for 'Dispatch: Zimbabwe - Live at Madison Square Garden,' click the "Play" button below:

You'll find disc details for 'Dispatch: Zimbabwe - Live at Madison Square Garden' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule and our HD DVD Release Schedule, where it's indexed under January 29, 2008.

We've also set up dedicated threads for the release in our Forums area -- click the following links to discuss the 'Dispatch: Zimbabwe' Blu-ray release or the 'Dispatch: Zimbabwe' HD DVD release.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Dispatch: Zimbabwe - Live at Madison Square Garden (Blu-ray)
Dispatch: Zimbabwe - Live at Madison Square Garden (HD DVD)
Tags: Music on High-Def, Disc Annoucements (all tags)