'20 Feet from Stardom' Bound for Blu-ray

Posted Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM PST by

Morgan Neville's music documentary will sing on Blu-ray in January.

In an early announcement to retailers, Starz/Anchor Bay is preparing '20 Feet from Stardom' for Blu-ray on January 14.

They are the voices behind the greatest rock, pop and R&B hits of all time, but no one knows their names. In this award-winningfilm, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as Darlene Love (known for her hit “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home”), Merry Clayton (whose voice haunts the classic 1969 track by the Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”), Lisa Fischer, Claudia Lennear, Judith Hill and more. These are the triumphs and heartbreaks of music's greatest unsung talents, featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage, vintage live performances, and interviews with superstars Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder and Bette Midler. The film features rare archival footage of musical legends Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross.

In his Huffington Post review, Marshall Fine proclaims “It's hard to imagine another documentary this year that will be as uplifting, entertaining and moving as Morgan Neville's 20 Feet From Stardom.” New York Magazine critic, David Edelstein calls the film “marvelous” and asserts “to watch and listen to Morgan Neville's marvelous portrait of sundry under-sung backup singers, 20 Feet From Stardom, is to understand how many things Auto-Tune can't do, foremost among them change the pitch of a person's soul." Billboard Magazine’s Phil Gallo raves “It takes the ordinary and transforms it into the exceptional.”

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a lossless 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include: Deleted Scenes; Q&A with Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and director Morgan Neville; and Short Film: The Buddy System.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is still undetermined at this time.

You can find the latest specs for '20 Feet from Stardom' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under January 14th.

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20 Feet from Stardom (Blu-ray)
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