The 'Amazing Journey' Project (PRNewswire)

Bruce bkawak at
Thu Aug 30 13:28:31 CDT 2007

A press release with a little more info:

      The 'Amazing Journey' Project, Two Powerfully Charged Films About The Who, Lays Bare One Of Rock's Greatest Icons Like Never Before 

Film One: 'AMAZING JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE WHO' Spitfire Pictures Unveils
       Film for World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival
 Film Two: 'AMAZING JOURNEY: SIX QUICK ONES' (sister film) A Feature Taking
          the Viewer, In-Depth, Behind What Drives The Who's Magic
 Available in Highly Collectible Two-Film DVD Set On November 6, 2007 From
                    Universal Studios Home Entertainment

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- "Amazing Journey: The
Story of The Who and Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones", two exhilarating
feature-length films about one of the seminal and most influential rock
bands in history, produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with
Trinifold Management, will be released by Universal Studios Home
Entertainment on DVD on November 6, 2007.
    Marking 40 years since The Who's first U.S. appearance in North
America, "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" will make its worldwide
debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2007.
    Spanning over four decades, "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who"
reintroduces The Who now and to generations-to-come, as it tells one of the
greatest stories of rock. The film tells the unfolding story of The Who and
how they have straddled the rock world for forty years, in a tale as
gripping in adventure, life and personality as the searing power of their
music. The film features all-new, exclusive, never-before-seen interviews
with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and others, rare and recently discovered
concert footage, artist profiles and much, much more, all in 5.1 Surround
    "Amazing Journey transcends all generational barriers and offers a
profoundly personal account of rock history," commented Craig Kornblau,
President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures
Digital Platforms. "As an authorized piece, the film is the definitive
anthology of one of the most important bands of our time. We are very
pleased to be able to make this film available to those who already love
the band, and perhaps more importantly, to showcase its legacy to those who
may have not had the good fortune to have seen them perform live."
    The companion feature film, "Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones", takes
the viewer inside the mysteries that drive a rock band to the pinnacle of
musical achievement.
    Deliberately conceived as two complimentary pieces of work, one film
for a wide audience and one for the die-hard rock fan, the two films
present a complex and complete picture of the legendary musicians as they
have never been seen before. Music greats including Sting, U2's The Edge,
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Oasis' Noel Gallagher, offer insightful
commentaries on The Who's indelible influence. Alongside a companion
booklet and additional DVD
    bonus content, this set comprises one of music's most collectible and
comprehensive compilations ever assembled about one of rock's greatest
    "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" was produced by Spitfire
Pictures' Nigel Sinclair, and Trinifold's Bill Curbishley and Robert
Rosenberg. It is directed by Paul Crowder (ONCE IN A LIFETIME) and Academy
Award(R) winner Murray Lerner (FESTIVAL). The film is presented by
Universal Pictures, and was produced by Spitfire Pictures in association
with Trinifold, VH1 Rock Docs, MLF Productions and Pony Canyon.
    "Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones" was produced by Spitfire Pictures'
Nigel Sinclair, and Trinifold's Bill Curbishley and Robert Rosenberg. The
film is presented by Universal Pictures, and was produced by Spitfire
Pictures in association with Trinifold.
    Added Nigel Sinclair: "If there are four legs to the table of the 60's
rock movement that has inspired and defined popular music ever since, they
are The Who -- as well as, of course, The Beatles, The Stones and Dylan --
and it was both daunting and thrilling to be charged with producing the
authorized story for this work. As part of the foundation of rock n' roll,
The Who's legacy is still evolving, of course, as they continue to fill
houses and inspire artists all over the world. Part of the power of The
Who's music is its honesty and authenticity and we have tried our hardest
to remain true to that spirit while making these two films."
    Beginning with their first hit single "I Can't Explain," The Who
emerged from Mod-Era London to electrify the world with their unique sound.
The music and live performances of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John
Entwistle and Keith Moon tore through the existing boundaries of rock. The
band has recorded 11 remarkable albums, including the world's first rock
opera Tommy, and the ensuing masterwork Quadrophenia. The British legends
produced some of the most compelling and original music of the era,
including the songs, "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Happy Jack," "Pictures of
Lily" and the immortal "My Generation."
    The two-disc set is priced at $29.98 SRP. Pre-Order close is October 2,
    The band's monumental legacy is celebrated not only by flagship title
"Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" but also by a second feature film,
"Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones". The films will be released side-by-side
on two discs in 5.1 Surround Sound. The two features represent
approximately four hours of must-see materials, much of which have never
been seen before.
    "Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones" takes us through, in four individual
pieces, the virtuoso musical abilities of each band member: Roger Daltrey;
Pete Townshend; John Entwistle; and Keith Moon.
    Then, in "Who Art You," the fifth constituent part of this feature, the
viewer is taken into The Who's trademark bullseye, and the Mod and Pop Art
movements, as The Who's 1960s journey to become a band as visual as they
were musical is explored.
    Finally, in a coup de grace, during 2003, The Who allowed legendary
filmmakers, the Pennebakers, into the studio to film them record the hit
song "Real Good Looking Boy." Recorded for the album Then and Now, this
work was the band's first new studio recording in over 20 years. "Who's
Back" -- the sixth "Quick One" -- is the intimate portrait that emerged of
these artists at work.
    - The Scrapbook: Five Additional Insider Insights into the World of The
       -- Dinner with Moon
       -- A Legal Matter
       -- Won't Get Fooled Again
       -- Cincinnati: The Whole Story
       -- Royal Albert Hall 2000
    - The High Numbers at the Railway Hotel: The earliest footage of the
band known to be in existence, seen in its entirety here for the first
    "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" is the definitive, authorized
film of the iconic rockers. The filmmakers amassed a wealth of
never-before-seen personal images, all-new interviews and rare and
unreleased concert footage to tell the story of how four diverse Londoners
-- Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon -- combined
to create their own style of rock music, building a dedicated fan base the
world over, and, as a result, surviving at the top for over 40 amazing
    Whether they were The Detours, The High Numbers or The Who, their music
and their story is the ultimate rock and roll tale. The film chronicles it
all: from their roots as a 1960s pub cover band, through their meteoric
rise, encompassing all the fascinating ups and downs, twists and turns,
stops and starts, successes and failures that made this band one of the
greatest in the world. Follow them as they evolve four decades of rock.
    The narrative of "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" and
sister-film "Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones" are both driven by compelling
new interviews -- with surviving members Daltrey and Townshend, and those
close to the band -- in which thoughts and memories of The Who, their
music, and their history are shared with the viewer. These eyewitnesses
include The Who's manager Bill Curbishley (the film's Executive Producer),
and Chris Stamp (with Kit Lambert, one of The Who's original co-managers).
Additional insight is provided by close friends, family and colleagues; and
commenting on their musical legacy are Sting, U2's The Edge, Pearl Jam's
Eddie Vedder and Oasis' Noel Gallagher.
     Street Date: November 6, 2007
     Pre-Order Close: October 2, 2007
     Selection Number: 61102505
     AWS Running Time: 120 minutes Disc 1; 117 minutes Disc 2.
     Layers: Dual Layers
     Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
     Rating: Not Rated
     Languages/Subtitles:  English
     SDH Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

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