Friday, December 2, 2011

U2 documentary gets home video release

I saw this when it aired on Showtime in late October and some footage is fascinating, especially for diehard U2 fans.  

From The Sky Down, a documentary film about the making of U2's Achtung Baby, will have a home video release worldwide on December 12, with a U.S. release on January 24.

Earlier this year, U2 returned to Hansa Studios in Berlin to discuss the making of Achtung Baby. From The Sky Down, is directed by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (It Might Get Loud, Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth). 

Screened in the UK as part of the BBC's Imagine Series, From The Sky Down was the first documentary to open the Toronto International Film Festival. Now set for release on Blu-ray and DVD, it includes bonus footage of So Cruel, Love Is Blindness, and The Fly shot last May during the band's visit to Hansa Studios to mark the 20th anniversary of Achtung Baby; as well as a Q&A with Bono, The Edge and Davis Guggenheim filmed at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011.

Twenty years after the release of U2's Achtung Baby (1991), Davis Guggenheim charts the path toward this groundbreaking album. Guggenheim uses animation and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin alongside conversation to reveal what is now a key chapter in U2's career.

"In the terrain of rock bands - implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction… this band has endured and thrived. From The Sky Down asks the question why." - Davis Guggenheim

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