Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett's A Band Called Death is a documentary 42 years in the making. Its one of the most unlikely true stories you'll ever hear, and one of the great triumphs in rock history. Detroit, 1971. Three teenage brothers, Bobby, Dannis and David Hackney dabbled in playing funk music, but after they attended a particularly thunderous Alice Cooper performance, the Hackney's group "Rock Fire Funk Express" gradually transformed into a entirely different band...a band called DEATH.
The band was beyond their time and the world was not ready for their unique brand of frenetic rock, something later the world would embrace as "punk" came in vogue a few years later. After years of rejection from record execs and clubs, they called it quits and left their recording dormant in a dusty attic for decades. In 2008, Death songs began making the rounds virally across the internet. Bobby and Dannis remained unaware. Collectors went rabid, the recordings were pulled from the attic, and it wasn’t long before the world finally caught up with the band’s unparalleled, innovatory vision.
And now, A Band Called Death which saw its theatrical run earlier this year (and is still playing!) will hit DVD + Blu-ray August 13th. The disc is loaded with hours of special features including a full performance from SXSW earlier this year, two commentary tracks, 25+ deleted scenes, and more. Order your copy here.
Drafthouse Alliance members got first crack another product we're shipping on August 20th – a very limited run of deluxe Blu-ray (or DVD) sets packaged in a custom double-gatefold jacket along with a 7" vinyl replica of the original Death single as featured in the film! The Blu-ray or DVD disc sits snug on an insert in the left pocket, and the vinyl is packaged in the right pocket. It also features a slick spot gloss treatment on the front cover. These will go quick, order yours here.
Special Features include:
- Audio Commentary with Directors Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett
- Audio Commentary with the Hackney Family
- Death Live At SXSW (Full Concert – Blu-ray Exclusive)
- Q&A Live at The Vermont International Film Festival
- Deleted Scenes
- "Let the World Turn" Music Video
- 20-Page Booklet Featuring Introduction by MC5's Wayne Kramer
2012 – 96 mins – Color – Region A / Region 1 – 1080p HD – DTS-HD MA 5.1 – English SDH – 1.78:1