Following its successful theatrical run in which it grossed over $1 million, the documentary film Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool will be released with additional material on 10 April.
Produced by Firelight Films for Eagle Rock Entertainment and American Masters Pictures in association with BBC Music, it will be available in Blu-ray+DVD and 2DVD formats, both with containing bonus footage filmed at Montreux Jazz Festival and a 16-page hardcover book, and in digital formats.
The BluRay and DVD formats will include live footage of Davis performing at Montreux, with highlights cherry-picked from his 1973, 1984 and 1985 appearances. A trailer for the release can be seen here:
The feature-length documentary film about the groundbreaking musical giant was directed by three-time Emmy Award winner Stanley Nelson, with full access to the Miles Davis Estate. It features never-before-seen live performances and outtakes from Davis’ studio sessions, as well as rare photos, and interviews with Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and other collaborators and admirers.
“An essential portrait of an iconic jazz genius”
Premiering at Sundance Film Festival in January 2019, the film takes an intimate look at what drove Davis’ intense and methodical approach to musical exploration and experimentation, from Baroque to classical Indian. It also examines his inner demons, and how they fuelled his unique self-expression.
Rolling Stone described the film as “essential,” while the San Francisco Chronicle called it “an essential portrait of an iconic jazz genius.” Vibe wrote: “Director Stanley Nelson lays Miles Davis bare — his good, bad, and beautiful — to a new generation while crystalising the jazz musician’s legend to longtime fans with Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool. Nelson’s latest demonstrates Davis’ complexity and all that he endured.”
Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool is released in Blu-ray+DVD, 2DVD and digital formats on 10 April. Pre-order it here.
BONUS DVD – ALL LIVE FROM MONTREUX Tracklisting
2.Star People (1984 Afternoon)
3.It Gets Better (1984 Afternoon)
4.Hopscotch; Star On Cicely (1984 Afternoon)
5.Lake Geneva (1984 Afternoon)
6.Star People (1985 Evening)
7.Hopscotch (1985 Evening)