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Multi-Format ‘The Police: Around The World Restored & Expanded’ Due

The film documents the band’s touring across six continents in 1979 and 1980 as they rose to global success.

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'The Police Around The World' artwork - Courtesy: Mercury Studios
'The Police Around The World' artwork - Courtesy: Mercury Studios

Mercury Studios has announced the May 20 release of The Police: Around The World Restored & Expanded, a multi-format document of the celebrated band’s touring across six continents in 1979 and 1980.

The film was originally available on VHS and laserdisc, and will now be released on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and DVD+LP, the latter pressed on blue vinyl. It’s appearing on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, with restored picture and remastered audio. The package now features complete performances of four bonus songs that are featured in the documentary.

Fast track to global fame

This record of the trio’s first world tour captures behind–the-scenes footage and candid personal moments as the band explores new terrain on their fast track to worldwide fame. This fascinating snapshot blends footage of the band performing live with intimate material featuring Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland exploring Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, India, Egypt, Greece, France, South America, and the US. They’re seen visiting local monuments and experiencing foreign cuisines as they expand their global fan base.

The never-before-released live audio on the CD and LP formats of The Police: Around The World Restored & Expanded offers performances of songs from the first two Police albums, as performed in Japan, Hong Kong, and England. The passion that would soon make them the biggest band in the world is on full display. The tracks are “Walking On The Moon” (Live from Kyoto), “Next To You” (in Kyoto), “Message In A Bottle,” and “Born In The 50’s” (both from Hong Kong).

Recalls Andy Summers in the liner notes to the new release: “Like Napoleon, we wanted the world. Out of the messy and fervent atmosphere in London at that time we conceived the idea to go all around the world and film the whole adventure. As far as we knew no rock band, at least, had ever done that. We had just about enough popularity to get booked around the globe. Plans were made.”

Pre-order The Police: Around The World Restored & Expanded, which is released on May 20.

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