Two rock ’n’ roll cult-classic movies, That’ll Be The Day and Stardust, are to be reissued on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 21 as part Studio Canal’s Vintage Classics collection. There will also be a rare chance both films on the big screen at special Q&A screenings in association with Heavenly Films and Matters of Vinyl Importance.
Starring a young David Essex in the role that launched his film career and featuring a who’s who of British music in a supporting cast including Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, Dave Edmunds and Adam Faith, these films recreate perfectly the experience of being a young music fan in the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s and are a unique insight into a time where the world was changing so rapidly.
That’ll Be The Day & Stardust Reissued with New Extras
Thanks to a brand-new restoration of Stardust and the opportunity to own it and That’ll Be The Day on Blu-Ray for the very first time, audiences will be now able to enjoy these tales of the rise of a rock ‘n’ roll star looking and sounding better than ever when they are released on DVD, Digital Download and on Blu-Ray, complete with brand new extras material.
Produced by the great David Puttnam , the films boast soundtracks that capture the music of the era perfectly, featuring timeless music by David Essex, Billy Fury, Bobby Darin, Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, The Beach Boys, Carole King, The Shirelles, Jefferson Airplane, Bee Gees, Righteous Brothers, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Cat Stevens, The Animals, and more.
That’ll Be The Day – Reissue and Special Screening
Heavenly Films will present a special screening of That’ll Be The Day will take place at London’s Regent Cinema on Wednesday October 23 at 7.30pm followed by a Q&A with writer Ray Connolly. (Visit http://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/thatll-be-the-day/)
Nominated for two BAFTAs on release in 1973, That’ll Be The Day tells the story of Jim MacLaine (David Essex). Abandoned by his father when he was young, Jim, a suburban school dropout, leaves home and drifts through a succession of dead-end jobs until he finds an outlet for his frustration in rock ‘n’ roll. Tossing away the chance of a university education much to the consternation of his mother (Rosemary Leach), alienated MacLaine becomes a lowly deckchair attendant before streetwise friend Mike (Ringo Starr) gets him a job firstly as a barman and then with the fun fair. The initially shy MacLaine quickly becomes a heartless fairground Romeo leaving a trail of broken hearts in his wake.
The DVD / Blu-Ray Extras for That’ll Be The Day feature new Interviews with David Puttnam, Ray Connolly and Bob Stanley as well as a stills gallery. The release is rated PG with a total running time: of 91 mins approx.
Stardust – Restoration, reissue and Special Screening
RichMix & Matters of Vinyl Importance will present a special screening of Stardust will take place at London’s RichMix Cinema on Thursday 24th October at 8.30pm. The screening will also be followed by a Q&A with writer Ray Connolly. (Visit richmix.org.uk/cinema/stardust/ for booking details).
Directed by Michael Apted, this award-winning British Musical Drama was the 1974 follow up to That’ll Be The Day and, like its predecessor, features a wealth of British musical talent in the supporting cast, including Adam Faith, Marty Wilde and Keith Moon.
David Essex returns as aspiring rock star, Jim MacLaine, who along with The Stray Cats (Paul Nicholas, Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds and Karl Howman) is in desperate need of a road manager. Jim seeks out his old friend Mike (Adam Faith) who takes up the monumental task of keeping him on track whilst he rises to fame. The sweet taste of success begins to turn sour as Jim immerses himself in hedonism and loses sight of who he used to be.
For the 2019 restoration of Stardust, StudioCanal went back to the original camera negative where possible and alternative sources where severe damage that could not be repaired was encountered. These elements were scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit. The project involved over 200 hours of manual frame by frame fixes and resulted in the creation of a new DCP, and HD version which were produced with the same high technological standards as today’s biggest international film releases.
The release is accompanied by DVD / Blu-Ray Extras featuring new interviews with David Puttnam, Michael Apted and writer Ray Connolly as well as a still’s gallery. Stardust is certified PG and has a total running time of 111 mins approx.