Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rolling Stones' "Charlie Is My Darling" Coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and the New York Film Festival! (Updated with Pre-Order Info)

In 1966, Peter Whitehead’s documentary of The Rolling Stones' Irish tour of the previous year received scant exposure, screening a few times before disappearing into Stones lore (and the bootleg circuit). This is unfortunate, since Charlie Is My Darling provides a rare sustained glimpse at the guys just when they'd become international superstars and started giving The Beatles a serious run for their money. In fact, one hilarious sequence in the film finds Jagger stone drunk and making fun of the riff from “I Feel Fine”. Elsewhere, there's some wistful pontification from Brian Jones, cool footage of Keith Richards picking his guitar backstage, and much mumbling from title character Charlie Watts. Don't Look Back this isn't, but it's still a fairly important piece in The Stones' cinematic jigsaw puzzle.

On Saturday, September 29, at 7PM, Charlie Is My Darling will receive a rare revival as part of the 50th New York Festival. A second screening will take place on Wednesday, October 3, at 8:30PM. Both showings will be at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street: between Broadway and Amsterdam, upper level).

On November 6, ABKCO Films will be releasing this restored and expanded-with-additional-footage version of the film on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a "Super Deluxe" box set including "the director's cut, the producer's cut, and this new 2012 version." See ABKCO's official press release here.

Pre-order your choice from Amazon.com here:

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