EMI MUSIC ANNOUNCES OCTOBER 21 DVD
RELEASE OF 'ALL TOGETHER NOW'
Hollywood, California September 17, 2008 -
EMI Music has confirmed an October 21 DVD release of the
feature-length documentary All
Together Now.' The DVD will be available in U.S. stores
exclusively at Best Buy and at The LOVE Boutique at the Mirage
in Las Vegas. In addition, Apple Corps Ltd./Cirque du Soleil
will partner with The Bigger Picture,
to bring the feature-length documentary All
Together Now to digital cinema audiences across
the U.S. beginning on October 20th. The DVD and theatrical
release follows acclaimed film festival screenings, including
a sold out opening night U.S. premiere at the Silverdocs
Festival in Washington, DC where the Washington
Post observed that 'All Together
Now' "cuts into the heart of [LOVE]." Albert
Maysles calls the film A perfect combination
of the best of two worlds the Beatles and Cirque du
'All Together Now' has screened at a number of festivals in
the U.S. and across Canada in 2008, and accolades have followed.
The film's U.S. debut opened the American Film Institute's
Silverdocs festival in Washington, DC in June where Rolling
Stone praised the film's sweeping visual style and
"many insightful interviews." Screenings were as
enthusiastically received at the CineVegas
Festival in Las Vegas, where it was called "remarkable"
by Las Vegas Magazine, and the Hotdocs
Festival in Toronto, where Variety
noted that 'All Together Now' "wowed audiences."
The documentary details the story behind the unique partnership
between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil that resulted in
the creation and 2006 launch of LOVE,
the stage production still playing to packed houses at The
Mirage in Las Vegas, and the experimental Beatles soundscape
album of the same name which garnered two Grammy Awards for
producers Sir George and Giles Martin. The film is dedicated
to the memory of Neil Aspinall,
former CEO of Apple Corps and an Executive Producer of the
Together Now faithfully recounts how the LOVE project
came into being, borne from the personal friendship
between George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte.
George saw how the twin talents of The Beatles music
and the artistry of Cirque du Soleils artistry and could
be fused into something new and totally original.
The director, Adrian Wills,
traveled between London, Montreal, and Las Vegas recording
early meetings between the Cirque du Soleil & Apple Corps
Ltd. creative teams, as well as filming contributions from
Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr,
with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison discussing
how The Beatles music can be used in a different way.
Noting the uniqueness of these interactions Wills explains,
What surprised me the most was how human the whole process
These early stages of the project were all filmed, as were
the first rehearsals at the Mirage Hotel theatre in Las Vegas,
which was completely rebuilt with a one-of-a-kind sound system
and complex round staging to house the LOVE show. Sir
George and Giles Martin, the shows Musical Directors,
were involved every step of the way with the remarkable Cirque
du Soleil creative team, performers and backroom staff.
wasnt all plain-sailing and there has been
no attempt to disguise some of the disagreements that took
place along the way regarding how some of the songs would
be portrayed visually. These creative differences, a necessary
part of the overall process of bringing LOVE to its most vibrant
life, illustrate the participants love and respect for
the music and vision of The Beatles.
addition to their roles within the main film, Sir
George and Giles, along with engineer Paul
Hicks, also feature in a bonus feature titled Changing
The Music which reveals in fascinating depth how the
music was created and the challenges they faced. They explain
how they sourced some of the individual instruments and effects
and how they were encouraged to experiment.