Tommy Collector's Edition in June
Odyssey Quest have announced the UK special Collector's Edition DVD release of Director Ken Russell’s vibrant, hyperactive version of The Who’s classic rock opera, Tommy, for 14th June 2004 with a retail price of £15.99.
Coinciding with the 35th Anniversary of Tommy, The Who’s seminal album, TOMMY the Movie sees Roger Daltrey of The Who head an all-star cast that features Tina Turner, Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Eric Clapton, Oliver Reed, Robert Powell, Paul Nicholas and of course Who members Pete Townshend and the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle.
This specially restored widescreen version features Dolby Stereo, 5.1 and the original Quintaphonic sound versions and boasts a wide range of extra material including new and exclusive interviews with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, and Ken Russell, plus a full length commentary by Ken Russell with Mark Kermode, a featurette on the sound restoration plus a featurette on the recollections of Tommy by the original technical personnel including Terry Rawlings the music editor. No subtitles are provided.
From the PR...
TOMMY, which was really the first ‘modern musical’ has been the subject of numerous adaptations on stage and even on ice (!), tells the story of a psychosomatically ‘deaf, dumb and blind kid’ who becomes the Pinball Champion of the World.
As a small child, Tommy (Roger Daltrey) witnessed the murder of his father by his stepfather Frank Hobbs (Oliver Reed.) His mother Nora (Ann-Margret) and stepfather told him to forget everything he had seen and heard but the boy took this instruction to the extreme and stopped seeing, hearing or speaking. He finds happiness playing Pinball and when he becomes World Champion his senses are restored and he begins to teach others his unique perspective on life, eventually becoming a religious cult figure.
TOMMY was filmed to a pre-recorded soundtrack except for the ‘Pinball Wizard’ sequence which featured The Who playing in front of the theatre audience. The fans rush the stage at the end of this sequence – a segment that was not scripted but was caused by genuine excitement – particularly exaggerated when Pete Townshend started to smash his guitar – a trademark of his performances! The movie also saw Tina Turner starring as The Acid Queen and Elton John as the Pinball Wizard.
The release of TOMMY will coincide with The Who’s appearance at the upcoming Nokia Isle of Wight Festival on 12th June – a nod to their appearance at the same event in 1970!