American: The Bill Hicks Story (R2/UK BD) in September
2 Entertain have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of American: The Bill Hicks Story on 27th September 2010. This documentary combines live action with a new animation technique manipulating 1,000s of photographs to tell the life story of comedian Bill Hicks.
Extras include over 3 hours of extended interviews with his family and friends that offer up-close personal recollections of who Bill was and what motivated him. Also included are rare clips that follow the progress of the ‘comedian’s comedian’ as he learned and then perfected his craft in the stand up clubs of Austin, New York and LA. Featurettes on the disc follow the Hicks family as they take in the thrill of a packed tribute night in London, and tour the Dominion Theatre, the location of Revelations, with his producer Charles Brand and director Chris Bould recounting the inside story of Bill’s greatest show, and remix Bill’s music at Abbey Road Studios.
You also get short pieces which allow you to find out how the friends that Bill inspired are carrying on his creative legacy – Dwight Slade through comedy, David Johndrow with his stunning photography and Kevin Booth’s investigative filmmaking. Then follow the film’s own festival journey, as the family experience the emotional presentation of film to the public for the first time at the London Film Festival World Premiere, and then bring the film back to Bill’s spiritual home in Austin at the raucous SxSW North American debut.
The full breakdown of disc content follows…
Disc 1: Main Feature
- Extended Interviews Part1
- Featurette: Austin Panel at SxSW
- Featurette: Dominion Tour
Disc 2: Extra Features
- Extended Interviews Part 2
- Festivals in UK & USA with the Hicks
- Hicks at Abbey Road Studios - remastering Bill's tracks
- Kevin shoots his film in LA
- 15th Anniversary tribute
- Comedy School
- David Johndrow's photography
- Dwight in London
- Making of Arizona Bay
- The Ranch
- Deleted Scenes (x8), Early Scenes (x4) and Alternative Scenes (x3)
- Rare Clips (x18)
- Bill Audio Journal Clips (x2)
- Audience Reactions Trailer