FLIGHT 666 – Available on Blu-ray, DVD and CDApr 15th, 2009
On Tuesday 21st April 2009 the award winning Film Flight 666 will be screened in special digital cinemas in 41 Countries !
Advance reviews and phenomenal media and fan reaction to private screenings of the first ever full length feature film from Brit award winners Iron Maiden have prompted EMI Records to rush release the film and soundtrack for home viewing enjoyment.
Flight 666 will now be released on extended Blu-ray and DVD formats, alongside a double CD soundtrack album on Monday 25th May on EMI Records, and Tuesday 9th June on EMI Records Canada and Ume, USA.
Filmed digitally in Hi Def to give pristine picture quality, ‘Flight 666′ was directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen with the award-winning Banger Productions team (‘Metal; A Headbanger’s Story’ and ‘Global Metal’) who take you right inside the Maiden family with almost total access to the band, something which Maiden have never allowed before. The stunning 5.1 soundtrack was specially mixed by Maiden producer Kevin Shirley to complement the picture quality as an ultimate attack on your senses.
‘Flight 666′ documents the first leg of Maiden’s legendary SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR which took them 70,000 km round the planet playing 23 concerts on five continents in just 45 days. One of the stars of the movie is the band’s customised Boeing 757, Ed Force One, which carried the band, all their crew and 12 tons of stage equipment and was piloted by Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, a fully qualified and active Airline Captain with Astraeus Airlines.
Taking you on tour from Mumbai to Sydney, Tokyo to LA, Mexico City to Costa Rica, Bogota to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago to New York and Toronto and places between, through exhaustion and fan pandemonium, travelling with band and crew on the plane, to and from shows, in the bar and during leisure time, the film really allows Access All Areas in the true sense of the word. FLIGHT 666 (named after the official airways flight call) reveals how the idea for this unique tour actually came about and how complex planning turned into it reality. The documentary also contains some of the most spectacular live footage yet seen of the band, filmed in all of these cities and more. If you have ever wanted to see the inside story of a truly unique and worldwide tour, taking you to places you never imagined, Maiden fan or not, this is your opportunity.
As a very special bonus for the fans, Maiden have included a second disc to the DVD (and long play Blu-ray) of the entire set from the 2008 part of this tour. Sixteen songs from sixteen different cities in eleven countries around the world, for the first time ever encompassing such varied places and cultures in one concert. (Full track listing below). In addition to a standard double DVD, EMI will release a special souvenir Limited Edition Deluxe DVD with 12 page booklet. They will also release the soundtrack of the live show on Double CD, Limited Edition double vinyl picture disc and digital download especially for those fans who do not have DVD access or just want to enjoy the show as a great live album. All are lavishly packaged as an ultimate momento of a tour to remember!
To encompass the global phenomena of Maiden, the Blu-ray/DVD are also subtitled in Hindi, Japanese, Dutch, German, Spanish, Brazilian, French, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish
Comments band manager Rod Smallwood; “ It’s been a mammoth undertaking. From the first twinkle in Bruce’s eye it’s taken about 3 years to put band, crew and equipment in a giant flying “splitter bus”, to go through all the long and tiresome prep and safety regulations and planning, to the actual filming and of the tour itself, through to post production and right up to putting together all these items in the very best quality possible for our fans.
“It’s great that with MAIDEN DAY on Tuesday 21st April we can give our fans the opportunity of seeing this digitally on big screen in Hi Def with the full-on 5.1 sound experience with other fans around them. It was also very rewarding that it has won the prestigious SXSW Film Festival Award for Best Music Documentary.
“The Somewhere Back in Time Tour reached almost 2 million fans in 39 countries and, if there is one thing l know from managing Maiden all these years, it’s that our fans are not happy to wait too long, so we are delighted that EMI are rush-releasing the DVD. This closes the chapter on an absolutely brilliant experience delving into the past for the band, myself and my team, the crew and hopefully all of you fans out there. After the summer and some deserved time off, we will concentrate on the “new” with the band starting to put together material for a brand new studio album due sometime later in 2010. And, of course, after that we will look forward to seeing all our fans again!!”
The Film FLIGHT 666 is released as:
Long Play Blu-ray with FLIGHT 666 : THE FILM and FLIGHT 666 : The Concert (total running time 215 minutes)*
Double DVD : Disc One FLIGHT 666 : THE FILM (running time 113 minutes) Disc Two FLIGHT 666 : The Concert (running time 102 minutes)*
FLIGHT 666 The Original Soundtrack album – Double CD*
FLIGHT 666 The Original Soundtrack album – Limited Edition Double Vinyl Picture Disc