Depeche Mode announce release of 101 documentary
By Classic Pop | September 30, 2021
On 3 December Depeche Mode will release a newly upgraded expanded definitive boxset edition of the 101 documentary concert film and live album chronicling the 101st and final performance of the band’s Music For The Masses world tour, recorded live at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on 18 June, 1988.
A groundbreaking collaborative documentary, 101 was co-directed by acclaimed husband-and-wife filmmaking team DA Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back) and Chris Hegedus (The War Room) with active creative input from Depeche Mode, who’d held an exclusive contest for fans offering an appearance in a Depeche Mode movie as the prize.
This new HD edition of 101 has been meticulously upgraded using 4k scans of the original film reels to create an all-new viewing experience.
The 101 Blu-ray includes three previously unseen bonus performances of A Question Of Lust, Sacred and Something To Do plus the official promotional video for Everything Counts.
Additional contents in the new, limited edition Depeche Mode 101 boxset include: a 48-page behind-the-scenes story of the day photo book; a 20″ x 30″ replica of original US theatrical release movie poster; a 16 page Anton Corbijn Photo Mode book as featured in the original album release; a double CD of the original 20 track 101 concert release; and a Download Card providing access to 4K downloads of the film and bonus performances plus 24-bit audio files of the 101 concert release.
The two DVDs in the set contain the original extras from the 2003 DVD release of Depeche Mode – 101, which are exclusive to the DVD discs.
“It’s incredible to be able to see DA Pennebaker’s film and this period of our career presented in this new high-definition light,” said Depeche Mode.
“We were thrilled to partner with Sony Music on the digital restoration of Depeche Mode 101, definitely one of our all-time favourite films and one of our favourite filmmaking experiences,” said 101 co-director Chris Hegedus. “DM 101‘s parallel realities following the historic tour of this pioneering British band as they storm across America bringing an exciting new sound to the masses, along with an intimate view of a bus load of ardent young fans on an unforgettable road trip to the Rose Bowl made this documentary a groundbreaking influence on the reality genre.
“Making this movie was a grand adventure for both of us (Pennebaker and Hegedus)… By the end of the tour, we became their biggest fans. We are excited to introduce this new release to audiences.”
You can pre-order the boxset of 101 here.