Wednesday, 7 November 2012

BB King: The Life Of Riley Released on DVD and Blu-ray

BB King: The Life Of Riley

One of the Most Inspirational Stories in the History of Music
Narrated By Morgan Freeman
DVD and Blu-Ray Release – 26th November 2012
Released through Boulevard Entertainment

Accompanied by a major Soundtrack Release from Universal Music

"The invaluable and definitive autobiography on film of the last great bluesman, BB King. And much more: this movie is BB's valedictory testimony, and a monument to the essence of the blues and whence he and they came - in Mississippi delta cotton country - and their impact on us all" – The Observer

Emperor Media / Boulevard Entertainment are pleased to announce the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the much-lauded film on the extraordinary life of Blues legend BB KING. The film was released theatrically to widespread critical acclaim in October 2012. Reviews of the theatrical release include the below

“A powerful insight into BB King…Music fans will love this” – Sunday Mirror

“A meticulous record of a long and industrious life in the blues” Mojo 4/5

“Engrossing” Radio Times 4/5

“King is modest, wise and charming in his reminiscence” – Sunday Times

“Morgan Freeman’s wise drawl underscores this tribute to Riley “B.B.” King” Total Film 4/5

“Affectionate and illuminating” Time Out 4/5

“A seriously impressive tribute to the big B’s raw talent, iron determination and irresistible charm” –Classic Rock 8/10

“Jon Brewer’s film about the great bluesman features excellent footage and tributes…” – Observer

“Excellent use of archive footage and interviews…but the real stars are King, his music and his gregarious humility” – Evening Standard

The legendary BB KING worked closely with Director Jon Brewer for 2 years to create this powerful film released theatrically in 2012. The  ecstatic, from-the-heart, contributions from a plethora of music's superstars  was a vast indication that this was the time for his story to be told. At 86 years old, BB King, his family, friends and contemporaries unveil the true life drama that was the springboard for the future 'King of the Blues'.

Battling unrelenting racism and the humiliation of segregation whist working in the cotton fields as an orphaned child, BB King lived to overcome the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and ultimately be hailed as one of the kingpins of an entire genre of music. This candid biopic of the life story of one of our living legends is highlighted by rare archive footage and beautifully shot scenes of America's Deep South. Informative and visually stunning, 'The Life of Riley' is supported by an incredible soundtrack featuring BB King.

The DVD and Blu-Ray release will feature extended interviews and live footage from the Royal Albert Hall. Catalogue numbers are BVED0131 / 5060290611312 (DVD) and BVE0132 / 5060290611329 (Blu-Ray)

To tie in to the film release Universal Music will be releasing an Original Soundtrack, “BB King: The Life Of Riley” OST, with songs from the film, on the 19th November 2012.
‘BB King: The Life of Riley’ – Contributors
Aaron Neville                                                                 Allan Hammons
Annie Clay                                                                      B.B. King
Bernard Purdie                                                                 Bill Cosby
Bill Szymczyk                                                                 Bill Wyman
Billy Boy Arnold                                                             Bobby Bland
Bono                                                                               Bonnie Raitt
Bruce Willis                                                                     Buddy Guy
Calvin Owens                                                                   Carlos Santana
Carver Randle                                                                 Cato Walker
Charles Evers                                                                 Charles Sawyer
Clemmie Truevellian                                                      Derek Trucks
Delcia Davis                                                                   Doyle Bramhall
Dr. John                                                                         Eric Clapton
Ernest Withers                                                               Ford Nelson
George Benson                                                               JamesToney                                                 
Jessie May Golden                                                          JoeBihari                                       
Joe Bonamassa                                                              Joe Walsh
John Cadillac Holden                                                      John Fair
John Mayer                                                                    John Mayall
Johnny Winter                                                               Jonny Lang
Kenny Wayne Shepherd                                                 Lessie May Fair
LaVerne Toney                                                              Leon Russell
Mick Hucknall                                                                Mick Taylor
Morgan Freeman                                                             Paul Rodgers
Peter Green                                                                     Polly Walker
Rev. David Matthews                                                      Ringo Starr
Robert Cray                                                                     Robert Lockwood
Ronnie Wood                                                                  Sara Betty Lou Henson
Slash                                                                               Stewart Levine
Sue King Evans                                                               Susan Tedeschi
Tina France                                                                    Walter Trout
Wayne Cartledge

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