Deluxe set features HD upgrade of concert film and more
Depeche Mode will release a newly upgraded expanded definitive five disc (Blu-ray/2 DVD/2 CD) box set edition of 101 documentary concert film and live album on December 3rd. The project chronicles the 101st and final performance of the band’s Music For The Masses world tour, recorded live at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on June 18, 1988.
A groundbreaking collaborative documentary, 101 was co-directed by acclaimed husband-and-wife filmmaking team D.A. 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. 101‘s narrative through-line of contest winners traveling across America to attend Depeche Mode’s landmark Rose Bowl concert is a cinematic precursor to the youth culture trend in “reality TV” programming. Depeche Mode’s 101 captures the electrifying synergy between the band and their fans.
The film 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 box set 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 D.A. Pennebaker’s film and this period of our career presented in this new high-definition light,” the band shares.
“We were thrilled to partner with Sony Music on the digital restoration of Depeche Mode 101, definitely one of our all-time favorite films and one of our favorite filmmaking experiences,” shares 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.”
In 2020 Depeche Mode released SPiRiTS in the Forest with director and longtime collaborator Anton Corbijn. This was recorded at the close of the record-breaking two-year Global Spirit Tour, which saw the band play to over three million fans at 115 shows around the world. In November they closed the year with their induction into the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.