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Four music films from Tony Palmer on DVD in July

19 July 2013

Boulevard Entertainment has announced the July UK DVD release of three fine music documentaries – All You Need Is Love – The Beatles, Leonard Cohen – Bird On A Wire and The World Of Liberace – and the truly original surrealist film, Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, from celebrated journalist and film director Tony Palmer, each on stand-alone discs.

All You Need is Love – The Beatles (1977)
In the mid 1970s, at the suggestion of John Lennon, Tony Palmer took on a monumental task, to document the "Story of Popular Music". The result was a series of films that set the standard for all subsequent biographers and documentary makers. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles (originally broadcast as Mighty Good: The Beatles as part of the series All You Need is Love) is Palmer’s brilliant documentary on the world’s most successful pop group. Broadcast worldwide between 1976 and 1981, the film has never been repeated on television.

 

 

Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire (1974)
On 18 March 1972, Leonard Cohen began a 20-city tour, beginning in Dublin and ending in Jerusalem, taking in London, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Tel Aviv. The tour was billed as Cohen’s last ever and was filmed by Tony Palmer, the film he produced only received one showing at the time, until some 38 years later a friend of Palmer rediscovered it and he painstakingly recreated the 1974 film. Leonard Cohen – Bird On A Wire is the fascinating and touching film that originally aired on the BBC.

 

 

The World of Liberace (1972)
In 1976, one of the biggest and most flamboyant stars of the seventies, Liberace the pianist and entertainer, published a coffee table book about his collection of homes, jewellery and costumes entitled The Things I Love. The World of Liberace is the film version of the book as told to acclaimed filmmaker Tony Palmer. As well as some great live footage Liberace takes us on a guided tour of his Hollywood and Palm Springs homes, as we discover his collections of chandeliers, rugs, furniture, cars, pianos, the gold candelabras and a glimpse of the real Liberace.

 

Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (1971)
Co-written by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels is a musical surrealist film like no other. The film follows the exploits of The Mothers of Invention as they go crazy in the small town of Centreville. In the opening scene Zappa tells us "Ladies and gentlemen, you can go mad on the road" and 200 Motels proves just that with cast members including real-life groupies along with The Who's drummer Keith Moon as the Hot Nun and Ringo Starr as Larry the Dwarf. The film is interspersed with some of the band’s live performances including Lonesome Cowboy Burt, Magic Fingers and Strictly Genteel.

 

The World of Liberace will be released on UK DVD on 7th July 2013, while All You Need is Love – The Beatles, Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire and Frank Zappa's 200 Motels will follow on 29th July 2013, all from Boulevard Entertainment and all at the bargain price of £6.99.