"Iron Maiden: Flight 666", the feature-length documentary film which follows the IRON MAIDEN bandmembers on the first leg of their "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour" in February and March of 2008, will be released on extended Blu-ray and DVD formats, alongside a double-CD soundtrack album and limited edition double-vinyl picture disc. It will be available Monday, May 25 on EMI Records in Europe, and Tuesday, June 9 on EMI Records Canada and UMe in the USA.
For "Iron Maiden: Flight 666", IRON MAIDEN was accompanied everywhere by award-winning documentary makers Banger Productions from Toronto in Canada, who have received international critical acclaim for their previous movies "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and recently "Global Metal". Producer/presenter Sam Dunn and his team bring an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of this remarkable journey, with a close look at the logistics involved and following Team Maiden in the cockpit, on the plane and on and offstage, getting to the heart of this global adventure of a band that has very rarely even let cameras backstage before.
Shot in high definition and with superb 5.1 surround sound, mixed by the band's producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, "Flight 666" brings to the screen all the drama, excitement and hysteria that followed the band around the world every time Ed Force One (the band's plane) touched down in a new country. The film documents the intensity of the punishing show schedules, the struggle with the time zones, the pressures of ensuring that every performance matched the energy of the many thousands of ecstatic and expectant fans from many cultural backgrounds, unusual angles from the spectacular shows... and, of course, the fun had on the way!
A special international "Iron Maiden Day" is being planned for April 21 with simultaneous showings of "Iron Maiden: Flight 666" in selected digital cinemas around the world.
As a very special bonus for the fans, MAIDEN has included a second disc of the entire set from the 2008 segment of this tour with the DVD (and as a long-play Blu-ray). 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. (See full track listing below). In addition to a standard double DVD, EMI will release a special souvenir limited-edition deluxe DVD with 30-page booklet. The soundtrack audio version of the live show will be available on two CDs, as a limited-edition vinyl set with two picture discs, and a 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 memento of a tour to remember!
To recognize the global phenomenon 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 three 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 April 21, 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 (Ume USA) 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 being released in the following manner:
* Long-play Blu-ray with "Flight 666: The Film" and "Flight 666: The Concert" (215 minutes)
* Double DVD
- Disc One: "Flight 666: The Film" (112 minutes)
- Disc Two: "Flight 666: The Concert" (104 minutes)
* Plus limited-edition deluxe double DVD of the above with special packaging and 30-page booklet
* "Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack" album - Double CD*
* "Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack" album - Limited Edition Double Vinyl Picture Disc
Full track listing for the bonus concert footage on DVD and Blu-ray, plus the double Live Soundtrack CD
01. Aces High
Bandra Kurla Complex/Mumbai, India
February 1, 2008
02. 2 Minutes To Midnight
Rod Laver Arena/Melbourne, Australia
February 7, 2008
Acer Arena/Sydney, Australia
February 9, 2008
04. The Trooper
Makuhari Messe/Tokyo, Japan
February 16, 2008
05. Wasted Years
Arena Monterrey/Monterrey, Mexico
February 22, 2008
06. The Number Of The Beast
The Forum/Los Angeles, USA
February 19, 2008
07. Can I Play With Madness
Foro Sol/Mexico City, Mexico
February 24, 2008
08. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
Izod Center/New Jersey, USA
March 14, 2008
Saprissa Stadium/San Jose, Costa Rica
February 26, 2008
02. Heaven Can Wait
Palmeiras Stadium/Sao Paulo, Brazil
March 2, 2008
03. Run To The Hills
Simon Bolivar Park/Bogota, Colombia
February 28, 2008
04. Fear Of The Dark
Ferrocarril Oeste Stadium/Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 7, 2008
05. Iron Maiden
Pista Atletica/Santiago, Chile
March 9, 2008
Coliseo de Puerto Rico/San Juan, Puerto Rico
March 12, 2008
07. The Clairvoyant
Pedreira Paulo Leminski/Curitiba, Brazil
March 4, 2008
08. Hallowed Be Thy Name
Air Canada Centre/Toronto, Canada
March 16, 2008