French webmagazine Hard Force's "Metal XS" spoke to METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett about the band's 2013 concert film, "Metallica Through The Never". You can now watch the chat below.
Hammett admitted in a new interview with Stereogum that the band could not understand why "Metallica Through The Never" failed to connect with a wider audience. Hammett said, "Our fans definitely went to movie theaters and saw the film, but the people that we were counting on to buy movie tickets — which was your casual moviegoer — they weren't as motivated to buy a ticket as our fans. For us, that was a big question mark. Why? We couldn't figure it out. We know we made a great movie and we felt good about it, but now it's time for us to move on to our next thing."
Hammett told The Pulse Of Radio that the band would nevertheless be interested in making another movie somewhere down the line, but with one condition. "Oh yeah, we totally would do it again," he said. "I think the only difference would be, we would probably get someone else to pay for it this time. [laughs]"
METALLICA footed the entire $18 million budget of the film itself. The movie was distributed in IMAX 3D by independent film company Picturehouse. It took in just $3.4 million at the box office in North America. (Note: According to BoxOffice.com, "Metallica Through The Never" has grossed more than $21 million worldwide.)
"Metallica Through The Never" will be released on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD and digital next Tuesday (January 28) in both standard and expanded editions.
Among the bonus content will be behind-the-scenes footage, an 80-minute documentary on the making of the film and more.
The band filmed the bulk of the movie at two concerts in Vancouver in the summer of 2012, using a $5 million stage show specially constructed for the production.
Despite tanking at the box office, "Metallica Through The Never" did well with critics, earning a "78% Fresh" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.