The DVD/Blu-ray release of "Blood Into Wine", the critically-acclaimed documentary about TOOL/PUSCIFER frontman Maynard James Keenan and his Arizona wine exploits, has moved to September 4.
Demand for theatrical screenings in both the U.S. and internationally have far surpassed the film company's (Dreamy Draw Releasing) initial expectations with engagements in over fifty U.S. cities to date with more being announced daily. International screenings will begin over the summer.
The DVD/Blu-ray release will have several bonus features, including segments on Sacred Geometry, additional footage with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (of Adult Swim's "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!") and a live PUSCIFER montage.
"Blood Into Wine" focuses on Keenan and vineyard partner Eric Glomski as they attempt to revolutionize the U.S. wine industry by creating a new wine region in Northern Arizona. The film also features Milla Jovovich, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim as well as live music performances and comedy.
Co-directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke ("Moog", "The Heart is a Drum Machine"), the documentary was shot using multiple Red One cameras, allowing cinematographer Cary Truelick to capture the craggy landscape surrounding Keenan's vineyards in stunning detail. Editor Robert Beadle skillfully worked with over 200 hours of footage to help craft the story of two pioneer winemakers in an unforgiving region.
Keenan recently told The Pulse of Radio that having cameras follow him around for the film wasn't the easiest thing. "Oh yeah, believe me, it's not really what we do," he said. "It's not high on my list of things I desire, being under a microscope. But, you know, it was necessary for this process, for what's going on in just our area in general -- of course, areas everywhere, but I think in northern Arizona, we just need it. We need something like this."
While the film focuses on Keenan's winemaking, "Blood Into Wine" gives a larger picture of the often reclusive singer.
"Maynard is as mysterious and complex as rumored so we don't know exactly why he allowed our cameras and questions into his world for the winemaking year of 2009," explains Page. "But once we got past his pitbulls and his crossbows we were surprised that Maynard was open with us challenging the perception of him as a celebrity winemaker and the notion that making wine in Arizona is like making wine on the moon," Pomerenke adds. "Maynard and Eric continue to surprise the winemaking world right now."
"Blood Into Wine" was produced by Chris "Topper" McDaniel, Ryan Page, Jason Stall, and Christopher Pomerenke.