Dave Matthews Band 3D Concert Film Coming in December
by Alex Billington
November 12, 2009
And the 3D trend continues. Thanks to the success of Michael Jackson's This Is It (which has pulled in almost $200 million worldwide) as well as U2 3D, AEG Live and Action 3D have partnered to produce a series of filmed concerts shot on HD 3D and slated to be released theatrically for one-week engagements. Variety reports that the first film to hit theaters will be called (take a deep breath): Larger Than Life...in 3D Featuring the Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper and Relentless7 and Gogol Bordello. The concert film will feature footage that was shot at the Austin City Limits festival held just this past October.
That Dave Matthews concert film will be shown in some 300 to 400 digital theaters on December 11th next month. "Our goal was to mimic a concert," said John Rubey, president of Network Live, comparing that film to U2 3D. According to Rubey, the December release date was chosen to take advantage of the window between the release of Disney's A Christmas Carol and James Cameron's Avatar, which opens the following week. Other concert films in the works include Kenny Chesney (from Sony) as well as Phish live at Festival 8 and "best of" editions of both Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits as follow-ups to Dave Matthews in 2010.
I actually had a blast watching U2 3D in IMAX, so I'll admit I've kind of got a soft spot for 3D concert films, but it all depends on the band or performer. I won't go see anyone, which is why I hope they choose great bands. So far it sounds like they're doing a good job. Anyone planning on seeing the Dave Matthews flick?
DMB concert photo courtesy of Manuel Nauta on Flickr.