'Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview' Playing in Limited Theaters Next Week

November 8, 2011

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview

We can mix cinema and technology once again, as a documentary titled Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview was put together following the recent death of one of technology's greatest innovators/leaders, and is being released theatrically next week. In 1995, during the making of his TV series "Triumph of the Nerds", Bob Cringely conducted "the best TV interview Steve Jobs ever gave", but only showed a small portion. The full un-aired 70-minute interview has been restored from VHS and turned into Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview and is showing on the evenings of November 16th and 17th. If you love Jobs or Apple, you can't miss this!

For a full listing of theaters (in 19 cities around the country) and more details on the film, visit the official website at I've been emailed about this a few times already and have to give mention to SlashFilm for first bringing it to my attention. The LA Times has a complete rundown on how Bob Cringely found a full-length copy of the interview on VHS in his garage in London and restored the entire thing (for only $6000) into the film they're now showing. He asked Landmark Theatres owner Mark Cuban if he could present it, was immediately told yes, so it's hitting the Landmark circuit. "We are all taking a risk here. Maybe no one will come," he said, but they decided to show it anyway. Theater listings.

The "Interview", which was conducted when Jobs' was not working at Apple at the time but rather at NeXT, captures "all sides of the complex visionary." In it, Jobs talks about his pioneering days with Steve Wozniak, and how they went on to found the Apple company. Jobs recalls the visits he made to Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and how it inspired the making of the Macintosh, when he was "on a mission from God to save Apple." Finally in spell-binding terms, he offers his vision of a digital future—a world of wonderful products created by artists and poets. Sounds like it could be worth seeing, if you can make it out next week.

Update: Here's the first teaser trailer for Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview released online just this week:

Thanks to What's Trending for first posting this exclusive sneak peek teaser trailer. The film will be out in limited release across the country starting November 19th. There's the final bit of convincing you will need.

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Like many Ive been sucked into the autobiography recently written, and (to me) the most page-turning, emotional, psychotic, impressive and endearing parts are the period of Jobs being booted out of Apple, starting up NeXT and the following phase of re-entering Apple. This interview sounds pretty enjoyable  but...for a theater viewing, upwards to $12 for Landmark ticket prices....pass.

Voice of Reason on Nov 8, 2011


Going to a theater to watch a Steve Jobs' interview. Are they kidding? I guess you will get Apple fiends in there. Regardless I wish they would have released it on TV as this is a waste for theaters.

Josh Taylor on Nov 8, 2011


I'm more surprised about the format and the "restored from VHS" part-wtf??

David Banner on Nov 9, 2011


even in death he's talking you people out of your money. Just wait till George Lucas dies, they will have 6 different versions of his last interview each one better then the last. (le sigh)

Liam Waite on Nov 9, 2011


A true Steve Jobs interview would be available only on an iPhone (but only the 4s - yes, the video can't play on any of those older models - its very technical - trust me) - only after you install the latest iTunes - only after you upload all of your phones secret tracking data back to Apple (it's Apple, you can trust them - they are not the bad guys like Google).  And of course, only after you spin in circles and baa baa baa like the sheep that you are. RIP Steve.

Leroy on Nov 9, 2011


Now they need to release an unedited version of Triumph of the Nerds.  I understand alot was cut from other material.

Jeff on Nov 13, 2011

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