Springsteen Darkness Doc Premiere Tonite at TIFF

 

 

 

Film will also be
included with the DVDs in the upcoming box set.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Nearly a year ago word arrived from the Bruce Springsteen
camp that a box set containing a remastered Darkness
on the Edge of Town
along with assorted rarities was in the work. Speaking
to BLURT at the time
, Backstreets magazine editor Chris Phillips speculated on what might turn up on the box and enthused,
“If this thing is anything like the 30th anniversary Born to Run box
— and signs point to yes — it’s going to be a must-have.”

 

Then – nothing. At least nothing until a couple of weeks
ago, when Columbia Records and Springsteen dropped the bomb that the box was
finally finished and would arrive in stores on Nov. 16. It’s to be a 3CD/3DVD
collection comprising the original album, two CDs of outtakes, a documentary on
the making of the album titled The
Promise
and a slew of 1976-78 live footage (notably a semi-legendary
concert from Houston
in ’78 on the Darkness tour). Full
details, including a video trailer, at BruceSpringsteen.net.

 

 

Meanwhile, today, Billboard.com is reporting details on the
aforementioned documentary, which will have its premiere tonight at the Toronto
International Film Festival
(3 additional screenings are scheduled for the
TIFF, on Wednesday and Saturday). Actor Edward Norton will be talking about the
film with Springsteen prior to the screening tonight, Norton being quoted by
Billboard as saying, “I’ve seen the film, and it’s amazing to see him at
that age going through the creative process on it. Any artist, I think, will
appreciate the chance to see someone who is as great as he is at that age
struggling and struggling and struggling to get things to where he hears them
in his head.”

 

The Promise,
directed by Thom Zimny, will subsequently air on HBO on October 7.

 

 

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