New Release: The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge of Town Blu-ray and DVD

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The Boss poses for a soon-to-be-legendary album cover.

Columbia Records released Bruce Springsteen’s The Promise: The Making of Darkness On the Edge of Town documentary, a look at the origins, production and legacy of The Boss’s seminal 1978 album, on Blu-ray and DVD on May 3, 2011.

Directed by Thom Zimny, The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge of Town combines never-before-released footage of Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978 — including home rehearsals and studio sessions — with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members, manager Jon Landau, former manager Mike Appel and others closely involved in the making of the record.

The film was first issued to the home market as part of the 2010 CD/ DVD box set The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story.

Bonus features on the The Promise begin with “Songs From the Promise,” a five-song concert event filmed in Asbury Park, New Jersey, that include the only live E Street Band performances of four tracks from The Promise as well as “Blue Christmas.” Another bonus feature is “A Conversation With His Fans,” is an intimate, 22-minute question-and-answer session featuring Springsteen and his fans hosted by music critic and Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh.

In “A Conversation,” Springsteen discusses the writing and recording of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ and the decision to release the extensive collection of songs that didn’t make the record.

“We worked hard on the music that we didn’t put out,” Springsteen tells one fan. “The nice thing about it is it’s still there, it hasn’t gone anywhere–and I think we’re at a point where it’s nice to have the stuff sufficiently see the light of day.”

The Bu-ray and DVD carry the list prices of $29.98 and $14.98, respectively. A DVD/T-Shirt bundled package also is available for $39.98.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.