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Wilco Movie Comes to DVD

Deluxe set offers new music, interviews

February 12, 2003 12:00 AM ET

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, the documentary film about the making of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, will be released on DVD on April 1st, with all of the trimmings and extras that are expected from the medium.

The film will be released as a deluxe two-DVD set featuring liner notes by Rolling Stone's David Fricke, and a slightly altered version of director Sam Jones' film diary. The first disc will include the actual film, its theatrical trailer and running commentary by Jones with the band. The second disc will feature interviews with Wilco (singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche and multi-instumentalist Leroy Bach), a short feature about the making of the movie, and bonus footage not in the original cut of the film, including nineteen extra songs.

Among the additional songs are what Jones describes as a "weird, jazzed out" version of "Monday." "Some of the songs you've heard, just differently, and some you haven't," he says. "There are several nice little acoustic things, where they warm up backstage. Songs that sound different than they do on the albums or in the movie." Some songs from the film that were shortened -- including solo Tweedy performances of "Sunken Treasure" and "Not for the Season" -- have been restored to their full length.

Jones pitched the idea of shooting the film to Tweedy and started in January 2001, expecting to shoot a week or two of footage. He arrived after the departure of one member (drummer Ken Coomer) and filmed the exit of another (multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett), and found the band in the midst of label woes that delayed the record's release by a year.

Fans can pre-order the DVD at wilcofilm.com.

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