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.