METALLICA’s 2013 IMAX 3D concert film, “Metallica Through The Never”, arrived on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, video on demand and digital on January 28th through the band’s own Blackened Recordings label. The $18 million film, which combined concert footage with a fictional narrative, made less than $4 million in its initial U.S. box office run last fall. Drummer Lars Ulrich admitted he was disappointed that it didn’t do better. “Well, I think anytime you do anything, obviously at some point you’re disappointed,” he told RollingStone.com. “It seemed with [the 2004 METALLICA documentary] ‘Some Kind Of Monster’, there was a group of people that fell in love the film that that weren’t necessarily METALLICA fans. And I think that we were thinking that there was a shot of that happening too [with ‘Through The Never’] and that didn’t happen. Maybe we were disappointed that that didn’t happen.”
Asked if he is hoping “Through The Never” takes on a new life in the video release, Lars said: “Obviously, every single filmmaker on this planet will say the following sentence: ‘My movie should be seen on a big screen, not on an iPod.’ [Laughs] But this movie I would like to say in my own selfish way really should be seen on a big screen. If you’ll get something out of it on an eight-inch monitor on an airplane, I think that’s totally cool — and obviously I want people see it any way they can but, given a preference, I would rather they see it on an IMAX screen rather than an eight-inch monitor on an airplane. But I can’t control that. And the minute you let go of it, you let go of it.”
Ulrich said that making the “Through The Never” movie re-energized METALLICA’s creativity, explaining, “[Working on the film] gave us a chance to experience a whole other way of being creative and having a creative outlet. We were very inspired by making that [movie], and now we’re energized to make a record. The film was fun, but it’s all about the next record.”
METALLICA will hit the European festival circuit this summer, with the band’s set lists comprised of requests made online by fans attending each date. One slot at each night’s show will be reserved for a new tune.