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In Celebration of 4/20 – The Release of Bob Marley Documentary

posted 6 months ago

April 20, 2012 was set by Magnolia records for The Bob Marley documentary has been all settled but the director of the two hour 24 minutes documentary Kevin Macdonald has already also plotted the bonus material for the DVD package.

Aside from the movie disc itself, it will also be accompanied by a disc that contains concert footage of four songs unseen, a 20-minute interview with Bunny Wailer, an interview with Stephen Marley that did not make it into the film and another 20 minutes of people all around the globe talking about and sharing their thoughts about Bob Marley and his music – that will be the complete package of the Bob Marley documentary.

The film will be released theatrically, digitally, and through video on demand simultaneously. A two-CD and three-LP soundtrack was released April 17. There is no release date yet for the DVD.

The Bob Marley documentary sticks to the very story of Marley rising as reggae’s very first international superstar. Director Macdonald was very involved with the process especially after hetting assurances and approval from the Marley family that he can do the film like he wanted to. This authorized biography was first in the hands of Marin Scorsese who unfortunately could not fit the project on his tight schedule then later on was passed on to Jonathan Demme who unfortunately ended up in a position where the Marley family feels was inappropriate.

“I once made a film, about 10 years ago, with Mick Jagger,” says Macdonald, a Scottish director known for documentaries and the much-lauded “The Last King of Scotland.” “I followed him around for six months with a little camera. In the end his company was financing the movie and we disagreed about the cut. It was not a happy experience for me so I didn’t want to get into that situation again. I was very clear and they were very clear that I would make the film I wanted to make. I would listen to what they have to say but I had to have editorial control.”

Ziggy Marley, the first child of Bob and Rita Marley and the most visible musician with that iconic surname, backed up Macdonald’s take on the process.

“On some stuff I gave my opinion, but Kevin override and I say OK because I trust Kevin,” Ziggy Marley says. “He’s a director, I’m not. I did my little part to get him access to people in Jamaica.”

“I’m a movie person . I know what makes a good movie is taking that ride — laughter and the tears. When I saw the first cut, we were on the right track. I said don’t take out the sad stuff, because that’s the stuff you really feel deep inside of you,” Ziggy further shared.

“This film is not hearsay,” Ziggy notes. “This is the real stuff here.”

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