Tubular bellsMike Oldfield’s seminal debut album which became a worldwide hit in 1973 when its opening theme was used in the soundtrack of The Exorcist (providing a very early boost to Richard Branson’s then fledgling Virgin Group along the way), turns 50 next year.
To mark the occasion, Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to the concert and documentary film narrated by Bill Nighy The Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour.
Filmed over three nights at London’s famed Royal Festival Hall, the feature incorporates the original music with dances and acrobatic feats from Circa Contemporary Circus, as well as performances of Oldfield’s biggest hit “Moonlight Shadow”, as well that “Summit Day,” from his Guitars album, and “The Gem”, a new work from musical director Robin Smith.
A 90-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, narrated by Nighy, was also featured in Oliver Hermanus’ award-winning drama. Living. The feature-length documentary explores the history and legacy of Tubular bells, closely following the dramatic story behind the new production. As an added bonus, the special feature on the home entertainment Blu-Ray and DVD releases will include Go back in time – an interview with Oldfield and Branson.
“It’s amazing to think that it’s been 50 years since I started writing Tubular bells, and I’m touched that my music has reached so many people, all over the world, during this time,” Oldfield said. “I’m sure the Tubular Bells 50th anniversary live concert experience will be spectacular, theatrical, fantastical and thrilling, marking 50 years since I started writing the music.”
Cleopatra is also planning a streaming release of The Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour December 13.
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