The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was the Stones‘ TV special that was filmed in 1968 and featured a quirky setup (literally a circus, with actual circus performers and a list of participating musical acts that still shocks director Michael Lindsay-Hogg to this day, as he told us in a recent feature).
On June 7, ABKCO Films and ABKCO Music & Records will release the concert film in a variety of formats, all digitally remastered and restored.
Some more details on the release, via the news announcement:
Produced by ABKCO’s Grammy ® Award winning team, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus archival concert film was re-mastered using Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos technologies for an unprecedented immersive experience. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Dolby Atmos transports you from the ordinary into the extraordinary with breathtaking depth and dimension for a completely immersive and fully emotional listening experience. Opposed to stereo audio, which limits audio to only left and right channels, Dolby Atmos delivers incredible clarity to every sound with greater spatial separation of instruments, vocals, and harmonies.
The Deluxe Edition multi-format package contains perfect-bound 44-page book with David Dalton’s original 1969 Rolling Stone essay, and photographs by Michael Randolf. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus soundtrack has been expanded to 28 tracks, received a new mix and 192k 24 bit HD restoration. Bonus material included by the late concert pianist Julius Katchen, three additional songs by Taj Mahal and never before heard recordings of The Dirty Mac performing The Beatles classic, “Revolution” and the aptly titled track “Warmup Jam.” Released for the first time on Vinyl as a 3 LP package, the soundtrack is also due on CD and all digital formats.
Not only will viewers get to experience this enhanced version of the film in their own homes, in both original 4×3 and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, they will also get to hear commentary tracks by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tony Richmond, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Yoko Ono and Marianne Faithfull, as well as watch an on-camera interview with Pete Townshend and a host of extras. The film will be available for the first time ever via streaming services in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, and on Blu-ray in Dolby Atmos. In addition, the film will be released on DVD and digital download (TVOD).