Apple lands 'The Velvet Underground' documentary from director Todd Haynes

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Apple has landed the rights to "The Velvet Underground," an upcoming documentary that explores how the band changed the world of music, set to air exclusively on Apple TV+

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The documentary serves to show how The Velvet Underground became a cultural touchstone -- one of rock 'n' roll's most revered bands -- capable of embodying the band's creative ethos: "how to be elegant and how to be brutal."

"The Velvet Underground" will feature in-depth interviews with key players of the time and will include never-before-seen performances, Warhol films, recordings, and other experimental art.

Polygram Entertainment produces the film in association with Federal Films, a Motto Pictures and Killer Films production. Todd Haynes ("Carol," "I'm not there,") directs and serves as producer. The film is produced by Christine Vachon, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, and David Blackman.

The new work joins a growing slate of Apple TV+ original documentaries which includes the upcoming "Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds", as well as "The Elephant Queen" and "Beastie Boys Story."
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  • Reply 1 of 9
    mobirdmobird Posts: 661member
    I wonder how it will be filmed and how the audio will be formatted? Not one mention of Lou Reed??... Amazon Music and Tidal both have the HiRes catalogs of The Velvet Underground. Music - limited catalog and no HiRes :/. Was hoping Apple would make an announcement at one of the recent events announcing that they were making real and significant changes to Music to include the HiRes catalogs, instead of the typical Music announcement regarding another DJ/personality or adding another radio station...
    edited October 2020 Dogperson
  • Reply 2 of 9
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,193member
    Speaking of movies about alternative bands, will it be as good as 24 Hour Party People?
  • Reply 3 of 9
    mobird said:
    I wonder how it will be filmed and how the audio will be formatted? Not one mention of Lou Reed??... Amazon Music and Tidal both have the HiRes catalogs of The Velvet Underground. Music - limited catalog and no HiRes :/. Was hoping Apple would make an announcement at one of the recent events announcing that they were making real and significant changes to Music to include the HiRes catalogs, instead of the typical Music announcement regarding another DJ/personality or adding another radio station...”

    To be fair, it’s a documentary, not a release of their catalog, so we don’t know what they’re going to do with the actual film yet. It will probably be in 4K and the sound maybe Dolby Atmos if we’re lucky. I do agree it’s high time Apple dips their toes in HiRes audio for Music. I’m invested in Apple Music, but I also use Qobuz/TIDAL for their HiRes audio in combination with my DAC. Currently 4 services (that I know of) offer this, while Apple is still spinning wheels. Crossing fingers it’ll be a surprise announcement when they announce their long-awaited Apple Studio cans next year. 

  • Reply 4 of 9
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,079member
    entropys said:
    Speaking of movies about alternative bands, will it be as good as 24 Hour Party People?
    It's a documentary, it'll be very different.
  • Reply 5 of 9
    Would be a good extension of their brand to continue to do an extensive series of well-made musician and band documentaries.
    mobird
  • Reply 6 of 9
    mobirdmobird Posts: 661member
    I probably was not clear in my statement regarding the catalog. I was comparing services and the fact that Music comes up short in comparison to the other music services. You may be right about an announcement when the Cans are released since the HomePod Mini based on pre-release "comments" indicate that it is not focused on music reproduction like the original HomePod. Cans announcement would definitely be a better venue for a HiRes Music rollout.
    I agree with having multiple services and would rather just have one, Music.

    winstoner71 said:
    mobird said:
    I wonder how it will be filmed and how the audio will be formatted? Not one mention of Lou Reed??... Amazon Music and Tidal both have the HiRes catalogs of The Velvet Underground. Music - limited catalog and no HiRes :/. Was hoping Apple would make an announcement at one of the recent events announcing that they were making real and significant changes to Music to include the HiRes catalogs, instead of the typical Music announcement regarding another DJ/personality or adding another radio station...”

    To be fair, it’s a documentary, not a release of their catalog, so we don’t know what they’re going to do with the actual film yet. It will probably be in 4K and the sound maybe Dolby Atmos if we’re lucky. I do agree it’s high time Apple dips their toes in HiRes audio for Music. I’m invested in Apple Music, but I also use Qobuz/TIDAL for their HiRes audio in combination with my DAC. Currently 4 services (that I know of) offer this, while Apple is still spinning wheels. Crossing fingers it’ll be a surprise announcement when they announce their long-awaited Apple Studio cans next year. 


  • Reply 7 of 9
    From Beastie Boys, to Billie Eilish, to Bruce Springsteen, to The Velvet Underground, it looks like Apple is slowly, but surely covering more and more genres of music.
    BeatscrowleyOfer
  • Reply 8 of 9
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,193member
    crowley said:
    entropys said:
    Speaking of movies about alternative bands, will it be as good as 24 Hour Party People?
    It's a documentary, it'll be very different.
    So no rooftop pigeon control scene then?
  • Reply 9 of 9
    Great Sunday sunrises, leaving Nob Hill headed for the Russian River, after fantastic Saturday nights. ✌️That's what this Velvet Underground retrospective will call up for me. Fabulous addition to the repertoire.
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