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"The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge of Town" was directed by Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The film
received a rapturous critical response around the world, including as an official selection, Toronto International Film Festival, The BFI London Film Festival, and The International Rome Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times gave 'The Promise' five stars, while Variety called it "thrilling...a vivid portrait."
The award-winning film will be accompanied by the bonus features "Songs From the Promise," a five-song concert event filmed in Asbury Park, NJ, and "A Conversation With His Fans," an intimate question-and-answer session.
The ninety-minute documentary combines never-before-seen footage of Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978 including home rehearsals and studio sessions with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members, manager Jon Landau, former-manager Mike Appel, and others closely involved in the making of the record.
"Songs From The Promise" was filmed before an audience of approximately sixty fans in December, 2010, in Asbury Park, NJ's historic carousel house. For this one-time concert event, Springsteen and members of the E Street Band lineup were joined by keyboardist Charles Giordano, a full horn section and special guest David Lindley, who played violin during the original recording sessions. Directed and edited by Zimny and mixed by Emmy-winner Bob Clearmountain, the concert features the only live E Street Band performances of four tracks from 'The Promise' plus "Blue Christmas."
Hosted by music critic and Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh, "A Conversation With His Fans" is an intimate, 22-minute question-and-answer session featuring Springsteen at his most candid.
1.The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town
2.Songs From The Promise
-Racing in the Street ('78)
- Gotta Get That Feeling
-Ain't Good Enough For You
- Blue Christmas
3.A Conversation With His Fans
The Boss is the best and this is his finest album IMHO so it was great to see how it was made.Published 2 months ago by Becky
Full of rare footage I've never seen before, like Bruce & Steven V. going at Sherry Darling almost like a joke... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cherie Mondrella
Given the fact that there are hours, weeks, of raw footage of Bruce and the E. Street Band in 1978 at the height of their sonic powers, recording outtakes and demos and alt... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Budas Root
Utterly compelling video of Bruce trying to finish recording Darkness at the End of Town. You don't have to look too closely to see exactly why Elvis and Michael Jackson ended up... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by JayJay
Very well done documentary of a fascinating and creative period for Springsteen. Great interviews and old footage to help tell the story.Published on December 7, 2012 by David M. Sasso
Like many others here, I purchased the box set, now I find out there is a (really extraordinary) performance of some of the songs from "The Promise" included on the standalone disc... Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Stephen Maher
The Promise, the left out song on Darkness on the Edge of Town is a great Blu Ray. If you like watching old clips of Bruce and the band in the Studio you will like this BLu Ray... Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by Djk
Having had the "Darkness Sessions" for many years, I looked forward to the releases but have been disappointed. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Peter Hyatt
Well, the actual film with the old footage of the making of the record and Bruce's interview was 5 stars. Read morePublished on September 3, 2011 by M. NyBlom