2 Feb 2008
Control special features 
The UK dvd release of Control on 11 February is fast approaching and fuller

DVD Special Features include:

- Making of Control - 25 minute featurette includes interviews with Director Anton Corbijn, star Sam Riley and BAFTA-nominated writer Matt Greenhalgh
- Commentary with Director Anton Corbijn - covering his experiences making Control, from the casting process to on-set stories to filmmaking techniques
- Extended performance scenes featuring Sam Riley, James Anthony Pearson, Joe Anderson and Harry Treadaway as Joy Division perform the songs 'Transmission', 'Leaders of Men' and 'Candidate' in full
- Joy Division's Atmosphere '88 video as directed by Anton Corbijn

Amazon.co.uk also has a special offer whereby you get a free copy of 'Touching From A Distance' by Deborah Curtis with the dvd while stocks last.



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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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