As expected, U2 will be releasing this years documentary "From The Sky Down" on Blu-ray worldwide except the US on (curiously) Monday 12th December, with US release set for January 24th, 2012. It has been broadcast on HD on Showtime the past couple months and was released on dvd as part of the massive "Achtung Baby" box sets. It's kind of screwy that those of us that bought the expensive box set in part to get that documentary now have to re-buy it to get it in an HD format which will include a so-called directors cut along with bonus "Live in Studio" footage not on the dvd.
The program itself is a fascinating look into the circumstances and intensely methodical way the band recorded their Achtung Baby record, however it is very dry and tough sledding for even hardcore fans due to the way it seems to go on and on about certain less-than-relevant things.
Taken from U2.com:
Screened in the UK as part of the BBC's Imagine Series, From The Sky Down was the first ever documentary film to open the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Now Davis Guggenheim's film about the making of Achtung Baby is set for release worldwide on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 12th December, with US release set for January 24th.
The Blu-ray and DVD release includes bonus footage of So Cruel, Love Is Blindness, and The Fly shot last May during the band's visit to Hansa Studios to mark the 20th anniversary of Achtung Baby. It also includes a Q&A with Bono, The Edge and Davis Guggenheim filmed at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
'Twenty years after the release of U2's Achtung Baby (1991), Davis Guggenheim charts the path toward this groundbreaking album. Guggenheim uses animation and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin alongside conversation to reveal what is now a key chapter in U2's career. '