It was a hit when it opened the Toronto International Film Festival last September – the first documentary ever to do so – and now Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim’s warts-and-all film about the making of U2’s Achtung Baby is headed to Blu-ray and DVD January 24.
From The Sky Down, which chronicles the making of the groundbreaking 1991 album that nearly tore the band apart, was one of several music-related docs that screened last September at TIFF: Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Paul Williams and Paul McCartney were also spotlighted.
As Antimusic notes, From The Sky Down “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; as well as a Q&A with Bono, The Edge and Davis Guggenheim filmed at TIFF last September.
Guggenheim uses animation and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin alongside conversation to reveal what is now a key chapter in U2's career.
"In the terrain of rock bands, implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable,” Guggenheim is quoted as saying. “U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction… this band has endured and thrived. From The Sky Down asks the question why."