‘Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets,’ — which had its world premiere at SXSW in April, followed by a massive event in June at the Sheffield Doc/Fest with the band in attendance — will have its DVD release on Monday, July 14. The acclaimed 90 minute documentary chronicles Pulp’s triumphant return to their hometown of Sheffield for their final UK concert at the Motorpoint Arena, but it’s more than just a concert film. Director Florian Habicht has woven together live footage with candid moments with the band — covering everything from their thoughts on fame, love, and mortality to car maintenance. ‘Pulp’ seems to be as much a love letter to Sheffield as to the band, and it explores the ‘formative effect the town has had on the band’s music’ and Jarvis Cocker’s lyrics, in particular. The town returns their love with a series of dreamlike ‘tableaux featuring ordinary people recruited on the streets of Sheffield.’ The documentary received rave reviews. The Observer gave it four stars, as did Total Film, which also noted, in a sly nod to Pulp’s 1994 hit ‘Do You Remember The First Time?’, that it ‘reaches the places rock-docs never go.’ Watch the trailer below.
Besides concert footage and extensive interviews, the DVD features behind-the-scenes content and video of Jarvis Cocker’s sister (and former founding member of Pulp), Saskia Cocker, singing ‘Something Changed.’ The film is currently available for pre-order prior to its Monday release through Amazon UK. It will be available in Blu-Ray and standard DVD formats. It should be noted that the 2 disc DVD set is Region 2 PAL and the Blu-Ray is Region B/2. However, if you would prefer a digital copy (or if you can’t wait three days), ‘Pulp’ is available now through iTunes. Follow this link to purchase and download your own personal copy.
To coincide with the release of ‘Pulp’ on Monday, Rough Trade East will be hosting a screening of the film followed by a special Q+A with Jarvis Cocker and Candida Doyle hosted by Luke Turner of the Quietus. In order to gain entrance to this Q+A, you will need to pre-order or purchase the film on DVD from Rough Trade. More information about this event is available here. Note: the allocation of online wristbands has already been sold out, but there will still be a limited amount available through the store beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 14. Get there early and try to grab one!
If you have an insatiable need to know more about this film, check out this interview with director Florian Habicht.