Sunday, August 7, 2011

Absent featuring Metallica frontman sets DVD release

The award-winning documentary, “Absent,” which studies the effects of absent fathers and the negative effect the ‘father wound’ leaves on society, will be released on DVD September 5.

In the film, reports Rockville Music Magazine, Metallica frontman James Hetfield recalls his personal struggles when his father, Virgil Hetfield, abandoned the family when James was 13.

Virgil Hetfield attempted to reconnect with James later in his life and was filmed in a brief interview for 1992's “Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica,” a two part documentary about the making of the “Metallica” (or “Black”) album.

During Hetfield's on-camera interview for “Absent,” James unearths the emotional undertakings he faced while trying to re-establish a relationship with his father. "It feels so weird saying this but, I really tried to get close with him again, get back together. . . but it was never close, very surface-y."

"My father left without saying goodbye," Hetfield says in the film. "He left a note, and it wasn't even to me."

The DVD release will contain the full-length documentary — including extensive interview footage with Hetfield — with bonus features such as the question-and-answer sessions Hetfield and filmmaker Justin Hunt took part in at the San Rafael and Mesa screenings of the movie. Also included is Hetfield and Hunt March 30, 2011 appearance on the Fox News channel program "Fox & Friends," and a special announcement boxer Johnny Tapia made at the world premiere screening of "Absent".

Hunt will autograph the first 2500 DVDs sold through the movie's web site here.

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