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Kings of Leon Documentary Release Set for Nov. 1

Sept. 15, 2011

Jennifer Chancellor


The Kings of Leon documentary "Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon" will be released Nov. 1 on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes.

The DVD and Blu-ray editions will come with 45 minutes of bonus features including additional scenes not included in the film, two commentaries from the band and filmmakers as well as home-movie footage, the band's publicist confirms in an e-mail to the Tulsa World.

The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, won huge praise and was acquired by Showtime. It premiered on that network in August.

When three teenage brothers and their cousin, who were raised in the small Oklahoma town of Talihina, rebelled against their strict upbringing, they formed Kings of Leon.

First-time director and family friend Stephen C. Mitchell weaves personal home videos, unedited interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the band's journey from their small-town beginnings -- spent in poverty and touring the circuit with their father, a Pentecostal evangelist minister, and their devout mother -- to living the rock star dream.

In unrelated news, the brothers have discovered their family history.

They're Welsh, dating back to the 1700s.

Bassist Jared Followill took to Twitter to share the news. "It was originally Followell and we came to Virginia from Wales in the 1700s. I'm Welsh. Cool."

He replied a well-wisher by tweeting, "Diolch yn fawr. Falch o fod yma," which loosely translates to, "Thank you very much. Proud to be here."

Source: (c)2011 Tulsa World (Tulsa, Okla.)

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