There will be three One Direction documentaries coming out one month after the other in 2013: First is the unauthorized “One Direction: Life on Stage” (from Intrinem Films), which is scheduled for release on DVD on June 4. The unauthorized “One Direction: Reaching for the Stars” (from independent Kaleidoscope Films) will be released directly to DVD on July 29, 2013. The authorized 3-D documentary “One Direction: This Is Us” (from Sony’s TriStar Pictures) arrives in cinemas worldwide on Aug. 30. 2013, except in the U.K., where the film will be released on Aug. 29, 2013. The DVD/Blu-ray release date for “One Direction: This Is Us” is to be announced.
Here’s how to tell them apart:
Because “One Direction: Life on Stage” and “One Direction: Reaching for the Stars” are unauthorized documentaries, there won’t be any new and original interviews from One Direction that the group filmed just for this movie. Instead, the movies have a lot of archived footage of One Direction and a lot of interviews with journalists talking about One Direction. In addition, the movies won’t actually have any One Direction songs in the movie but will have karaoke-styled knock-off versions of One Direction songs.
By contrast, “One Direction: This Is Us” (directed by Oscar nominee Morgan Spurlock) will have mostly previously unreleased footage, since the filmmakers had access to One Direction for several months. There will be exclusive never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage with One Direction. Much of the movie was filmed during One Direction’s 2013 tour. In a April 2012 chat with fans on Twitter, Spurlock confirmed that “One Direction: This Is Us” will include some footage that was filmed by members of One Direction.
In other words, the quality and access in “One Direction: This Is Us” is far superior to any unauthorized direct-to-video release. There have been several of these types of DVDs that have been released ever since One Direction came became the biggest-selling worldwide act to emerge from “The X Factor.” In 2012, One Direction was the biggest-selling new group in several countries.
Here is a list of other One Direction documentaries that have been released on DVD in 2012:
- “One Direction: Up All Night – The Live Tour” (authorized)
- “One Direction: The Only Way Is Up” (unauthorized)
- “One Direction: All the Way to the Top” (unauthorized)
- “One Direction: All for One” (unauthorized)
- “One Direction: The Invasion” (unauthorized)