The long-out-of-print Jane’s Addiction film “Gift” — a semi-autobiographical, drug- and music-filled feature created by frontman Perry Farrell and then-girlfriend Casey Niccoli — will receive its first-ever DVD release this year, Farrell announced via Twitter tonight.
The 83-minute film was made around the time Ritual de lo Habitual was recorded, but wasn’t released by Warner Bros. on VHS until 1993. It has later was issued on laser disc in Japan, but never on DVD; new VHS copies sell for upwards of $150 on Amazon.com and eBay.
This evening on Twitter, Farrell revealed: “I never thought Lucifer and I would become chums. We have plans to release the dvd of Gift. It is assembled, and will come out this year.”
The All Movie Guide describes “Gift” as “connect(ing) live concert and studio footage with a strangely tragic narrative about love, death and hard drug use.” The JanesAddiction.org discography site notes the film is “quite odd to watch, because it mixes some history of the two with some fantasy … The movie is not real, only minor parts of it have any factual basis.”
Musically, “Gift” features Jane’s Addiction playing “Been Caught Stealing,” “Three Days,” “Stop!,” “Classic Girl” and “Ain’t No Right” (the latter two were excerpted from the film as the songs’ official music videos), as well as music by sometime Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante and a performance of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Don’t Call Me (Expletive), Whitey” by Jane’s and Ice-T and Body Count (see video below).
No further details are known of the “Gift” DVD release, which has been rumored for years — and left many fans disappointed when it wasn’t included on last year’s Cabinet of Curiosities multi-CD/DVD box set.
Video: Jane’s Addiction and Ice-T, “Don’t Call Me (Expletive), Whitey” from “Gift”
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