Ronnie James Dio Doc ‘Dreamers Never Die’ Coming To DVD And Blu-Ray This September
Ronnie James Dio‘s widow, Wendy Dio, was recently a guest of SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” and she revealed that “Dio: Dreamers Never Die”, the first-ever career-spanning documentary on the life of Ronnie James Dio, will get a DVD and Blu-Ray release in the near future!
Dio’s widow and longtime manager said, “Oh, yes, absolutely. That’s in the works. In fact, I was just signing off on the credits today. And that will be out on Mercury through Universal in September. It comes out on Blu-ray and on DVD, and there’s so much bonus stuff on it too; there’s a whole bunch of bonus stuff that never made it to the film that will be in there. So I’m excited about that. Of course it’s still on Showtime, but a lot of the people in Europe and stuff didn’t get it at all unless they saw it when it was in theatres. So now it will go worldwide.”
As for what you can expect with ‘bonus footage’, Wendy said, “The thing was there was so much material that we had, it would have been a five-hour movie. So a lot of the stuff, unfortunately, had to [be] cut out. But there’s different stories — Simon [Wright, former DIO drummer] talking about Ronnie, there’s some Jack Black content, there’s some content about me saying some different things. There’s some content with Wyn Davis, who was Ronnie’s engineer that’s revealing different things about stuff. There’s lots of interesting stuff that was in there, but we had to cut a lot of stuff out because it just would have been way too long. But now they’re getting to have the bonus stuff, extra stuff that would have been included if we had time.”
Wendy said making “Dio: Dreamers Never Die” was “a bittersweet journey, but I wanted the fans to see certain things that even the diehard fans didn’t know about Ronnie, which were in there — the accident [1968 car crash that killed guitarist Nick Pantas], the doo-wop days — things that even the really, really hardcore fans didn’t know about certain things that we wanted to put in there,” she explained. “It’s a journey through life, and, as I said, it’s a bittersweet journey, but I think Ronnie would be happy and proud of it… I’m very, very happy with it.”
“Dio: Dreamers Never Die” had its TV premiere on Showtime in December ’22.
Ronnie James Dio passed away of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. He was 67.