SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

September 27, 2007 06:00 ET

Warner Bros. Records' "Runnin' Down A Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" a Film by Peter Bogdanovich 3 DVD 1 CD Set Available Only at Best Buy Beginning October16; Film to Debut at New York Film Festival on October 14

"Tom Petty's Buried Treasure" Kicks Off Another Season on XM Radio on September 27

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - Warner Bros. Records is pleased to announce "Runnin' Down A Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" will be sold exclusively at Best Buy retail outlets beginning October 16. Directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich ("The Last Picture Show"), the four-disc set tracks Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from their Gainesville beginning to their 30th anniversary celebration.

The film tells the great American story of a band that came from the middle of nowhere to win the hearts of millions. "Runnin' Down A Dream" has also been selected to close the 2007 New York Film Festival at the legendary Walter Reade Theatre on October 14 with select cities premiering the film for one night only on October 15. The Sundance Channel also premieres the film commercial free on October 29.

"At Best Buy we are always looking to bring our customers unique looks at legends in the music industry and that's why we are thrilled to be able to work Tom Petty," said Gary Arnold, senior vice president of entertainment for Best Buy. "This DVD set provides an up close look at an incredible career and showcases three decades of unbelievable music."

"Runnin' Down A Dream" focuses not only on the Heartbreakers' inspiring ride to the top but the story of what they did when they got there, as artists, as a band and as people. Bogdanovich's film explores many of the underlying reasons for the band's unmatched capacity not only to endure but to thrive. Gritty, exuberant, infectious: "Runnin' Down A Dream" tells the Heartbreakers' story as never before, revealing the combination of unwavering talent, artistic vision, and sheer persistence that has made their thirty-plus year run possible. The film features in-depth interviews with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the circle of musicians, friends and collaborators who came into the band's orbit over the years.

"'Runnin' Down A Dream' is a film that will put Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in their well-deserved place among the greatest Rock 'n' Roll bands of our time. Warner Bros. Records is extremely proud to be able to join with Tom Petty, Peter Bogdanovich, and Best Buy to enable this great story to be seen and heard by everyone throughout the world," Diarmuid Quinn, Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. Records.

In addition to tracking the Heartbreakers over their decades together, "Runnin' Down A Dream" also follows Tom Petty's solo adventures and his time as a Traveling Wilbury alongside George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. A celebration of what can happen when artists are given the chance to explore the depths of their own talent, "Runnin' Down A Dream" is the story of an artistic victory unlike any other.

Packaging information:

--  2 DVD, four hour Director's cut of "Runnin' Down A Dream." Includes
    Eddie Vedder, Rick Rubin, Roger McGuinn, Dave Grohl, Johnny Depp, Jeff
    Lynne, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, and more.
--  1 DVD of the emotional 30th Anniversary Concert in Heartbreaker
    hometown, Gainesville, Florida
--  1 CD of recordings and rarities drawn from the film, several never
    before released.

Tom Petty will also be returning to XM on September 27 for his celebrated show, "Tom Petty's Buried Treasure." The hour-long show, hosted by Petty, blends favorite tracks from his personal collection, forgotten classics from garages and used record bins, and live shows, recorded by rock-n-roll's most inspired practitioners with informed, often hilarious and always passionate commentary.


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· New York City, NY
· San Francisco, CA
· Berkeley, CA
· Santa Rosa, CA
· San Diego, CA
· Austin, TX
· Boston, MA
· Chicago, IL
· Detroit, MI
· Evansville, IN
· Lansing, MI
· Grand Rapids, MI
· San Luis Obispo, CA
· Livermore, CA
· Fairfax, CA
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· Petaluma, CA
· Dallas, TX
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· Washington, DC


TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS released their debut album in 1976. Since that time they have sold more than 50 million records and remain one of the biggest touring acts in the business. Despite the scale of their success and the creative range of their work, the Heartbreakers maintain a reputation as a rock-and-roll band, always true to the music's original inspiration. Between the Heartbreakers' recordings and his solo work, Tom Petty has received 18 Grammy nominations. Honored with lifetime achievement awards including Billboard's Century Award, MTV's Video Vanguard Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tom Petty, with the Heartbreakers at his side, has achieved the status of legend among his fellow musicians and listeners worldwide.


Peter Bogdanovich has earned a reputation as one of American cinema's great filmmakers. In addition to his work as a director, Bogdanovich has received acclaim as an author, a critic, a screenwriter, a documentarian, an actor, and a historian. His films, including "The Last Picture Show," "Paper Moon," and "Mask" have been Oscar-winning landmarks. "The Last Picture Show" is a National Treasure as declared by the Library of Congress. Viewers know him for his recurring role and directing work on "The Sopranos." Film historians and movie buffs alike know him both for his monographs on Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and John Ford. On the heels of "Runnin' Down A Dream," Bogdanovich will return to feature film directing with a new film entitled "Star-Crossed," based on a true Hollywood love story. He's also planning a return to the theater, to do a Broadway production of Tennessee Williams's last play, "In Masks Outrageous and Austere," which is being co-presented by Gore Vidal.

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