As we noted earlier this year, Madonna’s 1990 “Blond Ambition” tour celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The documentary of the tour “Truth Or Dare” (also known as “In Bed With Madonna” in Europe) is being screened at OutFest in Los Angeles this week.
Queerty has spoken with director Alek Keshishian and some of the backing singers and dancers from tour (Donna DeLory, Carlton Wilborn, Kevin Stea, Luis Camacho and Salim “Slam” Gauwloos) in advance of the screening.
One of the great mysteries is why there has been no DVD/Blu-Ray release of the concert itself.
Concerts in Nice, Barcelona and Japan were shot on videotape for TV.
Ostensibly, the initial reason for lack of a release on DVD was because the company Pioneer had exclusivity for a release on LaserDisc.
The Paris concerts were also shot by Alek Keshishian on 35mm film for the inclusion in “Truth Or Dare” and as you can see from the clip above, the quality is superb. The full footage is somewhere, but as Alek Keshishian tells Queerty, no-one seems to know where it is.
You mentioned that you shot more than 200 hours of film. For a lot of gay people that missing footage is like the holy grail. There’s a snippet or two on the internet, but will fans ever get to see all of it?
What’s weird is that we don’t even know where it is. That’s how fucked up it is. We were trying to get a print to the Legacy Project, Miramax owned it then Miramax was bought by Disney, then Disney decided to shut down Miramax and sold the library to these random distributors. So the person who put out the Blu-ray doesn’t even have the neg for us to maintain. I’ve been dealing with Madonna’s management, asking “Where the fuck is this stuff?” It must be in some storage somewhere. Unfortunately, it was handed over to her management so I don’t know. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s discovered a hundred years from now in some office.
The prospects don’t look good. But lost film footage can turn up in the most unexpected of places. It could literally be a matter of someone finding it in their garage.
Only this year, a Director’s Cut of the Studio 54 film was released after the original negatives from the 1998 release (which was sanitised by Miramax on its original release to remove references to sex and drugs) were found at multiple locations. And of course, many lost TV episodes of UK TV shows from the 1960s have been found all over the world.
So we live in hope it will show up some day and if there is ever a release it will be a huge event.