It’s Swiftmas in February!
Just days after announcing her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, Taylor Swift has unveiled the long-awaited streaming plans for her blockbuster Eras Tour concert film.
Disney+ announced Wednesday that it will be the exclusive streaming home of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version), a cut of the film that will present the concert in its entirety for the first time. The new version of the movie, which also includes the song “Cardigan” and four additional acoustic songs, will make its streaming debut March 15. Swift shared the news on social media shortly after Disney’s announcement.
The Eras Tour film, directed by Sam Wrench, grossed more than $260 million at the global box office, making it the top selling concert film of all time.
In making the announcement, Disney CEO Bob Iger said, “The Eras Tour has been a true phenomenon that has and continues to thrill fans around the world, and we are very excited to bring this electrifying concert to audiences wherever they are, exclusively on Disney+.”
The film debuted in theaters Oct. 13, and noticeably excluded five songs from the Eras Tour set list as it was performed in Los Angeles in August, when the film was shot: “No Body No Crime,” “Wildest Dreams,” “The Archer,” “Cardigan” and “Long Live.” When it later headed to VOD rentals on Swift’s birthday on Dec. 13, a new version of the film featured the performances of “Wildest Dreams,” “The Archer” and “Long Live” tacked on at the end, but not the other two songs.
Given that this new Taylor’s Version of the film is being touted as being shown “in its entirety for the first time,” it stands to reason that all the missing tracks will finally take their rightful place in the film, in addition to four additional acoustic songs. But since “No Body No Crime” is not explicitly mentioned and “Cardigan” is, it would appear “NBNC”will likely be the only song to not make the cut, presumably since it was a performance with Haim unique to only a small handful of Eras Tour dates, and the concert film is more inclusive of the tour as a whole.
As for the four new acoustic performances in the film, on each of the three nights the concert was filmed in L.A., Swift performed two different surprise songs during the acoustic set, meaning there were six different possibilities for the film in that section of the show. In the original theatrical and and VOD rental versions, only “You’re On Your Own, Kid” and “Our Song” made the cut. That means that the remaining acoustic performances of “I Can See You,” “Maroon,” “You Are in Love,” and “Death by a Thousand Cuts” will likely be in the film somewhere.
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