The BBC's Phil Collins documentary "A Life Less Ordinary" will be released on DVD May 20 through Sanctuary Visual Entertainment. First broadcast in November in the U.K., the film is a comprehensive overview of Collins' life, from his start as a child actor to his time as the drummer and then lead singer of Genesis, and his successful solo career.
The documentary features footage of Collins performing with Genesis and solo, as well as at 1985's Live Aid concerts in London and Philadelphia. His acting turns on "Miami Vice" and the film "Buster" are also highlighted.Among those interviewed for "A Life Less Ordinary" are Collins' former Genesis bandmates Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford, as well as producer George Martin, Ozzy Osbourne, actor Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Quincy Jones, and Babyface. Collins and his family are also interviewed, and several interviews not part of the originally broadcast program are included on the DVD.
In other news, Collins recently partnered with watchmaker Swatch to create two watches, from which a portion of the profits will benefit the artist's Little Dreams Foundation. According to his official Web site, a limited edition of 10,000 special cases with both watches and a single from Collins' latest Atlantic album, "Testify," will be sold worldwide. The watches will also be sold separately in non-limited editions.
Founded in 2000 by Collins and his wife, Orianne, the Little Dreams Foundation aims to help "realize the dreams of children in the fields of sports and art" through financial, material, and mentoring support. For more information, visit the foundation's Web site.
Released in November, "Testify" debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 291,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and spawned the hit "Can't Stop Loving You," which topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. His latest single, "Come With Me (Lullaby)" is climbing that tally, up one position this week to No. 23.