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New doc on INXS’ Michael Hutchence out on DVD

Photo by Bob King/Redferns
Photo by Bob King/Redferns

The latest Michael Hutchence documentary, titled, Mystify Michael Hutchence, is now out on Blu-ray and DVD with an hour of bonus footage.

The film, which premiered in theaters last summer, was directed by Richard Lowenstein, the man behind most of INXS’ groundbreaking ’80s videos, along with Hutchence’s sole starring role in a major feature — 1986’s Dogs In Space.

The film features unique archival footage from Hutchence and his closet intimates who touch upon not only his fractured family background and massive stardom, but also a horrific freak accident in Copenhagen, which resulted in the singer losing his sense of taste and smell, while dealing with profound changes in his personal life.

Michael Hutchence was found hanged in his hotel room in Australia back in 1997. He was 37-years-old. Tiger Lily Hutchence, who turned 21 in 2016, is the singer’s daughter with the late-Paula Yates. Upon her mother’s early death in 2000, she was adopted by Yates’ former husband — Live Aid organizer and Boomtown Rats leader — Bob Geldof and raised with the couple’s children.

Fast Facts:

INXS, who was a mainstay on MTV throughout the ’80s, broke massively in the U.S. with its 1987 blockbuster Kick, which sold over 10 million copies and featured such standards as “Need You Tonight,” “Devil Inside,” “New Sensation,” “Never Tear Us Apart” and “Mystify.” Other hits included “Don’t Change,” “The One Thing,” “Listen Like Thieves,” “Suicide Blonde” and “Disappear.”

Following Michael Hutchence’s 1997 suicide, INXS carried on with guest vocalists including Jimmy Barnes, Terence Trent D’Arby, and Jon Stevens.

The band confused longtime fans by looking for their new permanent singer through a highly publicized reality show, which earned Canadian J.D. Fortune a stint as the band’s frontman. In 2011 Irish singer-songwriter Ciaran Gribbin officially replaced Fortune.

INXS wrapped their final gig in front of over 15,000 fans on November 11th, 2012 in Perth, Australia performing their early-’80s classic “Don’t Change” with Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, who was on the bill, singing along for the band’s live finale.