The Digital Bits has announced that Paramount Home Video will release a Bluray version of the longer, far superior “bootleg” cut of Cameron Crowe‘s Almost Famous on 1.30.11. “Retail exclusive,” they’re saying. The impressionistic paint-dab cover is great — I wonder who designed it? The only really high-level film Kate Hudson has ever been in, and one that arguably contains Billy Crudup‘s finest, or certainly most appealing, performance ever.

Extras include some of the same stuff available on the theatrical version DVD — audio commentary from Crowe, a “Making of Almost Famous” featurette, an interview with the late Lester Bangs, Crowe’s Top Albums of 1973 and some of his old Rolling Stone articles, etc.