The concert was broadcast live on HBO from The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan on August 26, 2001.
The broadcast was announced by Nancy Geller, senior vice president of HBO Original Programming. She commented, « It’s a thrill for us to have Madonna back, because we know it is going to be a spectacular show, with that combination of her amazing talent and extravagant style which only Madonna can bring ».
The broadcast known as « Madonna Live! – Drowned World Tour 2001 » was produced by Marty Callner and directed by Hamish Hamilton.
« Gone »was performed for the television broadcast and DVD release.
The « Drowned World Tour 2001 » DVD was released in all regions on November 13, 2001.
Three audio tracks were made available: a DTS track, a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, and a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track.
A photo gallery was included as a bonus feature.
Like the original airing of the show, the DVD received very good reviews.
The photographs used on the DVD packaging were taken by Madonna’s friend Rosie O’Donnell.
The DVD was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of 100.000 copies in DVD units.