Billy Bragg and Wilco: Man In The Sand

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Billy Bragg & Wilco: Man in the Sand is a fascinating, multi-faceted DVD release. While the picture sometimes displays grain in background elements, the widescreen presentation paints a remarkably colorful canvas. Scenes where Wilco performs in front of a U.S. flag are particularly eye-pleasing. The Dolby Digital Audio is stunning; Billy Bragg and Wilco's performances sound immediate and dynamic. Supplemental features are set up perfectly. The combination of a scene access and a song access menu means that ...
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Billy Bragg & Wilco: Man in the Sand is a fascinating, multi-faceted DVD release. While the picture sometimes displays grain in background elements, the widescreen presentation paints a remarkably colorful canvas. Scenes where Wilco performs in front of a U.S. flag are particularly eye-pleasing. The Dolby Digital Audio is stunning; Billy Bragg and Wilco's performances sound immediate and dynamic. Supplemental features are set up perfectly. The combination of a scene access and a song access menu means that any scene or performance can be easily found, with the scene menu providing instant access to the DVD's 14 chapters via still frames and chapter titles and the song menu granting access to the 25 songs that are either performed or played back in the documentary. "Bonus Songs" allows for the playback of five demos Billy Bragg recorded for Mermaid Avenue; the songs play over one still image each (there is no slideshow feature). A discography feature lists all the albums of Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg, and Wilco by album title, year of recording, and record label.
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Special Features

"Man in the Sand" Dolby stereo Surround; 5 bonus songs: Billy Bragg demos for "Mermaid Avenue" [audio only]; 1. "Birds Are Ships"; 2. "She Came Along to Me"; 3. "I Guess I Planted"; 4. "Kisler on the Go"; 5. "The Unwelcome Guest"
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A vital companion piece to the vigorous, magical albums Mermaid Avenue and Mermaid Avenue, vol. 2 which celebrate the words and music of Woody Guthrie, Man in the Sand provides an interesting counterpoint to other documentaries about folk pioneers like Ramblin' Jack Elliott The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack and Bob Dylan Don't Look Back and Eat the Document. This warts-and-all portrait deals not just with the resurrection of Guthrie's poetry but his political conscience. More than an incisive biography of Woody, Man documents Nora Guthrie's efforts to get her father's 1,000 pages of unpublished lyrics and poems recorded more than 30 years after his death. She found the ideal accomplice in English troubadour-activist Billy Bragg, who -- at the start of the movie -- is in the midst of an American road trip retracing Guthrie's wandering routes. He ends up visiting her in Coney Island, walking the sames shores and windy piers as his mentor, and enlisting alt-country poster boy Jeff Tweedy and the band Wilco for the mammoth task ahead. Far from a fawning profile, Man in the Sand captures the edginess of this collaboration, as everyone -- particularly Tweedy and Bragg -- brings their own vision of Guthrie to the project. In the end, what's marvelous about the movie is the fact that Guthrie's artistic relevancy has inspired all of this productive friction -- resulting in two of the most moving folk-rock albums in recent memory. The Man in the Sand DVD includes more than 20 of the Mermaid songs, plus five bonus, audio-only versions of "Birds and Ships," the proto-feminist ballad "She Came Along to Me," "I Guess I Planted," "Eisler On the Go," and "The Unwelcome Guest".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2001
  • UPC: 660200303327
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Bragg Participant
Wilco Participant
Nora Guthrie Voice Only
Natalie Merchant
Corey Harris
Technical Credits
Kim Hopkins Director
Simon Ardizzone Editor
Christopher Frederick Producer
Juliet De Valero Wills Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Access
1. All Aboard: Okfusgee, Co., Oklahoma [:28]
2. The Homestead [3:45]
3. First Stop: Pampa, TX [2:56]
4. Next Stop: California [2:00]
5. Last Stop: The Big "Red" Apple [2:40]
6. The Political Stage [1:36]
7. Barking, Essex [:36]
8. More Than Scraps Of Paper [:20]
9. Chicago: Rehearsals with Wilco [1:31]
10. Dublin: Recording the Album. [3:49]
11. Woody Deteriorates [:21]
12. London: Cutting The Album [3:49]
13. London: Cutting The Album [:58]
14. Credits [2:07]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
Song Access
   Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key
   I Ain't Got No Home
   This Land Is Your Land
   Pastures of Plenty
   California Stars
   This Land Is Your Land - Variations
   Here Comes The Train
   Ingrid Bergman
   Ideology
Special Features
   Bonus Songs
      Birds and Ships
      She Came Along To Me
      I Guess I Planted
      Eisler On The Go
      The Unwelcome Guest
   Discographies
      Woody Guthrie
      Billy Brag
      Wilco
   Previews
   Weblinks
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