Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Blood Brothers

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Overview

For Bruce Springsteen's reunion with his famous band, director Ernie Fritz captured the musician at work on one of his albums with Blood Brothers. The transfer for this documentary is presented in 1.33:1 full frame (the original aspect ratio), and looks very nice. The transfer suffers from typical "full screen-itis," which means some dirt, grain, and imperfections show up more prominently than on a widescreen transfer. However, this is a good looking picture with well rendered colors that should please most fans....
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Overview

For Bruce Springsteen's reunion with his famous band, director Ernie Fritz captured the musician at work on one of his albums with Blood Brothers. The transfer for this documentary is presented in 1.33:1 full frame (the original aspect ratio), and looks very nice. The transfer suffers from typical "full screen-itis," which means some dirt, grain, and imperfections show up more prominently than on a widescreen transfer. However, this is a good looking picture with well rendered colors that should please most fans. A Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is included on this disc which fares very well. The rear speakers are engaged through most of the songs, and the bulk of the soundtrack is free of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc is a PCM Stereo mix in English, as well as an optional feature which allows the viewer to watch the feature with subtitled song lyrics or without. Unfortunately, Bruce Springsteen fans will be disappointed to learn that there are no extra features available on this edition of Blood Brothers.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; PCM stereo; Interactive menus; Instant chapter access to songs; English lyrics
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Chas Turner
This documentary, originally broadcast in 1996 on the Disney Channel, catches a historic moment for Springsteen fans. Not since Born in the U.S.A. had the Boss recorded with the E Street Band, but in the winter of 1995, he convened them with three days' notice to lay down some new tracks for his then-upcoming greatest hits compilation. While unusually hasty for him, the sessions nevertheless yielded some characteristically strong material, especially in the rough, stark love song "Back in Your Arms Again" and the Woody Guthrie homage, "This Hard Land." His rapport with longtime bandmates seems to transcend time, and director Ernie Fritz also catches the looser moments, like Springsteen serenading his brood or noshing out of a peanut butter jar. Though running for the same 85 minutes as the VHS edition, the Blood Brothers DVD boasts a terrific surround- sound mix and access to Springsteen's dramatic, often anthemic lyrics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/16/2001
  • UPC: 074645013992
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,111

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Springsteen
Technical Credits
Ernie Fritz Director
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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Program Start [1:49]
2. Day One [3:31]
3. Take One [8:01]
4. Secret Garden [9:59]
5. The Music Video [10:27]
6. Take Two [6:12]
7. This Hard Land [6:24]
8. The Mix [2:02]
9. Back In Your Arms Again [9:41]
10. The Arrangement [3:29]
11. The Vote [4:21]
12. Take Three-One Last Try [10:48]
13. Credit Roll [2:29]
14. Murder Incorporated Music Video [5:50]
15. Secret Garden Music Video [5:02]
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Menu

Main
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Audio Mix
   Menu Group #1 with 15 chapter(s) covering 01:30:13
Lyrics
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun film!

    Previous reviewer put it perfectly. This is such a nice little documentary that shows how Bruce and the band reunited and recorded new material for their Greatest Hits album. I wish we had more peeks into the creative processes, such as footage from their recent tours for example. The film shows the band working in 1995 on the songs Blood Brothers, This Hard Land, Secret Garden, and Back in Your Arms, as well as the catchy song High Hopes and the fun tune they do in a a circle at the end, Without You. They also filmed a music video and did photo shoots and interviews. The E Street Band seems to be comprised of not only extraordinary musicians, but genuinely nice and down-to-earth people. I like how Bruce's wife Patti didn't need to be all dolled up when she was on camera. Everyone was relaxed and casual, and it was a treat to see all the behind the scenes stuff, especially Bruce himself - he was compassionate and funny but also very dedicated and hard-working. This documentary is a great gift idea for the devoted fan who can't get enough of this talented group and their great music.

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