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Great World of Sound

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Filmmaker Craig Zobel explores the shortcuts that some folks are willing to take to become famous while simultaneously exposing the unscrupulous manner in which others take advantage of these desperate souls with this story of two men who set out to train as record producers. Excited about the prospect of helping to sign undiscovered artists, Martin Pat Healy answers an ad to train as a record producer. Over the course of his apprenticeship, Martin is paired with like-minded trainee Clarence Kene Holliday -- a ...
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Overview

Filmmaker Craig Zobel explores the shortcuts that some folks are willing to take to become famous while simultaneously exposing the unscrupulous manner in which others take advantage of these desperate souls with this story of two men who set out to train as record producers. Excited about the prospect of helping to sign undiscovered artists, Martin Pat Healy answers an ad to train as a record producer. Over the course of his apprenticeship, Martin is paired with like-minded trainee Clarence Kene Holliday -- a middle-aged man seeking out a new career path. Upon graduating from the program, Martin and Clarence are assigned the task of traveling to towns where the company has placed newspaper ads searching for untapped talent. For a fee, these emerging talents can have their music heard by an increasingly larger audience. Though at first everything seems to be going great with their new jobs, a few unsettling developments soon lead Martin and Clarence to suspect that the company may not always have the artists' best interests in mind.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional scenes; Deleted scenes; Commentary
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Editorial Reviews

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Great World of Sound is a soulful and shattering tragicomedy about the drive to succeed, belong, and find a calling as an artist and as an individual in society. The two main characters, Martin Pat Healy and Clarence Kene Holliday, are unwitting participants in a "song sharking" scam. In depressed Southern cities like Birmingham, they audition aspiring musicians, who are then required to make a down payment as part of their "record contract" with a company called the Great World of Sound. The film is not really about a hunger for American Idol-style fame, as the musicians are so poor and struggling that they would like any meager recognition for their artistry. Director Craig Zobel used actual local musicians, and the scenes where they are auditioned and pitched by Martin and Clarence were mostly shot undercover with two-way mirrors. The musicians were all briefed on the filming afterward. This gives the central subject matter an authenticity and poignant humor, vividly creating the depressed and beaten-up Southeastern milieu of the characters. Martin and Clarence are participants in the scam while also being victims of larger societal constructs. Martin, a shy and rudderless young husband, is attracted to a job that seems to offer direction and meaning. Clarence, a gregarious but shunted poor black man, sees an opportunity to make money and move ahead. As the dry comedy of the first portion gives way to the disaster at its closing, Healy's and Holliday's performances vibrate powerfully with their characters' thwarted ambitions, reaching heart-rending levels when the realization of the moral comprises they've made begins to tear them apart. There is one major plot contrivance, in that it takes way too long for Martin and Clarence to figure out the scam, but the emotional arc is so convincing one may not notice. Great World of Sound was featured at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the SXSW Film Festival, and the 36th New Directors/New Films showcase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • UPC: 876964001052
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 68,637

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pat Healy Martin
Kene Holliday Clarence
Robert Longstreet Layton
Rebecca Mader Pam
John Baker Shank
Tricia Paoluccio Gloria
Technical Credits
Craig Zobel Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Matt Chapman Executive Producer
David Wingo Score Composer
Chris Gebert Sound/Sound Designer
David Gordon Green Producer
Steven Holtzman Associate Producer
Sophia Lin Co-producer
Mike Chapman Executive Producer
Erica Palgon Casting
Melissa Palmer Producer
Adam Paroo Associate Producer
Jane Rizzo Editor
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Tonya Shuffler Casting
George Smith Screenwriter
Elizabeth Steinfels Art Director, Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Stone Cinematographer
Tim Streeto Editor
Daniela Taplin-Lundberg Executive Producer
Richard A. Wright Producer, Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Great World of Sound
1. Travelin' Man [7:05]
2. The Seminar [10:40]
3. Critiquing the Talent [8:08]
4. Sales Pitch [5:26]
5. Road Trip [5:40]
6. Do We Have a Deal? [5:20]
7. More Interviews [5:03]
8. It's About Us [4:45]
9. On the Road Again [4:50]
10. Certain Doubts [8:22]
11. Just a Job [5:08]
12. Incentive Program [6:09]
13. Stranded [8:51]
14. Open Opportunity [5:39]
15. I Just Want You to Be Happy [7:56]
16. End Credits [3:18]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Great World of Sound
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Audio: English 5.1
      Audio: English 2.0
      Subtitles: Spanish - On
      Subtitles: Spanish - Off
   Scenes Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary With: Craig Zobel (Producer/Co-Writer/Director) Richard Wright (Producer/Production Designer) Melissa Palmer (Producer) Adam Stone (Cinematographer) Elizabeth Steinfels (Costume Designer/Art Director
      Additional Scenes
         Layton's Assistant Reviews Their Progress
         Claude
         Mindy Performs
         Metal Takes Time
         Black Superhero
         Snagglepus Performs
         Sixxx & Dee Dee Licorish
         Ramblin' Bill & Guitar Garrett Perform "The Ballad of Sumo & The Eggs"
         Missy
         The Schredder
         Bigga Bigga
         Dale & The Electronic Washboard
         "Thurston Moore"
         Play All
      Deleted Scenes
         Have You Unpacked a Binder Clip Maybe?
         Bill's Audition (Scripted Office Audition Scene)
         Peachy's Audition (Scripted Birmingham Audition Scene)
         After Work in Birmingham
         Walter & Martin After the Sales Meeting
         Play All
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