Scorsese Presents The Blues: Soul Of A Man

Scorsese Presents The Blues: Soul Of A Man

Director: Wim Wenders

Cast: Keith B. Brown, Chris Thomas King

     
 
Wim Wenders directed this ambitious installment of the documentary series The Blues: A Musical Journey, which intercuts new and old musical performances, interviews, and dramatic recreations staged in the manner of a silent drama to tell the story of three pioneering blues artists: Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, and J.B. Lenoir. The Soul of a Man has

Overview

Wim Wenders directed this ambitious installment of the documentary series The Blues: A Musical Journey, which intercuts new and old musical performances, interviews, and dramatic recreations staged in the manner of a silent drama to tell the story of three pioneering blues artists: Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, and J.B. Lenoir. The Soul of a Man has been given a sharp and attractive transfer to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The audio has been mastered in two separate mixes -- a surround sound mix in Dolby Digital 5.1 and a two-channel version in PCM stereo. The program is in English, with no multiple language options or subtitles included. This DVD release also includes five bonus performances shot for the film, including Lou Reed's hypnotic extended take on "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" and a hip-hop style reworking of " John the Revelator" from Chris Thomas King. An outtake from one of the "silent" sequences from the film is also included, as well as an on-screen interview from Wenders, a biography and filmography for the director, an optional commentary track from Wenders, a menu option that allows users to access individual performances, and a trailer for the film series. While The Soul of a Man is a bit longer and more deliberately paced than it needs to be, this DVD certainly makes the most of the film's many virtues.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
UPC:
0074645861692
Original Release:
2003
Source:
Sony
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

Five full-length performances not seen in the film: Lou Reed - "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean," Cassandra Wilson - "Slow Down," Alvin Youngblood Hart - "Mama Talk to Your Daughter," Marc Ribot - "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" (electric), Chris Thomas King - "Revelations"; Outtake from film "The Visit to the Plantation" (silent); On-camera interview with Wim Wenders; Director commentary; Director biography and filmography; Special menu option to scan for all music performances; 5.1 and stereo mixes; The Blues trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Fishburne Narrator
Keith B. Brown Actor
Chris Thomas King Actor
J.B. Lenoir Actor
Skip James Actor
Beck Actor
T-Bone Burnett Actor
Nick Cave Actor
Shemekia Copeland Actor
Eagle-Eye Cherry Actor
Crow Jane Actor
Garland Jeffreys Actor
Lobos Actor
Bonnie Raitt Actor
Marc Ribot Actor
Lou Reed Actor
Vernon Reid Actor
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Actor
James "Blood" Ulmer Actor
Lucinda Williams Actor
Cassandra Wilson Actor
Alvin Youngblood Hart Actor
Robert Cream Actor
John Mayall Actor

Technical Credits
Wim Wenders Director,Screenwriter
Paul G. Allen Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde Producer
Mathilde Bonnefoy Editor
Liba Daniels Production Designer
Ulrich Felsberg Executive Producer
Alex Gibney Producer
Richard Hutton Co-producer
Jody Patton Executive Producer
Lisa Rinzler Cinematographer
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer

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