Scorsese Presents The Blues: Soul Of A Man

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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 ...
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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • UPC: 074645861692
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Source: Sony
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD

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Side #1 --
   Play Film
   Chapters
      Series Credits
      Show Open: The Soul of a Man
      Voices in Space/The Sounds of Earth
      Blind Willie Johnson "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"
      Marc Ribot "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"
      Born to Tough Luck and in Hard Times
      Blind Willie Johnson "Trouble Will Soon Be Over"
      Skip James: A Bootlegger's Blues
      Going to Grafton
      Sounds in the Attic
      Skip James "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues"
      Suffering Door to Door: Highway 61
      Lucinda Williams "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues"
      Skip James "Illinois Blues"
      Music in Their Eyes: Vintage Montage/Alvin Youngblood Hart "Illinois Blues"
      Bonnie Raitt "Devil Got My Woman"
      Two Devils
      Jon Spencer Blues Explosion "Devil Got My Woman"
      Skip James "Cherry Ball"/Beck "I'm So Glad"
      Late Into the Night
      Skip James ."22-20 Blues"/Skip James: Piano Man Too
      A Rich Man at the Crossroads
      Lou Reed "Look Down the Road"
      Skip James "Cypress Grove Blues"
      Skip James "Jesus Is a Mighty Good Leader"/New Life With the Lord
      English Kids and Filmmakers
      John Mayall "Death of J.B. Lenoir"
      J.B. Lenoir and the Seabergs
      J.B. Lenoir "I Feel So Good"
      Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "I Feel So Good"
      J.B. Lenoir "I've Been Down So Long"
      Gold in Black and White
      J.B. Lenoir "Everything I Do"
      J.B. Lenoir "I Want to Go"
      J.B. Lenoir: Interactive
      J.B. Lenoir/Bonnie Raitt "Round and Round"
      J.B. Lenoir/Los Lobos "Voodoo Music"
      J.B. Lenoir: Introspective
      Shemekia Copeland "God's Word"
      J.B. Lenoir "God's Word"
      J.B. Lenoir Is Dead
      T Bone Burnett "Don't Dog Your Woman"
      J.B. Lenoir (Cassandra Wilson) "Slow Down"
      The First Note of Rediscovery: Newport '64
      Skip James "Devil Got My Woman"
      Skip James "Cherry Ball Blues"
      An Abstract Musician: The Great Beyond
      Skip James "Worried Blues"
      Skip James "I'm So Glad"
      Buyin' Time
      Garland Jeffreys "Washington DC Hospital Blues"
      Proud Men and Changes Coming
      Cassadra Wilson "Vietnam Blues"
      Eagle-Eye Cherry, Vernon Reid, and James "Blood" Ulmer "Down in Mississippi"/Down in Mississippi
      Let Freedom Reign
      An Incredible Legacy
      Skip James "Crow Jane"
      Our Soul in Space
      End Credits/Lou Reed "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"
   Play Film W/ Director Commentary by Wim Wenders
   Songs From Film
      Play All Songs
      Blind Willie Johnson "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"
      Marc Ribot "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"
      Blind Willie Johnson "Trouble Will Soon Be Over"
      Skip James "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues"
      Lucinda Williams "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues"
      Skip James "Illinois Blues"
      Alvin Youngblood Hart "Illinois Blues"
      Bonnie Raitt "Devil Got My Woman"
      Jon Spencer Blues Explosion "Devil Got My Woman"
      Skip James "Cherry Ball"/Beck "I'm So Glad"
      Skip James ."22-20 Blues"
      Lou Reed "Look Down the Road"
      Skip James "Cypress Grove Blues"/"Jesus Is a Mighty Good Leader"
      John Mayall "Death of J.B. Lenoir"
      J.B. Lenoir "I Feel So Good"
      Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds "I Feel So Good"
      J.B. Lenoir "I've Been Down So Long"
      J.B. Lenoir "Everything I Do"
      J.B. Lenoir "I Want to Go"
      J.B. Lenoir/Bonnie Raitt "Round and Round"
      J.B. Lenoir/Los Lobos "Voodoo Music"
      J.B. Lenoir "God's Word"
      Shemekia Copeland "God's Word"
      T Bone Burnett "Don't Dog Your Woman"
      J.B. Lenoir (Cassandra Wilson) "Slow Down"
      Skip James "Devil Got My Woman"
      Skip James "Cherry Ball Blues"
      Skip James "Worried Blues"
      Skip James "I'm So Glad"
      Garland Jeffreys "Washington DC Hospital Blues"
      Cassadra Wilson "Vietnam Blues"
      Eagle-Eye Cherry, Vernon Reid, and James "Blood" Ulmer "Down in Mississippi"
      Skip James "Crow Jane"
   Audio Selections
      Stereo
      5.1 Surround Sound
   Special Features
      Bonus Performances
         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)
      Director Interview
      The Blues Trailer
      Director's Biography
         Wim Wenders
      Director's Filmography
      DVD Credits
      Volkswagen Commercial: Proud Sponsor of the Blues
      Web Links
   Resume
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