Standing in the Shadows of MotownDirector: Paul Justman
The history of soul music and the Funk Brothers, which is also a history of popular culture, is the subject of Standing in the Shadows of Motown and Artisan has done a brilliant job bringing this title to DVD. In today's style of documentary filmmaking, with grainy black-and-white mixed with beautiful color photography, the 1.78:1 anamorphic image really shines/i>… See more details below
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The history of soul music and the Funk Brothers, which is also a history of popular culture, is the subject of Standing in the Shadows of Motown and Artisan has done a brilliant job bringing this title to DVD. In today's style of documentary filmmaking, with grainy black-and-white mixed with beautiful color photography, the 1.78:1 anamorphic image really shines. Colors are vibrant and wonderfully saturated, while detail is quite strong for a documentary. Things only get better when it comes to the soundtrack. Presented in both Dolby Digital 5.1 EX and DTS 6.1 ES, these tracks are full of life, especially during the music numbers. Bass is strong and surrounds are used appropriately. While the movie itself would be worth the price, an amazing selection of extra features make this one a real deal. The movie is on the first disc, along with a commentary track from producer Allan Slutsky (he wrote the book that inspired the film) and director Paul Justman. Also included is a brief section called "How It All Began," which includes a short commentary from Justman about a photograph that helped influence the direction of the film and a promotional short film to help with financing, and contains additional interviews from the Funk Brothers. Finally, for the first disc, is an optional text "fact track" with even more information about these performers and the times they lived in. The second disc houses the remainder of the supplements, and there are plenty. Four featurettes comprise the bulk of material. The first, "Dinner With the Funk Brothers" is a roundtable with the artists as they discuss their love, friendship, and appreciation of those they worked with. The next is "The One's That Didn't Make It," which is a very emotional and sincere elegy for those band members that are no longer with us. In addition to this is "At Long Last Glory," covering the new-found success of these musicians due to this film, and the fourth is a biography section, told in a video for the Funk Brothers, and text for the main crew members. Nearly 30 minutes of deleted scenes are also included, with most being behind-the-scenes material. While hardly revelatory, they are a welcome addition. Next is a "multi-angle" jam session, also in 5.1 Dolby Digital. Fine music, but with only two angles, it doesn't offer much. Finally, along with a music video montage that is only so interesting, is a trailer for The Temptations, discographies, and "Honorable Mentions," describing other artists who worked for Motown. Last, but not least, are some DVD-ROM materials, including an high-definition version of the entire film and an interactive virtual recording studio. Enough praise can't be given to this disc and for the extra mile that Artisan went to make it as good as it is.
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Richard "Pistol" Allen||Actor|
|Jack "Black Jack" Ashford||Actor|
|Eddie "Chank" Willis||Actor|
|Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin||Actor|
|Eddie "Bongo" Brown||Actor|
|Earl "Chunk of Funk" Van Dyke||Actor|
|Richard Adler||Associate Producer|
|Affiliated Models & Talent||Casting|
|Keith Benson||Associate Producer|
|Paul Elliott||Executive Producer|
|Janice Ginsberg||Associate Producer|
|Ted Greenberg||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Michael Martin||Associate Producer|
|Dave Scott||Executive Producer|
|Al Slutsky||Musical Direction/Supervision,Producer,Sound/Sound Designer|
1. Main Title/Unheralded Dreamers [4:18]
2. Days of Innocence/Detroit [1:12]
3. Gerald Levert "Reach Out I'll Be There" [1:32]
4. "Who Are the Funk Brothers?" [3:42]
5. Joan Osborne "(Love Is Like a) Heatwave" [3:21]
6. Fearless James Jamerson [4:00]
7. Fantasyland in Studio A [2:18]
8. Meshell Ndegeocello "You Really Got a Hold on Me" [2:41]
9. One Chance, One Take [3:09]
10. Bootsy Collins "Do You Love Me" [2:00]
11. Touring Days [4:09]
12. Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin [2:47]
13. Gerald Levert & Tom Scott "Shotgun" [3:12]
14. Johnny Griffith and the Man Around Town [6:59]
15. The Motown Formula [1:10]
16. Ben Harper "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" [3:32]
17. Earl Van Dyke and the Raw Power [3:46]
18. He Ain't Spying, He's My Brother [2:40]
19. Bootsy Collins "Cool Jerk" [2:12]
20. Earthbound and Unknown [3:16]
21. Typewriters and Tambourines [2:06]
22. Ben Harper "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" [3:31]
23. Heckyl, Jeckyl & Son [2:31]
24. Eddie "Bongo's" Licks [1:29]
25. Joan Osborne "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" [4:16]
26. Robert White and His Oreos [3:37]
27. Meshell Ndegeocello "Cloud Nine" [3:06]
28. Up to the Babbitt Standard [3:21]
29. No Question of Race [4:05]
30. Chaka Khan "What's Going On" [3:38]
31. When Motown Left [3:15]
32. The Funk Brothers [1:40]
33. Chaka Khan & Montell Jordan "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" [2:46]
34. Hitsville, U.S.A. [:48]
35. End Credits [5:26]
5.1 Dolby EX
2.0 Dolby Stereo
Commentary by Director Paul Justman & Producer Allan Slutsky
How It All Began
The Photo That Started It All - Producer Photo Commentary by Allan Slutsky
The Video That Started It All- Director Promotional Video Commentary by Paul Justman
Gerald Levert- "Reach Out I'll Be There"
Joan Osborne- "(Love Is Like a) Heatwave"
Meshell Ndegeocello- "You Really Got a Hold on Me"
Bootsy Collins- "Do You Love Me"
Gerald Levert & Tom Scott- "Shotgun"
Ben Harper- "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
Bootsy Collins- "Cool Jerk"
Ben Harper- "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Joan Osborne- "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"
Meshell Ndegeocello- "Cloud Nine"
Chaka Khan- "What's Going On"
The Funk Brothers
Chaka Khan & Montell Jordan "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
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Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Side #2 -- Disc Two
Dinner With the Funk Brothers
Multi Angel Jam Sessions
Funk Reunion Montage
Martha Reunion Montage
The Producers Montage
Studio "A" Stories Montage
Speaking in Code Montage
The Motown Sound Montage
Michelle & Pistol Allen Montage
Pistol & Johnny Jam
Pistol & Treaty Jam
James Jamerson Jr. Jam
Joe, Seth & Joan Jam
Baker's Keyboard Lounge Jam
The Ones That Didn't Make It
At Long Last Glory
Richard "Pistol" Allen
Earl Van Dyke
Eddie "Bongo" Brown
William "Benny" Benjamin
Director- Paul Justman
Producer- Allan Slutsky
Producer- Sandy Passman
Music Video Montage
Funk Brothers Discography
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The cover of Standing in the Shadows of Motown makes a provocative statement: ''They played on more #1 records than the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, and Elvis Presley combined.'' But if you're like me, you've never heard of them. Even if you're not the Motown fan that I am, I bet you HAVE heard their music though. They were the band for artists like Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations, and countless others to draw fame from the Motown label, yet, even to this day, they are virtually unknown. Meet the Funk Brothers. I learned a lot from this video, which is an excellent mix of documentary and music. Even if you're not interested in history, I'd recommend this video just for the sheer pleasure of listening to the music. I watched it when no one else was home, cranked up the TV to a volume I rarely get to otherwise, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Make no mistake, this movie is mostly music--good, solid Motown music. Great anecdotal stories told by the surviving members of the band and narrated history weaves around the music, but the information was so unfamiliar to me that I never got bored with the narration. Music is so integral to these artists' lives and personalities that many of the interviewees couldn't help but hum or pluck out notes while they spoke. As this movie demonstrates, the Funk Brothers were consummate creators without whom we'd have missed so much of our musical heritage that it's frightening. I sincerely hope that more people will rent and buy this video so that the Funk Brothers can finally realize some of the recognition they so richly deserve. Highly recommended. Five stars.
What a great movie! I completely enjoyed every moment of it, for so many different reasons. The performances were amazing, by both the outstanding singers and the heavenly performers. The anecdotes were hilarious. The whole movie was put together nicely. Well worth the money!
Lock in the repeat, unplug the phone, put on your dancing shoes and let the music take you away. This documentary WILL win an Academy Award! If not the whole process will need an overhaul! I give it a dancing ovation. From the first note to the last, be prepared to be thrilled. As an ''Old School'' Motown fan (long before this film, I cursed Berry Gordy for moving to California), and a music lover in general, I say to you.... BUY 2 COPIES, because you are going to wear this DVD out!
Whether you enjoy the Motown sound or are just interested in music and the history of popular music, this is a DVD that should be in your collection. It's probably one of the best documentaries I've seen on the sounds of the '60s and early '70s.