The Blues: Piano Blues

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Overview

Since Clint Eastwood is a director whose style could be described with the phrase "less is more," it seems appropriate that Eastwood's contribution to the documentary series The Blues is the shortest film of the series and receives the most modest presentation on DVD. Unlike most of the other films in the series, Piano Blues features no interview with the filmmaker or commentary track (though Eastwood's presence as onscreen narrator and interviewer would probably have made them redundant), and no bonus ...
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Overview

Since Clint Eastwood is a director whose style could be described with the phrase "less is more," it seems appropriate that Eastwood's contribution to the documentary series The Blues is the shortest film of the series and receives the most modest presentation on DVD. Unlike most of the other films in the series, Piano Blues features no interview with the filmmaker or commentary track (though Eastwood's presence as onscreen narrator and interviewer would probably have made them redundant), and no bonus performances have been included. The images have been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and the camera work looks clean and well-detailed on this disc. The performances and interviews are in English, with no multiple language options, and the crisp audio appears in two mixes: a surround version in Dolby Digital 5.1 and a two-track mix in uncompressed PCM stereo. The only bonus materials are a text biography and filmography for Eastwood and a trailer for The Blues, though for many music fans, the warm and engaging quality of this film and the artists it profiles will be more than enough reason to pick up the disc.
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Special Features

Director biography and filmography; 5.1 and stereo mixes; The Blues trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • UPC: 074645861890
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Source: Sony
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,448

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director, Producer
Paul G. Allen Executive Producer
Joel Cox Editor
Ulrich Felsberg Executive Producer
Vic Losick Cinematographer
Jody Patton Executive Producer
Bruce Ricker Producer
Gary D. Roach Editor
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Blues Series Open [1:15]
2. Open: Piano Blues [1:47]
3. Clint Eastwood at the Piano [:48]
4. Clint Meets Ray Charles [4:29]
5. Boogie Woogie Masters- Part I [2:46]
6. Duke Ellington's Style [1:49]
7. Big Joe Turner & Jay McShann- "Piney Brown Blues" [1:53]
8. Clint at the Grand Old Opry [2:11]
9. Charles Brown- "Driftin' Blues" [3:21]
10. Clint Meets Dave Brubeck [3:41]
11. Art Tatum- The Greatest Pianist [4:24]
12. Oscar Peterson Plays "You Are My Heart's Delight" [3:36]
13. Nat King Cole Is My Man [3:28]
14. Clint Meets Dr. John [3:09]
15. Professor Longhair- "One Of My Heroes" [3:18]
16. Clint with Marcia Ball [2:40]
17. Fats Domino- "The Fat Man" [3:52]
18. Dr. John- "Big Chief" [3:29]
19. Otis Spann and Henry Clay Play The Blues [8:32]
20. Jay McShann- "It's Just The Blues" [4:26]
21. Pete Jolly- "Little Bird" [3:31]
22. Phineas Newborn- "Little Bird" [2:27]
23. The Genius Of Monk [4:39]
24. Dave Brubeck- "Travelin' Blues" [1:19]
25. Boogie Woogie Masters - Part II [7:24]
26. Ray Charles- "America The Beautiful" [4:15]
27. End Credits [3:13]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Audio Selections
      PCM Stereo
      5.1 Surround Sound
   Special Features
      Director's Biography
      Director's Filmography
      The Blues Trailer
      DVD Credits
      Volkswagen Commercial: Proud Sponsor of The Blues
      Web Links
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    luv this movie!

    but of corse clint rocks ! highly recommend it !

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