Warming by the Devil's Fire

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Filmmaker Charles Burnett's contribution to the documentary series The Blues: A Musical Journey abandons a strict non-fiction style to tell the tale of a young boy from California spending a few days in Mississippi with his worldly uncle -- a passionate blues fan -- in the summer of 1955, with their adventures serving as a springboard for stories and archival footage of great blues artists. Warming by the Devil's Fire has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and...
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Filmmaker Charles Burnett's contribution to the documentary series The Blues: A Musical Journey abandons a strict non-fiction style to tell the tale of a young boy from California spending a few days in Mississippi with his worldly uncle -- a passionate blues fan -- in the summer of 1955, with their adventures serving as a springboard for stories and archival footage of great blues artists. Warming by the Devil's Fire has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and the presentation brings out the warmth and natural color schemes of Burnett's 1955 sequences. The audio is in English with no multiple language options and appears in two mixes: a surround sound version in Dolby Digital 5.1 and a standard two-channel track in uncompressed PCM stereo. Charles Burnett sits for an on-camera interview in which he discusses his film and his own experiences with the blues while growing up; he also provides a brief commentary track and a text biography and discography for the director also appear. Other bonus materials include a bonus performance of Willie Dixon singing " Nervous" (from a German television broadcast in 1966), a menu option that allows users to access individual performances, and the trailer for the series The Blues.
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Special Features

Bonus performance: Willie Dixon's classic rendition of "Nervous" from 1966; On-camera interview with Charles Burnett; 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: 074645861999
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Source: Sony
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Redmond Hicks
Carl Lumbly Voice Only
Technical Credits
Charles Burnett Director, Screenwriter
Paul G. Allen Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde Producer
Liba Daniels Production Designer
John Ndiaga Demps Cinematographer
Ulrich Felsberg Executive Producer
Alex Gibney Producer
Jody Patton Executive Producer
Edwin Santiago Editor
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer
Stephen James Taylor Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Series Open and Credits [1:11]
2. Trouble So Hard: Opening Title Sequence [1:21]
3. Memphis Jug Band: "K.C. Moan" [:34]
4. 1956: You're Down Here Now Boy [2:58]
5. New Orleans: Your Roots Run Deep Boy [2:18]
6. Reverend Louis Overstreet & the Eureka Brass Band: "Funeral Procession Dirge" [1:04]
7. You Can't Pick Cotton on the Ocean [3:08]
8. Make Yourself at Home [1:30]
9. Washboard Street Band [:41]
10. First Night at Buddy's: Music in His Dreams [2:41]
11. Son House: "Death Letter Blues" Part One [:35]
12. Son House's Philosophy of Blues [1:04]
13. Son House: "Death Letter Blues" Part Two [:52]
14. This Museum Has an Outhouse [2:53]
15. The Women of the Blues [1:20]
16. Sister Rosetta Tharpe: "Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air" [1:39]
17. Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Dinah Washington [3:18]
18. Women of the Blues Sampler: Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Dinah Washington [:07]
19. I Learned a Lot About Body Parts [4:05]
20. Times Like This I Didn't Like Buddy Much [:47]
21. Sonny Boy Williamson: "Come On In This House" [:35]
23. Warming by the Devil's Fire [4:07]
24. Sam Chatmon: "Sitting on Top of the World" [3:07]
26. Roots in Africa: Handy and the Language of the Blues [4:58]
27. Joe Turner Blues [1:18]
28. Honey Boy's House: Self Taught Masters [1:45]
29. Masters Perform: Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker [2:41]
30. Playing the Blues: It's a Serious Thing [:05]
31. Mississippi John Hurt: "Spike Driver Blues" [:49]
32. Back Sliding Into Darkness [:45]
33. The Trails That Lead Us: Time and Time Again [3:12]
34. Lightnin' Hopkins: "Lonesome Road" [1:34]
35. Forced on a Levee and Gandy Dancin' [1:07]
36. The Crossroads: Playin' With Fate and the Devil's Tricks Again [4:18]
37. Bessie Smith: "St. Louis Blues" [3:38]
38. Door to Door: The Elizabeth Cotton Story [1:21]
39. Blues Is the Truth: Everybody Has 'Em [1:04]
40. Willie Dixon: "Nervous" [1:48]
42. Victoria Spivey: "T.B. Blues" [2:35]
43. Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry: "Key to the Highway" [:56]
44. John Lee Hooker: "Boom Boom" [1:18]
45. My Kind of People: Now You Got a Good Reason to Get Saved [1:57]
46. Credits and Montage [4:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Play Film W/ Director Commentary
   Songs From Film
      Play All Songs
      Memphis Jug Band: "K.C. Moan"
      Reverend Louis Overstreet & the Eureka Brass Band: "Funeral Procession Dirge"
      Washboard Street Band
      Son House: "Death Letter Blues" Part One
      Son House: "Death Letter Blues" Part Two
      Sister Rosetta Tharpe: "Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air"
      Women of the Blues Sampler: Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Dinah Washington
      Sonny Boy Williamson: "Come On In This House"
      Sam Chatmon: "Sitting on Top of the World"
      The Masters Sampler: Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker
      Mississippi John Hurt: "Spike Driver Blues"
      Lightnin' Hopkins: "Lonesome Road"
      Bessie Smith: "St. Louis Blues"
      Willie Dixon: "Nervous"
      Victoria Spivey: "T.B. Blues"
      Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry: "Key to the Highway"
      John Lee Hooker: "Boom Boom"
   Audio Selections
      PCM Stereo
      5.1 Surround Sound
   Special Features
      Bonus Segment - "Nervous," Willie Dixon
      Director Interview
      The Blues Trailer
      Director's Biography
      Director's Filmography
      DVD Credits
      Volkswagen Commercial: Proud Sponsor of The Blues
      Weblinks
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