DVD/Video/Film Reviews


The Beatles: 1+

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The Beatles 1+ Apple 2015 The passionate scholarship devoted to the Beatles' archival projects is an accurate reflection of the continuing resonance of the cultural paradigm shit they ignited some fifty years ago. For the 1+ DVD/CD package, masterful technical expertise (including upgrade to the CD originally issued in 2000) combines with a rigorously academic attention to detail enclosed in the hardbound book, all of which underscores with the labor of love approach only genuine ...


JACO (The Film)

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Jaco Pastorius JACO (The Film) Slang East/West 2015With author Bill Milkowksi's extraordinarily detailed and honest accounting of Pastorius' life in his biography--first published in 1996 but reissued nearly a decade later as Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius: Deluxe Edition (Backbeat Books, 2005), with a hundred pages of additional footage garnered when those close to the late bassist were, with the passage of time, ready and willing to talk more openly about ...


Eric Clapton: Slowhand at 70-Live at the Royal Albert Hall

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Eric Clapton Slowhand at 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall Eagle Vision 2015 Over the course of the last decade, Eric Clapton hasn't made much spectacle of crucial turning points in his life and career( reunion with John Mayall or collaborations with Steve Winwood, J.J. Cale and Jeff Beck), he's just made them happen. In that light, his run of a week at London's Royal Albert Hall, during which he marked his 200th appearance ...


Van Morrison: Another Wondrous Decade: Under Review 1977-1987

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Van Morrison Another Wondrous Decade: Under Review 1977-1987 Chrome Dreams 2015 Early on in Another Wondrous Decade, an exploration of Van Morrison's post-hiatus career in the late Seventies and Eighties, recording engineer Gary Ladinsky makes an ever so astute point about The Belfast Cowboy's approach to recordings: ..."he's particular but he's not picky.." This distinction may seem nothing more than semantics, but it is, instead, representative of the erudite insight in the famous Irish-born musician's ...


Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog

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Laurie Anderson Heart of a Dog HBO 2015 Renaissance woman and maverick Laurie Anderson is one of the most intensely engrossing artists of our time. Her work, whether music or performance or art is electric, alluring, thought provoking, forward thinking, funny, witty, ironic and deeply emotional. She does many things in different areas whether it's music, art, video, performances, design, dance, but above all she tells stories, where all these interests morph together to ...


Fathom Events Presents The Who in Hyde Park

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The Who The Who in Hyde Park Fathom Events: Palace 9 Cinema South Burlington, Vermont October 8, 2015 As presented by cinema entrepreneurs Fathom Events in selected cities the fall of 2015, Chris Rule's film of The Who in Hyde Park is ideally suited for viewing in theaters, particularly those like South Burlington's Palace 9 where the Grateful Dead's annual Meet-up at the Movies as well as the July 4th 2015 Fare Thee ...


Don Cheadle's "Miles Ahead"

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Miles Ahead, in which the Academy Award winning actor portrays the legendary trumpeter, marks the directorial debut of Don Cheadle, who co-wrote the script. The independently financed production was shot in jny: Cincinnati. Co-starring with Don Cheadle are Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi. The production capped a nine year journey to the big screen that started with Davis' posthumous induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Rather than encapsulating the entirety of ...


What's Going On?: Taste Live at the Isle of Wight

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Taste What's Going On? Taste Live at The Isle of Wight Eagle Vision 2015 The family of guitarist Rory Gallagher has certainly done right by him with the posthumous releases they've overseen since his passing in 1995. From expanded editions of landmark albums like Irish Tour '74 (Polydor, 1974) to deluxe combinations of live and studio packages such as Notes From San Francisco (Eagle Rock, 2011), the legacy of the late lamented blues-rocker has received ...

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