The year: 1946. The event: Oakland's "Jazz at the Philharmonic." The music streaked into the unknown, daring listeners to grab hold and fly there, too. On stage was the creator of those new sounds: Charles "Yardbird" Parker. In the crowd was the 16-year-old who would someday bring Parker's extraordinary story to the screen: Clint Eastwood. "Americans don't have any original art except Western movies and jazz," observes Eastwood. Movie fans, of course, know that few heroes sit as tall in the saddles as Eastwood. Now the legendary America icon, whose Dirty Harry films have been praised for their jazz scores, ventures deeper into that other original American art. Eastwood produces and directs Bird, a film burnished with the magic of that 1946 concert encounter between legend and future legend and honored with an Academy Award for Best Sound in its spellbinding recreation of a man and his music. Like jazz itself, Bird rings with counterpoints and embellishments. Past and future overlap as the film explores Yardbird's soaring skill and destructive excesses.
Run Time: 161
Release Date: 6/1/2010
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Art & Copy: Inside Advertising's Creative Revolution
Art & Copy is a powerful film about advertising and inspiration. It reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time, people who've profoundly impacted our culture. Their work grabbed the attention of millions and truly moved them. The social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.
When You're Strange: A Film about The Doors [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Brand: Eagle Rock Entertainment
When You re Strange, written and directed bythe award-winning Tom DiCillo, is the first featuredocumentary released on The Doors. Graced by thenarration of Johnny Depp, it carries the audiencethrough the journeys of vocalist Jim Morrison,keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger,and drummer John Densmore. This 90-minutepresentation features never-before-seen rare archival film,pulled from their inception in 1966 to Morrison s passing in 1971.These snapshot scenes of the band s history is as much an intimateexperience, as it is revealing.After being featured at the Sundance, Berlin, Deauville, and San Sebastian Film Festivals, music fans who didn t catch this intheaters can now relish in this extraordinary documentary. It celebrates the collaborative power of this illustrious rock quartetand their revolutionary fusion of creativity and thought-provoking rebellion.
Victor Victoria: 1995 Broadway Production [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
One of the world's best-loved performers, Julie Andrews reaches new heights in her most challenging role as a woman pretending to be a man impersonating a woman! Filmed on the Broadway stage, VICTOR/VICTORIA is a warm, funny, wildly energetic look at the nature of love, gender perceptions and the battle of the sexes. Written and directed by Blake Edwards, with an unforgettable score by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse, VICTOR/VICTORIA tells the story of an out-of-work singer whose life changes when she meets the flamboyant Toddy. With his help, she becomes "Victor," an overnight singing sensation in the nightclubs of Paris. But success becomes hilariously complicated when she meets the love of her life, King Marchan, a macho Chicago gangster. From the electrifying excitement of "Le Jazz Hot" to the contemplative "Crazy World," from the humor of "Chicago, Illinois" to the touching "Almost a Love Song," this classic musical has it all.
Manufacturer: Zoe Records
Brand: Alfred Music
2011 GRAMMY NOMINEE: BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO Rush is one of rock's most influential bands. Ranked third in consecutive gold or platinum albums after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the band enjoys a devoted following by legions around the world and is revered by generations of musicians. Yet, their incredible success story has, up to this point, remained largely untold. Now comes the new documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, the first comprehensive exploration of the extraordinary power trio. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with notables such as Jack Black, Billy Corgan, Trent Reznor, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Gene Simmons, this film explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world's biggest cult band. This 2-disc DVD in deluxe packaging features over 3 hours of video, including a 1.5 hour bonus disc of never-before-seen live performances, special features, and deleted scenes from the film. A 12 page color booklet of rare and unreleased photos is also included. There isn't a directorial duo better equipped to profile Canada's famed power trio than compatriots Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, the makers of Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Insightful and entertaining, Beyond the Lighted Stage starts with the band's roots in working-class Ontario. Singer-bassist Geddy Lee, the son of Holocaust survivors, a self-described "nebbishy quiet kid," bonds with guitarist Alex Lifeson, the so...
Manufacturer: Rounder / Pgd
Brand: Vivendi Entertainment
2011 GRAMMY NOMINEE: BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO Rush is one of rock's most influential bands. Ranked third in consecutive gold or platinum albums after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the band enjoys a devoted following by legions around the world and is revered by generations of musicians. Yet, their incredible success story has, up to this point, remained largely untold. Now comes the new documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, the first comprehensive exploration of the extraordinary power trio. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with notables such as Jack Black, Billy Corgan, Trent Reznor, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Gene Simmons, this film explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world's biggest cult band. This Blu-ray DVD in deluxe packaging features over 3 hours of video, including a 1.5 hour bonus disc of never-before-seen live performances, special features, and deleted scenes from the film. A 12 page color booklet of rare and unreleased photos is also included.
Paris: The Luminous Years - Toward the Making of the Modern
Brand: PBS Video
A storm of Modernism swept through the art worlds of the West in the early decades of the twentieth century, uprooting centuries of tradition. The epicenter of this storm was Paris, France. For an incandescent moment from 1905 to 1930, Paris was the magnetic center for radical innovation and experiment, and the Mecca for creative talents who would change the course of art throughout the Western world.
Manufacturer: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
Join us for a rousing celebration of the life and work of one of Broadwayï¿½s greatest legends ï¿½ the one and only Stephen Sondheim. For the master composer and lyricistï¿½s 80th birthday, many of musical theaterï¿½s brightest stars gathered to perform more than two dozen sensational numbers from Sondheimï¿½s illustrious career. Many of these enduring songs are rarely heard and several are performed by the original Broadway cast members. David Hyde Pierce hosts this magical event with Stephen Sondheimï¿½s longtime collaborator Paul Gemignani conducting the New York Philharmonic. Filmed live, March 15ï¿½16, 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall, New York City Performances Include: "America" (Dancers, West Side Story) "Somethingï¿½s Coming" (Alexander Gemingnani, West Side Story) "Weï¿½re Gonna Be Alright" (Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Do I Hear a Waltz?) "Donï¿½t Laugh" (Victoria Clark, Hot Spot) "Johanna"(Nathan Gunn, Sweeney Todd) "Youï¿½re Gonna Love Tomorrow" and "Love Will See Us Through" (Matt Cavenaugh, Jenn Colella, Laura Osnes, Bobby Steggert, Follies) "Too Many Mornings" (Nathan Gunn, Audra McDonald, Follies) "The Road You Didnï¿½t Take" (John McMartin, Follies) "It Takes Two" (Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Into the Woods) "Growing Up" (Jim Walton, Merrily We Roll Along) "Finishing the Hat" (Mandy Patinkin, Sunday in the Park with George) "Move On" (Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Sunday in the Park with George) "Pretty Women" (Michael Cer...