This 95 minute DVD feature film traces the evolution, from folk roots in the Kentucky hills through innovations which shaped modern forms. Over 100 songs by Bill Monroe, Stanle y Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, Flatt & Scruggs, Osb ourne Brothers, "The story of bluegrass is the story of Bill Monroe's musical legacy." So begins this superb 1991 documentary, which frames its historical survey around Monroe, the father of Kentucky bluegrass. As Monroe visits his old Kentucky home, now dilapidated and full of memories, the film traces the emergence of bluegrass from Appalachian descendants of Scotch-Irish settlers, and a variety of bluegrass greats (including narrator Mac Wiseman) offer informative anecdotes, accompanied by evocative archival footage and concert performances from the bluegrass festival circuit. Monroe's dominance is duly acknowledged, but ample time is devoted to his contemporaries and successors, including the fast-pickin' duo of Flat & Scruggs, the Osborne Brothers, Jimmy Martin, and finally Alison Krauss, who passionately defends the music's acoustic purity. The rise, fall, and consistent revival of bluegrass is thus chronicled through oral history and visual record, resulting in a priceless film that even casual fans are sure to enjoy. --Jeff Shannon
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Riverdance: Live from Radio City Music Hall (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Manufacturer: BBC Home Entertainment
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Riverdance: Live from Radio City Music Hall: Collector's Edition (DBL DVD)]]> Riverdance, the Irish hard-shoe sensation that took PBS viewers by storm, underwent its second incarnation with Live from New York City, a 1996 performance filmed at Radio City Music Hall. While most of the attributes from 1995's Riverdance: The Show remain--the dazzling ensemble choreography, Bill Whelan's energetic score, and the New Age-y view of Celtic mythology--the most significant difference is at the top, where Colin Dunne replaced bombastic lead dancer Michael Flatley. Though lacking Flatley's bravura, Dunne is a superb technician who works well with Flatley's former co-lead, Jean Butler. Flamenco dancer Maria Pagis returns, as do the Riverdance Singers (formerly known as Anuna) with soloist Katie McMahon and the orchestra with fiery fiddler Eileen Ivers. About a half-hour longer than the 1995 original, Live from New York City expands upon the second act's theme of the Irish leaving their homeland for other parts of the world. "Lift the Wings" becomes a set piece for the people who are saying goodbye (it's hard not to miss the original's solo voice of Aine Um Cheallaigh), and a new song, "Heal Their Hearts," is a showcase anthem for bass Morgan Crowley. In the most engaging new number, "Trading Taps," a trio of Irish dancers faces off against two urban American tappers. While much of this follow-up show will be familiar to those who know the original, it's different enough to be...
Manufacturer: MPI HOME VIDEO
Brand: MPI Home Video
Acclaimed director FranÃ§ois Ozon (Swimming Pool,Â 8 Women) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening, featuring a luminous, star-making performance (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) from its young lead actress, Marine Vacth. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Vacth) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. But throughout her sexual escapades Isabelle remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes from them. What then does Isabelle hope to gain by offering her body up to the whims of strangers? A sleek and sexy coming-of-age drama, YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL heralds the coming of a new talent as guided by the masterful hand of one of cinema s most assured artists.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - High Grass Dogs: Live from the Fillmore
Manufacturer: Warner/Reprise Video
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform some of their best-loved songs, live from the Fillmore, San Francisco, on March 15th and 16th 1999. Songs include 'Room at the Top', 'You Wreck Me', and 'Runnin' Down a Dream'.
Manufacturer: Sony Classical
Anthony Minghellaâ€™s stunning production was seen by thousands of people around the world and was originally broadcast March 7, 2009 as part of the Peabody and Emmy AwardÂ®-winning Live in HD transmissions to movie theaters. Patricia Racette is Cio-Cio-San, Marcello Giordani is American Navy lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton, Maria Zifchak is Suzuki and Dwayne Croft is Sharpless. Patrick Summers conducts the Metropolitan Opera and Chorus.
In 1983, David Bowie's album Let's Dance reestablished him as one of rock's most powerful and charismatic performers, and his subsequent world tour was his most successful road trip ever. This DVD captures a night in Vancouver from the Serious Moonlight tour,1984, and includes the songs 'Let's Dance', 'China Girl', 'Heroes', 'Rebel Rebel', and 'Young Americans'.