MVD Visual’s New ‘Back To The Future’ Doc Is Worth Seeing “Time” And Again

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Thirty-one years ago this year, Universal Pictures released a movie that since its release has gone on to become a cultural phenomenon.  That movie goes by the titled of Back to the Future.  It is a movie that has led countless masses to dress up like their favorite time traveling characters at conventions around the country.  It has led to an animated series and any number of documentaries, too.  The latest of those documentaries, OUTATIME: Saving The DeLorean Time Machine was released this past July.  This coming Tuesday, Sept. 13, another documentary centered on the now “timeless” (bad pun completely intended there) will be released MVD Visual that branches out on the movie’s significance even more in the form of the simply titled Back in Time.  The ninety-five minute documentary, while another independent release, is another piece that cinephiles and Back to the Future fans alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to the documentary’s story.  That will be discussed shortly.  The manner in which the story is told is just as important to note in the program’s presentation.  Last of note in the doc’s presentation is its pacing.  Each element is important in its own right to the documentary’s presentation.  Altogether they make Back in Time another Back to the Future feature that, again, cinephiles and Back to the Future fans alike will want to see “time” and again.

MVD Visual’s new Back to the Future retrospective Back in Time is hardly the first documentary centered on Universal Pictures’ “timeless” movie.  Regardless it still proves over the course of its ninety-five minute run time that it is another presentation that both cinephiles and Back to the Future fans alike will appreciate.  That is due in no small part to the program’s story.  The story presents the role that Back to The Future has had, and continues to have, now thirty-plus years after it made its big screen debut.  It tells that story through interviews with the movie’s cast and crew—including Lea Thompson, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Donald Fullilove, Claudia Wells, Steven Spielberg, and even Robert Zemeckis—and interviews with a small handful of the movie’s fans among others.  Viewers learn through the interviews some very interesting facts and stories connected to the movie.  One of the most interesting revelations made in the interviews comes from Bob Gale.  Gale, who was one of the creative forces behind Back to the Future reveals that the movie was shopped around to every one of Hollywood’s major studios but none would take it.  He said it was even shopped to Disney because that had been recommended by those other studios.  Gale reveals in his interview that when the movie was presented to them, executives with the studio refused to touch it because they thought the topic of Marty’s mom falling for him in the past hinted at incest.  This is funny to note because Gale said no other studios had even begun to take that angle in reviewing the movie’s script.

Another interesting revelation comes from an interview with Michael J. Fox.  Fox recollects in said interview that none other than Princess Diana actually sat next to him at the movie’s premiere.  He reveals in his interview that he didn’t know she would be sitting next to him and because of certain protocol about being around her, he couldn’t even use the bathroom, so when he started feeling nature call, he couldn’t even respond to its call.  Throughout that anecdote, audiences can’t help but laugh along with Fox as he recalls that silly story.  In the same moment, Fox also recalls Princess Diana’s reaction to one scene in particular in comparison to her reaction to other moments.  That is worth its own share of laughs, too.  It is just one more of the interesting tidbits that make the documentary’s story so interesting.

There is also an outright statement from Robert Zemeckis himself at one point that he has zero intention of making a fourth Back to The Future movie.  Considering the way that most of Hollywood’s “Big Six” studios are taking right now, one can only hope that he will hold true to that even today and that no one else will ever try to make another movie.  Keeping in mind all of the revelations noted here and all of the other interesting and intriguing information shared throughout the program, it becomes clear why the story at the center of Back in Time is so important to its presentation.  Even with its clear importance to the doc’s presentation the story is just one of the program’s key elements.  The manner in which the story is told is just as important to note as the story itself.

The story at the center of Back in Time is clearly an important element in the program’s presentation if not the program’s most important element.  That means that even potentially being the program’s most important element, it is not the program’s only important element.  As important as the story is, the manner in which the story is told is just as important to note as the story itself.  The story is told through two clearly separated segments, which span the course of the doc’s ninety-five minutes.  The first segment focuses on the movie and its significance through the eyes of the cast and crew.  It should be noted specifically here the focus is strictly on Back to The Future, not the two sequels that followed or even the short-lived animated series that it spun off in the early 90s on CBS.  Though there is an indirect connection to the work done by the restoration team in OUTATIME: Saving The DeLorean Time Machine in this segment.  Two members of the build team are interviewed about the work put in to restore the trilogy’s “A” car with footage from that do directly incorporated into this segment.  The program’s second segment examines the significance of Back to The Future through the eyes of some of the movie’s devotees.  The fans in question are not just your average fans either.  One of the fans in question owns the actual VW bus that was used in Back to The Future as well as the truck that Marty won in the movie, as well as other memorabilia.  Another fan has one of the DeLorean replicas incorporated into his own nine-hole mini-golf course at his home.  He uses the car, and the golf course, to raise money for good causes every year.  In another case, viewers are introduced to a young pair of fans who ended up getting married at a Back to The Future convention.  It just so happened that Christopher Lloyd was in attendance as the young man popped the question to his bride to be.  He wasn’t the only one who was there, either.  Harry Waters, Jr., who played Chuck Berry’s cousin Berry (from the movie’s high school dance segment), was also there and sang to the couple after the young lady said yes.  It is a moment that will put a smile on any viewer’s face.  Through it all, the documentary does a laudable job of balancing each segment with the other.  The end result is a story that, thanks to that solid division, will keep viewers completely engaged and entertained.  Of course the segments’ division and the story together are not the only factors that will keep audiences engaged in this presentation.  The program’s pacing is important in its own right, too.

The story at the center of Back in Time and the general manner in which the story is told are both key to the doc’s presentation.  That is because both elements work together expertly to keep viewers completely engaged and entertained from the story’s beginning to its end.  While both elements are clearly important both in themselves and jointly, they are not the program’s only important elements.  The program’s pacing is just as important to note as the story and how it is told.  The program’s pacing is so important because without proper pacing there would be no reason to sit through either of the program’s two segments.  Thankfully the program’s pacing is relatively solid from beginning to end.  The topics that are discussed within each segment are many.  But they do not move so fast that audiences will feel left behind nor do those behind the lens allow the program to lag at any point within any discussion either.  That being the case, the documentary’s pacing joins with its story and its segmentation to make the program in whole one that will keep audiences completely engaged and entertained.  In turn audiences will come out of the program agreeing that while it is not the only Back to the Future to ever be released, it is one that cinephiles and Back to The Future fans alike will enjoy watching “time” and again.

Back in Time is not the only Back to the Future documentary to ever be released.  But in considering all that went into assembling the program it is safe to say that it is another enjoyable piece centered on the landmark movie.  Its story explains not just the significance of the DeLorean (as in OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine) but the cultural significance of the movie in whole.  That is examined through interviews with both fans and with the movie’s cast and crew.  The division of the story into two distinct segments adds to the enjoyment of the program’s presentation.  The pacing of each segment rounds out the doc’s most important elements.  It should be clear in reading this analysis why each element is so important to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, it is clear that the documentary is, in whole, another retrospective centered on Universal’s iconic movie that cinephiles and Back to The Future fans alike will appreciate.  Back in Time will be available in stores and online this coming Tuesday, Sept. 12.  It can be ordered online direct via MVD Entertainment Group’s online store at http://mvdb2b.com/s/BackInTime/MVD8722D.  More information on Back in Time and other titles from MVD Entertainment Group/MVD Visual is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Mugge’s Alligator Records Doc Will Bring Pride And Joy To Every Blues Enthusiast

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Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

Robert Mugge is one of the hidden gems of the documentary world.  For more than four decades he has recorded the history of American music in all of its various forms.  Films such as The Kingdom of Zydeco, Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus, and Hawaiian Rainbow & Kumu Hula: Keepers of a Culture have made Mugge an authority on American music.  They are just a few of the many projects that Mugge has helmed.  This past April MVD Visual re-issued yet another of his any films when it released Pride & Joy: The Story of Alligator Records.  Its release on Blu-ray marked the second time that it had ever been released, the last time being on Laser Disc in 1993.  Considering the relative failure of the medium and the more widespread success today of Blu-ray, the label’s story will hopefully reach a more widespread audience.  That is because for any music (and more specifically blues) enthusiast, it is an enjoyable presentation.  That is due in part to the manner in which the story is presented.  It isn’t just a documentary.  It is in fact one part documentary and one part concert recording.  This will be discussed shortly.  The history presented within the program’s documentary side is another important part of the program’s presentation considering the program’s title.  Last but definitely not least important in the program’s presentation is the program’s overall editing.  This will be discussed later.  It rounds out the program’s presentation.  Each element shows in the end to be a highly important part of the program’s overall presentation.  Altogether they make Pride & Joy: The Story of Alligator Records a story that any blues aficionado will agree hits all of the right notes.

Robert Mugge’s Pride & Joy: The Story of Alligator Records is yet another impressive presentation from the documentarian.  It is a presentation that blues aficionados will agree hits all of the right notes in telling the story of the famed blues label.  This is due in part to the program’s general presentation.  It is more than just a documentary.  Rather it is both a documentary and a concert experience.  It is not the first time that Mugge has gone this route with his documentaries, either. Deep Blues, The Kingdom of Zydeco and its recent follow-up (sequel) Zydeco Crossroads are also both presented in this same fashion.  Many of his previous films were presented in similar fashion, too.  So even having originally been released in 1992, using such a format at the time was nothing new for him.  The documentary side features interviews with Alligator Records founder and owner Bruce Iglauer and a handful of famous artists that at one time called the label home as well as some of the artists that once called the label home.  The other side of the program, its concert recording documents a handful of performances from one of the shows included in the label’s 20th anniversary tour.  The featured performances were from the artists listed on the documentary’s cover art.  They are expertly edited into the program throughout its presentation, making the two elements a solid collective foundation for the documentary.  Having noted this, the history presented within the program makes that foundation even more solid.

The foundation established by the two-part presentation of Pride & Joy: The Story of Alligator Records is a solid base for the program.  That foundation is strengthened even more through the history presented within the documentary’s interviews.  Speaking more specifically, the interviews with label founder and head Bruce Iglauer provide the bulk of the label’s history.  The label’s history is not told in just one sitting.  Rather it is split over many segments, throughout the program’s hour-plus run time, thus ensuring audiences’ maintained engagement from beginning to end.  This is tied in to the movie’s editing (another of the program’s noted key elements) and will be discussed later.  Audiences will be interested to learn of the label’s humble beginnings in Iglauer’s tiny apartment and how it grew from there into an operation based in a multi-story house to a full blown record label.  Again, this is all divided up over the course of the program’s presentation.  It is coupled throughout with performances by the program’s featured artists.  As if all of this isn’t enough there are plenty of other discussions linked to the label’s history including Iglauer’s practice of hiring staff right out of college due to new graduates’ mindset about the industry and how the label has maintained its place over that history as an independent label, thus allowing maintained control over distribution, recording processes, and more.  That and so much more is explained as part of the discussion on the label’s rich history.  That history couples with the documentary’s two-part presentation to make for even more enjoyment for blues fans.  That is not even having counted the many other interviews included in the documentary from its featured artists.  These are not the only elements that make Pride & Joy: The Story of Alligator Records such an interesting program for blues enthusiasts and music lovers in general.  The program’s editing might not seem all that important on the surface.  But in the bigger picture of the program it is one of the most important of the program’s elements.

Both the general presentation of Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records and the history presented therein are key in their own way to the program’s overall presentation.  Even as important as they are to the documentary’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The program’s editing is just as important to its presentation as those noted elements.  It was previously noted in this review that the label’s history is presented not through one long interview and extensive history lesson.  Rather it is broken up over the course of the label’s hour-plus run time.  It is mixed in with performances by the artists featured on the cover of the documentary’s box and with interviews with said artists.  Sometimes the connections between the performances and interviews are relatively random.  But at other times they are far more noticeably deliberate.  Case in point the interview with Lonnie Brooks and his son.  The pair discusses the differences in its musical styles.  Brooks notes that his style is more rooted in pure blues while his son notes that his style is more rooted in rock and roll.  Immediately after, the story cuts to a performance by the pair.  The performance allows each man to display his own noted roots and influences.  In another key moment Koko Taylor discusses the link between the blues and the lives led by the artists who perform the music.  She notes that blacks have always lived the blues.  That is why it is so pure.  She goes on to note that despite this there is a need to connect to the audiences because other people have their own difficult situations in life, so it’s important to be able to reach them regardless.  That is coupled immediately with a decidedly powerful performance by Taylor exhibiting exactly what she had just discussed.  This is just one more example of the importance of the program’s editing in its presentation.  There are other interesting moments not tied to the program’s concert recording that exemplify the importance of the program’s editing just as much.  Case in point label founder Bruce Iglauer’s discussion on having control over the recording process and his philosophy of recording.  He notes in this interview segment that he likes to try and give every record a feeling like it has been recorded in a small club.  From there the program cuts to footage of Iglauer behind the glass as he works with Lil’ Ed in recording one of his songs.  This moment serves very well to illustrate that noted mindset.  It is exhibited through the energy exuded by Lil’ Ed and company in recording the song as well as the song’s sound.  Even though it is being recorded in a studio it truly does exhibit a feeling of a song that might be played in a club setting.  It is just one more of so many examples that could be cited in exhibiting the importance of the film’s editing.  When those other moments are set alongside the moments all noted here, the whole of the documentary’s editing proves to be just as important to its presentation as its featured history and its general two-part presentation.  All things considered Pride & Joy: The Story of Alligator Records shows in the end to be a program that every blues aficionado should see.  It is a program that hits all of the right notes for blues lovers everywhere.

Pride & Joy: The Story of Alligator Records is a documentary that every blues aficionado should see.  It is a program that hits all of the right notes for blues fans everywhere.  That is due in part to its general presentation.  Much like so many of Mugge’s other documentaries it is presented as not just one long documentary/history lesson.  Rather it crosses information and entertainment by making the documentary one part history lesson and one part concert recording.  The history in question is presented over the course of the program’s hour-plus run time.  It is mixed in with interviews with label founder and head Bruce Iglauer and some of the label’s most well-known names, and with the presentation’s concert recording.  This approach ensures audiences’ engagement and entertainment from beginning to end.  Staying on that note (no pun intended) the program’s editing is just as important to its presentation as the other noted elements.  The documentary’s editing seamlessly ties everything together and in turn brings everything full circle.  Each element proves, in the end, to be important in its own right to the overall presentation of Pride & Joy: The Story of Alligator Records.  Altogether they make this documentary re-issue a presentation that every blues aficionado should see.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct via MVD Visual’s online store and via Amazon.  More information on this and other titles from Robert Mugge is available online now at:

 

 

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Michael Schenker Releasing New Live Recording Next Month

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Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

Michael Schenker will release his new live recording next month.

Michael Schenker recently announced that he has a new live recording on the way.  On A Mission: Live in Madrid will be released Friday, May 6th.  On November 19th, 2015 Schenker rejoined his former Scorpions band mates bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell on stage in Joy Enslava in Madrid, Spain for one of a number of performances together that the musicians presented last year.  The performance in question featured songs that spanned Schenker’s extensive musical resume with numbers such as UFO’s ‘’Lights Out’, Scorpions’ ‘Coast To Coast,’ MSG’s ‘Victim of Illusion,’ and Temple of Rock’s ‘Live and Let Live’ among a number of other hits.  The concert, which is available now for pre-order via MVD Entertainment Group’s online store, will be presented in separate standalone 2CD, 2Blu-ray, DVD and deluxe collector’s edition.  The show’s set list is exactly the same on both platforms and in the same order.  However, the DVD will come with a pair of bonus features.  There will also be a special limited Deluxe Collector’s Edition of the recording on the DVD that will feature band interviews, sound check footage, rehearsal footage, and much more.  The complete set list and bonus material included in the DVD platforms is noted below.  A trailer for the recording can be viewed online now via YouTube  at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJkMqUCuS14.

CD Track Listing:
 
Disc: 1 

1. Ocean Odyssey – Intro
2. Doctor Doctor
3. Live And Let Live
4. Lights Out
5. Where The Wild Winds Blow
6. Natural Thing
7. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
8. Victim Of Illusion
9. Lovedrive
10. Coast To Coast
11. Vigilante Man
12. Rock My Nights Away

Disc: 2 
1. Saviour Machine
2. Too Hot To Handle
3. Only You Can Rock Me
4. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely
5. Rock You Like A Hurricane
6. Rock Bottom
7. Horizons
8. Attack Of The Mad Axeman
9. Communion
10. Blackout

DVD Track Listing:

Ocean Odyssey – Intro
Doctor Doctor
Live And Let Live
Lights Out
Where the Wild Winds Blow
Natural Thing
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Victim Of Illusion
Lovedrive
Coast To Coast
Vigilante Man
Rock My Nights Away
Saviour Machine
Too Hot To Handle
Only You Can Rock Me
Lord of the Lost and Lonely
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Rock Bottom
Horizons
Attack Of The Mad Axeman
Communion
Blackout
Searching For Freedom – Outro

Bonus Materials:

Outside the theatre
Soundcheck sketches

Additional Bonus Materials Limited Deluxe Collector’s Edition:

Rehearsal
The tour starts
Michael and his guitars
Individual Interviews With Band Members

 

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Arrow Video, MVD To Unleash The Killer Tomatoes Again This Summer

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Courtesy: Arrow Video/MVD Visual

Arrow Video and MVD Visual have partnered to re-issue one of the best of the worst B-movies in Hollywood history this summer when they release Return of the Killer Tomatoes.

Arrow Video and MVD Visual will release Return of the Killer Tomatoes on Tuesday, June 28th.  The movie, originally released in 1988, is the sequel to the campy 1978 action horror Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.  The movie picks up a decade after the Great Tomato War. The world still lives in fear of another attack from the killer tomatoes.  The evil madman Professor Gangreen (Jon Astin – The Addams Family, Recess, Taz-Mania) preys on that fear and creates an army of tomato militia men in yet another attempt to take over the country.  It just so happens that these “men” look quite a bit like real men.  The movie also stars a then very young George Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou!, Roseanne, ER) as Matt Stevens, Chad Finletter’s (Anthony Starke – Prison Break, The George Carlin Show, License To Kill) roommate.  Chad is the nephew of Wilbur Finletter (played once again by J. Stephen Peace – Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Happy Hour, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes TV Series).

Return of the Killer Tomatoes will be released Tuesday, June 28th.  It will be available in stores and online exclusively on Blu-ray and can be ordered direct online via MVD Visual’s online store at http://mvdb2b.com/s/ReturnOfTheKillerTomatoes/AV057.  More information on this and other titles from MVD Visual is available online now at:

 

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Zydeco Crossroads Is A Great Tale For Fans Of Zydeco, Creole Music

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Courtesy: MVD Visual/Mug Shot PRoductions/NPR/WXPN

Earlier this month MVD Visual and Mugshot Productions partnered to release the new hybrid music documentary/concert recording Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities.  The presentation, released in coordination with Philadelphia, PA-based NPR station WXPN, is one of 2016’s top new music documentaries and concert recordings.  The presentation fits into both lists because it is in fact a full-on hybrid work.  That hybrid presentation of the program is just one part of what makes this program so interesting.  The information and entertainment presented in each portion of the main feature are just as important to the program as its overall presentation.  It also features a full fifty-five minute concert presentation from Rosie Ledet and others complete with interview segments mixed in as a bonus for audiences.  That concert and its interview segments collectively round out Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities and make it such an interesting watch.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of this program.  Altogether they make Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities a wonderful follow-up to Robert Mugge’s previous Zydeco documentary The Kingdom Of Zydeco and an equally impressive presentation for any lover of not just zydeco but of music in whole.

MVD Visual and Mugshot Productions’ new hybrid documentary/concert recording Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities is an impressive follow-up to Robert Mugge’s previously released zydeco documentary The Kingdom of Zydeco.  It is also one of the year’s best new music documentaries and new concert recordings, being a hybrid presentation.  The program’s documentary portion isn’t just another extended history lesson told by academics and others.  Rather it presents just a piece of zydeco’s rich history through first-hand interviews with a handful of figures that helped to form the genre’s foundation.  That’s just the beginning of what makes the program’s documentary side so interesting.  There is also an equally interesting lesson on the difference between zydeco music and Creole music in one of the noted interviews.  Even this critic will admit to not knowing that there was a difference between the two before watching this program.  Others will be just as interested to learn of the instrumental and stylistic differences noted between the two sounds.  One mixes blues, R&B, rock and other elements into one creation while one is much purer in its approach, using just one style and a very limited instrumentation.  For anyone that has always enjoyed Creole and/or zydeco but never really known the difference, this discussion makes for a great starting point in researching both genres and learning even more about them over time.  The history lessons work hand in hand with that music theory lesson to form a foundation for the program that in turn makes its documentary side doubly strong.  There is much more that could be noted in terms of the program’s documentary side that makes the program so enjoyable.  That includes but is not limited to the difference between a button accordion and a keyboard accordion, and the role of family roots in zydeco bands.  That will be left for viewers to discover for themselves.  Regardless of which piece of information viewers find the most interesting here, it can be said of the documentary and its approach work together to make this portion of the program enjoyable in its own right.  It isn’t the only notable portion of this latest feature from Mug Shot Productions and MVD Visual.  The program’s concert recording portion is just as notable as its documentary presentation.

Zydeco Crossroads’ documentary presentation is in itself plenty of reason for music lovers and lovers of zydeco to check out this latest feature from Mug Shot Productions and MVD Visual.  It is only one portion of the program’s main presentation that makes it so interesting.  The concert recording that is interwoven into the program is just as notable as its documentary.  It is so interesting to watch because it isn’t just one single concert.  Rather it is a number of performances by various zydeco and Creole acts and artists.  The performances in question are held in a trio of well-known venues in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana.  There are also a few performances presented from WXPN’s Zydeco Crossroads concert festival in Philadelphia.  The performances themselves are entertaining.  The organization of the concerts—first in Philadelphia then in Lafayette—gives them even more impact.  As is noted by the WXPN staff this was done intentionally so as to show where zydeco and Creole music’s roots rest.  It also explains why the latter performances received more attention than the bigger show in Philadelphia.  One can only hope that as enjoyable as WXPN’s concert seemed to be from the few presented performances, the concert will be presented in whole in Mugge’s next presentation.  Yes, that is a direct hint to Mr. Mugge should he read this.  Speaking of full concert presentations, the full concert presentation from Rosie Ledet and company that is included as a bonus with the program rounds out the program’s most notable elements.

The dual presentation of Zydeco: A Tale of Two Cities is in itself plenty of reason for audiences to view this latest presentation from Mug Shot Productions and MVD Visual.  The history presented by the program’s documentary and the performances set alongside that history, are just as interesting to take in.  While these elements are each important to the whole of the program they are not the program’s only notable elements.  There is also a complete fifty-five minute performance from Rosie Ledet included with the program as a bonus for audiences.  The performance is broken up via interview segments with Ledet and World Café host David Dye.  Through the interview segments audiences learn about Ledet’s own personal experiences and influences in the zydeco community.  Viewers also learn in her discussions with Dye a little bit about how her personal life intersected with her professional life and much more including the prominence (or lack thereof) of female performers in the zydeco community.  Both halves of the concert’s whole come together to make it live up to the title of “bonus.”  Together with the two halves of the program’s main presentation and the presentation’s very dual presentation, the bonus concert rounds out the program’s presentation and solidifies its title as one of the year’s best new music documentaries, and one of the year’s best concert recordings.

Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities is both one of 2016’s top new music documentaries and one of the year’s best new concert recordings.  That is because first and foremost it is both a documentary and a concert recording.  The information and material presented within the program’s documentary and its concert recording combines to add even more interest to the program.  The fifty-five minute performance/interview with Rosie Ledet rounds out the program’s presentation.  Her performance and interview with David Dye gives viewers a closer look at one of today’s more well-known zydeco artists both on and off stage.  Each element is equally important to the overall presentation of Zydeco Crossroads.  Altogether they make this latest offering from Mug Shot Productions and MVD Visual a piece that NPR supporters, zydeco lovers, and music lovers in general will all appreciate and want to have in their personal music libraries.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via MVD Visual’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from MVD Visual is available online now at:

 

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Alligator Records’ 20th Anniversary Tour Doc To Be Released Next Month

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Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

Alligator Records is one of the most important and iconic labels in the world of the blues.  The label has been home to some of the greatest blues artists of all time since its inception more than forty years ago.  Those artists include the likes of: Charlie Musselwhite, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, and so many greats both past and present.  Next month blues fans will get to experience some of those artists when MVD Entertainment Group releases the tour documentary Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records.

Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records will be released on Friday, April 22nd in stores and online.  It will be released exclusively on Blu-ray.  The recording presents a handful of performances from the label’s 20th Anniversary Tour, which was held in the spring of 1992.  The recording is a companion to the already released double-disc presentation of performances from the tour.  That presentation was released April 20th, 1993 via Alligator Records.  It can be purchased online direct via Alligator Records’ online store at http://www.alligator.com/albums/The-Alligator-Records-20th-Anniversary-Tour/.  The recording presented in the new Blu-ray presentation was held March 12th, 1992 at Philadelphia’s now-defunct Chestnut Cabaret.  Some of the songs featured in the recording include: ‘Pride and Joy’ and ‘Ed’s Boogie’ (Lil Ed), ‘Pussycat Moan’ and ‘Lord, I Wonder’ (Katie Webster), ‘El-Bo’ and ‘Beer Drinking Woman’ (Elvin Bishop), ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ (Koko Taylor), ‘Wife For Tonight’ and ‘I Want All My Money Back’ (Lonnie Brooks), ‘It’s A Dirty Job’ (Koko Taylor with Lonnie Brooks), and ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ (final joint encore).  Along with the main concert presentation the new Blu-ray recording will also feature “Alligator Tales – The Making of Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records” as a bonus companion piece to the concert.  Audiences can watch the nearly eleven feature online now via Vevo at https://vimeo.com/146601598.

 

Alligator Records Making Of Clip

 

Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records can be pre-ordered online now via MVD’s online store and via Amazon.  More information on this and other titles from MVD Entertainment Group is available online now at:

 

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PBS Dominates The Documentary Ranks Again In 2015

The final hours of 2015 are officially here. And with the final hours ticking away, Phil’s Picks is helping you to pass the time with the last year-ender lists of the year for discussion. Phil’s Picks has already covered quite a bit of ground in the last week and a half or so of the year. But there is still a little bit of ground to cover before the final countdown begins. That ground includes the list presented here. As always, the Top 10 titles make up the main body of the list with the bottom five each receiving honorable mention. Enough rambling for now. Presented for your consideration dear readers, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Documentaries.

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW DOCUMENTARIES

1. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: WALT DISNEY

2. SECRETS OF THE DEAD: BEN FRANKLIN’S BONES

3. THE SIXTIES

4. NOVA: NAZI ATTACK ON AMERICA

5. THE BOMB

6. NOVA: SECRETS OF NOAH’S ARK

7. SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

8. JACO

9. I’LL BE ME

10. DINOSAUR 13

11. AMERICAN HERCULES: BABE RUTH

12. MAGICIAN

13. I’M NO DUMMY

14. NATURE: INVASION OF THE KILLER WHALES

15. NOVA: LETHAL SEAS

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