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Blues: A Musical Journey, The
Genre: Special Interest

Reviewed In Issue 86 (Jul 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

The Soul Of A Man: Chris Thomas King, Keith B. Brown, James Hughes, David Hughes, Shayne Tingle & Joy Brashears; Warming By The Devil's Fire: Tommy Redmond Hicks & Nathaniel Lee, Jr.; Godfathers And Sons: Michael B. Borofsky

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WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia Music Video
(Catalog Number): C7D 55808
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $139.98
(DVD Type): Seven DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 636
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 10/14/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Feel Like Going Home: Martin Scorsese; The Soul Of A Man: Wim Wenders; The Road To Memphis: Richard Pearce; Warming By The Devil's Fire: Charles Burnett; Godfathers And Sons: Marc Levin; Red, White & Blues: Mike Figgis; Piano Blues: Clint Eastwood
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Titles also available individually ($19.98 each).

Story Synopsis:
Martin Scorsese ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull") presents "The Blues: A Musical Journey." This series (available individually or as a set) looks at the origins of the music and delves into the lives of some of its greatest performers. Portrayed by seven different famous directors, the blues is explored in-depth from its original roots all the way through to today

DVD Picture:
The seven DVDs (framed at 1.78:1) in this series are presented in anamorphic widescreen, and all exhibit image quality typical for the documentary genre. Interviews and archival footage are combined to take the viewer to the roots of blues musicians. Picture quality is variable, with satisfying detail and definition in the interview segments. Edge enhancement is also noticed at times, with a slight halo that may bother finicky viewers. Some aliasing artifacts are noticed on occasion within the series. Other source element artifacts, like dirt and film grain, or noise for shot-on-video segments, can also be detected. Regardless of the quality of the picture on these DVDs, their stories are a treasure for music afficionados. (Suzanne Hodges)

All seven discs included in this boxed set all have basically the same performance characteristics. The quality of the Dolby