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Year Of The Horse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Neil Young, Billy Talbot, Frank Sampedro & Ralph Molina

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes liner notes by Jarmusch, interviews, the theatrical trailer, bonus trailers for

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): USA Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 963060144-2
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1997
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/21/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jim Jarmusch
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Using interviews and concert footage from 1976, 1986, and 1996, acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise, Dead Man), Year Of The Horse: Neil Young And Crazy Horse LIVE gives us an outstanding look at

DVD Picture:
The 1.80:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced and exhibits imagery that is, appropriately, of varying quality. The film was shot in Super 8, as well as 16mm and Hi-8 Video. Color scenes are drab, with weak, undefined blacks. The black-and-white scenes exhibit poor contrast. Overall, the picture is smeared, undefined and wanting in clarity. Film grain is excessive throughout. Still, fans are not likely to concern themselves with the image quality of this disc. (Suzanne Hodges)

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DVD-ROM Review:
This title does not have anything to install, as the only component available only for DVD-ROM users is an archive of the film's Web site. To view this Web site, open the folder for the DVD and run the file website.htm. Once the site loads, you will notice links to the six sections of the site: About the Film, History, The Music, Neil Young, Jim Jarmusch, and Neil Links. A long document, written by the creator of the film Jim Jarmusch, can be found in the About the Film section. This report contains a ton of information about what went into creating the film, as well as background information on the band. In the History section, you will find a more detailed description of the band, including dates when they formed, as well as projects they have done since their beginning in 1969. Links to listen to three clips from different tracks Neil Young and Crazy Horse released are available in The Music section. The only problem with these links is they do not lead anywhere. After clicking, you are given a screen commenting that the clips are not available in the archived version of the Web site. A very detailed biography of Neil Young is in the Neil Young section, and a similar one of Jim Jarmusch can be found in the section titled Jim Jarmusch. Playing the film from the PCFriendly software works well, and loads straight to the beginning. This title has a lot of historical information in it, and is well presented. There really is nothing more that could have been associated with a title like this, so a "Superb" rating was awarded. (Danny Richelieu)