Get On Up: The James Brown Story

Featured In Issue 193, January 2015

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James Brown's ferocity, talent, and ambition propelled him from his hardscrabble South Carolina roots to some of the most prestigious musical venues in the world, earning him a reputation as “the hardest working man in show business.” Get On Up takes audiences behind the scenes of his brilliant, six-decade-long career, for an uncensored look at the turbulent force that drove the legendary performer.

Special features include commentary with Director and Producer Tate Taylor; six featurettes: Long Journey To The Screen (HD 03:58), Chadwick Boseman: Meet Mr. James Brown (HD 11:25), The Get On Up Family (HD 06;27), On Stage With The Hardest Working Man (HD 06:25), The Founding Father Of Funk (HD 13:19), and Tate Taylor's Master Class (HD 06:57); seven deleted/extended/alternate scenes (HD 15:03); the full song performances “Out Of Sight,” “Steal Away (Steal Away To Jesus),” “I'll go Crazy,” and “Cold Sweat”; extended song performances of “Please, Please, Please” and “Say It Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud”; upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p picture was photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa camera system. The imagery is gorgeous with a strong, but well-balanced color palette that exhibits strong primaries. Colors pop throughout. Fleshtones are perfectly rendered and natural in appearance. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is revealing of fine detail throughout, particularly exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a wonderful visual experience that is reference quality throughout.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is exciting and wonderfully produced with excellent fidelity and presence. The funk music dominates and it is addicting! The soundstage is wide and deep and extends aggressively to the surrounds, for an effective immersive and enveloping holosonic® experience. Atmospherics are also nicely supportive, though, subtle. Foley is also excellent. Dialogue is nicely integrated spatially throughout. Deep bass is solid and rhythmic and provides the driving foundation for James Brown's music. This is a dynamic and powerhouse soundtrack that is sure to excite and please fans.