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Only The Strong Survive

Review AN INTIMATE & HILARIOUS BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE LIFE OF THE FORMER SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE COMEDIAN TURNED AUTHOR, RADIO HOST & POLITICAL SATIRIST.
Depeche Mode: 101

Review In God Spoke, Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus (The War Room) shine a light on political satirist Al Franken. The "flaming sword of justice" explains his left-leaning career like this, "They [right-wing pundits] say something ridiculous, and then I subject them to scorn and ridicule." The filmmakers, longtime associates of cinéma verité pioneer DA Pennebaker, take a fly-on-the-wall approach towards Franken's activities around the time of the 2004 presidential election and afterwards as he explores a run for the US Senate in 2008. They look at the (unsuccessful) lawsuit Fox News filed against him for swiping their tagline, his involvement in the upstart Air America network, and his dust-ups with Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved, and Bill O'Reilly, who describes him as "a vile human being." Along the way, they follow the Minnesota-born comedian on book tours and speaking engagements, occasionally flashing back to his two-decade long stint on Saturday Night Live. God Spoke is an expansion of the Sundance Channel short The First Amendment Project: Fox vs. Franken and covers some of the same ground as HBO's America Undercover: Left of the Dial. In other words, there isn't a ton of new material here, but this "fair and balanced" profile represents an entertaining introduction to a multi-talented individual. Without Franken, it's hard to imagine a place in the world for The Daily Show and other media designed to expose "lies and the lying liars who tell them," as his 2003 bestseller would have it. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Depeche Mode - The Dark Progression Unauthorized

Review DVD ONE: Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock
1. Message To Love
2. Spanish Castle Magic
3. Red House
4. Lover Man
5. Foxey Lady
6. Jam Back At The House
7. Izabella
8. Fire
9. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
10. Star Spangled Banner
11. Purple Haze
12. Woodstock Improvisation
13. Villanova Junction
14. Hey Joe
15. The Road To Woodstock: New documentary directed by Bob Smeaton featuring new interviews with Hendrix band members Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Juma Sultan, and Larry Lee, engineer Eddie Kramer, and Woodstock promoter Michael Lang among others.

DISC TWO: Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock: A Second Look
1. Message To Love
2. Hear My Train A Comin’
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. Red House
5. Lover Man
6. Foxey Lady
7. Jam Back At The House
8. Izabella
9. Fire
10. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
11. Star Spangled Banner
12. Purple Haze
13. Woodstock Improvisation
14. Villanova Junction
15. Hey Joe
16. Jimi Hendrix Press Conference: Color film footage of never before seen Jimi Hendrix press conference held September 3, 1969 at Frank’s Restaurant in Harlem. Hendrix answers questions about his Woodstock festival performance, his rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" and the festival’s cultural impact.


Depeche Mode: Alive in Berlin

Review Live at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix’s headlining appearance at the most famous festival in rock music history, is rivaled only by his set at Monterey Pop for sheer legendary status. But the two are very different. The rock guitarist was a virtual unknown in America when he delivered his literally incendiary performance at Monterey in 1967. A little more than two years later he was an established star, picked to close this mammoth three-day show (he was slated to appear on Sunday night, but weather and various snafus pushed that to Monday morning). Introduced as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix quickly corrects that to Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, with original drummer Mitch Mitchell and new bassist Billy Cox augmented by two percussionists and a second guitarist (all three are for the most part inaudible, subsumed in the great sonic wash of Hendrix’s wailing guitar and Mitchell’s thrashing drums). The music had changed, too. Hendrix had started moving away from the format of short, poppy songs with the Electric Ladyland album, and while he still plays "Purple Haze," "Foxey Lady," and "Fire," much of the emphasis in this lengthy set is on extended jamming. Not all of it works, but when it does--as on "Spanish Castle Magic" and a sped-up "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," which leads into the feedback-drenched re-imagining of "The Star-Spangled Banner"--the performance takes off. Little more than a year later, Jimi Hendrix, still regarded as the greatest rock guitarist ever, would be dead. --Sam Graham
Depeche Mode - Random Access Memory Unauthorized

Review First, director Kenneth Branagh and actors Sean Foley and Hamish McColl talk about work on their play, The Play I Wrote.Also, an interview with fashion writer Andrew Leon Talley about his book ALT: A Memoir.Finally, filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus share their new documentary about the soul singers of the 1960s and 1970s, Only the Strong Survive.

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Depeche Mode: Live in Berlin

Review Filmmakers Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus and former CEO of Govworks.com Kaleil Isaza Tuzman are on to discuss their work on the new documentary, Startup.com. The film follows the conception, implementation and demise of the internet start-up, Govworks.com, and how the dissolution of the company impacted the two childhood friends who founded the website. Then, Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi & director of the Museum of Modern Art Glenn Lowry talk about the design for the new Museum of Modern Art which they will start construction on this spring.

This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


After Porn Ends 2

Review AN INTIMATE & HILARIOUS BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE LIFE OF THE FORMER SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE COMEDIAN TURNED AUTHOR, RADIO HOST & POLITICAL SATIRIST.
Gimme Danger

Review In God Spoke, Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus (The War Room) shine a light on political satirist Al Franken. The "flaming sword of justice" explains his left-leaning career like this, "They [right-wing pundits] say something ridiculous, and then I subject them to scorn and ridicule." The filmmakers, longtime associates of cinéma verité pioneer DA Pennebaker, take a fly-on-the-wall approach towards Franken's activities around the time of the 2004 presidential election and afterwards as he explores a run for the US Senate in 2008. They look at the (unsuccessful) lawsuit Fox News filed against him for swiping their tagline, his involvement in the upstart Air America network, and his dust-ups with Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved, and Bill O'Reilly, who describes him as "a vile human being." Along the way, they follow the Minnesota-born comedian on book tours and speaking engagements, occasionally flashing back to his two-decade long stint on Saturday Night Live. God Spoke is an expansion of the Sundance Channel short The First Amendment Project: Fox vs. Franken and covers some of the same ground as HBO's America Undercover: Left of the Dial. In other words, there isn't a ton of new material here, but this "fair and balanced" profile represents an entertaining introduction to a multi-talented individual. Without Franken, it's hard to imagine a place in the world for The Daily Show and other media designed to expose "lies and the lying liars who tell them," as his 2003 bestseller would have it. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
My Scientology Movie

Review DVD ONE: Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock
1. Message To Love
2. Spanish Castle Magic
3. Red House
4. Lover Man
5. Foxey Lady
6. Jam Back At The House
7. Izabella
8. Fire
9. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
10. Star Spangled Banner
11. Purple Haze
12. Woodstock Improvisation
13. Villanova Junction
14. Hey Joe
15. The Road To Woodstock: New documentary directed by Bob Smeaton featuring new interviews with Hendrix band members Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Juma Sultan, and Larry Lee, engineer Eddie Kramer, and Woodstock promoter Michael Lang among others.

DISC TWO: Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock: A Second Look
1. Message To Love
2. Hear My Train A Comin’
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. Red House
5. Lover Man
6. Foxey Lady
7. Jam Back At The House
8. Izabella
9. Fire
10. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
11. Star Spangled Banner
12. Purple Haze
13. Woodstock Improvisation
14. Villanova Junction
15. Hey Joe
16. Jimi Hendrix Press Conference: Color film footage of never before seen Jimi Hendrix press conference held September 3, 1969 at Frank’s Restaurant in Harlem. Hendrix answers questions about his Woodstock festival performance, his rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" and the festival’s cultural impact.


American Experience: Ruby Ridge

Review Live at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix’s headlining appearance at the most famous festival in rock music history, is rivaled only by his set at Monterey Pop for sheer legendary status. But the two are very different. The rock guitarist was a virtual unknown in America when he delivered his literally incendiary performance at Monterey in 1967. A little more than two years later he was an established star, picked to close this mammoth three-day show (he was slated to appear on Sunday night, but weather and various snafus pushed that to Monday morning). Introduced as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix quickly corrects that to Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, with original drummer Mitch Mitchell and new bassist Billy Cox augmented by two percussionists and a second guitarist (all three are for the most part inaudible, subsumed in the great sonic wash of Hendrix’s wailing guitar and Mitchell’s thrashing drums). The music had changed, too. Hendrix had started moving away from the format of short, poppy songs with the Electric Ladyland album, and while he still plays "Purple Haze," "Foxey Lady," and "Fire," much of the emphasis in this lengthy set is on extended jamming. Not all of it works, but when it does--as on "Spanish Castle Magic" and a sped-up "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," which leads into the feedback-drenched re-imagining of "The Star-Spangled Banner"--the performance takes off. Little more than a year later, Jimi Hendrix, still regarded as the greatest rock guitarist ever, would be dead. --Sam Graham
Kiki

Review First, director Kenneth Branagh and actors Sean Foley and Hamish McColl talk about work on their play, The Play I Wrote.Also, an interview with fashion writer Andrew Leon Talley about his book ALT: A Memoir.Finally, filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus share their new documentary about the soul singers of the 1960s and 1970s, Only the Strong Survive.

This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


Cure - Out Of The Woods: Unauthorized

Review Filmmakers Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus and former CEO of Govworks.com Kaleil Isaza Tuzman are on to discuss their work on the new documentary, Startup.com. The film follows the conception, implementation and demise of the internet start-up, Govworks.com, and how the dissolution of the company impacted the two childhood friends who founded the website. Then, Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi & director of the Museum of Modern Art Glenn Lowry talk about the design for the new Museum of Modern Art which they will start construction on this spring.

This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.



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