Soul Power

Ali, Muhammad

SKU: 043396323841

UPC 043396323841
Release Date 2010-01-26
Studio Sony Pictures Home
Discs 1
Length 93
Format Color
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis Though the eyes of the world were on The Rumble in the Jungle in 1974, their ears should have been on Zaire '74, the mammoth music festival that took place in the shadow of the battle between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman. This documentary takes the stellar cut footage from WHEN WE WERE KINGS and chronicles the concerts from big names such as James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, and Celia Cruz. Though Zaire '74 might have been overlooked in favor of the legendary fight, SOUL POWER still packs a serious punch for music fans.[T]he lively documentary SOUL POWER manages to find a fresh new angle on an event that's become such a nostalgic landmark in popular culture...4 stars out of 5 -- Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's documentary is uproarious and uplifting....A worthy companion piece to WHEN WE WERE KINGS...What's infectious in SOUL POWER is the almost shocking optimism of its America-meets-Africa '70s world-beat vibe. -- Grade: B[V]ibrant and joyous....Excellent cameramen, often right on stage, captured the sheer joy of performance in a way that has rarely been so beautifully done.[An] extravagantly entertaining documentary, assembled by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte from a trove of hundreds of hours of footage captured by some of the world's finest cinéma vérité camera operators...When focused on the musical performances and the surroundings of its setting in Zaire, SOUL POWER is potent indeed....The concert footage is mesmerizing...SOUL POWER combines electrifying performances from King, Brown, and The Spinners with behind-the-scenes footage of the performers in Zaire and the always-magnetic Muhammad Ali goofing around.4 stars out of 5 -- The behind the scenes record of the event is fascinating....As a document of a once in a lifetime event, SOUL POWER delivers sensationally...SOUL POWER is marvelous, and no wonder -- among the performers in this concert film are James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba and Celia Cruz, all at the peak of their powers.4 stars out of 5 -- [T]he performances are intense, uplifting and beautifully shot.
Cast Roderick Young (Cinematographer)
Kevin Keating (Cinematographer)
David Smith (Editor)
Paul Goldsmith (Cinematographer)
Albert Maysles (Cinematographer)
David Sonenberg (Producer)
Leon Gast (Producer)
Muhammad Ali (Featured)
Don King (Featured)
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte (Producer)
Miriam Makeba (Featured)
Celia Cruz (Featured)
Fania All Stars (Featured)
Bill Withers (Featured)
B.B. King (Featured)
James Brown (Featured)
Crusaders (Featured)
Spinners (Featured)
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte (Director)
Sister Sledge (Featured)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: Deleted scenes Commentary with director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and music/festival producer Stewart Levine Widescreen - 1.78 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.18000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.50000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Music Video - Documentary,Music Video - Concerts,Soul
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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