Blu-ray, DVD Release: Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 6, 2015
Price: DVD $14.98, Blu-ray $24.98
Studio: Universal Music Group

Directed by Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney (Sinatra: All of Nothing at All) and co-produced by Mick Jagger, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown digs into the career of one of music and culture’s towering figures, using fresh interviews with band members and contemporaries, extraordinary historical interview footage, and rare archival.

james-brownThe film utilizes never-before seen concert footage and photographs, interviews of Brown from a variety of sources (including vintage TV series like The Mike Douglas Show and Soul Train), and recent insights from band members and others who knew and were influenced by the singer, to tell the remarkable story of this supremely gifted and enormously influential American musical icon.

Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray of the two-hour-long film, which premiered on HBO in October, 2014, include an essay by Mick Jagger, 27 minutes of additional interviews, commentary, photo gallery and additional Soul Train performances.

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