Blu-ray, DVD Release: Say Amen, Somebody

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 26, 2021
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber

One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, 1982’s  Say Amen, Somebody is a joyous, funny and deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey (“”Precious Lord, Take My Hand””); Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and soul-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters, the O’Neal Twins, and Zella Jackson Price.

When it was first released in 1982, George T. Nierenberg’s film garnered rave reviews around the world. Unseen for decades, Say Amen, Somebody was restored to 4K by Milestone in collaboration with the director. The restoration was produced by the National Museum of African American History and Culture with funding by The Robert Frederick Smith Fund for the Digitization and Curation of African American History and the Academy Film Archive.

The new restoration also features restored Dolby stereo and 5.1 soundtracks.

Here’s a breakdown of the discs’ special features:

-Audio commentary by director George T. Nierenberg
-Never-before-seen outtakes of the Barrett Sisters in rehearsal at home
-New interview with Zella Jackson Price
-George T. Nierenberg introducing Say Amen, Somebody at the Berlin Film Festival
-Rare audio outtakes

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.