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  • Directors: Andrew Douglas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Plexifilm
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2006
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CGXK8G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,421 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A captivating and compelling road trip through the creative spirit of the South featuring Country’ singer Jim White and his beaten-up Chevy Impala drifting past churches, trailer parks, prisons, truck stops, biker bars and coalmines to a superb musical soundtrack. Jim's roadside encounters with musical mavericks like the Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, David Eugene Edwards, ex New York Doll David Johansen and Melissa Swingle add to the atmosphere with their live performances. Plus there's old time banjo player Lee Sexton; rockabilly mountain gospel choirs and novelist Harry Crews telling grisly stories down a dirt track. Everybody has a story in some form, invariably of sudden death, sin or redemption - yet all are transformed by the characteristic grim humour and natural eloquence of the Southern imagination. As David Byrne put it after watching its musical tour of another planet. Beautiful dark and weird stuff. DVD Extras include great commentaries from Douglas and White, as well as extra songs and stories from 16 Horsepower, Melissa Swingle, Lee Sexton and Harry Crews. Plus David Johansen tells all about the original southern folk archive merchant Harry Smith which significantly enhances what's already a fabulous package.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CURLY GATES on 6 Feb. 2006
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I first saw this film late one night on BBC4 a couple of years ago. I was utterly enthralled. Watching it is like undergoing slow hypnosis and entering a strange otherworld. If you are British there are absolutely no terms of reference in this film other than speaking English. The music is extraordinary and so are the people who wander in and out of the journey. Ditto the landscape. I especially loved the old man who appeared at the side of the broken-down car and proceeded to tell how he and his family loved the Sears-Roebuck catalogue when he was a boy, and used to make up stories about the people who appeared in it. They were fascinated by all these people, because they were the only ones they'd ever seen who "had all the fingers that was comin' to em", all the locals presumably having suffered gruesome accidents!
I've been waiting for this film to come out on DVD for all this time. Buy it, it is fabulous. It deserves accolades. And if you loved Walk The Line, you'll find some connection here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2006
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I first saw the last half hour of this on television about a year ago, and ever since have been desperate for it to come out on DVD so I could watch the whole thing. It is NOT a documentary - anyone expecting that will be disappointed. Instead, it's a highly stylised view of "Bible Belt" America - a vision of the southern states that exists in the heads of alt.country singer Jim White and British director Andrew Douglas. As such, it is selective, biassed and somewhat limited in the cultural aspects it examines, and how it portrays them. This doesn't make it any less valid or enterntaining, and anyone who thinks so is missing the point of the film. It was never meant to be a documentary - it's just one particular take on life in this fascinating area of America, with some excellent regional music to underpin and accentuate the overall atmosphere it portrays. Vivid, curious and sometimes more than a little disturbing, it is as much a work of art as it is a film. I rate this film four stars out of five - it could have been half an hour or 45 minutes longer and covered quite a bit more ground, so I deduct one star for that. But within the running time, there is much to enjoy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2006
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I have just finished watching Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus on BBC Television 8 days before it is due to be released on DVD and I'm now ordering it on DVD so I can watch it again. The film is packed with great country music (and not the usual sequins and perm county and western) including Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, David Eugene Edwards, ex New York Doll David Johansen and Melissa Swingle. Excellent viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith on 13 Feb. 2006
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An absolutely first class film - original, fascinating and beautifully shot. The music showcased within the film is also fantastic and the soundtrack well worth seeking out!
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