This is marketed as one DVD, but it is two separate and distinct programs. I was not aware of Roosevelt Sykes before buying this DVD and bought it because I am such a fan of Big Bill Broonzy, but the Sykes portion of the program is a better presentation than most of the Broonzy portion.
If the DVD were all done in the format of the Roosevelt Sykes portion I would have given it 5 stars. It's a pretty straightforward recording session in which Sykes looks at the camera, introduces the next song he's going to play (and in some cases sing.) He was a blues, boogie woogie, and stride piano player, and his music was powerful.
Unfortunately, if it were all done in the format of the Broonzy portion I would have been stretching to give the DVD 3 stars. Rather than a straightforward, man playing on camera, recording session, most of the Broonzy session was presented as a dimly lit, artsy, European short movie showing him playing in a candlelit club, with far too much footing of a doe-eyed girl leaning over a piano dreamily watching him, too much footage of her drinking, too much footage of cigarettes burning on a piano keyboard, and not nearly enough footage of the man himself, playing and singing. If he had a left hand at all you couldn't tell it by watching this movie, but that's just the guitar player in me fussing.
The Broonzy portion was saved by a brief "front porch" recording done by Pete Seger in 1957, reported on the video's jacket to have been recorded just the day before Broonzy went under the knife for that throat cancer that was to take his life the following year. He performed flawlessly on these short recordings, and yes, guitar players, we did get to see both his hands at work.
If I had known exactly what I was buying I would still have bought it. There are so few video recordings of the geniuses of their era that even the needlessly artsy-fartsy European movie portion is better to have than to not have.