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Standing in the Shadows of Motown [DVD] [2003]

Joe Hunter , Jack Ashford , Paul Justman    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones, Richard 'Pistol' Allen, Bob Babbitt
  • Directors: Paul Justman
  • Writers: Alan Slutsky, Ntozake Shange, Walter Dallas
  • Producers: Alan Slutsky, David Scott, Janice Ginsberg, Jonathan Dana
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000V6S6E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,580 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Filmmaker, Paul Justman's documentary based on Allan Slutsky's book looking at the uncredited Tamla Motown musicians that worked on more number one hits than any other artists to date, The Funk Brothers. Made up from a group of session musicians, The Funk Brothers worked on all the Motown hits of the Sixties working with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson. However, when Berry Gordy moved the studios from Detroit to Los Angeles in 1972. he did not take the musicians with him and they fell into obscurity. Justman's film brings them together again after 40 years and, using a handful of guest singers such as Chaka Khan, Ben Harper and Bootsy Collins, he gets the Funk Brothers to perform some of the hits they worked on.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PASS! 29 Jan 2004
This movie is a definitive must for anyone who has enjoyed any song produced on Motown, since most people don't know who the musicians are. THE FUNK BROTHERS played on songs like "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Singed Seadled Delivered..." by Stevie Wonder, "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye, "Baby Love", "Do You Love Me", "My Girl" etc. etc. etc. This movie is about THE FUNK BROTHERS - everything you could and should want to know about their work is featured on these two discs. There are TONS of special features (they never seem to end...); discographies, biographies, around 20 left out scenes, jam session and MUCH MUCH more. In the movie Chaka Kahn's vocal performance is spectacular and Bootsy Collins' vocal performance of "Do You Love Me" and "Cool Jerk" are very entertaining.
All I knew before I saw this movie was that James Jamerson had played bass on "Grapvine" and that he was part of the Motown studio band called "The Funk Brothers", but I had no idea they had done this much! This is definetly a missing piece in the puzzle of music history and it's not only recommended - at this price it's a must.
To regret this knowledge you would have to be insane.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone has missed the point!! 27 Dec 2006
By A. Tain
I'm really only writing this to answer/redress the one star review given by another reviewer somehwere in this listing.

Yes there probably is black and white film of the funk brothers, and yes, Mr. Gordy probably has it, but in typical Gordy fashion, he'll probably take it to his grave rather than let the Funk Brothers have thier rightful acclaim.

The simple fact is, and this not debatable - this is the best review of the Funk Brothers that (as of 2006) exists.

There are some great motown renditions from the live performance (and yes I was aprehensive about this before viewing, but you ain't gonna get Marvin back on stage now are you).

This film is not perfect (I believe James Jamerson deserves a film to himself!!!) by any means, but it is still pretty stunning, and a NECESSARY film.

Avoid the whinging of the one review here, it is easy to knock anything from the armchair, the chap who made this was truly passionate about his subject matter. And it's hard to get to talk to the legends who have passed on.

And I'd lay you 10-1 the Berry Gordy would not allow one peice of original motown footage to be used, heaven forbid it may be seen as an endorsement of the legendary Funk Brothers.

This is the best there is, long overdue, respect to the makers, respect to the music .... It's what's in the groove that counts!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ever Motown Film 3 Dec 2003
By C. Kay
I bought this on import from If you never buy anything else on Motown, BUY THIS. For too long these musicians, who were the backbone of Motown's incredible rise to the top of the music tree, have been overlooked. Allan Slutsky deserves a medal and our undying gratitude for his film which remembers some of the greatest musicians who have ever lived. Most of these were seasoned musicians before they came to Motown & it is they, not the artists who created what we today call the Motown Sound. Allan has created a piece of history for us and has given reconition to many who had previously been overlooked by earlier authors. There are parts of this film that brought tears to my eyes, joyful tears. Listen to Jack Ashord work that tambourine as he did on Grapevine, marvel at Pistol Allen & Uriel Jones as they give the backbeat to the music, but most of all, enjoy the film as it takes you back to those wonderful days in the sixties when Motown ruled the world.
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How do you recognise Motown ? What defines 'Motown' for you ? Would you know Diana Ross and the Supremes ? For sure. Four Tops ? Almost certainly. Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas. "Yes, I know the names and the hits". Sure you do. As soon as it comes on the air you say "Motown". Not pop, not Rock n' Roll nor Blues or even, dare I say it 'soul' - you call it "Motown". Even my 11 year old knows Motown and the sound. For a couple of generations of folks it's almost a musical birth-right: Mums and Dads pass it down all over. But how did Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Holland - Dozier - Holland et al get that sound ? Who would you credit ?
What do you think when the bass line explodes all over the place at the beginning of "Bernadette" ? Or how the snare and guitar lock in to a water tight groove to kick "(love is like a)Heatwave" onto another level of musicianship ? Remember, we're talking mid - sixties here ! We're talking a whole new definition especially from the genius but ultimately tormented mind of the great James Jamerson. This is the story of the Funk Brothers. The sound of Motown. The story of the largely un - credited musicians who were at the creative epicentre of that explosion of joy.
After many years of planning, frustrations, the will and determination of one man - Allan Slutsky - and some sad loses, the story of the guys that gave us the Motown Sound has come to light and then some. Be warned: If there is even an ounce of love of Motown in you, this film will make you cry - and laugh and sing. It is as much a emotional rollercoaster ride as any Hollywood blockbuster.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings out the Funk Brothers
A show which brings out the recognition of the funk brothers from the cold. They were Stars in their own right who were almost going unnoticed if it were not for this DVD.
Published 9 days ago by G.A.K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recommendation for mum
Thanks Noah ... Great recommendation for mum!
Published 1 month ago by Sarah M
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing in the Shadows of Motown DVD 2003
Bought this dvd with the booklet Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The life and music of James Jamerson, this dvd is a must for those love to hear bass music and also for James... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Anthony Francis-Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming out of the shadows
I would highly recommend this dvd not only to anyone that likes motown, but also to anyone that loves music.
Published 3 months ago by Ruggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
We just loved this . You don't need to love Motown ,if you are a music fan, buy it !
Published 3 months ago by Swan
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LOVE MUSIC, BUY THIS
I bought this DVD some years ago, region 1, and I am on my third now, as people I have lent it too, have loved it so much, they bought it off me, if you know and love music, as I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by THE NOMAD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mint
Its a cd, it works, quality good. Ok. But if you were born in the golden era, buy it, enjoy and turn the clock back. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great document
Great as a must have document if you love Motown music. I would have loved to see more vintage studio footage though, with the musicians playing during a recording session. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bennybee
5.0 out of 5 stars the Shadows of Motown
What a brilliant DVD. I'm a keen soul lover especially from the musicians point of view and this was so informative and upbeat (no pun intended). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill music film
question: Do you like music all?.
answer: "yes I do"........well in that case you HAVE to see this film,it is a music fans MUST SEE,hear the Funk Brothers tell... Read more
Published 11 months ago by vin
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