If you are a blues fan then Johnson's name needs no introduction from me. This DVD is the Channel Four documentary that was shown at least ten years ago. John Hammond Jnr goes on a road trip to try to find people who knew him and the places he visited.
Now, the bad news (apart from the lack of special features for a disc whose runtime is just under an hour)is the picture quality, which is not that great, but given it's an old TV documentary perhaps I shouldn't complain.
Where it triumphs massively is a)Hammonds likeability and gentle interviewing manner and b) the chance to hear first hand from people who actually knew and played with Johnson. In case hardend blues-o-philes might worry that in someway the magic and mystery is unwound, forget it: there are at least two explanations put forward of what acutually happened to him, and no less than three possible burial sites!
The lovliest moment for me was Hammond's finding of Betty, an old girlfriend of RJ for whom he wrote 'Love in Vain'. She has never heard the song and Hammond plays her a tape and the camera holds on her face for a couple of moments, and suddenly the voice and guitar that we fans know so well becomes slightly more human, slightly more tangible.
Yes, it could have been longer - but this must be the 'plainest' DVD I own which I have watched the most - you never tire of the atmosphere and the stories which evoke such a fascinating man and his wonderful music.
One star knocked off for no speacial features and for under-par picture quality, but that's no refelction of Mr Johnson. Long may his voice be heard.