Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music [DVD]
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A fly-on-the-wall documentary following the legendary Johnny Cash on tour in the USA during the late sixties. Features performance footage as well as backstage glimpses of The Man in Black relaxing with family and friends. Includes appearances from Bob Dylan, Carl Perkins and June Carter.
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- travelling in the South in his new camper with his wife June Carter Cash, visiting the shotgun house he first grew up in and his relatives for a bbq and gospel singing,
- recording a beautiful demo version of "Flesh and Blood" in his living room,
- life on stage with his band at country music fairs in small-town USA
- in the Studio recording with Bob Dylan
- Carl Perkins, as Cahs's lead guitarist, live on stage singing "Blues Suede Shoes"
This is a great Behind The Scenes - look as Cash is giving candid interviews and is just very hip/cool and likeable. A historic, definite portrait at a period when his career took of to superstardom in the late 1960s at the time of the famous Prison Concerts in Folsom and San Quentin.
Sound quality is pretty good, the hand held camera sometimes a little shaky, but it fits the project.
Well worth the money - same content as the dvd The Man - His Life - His Music!
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So why the five star rating? Because no other film is available that documents Johnny Cash as well as this one does. Taken as a snapshot of Cash during 1969, it show him at the very pinnacle of his popularity and creative powers. The filmmaker follows Cash in several importants aspects of his life and career, so we see glimpses of Cash onstage, backstage, on the road, at home, and in the studio. One gets the feeling this is part documentary, part home movie. There is no narration, just the natural sound captured by the filmmakers. But there is such an honesty to the footage, that you get the feeling Cash is hardly aware of the camera. We truly get to be that "fly on the wall" and see a legend in our midst.
1. Cash in the studio with Bob Dylan...I was amazed that film of these sessions existed at all...and am surprized this footage doesn't get more airings. You hear them record a song that never got officially released, making this footage all the more interesting.
2. Cash performs for an audience of Native Americans, then makes a visit to the battleground at Wounded Knee...being inspired enough to compose a song about Bigfoot.
3. Cash performs to a prison audience. This appears to have taken plan before the San Quentin show, but (obviously) after the Folson show. As such, this is probably the only place to see or hear this performance.
4. We see Cash with his family (including a young Rosanne in the background). His parents are present and Johnny convinces his Dad to sing a tune he learned during World War I. Note that the real Ray Cash doesn't come off as the cold hearted man portrayed in the Walk the Line film.)
5. Cash also returns to his hometown and we see him visiting old friends and relatives. His visit to his hometown culminates in a visit to his childhood home, now abandoned. Cash fans will recognize several bits of this footage as being used later on for the music video to "Hurt," released in 2002.
After about 5 minutes, you forgive the film for its technical flaws and are taken up into the world of Johnny Cash. No other film out there does this much justice in documenting the most important year of Cash's career. For that reason alone, this is a priceless DVD. Any Johnny Cash fan will be happy to have this in their collection. And while there are many Cash DVDs out there to choose from, this is clearly the best of them all.
P.S. - Another reviewer correctly stated that a longer version of this film does exist. The Sanctuary version from 2005 is 70 minutes long. However, the Cherry Red DVD released in 2000 (and again in 2003 in the UK) is the full 90 minutes long. Extra scenes in the 90 minute version include: 1) Johnny Cash out hunting, wounding a crow (then singing to it, as he takes it to be mended), 2) Two backstage scenes with aspiring songwriters pitching songs to Cash, hoping to make it big, and 3) Longer scenes with the Carter Family (and June's somewhat ribald introduction of their prison concert). While most of the best scenes are on the 70 minutes version, it is still worth tracking down the 90 minute version if you can. Amazon UK has the 90 minute version available (look for the yellowish cover with a photo of Cash singing into a microphone)...and since it's encoded as Region "0," it should play on all American DVD players. It plays just fine on mine...
You feel like you're riding along with him & the band.
There is no narration, and there didn't need to be.
I can't stress how good this DVD is to add to your collection. It's as if you were riding along with Cash back in his heyday, no commercialism, no fancy packaging, just raw footage of him & what he was doing at the time.
In later years I've seen a lot of the footage from this DVD on other shows, and even in the coveted "Hurt" video.
It's just a really great piece of archival-type DVD footage that actually tells a story. It's a must have for any Cash fan.