This is on the surface a documentary of a train journey based tour from California to New Orleans in the company of three bands, a film crew and their entourages: Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and the Old Crow Medicine Show. In the UK you have probably only heard of the Mumfords, but all three bands are immensely talented and worth listening to. The Film covers the journey, the gigs and what seems constant spontaneous jamming as the three groups who clearly enjoy being with each other intermingle musically and personally. The train travels through some arresting landscapes, but the over riding impression is of the infectious joy that these musicians communicate through their sharing and their music.It's not often a film takes you by surprise and makes you happy,but this one did.. The biggest weakness in my view is the large amount of footage the Director Emmett Malloy cut from the final version. All the deleted scenes can argue strongly for a place in the film so don't miss them. The best was probably the last when Edward Sharpe pulls a young teenage girl from the audience to join the musicians on stage and does she not have presence and a voice giving everyone on stage great delight. The film is a little bit of a slow starter as it needs time to build the atmosphere which is its heartbeat, but be patient and you won't be disappointed. Heartily recommended.
its all my kind of music & I love trains, its a 65 minute snap shot of the tour, it introduced me to the magnificent Edward Sharpes Band, the whole thing has a real good feel good factor coming through, they are a very talented bunch of musicians, Just the Jamming alone is wonderful to watch and hear, if I could give it more stars I would !!!
Can't fault this. It arrived a day early (always a bonus) plays fine etc. Fully enjoyed the documentary shame it isn't longer. It would have been good as a two part with a full concert. Fully recommended for any fan. Was esp happy with the extra bonus footage esp as it included Child, one of my favorite Edward Sharpe songs.
I purchased this blu ray on the basis of previous reviews, having never heard of any of these groups. Extraordinary does not even come close to a meaningful description. My only gripe is its length. Surely a trans-USA train trip has much more than this 67 minute production suggests. What there is, is beautiful; songs, music, people who go way beyond the norm. This blu ray has given me much pleasure, even as short as it is.