California Sound Documentary ‘Echo In The Canyon’ Hits Blu-ray And DVD In September

Echo In The Canyon, a documentary that spotlights folk rock in 1960’s Los Angeles, hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 10 via Greenwich Entertainment.

Dubbed as the California Sound, folk rock was a fixture in the Los Angeles music scene thanks to the work of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas. Musician Jakob Dylan serves as the interview for the Andrew Slater directed project. Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) and Tom Petty (the musician’s last filmed interview) are among the artists who took part in the project.

Contemporary artists interviewed include Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones. The documentary, which amassed $3 million at the box office, also features a soundtrack which has Dylan covering tracks from the California Sound with various artists from the film. One of the songs include Dylan’s interpretation of The Beach Boy’s “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” which features Neil Young on vocals.

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‘Santana Live At US Festival’ Lands Blu-Ray And DVD Release In September

Watching guitar god Carlos Santana perform live is a seminal experience, and Shout! Factory will release Santana Live At US Festival on Blu-ray and DVD come September 6.

Santana hit the stage back in 1982 on Labor Day Weekend and performed such signature hits as “Black Magic Woman,” “Gypsy Queen,” and “Oye Como Va.” Herbie Hancock also made an appearance at the concert to perform on “Incident at Neshabur.”

The festival was conceived by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and music legend Bill Graham. The disc also comes with a performance of “Searchin” (one of my favorite Santana tunes) with Alex Ligertwood serving as the lead vocalist.

Special features include three featurettes (“Santana Reflects On His Career,” “Explaining His Signature Sound,” “The Theory of Santana’s Music”) and an interview outtake with Carlos Santana.

 

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HBO Documentary ‘Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge’ Hits Blu-Ray In September

Though its bread and butter has been covering the music landscape, Rolling Stone has also been an iconic publication thanks to its dedication to hard hitting and culture defining journalism. HBO Documentary Films’ Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 11 via Shout! Factory.

Narrated by Jeff Daniels and directed by Alex Gibney (Zero Days, The Armstrong Lie), the six part documentary features performances from The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, and The Clash. Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, and John Lennon are also spotlighted on the project. Co-founder Jann Wenner described the documentary as a “love letter to the magazine.”

Special features include deleted scenes with extended interviews with Cameron Crowe, Ice-T, Gus Wenner, Jane Wenner, Janet Reitman, Matt Taibbi, and Victor Juhasz.

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Review: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Is A Riveting Nature Vs. Nurture Mystery

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Three Identical Strangers is the true story of triplets (Eddy Galland, David Kellman, Robert Shafran) who, at the age of 19, realize that they are triplets. Separated at birth and raised by three parents from different socio-economic backgrounds, the guys have a ton of catching up to do.

Their 1980 discovery immediately catapults them to fame, as they became the toast of New York and were featured in various news articles and television program (their talk with Phil Donahue is featured in the documentary. The trio even opened up their own restaurant some years later.

Finding your literal blood brothers had its drawbacks, especially when they discovered their respective adoptions were part of a bigger research study on the “nature vs. nurture” theory. While attempting to explore if individuals can expand beyond their genetic makeup thanks to their environment is intriguing, this research was absolutely inhumane.

To give further plot details on Three Identical Strangers wouldn’t do justice to the documentary, as director Tim Wardle (One Killer Punch) keeps us guessing on the inevitable fate of these tight knit siblings. You can find out their fate with a requisite google search, but that would be doing Three Identical Strangers a disservice.

An incisive and at times heartbreaking look at how lives can be changed by a simple decision, Three Identical Strangers is a compelling mystery that will keep you intrigued (and understandably distressed) until the film’s closing moments.

Three Identical Strangers opens in select theaters June 29.

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Iggy Pop Documentary ‘American Valhalla’ Hits DVD In March


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Iggy Pop, along with being a rock icon, is known for his steadfast and energetic approach to his music, and those resilient qualities are exemplified in the documentary American Valhalla which hits DVD March 9.

The documentary centers on the collaboration between Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme over Pop’s acclaimed 2016 album Post Pop Depression. The project spotlight’s the pair’s songwriting sessions, recording process and subsequent Post Pop Depression tour (their final show took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Anthony Bourdain is also featured in the 81-minute documentary to contribute to the discussions (Bourdain, a lifelong Stooges fan, had Pop on his program Parts Unknown).

“As we got to know each other, you blew my mind,” said Homme to Pop in the documentary. “You really came with such an open mind and saying, ‘Yeah, I know what I’ve done but here to . . . look forward.”

American Valhalla is being released via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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‘Leap!’ With Elle Fanning Sets Blu-Ray Release In November

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Leap!, an animated film feature the voice talents of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, and Kate McKinnon, hits Blu-ray and DVD November 21 via Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The plot centers on Félicie, an 11-year-old who travels to Paris with her best friend Victor (Wolff) to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer (Victor is an aspiring inventor). Ziegler voices the role of a conniving classmate of Félicie who serves as one of her main obstacles in the pursuit of dancing. Mel Brooks and singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen round out the voice cast.

Click on the media bar to hear Kate McKinnon talk about playing three characters in Leap!:


Special features include the featurette “In The Recording Booth with Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler” and a behind-the-scenes video gallery (“The Birth of a Dream,” “Animating the Dance,” “Reconstructing 19th Century Paris”).

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