This is the Ryko-produced DVD release for this legendary documentary film by the great George Nierenberg that explores the lives and music of the pioneers of modern Gospel music. Features Willie Mae Ford Smith, Thomas A. Dorsey, The Barrett Sisters and The O’Neal Twins. This is the 2-disc deluxe edition. Included on the first disc is a director's commentary and the theatrical trailer. The second disc is the 15-song CD of the soundtrack. And finally, there's a deluxe "hymn book" with essays, lyrics and rare photos!
Out-of-print for the last few years, Milestone has now acquired these copies from director George Nierenberg's own supply he received from original distributor Ryko when the rights reverted. They do have a cut-out on the spine but they are new copies.
Milestone will be releasing a new edition in 2015 along with Nierenberg's amazing NO MAPS ON MY TAPS and ABOUT TAP.
"The music is as exciting and uplifting as any music I've ever heard on film…a great experience" – Roger Ebert
"Exuberant and revitalizing" – Rolling Stone
"Even a tone-deaf atheist will say ‘amen!’" – Time
Also available for institutional sale that includes public performance rights and a streaming license for 3-years from date of purchase. (Please see here for further details.)
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