Down From the Mountain [DVD] [2001]

While the movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? may not have been a huge hit, the soundtrack raked in lots of money and also spawned Down From the Mountain, a celebration of the music featured in the film. Artisan has done a very nice job with this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Many of the shots have a handheld video feel to them, and the quality is not always perfect (some grain and dirt shows up in a few areas). However, overall this is a very nice looking print that should please the discerning viewer's eye. The audio on this disc is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and sounds excellent. The aggressive surround aspects of this track usually show up during the concert performances by such artists as Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and David Rawlings. All aspects of the music on this disc are clear and free of distortion. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack in English. The only extra features available on Down From the Mountain include a list of the songs performed in concert, some information on the cast and crew, and a theatrical trailer.
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Overview

Special Features

  • 16:9 widescreen version
  • Cast and crew information
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
  • 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround
  • Production notes
  • Trailer
  • Digitally mastered
  • Scene access
  • Interactive menus

Synopsis

Down from the Mountain
For their film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, set in the American South during the 1930s, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen collaborated with musician, songwriter, and producer T-Bone Burnett to compile a score that reflected the rich variety of musical influences of the rural South during the Depression. Burnett brought together a veritable who's who of American roots music for the project, and while the film was a moderate success, the soundtrack album to O Brother, Where Art Thou? was a surprise hit, topping the country charts for several weeks and helping to open the ears of a new audience to the beauty and rough-hewn poetry of bluegrass, traditional country, rural blues, and gospel music. Shortly before the film's release, Burnett assembled many of the artists who appeared on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack for a special concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium (the original home of the Grand Ole Opry) to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; the evening was filmed, and Down From the Mountain documents this very special night of music that celebrates America's musical past as it points to the future. Performers include Emmylou Harris, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, the Cox Family, the Fairfield Four, the Whites, Chris Thomas King, and Gillian Welch. Holly Hunter, one of the stars of O Brother, makes a cameo appearance, as does noted country music enthusiast Billy Bob Thornton. Songwriter, musician, and historian John Hartford served as master of ceremonies for the concert (and the film); sadly, he died after a long bout with cancer less than two weeks before Down From the Mountain premiered in New York and Nashville in June 2001. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • T-Bone Burnett
    T-Bone Burnett
  • Ethan Coen
    Ethan Coen
  • Joel Coen
    Joel Coen
  • Emmylou Harris
    Emmylou Harris
  • Chris Thomas King
    Chris Thomas King
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