This collection of 22 documentaries by the independent filmmaker Les Blank includes restored versions of his features The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins, God Respects Us When We Work, but Loves Us When We Dance, Spend It All, A Well Spent Life, Dry Wood, Hot Pepper, Always for Pleasure, Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers, Sprout Wings and Fly, In Heaven There Is No Beer?, Gap-Toothed Women, Yum, Yum. Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking, The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists, Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella, as well as eight additional shorts made by Blank.
New 2K digital restorations of all fourteen films: The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (1968); God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance (1968); Spend It All (1971); A Well Spent Life (1971); Dry Wood (1973); Hot Pepper (1973); Always For Pleasure (1978); Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980); Sprout Wings and Fly (1983); In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984); Gap-Toothed Women (1987); Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking (1990); The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1994); and Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella (1995)
Excerpt from Les Blank: A Quiet Revelation, a film project by Harrod Blank and Gina Leibrecht
New interviews with Blank's sons, Harrod and Beau; Blank documentary subject Gerald Gaxiola (a.k.a. the Maestro); Blank's friends and collaborators Skip Gerson, Maureen Gosling, Taylor Hackford, Werner Herzog, Susan Kell, Tom Luddy, David Silberberg, and Chris Simon; and chef and author Alice Waters
Related shorts by Blank: The Sun's Gonna Shine (1968), Julie: Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge (1991), My Old Fiddle: A Visit with Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge (1994), The Maestro Rides Again! (2005), and Lagniappe (2006)
Two outtake performances from The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins
PLUS: a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Andrew Horton