Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey [7 Discs] [DVD] [2003]

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, The Blues: A Musical Journey is a seven-part documentary film series exploring the evolution of the blues. Not an exhaustive catalog of the musical genre, the series is rather a collection of personal stories about the journey of an influential art form. Each film is made with respect to the individual filmmaker's own style. The series includes Feel Like Going Home (Martin Scorsese), The Soul of a Man (Wim Wenders), The Road to Memphis (Richard Pearce), Warming by the Devil's Fire (Charles Burnett), Godfathers and Sons (Marc Levin), Red, White & Blues (Mike Figgis), and Piano Blues (Clint Eastwood). The Blues was originally broadcast on PBS from September 28 to October 4, 2003. The series spawned this DVD box set, a CD collection, and a companion book.
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Special Features

  • Live performances not seen in the film, including footage of B.B. King, Cassandra Wilson, Chris Thomas King, Lou Reed, Lulu, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, the Electrik Mud Kats (with vocals by Chuck D and Common), Jeff Beck, Hubert Sumlin & David Johansen, Willie Dixon and many others
  • Director commentaries
  • On-camera interviews with the directors
  • Director biographies and filmographies
  • Special menu options to scan for all music performances
  • 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes
  • The Blues trailer


The Blues: The Soul of a Man
Part of The Blues documentary series on PBS, The Soul of a Man is written and directed by Wim Wenders and narrated by Laurence Fishburne. This installment explores the work of the filmmaker's personal musical heroes: Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and J.B. Lenoir. Through reenactments and archive footage, Wenders tells the personal stories of these highly influential and often underappreciated artists. Their musical legacy is interpreted through live performances by contemporary musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Cassandra Wilson, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams, Beck, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. He also incorporates rare clips from two 16 mm films shot during the '60s by Steve and Rönnog Seaberg. The Soul of a Man was originally broadcast by PBS on September 29, 2003. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Laurence Fishburne
    Laurence Fishburne - Narrator
  • Chris Thomas King
    Chris Thomas King
  • Image coming soon
    J.B. Lenoir
  • Image coming soon
    Skip James
  • Beck
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