The Nashville Sound [DVD] [1972]

This documentary focusing on the country music scene in Nashville circa 1969 gets a simple presentation for this DVD release from Xenon Pictures. The Nashville Sound has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and while the transfer itself is good enough, the source materials have seen better days, with the print displaying some very noticeable scratches and wear, especially at reel changes, and the color balance often leans a bit heavy to the red end of the spectrum. The original monophonic sound mix is preserved in an audio track mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the sound fares better than the picture, but could stand a bit of a clean-up. The interviews and performances are in English, with no subtitles or language options. No bonus materials have been included on this release, though it does include a puzzling variety of trailers of other Xenon releases, including the bad-taste comedy Poor White Trash, the groupie documentary Plaster Caster, and films on gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, white hip-hop star Eminem, and gangsta rap label Death Row Records.
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The Nashville Sound
Some of the leading names in country music are on hand for this documentary shot in "Music City U.S.A." Filmmakers Robert Elfstrom and David Hoffman traveled to Nashville, TN, in 1969 for a country disc jockeys convention that coincided with the 44th anniversary celebration of the famed radio show the Grand Ole Opry. Many of the biggest stars of the day appeared to greet radio staff from around the nation and perform before the Opry's microphones, with Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Charlie Pride, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Porter Wagoner, and many others captured live on-stage. The filmmakers also interview fans on the street as well as label representatives both big and small who are promoting their product. Offering a different perspective on the Nashville music scene, we also sit in on a recording session with Doug Kershaw and a rehearsal with the country-rock band Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth. Finally, the filmmakers also follow one Herbie Howell, a singer and songwriter from Georgia who has arrived in Nashville in search of his big break. Co-director Elfstrom would make two other films with Johnny Cash, the documentary Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music and the spiritual drama The Gospel Road. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Johnny Cash
    Johnny Cash
  • Loretta Lynn
    Loretta Lynn
  • Dolly Parton
    Dolly Parton
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    Earl Scruggs
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    Lester Flatt
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