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Jimi: All Is by My Side

Excellent film spoilt by lack of subtitles facility

(Edit) 07/07/2015

After going to all that trouble - the initial idea, the doubtless tortuous process of getting financing, the casting, the script, the shooting, the editing, PR, distribution and everything, the poor film is kicked in the crotch by not adding any subtitles facility. Consequently, for a lot of the time (bear in the mind this is a film heavy on scenes with music going on, at least in the background) it's anyone's guess what a lot of the people are saying. For extended periods I was getting one word in three, maximum. Even with the volume up to wallpaper-stripping levels and rewinding for a second shot. Which is an awful shame, because there is an excellent film buried in here, and the depiction of Jimi himself is faultless - a towering performance. for extended periods I clear forgot it was an actor portraying him. Therefore recommended - but particularly to accomplished lip-readers.

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