Rent Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014)

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With 'Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown', fans have a documentary befitting the "Godfather of Soul". Directed by Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney, and co-produced by the singular Mick Jagger, 'Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown' digs into the career of one of music and culture's towering figures, using fresh interviews with band members and contemporaries, extraordinary historical footage, and rare archival performances of such JB classics as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", "I Got You (I Feel Good)", "Out of Sight", "Please Please Please", "Soul Power", "Sex Machine", "It's a Man's Man's Man's World", "Cold Sweat", and more.
The feature-length documentary was made with the cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first time. Delving into politics, race relations during the explosive civil rights movement, and the raw power behind several of Brown's most famous tunes, 'Mr. Dynamite' was honored with a 2014 Peabody Award, for what the Peabody panel called "its admiring but clear-eyed appraisal of a truly revolutionary musical figure and his legacies, his relationship to America and American culture, to funk, to hip hop, to racial politics, to American history and music history... It's a documentary you could almost dance to, so sure and steady is its pulse".
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Blair Foster, Peter Afterman, Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman
Alex Gibney
Documentary, Music & Musicals, Performing Arts, Special Interest
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165 minutes
Brazilian, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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Region 0 (All)
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Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Feature-length roundtable commentary with Ahmir Questlove Thompson, bandleader of the legendary Roots crew; Christian McBride, bassist and bandleader; Alan Leeds, JB historian and former Brown tour director; and Harry Weinger, lead producer of Star Time and other JB reissues
  • 27 minutes of additional interview clips from original James Brown Revue members Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins, Martha High, Maceo Parker, Melvin Parker, Jab'o Starks, Clyde Stubblefield and "Cape Man" Danny Ray, as well as Chuck D, Mr. Leeds, Mr. McBride, Rev. Al Sharpton, Greg Tate and Mr. Thompson
  • Music video for "It's A Man's Man's Man's World," directed by Xavier Fauthoux, winner of the Saatchi and Saatchi James Brown Music Video Challenge
  • James Brown and The J.B.'s live on Soul Train, performing an incendiary medley of "Cold Sweat/I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)/Papa's Got A Brand New Bag/The Payback"
  • From deep in the Soul Train archive, James Brown joins B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland in an impromptu blues medley
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