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Gospel According to Al Green

Al Green , Willie Mitchell , Robert Mugge  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Ken Tucker
  • Directors: Robert Mugge
  • Writers: Robert Mugge
  • Producers: Robert Mugge, Joe Mulherin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HZ4K8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gospel According to Al Green" on IMDb

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Now that's filmmaking! Grade: A- -- The A.V. Club / The Onion

Rich with solid storytelling. -- MovieWeb

The interviews are note-worthy and the performances are often electrifying. -- DVD Talk

[The Gospel According to Al Green & Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus] give Mugge and we viewers the greatest gift: the outpourings of their immediate, fully-committed inspirations -- Jazz Beyond Jazz blog

[The Gospel According to Al Green & Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus]blend insights and splendid, rare performance footage in a manner that distinguishes them from basic concert or documentary items. -- Nashville City Paper

[The Gospel According to Al Green & Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus]hold up well as vital profiles of their subjects at turning points in their lives, each combining a concert film with a journalistic backstory. -- The Wall Street Journal

supreme craftsmanship -- All Movie Guide

Product Description


The soulful story of an R&B legend

"A powerful vocal spectacle . . . James Brown times ten." --Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
"A revelation. Pure musical electricity." --The Boston Phoenix

Al Green was a soul singer with a million-dollar career when he awoke one day in a hotel room praising God. Full of this new spirit, he became a gospel singer and a Pentecostal preacher. Award-winning filmmaker Robert Mugge (New Orleans Music in Exile, Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus) examines Green’s life and music in intimate interviews, passionate performances ("Let’s Stay Together," "Free at Last," "Amazing Grace"), and a sermon both spoken and sung--a fiery crescendo of conviction, inspiration, and joy. Filmed in the recording studio, in concert at Bolling Air Force base, and at Green’s church in Memphis, Tenn., powered by his energy, honesty, and incandescent smile, this is an indelible portrait of an artist who takes you higher.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE 90-minute audio interview with Al Green, reflections by director Robert Mugge, concert excerpts, extended song, extended audio excerpt of church service, original theatrical trailer, and discography.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the sound is glorious! January 18, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The quality of sound on this DVD is truly remarkable given that it came from corroded and "baked" masters. Strong, muscular bass, creamy highs ... pure music heaven! Al Green is a strange and beautiful man, though this film does not shy away from depicting his darker half ... that ambitious, slick salesman persona. Still the purity, intensity, and passion of his sound shines through in spades. One of the best music documentaries made ... a lost classic?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Grace of Al Green January 16, 2009
Format:DVD
"Gospel according to Al Green," is a long-awaited 25th anniversary edition of the television profile by Robert Mugge. The DVD documentary, originally televised in 1984, has been shown on PBS stations, BET, and at various festivals. It offers a candid, close look at Green, one of the few remaining candidates for King of Soul who's still with us today. (And one of the few who could give James Brown a run for his money as the hardest-working man in show business.) It shows the performer in the recording studio, in performance at Bolling Air Force base, and preaching at the church he founded in Memphis, Tennessee. This reissue also offers a 90-minute audio interview with the singer, and several other special features.

Green is a nine-time Grammy winner, and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; he's recorded more than 40 albums. He recently released a new CD,Lay It Down, and received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award (2008). He was a 1970's soul singer with a healthy career, built on "Let's Stay Together" and other hits, until he awoke one morning in a hotel room hungry for religion, and so became a gospel singer and Pentecostal preacher. The singer has a non-stop, whiter than white-toothed smile, a bedrock of honesty, and a galvanizing energy, and he sweats up a storm, whether in concert or preaching, which he does in speech-to-music, and song - looks to me like he literally invented rap. On this DVD, we see his electrifying takes of "Let's Stay Together," "Free at Last," and "Amazing Grace."

Mugge has been called "the king of the American music documentary" by "L.A. Weekly." The award-winning filmmaker has also made
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
AL GREEN is gospel, soul, and R&B in music.
AL GREEN is full gospel, & born-again soul in his preaching.
Both are presented and documented in the 25th Ann. Ed. DVD by Acorn Media.
The blend of information related to the rise and stardom of this popular performer of music is presented with the 1973 "converted", "born-again", "forgiven" (Al Green's own words) reformation of Green's drive and music toward gospel and preaching.

This is a must for fans who remember and still enjoy the early music, like the "Let's Stay Together" beginning of his pop achievements which earned him financial success as well as many awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement (2002). This DVD offers a taping of the first use of the "Let's Stay Together" song, after years of refusal to perform those career-beginning love songs. Green had reverted in 1977 to only gospel songs after a song with the words "it's you that I want but Him that I need" convicted him to a total conversion in his music and ministry. He was "spiritually uplifted" (again Green's words) to risk his career for Jesus Christ.

In Oct. 1974, Green was scalded with hot grits, followed by his girlfriend/attacker committing suicide in his apartment. That event is discussed in the interview on this DVD, the first time he publicly talked of the happening, surprising even his band members. Greatly influenced, he bought a church in 1976, was ordained, and began preaching along with continuing of singing gospel.

In this "GOSPEL according to AL GREEN", live footage of the 7th Anniversary Celebration of his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle, Memphis, is presented, including Greens sermon. He preaches with his musical style attached to traditional southern-Black preaching.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEED I SAY MORE May 13, 2004
By CHERYL
Format:DVD
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! NEED I SAY MORE. THIS DVD SHOWS YOU JUST HOW TALENTED THIS MAN IS. IT IS ENJOYABLE TO WATCH HIM PERFORM AND INTERACT WITH HIS AUDIENCE. THIS DVD GIVES YOU 'LETS STAY TOGETHER' AND PLENTY OF WONDERFUL GOSPEL MUSIC PLUS HIS FIRST SERMON. WHEN HE SUNG 'WHEN THE GATES SWING OPEN' JUST BLEW ME AWAY! IF I HAD A COMPLAINT IT WOULD BE WE DIDN'T GET MORE OF THE R&B. REGARDLESS, THIS IS A MUST HAVE. LOVE YOU AL GREEN.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous October 20, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I discovered this movie in 2001 on french TV arte. Yet I was in love with the song "Let's stay together" but this film just put me on my knees... not religiously I mean (nevertheless I'm quite beleiver) but musicaly. Eversince Al Green became my preferate singer and an exemple for being talentuous. writting this just made me remember I wanted (but never did) to just write THANK YOU Mr Greene on his official site... There I'm going right now.

PS: Sorry for my english but I'm french
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to know the man? January 28, 2000
By Citi
Format:DVD
I thought this was a great video I have it on vhs. If you really want to know al green then this is your dvd.. Its a documentary with a lot of good singing... I can watch it once every six months. This video sucks you in...
regards, Kelvin
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY this DVD…RIGHT NOW! It’s worth every cent and it will never grow...
I'l say it again....hesitate not one moment further and BUY this DVD…RIGHT NOW!

It’s worth every cent and it will never grow old. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gaston A. Hinostroza
3.0 out of 5 stars cindy300
This DVD was OK, but the concert itself was not as good as the Live in Tokyo. Al Green did not really sing any song through. Did not like the concert at all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cynthia A. Cosby
5.0 out of 5 stars The Line Between God's and The Devil's music
The line between God's music and the devil's music has always fascinated me in my search for the untold stories of Robert Johnson, Robert Lockwood Jr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by fessormojo
4.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in Faith
When I used to listen to Al Green sing love songs, I would feel each song way down in my soul, I get the same feeling listening to him sing these songs but way up in my... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gran Gran
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
THE REVIEW OF WHAT OTHER MAY NOT KNOW CONCERNING THE INDIVIDUAL AND HIS EXPERIENCE OF TRANSITION FROM SECULAR TO GOSPEL; HE REVEALS ALL.
Published 7 months ago by Leon P. Eddie
5.0 out of 5 stars great to add to your collection
if you appreciate good music then this is definitely recommended!
has performances along with commentary and colleagues of Green sharing their memories! Read more
Published 8 months ago by EE
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I just received this dvd and it was better than expected, Al tells a story that I never knew. I love this interview and of course the music is always great
Published 8 months ago by sapp
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel According to Al Green
great Dvd I love Al Green not a bad investment , I purchased it for the purpose of starting my collection of Al Green Classics
Published 15 months ago by lildee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
THE PRODUCT WAS DELIVERED BEFORE EXPECTED DELIVERY DATE. IT CAME IN GREAT SHAPE AND I LOVE IT, I WOULD RECOMMEND THID TO ANYBODY , iTS AWESOME
Published on February 2, 2012 by nie94
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Endearing and Real
Al green opens up his heart in this interview. I loved it! It's great to hear his story in his own words. He's such a passionate man. It was also wonderful to hear him preach. Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by K. Foster
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