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Hurricane on the Bayou [Blu-ray] (2007)

Dr. John , Meryl Streep , Glen Pitre , Greg MacGillivray  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dr. John, Meryl Streep, Allen Toussaint, Tab Benoit, Chubby Carrier
  • Directors: Glen Pitre, Greg MacGillivray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A powerfully moving large format film unlike any other, Hurricane on the Bayou carries audiences behind today's news headlines on a journey deep into the soul-stirring heart of Louisiana - before, during and after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Narrated by Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep and driven by a rousing jazz, blues and gospel-fueled soundtrack featuring music legends Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, Dr. John and many more, Hurricane on the Bayou is both a haunting document of a storm's human effects and a compelling call to restore Louisiana's wetlands, rebuild New Orleans, and honor the place where America's most vibrant home-grown culture was born.

Unfolding against the poignant backdrop of the most costly natural disaster in America's history, MacGillivray Freeman's IMAX cameras follow a group of four musicians, both legendary and rising, as they explore the electrifying culture of New Orleans: speed through the beautiful, alligator-filled bayous on airboats; recount their heart-wrenching, personal stories of Katrina; and most of all, bring the focus to the rapidly disappearing wetlands that are New Orleans' first line of defense against deadly storms. The wealth, cultural vitality and very future of New Orleans depend on the preservation of these wetlands.

The soundtrack features music legends Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, and Dr. John as well as many more!

Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!! March 22, 2007
If you are a fan of the really hot blues singer, Tab Benoit, you will really enjoy this movie. Wonderfully done and really moving! It's filmed around the home of Tab in Louisiana. If you get a chance to see it in an Imax Theatre, it will be well worth the price of a ticket. The fabulous sound and scenery is great to watch on the BIG screen. I can't wait to see it again in my own home. The wetlands and destruction of Hurricane Katrina will really move you.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome documentary September 5, 2007
This is an awesome documentary depicting LA wetlands and Katrina information that is further enhanced with entertainment and narration from Tab Benoit and Amanda Shaw. I love the under-water videos, and the flood footage really provide an explanation of what happened to my house, which is outside the levees in Bayou Sauvage. 8.5 feet of water settled and receded in one day and everything was lost by the time we were allowed to return to the city. Hats off to Amanda and Tab for bringing everyone's attention to the wetlands issues on the gulf coast!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing documentary and music May 19, 2007
Having spent most of my life in Louisiana, I can vouch for the wonderful images and authentic bayou sounds of Tab Benoit, Amanda Shaw (what an amazing young talent!), Chubby Carrier, and the other artists featured in this movie. My heart aches for the devastion and suffering that remains in New Orleans, from Hurricane Katrina. How compassionately and respectfully this movie shows it! The erosion of the Louisiana coast and wetlands is a serious issue that will impact humans and wildlife far beyond the borders of the state. Thank goodness for passionate advocates such as Tab Benoit, and others, who are trying to make a difference. I cried, laughed, felt full of pride, felt full of despair, as I watched this movie at the OmniMax, and can't wait to own a copy when it is available. Definitely see it at an OmniMax if you can. Like me, you will probably want to own your own copy. I bought the sound track at the theater, after the show. I keep it in my car, and listen to it nearly every day.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What happens when you Fool With Mother Nature, August 9, 2007
I saw this impressive and touching documentary, narrated by Meryl Streep, at an Imax theatre. It held my attention from start to finish because the truth was brought to light as to what happens when people fool with Mother Nature. It features enjoyable cajun music by Tab Benoit and excellent fiddle playing by Amanda Shaw, a young girl who shows concern about her surroundings and her family's welfare after Katrina. I was drawn completely into the picturesque life of the Cajun and South Louisiana people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gentle Way To Experience The Hurrican May 22, 2009
Hurricane On The Bayou is one of the best documentaries of the decade. It is forty minutes, and made for IMAX, which explains why some of the shots used.

The 'Making Of' portion of the DVD explains that the original movie was suppose to be "Storm On The Bayou" featuring Amanda Shaw, a teenage Disney actress and cajun fiddler, Tab Benoit, a blues guitarist and wetlands activist, and a mother Alligator. But when Hurricane Katrina hit in the later stages of its production, the theme and title changed.

Rock and Roll hall of fame member Allen Toussaint, Zydeco legend Chubby Carrier, and gospel queen Martha Wright join our narrators as the film explores the relationship of climate change, levees, development of the Louisiana wetlands, and the resulting devastation from Hurricane Katrina.

The story is told through the narration of Amanda, Tab, Meryl Streep, and Allen Toissaint. The musicians give a diverse angle to this history, humanizing the struggle of the Louisiana Wetlands and the destruction New Orleans.

This is meant to be a respectful family film, so none of the graffic sites, such as dead bodies are shown. Even Amanda Shaw's experience is kept dignified. As she deals with her house and school destroyed, and the uncertain fate of her grandparents, we are never shown her loosing her composure.

The music becomes a powerful narration tool, as the soundtrack hits all the styles of the Delta, the Wetlands, and New Orleans. The film is suppose to be about climate change, weather, and the environment of the Louisiana wet-lands. But the music and the musicians bring a soul to New Orleans, and the Bayou, that is missing from so many hurricane documentaries. This films works as a companion piece for Spike Lee's When The Levees Broke. This is for the family. That is for the adults.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal December 14, 2007
I saw this powerful IMax film in New Orleans with it's target audience. It was a great experience. I am getting the DVD as a souvenir of the experience.

I have heard a criticism that the films goes light (or 'lite', if you will) on scientific information. Once again look at the target is well defined INTRO of different subjects: the bayou and NOLA culture pre-K, the science of the storm and the bayou and NOLA AFTER the storm. For the amount of time an IMAX film has, it does a great job.

I do recommend seeing it in IMAX first if possible...especially in New Orleans. You will definately want a copy of it after you see it that way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done video February 8, 2010
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We saw this film at an IMAX theatre but decided we wanted to have it to play again at home. The photography and music are great, and the story is one we need to remember.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 9 days ago by Marj
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Brandi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bayou like never seen before
Beautifully done documentary about the Bayou and Hurricane Catrina
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. International 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't get any better than that
Saw this on IMAX at Franklin Institute in Philadlphia when it first came out...included reception & concert with Dr John...WOW..couldn't get any better than that!!!... Read more
Published 3 months ago by SUSAN L. PASHIN
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
Living in the area where the hurricane hit, it does reflect the aftermath, but has missed some key point of the recovery. Read more
Published 5 months ago by fnixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Documentary of Hurricane Katrina
I bought this video after moving to New Orleans and hearing all the horrible stories. It is a good documentary on Hurricane Katrina.
Published 10 months ago by Anne Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great IMAX film
The cinema photography is truly an IMAX production and well wrought. The music is fantastic too. Greatly, enjoyed the film. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kurt Buehler
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw this at the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.
My daughter and I saw this when we were in New Orleans this summer (2013). I bought it to use in my classroom. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cindy Duck
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just Katrina. It about New Orleans way of life.
Vey intersting documental. Images of devastation impressed me. Good recreations.
But I enyoyed to know the people, specially its music. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Juan F. Schwarze
3.0 out of 5 stars Who am I to say , well , you asked . So !!
How can your heart Not go out to the people of The Bayou. If it's not a hurricane it's the drillers and then another hurricane. Read more
Published 15 months ago by howard griffore
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