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Marley

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Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history, and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, legend, and the man, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, never before seen performances, previously unreleased music, and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

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Bob Marley's musical (and cultural) shadow is so large that the man clearly needed an authoritative documentary portrait--and Marley steps in with all the right stuff to fill the role. Working with official rights to the music and access to Marley's family and friends, Oscar-winning documentarian Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September) creates a thorough account that hits the major points, not stinting on some of the less admirable aspects of Marley's life (including his brood of children fathered with women other than his patient wife, Rita, whose presence indicates just how much she puts Marley's legacy above his personal infidelities). Especially interesting is the sketch of Bob Marley's youth, as a mixed-race--and thus socially ostracized--kid from the village of Nine Mile who began to put together a reggae sound with a group of like-minded musicians in Jamaica in the late '50s and early '60s. That period comes to life, and the account of Marley's ascent, while familiar from such sagas, has its share of offbeat incidents. His death, at age 36 in 1981, does not dominate the movie, but Macdonald does a good job of getting that story laid out. In the meantime, the music and the concert footage are more than enough to justify the movie's existence, and Macdonald makes time to include thoughts about politics, ganja smoking, and Rastafarianism, too. If it's not the final word on Marley, it's an excellent start. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Bob Marley
  • Directors: Kevin MacDonald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (590 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007PVHANM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By John Agner on April 21, 2012
Format: DVD
Can't say enough good about the Bob Marley documentary. Extremely well done, supremely interesting, wonderfully informing and moving. 5 stars out of 5, if you like Marley at all, you owe it to yourself to see it. What more could this man have done for the world if he had lived longer? It would certainly be a better place, of that I and I have no doubt whatsoever! Could you be loved? Then be loved!
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From a die hard Marley fan... this is first bob documentary that basically reveals the man. All kinds of personal details are revealed including the stories from his children. Towards the end. this movie brought tears to my eyes, because such a great man, father and prophet was gone...

Greatest marley documentar ever made.
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Much Love and Blessing to the Marley family for authorizing this very detailed account of his Majesty's son and messenger - Robert Nesta Marley! The interviews from close family members and friends really set this documentary apart from other works about the great Bob Marley. This documentary will help educate generations upon generations to come that Bob Marley was on a mission to spread Jah's Love for all mankind. One Love to Kevin MacDonald and his team for creating a great piece of art. - JAH Bless
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Growing up in Jamaica, you tend to hear a lot about "Bob" and you come to view him as a folk hero. This documentary showcased Bob" the man and was an eye-opener. Visits to the Bob Marley museum hint at a lot of what is revealed in the documentary but I think this film provides more of an understanding of the reasons behind the music. I rented the movie and now I intend to buy it and I don't feel like I've wasted a penny. Enough really cannot be said about how honest this film was and how authentic the people portrayed were. I did chuckle a couple times when I saw Jamaicans being Jamaicans but I think this added to the honesty of the documentary. I was not displeased and would recommend this to any Jamaican or Marley enthusiast.
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What else can really be said about this?? I don't even write very many music or movie reviews (even if I love a film), but this was simply so magnificent I felt compelled to speak on it. Seriously, I'm not gonna make a point to go into some long drawn out review b/c, others truly have summed up far more succulently everything I could say about this. But best believe if you're a Bob fan this is truly a MUST SEE! Heck, even if you don't know much about him and his music you NEED to learn yourself up on this and watch. I actually didn't realize there was a documentary out for at least a full week after its initial release, though ironically I had been listening to (what I later put together as) the OST. And let me tell you, they truly nailed the musical experience in this one (as others have stated)! It was absolutely so enlightening to get such a deep insight on how some of the songs had so much more of a powerful meaning! Not to give anything away, but the segment on his earlier years and the song "Cornerstone" was particularly deep and awesome b/c, the true meaning of it was so much more mind-blowingly different than what I had ever imagined that song was! And that's just one example out of many...

I'm dead for real, whether you're a Marley fan, a fan of peace, love, and life--WHATEVER--you simply NEED to watch this!
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Last summer I found myself wanting to own some Marley music, and purchased the soundtrack without being familiar with the DVD itself. I enjoyed the music so much, I later came across the DVD on Netflix and watched it, all 2 and a half hours, with rapt attention. The DVD pays tribute to his life, music, & religion. It is full of concert footage, and goes a little bit into the history and political strife in Jamaica central to his music. I don't normally have the patience for DVD commentary, but I was so taken by Marley's life story, I watched it a second time through with commentary by Kevin MacDonald and Ziggy Marley, and was then moved to tears by the end. The commentary was excellent and is recommended, and creates a more intimate glimpse into Marley's life. His life ended too young, but the joy he created lives on all over the world. This DVD is so rich in special features you will want to spend an extra night watching them after the documentary is through. Previously I only knew of the music from the popular songs on the radio; having watched the DVD and purchased the soundtrack has broadened my understanding of his life and his influence on the world that continues today and his legacy that will live on.
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Given the length of the film, it seems oddly hollow at times. I was left still having no idea what the core of Bob Marley was like. His political views (other than cynical) were obscured, his personal relationships were confusing. What mattered to him? The only truly clear point I emerged with was that Bob Marley wanted his musical career to succeed, he wanted to conquer markets worldwide and was upset that his music was not embraced by African Americans. And that he was "tough", and felt alienated for a variety of reasons. He loved children, it was said, but seemed to have little time to spend with at least some of them. That's hardly unusual for driven men, but given Marley's apparent rejection of "western" family structure, it's kind of troubling. Surely his children were hurt by his behavior, and he seemed to spread himself awfully thin in terms of personal commitments. Furthermore, there are many questions about some of the most important events in his life. A few are alluded to by Ziggy Marley.

Who was really behind the assassination attempt? What happened to those who did the shooting? And who on earth was giving Marley medical advice? He appeared to have no appropriate treatment for the melanoma that was diagnosed on his foot, guaranteeing that it would reappear in metastases and be ultimately fatal. And when he had a seizure from the cancer spreading to his brain, someone advised him to just continue performing?? Clearly someone was terrified of losing potential income and momentum but who? Was it Marley himself? Chris Blackwell? Those in his entourage? Why did the Wailers really break up?
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