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Muscle Shoals [Blu-ray] (2013)

Rick Hall , Aretha Franklin , Greg 'Freddy' Camalier  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Bono, Gregg Allman
  • Directors: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
  • Format: Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H3JHE0K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Watch This October 4, 2013
By Yodi
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As of today, we can't buy this DVD - it did play in our local arthouse movie theater and our cable TV system is showing it now, for an extra few dollars. I grew up in Alabama and was bitten by the R & B bug at age 8. I've loved it, lived it, played it all my life (I'm now a 65-yr-old caucasian lady). Yes, people in our little town thought my brother and I were crazy, so much did we love this music. I'm thankful that this film was made, and it must have been years in the making, because here you see Wilson Pickett and Jerry Wexler, both of whom have been dead for several years now.

I never knew the story was so rough. Never knew that Rick Hall had such a rough life. We picked up bits and pieces about Muscle Shoals as we grew up -- it became like a magic, mystical place in our minds. It would be wonderful if the whole cut of each song could be played, but that would make the movie way too long. The photography is beautiful, the remarks made by Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Jerry Wexler, Keith Richard and Mick Jagger, and more, make you slowly realize that Muscle Shoals was almost a miracle. The first hit, the wonderful "You Better Move On" by Arthur Alexander - followed by the Rolling Stones playing and singing the same song, makes you gasp. Tears flowed, I don't mind saying. Just put aside whatever you may think about Alabama, and see this movie.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An education September 29, 2013
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As a musician I have spent a fair amount of time exploring the roots of our heritage... This movie taught me how much I really do not know... An excellent documentary for anyone searching out where the real sound comes from... Great clips and history... A wonderful documentary by any measurement
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Layered Story October 2, 2013
By Me
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This documentary has several layers. It tells of one man's struggles and his response to life's difficulties. It tells about one small town's unique influence on music. It mixes in some American history as the story is told. I lived in this area and was only vaguely aware of how this area was shaping the music industry.

The beauty of North Alabama is shown through the shots of the nature that we are blessed to enjoy here.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Nostalgic and Beautifully Presented! October 15, 2013
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I love watching historic accounts of notable subject matter from the past. For some reason I'm just drawn into documentaries, narratives and key figure interviews from people that were first hand witnesses to key events in the history of mankind. Muscle Shoals fits into this category wonderfully. It is an amazing account of the history of a significant recording studio that played a huge part in the development and production of American Music culture.

I would have willingly given a rating of 5-Stars for this gem of a production, but I'm selfish. I wanted more and did not want it to end. The cinematography was beautiful. The stories that were told made me feel like I was there. The still photographs from the past were like looking through an old family album eliciting both joyful and sad memories from the past. One of my favorite things about Muscle Shoals was hearing first hand stories from the artists that were there. Wilson Picket and Keith Richards made me laugh out loud. The recounting of Aretha Franklin's first session at the studio and the build up to the first song she recorded there, had me totally mesmerized. The description of Etta James' persona, her strong will and the explosive talent she possessed were wonderfully described. Then of course there were the Swampers an unlikely group of caucasian country boys that grooved on more popular recordings than you could even imagine. Who knew?

I would definitely recommend a viewing or the purchase of this wonderful production to anyone who enjoys history, music or just the triumph of the human spirit through daunting challenges. Muscle Shoals is more than just a history lesson, it is a story of artistically gifted people discovering who they are and what they were created to do.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touches your soul October 13, 2013
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Our tradition is to watch documentaries about music and the music industry. I've seen many and enjoyed them all...and I'm just your regular person that enjoys music. By far this is my favorite. Brings back lots of memories...as great music always does. I didn't realize this small town, the Swampers and Rick Hall had such a massive impact on music. This movie was so educational (I just learned what "muscle shoals has got the swampers" meant in the hit Sweet Home Alabama...and I've been listening to Lynryd Skynryd for YEARS). So touching...I didn't want the movie to end. And a little sad...I can't think of anything like this today--session musicians...the magically creative musical process...the diversity. I can't wait until this comes out on video to own. I just ordered the various soundtracks. Visiting the Tennessee river is now on my bucket list.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie! October 1, 2013
By ANG
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My husband and I have already watched this movie three times in a twenty four hour span! We Love it and are SO proud to live in The Shoals!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see September 27, 2013
By Ina
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Learned so much about the southern influence on Rock that I never knew. Allman Bros, Lynyrd Skynyrd a given but long before that there was Muscle Shoals.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music documentary October 7, 2013
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If you care about the history of rock and classic soul, this is a must watch - but even if that isn't a particular interest for you, it's very entertaining. There is a character study here that goes well beyond what I expected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary
on the evolution of Muscle Shoals and their place in it's contribution to American music. The Swampers get their fair share of exposure as well.
Published 15 hours ago by Paul A. Poirier
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
I really loved this documentary. I thought I had a hard life, until I learned how Rick Hall grew up! This man has went through so much and is an inspiration. Read more
Published 1 day ago by odetomy
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see for music lovers
I love seeing the roots of some of the best American music! This movie makes you realize why the music was so good back then and why popular music has changed so much and seems so... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sambista Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary
I loved this documentary. Great background on Americana music. I liked seeing everybody from Aretha, the Rolling Stones all the way to Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Published 1 day ago by BoxerLover
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun surprise
An interesting look into the history of popular american music, and even some UK acts. Lots of great stories and information that seem to be mostly unknown to most music fans
Published 1 day ago by steven hall
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best documentaries on contemporary music
Both as a rock n roll fan and as a researcher (I was in this area 4 years ago working on my second book), I believe that "Muscle Shoals" has all the elements of a good... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Moses Maurice SIAKKIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting the pieces together.....
I watched this illuminating documentary twice this weekend. Stephen Badger's deeply researched and sensitive interviewing
brought out the best in his subjects. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Susan E Kay Matelich
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential, but...
The people involved with this documentary were very passionate about this little town and the wonderful music that it produced. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kylie K Maxcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Home Muscle Shoals!
Simply amazing! I can't stop watching it. Who knew all of this music was created there ? Go get now !
Published 2 days ago by CM
5.0 out of 5 stars The magic is not in the location
The film makes too much of the "magic" of the Tennessee River as a location. I agree it is lovely. Read more
Published 2 days ago by J. Rutledge
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