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Muscle Shoals (2013)

Rick Hall , Aretha Franklin , Greg 'Freddy' Camalier  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Bono, Gregg Allman
  • Directors: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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 (371 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H3JHH6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,778 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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114 of 117 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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44 of 44 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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52 of 53 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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32 of 32 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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40 of 42 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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23 of 23 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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20 of 20 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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15 of 15 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 Don't miss this very special insight into the Muscle Shoals Sound.
Tremendous music and insight regarding Muscle Shoals. I was just knocked out by incredible soulful quality of the musicians and the history behind the rich and great Muscle Shoals... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by T. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars A very meaningful in depth look at some musicians nobodies ...
A very meaningful in depth look at some musicians nobodies ever heard of, unless they had recorded at Muscle Shoals, or Fame records, very well put together
Published 3 days ago by william johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch now
Really quite wonderful! Great music.
Published 3 days ago by T. Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures so much footage of the great musicians from the 50s on up to...
Not to be missed. Captures so much footage of the great musicians from the 50s on up to rock groups who went to Muscle Shoals (yes, it is a real place on the map) like The Rolling... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Designer G
5.0 out of 5 stars Artful, insightful, and entertaining
I saw it on PBS first. We ordered the DVD for a gift and the soundtrack for us to savor. This is an artful, insightful, and entertaining documentary on the roots of 1960's and... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Phillip Mullins
5.0 out of 5 stars Rally amazing. Little town of Muscle Shoals had so many ...
Rally amazing. Little town of Muscle Shoals had so many great hits that it rivals the big recording capitols. Tremendous! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Norman Wool
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this DVD!
Published 6 days ago by Katie Cowart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing story of a group of musicians who made a significant contribution to the evolution of American music.
Published 6 days ago by Pedro R. Bermudez
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough about the history of recorded music and this is a...
Added to my collection of music documentaries. Can't get enough about the history of recorded music and this is a great addition. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Richard Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned a lot about the music I grew up with
This was really interesting and well made. Learned a lot about the music I grew up with.
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