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Rejoice and Shout (2011)

Smokey Robinson , Mavis Staples , Don McGlynn  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Smokey Robinson, Mavis Staples, Willa Ward
  • Directors: Don McGlynn
  • 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: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003LPV3TS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rejoice and Shout" on IMDb

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REJOICE & SHOUT covers 200 years of musical history of African-American Christianity, featuring the legends of Gospel music, including The Staple Singers, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Culled from hundreds of hours of music, tracing the evolution of gospel music through its many styles the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing, the emergence of soul, and the blending of rap and hip-hop elements. It connects the history of African-American culture with gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large and captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning soulful gospel documentary October 28, 2011
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This is a truly stunning, thoughtful, well-crafted documentary charting the evolution of African-American gospel music from its plantation-day roots to its modern, pop-infused incarnations. Mixing insightful contemporary interviews with electrifying archival performances, the film shows how gospel music developed as a style of expression and as a performing art, as well as its role in the changing social tides of American life. Interviewees include various academics, as well as legendary performers such as Marie Knight, Mavis Staples, Ira Tucker, Sr. (of the Dixie Hummingbirds), Andre Crouch and others. What's most moving is the vibrant archival footage of the genre's great artists -- The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mahalia Jackson, The Golden Gate Quartet, Dixie Hummingbirds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Staple Singers, Edwin Hawkins and many others, including glimpses into wild Pentecostal services and churchy choirs up North.

A strong narrative thread pulls it all together, giving a cogent, compelling view of one of America's great, neglected artforms, deftly exploring how the style became increasingly more businesslike and grew to incorporate new techniques and styles -- such as coordinated dance moves and electric guitars -- that many considered profane, yet were undeniably soul-shaking and powerful. Ultimately, the film concludes, it's all praise and it's all good. Sure is great to see it all on film, too, especially the old stuff -- amazingly, not a lot of the vintage performances are available on DVD, which is tragic given the power of the clips seen here. Indeed, this film is generously programmed with about half the screen time given over to several world-class performances, stuff that will rock your soul. Great film, highly recommended! DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To World Music)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of its kind (so far) December 5, 2011
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If you love gospel music, you'll be in heaven over this!

This is a documentary of Black American Gospel music which mixes OUTSTANDING perfomances with some learned commentary that rarely gets in the way.

This is similar to another gospel documentary DVD entitled "The Story of Gospel Music," which features many of the same artists and a couple of the same commentators, but this DVD has a better selection of Gospel performances.

This film begins with a lovely child doing a powerful version of Amazing Grace. Then we hear from Smokey Robinson (doing commentary) and we see the legendary Ira Tucker Sr. (I'm proud to say he's my homeboy from Spartanburg SC) of the Dixie Hummingburds along with Ira Jr. and the sister of gospel legend Clara Ward commenting from a theater in Philadelphia. The performances dig deep. We get some quartets from the early 1900s singing Negro Spirituals in glee club and barbershop type harmony (one VERY rare clip from a 1922 Lee Deforest experimental sound film has the Utica Quartet singing "Deep River") along with the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet and the Rust College (from Holly Springs, Miss.) choir. We also get into some CLASSIC mind-bending performances from the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Swan Silvertones (apparently at Newport in the 1960s) that truly have to be seen to be believed! The legendary "TV Gospel Tme" show from the 1960s features the 5 Blind Boys from Alabama, a young James Cleveland singing solo, a young Shirley Ceaser and the Caravans, Brother Joe May (briefly), and Sister Rosetta Tharpe's rocking guitar on "Down by the Riverside." Clara Ward and her crew turn in a frenzied (but obiously choreographed) perfromance that can leave you dizzy and out of breath, sort of a gospel version of James Brown & his Famous Flames!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this film in when it played in the theaters and a good portion of the audience were clapping along to the performances. It was almost like a live concert with a narrative connecting the performances, except most of the performers were dead - or, in the case of Marie Knight and Ira Tucker Sr.of the Dixie Hummingbirds, have died since the film was made. And that's what made the film special. They were captured either in theier prime, or while they could be interviewed. I was anxiously awaiting the DVD release so I could watch the film again. And, I have to tell you, it's worth watching again and again!

Producer Joe Lauro - who runs the archival film company Historic Films - has a most amazing collection of rare musical performances and every time I see his name associated with a project, I know I'm in for some wonderful rare, and often "unseen in years" footage. That's the case here with many rare performances - mostly from Gospel TV shows from the 1950s. The quality is superb. My only regret is that most of them are not shown as complete songs. That would make this two-hour film many hours longer. (Hey, I'm fine with that!). I had hoped that the DVD release would have included full performances as "bonus features" but, sadly, that is not the case. The only "Special Features" are the Theatrical Trailer and THREE "Additional Interviews". These consist of Marie Knight (about 2 minutes), Andre Crouch (10 minutes of interview) and Darrel Petties.

The film itself features interviews with the above-mentioned Tucker (along with his son Ira Jr.), Willa Ward, Smokey Robinson (on the impact of "the Holy Spirit" on him as a child) and a bevy of gospel historians and authors).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am very pleased with the this purchase of rejoice and shout
Published 18 days ago by Christine Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars I RATE THIS WITH ALL THE STARS IN HEAVEN
I WAS RAISED BY GRANDMA'S HANDS, AND AM SAD SHE AND MY MOTHER ARE NOT ALIVE TO ENJOY THIS WONDERFULL AND UPLIFTING DVD WITH ME ,,HAD FLASHBACKS OF TAKING MY MOTHER & GRANDMOTHER TO... Read more
Published 1 month ago by POO N THE DESERT
5.0 out of 5 stars INFORMATIVE AND ENTERTAINING
THANK YOU FOR IDENTIFYING THE COMMENTATORS AS WELL AS THE FEATURED GROUPS. PARTICULARLY HAPPY TO HAVE A CLIP OF JACKIE VERDELL FROM EARLY YEARS. ENJOYED THIS PROJECT SO MUCH... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sister B
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
I LOVE GOSPEL MUSIC I DID NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE HISTORY UNTIL NOW I WOULD LIKE MORE LIKE THIS ONE
Published 2 months ago by VERA JAMES
3.0 out of 5 stars Gospel?
A nice little clip, but you have to live some things to know how to present them.I am from the old school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope its good. Smile
I bought this for my mom. She is a chrisitian woman that enjoys anything religious so I found this and sent it to her. Read more
Published 2 months ago by beautyqueenmomof3
5.0 out of 5 stars True Gospel
I have been an avid follower of Gospel music since my parents took me to see the Swan Silvertones and the Spirit of Memphis Quartet in 1951 when I was ten years old. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caroll L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie on the History of Gospel Music!
A former member of the Dixie Hummingbirds give me tickets, about 2 years ago, to see this movie at a local theater. This movie was great! Read more
Published 3 months ago by O. Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love , love
I first saw this documentary on Netflix and I just had to have a copy for myself. I love traditional gospel music and this documentary really delivers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Phyllis Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Gospel History
Enjoyed the music and learning the history of Gospel music in this country-recommend this documentary to everyone, the music is wonderful.
Published 4 months ago by jackie
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