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Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon [Blu-ray]

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When three teenaged brothers and their cousin rebelled against their strict, religious Southern upbringing to form Kings of Leon, their humble backstory garnered almost as much attention as their music. Many questioned if they were really related and if rumors of their father being a Pentecostal preacher were true. Since then, the band has achieved worldwide, Grammy® Award-winning success and Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon lies to rest the mystery and myths as it details the rise to fame from their bible belt beginnings.

The documentary kicks off at the annual Followill family reunion in the back woods of Talihina, OK, where the boys return to their roots and unwind with their family. First-time director and Followill friend Stephen C. Mitchell weaves personal home videos, unedited interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the band's journey from their small-town beginnings -- spent in poverty and touring the circuit with their father, a Pentecostal evangelist minister, and their devout mother -- to living the rock star dream.

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  • Actors: Kings of Leon
  • Directors: Stephen C. Mitchell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RCA
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KP75FI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,862 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When I look at a rock documentary these days, I always wonder how much appeal the movie would have outside a performer or group's regular fan base. Kings of Leon are certainly a talented quartet that have taken the music scene by storm and I definitely think that this inside portrait will appeal to their fan base. A truthful, if somewhat episodic, document of the group's success and back story--Stephen C. Mitchell's "Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon" has a warts-and-all appeal that makes for interesting storytelling. The group has a candor and openness in front of the camera that involves the viewer as a part of the action. But the focus of the movie kind of jumps around with no specific narrative purpose. I still thought this was a vital and alive piece that offers quite a bit of insight into Kings of Leon and the roots that made them who they are today. I don't know if it will necessarily garner new fans--their music, while featured, isn't necessarily a focal point--but it has a satisfying fly-on-the-wall feel for those wishing to understand the boys more personally.

If you are shopping this title, you undoubtedly already know that Kings of Leon is comprised of three Followill brothers (Nathan, Caleb, and Jared) with their cousin (Matthew). While the brothers grew up in a strict Pentecostal upbringing following their preacher father around the country, the main part of their clan resided in rural Oklahoma. The documentary spends almost as much time with the Followill's extended family as it does with the principle group and it's an intriguing approach. The family is dirt poor and still live a meager lifestyle at the outskirts of Oklahoma City.
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As KOL's lead singer Caleb states "A lot of people were telling our story, but they got it all wrong, so we decided to tell our own story, so people would know the truth." And that is what this Rock Documentary is all about, a very well presented story & history of the KOL as told by the members themselves, along with Caleb, Nathan, and Jared's Divorced Father & Mother and many of their relatives. It also includes input from KOL band member Matthew, who is a 1st Cousin to the 3 brothers. All 4 members of the KOL bear the same last name of Followill. This "Rock Doc" begans at a Followill Family Reunion in their hometown of Talihina, Oklahoma, which is located in rural Southeastern Oklahoma, in a county that intersects with the Arkansas border. Talihina is a American Choctaw Indian name for "Iron Road"

In this "Rock Doc" Caleb covers the process they went through in selecting a name for their band. Then Caleb clearly states that their name "Kings of Leon", was chosen in honor of all the band members' Granddad, Leon Mitchell Followill. Their Granddad & Grandma, Leon Mitchell Followill & Mildred Ledell Brown Followill are both in this "Rock Doc". They reside in the KOL's hometown of Talihina, Oklahoma.

The KOL were raised in a strict, Southern Pentecostal background, the 3 members whose father was a Pentecostal Evangelist Preacher, traveled throughout the Mid South, conducting revivals at Pentecostal Churhes. I was raised in a strict Southern Penetecostal background myself, so I can definitely relate to what they went through while growing up. Legendary Louisiana Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis was also raised in this type of environment to a certain extent. One of my uncles was a Pentecostal Preacher. It's a very stressful job, people call you 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spider on December 9, 2011
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There are several naysayer critics floating around the world-wide-web, presenting in newspaper print who wail loudly for "more narrative" in this documentary. They just don't get it. Real, raw, and rousing, this story defies the polished British-accented narrator in favor of local flavor. Talihina Sky provides a glimpse into the multitude of forces which shape the Kings of Leon. Fundamental religion, fanaticism, and utterly dour socioeconomic conditions name a few. The parallels which compare their roots to the rock paint an eerily ironic picture. Quaking music fans and pentecostal parishioners dominate the scene. If you desire a cohesive, well-outlined history lesson of the band, pull up the Wikipedia article. Otherwise sit back with this film and become enlightened to the band's inner spirit. And watch life roll by.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Fechter on September 12, 2012
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From their dominant religious upbringing to their brilliant rise to the top, Kings Of Leon truly are a sight to see. Named after their paternal grandfather Leon, of whom they are 'Kings Of', they are performing as one of the most celebrated bands of late.

Talihina Sky tells the intricate and enticing story of the Followill band of brothers (Nathan, Caleb, and Jared - all their middle names) along with first cousin Matthew Followill who also joined in. This documentary is done in such an appealing way, I have watched it several times already, catching onto something new with each viewing.

Beginning this rich tale is to start with the boy's impoverished, zealously Pentecostal childhood. Their side of the family was strict; devout, although favorably balanced through their mother Betty Ann. Their father Ivan, being an evangelical preacher who led revival meetings that the boys were always attending gradually turned around. Ivan and Betty Ann were divorced while the boys were in their latter teen years. He comments throughout the film as does she.

We see this come into view back and forth as the documentary plays through with plenty of interesting narrative and dialog from a huge family. They are at their annual family reunion including an abundance of relatives in a very rural Talihina OK. locale where all sorts of their people are gathered. This certainly is an interesting documented family portrait.

They have many uncles, cousins, etc. who all join in and make this yearly occasion quite a shindig for several days. There are little shacks all over the property, animals and a creek that their grandmother named "the best babysitter in the world". Nathan, Caleb, Jared, and Matthew come without any pretense and without an attitude of any superiority.
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