That's the Way of the World
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- Commentary by Verdine White and Ralph Johnson of Earth Wind and Fire
- Still and poster gallery
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- 8-page booklet with liner notes and photos
Top Customer Reviews
This movie is worth the price of admission if only just to see Charles Stepney in the studio, and actually playing the piano, albeit he only plays a few chords. The other interesting parts for me were the studio scenes where the session musicians laid down the tracks for that crappy song by The Pages.
You could take the plot and dialogue of this movie and apply it to the present day music industry and it will answer your question "Why is music such crap these days?"
Thursday, May 04, 2006
That's the Way of the World press release
Current mood: excited
Category: Movies, TV, Celebrities
CELEBRATE THE 70S AS BCI PRESENTS THE FILM DEBUT OF THE LEGENDARY EARTH, WIND & FIRE
THATS THE WAY OF THE WORLD
First Time on Home VideoAvailable July 18th For $19.98;
Coinciding with Earth, Wind & Fires Summer Concert Tour;
Breakthrough Film Score Features Classic Hits
Shining Star and Reasons
Also Available This Summer in HD-DVD Format
Los Angeles, CA Theyre one of the most inspirational, influential and successful bands in music history, and have consistently changed the face of R&B and pop music over the past 35 years. In 1975, their breakthrough hits Shining Star and Reasons were the featured songs on the soundtrack for the film Thats the Way of the World. Fresh on the heels of their 23rd album, Illumination, BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, will release this long thought lost film Thats the Way of the World on DVD July 18th, at a suggested retail price of $19.98. The title will also be available this summer in the HD-DVD format. Featuring an array of special features, Thats the Way of the World explores the politics that surround the recording industry and a producer trying to fight the system, and stars Harvey Keitel and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Earth, Wind & Fire has reached iconic status in the music industry, earning a plethora of accolades too numerous to mention, said Ed Goetz, President, BCI.Read more ›
As a movie, IT'S NOT GREAT. The acting is sub-par (and that's saying A LOT since this came out during the so-called "Blaxploitation" era), and it seems that the writers rely on cliches in portraying many of the characters. I give the Maurice White and the other cats an "A" for effort for the little bit of acting they try to do, though. They're not in the movie very much. Like others have said, there's only a little bit of live peformance footage.
From the perspective of a musician, FUNKATEER, and EWF lover, though, the opening scene of the movie is what I enjoyed the most...seeing the cats in a simulated studio situation. For other connoisseurs of soul, a real treat is getting to see footage and hear the voice of Charles Stepney (who tries some acting), EWF's legendary producer and arranger. Also there are a couple of montage's demonstrating the recording/creative process. These were truly pleasures to watch.
As far as the extras were concerned, no big whoop. I was particularly disappointed with the commentary. Ralph Johnson's voice came through loud and clear, but it sounded like Verdine White was on the other side of the room without a mic and was largely hard to understand throughout. How the producers of the package allowed that to happen is beyond me.
All in all, it you're an EWF completist, you should own this DVD...just BECAUSE. For the rest of you, well, you can take it or leave it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bert Parks is a very dark villian.Earth Wind and Fire Is the centerpiece of this music driven take on the music buisness.Harvey Keitrl was agreat lead.Published 2 days ago by maurice a. grant jr
The music is outstanding especially the extended instrumental of That's The Way Of The World. But the acting and the script were wretched. MST fodder for sure.Published 4 days ago by Tom Spence