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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0066PUDZ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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THUNDER SOUL is the inspiring, music-filled true story of high school band leader "Prof" Johnson, who took a ragtag jazz band and transformed them into the legendary funk powerhouse that took the nation by storm. Now decades later, "Prof's" students prepare to gather and celebrate the man who taught them about pride, honor and the power of a deep groove in this unforgettable true story.

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Thank you all and God bless.
CA Baldwin
Great story, Amazing music, and Amazing true story!
Sedrick Lakpa
Some of the best music you will ever hear.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susan Sewell on December 29, 2011
Format: DVD
I've seen this documentary twice in documentary festivals and love it! Great storytelling and fantastic music. I'm so excited it will be released soon as a DVD so I can share it with friends.
This is a tale of a high school reunion and friends reunited - laughing about their hair in high school and telling stories of what they have done for the last 40 years. It is a thank you to music in schools and a special teacher who touched so many students' lives. It is a part of the history of the US and of funk music. You'll laugh and cry - and leave dancing to the music in your head. Well worth watching over and over again. (and there's a CD of the original music!)
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Much like the award-winning documentary "Drumline", "Thunder Soul" shows how a strong-willed and loving teacher can truly "make a difference" in the lives of children living in the poorer or more crime-ridden areas of a city. This 88-minute film (produced in 2010) focuses on the Kashmere (Texas) High School Stage Band and it's music director Conrad "Prof" Johnson. One of the most award-winning stage bands in the country, Kashmere's band only existed because of "Prof". He ran the coed musical aggregation of black students in this ward in Houston, with a "tough love" and a code of conduct and respect. And the students we hear from in the many interviews let us know that, with out Prof's support and guidance they'd probably be using, or selling, drugs today.

The action which forms the core of the film takes place in 2008 when a couple of band alumni from the 1971-4 period - just before Prof retired - decide to find all the old band members - now scattered around the country, with most having not lifted their instruments in years - and hold a "reunion concert" for the then 93 year old teacher. We watch as they come together and practice for the "big night". Director Mark Landesman interviews Prof in these later years but also incorporates clips from a 1974 documentary on the band titled "Prof & the Band". A 16-minute segment from the 1974 film is one of the two bonus features. The other is a full-length commentary by the Landesman and his Editor.

Unlike "Drumline" where we follow the students up to a competition, here we follow them as they reminisce and try to recapture the "team" spirit of their glory years, nearly 40 years earlier. (Spoiler alert: they do!).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Lee on February 26, 2012
Format: DVD
In the wake of negative commentary that has overtaken the media in discussions about the state of American education, this documentary puts the spotlight on the value of a good teacher. It demonstrates how years after we exit our school aged years, we can look back and identify the teachers who used their talents to mold us as students into responsible, caring, and empathetic adults. There's no mention of test scores but what teachers provided was invaluable and not easily measured. Thundersoul should be seen by a wide audience since it's message holds so much more insight than the more popular Waiting for Superman. It demonstrates how Superman does exist in classrooms across our nation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Parker on October 6, 2011
Format: DVD
I got the previlige of seeing this movie at a private screening without any presumptions of what I was about to see. This documentary is one of the best I've seen period. It was enlightening, funny, endearing and truthful all at the same time. Mr. Conrad and his students were amazing and I hope that this movie and their record recordings are seen and heard all over the world. Kudos to the producers and to Mr. Jamie Foxx on such a great film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A kids review on February 1, 2012
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The story of the Kashmere High School Stage Band is like a real-life Glee plotline: music teacher attends Otis Redding concert, and hits upon the idea of having the band students bring the funk. More than 40 years after the kids first got together to put on a show, the meager recorded output of these Texas schoolkids is prized by hip hop DJs looking for the perfect beat -- and it's the subject of Thunder Soul, an agreeable documentary narrated by Jamie Foxx that tells the story of the coolest band geeks ever. The students reunite to pay tribute to their teacher, Conrad "Prof" Johnson, and play some of the old songs, and they can still put on a show -- I grooved to this fascinating slice of pop culture history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley R. Sanders on July 1, 2013
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This documentary movie is a great! I am one of the members of the band and I must say this is right on point as it was back in the seventies during my time with the Kashmere Stag Band and my teenier at Kashmere Sr High. If Conrad (Prof) Johnson had not given me the opportunity to join the advance jazz band before my time I would not have experience the trip to Japan as a professional jazz artist which was a great trip. This movie tells you how Conrad loved us students by how he taught musicianship, respect, and professionalism learning to be responsible young men and women. Those were times I will cherish and funny as it may sound, those were the best years of my life as a high school teenager. Mark Landsman, great job! Thank You!

Stan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ShoppingMomma on August 19, 2012
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I bought this for my mom's birthday. She opened it immediately and watched it. She calls it one of her best gifts ever. She loced learning more about the group and the music.
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