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Tony Bennett - The Music Never Ends (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Tony Bennett's distinctive voice and stirring renditions of American standards made him a star. Five decades, 15 Grammys and more than 50 million records sold (and counting) later, he's a legend. No matter when you first became a Tony Bennett fan, this uniquely personal portrait will help you appreciate this exceptional man and incomparable performer in a whole new way. Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends brings together rarely seen archival clips, exclusive new performance footage of Tony's Montery Jazz Festival premiere and revealing conversations with on-screen interviewer Clint Eastwood. The two legendary entertainers share an easy rapport as they reflect on the singer's life and career. Woven together masterfully by director Bruce Ricker, the film brings Tony Bennett's warmth, heart and soul to the screen just as he brings it to each of his songs.]]>
- Bonus: At the piano with Tony and Clint
- Bonus disc: Tony Bennett concert performance at the 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival
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After my son put up our (artificial) tree -- as he always does -- and had strung the hundreds of (clear) lights . . . in preparation for his two children coming over today to decorate it (as only they can) . . . then we sat down to watch this show: 'Spellbinding,' is the word that springs to mind.
First things first: No performer in the history of American popular music has ever been better `celebrated' in a made-for-TV production than by this (2007) "American Masters" PBS special.
Lovingly produced -- with the highest conceivable professionalism -- by Academy Award-winning film director Clint Eastwood (narration by his friend and fellow Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins) this double-disc `treasure' provides more than two hours of terrific entertainment -- "for the whole family," as they used to say. I say it's `guaranteed' to stand up to repeated viewing. And though it contains not a word about Christmas, this will always be a happy `seasonal' association for me. No program has come closer to capturing the "magic" way in which Tony Bennett manages to appeal to each new generation of audiences!Read more ›
Of the many documentaries based on Tony Bennett's artistry -- and there have been many -- this is perhaps the most entertaining, inclusive and nostalgic. Except for the occasionally choppy edit, the movie tracks Bennett's career from 1949 to 2006 through dozens of segments featuring Sinatra, Basie, Durante, Astaire, Belafonte --and excepts from Bennett's appearances on SNL, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, and live clips from performances in at least a dozen great venues.
The film is also one of the few to address the singer's participation in the Civil Rights Movement and career during the Second World War. The music is fabulous, and the total production polished and engaging.
Oh--but I'd skip those extras, folks (in the single-disk set) except for a promising vocal performance by Antonia Bennett. The outtakes, entitled "Clint and Tony at the Piano" offer clips of some of the most vapid conversation between two creative artists I've ever seen. Eastwood (the producer) seems awed in the presence of Bennett and has difficulty putting sentences together. Don't get me wrong. He is a superb filmmaker and pianist, but the extra segments in which he appears here are simply embarrassing. Were it not for these, I'd give this package 5 stars.
Both disks are the same thing- disk 1.
Sony didnt even recall them.
And they Admitted it!!!
They just let us waste our money and figured we would live with it.
Typical of a rich corporation nowadays.
Boooo on Sony for this.
Very WRONG of them to pull such a selfish stunt.
They said I would have to exchange it for another. I replied that I would do so only on the condition they opened it and played both discs to make sure I received a good copy.
To make a long story short, I had to DEMAND to speak to the manager. I insisted they either refund my money or order another batch. Needless to say, my money was refunded.
I really want this DVD. Guess I'll have to wait for the manufacturer to re-release proper copies in the future.
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This is Tony Bennett at his best!!! You will enjoy it - he's tremendous!!Published 9 months ago by MARILYN R. WILSON
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