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Tony Bennett - The Music Never Ends (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2008)

Tony Bennett , Clint Eastwood , Bruce Ricker  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Bennett, Clint Eastwood
  • Directors: Bruce Ricker
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Bruce Ricker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZM1MR8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tony Bennett - The Music Never Ends (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Bonus: At the piano with Tony and Clint
  • Bonus disc: Tony Bennett concert performance at the 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival

Editorial Reviews

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A class act in every respect, Tony Bennett deserves the same in a documentary tribute, and The Music Never Ends is just that, an 87-minute compilation of music and words that's as likably modest as the octogenarian singer himself. Born in New York in 1926, the former Anthony Benedetto grew up during the Depression, served in World War II, hit the big time in the 1950s, marched in Selma, Alabama with Martin Luther King, Jr., faded from the scene during the rock-dominated '60s, became an estimable painter, and then, with son Danny as his manager, staged a revival that earned him many young fans and continues to this day. All of that is detailed (by celeb talking heads like Harry Belafonte, Martin Scorsese, Mel Brooks, and Alec Baldwin, as well as various critics and pundits) in the film, but the most entertaining content, of course, is the music. There are concert and television performances spanning more than half a century, from "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" in '53 to Monterey in '05 (his gig at that year's Jazz Festival occupies a second disc, with bits and pieces scattered throughout the main documentary); we see Bennett at the Grand Ol' Opry in '55 (singing Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart"), on several TV talk fests (including a wonderful, if too short, clip with the great jazz pianist Bill Evans on The Tonight Show), and even on Saturday Night Live, in an amusing bit with Baldwin impersonating Bennett and "Anthony Benedetto" as one of his talk show guests. The presentation is pretty impressive, too: the composers and lyricists of every song are identified, Clint Eastwood co-produced (the principal bonus feature is an informal conversation between the two), Anthony Hopkins narrates, and medleys of several songs (including the inevitable "I Left My Heart in San Francisco") combine Bennett performances from different eras; two especially delightful sequences intersperse Bennett's versions of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "I Got Rhythm" with clips from films featuring Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, respectively. Hot stuff. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Clint Eastwood presents a documentary on the extraordinary career of one of music's greats: Tony Bennett. Bennett is considered to be one of the greatest living singers in American popular music, and this film reflects all that he has accomplished while living against the background of a changing America. The 90-minute film weaves archival footage with contemporary clips of Bennett performing live throughout his career including him singing his famous hits "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and "For Once in My Life". Peppered throughout the film are interviews with celebrities reminiscing about their favorite moments with the legendary singer. It is a story of integrity winning over adversity...and of art triumphing over all.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great concept and artist, terrible production mistake December 5, 2007
Format:DVD
Pre-Ordered this after seeing the PBS special. Bennett is my all time favorite and disk one is absouley wonderful. However as an earlier reviewer noted, the second disc is a duplicate of the first, not the concert performance it is supposed to be. Having this corrected by Amazon is an impossibility. Just try to get a human to respond to your problem. My advice is not to waste your $ now on amazon and wait to see if warner video realizes what they've done. Get it from an actual store that can address the problem if your copy has the error.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new 'Gold Standard' for musical biography! December 1, 2007
Format:DVD
"You want it for Christmas?" my wife asked, after spotting a small, full-color ad for this DVD package in our "National Post" newspaper. And while she shopped at Sears for a red dress yesterday, I dropped into the next-door Wal-Mart (ostensibly to see the new "Eagles" CD - "available exclusively, for under 12 dollars!"). And there it was: stacks and stacks of "Clint Eastwood Presents Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends TWO-DISC Special Edition" And well . . . I couldn't wait till Christmas to enjoy!

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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ive ordered 3 of these in hopes to get the Concert disk- to actually be a concert.
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Documentary, Insipid Extras October 5, 2007
By Birdman
Based on the single-disk package:

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Husky Tony September 15, 2007
Viewed this DVD on PBS: a musical history of this pop singer with archival footage and commentary by noted entertainment types extolling the virtues of this venerable pop singer, and justifiably so. Wish Clint would comb his hair!Very clever juxtapositioning of other artists between Bennett's singing his signature songs. Bennett has aged extremely well, and in my opinion, sings better now than he did decades ago, a palatable huskiness that only emphasizes his style, so what if his voice breaks on a note now and then - it's the one and only, it's Tony Bennett!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Add 2 more to the production error column December 27, 2007
Format:DVD
Bought 2 copies as Christmas gifts - disc 2 is a duplicate of disc 1 on both copies. How many people have to report this error before there's a recall?!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware 2nd Monterey Concert is a Duplicate of 1st DVD !!! November 19, 2007
The 1st DVD is wonderful.

However there are apparently a whole bunch of the 2nd DVD labeled as the 2005 Monterey Jazz Concert but it is an exact duplicate of the main DVD.

Who do we appeal this to get what we paid for??? No phone number listed for Warner Home Video or Red Envelope Entertainment. Who reimburses our return postage?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Homage December 28, 2007
Format:DVD
Thank you Clint Eastwood for leaving us this magnificent portrait of an American icon. Replete with interviews, video clips, and vignettes from Tony's long career as one of the premier songsters of the twentieth century. A classy production worthy of the attention of anyone interested in American popular music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual
Great concert by Tony, and some interesting conversation
with Tony and Clint Eastwood, who seems a bit shy. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Big Band Leader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and informative purchase!
Excellent bio on Mr. Bennett. It's carefully and caringly put together by Clint Eastwood with voice-over by Anthony Hopkins. Read more
Published 1 month ago by julianna sand
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic man
Tony is definitely the heir to Frank Sinatra. His story is inspiring and unique. Over the years he as taken care of his voice, avoiding smoking and the heavy drinking of his time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Tony Rocks
All that I wanted. Tony Bennett never grows old and his style will live on long after the man himself is gone.
Published 8 months ago by G. Beyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Great vocals ... poverty of the mind!
Tony Bennett is once again represented by an excellent series of singing performances, and this dvd is directed by no less than Clint Eastwood. Read more
Published 17 months ago by missblast
5.0 out of 5 stars BENNETT
A fine indepth look at the man and his music. His thoughts
and stories are quite entertaining and could only wish for more.
Published 17 months ago by Carnagie Thornhill
5.0 out of 5 stars What does the musical eschaton look like or sound like?
What does it consist of?
Why do I think I might have just seen and heard it yesterday?
Was it composed only of singers?
Was it only artists? Read more
Published 19 months ago by James J. Ferris
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Bennett is a a NATIONAL TREASURE!
This film, directed by Clint Eastwood, is a great tribute to a great artist and a wonderful man.
His singing is still so superb! Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by Dan IN PDX
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate film about the ultimate survivor
I'll confess that I fast-forwarded past the more formulaic material--e.g. the Belafonte and Talese interviews about Tony as civil rights pioneer, the stories about his humble... Read more
Published on May 20, 2011 by Samuel Chell
5.0 out of 5 stars So Enjoyable
This program was so enjoyable. It shows was a master Mr. Bennett is. I watched it with my mother and we both could not stop watching until the end.
Published on May 14, 2011 by Wheeler
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