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The Barry White Story: Let the Music Play

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An intimate portrait of the life and work of the legendary Barry White told through extensive archive interviews with the great man himself and new interviews with his family, friends and colleagues including Smokey Robinson, Ray Parker Jr., Nathan East, Taboo from Black Eyed Peas, producer Jack Perry, record company boss Russ Regan, Love Unlimited member and ex-wife Glodean White and his children Barry White, Jr. and Shahera White among many others.

Bonus features include additional interviews and footage not seen in the main program.

Features excerpts from the following songs:
Let The Music Play
Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
You're The First, The Last, My Everything
Staying Power
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me
And many more


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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MG2LJU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By M. Jacobs on February 22, 2007
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First of all, I'm an old school guy and a real music lover, whether it be R&B, Jazz, Classical and even sometimes country music. I've been listen to Barry White since 1960 for those of you who didn't know he had been out here that long. I have every one of his albums,every one!, and I have damn near wore them out. Please note, this is not a "Live Concert" by any means, it is an excellent documentary about the life and times of "The Maestro" himself. Please; if you were ever a Barry White fan, do not deprive yourself of buying this DVD. You will be completely "Astonished and Amazed",especially during the days leading up to the end of his life. I couldn't wait to tell somebody about it, well done!!
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Barry White is one of those recording artists that you know the minute you hear him on the radio. As a major magazine said years ago, :For three years running the birth rate in the US increased 5% because of Barry White's records!". The guy ain't attractive - he's big with lots of hair but his voice can turn women of nearly every age and ethnicity into butter. And it's not just his voice. His INSTRUMENTAL hit "Love's Theme" is a standard now.

Okay, so you know the voice and the name but, like me, probably not much else - except that he died about 10 years ago.

This 2006 documentary produced by EagleVision and the UK's Channel 4 TV will tell you more than you'll ever want to know about the man. Using lots of archival footage of performances (mostly from a concert in Belgium), and narration from White himself for the first half of this 70 minute documentary, the producers have put together a complete picture of this artist beginning with his criminal record in his teens to the fight over access to him by his family in his last weeks of life. (Shades of the Anna Nicole Smith fiasco). We learn that his Business manager had his Power of Attorney and would not let his wife (they were separated) and children see him as he was dying.

Yep, mixed in with the music (no really complete performances) and comments on his music from Gamble & Huff and Smokey Robinson, among others, is a sad story. The bonus features are limited to 18 minutes of outtakes of partial performances and interviews.

Nicely done, it's definitely worth watching. It might have been improved by complete Music Videos that White produced to watch on repeated viewing.

But it's certainly priced right.

Steve Ramm "Anything Phonographic"
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The Maestro has left an enormous amount of beautiful music for us all to enjoy and for generations beyond us to learn from. Music is a universal language and Barry White and his amazing story proves that. He proved that we, as individuals define our destiny. This is a heart-warming and heart -wrenching story of his beginnings, rise to fame and ultimate death.
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Certainly, a documentary of one of the most prolific R&B love song composers of all time can be appreciated by his most dedicated fans. However, the positive raving by these other reviewers sadly misses the point in this case. There is not one decent DVD concert of this legendary artists anywhere! The live in Germany DVD is absolutely terrible! Its the worst Barry White perforance I have ever seen, and I have been a fan since his very first release. I collect DVD concerts, and live in Germany should be burned at the stake. How sad that such a wonderful and talented artist who thrilled millions of people for decades should pass away without one single decent video concert for his fans. So, why celebrate a documentary of the man, without the benefit of also having his incredible talent immortalized on a video concert for the world to also celebrate? Without that...its "Just a History."
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Classic Reflections on the Man&His Music. this is a Must have for all Barry White fans. I've been a fan of the Man's work for such a really long,long time.this DVD covers his career&also contains Interviews with other Industry Greats reflecting on the Man&His Music. I enjoyed the Project a Great Deal. RIP to the "MAESTRO". His Genius left a lasting impact.
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The story starts out with his rough upbringing, which is typical in most African American beginnings, but the going against his mothers wishes and going to Hollywood to find his destiny was semi inspirational along with his putting together of the group Love Unlimited was reminiscent of the another Berry Gordy and the Supremes. Barry White was truly an icon of the love ballads and the baby making music especially if it was true that it could not read or write music, but the concluding of the DVD puzzled me deeply cause it concluded so tragically, until I watch a video interview of his where he referenced that his mind was his God, then the ending made sense to me.
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"I can't get enough of your words" is what I would have told Uncle Barry White as we used to call him, if I had met him. I'm happy he believed in putting family before fee and fame. The movie shows his rough start, determination, self discovery and development thereby becoming an inspiration to all.
Great documentary about life generally.
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Well Barry will tell you in this DVD how he acquired THAT VOICE. Only Barry and Teddy Pendergrass can talk their way thru a song and the ladies well you know. Swoon? This man was an extrordinary talent. And there is no one out there like him. Who said a big man couldn't be sexy?
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