Earl Scruggs Bluegrass Banjo Legend
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(May 17, 2012)
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I made this 90 minute documentary feature-length film for television. It has incredible scenes with Earl Scruggs and his sons and many others performing in concert and behind the scenes. It is a classic music documentary with more than 35 songs and stories to boot.
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David Hoffman is one of America's premier documentary filmmakers. For more than 35 years, he roamed the world finding and recording unusual and provocative stories. His 125 reality films have appeared on prime-time Public Television, Turner Broadcasting, The Discovery Channel, and Arts Entertainment. He produced specials for NOVA, The American Experience, and National Geographic. His films have won every major national and international documentary award. Hoffman is known for finding ordinary people stories to tell. He is a consummate storyteller who uses the re-enactment, original music, and never before seen vintage footage, to enhance the drama of his stories. Several of Hoffman's Public Television documentary specials were among the highest rated television programs of the year that they aired.
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That is until the second half when the sound went _badly_ out of synch with the picture. It got so bad, I needed to not look at the folks' lips. It ruined the part filmed at Joan Baez's house, and it continued to the end where a live performance at the Grand Old Opry was very hard to enjoy.
This may sound like nit-picking, but when you spend $40 on a DVD, you are entitled to proper synchronization between sound and moving picture. Oh, by the way, don't buy this film if you expect to see Bob Dylan. His is a tiny cameo role. There's more footage of Joan Baez's baby than Bob Dylan. In fact many viewers may not even realize Dylan is in the thing (now, that is nit-picking). And Dylan and Baez are never in the same scenes.
This is a tale about Earl Scruggs. He's important enough that the producers and Amazon need not provide a fake marquee. I have no idea where the "Earl Scruggs with Joan Baez & Bob Dylan" came from.
The actual title of the film is: "The Complete Earl Scruggs Story" for gosh sake!
It's too bad, really, because the poor synch ruins a good project. It should get 1 star, but the revelations by Scruggs are so moving, I gave the film a 2 star rating.