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In May of 2011, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto's iconic Massey Hall where he intimately performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. Along the drive, Young recounted insightful and introspective stories from his youth to filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Demme, a long-time fan and collaborator, captured these tales of Young's childhood and masterfully weaved them together with his mesmerizing music including live performances from the 2010 album Le Noise and powerful renditions of classics including "Ohio", “Hey Hey, My My", "I Believe in You" and previously unreleased songs "Leia" and "You Never Call." Through the tunes and the tales, Demme portrays a personal, retrospective look into the heart and soul of the artist.

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  • 92Y Talks with Neil Young & Jonathan Demme
  • Journey to Slamdance: A Conversation with Neil Young & Jonathan Demme
  • Making Journeys

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Neil Young
    • Directors: Jonathan Demme
    • Writers: No Writer Credited
    • Producers: Jonathan Demme, Elliot Rabinowitz
    • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: French, English
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      PG
      Parental Guidance Suggested
    • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
    • Run Time: 87 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B008OHV4PG
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,041 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 12, 2012
    Format: Blu-ray
    Fall 2012 is the "season of the Young" (well Neil Young, anyway), and I seem to be immersed in "things Young", going through his new autobiography in both hardbound book and the audiobook version (read by Keith Carradine). Now comes this Bluray disc of the 2012 feature film/concert documentary "Neil Young Journeys", directed by Jonathan Demme. This is either the third, or fifth (depending on how you define "film") Demme/Young film and - as Demme points out in the bonus features - completely different from the previous projects. And it's wonderful.

    The majority of the 89-minutes consists of Young performing during the last two nights of his "Le Noise" solo tour at the historic Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada (where Young was born). But Demme wanted to show more about Young so he rented a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria (Young is a car buff as well as a huge Lionel train fan) and had him start in Omemee, the town in northern Ontario where Young grew up (they moved from Toronto early on), following his brother Bob (in another vintage car), Demme drove with him to Toronto. They visit sites important to Young in his early life and Young tells some funny stories. But, as I said, the 12 songs performed in the concerts (the two concerts were edited together) form the nucleolus of the film. In addition to the songs on his 2011 album, we get two previously unreleased songs and as well as the "hits", including "After The Gold Rush", "My My Hey Hey" and "Ohio" - the latter being embellished by film clips of the Kent State shootings and photos of the four students killed. Demme uses some odd camera techniques and on two songs (including "Down by the River") he uses a tiny camera mounted on the mic stand and we get close-ups of Young's teeth!!!
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    I recently rushed to a small inner city cinema in Melbourne to see the Saturday midday screening of "Neil Young Journeys". Joining me were five others - and we all joked about how we couldn't understand why the cinema wasn't full!!

    This movie is brilliant. We get to be with Neil as he rambles around "a town in north Ontario" and gain a glimpse into his younger days. We are right on stage as he takes us through song after memorable song from all stages of his career - oh the playing. Jonathon Demme's direction is superb - you are on a journey into the theatre and on to the stage.

    Neil plays with such power and passion - be warned about the impact of those first chords of "Ohio" - and also sweetness and respect for his subject matter.

    I've got to have this DVD
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    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    Video: 1080p 16x9
    Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (96khz/24 Bit)
    Time: 87 minutes
    Neil Young Solo And Acoustic (And Electric)
    Filmed In May 2011 At Massey Hall In Toronto,ON.

    Bonus Features:
    -Trailer
    -Neil Young And Jonathan Demme Slamdance Conversation
    -Neil Young And Jonathan Demme 92Y Conversation
    -Making Of Journeys

    Songs:
    -Helpless and Cortez The Killer In The Background During Various Scenes
    -Peaceful Valley Blvd
    -Ohio
    -Down By The River
    -Sign Of Love
    -Rumbling
    -Love And War
    -Leia
    -After The Gold Rush
    -I Believe In You
    -My, My, Hey, Hey (Into The Blue)
    -You Never Called
    -Hitchhiker
    -Walk With Me

    Movie goes well with Neil's new book, Waging Heavy Peace and Neil Young and Crazy Horse's upcoming album on 10/30/12, Psychedelic Pill.
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    This is an intriguing Documentary of Neil Young as he returns home for a Special Performance and much more! This Amazing Artist performs with his guitars and keyboards from iconic hits to brand-new material. Also included is a portrait of his life, his homeland, and on-tour Entertainment. He always Rocked from the very beginning of his career and is still a Shining Star in the music industry. Stunning Performance, very Interesting and Enjoyable for all Neil Young Fans from the 'Oldies But Goodies' to a New generation. Highly Recommended!
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    Journeys is a pretty good film. It includes some amazing Performances from the Twisted Road tour and also some behind the scenes of Neil Young. I expected to have more of the driving and stories about Young's "Journeys", but the info included was quite funny and entertaining. The concert is amazing, except for a couple songs. "Down By The River" and " Hitchiker" have a strange camera shot that focuses on Young's jawline and mouth and does not show much to any guitar work. This was a strange use of camera work. It seems to be a mini cam placed on the mic stand. All in all, this is not as good as Rust Never Sleeps. It ranks up with Heart of Gold. Heart of Gold may be a little better. 4 out of 5.
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    Note: this review pertains to the DVD edition. Contrary to what other review have said, I believe both the blu-ray and DVD include the same content.

    On April 30th, 2011, I had the privilege and joy of seeing Neil Young live in Philadelphia, PA during the final leg of his Le Noise tour. The performances captured in is film, Neil Young Journeys, were recorded at Massey Hall in Ontario, Canada, about two weeks after the Philadelphia show. So it probably needn't be said that I'm fan of the guy and that I was excited to finally get to see this movie today. And I am glad to report that I was not underwhelmed at all. Far from it.

    I will say, however, that Journeys will probably be best appreciated by well-established Young-lovers. It's not a conventonal concert film and goes into a little personal territory (although no more, really, than his songwriting),so I really recommend it if you consider yourself to be a devoted fan of the music and the artist, and have a substantial interest in him and immersion in his creative career. It also probably helps if you like the Le Noise album, as it's heavily featured in the song selection. Out of about twelve or fourteen songs, half of the list comes from Le Noise. This is fine with me, because I like Le Noise. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite Young albums of the last ten-fifteen years, but if you don't care for those songs, this movie may not interest you as much. For those who may not be aware, the fact that it's the Le Noise tour means the show features Neil Young singing and playing entirely solo, mostly on the electric guitar (which is unusual), but also with a few numbers on acoustic and keyboards.
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