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Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth

3.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Documentary focussing on the keyboardist famous for his work with Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads. A child prodigy with the Washington Symphony Orchestra aged 10, Worrell's pioneering of electronic sound has led him to work with Parliament, Talking Heads, Keith Richards, Mos Def and Bill Laswell among others.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Pd101 Studios Inc
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TV4QXM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,446 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Now, being an almost life-long fan of the revolutionary,
innovative and now iconic Parliament / Funkadelic,
being first turned on to them at a very early age in
the early 70's by my mother and older cousins and buying
the records and attending the "P-Funk Earth Tour" as a teenager
during the height of their success in the mid to late 70's,
I dived at the chance to buy this DVD documentary about one
of the baddest and most crucial musical alchemists
of the last 50 years!!---Bernie "Insurance Man" Worrell!!
Other than Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, YES, ELO,
and maybe a small handful of less important artists,
nobody has done more for electronic instrumentation or
the keyboard in general than Mr. Worrell!
He almost single-handedly created the language of how synthesizers
are used in pop music today!--Funk, Rock, Pop, Alternative,
HIP-HOP...whatever!! In fact P-Funk was alternative long
before the phrase was even coined!--(Can Y'all Get 2 That??)

I just feel like this was a great opportunity that was half-azz
wasted because very little was really said about the man's
upbringing (no young photos, surviving family members, etc.)
were mined to shed light on where this prodigious talent was nurtured!
It was like...yeah, he had a mother, and she kept him sheltered
from ghetto life, and he could play Mozart and Bach, etc. at age 5
and composed his own concerto at age 8, but it didn't go too
much more in depth with it.
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Bernie Worrell had a profound impact on popular music. He is a genre innovator as well as a keyboard and synthesizer pioneer and probably changed the planet musically while remaining predominantly anonymous. This documentary testifies to this with numerous interviews by respected artists, musicians, and producers from across different styles and genres. What it fails to do is present exactly how and why he's so important. While the interviewees do their best to explain it, there's little footage that actually demonstrates him in action supporting this. It also needs to showcase the imitators. He's been copied and sampled a million times. Why weren't these examples presented?

I think the director assumed the viewer knew who Bernie is. I would have approached it from the opposite perspective. Doing so would have created a documentary worthy of every high school music classroom. Instead, we have testimony that sounds more like fan mail than music history. Maybe archival footage just doesn't exist, but I hope this secret icon has been documented and preserved. More footage of his cutting-edge approach to music and synthesizers should and must be done.

It's about time somebody did a documentary about this true artist, but I think it falls short of explaining how significant he really is.
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pretty awesome for what it is!it would've been cool to have a pro dissect bernie's style,phrasing,etc,but what you get with this cd is still cool.the part where bernie gets the guy in the club for free as his guest was cool,and shows how much of a freindly guy he is.the dvd is more about bernie as a person than explaining his music intricately.
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I just finished watching this DVD; and I was not bored a second.
The DVD showcases musical genius Bernie Worrell , giving us a closer glance at the keyboard-wizard who brought us Flashlight and so many other classics.

More than learning about Bernie from the man himself, we are given an introspective on his life through longtime friends/collaborators such as George Clinton, Bootsy, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Mos Def, Will Callhaun, Bill Laswell and many others.

The DVD is fast-paced, not for a moment boring, as Bernie is seen in more-or-less intimate situation at the same time as he is discussed by others.
This from of documentary might seem odd, but I think it is very much in tune with what Bernie is: The Mystic, the Man at the River. Not a man that likes to dwell in his own stardom (or maybe even do much to discuss his life), Bernie likes his privacy better.
He is not in it for the fame, he is in it for the Love of music.

This DVD gives a really insight into Bernie, and what his music really is. Thank you Bernie, for all the Funk...

(DVD also contains greats footage of the recording of Bernie's latest record, Improvisczario.)

HIGHlY RECOMMMENDED!!
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Its about Bernie, true, the take away is he's a synth genuis. But he's hardly in this doc. Maybe they ran out of funding. Watch Parlaiment/ Funkadelic videos and Stop Making Sense instead.
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I wish they would have let him speak a bit more and edit the live performance more reasonably. The film is too "artsy." I just want the facts and some music, but that is not what is here. A shame.
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WOW!!!!...I still remember the 1st time I heard Parlamemt Funkadelics "Flashlight"///This guy on keys just makes u stand in awe....
Bernie will always have his light under the sun under the sun..........
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