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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon BD [Blu-ray]

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In his directorial debut, Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Wayne's World) steps behind the camera to document the astounding career of friend and Hollywood insider Shep Gordon. He isn't a household name, but Gordon became a beacon in the entertainment industry after a chance run-in with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin launched his career in 1968. Since then, he has managed an endless list of talent, including Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Groucho Marx, and Raquel Welch. His management of Emeril Lagasse was the driving force behind the Celebrity Chef concept that turned the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Capitalist, protector, hedonist, pioneer, showman, shaman . . . Shep, or SUPERMENSCH, is beloved by the countless stars he's encountered. Now, Gordon's fascinating story is told by those who know him best, his pals including Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, and more.

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  • Format: Color
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2015
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00L5R6GIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2014
Format: DVD
"Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon" (2014 release; 85 min.) is a documentary (written, produced and directed by Mike 'Austin Powers' Myers) about the life and times of Shep Gordon, one of the legendary managers in the entertainment industry. As the movie opens, and after some general introductory comments from people like Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Alice Cooper and others, Gordon tells in his own words how it all got started, back in 1968 when he really wanted to become a probation officers, and even took and passed the California Probation Officer exam. But when it became clear he didn't fit in with the others at the CA juvenile facility he was assigned to, he dropped out and drove to LA where he checked into the Hollywood Landmark Hotel, and promptly befriended Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. It was Hendrix who 'pushed' Gordon into managing ("You a Jewish boy?" "Yea" "You should become a manager." "Okay", ha!). Gordon's first important client was Alice Cooper, then still toiling into obscurity, but not for much longer. Gordon was 21 at the time, if you can believe it. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, even if Shep Gordon may not be known to you at all, you are in for a finger lickin' good time with this documentary. The man was arguably one of the most connected people in the Hollywood entertainment scene, and apparently one of the most respected and beloved. Besides managing many stars in the music and movie business, Gordon practically single-handedly started the 'celebrity chef' scene when he befriends French chef Roger Verge and later agrees to manage him and many other chefs.
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I just returned from seeing the movie. Mike Myers did a superb of putting together this documentary with great flashbacks. Very fast moving with great clips coupled with current high quality video and audio. Great dialog delivered by very well known personalities. And Shep Gordon has a great speaking voice. Technically superb.
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I heard about this on and episode of Marc Maron's podcast with Mike Myers and immediately bought it on how interesting it sounded. Although it can be a little repetitive in some spots the story of how this dude puts his clients of friends and family before himself is inspiring. Going in with little to no information about Shep would be the best way to view this, though even if you are familiar with his clients and the great things he's accomplished throughout his career this is still a great feel good watch about a truly great guy looking out for his clients and their art.
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Engrossing biography of a man so self-indulgent, so self-loathing and so resolutely disconnected from nine-to-five American society, the empty world of the celebrity is possibly the only place he could have thrived and, eventually, found his version of nobility. This may sound like a nasty criticism of such a smart and generous character, but you have to see Meyers' documentary to understand that it's not (and getting me to feel a little sorry for a womanizing, substance-abusing multi-millionaire is no small task). In terms of garnering undying loyalty from the showbiz community, Scientology has nothing over the 'Supermensch.' 3 1/2 stars.
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Non-Fiction and you still can't believe it! One of the most unique life stories you will ever see. Circumstance, Happenstance and Chance make Sheps life one of the most unique you will ever get a view into. I smiled in wonder the entire time watching it. I wish I was Sheps friend.
The only downside to the dvd is there are NO bonus features. Lots of interviews and stories so surely there was a lot left that didn't make the film. So a many more stories or details would have been appreciated to see.
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Shep Gordon has managed many huge acts, first in the music business, and then in other areas ranging from film to cooking. He has also befriended just about every heavyweight in Hollywood. And yet it seems he's managed to do so while still being a good guy, a nice guy, an honorable guy.

There are on camera interviews with Alice Cooper (who was Shep's 1st client, and who he has managed for 45 years!), Mick Fleetwood, Michael Douglas, Tom Arnold, Emeril Lagasse, Anne Murray, Mike Meyers, Willie Nelson, Sylvester Stallone and Steven Tyer. But the best interview subject is Shep himself, who has tremendously entertaining, often funny and occasionally tragic anecdotes about his many years in show business. Among the most interesting are the various clever, and sometimes amusingly devious ways Shep would raise his clients' public profiles and help make them stars.

There's a genuine wisdom and even a spiritual side to Shep, who befriended the Dali Llama, and spent a week cooking for him as a way of giving back. Ultimately Shep realized, sadly late in the game, that there was more to life than work, and that he was missing out on having kids and a family.

Not a 'change your life' film, but it's always engaging, like listening to the most fun and intelligent guest at a great party.
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