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Down From the Mountain (Widescreen) [Import]

Ralph Stanley , Emmylou Harris , Chris Hegedus , D.A. Pennebaker    G (General Audience)   DVD
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If you love the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, and Nick Doob's exhilarating concert film Down from the Mountain will be sheer heaven. And if you're new to bluegrass and "old-time mountain-style" music, the performances (also on CD) will be a revelation. John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, the Cox family, the venerable Ralph Stanley, and other traditional and alt-country artists who contributed the music to the Coen brothers' spaced odyssey gathered onstage in May 2000 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Interviews and rehearsal footage set the stage for this stupendous concert, highlights of which include "(Didn't Leave) Nobody but the Baby" by the sirens Harris, Welch, and Krauss; the Coxes' "(Will There Be) Any Stars in My Crown"; and Stanley's haunting "O Death." As one performer recommends, "Just ease in, sit down, and listen." It could be your salvation. --Donald Liebenson

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A minor quibble with the DVD is the lack of instant song access. The film is in anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround sound.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lonf awaited treasure, finally here. June 4 2014
By Doug T.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw the original show on PBS years ago and always wanted the video, but never followed up on it, then. Now I have received it and am overjoyed at the content and the quality of this item.. It was well worth the wait to finally obtain a copy of this fabulous program.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down home music Dec 20 2013
By lar
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
great Music from a super movie , music from the heart of America , Blue grass from some of the best Entertainers in the USA
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 2 2003
I should have learned from Joseph Shocky's review at the top of this list. All the songs aren't there.
I've searched in vain for "Man of Constant Sorrow" as done in the movie by the "Soggy Bottom Boys" and can't find it.
Is that one of the missing ones or am I just not finding it?
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I,ve been for the great portion of my life a hard rocker but when I saw this dvd of our basic history of mountain music which is a history of american music and life it stuck a cord in me that went very deep it lifted me up and made me feel good about our life in this the u.s.a. this music and the performers have a hold on our hearts and our souls that I never thought I would feel. even if you never like country music this concert will lift you up and set you free to enjoy our heritage
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4.0 out of 5 stars What Bliss! Sept. 10 2003
The music on this DVD is exquisite. It is so nice to see John Hartford one last time. His dry witty humor was well in tact on this release. When he sings about "the jerk who invented work" on "Big Rock Candy Mountain," I started to howl with laughter. Canadian Colin Linden isn't very well known in the USA, but he's been a favorite of mine since I discovered his "Raised By Wolves" CD. It's nice to have a bit of blues with the bluegrass; and he teams with Chris Thomas King on "John Law Burned Down the Liquor Sto'." Both the Whites and the Cox Family do great little sets, very endearing. The Peasall Sisters are real scene-stealers with "Highways & the Hedges." Alison Krauss is in great voice, perhaps a bit shy on stage, but sings so beautifully. Emmylou Harris is a delight, and funny backstage as the baseball enthusiast. David Rawlings was visually very interesting as his face contorts to wrench emotion as he plays and sings. Gillian Welch does a good job and gets a lot of screen time in this cut. The Fairfield 4's harmonies are classic. Of course, Ralph Stanley is a timeless treasure. Like others, I would have preferred to have the whole concert with the backstage antics as part of a bonus section on the CD; but T-Bone Burnett did an excellent job bringing this music together. I also enjoyed Holly Hunter's humorous opening introduction about John Hartford & the FBI. The DVD is well worth celebrating these artists and this blissful music. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece Aug. 18 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
An amazing piece of work. i would have watched this one simply for Emmylou and Ralph, the rest were just chocolate-and, my oh my, what sweet chocolate they were. IF you are looking for the "popular" songs from the movie, you will be very disappointed. However, if you want to hear the real music- a sweet piece of old time Americana- then pull up a chair. You are in for a treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Down from the Mountain Feb. 28 2003
This is some great music and to be able to see the actual performers singing the songs is even better. However, the concert is not complete. For whatever reason the filmmakers decided not to show all the performances yet in their infinite wisdom and twisted logic, they put the complete song list in the special feature section. Brilliant. I didn't mind the shortened concert until I saw all the songs that weren't shown. I would still highly recommend this DVD but I wish I could get hold of the editors/filmmakers who decided on showing more rehearsal then actual performance. I feel cheated!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, frustrating access Dec 29 2002
By JoeS
The music is great, but you there isn't a searchable song menu and there's a lot of backstage stuff that should have been put in the "bonus features." Why not start with "Introduction" then have each song in the concert as individual accessible chapter? Very disappointing.
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