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Searching For Sugar Man Blu-ray and Searching For Sugar Man Soundtrack CD Reviews

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“Searching For Sugar Man” is the best documentary of 2012.

In case you don’t know what “Searching For Sugar Man” is about, allow me to lay down the basic story for you. In the 70’s, folk rock singer named Rodriguez was a critically acclaimed songwriter and musician who sadly never found success in the U.S. As a result, he stopped pursuing a music career and worked hard labor jobs in Detroit. Unbeknownst to Rodriguez, however, his music was (and still is) HUGE in South Africa. He’s literally bigger than the Rolling Stones over there and yet he sadly doesn’t discover this until 1998. Meanwhile, the fans of Rodriguez in South Africa have long believed that Rodriguez killed himself on stage even though he is alive and well. After the fans hear he is alive and after Rodriguez learns of his fame in South Africa…well, you’ll just have to see.

If you’ve been hearing this documentary mentioned by friends, family, or at award shows lately, there’s good reason for that. It’s that good. As you can no doubt gather from the above listed plot synopsis, this is an incredible true story about second chances, the power of art, and a pure love of music. It’s a flat-out uplifting story that feels like a modern fairy tale. Even more than that though, it’s just great to see this formerly obscure and ultra talented musician getting the attention he deserves.

On the subject of Rodriguez, it’s his backstory that proves to be the most intriguing part of the film. Between his tiny house of 40 years and the fact that he gives away money to his family and friends, it’s clear that Rodriguez is a humble, generous, and quiet man who likes to keep to himself. While it would have been nice to learn a bit more about Rodriguez’s life, I like that there is still some mystery to the man. After all, his life and career has always been shrouded in mystery.

Summary: “Searching For Sugar Man” is a unique and heartwarming documentary that is completely deserving of its Oscar nomination. You don’t have to be a fan of his music to enjoy this film. Just see it.

Video/Audio:

The documentary, which is presented in 1.78:1 1080p, looks as stunning as South Africa’s scenery. This is the best way to see the film bar none.

From Rodriguez’s tunes to the interviews, the 5.1 DTS-HD MA track packs a punch.

Extras:
* Sony trailers including one for “Searching For Sugar Man.”
* “Making Sugar Man” includes cast and crew interviews, stories about the people in the film, how the film came about, and much more. You can’t ask for a better extra.
* “An Evening With Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez”- A Q&A and a musical performance from Rodriguez from the Tribeca Film Festival.
* Commentary by Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez. Malik has much to say and is genuinely enthusiastic about his work, but Rodriguez is a little quiet.

Searching For Sugar Man Soundtrack

If you’re like me and you want to experience the music of Sixto Rodriguez immediately after watching “Searching For Sugar Man,” you should check out the soundtrack which makes the perfect companion piece to the documentary film.

Comprised of 14 songs from his catalogue of work, this disc contains “Sugar Man,” “Crucify Your Mind,” “Cause,” “I Wonder,” “Like Janis,” “This Is Not A Song, It’s An Outburst: Or The Establishment Blues” “Can’t Get Away,” “I Think Of You,” “Inner City Blues,” “Sandrevan Lullaby-Lifestyles,” “Street Boy,” “A Most Disgusting Song,” “I’ll Slip Away,” and “Jane S. Piddy.”

The music, which can best be described as folk rock with a touch of psychedelic influence, is very Bob Dylan esque in both sound and message. Like Dylan, Rodriguez’s music is deeply personal as he writes honest, poetic lyrics from the heart about everyday troubles of the common people, intellectual thoughts, world issues, drugs, and life on the street. There isn’t a single weak song on the soundtrack, but I’m quite partial to the instant classic “Sugar Man,” the symphonic beauty of “Cause,” and the deeply moving “Sandrevan Lullaby-Lifestyles.”

Summary: With catchy choruses and thought provoking lyrics, this soundtrack release is the perfect introduction to this talented artist’s music. Hopefully, we will get to hear new Rodriguez songs in the not too distant future.

Note: The lyrics to all 14 songs are included in the liner notes booklet.

January 29, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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