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Supermensch Blu-ray Review

Supermensch Blu-ray

“Supermensch” is a fascinating portrait of the multi-talented Shep Gordon.

With the documentary film “Supermensch,” actor Mike Myers (yes, the Myers of “Saturday Night Live” and “Austin Powers” fame) steps behind the camera to make his directorial debut. The focus of said documentary is around the high profile manager and producer Shep Gordon. As this docu shows, Gordon has lived quite the life as he represented stars like Alice Cooper, Emeril, Groucho Marx, Teddy Pendergrass, and Luther Vandross, became a cook, made feature films, helped launch the celebrity chef movement, and even made meals for the Dalai Lama. Like many documentaries, the film is comprised of newly shot interviews, archival footage and photos, amusing reenactments, and interviews with friends, celebs (like Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, and even Myers himself), musicians, and co-workers.

“Supermensch” runs a quick 85 minutes and I could have easily watched 85 more. Knowing very little about Gordon going into this film, I found myself utterly riveted by Gordon’s life and stories whether they were real or perhaps semi-fictional. From his stories about being punched by Janis Joplin to having joint custody of a cat with Cary Grant, Gordon’s life proved to be nothing if not unpredictable.

Of course, the movie isn’t just a bunch of wild stories about show business. The heart of the film is a story about a kind hearted and giving man trying to find love, friends, family, and a fulfilling career while overcoming obstacles and dark moments. In other words, it’s an all encompassing story about life.

Note: “Supermensch” is another Amazon exclusive. You can purchase the Blu-ray here: http://www.amazon.com/Supermensch-Legend-Gordon-Exclusive-Blu-ray/dp/B00L5R6GIC/ref=tmm_blu_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-2&qid=1412983756

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Like any documentary, the picture quality varies in quality. The newly shot footage is obviously sharper than the archival footage.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Crisp. No complaints with this track whatsoever.

The only extras are trailers for other Anchor Bay titles.

Overall Thoughts: There’s never a dull moment in “Supermensch.” I highly recommend it and I can only hope that Mike Myers continues to direct in the future.

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October 10, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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