Amy Blu-ray Review
“Amy” is an insightful, but draining documentary.
In the world of music, Amy Winehouse was a bonafide star. The London born talented singer-songwriter had a unique jazzy style that truly set her apart from other musicians. As we all know, however, her life was sadly cut short. Since her passing, people have been left wondering who Amy Winehouse was and what happened in her life. While the film may not answer every question, the new documentary (“Amy”) certainly gives folks some insight into her life.
“Amy” is unique in that is entirely compiled of home videos, photos, audio clips, rehearsal footage, early performances, press interviews, concert and award ceremony footage, behind-the-scenes video, paparazzi vids, and TV show clips. The film does contain interviews with her managers, friends, lovers, musicians, family, music industry people, and ex-husband, but they are strictly in audio form. The film (which essentially covers her life from 1998-2011) covers her rise to stardom, music career, drug and alcohol addiction, her battle with bulimia and depression, family troubles, the drug overdose, her toxic marriage, the media circus surrounding her, as well as her ailing health.
Unlike the uncomfortably exploitive “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” “Amy” is a respectful documentary that tells the story of her life. We see the high points in her life (ala performing a duet with Tony Bennett) and the lows (such as her struggles with substance abuse). It’s always honest and it never shies away from her troubles. As a result of this, the documentary can be tough to watch as we see her tragic decline right before our very eyes. With all of that said, the film still manages to be an important story about Amy Winehouse and the dark side of artists and fame.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The picture varies in quality due to the large amount of various types of footage on display here, but overall it’s a solid transfer.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the audio interviews to the performances, this track delivers.
* Digital copy.
* Teaser trailer and trailer for “Amy.”
* 17 deleted scenes (many of which are from various tours).
* 3 unseen performances of “Rehab,” “Love Is A Losing Game,” and “You Know I’m Good.”
* Interviews with Mos Def, Mark Ronson, Salaam Remi and Joois Holland.
* “The Making of Amy”- A brief 2 minute breakdown of the movie.
* Commentary by Asif Kapadia, Chris King and James Gay-Rees.
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