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Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
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Avg. Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars(based on 22 reviews)
Sales Rank: 3
Category: DVD

Director: Jonathan Demme
Publisher: Paramount Home Video
Studio: Paramount Home Video
Brand: Paramount
Label: Paramount Home Video
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Subtitled), English (Dubbed)
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 103 minutes
Number Of Items: 2
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6

UPC: 097363466949
EAN: 0097363466949
ASIN: B000F48D00

Release Date: June 13, 2006  (New: Last 30 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: November 30, 2004
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Editorial Reviews:
"I just want to play well, share the stage with my friends, give the best I can," says Neil Young before the concert that is the centerpiece of Heart of Gold. No problem, dude. Working with filmmaker Jonathan Demme, Young has come up with a gem--not all flash and bling-bling, but as understated as a single pearl, musically restrained yet emotionally open. Of course, neither Demme (an Oscar winner for The Silence of the Lambs; he also helmed Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense) nor Young would call it "a concert film"; the director describes it as "a dream concert, something that's literally being dreamt by Neil," while the singer-songwriter himself calls it "a multi-level story." Whatever, the project came together in 2005, as Young was finishing his Prairie Wind album (the latest in a string of lovely, country-flavored acoustic recordings dating back to 1972's Harvest) and preparing to debut the music at Nashville's fabled Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry. The fact that Young had also recently experienced a brain aneurysm might or might not have influenced his decision to film the show, but it certainly seems to have had an effect on the music. He and his band (which, with the addition of horns, strings, and backup singers, including Emmylou Harris, occasionally numbers forty or more musicians) perform Prairie Wind in its entirety, and there is some deeply moving, highly personal material here; in addition to the gospel-tinged "When God Made Me" and the dirge-like "No Wonder," Young sings about his recently-deceased father (the title song), his newly adult daughter ("Here for You"), the guitar he plays that once belonged to Hank Williams ("This Old Guitar"), and even his dog ("He Was the King"). Demme's direction is ideal for conveying the music's restrained acoustic textures, rich backing vocals, and simple, elegant melodies. Shots are held much longer than is usual in such films, and while there are lots of close-ups, there are no gimmicks. This superb DVD package is filled out by a second disc of bonus features, including a variety of featurettes and a solo performance of "The Needle and the Damage Done" from The Johnny Cash Show in 1971. --Sam Graham

Customer Reviews:   Read 17 more reviews...

5 out of 5 stars Just fabulous!   June 21, 2006
This concert film will touch you like only a Great Artist and Great Director can do it. This is Neil at his emotional folk finest.

His tribute to Nashville and it's history, by playing at the Grand Old Oprey, is perfect. His Daddy would have been proud again.

Neil vaulted into my top artist of all time with this concert.

Personal favorite moments:

Old King, Harvest Moon (the broom), Comes A Time, Heart of Gold, Needle and The Damage Done, Old Man,,,a closing unlike any others.

Demme's set shots and anti concert video pace make watching this film a pleasure...dreamlike as they say in the documentary shorts on disc 2.

I wish he's do another one with his harder Rock Songs at some historic rock could be great too.

Don't miss this....

It's "Concert For George", "The Last Waltz", "Hell Freezes Over", "Stop Making Sense", kind of greatness.

5 out of 5 stars Buy it for Ben Keith   June 19, 2006
This is a great concert, but the best part is seeing Ben Keith RIP IT UP on all manner of slide guitars. Buy it for Neil, but enjoy it for Ben.

5 out of 5 stars If you're a Neil Young fan, just buy it now.   June 19, 2006
It took a while for "Prairie Wind" to grow on me, longer than most of his albums, but combine these new songs with the some of the old ones on this DVD and you have a great DVD. If you're a NY fan, buy it now because you'll end up with it sooner or later.

5 out of 5 stars old laughing lady   June 18, 2006
  0 out of 4 found this review helpful

ok, i'll admit i didn't really pay attention to most of the film. i guess the prairie wind songs aren't doing much for me these days. but i'll give this dvd 5 stars for the solo performance of "the old laughing lady" at the end. it is amazing. made me wish the whole show was solo neil.

3 out of 5 stars Sadly Flawed Video - Post-production problems   June 18, 2006
  2 out of 5 found this review helpful

I ordered this DVD in advance of its release on the strength of a Fresh Air interview on PBS. I must say that I have not at all been disappointed with the music or the recording or the camera work or how it has all been integrated, but I have been astonished at the poor rendition to DVD. Contrast and brightness are exaggerated and there is some pixelization. Overall on brightly lighted subjects, especially Mr. Young, there is a pronounced diffraction sparkle, as if the post production had been done at someone's home on iMovie 2. Its as if the Star Trek crew were preparing to beam up the performers.

Its a marvelous concert, beautifully rendered on audio. I'd have bought it even if I'd seen the final product. But I am truly disappointed in the rendition of this
extraordinary audio recording to DVD.

Michael Kehoe
Neil Young Fan
Media Production Specialist
Kenosha Unified Schools

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