Chasing Trane the John Coltrane documentary

Published 2017
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In a film Variety called an "elegantly crafted and illuminating portrait of the singular jazz legend," director John Scheinfeld explores the life, spiritual journey and music of John Coltrane, whose recorded works range from deeply expressive ballads to wildly expressive "sheets of sound." Scheinfeld crafts a story that reveals and affirms the impact Trane had on a variety of musicians, politicians, educators and artists - including Kamasi Washington, President Bill Clinton, Common, the Doors' John Densmore, Dr. Cornel West, Yasuhiro Fujioka, and many others. And, because the saxophonist did few recorded interviews, the words of John Coltrane are spoken by Denzel Washington. In addition to one-of-a-kind interviews, featured in the main film are never-before-seen home movies and photographs; rare TV performances from Europe and America, including one of the few occasions when Coltrane and his classic quartet performed his masterwork, "A Love Supreme," live in concert; never-before-seen documents from Coltrane's U.S. Navy file; and much more.

1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (unpaged) : illustrated ; 15 cm)
digital optical surround stereo Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby Digital 2.0
anamorphic wide screen
video file DVD video region 1
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CHVR: Not rated.
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John Coltrane documentary [DVD]
Videodisc release of the 2016 documentary motion picture.
Running time listed on container as 158 min. Feature, 99 min.; special features, 43 min.
With 43 min. of special features, including extended scenes, outtakes, a conversation with recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, a sequence with the artist Rudy Gutierrez and his Coltrane paintings, and mini-features on how the lives of a drug addict, brain researcher, and children's educator were transformed by the life and music of John Coltrane.
Director of photography, Stan Taylor ; editor, Peter S. Lynch, II ; music, John Coltrane.
Words of John Coltrane, spoken by Denzel Washington.
DVD; NTSC, All regions ; Dolby digital 5.1 and stereo. ; 16: 9 anamorphic widescreen ; aspect ratio (2.40:1).
In English ; with optional subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese.
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