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Lee Scratch Perry's ''Vision Of Paradise'' (2015/Cadiz Music DVD w/Book Set)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: B Film: C+

Volker Scharen's 2015 documentary film, Lee Scratch Perry's Vision of Paradise, focuses on Reggae musician and talented pioneer of Dub-step, Lee Scratch Perry, who produced Bob Marley at one point and is definitely a unique individual. This deluxe DVD release will be sure to catch the eyes of collectors as it is presented in digi-book with cool artwork and several pages of linear notes and color photographs that help illustrate the film.

Though hard to understand when he talks half the time now (and I've got a good audio system), Perry shares his thoughts on Haile Selassie, spiritualism, vegetarianism and his strong dislike of the Pope! The documentary itself is well shot but at times confusing, almost as if the filmmakers decided to capture Perry's psyche in the pacing of the film. Subjects are constantly changing, at times we see live performances, and other times animated segments. Still, it is interesting to hear stories of Bob Marley from this unique perspective and to learn more about the creation of a musical genre.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fine for DVD but could definitely be improved by a high definition presentation and maybe Perry would be clearer in a lossless audio format. I was surprised when I got the edition that it wasn't a Blu-ray due to the detail in the packaging.

Special Features for the film are longer than the film itself and include...

Making Of

Photo Gallery

Collectible packaging with 24 page booklet

Additional Scenes

The Secret Laboratory


If you're a fan of Dubstep or Lee Scratch Perry, then you will find this documentary interesting but for the rest of us, its mainly a one timer.

- James Lockhart



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