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Johnny Cash – The Man, His World, His Music (DVD)


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



Robert Elfstrom began as a cinematographer on films like Brian De Palma’s Hi Mom! (reviewed elsewhere on this site) back in 1969, the first film ever to receive and X-rating for content.  Many music films soon followed and later than year, he released a compilation of footage he lensed and directed and called it Johnny Cash – The Man, His World, His Music.


Unfortunately, despite appearances by Bob Dylan and Carl Perkins in their prime, this DVD is not too enjoyable because the print used is shot.  Sure, it is an important film, but when the print is this bad, you cannot even confirm whether this is the complete film or not.  Perkins sings Blue Suede Shoes and Cash all of his own hits.  You even see Glen Campbell, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, the whole Carter family and Rosanne Cash.  With all this, a film this important needs a major overhaul and this is a copy only for the very, very, very desperate.


The print used for this disc is in bad shape, with color fading, scratches and other issues throughout, but it looks like a 1.66 X 1 frame squeezed at the top and bottom to be 1.33, making everyone look after in body and head than they should.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sound is almost as bad, with background hiss throughout and low volume troubles throughout.  Except for very lame text and promos, there are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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