Lightning In a Bottle - A One Night History of the Blues (2004)
IMDb Rating 7.5
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Aerosmith Themselves
Gregg Allman Himself
James Blood Ulmer Himself
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown Himself
Ruth Brown Herself
Solomon Burke Himself
Natalie Cole Herself
Shemekia Copeland Herself
Bill Cosby Himself
Robert Cray Himself
Part concert, part history lesson, part summit meeting, and all blues, Lightning in a Bottle puts a bright spotlight on this quintessential American music. There are some heavy hitters at work here, both behind the camera (Martin Scorsese executive produced, while the film was directed by Antoine Fuqua of Training Day and King Arthur) and especially in front of it, with a superb house band and a mind-boggling array of musicians (including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Solomon Burke, Keb' Mo', Macy Gray, the Neville Brothers, Robert Cray, and John Fogerty, to name but a few) performing at New York's Radio City Music Hall in February, 2003. The idea was to trace the music from its beginnings; thus we get an African song (by Angelique Kidjo), some early gospel blues (the great Mavis Staples), acoustic Delta blues, and so on, right up to blues-drenched electric rock and even some rap (a riveting version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" by Chuck D.). Virtually all of the immortals who defined the blues (Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and even Jimi Hendrix, whose fiery style is re-enacted by Buddy Guy) enter the picture, either through vintage film clips or new performances of their songs. One might wish for more insight into the influence of the blues on jazz (Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," sung here by India.Arie, is a fine song, but it's not a blues tune) or country, but overall, Lightning in a Bottle is an edifying and, most important, highly entertaining portrait of the music and its heritage. --Sam Graham
Movie Details
Genre Documentary; Music
Director Antoine Fuqua
Producer Margaret Bodde; Jack Gulick; Alex Gibney
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 108 mins
Movie Release Date 10/8/2004
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 568
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 1/30/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396069183
Release Date 3/8/2005
Subtitles French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Bonus Tracks Including Performance by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
Antoine Fuqua Interview
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