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Neil Young Journeys [Blu-ray]

  • PG
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Proud son of Canada Neil Young returns home for a special concert in this documentary directed by Jonathan Demme. Raised in Winnipeg, Young was born in Toronto, and while touring North America in 2011 in support of his album LE NOISE, he played a solo show at Massey Hall in Toronto, one of the nation's most prestigious venues. Demme and a camera crew were on hand to document the performance (with the sound crew using a new high-resolution, digital-recording process designed under Young's supervision), and NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS features the artist alone with his guitars and keyboards, playing a rich variety of material from his songbook, ranging from iconic hits to selections from LE NOISE and some brand-new material. Demme also joins Young for a road trip through Ontario, as he visits landmarks from his youth and recalls what once was as well as commenting on what is. NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS was Jonathan Demme's third feature-length documentary on Young, following 2006's NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD and 2009's NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW.
  • Critic Reviews
    3 stars out of 4 -- "[D]irector Jonathan Demme showcases Neil Young's blazing guitar and bruised wonder of a voice....Essential Neil Young."
    Rolling Stone

    "The set list, a mix of old and new, is a rarefied collection reflecting the rocker's eclectic stylistic range. Young is always a singular force onstage..."
    Los Angeles Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Young is a true master of the six-string cri de coeur and the Massey Hall concert shows us the grizzled singer at his angry and plaintive best."
    Box Office

    "Thunder rumbling up from the center of the earth with scraggly flashes of lightning amid fire and flood: that describes the sound of Neil Youngs amplified guitar in Jonathan Demmes compelling new concert film, NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS."
    New York Times

    "[A] spare and intriguing film....The folk-rocker's modest storytelling style never gets lost in minutiae or sentimental reveries -- like his songwriting, it's succinct and poignant."
    USA Today

    3 stars out of 4 -- "It's an intimate performance portrait, divided among new material from his 2010 album LE NOISE and many of his classics."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[An] engrossing combination of road-trip documentary and concert film."

    "[R]evelatory, precisely because it feels less like a message in a time capsule than like lightning in a bottle." -- Grade: A-
    A.V. Club

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