The Zen of Bennett (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 47 minutes
- Released: November 19, 2012
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Sony
- Note: Deleted Scenes
- Interviews with the Filmmakers
- Q&A from The Tribeca Film Festival
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- PCM Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Director of Photography:||Dion Beebe|
|Hosted by||Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, John Mayer & Michael Bublé|
Rating: 3/5 -- The arbitrary insertion of black-and-white footage suggests Moon is more interested in channeling a bygone sense of style-when men always wore ties and things were in monochrome, dammit!-than in going too deep.
These elements leave the documentary hanging somewhere between a glorified making-of album promo and a more in-depth portrait of the artist.
Rating: 3/5 -- It feels a bit like a classed-up infomercial at times, but it's still as much a treat to witness Bennett's process as it is to see him interact with today's young stars.
Friendly doc offers plentiful guest stars but only one perspective on the singer's career. Full Review
As simple as Tony Bennett's life is, his magic could've used a documentary less simple-minded than The Zen of Bennett to explain it. Full Review
Film Journal International
Rating: 3/4 -- Like the singer himself - smooth and classy. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Rating: 4/5 -- The way Mr. Bennett talks is the way he sings. There is no subtext, only the song conveyed with knowledge, heart, a sophisticated sense of swing and a positive attitude.
New York Times
Tony Bennett has enjoyed and maintained a career in show business that has lasted for over five decades. This documentary features the legendary crooner discussing his creative process, showcasing some of his work in other artistic fields, and going about his daily business.
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