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A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin's album Amazing Grace at The New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.
Amazing Grace, the Aretha Franklin concert film that has taken 45 years to get to a big screen. The 1972 concert documentary, shot by Sydney Pollack, chronicles Franklinís famed performance with the choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts when she was 29, which became the genesis of the biggest-selling gospel album of all time. It has been mired in legal technicalities ever since.
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Currently 96% on RT: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/amazing_grace_2018
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Finally saw this last night, and its an absolute stunner! Full ****/****, it showcases shows one of the world's greatest singers at the height of her power. So glad they overcame the technical issues, and finally got this released.
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Re: Amazing Grace (2019, D: Sydney Pollack / Alan Elliot) -- Aretha Franklin documentary

Thanks for the heads-up. I will have to seek that out.

What were the technical issues that took so long to work out?
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Re: Amazing Grace (2019, D: Sydney Pollack / Alan Elliot) -- Aretha Franklin documentary

Pollack didn't sync the sound when he filmed it.

Sydney Pollack's 'Amazing Grace': The Tortured 4-Decade History of the Film Aretha Franklin Wants to Stop
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...ortured-820294
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Re: Amazing Grace (2019, D: Sydney Pollack / Alan Elliot) -- Aretha Franklin documentary

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Thanks for the heads-up. I will have to seek that out.

What were the technical issues that took so long to work out?
Sydney Pollack filmed everything without clapper boards. They got back to the editing suite, all of the footage was out of order and they didn't know what songs were being played. It was a mess.
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Pollack didn't sync the sound when he filmed it.

Sydney Pollack's 'Amazing Grace': The Tortured 4-Decade History of the Film Aretha Franklin Wants to Stop
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...ortured-820294
Super-interesting. Thanks for that. Hope Aretha was okay with the movie getting released before she passed away.

I'll pick this up digitally the first time it goes on sale.
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Re: Amazing Grace (2019, D: Sydney Pollack / Alan Elliot) -- Aretha Franklin documentary

I saw the trailer for this in imax before the Apollo 11 doc. The sound was amazing. Is it released in imax?
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I saw the trailer for this in imax before the Apollo 11 doc. The sound was amazing. Is it released in imax?
It was only shot in 16mm film, and its pretty grainy. I can't imagine an IMAX release would make much sense.

Rotten Tomatoes has it at 99%, and Metacritic lists it as the #2 movie of 2018 (94 points, beaten out only by 'Roma').

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It’s not about the photography. It’s about the audio. Imax is like 20,000 watts of power. The trailer shook the room
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Regardless this has come to home video now. Doubt it is showing in any IMAX theater any more even if it did previously.
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It came and went without any notice around here. It’s a shame.
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Saw this at the local film festival this year in a jam packed house and it was absolutely magnificent. From the 5th row or so Arethaís face was 50 feet high and it was so immersive. It was only afterwards I realised that she basically didnít say a single world the entire movie.
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Just noticed this Movies Anywhere Digital HD title is on sale for $7.99 at Fandango Now. I just bought it.
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It’s on Hulu for anyone who wants to go that route.
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Re: Amazing Grace (2019, D: Sydney Pollack / Alan Elliot) -- Aretha Franklin documentary

Didn’t Sydney Pollack die in late 2000’s?
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