Bird

Bird

DVD - 2010
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The life of legendary jazz musician Charlie "Yardbird" Parker
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2010
ISBN: 9781419897733
141989773X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (160 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 883929141746
883929126392

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yontichat
Dec 06, 2016

Wow - loved this film - Charlie Parker is really an American treasure - it's unfortunate that he had to sustain his life with his demons - but most genius do. The acting was fantastic really a stellar cast - my heart ached for this wife Chan - I thought as I started this film I wouldn't make it since it's well over two hours - but as It turned out I could've watched at least another hour - great cast - stayed true to history - very entertaining and heartbreaking - RIP Bird

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1aa
Sep 22, 2016

A bit slow, and the dialogue seemed somewhat forced, but it was an interesting portrait of an innovative musician.

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seeker472
Aug 22, 2016

Gritty dark film. Parker was a tragic figure who had great talent. He had the ability to rise when he played. It seems that so many great jazz and blues artists come from harsh backgrounds. I wonder how we never see enough movies about wealthy, privileged people playing great music.

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ststeve11
May 13, 2015

Very disappointing, and I'm a Bird fan. The film is dark, and not just the theme. Poor dialog, disjointed editing, and an unclear message.

If this is a biopic, it's like history as reciting dates and events without context. The only acting part with even a little motivational depth is Dizzy. Otherwise most of the picture has paper thin characters rushing from set to set to say their shallow lines.

I wanted so much to like this movie, but I found it to be frustratingly empty, outside of the soundtrack. There is a music only option on the DVD, but I already have Bird CDs.

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RichardPaul
Jun 26, 2013

Bird ---- (DVD - 2001/ Orig. 1988 Movie) ---- Too darned Depressing, I quit watching when the rest of the band were giving up on California. As the music was not that popular yet. ---- RichardPaul (finished 6-26-13)---- ---- ---- ---- INFO FROM LIBRARY ---- ---- Performers: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright, Keith David. ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----Summary: The life of legendary jazz musician Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. ---- ---- Audience: MPAA rating R ----

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VRMurphy
Apr 17, 2013

Great production, good direction (not Eastwood's best, the symbolism - actually, cymbal-ism - is a little heavy-handed), terrific cast and, of course, great music. Unfortunately, the doomed-artist bio has become a cliché, even when it`s the truth, and it`s just so depressing to see an incredible gift just p***ed away.

aaa5756 Jul 23, 2011

A+ for the jazz musician Charlie "Yardbird" Parker.......B+ for the DVD

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