Standing in the Shadows of Motown [2 Discs]


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Based on the book of the same name by Allan Slutsky, Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a historical tribute to the unsung heroes responsible for some of the greatest hits of pop music. Part documentary and part concert performance, this film is an introduction to the intriguing personas of the Hitsville studio band originally assembled by Berry Gordy in 1959. Over 40 years later, the remaining members reunited in their home base of Detroit, MI, to tell their stories, remember their departed bandmates, and put on a concert. The creation of the Motown sound is told through in-depth interviews, archival footage, and reenactments. Personal stories are intercut with live tracks from the concert performance featuring the Funk Brothers live on-stage along with popular vocalists interpreting some of their biggest hits. Some of the guest singers stick around for conversation with the musicians and offer a contemporary perspective, including Joan Osborne, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, and Ben Harper. The film follows the group's contributions through the '60s up until Gordy moved the label to Los Angeles in 1972. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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Release Date
MPAA Rating
PG -- Parental guidance suggested
1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Digital Theater Systems (akin to 6.1)
  • Dolby Surround (4.0)
  • Dolby Digital Surround EX (simulated 6.1)
  • USA & territories, Canada
  • English
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • ccDisc 1:
  • Widescreen 16:9
  • Audio commentary with director and producer
  • 6.1 DTS-ES/5.1 Dolby-EX/2.0 Dolby Stereo
  • Subtitles - English and Spanish
  • Trivia track
  • Song selections/Performances
  • How it all began: "The Photo That Started It All," "The Video That Started It All"
  • presents The Hire: A Series of Short Films (Hostage, Ticker, Beat the Devil)
  • Disc 2:
  • Dinner with the Funk Brothers
  • Multiangle jam sessions
  • Deleted scenes
  • The ones that didn't make it
  • At long last glory
  • Funk Brothers video biographies
  • Music video montage
  • Selected discography
  • Honorable mentions
  • Hi-resolution - DVD-ROM playble version
  • Interactive - Virtual recording studio
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