Monthly Archives: August 2013

Flying High With Wings

RockshowCaptures tour of 1976 at its zesty zenith

Rockshow

Paul McCartney

(Blu-ray $34.98, DVD $29.98 / Eagle Rock Entertainment)

McCartney and his post-Beatles band, Wings, took their show on the road in a massive 1976 tour that resulted back then in the double album “Wings Over America,” which generated the hit live version of “Maybe I’m Amazed” and also included performances of “Lady Madonna,” “Live and Let Die,” “My Love,” “Silly Love Songs,” “Band On The Run,” “Yesterday.” This documentary, originally released theatrically in 1980 as a pared-down version of the show, chronicles the tour during its stop at the Kingdome in Seattle. Now restored with additional footage to include the whole concert with remastered, remixed and restored video and sound, it’s a tune-filled time capsule of ’70s McCartney mania at its zesty zenith.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

Here Comes The Bride!

Family comes together for weekend of here-comes-the-bride mayhem

The Big WeddingThe Big Wedding

Blu-ray $24.99 / DVD $19.98 (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)

Big wedding, big stars, big laughs, big cast—Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace headline this rollicking romantic comedy about a family trying to get through a wild wedding weekend full of secrets, shocks and surprises before it becomes a full-blown fiasco! A behind-the-scenes feature shows just how much fun the cast had creating all the here-comes-the-bride mayhem.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

Gloria Goes International

Latin-pop superstar gives American songbook international spin

Gloria Estefan: The SImagetandards

CD, $14.13 / Sony Masterworks

The Latin-pop crossover superstar covers tunes from the great American songbook, plus some international favorites, in this smooth, sexy, romantic spin around the musical globe. Singing in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and French, the former Miami Sound Machine lead singer respectfully reworks Dinah Washington’s “What a Difference a Day Makes,” Billie Holliday’s “Good Morning Heartache,” Fred Astaire’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and Frank Sinatra’s “Young At Heart,” duets with Italian pop star Laura Pausini on silent-movie pioneer Charlie Chaplin’s iconic theme song “Smile,” and dusts off an Argentinean tune to which she and her husband danced at their wedding 22 years ago.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

Remembering 9/11

Poignant collection pays tribute to events, heroes & victims of 9/11

The Stories They Tell

By Clifford Chanin & Alice M. Greenwald

Softcover, $19.95TheStoriesTheyTell (Skira Rizzoli Publishing)

With a foreword by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and subtitled “a journey of remembrance,” this poignant, powerful collection of photos of artifacts and exhibits from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, each with accompanying information from the curators about its origin and why it was chosen, honors the events, victims, heroes and emotions of the day in 2001 that changed America forever.

—Neil  Pond, American Profile Magazine