With Rock of Ages set to hit the big screen soon, this week we’re looking at the best movies about singers and bands available on Blu-ray. So if you’re stuck for ideas this weekend, why not try out one of the following:
Walk the Line
Joaquin Phoenix delivers an unforgettable performance as iconic guitar-slinger Johnny Cash, a musician whose steel-eyed intensity and unforgettable songs have left a lasting impact on country music to this day. Charting his trailblazing early career, his addictions and a timeless love affair with June Carter (played by Reese Witherspoon), Walk the Line is a beautiful portrayal of Cash’s ascent to the top. Bonus content on the BD includes a commentary by co-writer and director James Mangold, deleted and extended scenes and a whole host of featurettes including Celebrating the Man in Black: The Making of Walk the Line and Ring of Fire: The Passion of Johnny & June.
The spirit of Motown is captured to perfection in this film adaption of the much loved Broadway musical. Deena (Beyoncé Knowles), Lorell (Anika Noni Rose) and Effie (Jennifer Hudson) are an aspiring girl group, snapped up by keen eyed music manager Curtis (Jamie Foxx). Sensing greatness and fortune, the trio star as backing singers for James “Thunder” Early (Eddie Murphy) until it becomes clear the trio are destined for greater things and they take centre stage with their own act. Special features include no less than twenty deleted and extended scenes, feature length documentary Building the Dream, interviews with the cast and crew, a look at the screen tests, costumes and choreography, musical numbers and much more.
This coming-of-age tale gives audiences a glimpse into the formative years of John Lennon and The Beatles. Aaron Johnson stars as a teenage John, living with his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) before he became a worldwide icon. Detailing the influences which shaped his upbringing and led him to the music he loved, fans can look forward to drama, tragedy and triumph in this touching story. Special features include BD Live functionality, deleted scenes, a making of documentary and featurette Nowhere Boy: The Untold Story of John Lennon and the Creation of the Beatles.
So what do you think of our choices? Hit the comments to tell us about your favourite movies about singers or bands or tell us what else you’ll be looking forward to watching on Blu-ray this weekend.