Blu-ray | Documentary | 05 Dec 2018
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All the music. All the stories. All the answers.
With over 200 million album sales worldwide, and remaining the only artist to chart seven consecutive US No. 1s, Whitney Houston was the voice of a generation. Coming from an esteemed lineage of singers, Whitney was destined to be plucked from her gospel-singing roots to rule the world stage. She inspired a generation of singers from Mariah Carey to Beyonce and her unforgettable performance of The Star-Spangled Banner unlocked an anthem that had for so long been dismissed by many black artists. But all these achievements have become a footnote to a story of addiction and self-destruction. With salacious stories filling the columns of tabloid papers and magazines, Whitney had the voice of an angel onstage, but was being torn apart by her demons offstage. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin MacDonald (MARLEY, TOUCHING THE VOID) and from two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (MAN ON WIRE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN), the film will for the first time, give audiences an unprecedented and unique look into Whitney's life. This will be an unflinching and honest portrait of a rare talent told by those closest to her. Made with full access to her family and collaborators, the film will showcase exclusive audio and never-before-seen video archive from her time as a recording artist and performer. By casting her story and her work in a new and revealing light, WHITNEY HOUSTON will reassess the life and legacy of one of musics biggest stars.
Review of Whitney by Eddie @ The Movie Guys
Examining the life of a once a in a life-time talent is no easy task, but Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney is the most comprehensive and important look yet at the at times amazing and other times heartbreaking career of Whitney Houston.
Experienced in the documentary game with highlights such as Touching the Void and Marley, Macdonald utilises his experience to craft an easy to understand and well-put together doco that over the course of two hours will take you on a journey from the childhood years of Houston’s life, through to her depressing last days, that saw the once bright talent peter out into a shell of her former self.
Given unprecedented access to previously unseen home video footage, as well as access to a large collection of Houston’s family members and associates, Whitney does feel like the warts and all examination that was needed for this tragic tale, as we are made aware of previously unknown aspects of the late singers life thanks to Macdonald’s targeted approach to unearth the real story behind the sad and early demise of the singer at the age of 48.
Combining these aspects with a series of throwback videos, film clips, interviews and pop-culture snippets of the time when Houston ruled the world, as one of the highest selling artists of all-time, Whitney quickly becomes an engrossing investigation and look at a figure we’re unlikely to ever see again.
Much like other recently passed celebrities such as Michael Jackson, David Bowie or Robin Williams, Houston was the type of talent that is unlikely to ever be replicated again. Macdonald’s documentary acts as both a testament to this talent and a sad expose of what happens when someone makes unfortunate life choices, with Macdonald not shying away from the fact that despite all her good natures and intentions, Houston refused to help herself when she needed to the most.
A quintessential piece of the puzzle for any die-hard Houston fans and an insightful and engaging feature for film lovers, Whitney is another win for Macdonald and one of 2018’s best documentary’s.
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Release Date: 05 Dec 2018
Actor(s): Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Dionne Warwick, Merv Griffin, Marvin Gaye, Nelson Mandela, Robyn Crawford, Cissy Houston, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Clive Davis, Gary Houston, L.A. Reid, Dee Dee Warwick, Rickey Minor
Catalogue No: BDK0332
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
OFLC Rating: M
Run Time: 120
Transfer Format: Full Height Anamorphic, 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen, 1080P HD
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: DTS 5.1 HD
Language: English, DTS 5.1 HD
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
Region Code: B
OFLC Advice: Mature Themes And Coarse Language
Production Studio: Transmission
Dubbed Languages: Transmission
Director(s): Kevin MacDonald
Genre: Special Interest, Biography, Documentary, Music