Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man, Blu-ray (2005/2017)

by | Feb 3, 2017 | DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews

A revival performance of some of Cohen’s big hits plus a bio of him.

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man, Blu-ray (2005/2017)

Cast: Leonard Cohen, Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Nick Cave, Kate McGarrigle
Director: Lian Lunson
Studio: Lions Gate Ent. (1/7/17)
Video: 1.78 for 16:9 widescreen, color
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Subtitles: English SDH, English, Spanish
Extras: Audio commentary track with director, “A Conversation with Leonard Cohen” featurette, Addition Cohen song performances not in  film, “Tower of Song” – perf. by Martha Wainwright, “Bird on a Wire” perf. by Pela Batalla, “Famous Blue Raincoat” perf. by The Handsome Family, “Tonight Will be Fine,” perf. by Teddy Thompson, Theatrical trailer
Length: 102 min.
Rating: ****

An excellent bio on Leonard Cohen while also a tribute onstage performance by younger performers of some of his hit songs.  The film is narrated by Cohen himself in his laid-back style, and shows how he was a monk for several years at a demanding California zendo. Such artists as U2, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave and Beth Orton perform his songs which he also talks about. This becomes a fascinating and more unusual approach to the usual bio of a musical star.

The film ends with a performance by Cohen together with U2 and Bono and should please all Cohen fans as well as those who don’t necessarily have him as one their favorites. You may want to go out and obtain some of his albums after seeing this excellent bio film.

—Joh Sunier

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