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DVD Review: Amazing Grace

September 23, 2019

By John Corrado

It’s been a long time coming, but after finally arriving in theatres earlier this year over forty years after it was originally shot, the Aretha Franklin concert film Amazing Grace is now available on DVD. The film documents the production of Franklin’s classic 1972 gospel album of the same name, which was recorded live over two nights in front of an audience at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

Due to technical issues syncing the sound, and Franklin’s use of legal action to prevent the film from being screened while she was still alive, the footage has never been seen until now. This is an invaluable portrait of one of the greatest singers of all time at the height of her prowess, and a must see for Aretha Franklin fans. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

The DVD has no bonus features, but a digital copy of the film is included in the package.

Amazing Grace is an Elevation Pictures release. It’s 89 minutes and rated G.

Street Date: August 6th, 2019

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