Lightning in a Bottle (2004)



Critic Consensus: Lightning in a Bottle pays dazzling tribute to the blues by capturing its power and excitement through backstage interviews and performance footage.

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A one night, one time only concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in which some of the greatest performers in the history of Blues music, including BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Steven Tyler and Macy Gray performed together. Captures the emotional spontaneity that only live performances of the Blues can. Interviews with BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Chris Thomas King, Dr. John, Jimmie Vaughn, Honeyboy Edwards, Ruth Brown, Shemekia Copeland, Solomon Burke, Steve Jordan, and Vernon Reid.
PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Lightning in a Bottle

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (26)

The event's musical director, Steve Jordan, marvels at one point: 'Looks like y'all hired the phone book . . . just looked up "Blues" in the Yellow Pages.'

Full Review… | December 17, 2004
Washington Post
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Features a who's who of world-wise bluesmen (and women) and newbie practitioners.

Full Review… | December 17, 2004
Washington Post
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Every so often there comes a must-see movie. This one's a must-hear.

Full Review… | December 16, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If you know the blues, you've heard it all before. And if you don't, the film, after a promising step-by-step primer opening, won't help you.

December 3, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
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Some of the blues performances here are rousingly hot and could make believers out of the staunchest classical music snob.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Miami Herald
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Gets its great groove from the humor and dignity of the true blues musicians it documents.

Full Review… | December 2, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Audience Reviews for Lightning in a Bottle

What an honour to see this film with Antoine Fuqua and a collection of the legends that were finally honoured. A wonderful night of blues.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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I would prefer to have just seen the concert without all the stories and behind the scenes, but it is still a great dvd that highlights the history of blues. Nothing can keep you from tapping your feet when Solomon Burke sings "Love Light".

Jake Conrad
Jake Conrad

(***): [img][/img] A good concert film, especially if you're into the blues.


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