'Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me'
(Teddy Pendergrass, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2019 / MVD Visual)
Overview: 'Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me' is the untold and ultimately inspiring story of legendary singer, Teddy Pendergrass, the man poised to be the biggest R&B artist of all time until the tragic accident that changed his life forever.
Blu-ray Verdict: The unforgettable voice of hits 'Don't Leave Me This Way', 'If You Don't Know Me By Now', 'Love T.K.O' and 'Close the Door', Teddy was the first male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums in the US, but his career was struck by tragedy in 1982 when a car accident left him paralyzed at the age of just 31.
He later made a triumphant comeback in front of a global audience of 1.9 billion at Live Aid, but what happened in between has largely just been kept under wraps; until now.
Now, I don't want you all to think that watching this documentary will reveal everything that happened to teddy in those dark years, but it will show you a little more about his life, times, and struggles, that's for sure.
At all times direct and to the point, the documentary doesn't overly dwell or, interestingly, and thankfully, sensationalize on the accident. His always great, buoyant and fulfilling music is played throughout and as an accompaniment for such a documentary, well, it is just seamlessly perfect.
Simply put, 'Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me' is a documentary that remains very respectful to Teddy and his enormous musical legacy and yet, at the very same time, allows u into his world, those aforementioned dark times, without trying to hide.
Especially the last 30 minutes of it as they truly go well beyond music and into the times surrounding his accident. Then we see, and witness how he breaks through depression after such a life-changing accident; a moment of celluloid that will definitely give everyone an example of love and spirit they will not soon forget.
Featuring revealing interviews with his family, friends and colleagues alongside industry legends, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, rarely seen archive footage and a soulful soundtrack, this insightful and moving documentary captures Teddy's rise to fame against the complex backdrop of 1970s America and his victorious comeback after his life-changing accident.
This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs with 5.1 Surround Sound and comes with the Extras of:
Five Deleted Scenes (including Teddy Live in US TV, "Wake Up Everybody" Dance sequence and Interviews with Teddy's musicians and his widow).