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6 Degrees Entertainment

Who is Harry Nilsson-And Why is Everybody Talking
(Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (2010) 2021 / MVD Visual)

Overview: The Beatles said that Harry Nilsson was their favorite American musician. Nilsson won two Grammys and was the recipient of seventeen gold records, yet he is relatively unknown today.

Who is Harry Nilsson?, a wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary, tells the story of one of the most talented singer-songwriters in pop music history.

His hits includes the Grammy-winning Everybodys Talkin and Without You, as well as Coconut and One (Is the Loneliest Number).

The film reveals to what extent his personal life was as complex and contradictory as his music, from his spirited relationship with John Lennon to his close bond with Ringo Starr.

Blu-ray Verdict: The best documentaries about music make you want to explore the artist further (two examples: The Bands The Last Waltz and Rush Beyond The Lighted Stage) and intrigue you as to the person and their vision.

This is a great documentary about a true American original who had major talent both as a singer and songwriter. Ironically, his two biggest hits Everybodys Talking and Without You were not written by him, but that is neither here nor there.

You get a lot of rare footage, as well as interviews from people who knew him and worked with him. These interviews are excellent, as some are from people whom you rarely see, with the two most insightful comments by songwriter/artist Jimmy Webb and record producer Richard Perry.

Nilssons idiosyncrasies are explored (he never gave a concert and he was an unusual person), as well as his substance abuse. However, you can tell the people who speak about him love him.

Rather than this being about a slightly crazed person who could not always control his demons, you get a glimpse into his personal life, including interviews with his widow and even his children.

Indeed, I was touched by so many of the comments from his friends and family. The Blu-ray has even more to offer and is very highly recommended. A very good compilation of his hits called Nilssons Greatest Hits is a great complement to watching this film. Do not miss it.

In fact, and simply put, Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin About Him)? is UNMISSABLE!

The Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin About Him)? master source was originally produced on standard definition video.

This Blu-ray disc contains the standard definition movie re-mastered and upscaled to high definition, approved by the filmmaker, which was completed using an up-conversion process from the original 172,800 pixels per frame to 2,073,600 pixels per frame of full HD.

This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Deleted Scenes (SD)
Additional Interviews (SD)
Music Video for Loneliness with Introduction by Yoko Ono (SD)
Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)