- 6 in-depth featurettes
- Rehearsal Diaries
- 1971 "Johnny Cash Show" Performance
- Widescreen (Anamorphic)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 13, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case - Sensormatic
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Interviews: Behind-The-Scenes Interviews with Neil Youn and Jonathan Demme
- Bonus Footage:
- Never-Before-Seen Footage From Rehearsal Studio
- Blast From The Past Neil Young Performance (1971)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 02/10/2006
"[B]oth the camera movements and the editing take it nice and easy, like the songs."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/17/2006
"[W]istful, elegiac, and touching....Demme hasn't lost a bit of his ability to slow-zoom the camera right into a musician's soul." -- Grade: B+
Rolling Stone -
"Demme is there to catch every note of bruising beauty. You don't just hear it in the music, you see it etched in Young's face. This is more than a movie, it's a privilege."
Rolling Stone - 06/15/2006
"Musically rich, visually rapturous and historically resonant, HEART OF GOLD is its own unique, hearth-warmed piece of Young's living legend."
Total Film - 11/01/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "Thankfully, the aging songsmith pulls out a show-ending run of classics...that recall the incredible old days."
Film Comment - 01/01/2007
"[A film] of stately simplicity..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Soon after completing his critically-acclaimed album Prairie Wind, rock legend Neil Young took the Ryman Auditorium - the historic home of Nashville's Grand Old Opry - by storm, blowing away the audience with heartfelt renditions of recent songs and classic hits including "The Painter," "Heart of Gold" and "Harvest Moon." Surrounded by a hand-picked group of musical companions, including his wife Pegi Young and special guest vocalist Emmylou Harris. Documented by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, Neil Young: Heart of Gold is an extraordinary musical portrait of an artist's soul - and a must-have concert film for any serious music fan!
In March 2005, Neil Young was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Four days before he was scheduled for a lifesaving operation, he headed to Nashville, where he wrote and recorded the country folk album PRAIRIE WIND with old friends and family members. After the successful operation and recovery period, he returned to Nashville that August to play at the famed Ryman Auditorium, once again gathering together friends and family for this special performance. He also brought along Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, who in addition to making such hits as THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and PHILADELPHIA has made such successful concert films as STOP MAKING SENSE (with the Talking Heads) and STOREFRONT HITCHCOCK (with Robyn Hitchcock), as well as videos for the Pretenders and Bruce Springsteen. NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD begins with brief interviews with many of the participants, but then it's all about the music. Supported by his wife, Pegi, country star Emmylou Harris, the Nashville String Machine, the Memphis Horns, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, and musicians Ben Keith, Spooner Oldham, Rick Rosas, Grant Boatwright, and others, Young leads an ever-changing collection of musicians through nine of the ten songs from the remarkable PRAIRIE WIND, an album that poignantly deals with love and loss, life and death. Young even gets reflective at the show, telling moving stories from his past in between playing guitar, harmonica, piano, and banjo. He also delights the crowd with a long set of encores of past acoustic hits, going through his vast repertoire to find memorable songs that examine life and death as well, including "The Needle and the Damage Done," "Old Man," "Comes a Time," and Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds." NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD is an extraordinary document of one of the world's greatest songwriters staring death in the face--and letting the music save him.
- Theatrical Release: February 10, 2006