- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 26, 2010
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Deleted scenes
- Commentary with director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte & music/festival producer Stewart Levine
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Fania All Stars,
The Crusaders &
Jeffrey Levy Hinte
Paul Goldsmith &
Leon Gast &
Hollywood Reporter - 02/06/2009
"[T]he lively documentary SOUL POWER manages to find a fresh new angle on an event that's become such a nostalgic landmark in popular culture..."
Total Film - 06/23/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's documentary is uproarious and uplifting....A worthy companion piece to WHEN WE WERE KINGS..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/17/2009
"What's infectious in SOUL POWER is the almost shocking optimism of its America-meets-Africa '70s world-beat vibe." -- Grade: B
Los Angeles Times - 07/14/2009
"[V]ibrant and joyous....Excellent cameramen, often right on stage, captured the sheer joy of performance in a way that has rarely been so beautifully done."
New York Times - 07/10/2009
"[An] extravagantly entertaining documentary, assembled by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte from a trove of hundreds of hours of footage captured by some of the world's finest cinéma vérité camera operators..."
USA Today - 07/10/2009
"When focused on the musical performances and the surroundings of its setting in Zaire, SOUL POWER is potent indeed....The concert footage is mesmerizing..."
A.V. Club - 07/09/2009
"SOUL POWER combines electrifying performances from King, Brown, and The Spinners with behind-the-scenes footage of the performers in Zaire and the always-magnetic Muhammad Ali goofing around."
Box Office - 07/10/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "The behind the scenes record of the event is fascinating....As a document of a once in a lifetime event, SOUL POWER delivers sensationally..."
Wall Street Journal - 07/10/2009
"SOUL POWER is marvelous, and no wonder -- among the performers in this concert film are James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba and Celia Cruz, all at the peak of their powers."
Uncut - 07/24/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he performances are intense, uplifting and beautifully shot."
Though the eyes of the world were on "The Rumble in the Jungle" in 1974, their ears should have been on Zaire '74, the mammoth music festival that took place in the shadow of the battle between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman. This documentary takes the stellar cut footage from WHEN WE WERE KINGS and chronicles the concerts from big names such as James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, and Celia Cruz. Though Zaire '74 might have been overlooked in favor of the legendary fight, SOUL POWER still packs a serious punch for music fans.