Cadillac Records (Blu-ray) R

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 10, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region ABC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Package Note: Region ABC
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Surround, Stereo - English
    • Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, French
    • Dubbed, Subtitles - French
    • Subtitles - English - SDH
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: Darnell Martin, Director/Writer
    • Behind the Scenes: Once Upon a Blues: Cadillac Records by Design
    • Making Of: Playing Chess: The Making of Cadillac Records
  • Interactive Features:
    • BD Live
    • The Chess Record Player – An Interactive Music Playlist

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 123


User Ratings: 63,207
Rating: 4/5 -- The music is good, the suits are sharp, but it's the outstanding performances that wow. Walker is electrifying as Howlin' Wolf and Beyoncé - playing Etta James - has never been so sultry and sexy. Full Review
Times (UK)
Feb 26, 2009
Rating: 4/5 -- Darnell Martin takes some dramatic licence with the tale of Chess Records. But it's an enthralling story nonetheless, and the outstanding ensemble cast - together with a primal, heart-thumping blues soundtrack - make it a blast from start to finish. Full Review
Roll Credits
Oct 30, 2019
It turns out to be grittier and more lowdown than that Ray Charles bio. Full Review
East Bay Express
Aug 16, 2011
Rating: B- -- Cadillac Records is not a terrible movie but in the chain of rags to riches films (Dreamgirls, Ray, Walk the Line, etc.) it definitely falls at the bottom of the heap. Full Review
Jul 3, 2009
Rating: 3/5 -- The music is great, so energetic and vital it leaves the drama looking unfocused in comparison. Beyoncé, singing her heart out, is the pick of a very impressive line-up. Full Review
Independent (UK)
Feb 20, 2009
Rating: 3/5 -- The rich soundtrack is one of the highlights of this solid, unfamiliar story in which most of the actors do all their own singing. Full Review
Daily Express (UK)
Feb 26, 2009
Rating: 2/5 -- Sadly the movie conforms to all the music-biopic stereotypes we've seen in Walk the Line, Ray and Dreamgirls. Full Review
Feb 20, 2009

Product Description:

CADILLAC RECORDS is a writer/director Darnell Martin's riveting ensemble film depicting the rise, in the early-‘50s to late-‘60s, of key musical figures at the crossroads between blues, rhythm & blues, and rock & roll. Based on the true story of the original Chicago-based purveyors of electric blues, Chess Records, it centers on two men: Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody), a Polish-Jewish nightclub owner; and Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), a transplanted Mississippi sharecropper with sights set on musical stardom. After hearing Waters's electrified Delta blues during a tussle at his nightclub, Chess decides to pool his resources into releasing what were then called "race records." Soon a coterie of label talent, from Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf, to Chuck Berry and Etta James, help to propel the fledgling label to the top of the charts--with each hit-maker rewarded by Chess with a shiny new Cadillac automobile. While sometimes playing loose with some minor historical points, the film truly hits the mark with its attention to visual detail, from costumes and cars, down to vintage recording equipment, all of it is a feast for period buffs. But what truly makes CADILLAC RECORDS captivating are the exceptional musical performances of Beyonce Knowles (Etta James) and Mos Def (Chuck Berry), two of the finest musicians-turned-actors of their time. Ultimately, CADILLAC RECORDS' most potent message may be the boundless ability that much of this music had in transcending the unsettling realities facing blacks of the time. From Payola (the practice of bribing disc jockeys to play "race records") and segregation, to white performers pilfering songs written by blacks, all of it is handled with admirable aplomb in this enjoyable, often edifying, film.

Product Description:

"Cadillac Records" chronicles the rise of Leonard Chess' (Adrien Brody) Chess Records and its recording artists including Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Little Walter (Columbus Short), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), Willie Dixon (Cedric The Entertainer) and the great Etta James (Beyonce Knowles). In this tale of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in Chicago of the 1950s and 60s, the film follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's greatest musical legends.


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  • Sales Rank: 37,991
  • UPC: 043396303935
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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