Tony Bennett: An American Classic

Tony Bennett: An American Classic

Director: Rob Marshall Cast: Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, Elton John

Blu-ray (Stereo / Surround Sound)

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Overview

The concert film Tony Bennett: An American Classic serves as a video accompaniment and companion piece to the legendary crooner's 2006 album of the same title. On that LP, Bennett duets on a series of pop standards, with nineteen of the world's top rock and pop artists. In the film version - originally produced and aired on NBC - Bennett teams up with many of the same guests, including Christina Aguilera, k.d. Lang, Stevie Wonder, Chris Botti, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Barbra Streisand and Diana Krall, to celebrate his own 80th birthday. Rob Marshall, the helmer of Chicago, directs. Tracks include: "Smile" with Streisand, "Sing, You Sinners" with Legend, "Because of You" with Lang and Botti, "The Best is Yet to Come" with Krall, "The Shadow of Your Smile" with Juanes, "Rags to Riches" with John, "Just in Time" with Michael Buble, "For Once in My Life" with Wonder and "Steppin' Out" with Aguilera. Bennett then performs his standard closer, the seminal "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," as a solo number. Throughout, Marshall and his collaborators re-create, via elaborate onstage production design, classic settings from various periods in Bennett's life and career, including the 52nd Street Swing Club, one of the earlier incarnations of Columbia's recording studio, Carnegie Hall, the stage of the 'Rat Pack,' the set of Bennett's infamous MTV Unplugged performance in the early nineties, and much, much more. As these settings magically come to life on stage, such celebrities as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Crystal, Robert de Niro, John Travolta and Bruce Willis, recount the tale of Bennett's life, career and musical journey, and their narration is interwoven with the musical performances by Bennett and his fellow vocalists.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/12/2006
UPC: 0886970283298
Original Release: 2006
Source: Sony
Region Code: 0
Sound: [Surround Sound, stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 41,663

Special Features

Featurettes:; The Making Of; Shooting of Black & White Film; Walking the Stars Through Their Paces; Production Design From Page to Stage; The Trailer; The Tony Bennett Dancer's Rehearsals

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tony Bennett: An American Classic
1. Smile: Duet With Barbra Streisand
2. Opening Titles
3. The Beginning: Billy Crystal
4. Sing, You Sinners: Duet With John Legend
5. Columbia Records: Catherine Zeta-Jones
6. Because of You: With K.D. Lang (Featuring Chris Botti)
7. The Best Is Yet to Come: Duet With Diana Krall
8. The Shadow of Your Smile: Duet With Juanes
9. From TV to Vegas: Bruce Willis
10. Rags to Riches: Duet With Elton John
11. Just in Time: Duet With Michael Bublé
12. For Once in My Life: Duet With Stevie Wonder
13. From Carnegie Hall to MTV: John Travolta
14. Steppin' Out: Duet With Christina Aguilera
15. The Best Singer in the Business: Robert De Niro
16. I Left My Heart in San Francisco: Tony Bennett With Bill Charlap on Piano
17. End Credits

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Tony Bennett: An American Classic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rachRV More than 1 year ago
I gave this as a gift to someone and he was so happy with it.
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