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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: MVD6345D
  • UPC: 760137634591
  • Street Date: 07/01/14
  • PreBook Date: 05/13/14
  • Label: MVD Visual »
  • Genre: Blues
  • Run Time: 123 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
  • Year of Production: 2012
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: US & MEXICO
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Morgan Freeman
  • Director: Jon Brewer
  • Producer: Jon Brewer
  • Director: Jon Brewer
  • Producers: Jon Brewer


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B.B. King - Life Of Riley

"The invaluable and definitive autobiography of the last great bluesman, BB King." -The Observer

B.B. King - Life Of Riley
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The only documentary ever done on the last of the blues legends. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and directed by Jon Brewer, this visually stunning picture has an astounding list of contributors (aside from King himself), including Bono, Eric Clapton, Bruce Willis, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman, as well as appearances by Mick Jagger and President Obama. This is a no holds barred, powerful feature that explores how a black cotton picker from Mississippi turned his life around and battled against all the odds and unrelenting racism to overcome even the toughest critics. Filmed on location all over America as well as in the United Kingdom, this picture brings to life the heat and gin-soaked plantations where it all began. With the full cooperation of the B.B. King Museum, owners of vaults and archives so precious and immense, that several trips had to be made to America to revisit the collection and partake of its many gems. Prejudice and segregation has stained the lives of countless African Americans, and B.B. �Riley" King made sure that through his music, he never allowed it to mar his spirit. This is the essence of the story that makes an astoundingly beautiful film. Extremely informative and visually captivating.


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Track Listing

  • How Blue Can You Get (Live)
  • Chains + Things
  • The Thrill is Gone
  • Need Your Love
  • Sweet 16
  • When Love Comes to Town
  • See That My Grave is Kept Clean (live)
  • Blues Boy Tune
  • Messy But Good
  • On My Word of Honour
  • Tired of Your Jive
  • And lots more!

Bonus Materials

  • Live at the Albert Hall 'See that my grave is kept clean'
  • Live at the Albert Hall 'Thrill has gone' including special guests Ronnie Wood, Susan Tedeshci, Derek Trucks, Mick Hucknell & Slash
  • Bonus Interviews from Buddy Guy, Mick Hucknell & Ronnie Wood, Bonnie Raitt, Derek Trucks, Bobby Bland, Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa, Dr John, John Mayall, Slash, Leon Russell.

Sales Points

  • Standing Ovation at Cannes Film Festival Premiere
  • Narrated by Morgan Freeman
  • Theatrical campaign
  • Massive Facebook and social media presence for B.B.King, with targeted marketing campaign scheduled
  • Theatrical release and campaign
  • Director Jon Brewer available for promotion

Press Quotes

The invaluable and definitive autobiography on film of the last great bluesman, BB King. And much more: this movie is BB's valedictory testimony, and a monument to the essence of the blues and whence he and they came - in Mississippi delta cotton country - and their impact on us all.

     —The Observer

A seriously impressive tribute to the big B's raw talent, iron determination and irresistible charm.

     —Classic Rock

Affectionate and Illuminating

     —Time Out

One of the flagstone stories of Black America



     —Sonic Shock

A powerful insight into BB King...Music fans will love this

     —Sunday Mirror

Engrossing 4/5

     —Radio Times

A meticulous record of a long and industrious life in the blues 4/5


King is modest, wise and charming in his reminiscence

     —Sunday Times

Morgan Freeman's wise drawl underscores this tribute to Riley 'B.B.' King 4/5

     —Total Film

In this business 'legend' is an over-used word. See this and understand what it means 4/5

     —Time Out

A seriously impressive tribute to the big B's raw talent, iron determination and irresistible charm 8/10

     —Classic Rock

This is the definitive filmed testimony of the last great bluesman

     —Observer on Sunday

Excellent use of archive footage and interviews...but the real stars are King, his music and his gregarious humility

     —Evening Sun

The most enlightening account imaginable of the life and times of our greatest living bluesman

     —Classic Rock Blues Review


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