JustPressPlay: "It's About You" Pays An Aurally Wonderful Tribute to John Mellencamp
06.25.2012 - By Randall Under -
Music is one of Earthís oldest and most respected forms of art. For
centuries, people have been entertained by soothing sounds which often contain
meaning for audiences to enjoy. John Mellencamp is one such artist who has
delighted many with his old school heartland rock. Amateur filmmakers Kurt
Markus and his son Ian followed Mellencamp on one of his concert tours in 2009.
The documentary they shot, John Mellencamp: Itís About You is a beautiful
account of a musicianís journey, from artistic creation to connecting with
audiences and fellow artists.
Itís About You follows Mellencamp and his band as they go on a national tour
with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. There is a unique quality and style in the
images as the filmmaking team of Markus & Markus bring Mellencampís musical
process to many a home theater audience. The Blu-ray release of Itís About You
is top notch, both visually and aurally.
Filmed magnificently on Super8, Itís About You is more than just a
documentary. Itís an experience. You will feel as though you are right there on
tour with Mellencamp and his band. The grainy Instagram feel of the pictures is
genius and the narration by Kurt Markus only adds to the filmís stunning
visuals. There is a lot of concert footage and that is fine because the songs
coupled with the gritty backstage pictures only serve to enhance a truly
Blu-ray Bonus Features
The bonus features for John Mellencamp: Itís About You are surprisingly lame.
They consist of a few trailers and thatís it.
"John Mellencamp: Itís About You" is on sale June 5, 2012 and is not rated.
Concert, Documentary. Directed by Ian Markus, Kurt Markus. Written by Kurt
Markus. Starring John Mellencamp, Kurt Markus.