DVD - 2008
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The life of legendary jazz musician Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, directed and produced by jazz fan, Clint Eastwood. The film uses actual recordings by Parker with the backgrounds removed, and accompaniment by modern musicians attuned to the Yardbird's improvisations.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2008
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (160 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 sound disc (CD sampler, ca. 22 min. ; 4 3/4 in.)
Branch Call Number: DVD Bird


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Dec 06, 2016

Wow - loved this film - Charlie Parker is really an American treasure - it's unfortunate that he had to sustain his life with his demons - but most genius do. The acting was fantastic really a stellar cast - my heart ached for this wife Chan - I thought as I started this film I wouldn't make it since it's well over two hours - but as It turned out I could've watched at least another hour - great cast - stayed true to history - very entertaining and heartbreaking - RIP Bird

Sep 22, 2016

A bit slow, and the dialogue seemed somewhat forced, but it was an interesting portrait of an innovative musician.

Aug 22, 2016

Gritty dark film. Parker was a tragic figure who had great talent. He had the ability to rise when he played. It seems that so many great jazz and blues artists come from harsh backgrounds. I wonder how we never see enough movies about wealthy, privileged people playing great music.

May 13, 2015

Very disappointing, and I'm a Bird fan. The film is dark, and not just the theme. Poor dialog, disjointed editing, and an unclear message.

If this is a biopic, it's like history as reciting dates and events without context. The only acting part with even a little motivational depth is Dizzy. Otherwise most of the picture has paper thin characters rushing from set to set to say their shallow lines.

I wanted so much to like this movie, but I found it to be frustratingly empty, outside of the soundtrack. There is a music only option on the DVD, but I already have Bird CDs.

Jun 26, 2013

Bird ---- (DVD - 2001/ Orig. 1988 Movie) ---- Too darned Depressing, I quit watching when the rest of the band were giving up on California. As the music was not that popular yet. ---- RichardPaul (finished 6-26-13)---- ---- ---- ---- INFO FROM LIBRARY ---- ---- Performers: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright, Keith David. ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----Summary: The life of legendary jazz musician Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. ---- ---- Audience: MPAA rating R ----

Apr 17, 2013

Great production, good direction (not Eastwood's best, the symbolism - actually, cymbal-ism - is a little heavy-handed), terrific cast and, of course, great music. Unfortunately, the doomed-artist bio has become a cliché, even when it`s the truth, and it`s just so depressing to see an incredible gift just p***ed away.

aaa5756 Jul 23, 2011

A+ for the jazz musician Charlie "Yardbird" Parker.......B+ for the DVD

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