Gospel with Sampler Cd

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A film about morality, faith, hope and recovery. A young singer returns home to find his father's once-powerful congregation is disarray. With his childhood nemesis creating a "new vision" for the church, he is forced to deal with family, career, and relationship issues that send him on a collision course with redemption or destruction. Starring Boris Kodjoe (Love & Basketball), Clifton Powell (Ray), Idris Elba (TV's The Wire), and Tamyra Gray (TV's American Idol star), and featuring the hottest names in gospel - Yolanda Adams, Hezekiah Walker, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin and new music by Kirk Franklin.

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Studio Sony
SKU 206609253
UPC 043396242944
UPC 14 00043396242944
Format DVD
Release Date 3/4/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Aloma Wright - Actor
Boris Kodjoe - Actor
Clifton Powell - Actor
Donnie McClurkin - Actor
Fernando Villena - Editor
Frank Galline - Production Designer
Fred Hammond - Executive Producer
Idris Elba - Actor
Matthew MacCarthy - Cinematographer
Nona Gaye - Actor
Omar Gooding - Actor
Rob Hardy - Director
Rob Hardy - Writer
Stanley A. Smith - Original Music By
Tamyra Gray - Actor
William Packer - Producer
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Gospel" is the first mainstream movie I can remember that deals knowledgeably with the role of the church in African-American communities. It is not a particularly religious movie; the characters are believers, but the movie is not so much about faith and prayer as about the economic and social function of a church: How it operates as a stabilizing force, a stage for personalities, an arena for power struggles, and an enterprise which must cover its costs or go out of business...The counterpoint for all of this drama is gospel music, a lot of it, performed by such well-known singers as Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Martha Munizzi, the "American Idol" finalist Tamyra Gray, and by inspired gospel choirs in full praise mode. If the plot wanders through several predictable situations, and it does, the movie never lingers too long on those developments before cutting back to the best gospel music I've seen on film since "Say Amen, Somebody." Like an Astaire and Rogers musical, this is a movie you don't go to for the dialogue...Rob Hardy, who wrote and directed "The Gospel," obviously knows a lot about black churches, their services, their music, their traditions and the way the congregation interacts with the people on the altar. There are times here where call-and-response shades into put up or shut up.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Jawn Murray, AOL's Black Voices ...a foot-stomping, hand-clapping good time...
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times Rousing, affirmative entertainment.

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