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Clint Eastwood brings a lifelong love of jazz to and won a Best Director Golden Globe Award for this gripping story of pioneering jazzman Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. Like a spellbinding jazz riff, past and future overlap as the movie explores Bird's soaring skill and destructive excesses. In his Cannes Film Festival Best Actor performance, Forest Whitaker in the title role is a candle ablaze at both ends. Diane Venora shares that glorious light, the New York Film Critics Best Supporting Actress choice as steadfast wife Chan Parker. Skillfully blending Parker solo recordings with modern musicians, Bird comes alive most mightily on its soundtrack, honored with a Best Sound Academy Award. In Eastwood's hands, Bird truly, stunningly lives.


Studio Warner
SKU 207901799
UPC 883929008650
UPC 14 00883929008650
Format DVD
Release Date 2/23/2010
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
British Academy Awards (1989) Alan Robert Murray, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound,Lennie Niehaus, Nominee, Best Score
Golden Globe (1989) Clint Eastwood, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture,Diane Venora, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Forest Whitaker, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Oscar (1989) Les Fresholtz, et. al., Winner, Best Sound
Cannes Film Festival (1988) Bird, Winner, Technical Grand Prize,Clint Eastwood, Nominee, Golden Palm Award,Forest Whitaker, Winner, Best Actor
ReviewSource The Washington Post
Review Images, not ideas or a cohesive narrative, are what we take away from "Bird." Though it's a Hollywood studio picture, the film has a calculated art-house look. Beginning with Parker's attempt to kill himself by drinking iodine after a squabble he's had with his wife Chan (Diane Venora), Eastwood and scriptwriter Joel Oliansky present us with nearly three hours worth of fragments from the revolutionary alto saxophonist's life. And by the time we reach the artist's death at the age of 34, these fragments have collected into a sizable, though inconclusive, mountain of impressions..."Bird" isn't the great movie about jazz that some jazz writers are proclaiming it to be. Structurally, it's too scrambled, and ultimately we're too frustrated by the leaping around to feel we understand its subject or even what the filmmakers want us to know about him. But even though, thematically, the movie won't come clear, Eastwood has succeeded so thoroughly in communicating his love of his subject, and there's such vitality in the performances, that we walk out elated, juiced on the actors and the music...Forest Whitaker's brilliance is the force that holds the scattered pieces of "Bird" together. Only rarely in movies do characters achieve this sort of palpability, and then only when presented to us by a remarkable performer. And this is a remarkable performer giving a gentle, exuberant, charismatic performance.
Reviewer Hal Hinson
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I've seen two documentaries about Charlie Parker recently, but I haven't seen a lot of Parker. In an age when archives are filled with newsreel footage and videotape on even the most obscure of public figures, Parker seems always to have been somewhere else when the cameras were on. There is a shot of him accepting a Downbeat Award at a banquet, where the master of ceremonies solemnly informs him that jazz is color blind (if so, then why the reassurance?), and another brief clip of him playing with Dizzy Gillespie. There are a few minutes of silent footage, too, and that's it. No complete performances on film...No interviews. No home movies...That's one reason why Clint Eastwood's "Bird," a musical biography of Parker, is so valuable. It supplies us with images to go with the music, and it provides an idea of the man, more than 30 years after his death. If we are to judge by Forest Whitaker's substantial performance, Parker was a large, warm, gentle man who was comfortable with himself and loved his work..."Bird" is a long, complex, ambitious movie, and it contains a lot of great music..."Bird" wisely does not attempt to "explain" Parker's music by connecting experiences with musical discoveries. This is a film of music, not about it, and one of the most extraordinary things about it is that we are really, literally, hearing Parker on the soundtrack.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
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Empire A compelling mix of music and misery as Bird flushes himself down the can.
Gene Shalit, Today Exhilarating! Clint Eastwood's consummate directing and a flawless cast send Bird soaring!
Jack Kroll, Newsweek Extraordinary. The best American film ever made about jazz.
Jay Carr, Boston Globe It's more than a labor of love -- it's a powerful summoning of devoted craft, conveying the pain and complexity of a great musical innovator...
Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail ...a hypnotic, darkly photographed, loosely constructed marvel that avoids every cliche of the self-destructive-celebrity biography...
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader ...the most serious, conscientious, and accomplished jazz biopic ever made, and almost certainly Eastwood's best picture as well.
TV Guide ...a remarkable directorial effort, Eastwood shows a great flair for atmosphere and composition...Whitaker gives a towering performance...

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