The documentary Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Blood Brothers chronicles recording sessions for songs included on the 1995 triple platinum CD Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits, and captures Springsteen in the studi... more »o with the E Street Band for the first time since their work on 1984's Born in the U.S.A. The DVD features interactive menus, lyrics, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and additional special features. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Blood Brothers premiered on The Disney Channel March 3, 1996. TV Guide described the documentary as "superlative," and added: "Ernie Fritz's film is more than a record of a legendary band's reunion. It offers a glimpse of Springsteen that fans rarely see." Blood Brothers was released on VHS on November 19, 1996. A double-sided laser disc version of the film was first released on October 1, 1996. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Blood Brothers features music from the songs "Blood Brothers," "High Hopes," "This Hard Land," "Back in Your Arms Again," and "Without You," as well as music videos for "Murder Incorporated" and "Secret Garden."« less
Reality show: 7 days in the studio with Bruce & the band
christinemm - The Thinking Mother | Connecticut, United States | 12/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a documentary filmed over 7 days, which was the total time that the band came together to put together their Greatest Hits CD. The whirlwind project entailed recording 4 songs in the studio, taping a live performance of "Blood Brothers" for a music video, choosing which previously recorded tracks to include, taking still photographs for promotion and many other decisions. You will see footage containing debate about which cover photograph to pick, which songs should be on the CD or not, including entertaining a ghastly suggestion to leave "Thunder Road" off to make more space for other songs! This is basically a reality show about a slice of the life of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Well back in 1995 when this was made we called these documentaries but now that it is 2002 and we are deluged with reality shows I'd liken this more to a reality show than a documentary!If you are interested in what really goes on during a studio taping and mixing of music, and about behind the scenes decisions, you will love this. People interested in the business end of the entertainment industry will enjoy seeing the interaction between the producer and the manager and the musicians. If you are a big fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band you will love it, of course, that goes without saying. I am not a musician and am ignorant about the process of making music, but this movie gave me some insight. We see Bruce telling the band what his vision for the songs is, how he wants the mood, his raw ideas, and then the feedback of the musicians and the businessmen. We see discussion of whether the music is overpowering the lyrics, whether the music is really setting the tone of the message of the song, etc. We see the band members composing their own parts to the songs. We hear debate about which version of the song is the best, which invokes the proper mood and message. We see a meeting with an outside consultant who remixed "Secret Garden" with some string instruments and we see the band vote for their favorite version (it is not unanimous). We see Bruce tired and working hard, and in one scene he looks as if he just woke up from a nap with "bed head". We see them out on the streets with fans calling their names and asking for autographs and asking Bruce for a kiss on the cheek (which was refused). Springsteen brought up the Greatest Hits project idea on a Thursday and recording began a few days later. The whole project was done in a week. What a whirlwind. Because this was the first time the band had officially studio-recorded in 11 years, and 7 years since performing together, there were some interesting dynamics going on and band members were commenting about their emotions and happiness at being together again.After watching this I have more respect for musicians than I used to. As a consumer and listener of the final product I hadn't really been exposed to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. It is apparent throughout the film that Bruce, the band, the other artists and the business people worked very well together but still I could appreciate the hard work and difficulty of it all. As with other types of projects, there is the dream and the original conception, there is the path along the way where others give input, compromise is made, different things are tried, and one final thing results, which does not always please everyone. The looming deadline is there and impacts the project. I also was left completely in awe of all it takes to write great lyrics, to compose music, and then to get it to the end product. This film helped me realize just a slice of what goes on behind the scenes and to appreciate all it takes to put out a studio recording. What talent each musician must have to be able to do this work! I was left with the feeling that to be musical, it is an inborn talent not something that is easily learned. I also realized the true dedication of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band. It was very clear to me that Springsteen cannot help but write and perform, it is in his blood, it is a calling, it comes natural and it cannot be suppressed. Musicians must make music, writers must write, you cannot stop them! And to Bruce and the E Street Band I beg: "Don't stop!" My one complaint was the spoken part of the track seems to be a lower volume than the music. I was straining to hear some of the mumblings and fast-talking and then when the music came on it was blasting! As I watched it I took out my copy of the Greatest Hits CD and compared it with the final songs that made the cut, the photograph of the band we saw being shot, and one inside shot was a proposed cover, which was shot down. And of course as a huge fan I wished the film were longer, and that I could have such a bird's eye view of their work process more often!"
The Boss and the E Streeters at their best!
R. J. Riggs | Plano, TX | 01/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
Since it was nearly seven years since the last time the E Street Band and Bruce Springsteen played together during the Tunnel of Love and the Amnesty International tours, their coming together in 1995 was a fans dream. The band members had become more adept at playing their instruments, they had matured some, and it comes out in the numerous renditions of Blood Brothers and Secret Garden (which would be later used in the movie Jerry Maguire) that we get to eavesdrop on like a fly on the wall in the studio. The E Streeters do an awesome job with Murder Incorporated, a song they'd used for years in concerts, just had never released on an album before. And when they finally get to This Hard Land, it's Springsteen at his purist; no politics, no agenda, just people and good hard rock and roll. As a fan I'd cheer the Boss if he did nothing more than sit in a chair with an acoustic guitar and sing for an hour, but what you've got here is 90 minutes worth of behind the scenes goings on, and it's well worth the money. And if you never have, make sure you go to a concert if you ever have the chance. You'll never forget it."
This is the video that lets you see the real Bruce
lauriex | 05/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really love this video for all sorts of reasons really. First of all Bruce is filmed doing all sorts of things from eating out of a jar of peanut butter to singing to his kids. Patti and the rest of the band do some talking as well. Its so nice to learn about the "behind the sceens" that happens that no one really gets to hear about and this video shows that. Executive producer Jon Landau knows the boss inside and out. He has certainly captured a side of Bruce that proves him to be down to earth and a regular family kind of guy."
C11H15NO2 | 02/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is exactly what I hoped it'd be. Intimate. Tender. Gritty. Real. Getting to see the band together again, the nervousness, the ease with which they get back into the groove is great. Having a window into these moments is priceless. It's the closest I'll ever get to the band I'm sure, and I'm grateful they allowed us this glimpse into their lives, the band, and the process of recording. There were a few moments when the emotion of the songs and their collective delivery, reduced me to tears. One special moment to me is when they celebrated Clarence's birthday at the studio. That's good stuff. Worth every penny. There's no way to recommend it highly enough, to old fans or new!"
You MUST own this if you love Bruce!
Lucy | 09/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Bruce put his two DVDs out I had to run out and buy a DVD player so I could view them. They are still the only two DVDs I own and it was well worth the $200 for the DVD player! All of us Bruce fans know that he NEVER disappoints us...This will make you feel like you are right in the room with Bruce, Patti and the guys as they record "Blood Brothers". This is a must have for your collection!
By the way - today happens to be his birthday (Happy 52 Bruce!)"