Tells the fascinating and heart-wrenching story of legendary reggae superstar bob marley the musician the poet the prophet. Bob marley was a symbol of human rights who through his music decried the injustices of all people... more » and fought for social equality with zealous determination. Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 06/26/2001 Run time: 89 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Jeremy Marr« less
Third World | Bronx, NY United States | 12/05/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It starts out really good then peters out midway on. Why is it that whenever Bob is about to go in depth about a particular subject, the filmmakers cut to him performing? How could they not address the Wailers break up? I mean they literally ignore it. Isn't the break up as significant as them getting together in the first place? Did Marley's music regress, progress or stagnate after Bunny and Peter left? How did Bob feel about Bunny and Tosh leaving? And what happened to Bunny anyway? You see him early on and then you don't see him again. Since he's the only one alive of the three, doesn't his opinion have more weight than most. All I'm saying is the audience would have gotten an even better understanding of Marley with more Bunny and more Tosh."
BOB MARLEY @ HIS BEST
sirwithlove | ATLANTA, GA USA | 02/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BOB DVD,VIDEO I HAVE SEEN,AND IF YOU ARE A FAN OR JUST WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE GREAT REGGAE KING THIS IS THE PURCHASE TO MAKE. NOT A LOT OF MUSIC VIDEO CLIPS,BUT YOU GET TO HEAR BOB TALK ABOUT LIFE,BUT MOST OF ALL WHAT PEOPLE MEANT TO HIM. REBEL MUSIC IS THE TRUE STORY OF THE MAN I CALL MY HERO,ROBERT NESTA MARLEY.
The best documentary
Third World | 01/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary has the best information out of the three videos I own, BUT, this video has only very short clips of Bob playing live. IF YOU WANT A VIDEO OF ONLY LIVE PERFORMANCE get LEGEND (the video) to complement this dvd. This dvd is an excellent documentary, perhaps the best, although I have not seen them all."
Good but not the best
Matt Potter | Spring, Texas United States | 01/17/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good bio of Bob Marley but it still lacks real insight into his life and career...it doesn't break any new ground and the story is told better by Bob himself on the video "Time Will Tell" and by people who knew him on "Caribbean Nights: The Bob Marley Story" Hopefully, these will get re-issued on DVD as I think they are far superior. As one previous reviewer noted, there is virtually no Bunny and no Tosh. I did find the interviews with the former CIA Agent interesting. All in all, not bad but not the best."
The Birth of Reggae and a Music Legend
Bryan Carey | Houston, TX | 07/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bob Marley is a giant in the world of music. He and his band, the Wailers, helped to introduce a new style of music to the world. His lyrics spoke volumes about what he experienced in his native land of Jamaica and his short life was mired by controversy. This documentary explores the late reggae singer's tenure on this planet, with lots of interviews and plenty of music.
Marley's life is laid out before the screen on this documentary with many of his friends, family, and associates speaking to the camera about the reggae legend. Former Wailers Bunny Livingstone and Peter Tosh talk about Bob Marley as a musician and friend. Chris Blackwell from Island Records, shares his feelings on Marley. Rita Marley, Bob's widow, talks more than anyone else and she provides some insight into Marley's personal life and family relations. It is known that Bob Marley had affairs with many different women and Rita talks about this on the documentary. She seems to have accepted husband Bob's infidelity- both then and now- even though she was obviously a little uneasy with the situation.
Marley himself speaks a few times in this documentary, but he only says a few words and what he says is often difficult to understand. His Jamaican accent is heavy and you have to listen close to decipher his words. When he sings, the words are easier to understand. It was nice to hear Marley speak, but he really doesn't get a chance to say much. As soon as he starts to answer a question, the camera switches to a different scene. This was a little frustrating. I would have liked to hear more words of wisdom directly from the man himself. I also would have liked to hear some comments from Marley's children, like Ziggy and the others. This would have added some more insight into Bob Marley's character.
Musical clips can be seen throughout this documentary. Some of the featured songs are well- known tunes, but there are some rarities too. And as an added feature on the DVD, you get a selection of musical tunes to listen to along with a discography of Marley's albums, including those issued after his death.
Bob Marley is a larger than life figure in his native land of Jamaica and he is a musical icon to many people around the world who gained inspiration from his music. This documentary has a few flaws, but it is still a very good one for fans of the late reggae singer. It includes plenty of interviews, rare photos, and lots of great reggae tunes from this musical genius. "