Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of RICK JAMES DVD (2021 Documentary) (Featuring: Bootsy Collins, Michael Jackson, Ice Cube, Nile Rodgers-CHIC, Big Daddy Kane and MORE!!)


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A raw and intimate documentary look at the wildly colorful life of legendary funk artist Rick James from acclaimed Director Sacha Jenkins. Original interviews with artists, collaborators and friends focus on the “punk-funk” music James left behind while illuminating his fearless attitude, social justice advocacy and bold musical aspirations. Featuring rare footage of James’ incredible live shows and never-before-seen home video.

This documentary captures the peaks and valleys of his storied career to reveal a complicated and rebellious soul, driven to share his talent with the world. Known for his unapologetic and charismatic stage presence, James has been celebrated for his massive catalog of such hit songs as “Mary Jane” and “Superfreak.” In this definitive portrait, this film examines the brain beneath the braids, charting his soaring artistic success and eventual personal decline. Sexuality, race, and the tumultuous stew of American culture all contributed to the transformation of the songwriter born as James Ambrose Johnson into the larger-than-life performer forever known as Rick James. Against a soundtrack that compels you to get out of your seat from the opening moments, Jenkins approaches his subject not with reverence, but instead with indisputable care as he delves into the circumstances that birthed this one of a kind personality.

Surprising and enlightening, this documentary pulls no punches with its exploration of James’ tragic obsessions. Comprised of rare archival performances, animation, interviews with family and collaborators and recorded conversations with James himself, this crowd-pleasing film proves the impact that this undeniable force had on American music and popular culture.

Total Duration 1 Hour 52 Minutes


Rick James via archival footage from various years though out his career

Rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Oscar Alston
Big Daddy Kane
Todd Boyd as Dr. Todd Boyd
George Clinton (archive footage)
Bootsy Collins
Berry Gordy
Kerry Gordy
Tanya Hijazi
Lanise Hughes
Nate Hughes
Ice Cube
Steven Ivory
Michael Jackson (archive footage)
Taz James
Ty James
Ron Jeremy (archive footage)
Jason King
Nancy Leiviska
M.C. Hammer (archive footage)
Teena Marie (archive footage)
Rickman Mason
Tom McDermott
JoJo McDuffie
Gail Mitchell
Syville Morgan
Charlie Murphy (archive footage)
Eddie Murphy (archive footage)
Prince (archive footage)
Donnell Rawlings
David Ritz
Nile Rodgers (CHIC)
Levi Ruffin Jr.
Lisa Sarna
Roxanne Shanté
Carmen Sims
Sly Stone (archive footage)
Jasmine Thomas
Harry Weinger
Stan Weisman
Mark Weiss
Stevie Wonder (archive footage)
Val Young

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Weight.25 lbs


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