DISC SPOTLIGHT: ‘Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin”

This documentary was originally aired on PBS


Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin’ Blu-ray

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin’ Blu-ray (NR)

Movie: 3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars

Disc: 3 out of 4 stars

Easily the most influential Rock musician of all-time, Jimi Hendrix was only in the spotlight for about five years (1966-1971) but left behind a legacy that could only possibly be eclipsed by Elvis Presley or John Lennon. This sprawling documentary — originally airing on PBS — is exhaustive in its coverage of Hendrix’s accession but falls just a tad short with fall. Including new and old interviews from a plethora of rock legends (including Paul McCartney), director Bob Smeaton cuts it in way that makes its three hours feel more like two. Not perfect but entirely enthralling.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/1.78:1), audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1, 2.0 LPCM Stereo), subtitles: Dutch, English, French and Spanish.

Special features include:

• Previously unreleased footage from the Miami, New York, Love & Peace and Tops of the Pops Festivals

(Sony Legacy, $24.98)