Henry Louis Gates, Jr., chair of Harvard’s Afro-American Studies, takes the pulse of BlackAmerica as he travels the country, interviewing the famous (Colini Powell, Morgan Freeman,Maya Angelou, and so on and so forth) and the everyday. The results are interesting indeed,though the interviews might perhaps have been a little more rigorous and a little less chummy.Still, an engaging, personal work.
The 2.0 track is perfectly serviceable for the …eeds of this documentary. The voices areperfectly clear and undistorted, which is the most important thing. The background score andother surround elements fill out the sound without becoming a distraction.
The aspect ratio is widescreen (1.85:1) but not anamorphic, which is a bit of adisappointment. The picture still looks reasonably sharp, with naturalistic colours, though thereis a very slight shimmer visible.
An interview with gates himself is the lone extra here. The menu is basic.
Plenty of food for thought in this documentary.
Special Features List
- Interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.