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Cash Fans Can Already 'Walk the Line' on DVD

8 Dec, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf

Country icon Johnny Cash has always had his share of acolytes.

A whole new era of music lovers got to know the Man in Black in the years shortly before his death, thanks in part to Cash's starkly emotional cover of Nine Inch Nail's “Hurt,” and the subsequent video for the song.

Now, as Walk the Line, the Joaquin Phoenix-led biopic on the legendary singer, burns up theaters and garners increasing amounts of critical acclaim, there are plenty of music DVD options in the market for anyone looking to hear and see more of the man, his life and his music.

This year, Palm Pictures released its second “Director's Label” series, with a disc featuring the work of Mark Romanek, who directed Cash in the aforementioned poignant and acclaimed video for “Hurt.”

Romanek, speaking to HMR earlier this year, said that video is one of his proudest pieces of work, and he was thrilled to include it on his “Director's Series” release. Included on the Palm release are REM's Michael Stipe and U2's Bono talking about the “Hurt” video and what Cash's rendition of the song means to them.

The batch of DVDs already out feature early and late career performances, interviews and Cash's legendary prison concerts (the first of which serves as a climax of the film Walk the Line).

Here's just a taste of what's available for Cash fans of all stripes:

  • A&E Entertainment's catalog includes a Johnny Cash Biography Channel, which focuses on his early career and includes interviews with Cash's brother, sister, his daughter Roseanne Cash, and artists such as Tom Petty.

  • Eagle Rock Entertainment has A Concert Behind Prison Walls, featuring 1976 TV footage of the singer inside the Tennessee State Prison. In the concert video Johnny Cash: Live at Montreaux 1994, his wife June joins him onstage during the set.

  • Timeless Media has Johnny Cash The Man in Black: A Documentary, containing rare photos, footage and interviews.

  • Image is repromoting Johnny Cash: The Anthology, a double-disc set that includes two programs: Johnny Cash: Anthology and Half Mile a Day. Together, they chronicle the multi-Grammy-winning artist's near six-decade career.

  • Koch Entertainment is handling two Cash DVDs, one from Passport Video titled Johnny Cash Singing at His Best and another from Shanachie Records, Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest, which features Cash and June in a 1960s TV appearance performing and talking about their music.

  • New West Records Dec. 20 is releasing Johnny Cash: Live From Austin, TX, featuring Cash's 1987 appearance on the PBS show “Austin City Limits.”

  • Rhino Entertainment this summer released Johnny Cash — Ridin' the Rails: The Great American Train Story, a 1974 program that used Cash's music to tell the history of the American railroad.

  • Sanctuary Record's disc Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music, was shot in 1969 and features rare studio-recording footage of Cash with fellow legend Bob Dylan.

  • Xenon's The Nashville Sound (street March 7, 2006) has performances, interviews and historic footage from more than 40 country legends.

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