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Growing up at the Jersey shore familiarizes you with many things, one of which is the music of “The Boss”, Bruce Springsteen. Growing up with my Mom also familiarized me with many things, one of which was the song “Blinded by the Light” as performed by Manfred Mann. That song was a cover, the original by Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen’s songs were anthemic for a whole generation here, it always seemed everyone had at least one favorite that had special meaning. The music of Bruce Springsteen has inspired people for years, and now has become the soundtrack for a movie.
From writer-director-producer Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”) comes the inspirational drama “Blinded by the Light,” set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs, a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit.
- Own Blinded by the Light on Blu-ray and DVD on November 19 and Digital on October 22.
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned
- Studio: WarnerBrothers
- DVD Release Date: November 19, 2019
- Run Time: 117 minutes
- ASIN: B07TLPBC7K
- Purchase on Amazon
The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father (Kulvinder Ghir). But when a classmate (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.
Inspired by a true story, based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir “Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll,” “Blinded by the Light” was directed by Chadha from a screenplay written by Manzoor, Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges (“Bend It Like Beckham”). “Blinded by the Light” stars Viveik Kalra (TV’s “Next of Kin”), Kulvinder Ghir (“Bend It Like Beckham”), Meera Ganatra (“Three Dots and a Dash,” “PREMature”), Nell Williams (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “The Audience”), Aaron Phagura (TV’s “Informer,” TV’s “Doctor Who”), Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Duchess”) and Dean-Charles Chapman (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “Man Up”).
The story is underscored by the music and poetic lyrics of Springsteen, who gave Chadha his blessing from the film’s inception.
Chadha, Jane Barclay and Jamal Daniel produced the film, with Tory Metzger, Renee Witt, Peter Touche, Stephen Spence, Hannah Leader, Tracy Nurse and Mayeda Berges serving as executive producers.
Chadha’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Ben Smithard, production designer Nick Ellis, editor Justin Krish and costume designer Annie Hardinge. The original score music is by A.R. Rahman.
Here’s the trailer.
“Blinded By The Light” is available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD, on Movies Anywhere and from digital retailers.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Blinded By The Light” Blu-ray contains the following special features:
· Memoir to Movie
· The Most Crazy Thing
· Deleted Scenes
“Blinded By The Light” DVD contains the following special feature:
· Memoir to Movie