THUNDER SOUL follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old 'Prof,' their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school's struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s
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||September 23rd, 2011 (Limited) by Roadside Attractions|
||PG for brief language and momentary historical smoking.|
(Rating bulletin 2155, 1/19/2011)
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||Musicians, Funk, Voiceover/Narration, Inspirational Teacher, High School Reunions, Epilogue, Jazz, Biography, Funeral Reunions|
|Source:||Based on Real Life Events|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
January 31st, 2012
It's kind of an unusual week on the home market with five first run releases coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. However, all five films missed expectations in one degree or another. Some were outright bombs by anyone's definition, while others were expected to struggle to find a large audience, just not by as much as they did. That is not to say they were all bad movies. In fact one of them, Drive, has done quite well during Awards Season and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is a contender for Pick of the Week. Its main competition is To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition, which is also coming out on a Blu-ray Combo Pack. It's a coin toss, but I'm going with the latter over the former.
January 31st, 2012
Thunder Soul opened in limited release in September, but missed the Mendoza line during its opening weekend. However, it was playing in 35 theaters, which is about 30 theaters more than a limited release of this type should attempt. So did it fail to find an audience because its opening was too ambitious? Or was it destined to struggle at the box office.
September 27th, 2011
Weekend earned nearly perfect reviews, but I'm still surprised by its box office strength as it earned $27,245 in one theater during its opening weekend of release. The Man Nobody Knew was next with $15,411, also in one theater. Machine Gun Preacher also topped expectations with an average of $11,283 in four theaters, but its reviews suggest it won't last long. Pearl Jam Twenty earned an average of $10,245 in ten theaters over the weekend, and including the special showing it had earlier in the week, it already has close to $400,000.
September 23rd, 2011
It's another week without a lot of limited releases that seem destined for box office success. There are a few films that earned a bit of advanced buzz, but very few of those are earning good reviews. There are two films that are currently earning 100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes: Thunder Soul and Weekend. But both might have trouble finding an audience either because they are opening in too many theaters, or because the subject matter makes them a niche film.
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