JANIS LITTLE GIRL BLUE REVIEWED
“Janis: Little Girl Blue” is a stunning documentary about one of the greatest female singers in American history. Listening to famous fans, archival footage and Janis herself…I was floored. But, one thought kept returning to my head. It’s something I’ve been noticing since I’ve gotten older. Janis looked rough as hell for a 27 year old.
She drank Southern Comfort like it was Dasani and lived a life on the road, why should any of us be surprised? Still, it’s that aspect of aging and new found appreciation for an artist that totally blows your worldview. Her output wasn’t that immense, but every track counted. That’s a commitment that I wish I could see in modern female artists. Well, the majority of them as there is a vocal minority of extreme talents carrying on the tradition.
That being said, I guess it just feels light coming in the aftermath of “Amy”. While I enjoy Berg’s documentary work and the choices made in the presentation, it just feels done to death. Tragic musician falls on hard times, but we didn’t know all about her. That’s great, but what about the Liberty Valence factor? There weren’t any sudden truths that colored my opinion of Joplin, so much as the documentary felt like factual overkill at points.
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 5/6/16
The Plot Thus Far
Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin’s evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.