The Power of Song: Pete Seeger

The documentary "The Power of Song" -- chronicling the life of left-wing folk singer Pete Seeger -- receives a cursory DVD treatment, with extras that highlight Seeger's earthy, everyman qualities but shortchange music fans.

The documentary “The Power of Song” — chronicling the life of left-wing folk singer Pete Seeger — receives a cursory DVD treatment, with extras that highlight Seeger’s earthy, everyman qualities but shortchange music fans.

Three deleted scenes retread ground that’s fully explored in the in-depth film — Seeger still fights for people’s rights and cooks a mean strawberry shortcake — but there must’ve been more excised footage worthy of highlighting.

Several short 1950s home movies explore the Seeger family’s eclectic interests: Banjo playing, traveling (to Ghana in the 1950s), crafts projects and, inspired by a trip to Trinidad, even constructing their own steel drums.

Yet for a film about one of the leaders of the modern folk era (Seeger’s played with Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, and was a significant influence on Dylan and Springsteen), the extras should include some more tunage, specifically more footage from the concerts that are briefly shown in the film.

The Power of Song: Pete Seeger

Release Date: August 5, 2008; $24.95

Production: The Miriam Collection/Genius Products

Crew: Color, Widescreen. Running time: 93 minutes

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