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"Country Strong" coming out in April on DVD

Thursday, February 24, 2011 – "Country Strong," the movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on April 12. Paltrow plays a country music star seeking to revive her music career after a stint in rehab. She received much attention for her singing in the movie, which generally received negative reviews.

The DVD and Blu-ray have bonus materials, including the original ending, music videos with Sara Evans and Paltrow, deleted scenes and an extended performance of Shake that Thing by Paltrow.

Blu-ray exclusive materials include three behind-the-scenes featurettes: "A Little Bit Country: The Costumes," "Friends in High Places: The Cast of Country Strong" and "Putting the Words in Their Mouths: The Songwriters." The soundtrack includes the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated song Coming Home, performed by Paltrow, and the new single, Me and Tennessee, sung by McGraw and Paltrow, and music by Ronnie Dunn, Faith Hill, Hank Williams, Jr. and Lee Ann Womack.

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CD reviews

Damn Country Music CD review - Damn Country Music
Tim McGraw said of his 14th studio album, "Damn Country Music," "It's is all about passion, (taking him back to 1989) "when I came to Nashville to chase my dreams." Country music has richly rewarded him over the past two decades, and he honors the genre's tradition here. The album gets off to a very traditional start with Celtic folk. The flute and skillful acoustic picking on the opener "Here Tonight" bring a Mark Knopfler tune immediately to mind. »»»
Sundown Heaven Town CD review - Sundown Heaven Town
The banjo comes first out of the speakers, the opening strains of "Overrated," the lead-off song on Tim McGraw's latest. But with a "1-2-3-4" count, the mood changes and goes for a more modern country approach. McGraw does about the same on the follow-up "City Lights" with Michael Landau's steely, but rocking lead guitar taking over near the conclusion as it does later hard on "Sick of Me" where the protagonist contemplates a need to turn his life around. »»»
Two Lanes of Freedom CD review - Two Lanes of Freedom
Tim McGraw's debut on Big Machine, "Two Lanes Of Freedom" is his first record since the announcement that he gave up alcohol five years ago and the first since his acrimonious, litigious split from the only label he had ever known, Curb. The new CD literally and symbolically represents a fresh start. If only the material better reflected his new take on life. What is presented here is about as boiler plate as contemporary country gets. The album is a safe play and takes almost no chances. »»»