Review: The Ritchie Blackmore Story (DVD) (Eagle Rock Entertainment)

Ritchie Blackmore (1)As one of the most highly regarded guitarists of the last 50 years, Ritchie Blackmore has consistently walked his own path. This documentary, The Ritchie Blackmore Story, fondly looks back on his musical career from his work as a session musician to multi-platinum success with Deep Purple and Rainbow through the baroque-classical influences of his latest project, Blackmore’s Night.

In addition to featuring new interviews with Blackmore himself, a bevy of other musicians, including Toto’s Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Queen’s Brian May, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons and Joe Satriani, speak of the guitarist’s technical prowess with the instrument, while others champion his body of work as being severely underrated. Ultimately, The Ritchie Blackmore Story is a worthwhile testament to one of music’s greatest guitarists.