Video — 1 Blu-ray videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical. Video: DVD-video; NTSC. Digital: video file; DVD video; all regions.
Shot entirely on location in Washington, D.C., primarily at the Wax Museum nightclub and on the streets of the city Mr. Scott-Heron long considered his home. Robert Mugge's 1982 film showcases the art, the life, and the personality of the great African American poet-singer-songwriter-author Gil Scott-Heron whom many have called the forefather of hip-hop and socially-conscious rap music, and whom UK music weekly Melody Maker once dubbed "the most dangerous musician alive." One of the first music films commissioned by Andy Park of Britain's Channel 4 Television, Black wax was also one of the first productions ever to utilize Steadicam from beginning to end, thanks to pioneering Steadicam operator Lawrence McConkey.