Every ReMastered Documentary on Netflix, Ranked

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All eight of the ReMastered music documentaries have now released on Netflix. The series of documentaries has trickled onto Netflix in often cases without much fanfare. They’re all worthy of watching but we thought we’d take a look through to see which ones resonated with audiences the most. 

The docu-series is the first of its kind on Netflix with most documentaries and docu-series opting to release all at once onto the streaming service.

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How are we ranking the ReMastered documentaries? We’re using their IMDb scores which collates reviews from users.

ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay?

Released on Netflix: July 12th, 2018
Directed by: Brian Oakes
IMDb Score: 6.6/10

This documentary tells the story of Jason Mizell (aka Jam Master Jay) and his early demise. He was shot and killed in Jamaica in 2002 and has yet to see justice for his brutal murder as nobody has yet to be convicted.

The doc features testimony from DJ Hurricane, Rahman Dukes, Darryl McDaniels, and David Seabrook.

ReMastered: The Lion’s Share

Released on Netflix: October 12th, 2018
Directed by: Sam Cullman
IMDb Score: 6.8/10

This documentary which takes a more unusual subject matter than the others featured on this list seeks out the origins of a song everyone is probably familiar with.

Rian Malan is a South African journalist who leads a mission to try and find the original songwriters.

ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff?

Released on Netflix: October 12th, 2018
Directed by: Kief Davidson
IMDb Score: 6.9/10

Possibly the documentary most people will have a stake in is this one regarding the death of Bob Marley. The widely known Reggae artists demise was subject to a lot of controversies and had a lot to do with the political instability in Jamaica at the time.

This documentary takes a look at the background of the era and how Bob Marley passed.

ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre

Released on Netflix: March 22nd, 2019
Directed by: Stuart Sender
IMDb Score: 7.0/10

The Miami Showband who were at the height of their popularity in the mid-70s were inadvertently caught up in a religious war when their bus exploded after explosives were placed on it at a fake checkpoint.

Among the many voices featured in the episode includes members of the family of the band.


ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads

Released on Netflix: April 26th, 2019
Directed by: Brian Oakes
IMDb Score: 7.1/10

Robert Johnson, a blues artist, who recorded between 1936 and 1937 led a short life having passed away at the age of 27. It has been reported he made a deal with the devil and achieved success because of it but also suffered the consequences.

Among the artists featured to give tribute to Robert are Terry Harmonica Bean, Rory Block, Yvonne Chireau and Eric Clapton.

ReMastered: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black

Released on Netflix: November 2nd, 2018
Directed by: Sara Dosa & Barbara Kopple
IMDb Score: 7.1/10

Along with Bob Marley, this documentary features one of the most famous people featured in the ReMastered documentary list. This documentary looks into another political aspect for music and President Nixons attempt at getting rock and roll aimed back at conservatives rather than liberals.

Johnny Cash was recruited to solidify Nixon’s based but ended up doing the exact opposite.

Among those featured in the documentary includes Aram Bakshian, Pat Buchanan, Alexander Butterfield and Johnny Cash’s son, John Carter Cash.

ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

Released on Netflix: August 2nd, 2018
Directed by: Kelly Duane
IMDb Score: 7.2/10

This was the first ReMastered documentary to come to Netflix and takes a look into the high profile killing and investigation into Sam Cooke’s murder.

Among those featured and interviewed in this documentary are Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Dione Warwick and Lou Adler.

ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium

Released on Netflix: November 1st, 2018
Directed by: B.J. Perlmutt, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
IMDb Score: 7.4/10

This documentary features an artist most probably won’t be familiar with. Victor Jara was tragically killed during a concert and has never seen his killer face justice.

The documentary features testimony from his wife, Joan Jara as well as Pascale Bonnefoy and Joyce Horman.

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Founder of What's on Netflix and based in Norwich in the United Kingdom, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for a decade having started the site in 2013. Kasey maintains the what's new on Netflix library, keeps the coming soon lists up-to-date and writes about new and upcoming projects. Contact: kasey@whats-on-netflix.com