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900 Nights (With Janis Joplin) [DVD] [2009]

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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CERT2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,132 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This film by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker follows Janis Joplin and her first band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, at the 1967 Monterey Festival.


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3.2 out of 5 stars
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inacurate title description 29 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
Be careful when buying this. It looks as though this is a new realease but it is in fact the European release of "Nine Hundred Nights". I had to buy it to find out though as the Region 1 and Region 2 versions have totally different catalogue numbers.
That aside the DVD is a good piece of history even if it is more for true fans than casual collectors. There are some clips of otherwise unavailable footage and reproductions of the same old stuff too.
Anyway, wherever is "Janis The Way She Was" on DVD? That would be apreciated a lot more than this as I'm sure anybody buying this is only getting it for the Janis Joplin content.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For real Big Brother enthusiasts only 3 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
Documentary of Big Brother and the Holding Company - discussions with members today and vintage footage (most in B&W). There must be a limited amount of film available as most shown here is pretty poor quality...however found it very intersting about how they all got together, their memories of Janis and their wonderful sound. Shame no talk about what happened to Big Brother after Janis left. They were obviously all very talented musicians - must have done something...surely.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By J. N. Valente VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I had high hopes. I liked Big Bro & the Holding Co. I thought this might focus on telling their history. Well, part of this DVD is dedicated to that. Most of it is a peculiar combination of slagging off Janis abusing her and minimizing her contribution to the band when they were still all in equal footing and displaying jealousy when she left to pursue a semi-solo career. Since the one crucial Big B & the H Co. not to have been interviewed for this is Janis herself (and there are plenty of interviews with her about why and how she left the band, this a one-sided (the original BB guys still alive when this was.. "produced") account of what went down. The 2 stars are for the music contained here. The missing 3 are on account of a pervading feeling of sourness and inferior complexes and even outright resentment that emanates from the machos and disagreeably permeates the whole DVD.
Fine, if you think the male members of BB&tHC were musical genius or musical virtuosos. Since I don't think they were either I found the experience of enduring an less than an hour of their rants disturbing. It is also unsettling that the extra features include so much material from when Janis had already joined them. It's not that her commercial potential was bigger without them (probably true). Her artistic one wasn't. Nor was theirs and I feel their current-day obscurity is thoroughly deserved. That I felt nothing of the sort before watching and listening to this is possibly the best reason not to invest in it. Janis was no altruistic angel. We knew that as far as career goes, right? She was trying to find the path she felt to be truest to her unique persona.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated band in the World 9 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
I and my wife saw this band live yesterday. The band members are highly accomplished musicians and were downright huge listen too. Sam Andrew was incredible on his Summertime (he made the guitar arrangements in the famous song). I have seldom seen such an underrated band in my life. Big Brother and the Holding company was Janis Joplin's original band from - 66 to - 68. Before they became "Janis Joplin and Big Brother" the original members Sam Andrew and Peter Albin met in a Victorian mansion in San Francisco in 1962. They were a very active part of the creation of the hippie movement. In this DVD they recreate these out of the ordinary days where today's concept of individual freedom was created. The DVD mix old material such as vivid recordings of concerts in 1967 with new and interesting interviews with the original band members. This DVD should been seen by everyone who are interested in the San Francisco sound and the hippie movement of the - 60's. The DVD is both carefully created and quite long running. The original band member's in Big Brother and the Holding company tour the world today. They don't seem to have let the years wear them down. Sam Andrew even took the time for a little chat after the concert yesterday. He was a very charming and friendly human being (far from the rock star image). They were never "just a band of Janis Joplin". Sam Andrew and James Gurlie did a lot in the sound and songs in many of the most famous Janis Joplin songs. They are today as they were then in their own right worth listen too as they are both fascinating and brilliant individuals.
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