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Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who (Ws Sub) [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Roger Daltrey , Pete Townshend , Murray Lerner , Parris Patton    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Richard Barnes
  • Directors: Murray Lerner, Parris Patton, Paul Crowder
  • Writers: Mark Monroe
  • Producers: Bill Curbishley, Agi Orsi, Alexander Yves Brunner, Ben Holden
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 237 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,771 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who is a very satisfying, two-disc set anchored by an excellent documentary directed by Murray Lerner (The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival), whose 1970 footage of the band in concert appears in Lerner’s Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival. Lerner’s new film includes recent and extensive interviews with surviving Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, who candidly recall every chapter of the group’s career, from childhood to the premature deaths of drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, and beyond to Daltrey and Townshend’s continuing, now-autumnal collaboration. Much of what is said and captured in Amazing Journey has been noted before in myriad ways (including the Who’s 1979 autobiographical feature The Kids Are Alright), but the older Daltrey and Townshend get, the richer their insights into Who history. Lerner’s organisation of sub-topics and material also makes Amazing Journey powerful and resonant, including the Who’s earliest period as an emerging club band (called the High Numbers) emphasising rhythm and blues, and Townshend’s gradual transformation into a songwriter trying to break traditional pop forms. Key relationships are examined and explored, but of special note is Daltrey’s and Townshend’s separate, fascinating assessments of the former’s evolution as a vocalist and frontman. (Each maintains that it was Daltrey’s personal connection to the central character in Tommy that turned him into an expansive, charismatic singer.)

A second disc contains superb outtakes from Amazing Journey, with an emphasis on the wisdom of Daltrey and Townshend, both in their 60s, examining their individual artistries. Who fans and musicians alike will certainly enjoy an exciting analysis, from the likes of the Edge, Simon Townshend (Pete’s brother and member of the Who’s backing band) and Eddie Vedder, of Townshend’s gifts as a guitarist. A wonderful mini-documentary co-directed by D.A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back) captures a recording session from 2003, and footage of the High Numbers in a 1964 performance (from an aborted film by the Who’s late co-manager, Kit Lambert) is a remarkable artifact. --Tom Keogh

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable for Who fans and a bargain for all 28 Dec 2007
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This is an exhaustively compiled selection of the Who's finest moments, with some amazing new archive footage of the High Numbers (pre the decision to name themselves the Who) performing in April 1964 at the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone, filmed by Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp (who became their managers). And it's far from being the only bit - there are 834 clips of copyright cleared vision and music excerpts here, lovingly compiled with peerless sound and vision. It sounds great through a standard television but having heard it at the premiere on a large screen, it will sound even more marvellous in a proper cinema set up.

Townshend is one of the greatest rock composers of all time given Tommy, Who's Next and especially Quadrophenia, (and he is undeniably one of the most influential musicians of the 60s and 70s). There is due regard paid to their complex history, the influence of early and later management and their impact on performers such as Jimi Hendrix. Rightly, Daltrey, Moon and especially Entwistle are all recognised on both discs for their particular talents and their unique contribution to the band. And the deaths of Moon and then Entwistle are not glossed over, and it's clear how their personal behaviours contributed to their deaths.

This does not have the longer, full song, performances that you can find on the Kids are Alright, but in many ways it's a more accessible history of one of the finest rock bands we've ever seen and heard, and one that is still ever-watchable, and capable of coming up with relevant new music, playing venues smaller than stadia, and with a marvellous back catalogue to discover.

I saw the Who in Glasgow in 1975, and many times since. Entwistle inspired me to take up bass guitar, and I play it still.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See Them,Feel them ,Hear them. 25 Feb 2008
By C.Elder
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This is a film of the WHO,with concert footage,family members,recording sessions,interviews etc from the very early days to the present.I found the insights provided by other stars like Sting;U2;Pearl Jam;etc into the music and musicianship of the WHO really worthwhile.To be analysed and dissected by other experts added a very different set of insights into this great band.Sting describing the famous,intricate bass-line of "My Generation";U2 talking about the the guitar virtuosity of Townsend;the drumming of Moon analysed and reconstructed;and the power chords and how they came to be played on many WHO songs,were amazing to watch and listen to.
Some one of these commentators finally summed up the WHO as a band that had a "lead guitarist";a "lead drummer",a "lead bassist" and a "lead singer" and somehow it all worked instead of being a mess.
What a great description of a great band.
Get this dvd and enjoy it and think back to a simpler time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful

Bought this 6 months ago and have just watched it for the third time. I have so much respect for Townshend & Daltrey for making this film - The interviews are incredibly candid.

No subject is off-limits to them - they happily talk about the music; the experiences on the road; late band members Keith Moon & John Entwistle; and their relationship with one another - from the very beginning to the present day.

True to form, while Townshend comes across as slightly aloof in his niche as the original tortured artist; Daltrey, by contrast, is almost painfully frank at times, and comes across as very likeable.

I am only 24 years old - I got into the Who after stumbling across a re-run of Quadrophenia on telly about 10 years ago - Admittedly, I'm now a huge fan, owning all their albums. But I would argue this film is not only unmissable for anybody calling themselves a fan of the band, but also for anybody with an interest in music generally.

The Who have been a seminal band in the history of British music, and this film is an absolute gem. My Dad is in his 50s, and although he's never been a huge fan of the band, even he found this documentary interesting.

To anybody deliberating whether or not to buy - go for it. Treat yourself.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the high numbers alone 1 Dec 2007
Firstly this set is certainly worth owning if nothing else just to see Kits incomplete High Numbers Railway Hotel film, but here is where it falls down as it could have carried on so nicley from where this left off through the use of more imaginative and interactive DVD menus and interface. The never before seen clips from here on are edited and talked over and leave you feeling like you want to see more. RSG Shindig and beat club clips need to be found soon on one disc and this could have been the time to do it, but alas. Otherwise the interviews are all interesting and the content is engaging. In companion with the kids are alright and the Max Rb films this set does work but as I say it could have been so much more and this band and their work demands this
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Extras are better than most DVDS! 25 Jan 2008
By C. Duff
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What a great DVD this is. A perfect companion to 'Kids' and 'Maximum RnB'. With most of the footage commercially available I would rather hear some frank and up to date interviews for a change. As I said the extras are great, offering an insight into each individual members playing. I must say that I never realised that Pete Townshend's playing was influenced by Flamenco but hey, there you go! There's also the recording session for 'Real Good-Looking Boy' which was the first for 23 years. Well worth spending your hard-earned shekels on, a definite 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of unseen footage
Despite being a huge Who fan I have always preferred live gigs to albums ( except quadrophenia) and videos. This dvd shows their roots and tells the story of the bands members.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a band
We very much enjoyed watching this.

We have just been to see the Who a couple of times on their recent tour, first time since way back in the 70's when the original line... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Julie Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Far from a classic, but informative at least
This is a well told story and a very interesting documentary. However the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Twenty Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars story of the who
A1 service,was purchased as a xmas gift for some one else,so cannot judge the dvd myself.the person i bought it for was very pleased with it.
Published 18 months ago by jackie dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Watching and Music
Arrived in good time, well packaged, excellent condition. Completely as described. Looks well made of good quality materials. Does what it is supposed to. Read more
Published 22 months ago by The Saint
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Who's Amazing Journey DVD
This DVD box set (2 DVDs) is worth the price for real Who fans. The main documentary film is excellently done, and uses recent interviews as well as old footage to show the band... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Outasync classic
I've already pitched in my tuppence-worth on The Who's 'Kids are Alright' Blu-Ray, so was pleasantly surprised by this more sober take on The Who's mythology. Read more
Published on 10 July 2012 by Philbee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great doco
This is a fabulous review of an awesome band. Not afraid to cover their darker periods in their history. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2012 by Scot in Oz
5.0 out of 5 stars love it. brilliant
ive watch this over 25 times in one year. u get 2 nice dvds in 2 cases in boxset. for very cheap. 4 hrs of footage.
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by tango
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very informative stuff on the band. A must for any fan of The Who. Excellent value for your . Thank you.
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by Loopy
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