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Born To Boogie [DVD] [2014]


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  • Directors: Ringo Starr
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sanctuary
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001732LH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,325 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directed by ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, this surrealist documentary-style film includes an extensive live concert performance from the groundbreaking glam-rock band T.Rex, fronted by the legendary Marc Bolan.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Nickey on 28 July 2005
Format: DVD
As the Mott the Hoople anthem "All The Young Dudes" intones, "Who needs T.V. when I got T.Rex?"
Now you can indulge both obsessions in one glorius package. Beyond essential if you are a Rexhead. Essential for any serious student or historian of the endangered species Rock Music. Glam ruled the world for a short sweet time and Marc Bolan was the monarch. So much so that a feature film was obligatory. The resulting 1972 theatrical release was too patchy, disjointed and meandering to reward one concentrated sitting.
Fast forward to the 21st century. "Born To Boogie" has been reborn and lovingly restored. This project was about process and the process that birthed "Born to Boogie" is gloriously splattered across two DVD discs for your surfing and skimming pleasure. Sure, the original feature length film is here; buffed and spit-shined to sparkly effect. However, the real treasure is the extras and special features. Two full length London concerts are expertly remastered by T.Rex/Bowie Producer Tony Visconte and are splashy, trashy fun. English Punk starts here. In the glitter rock era, tunes were the thing and tunes are plentifully offered. Marc Bolan had pop smarts and they are in peak display on Born To Boogie. T.Rex may have been a hard sell in America, but clearly, there was no human being on the globe having a better life than Marc Bolan in 1972.
Irony and historical perspective comes courtesy of Producer/Director Ringo Starr. Ringo labors unmolested at the watermark Wembly concerts a scant 6 years after Beatlemania. T.Rextacy was the catch phrase for the panty-wetting hysteria surrounding Marc Bolan's 18 month reign as newest biggest thing in Rock. Both concerts have highlights and warts to please all.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 May 2005
Format: DVD
Forget the half baked after-thoughts, T-Rex were THE band that transformed music for ever at the start of the 1970's, and this superbly restored DVD catches them at the height of their powers. Bolan struts about the stage with all the arrogance of a true superstar, but he also nods towards his hippie "Tyrannosaurs" roots with a cross-legged acoustic set. The film itself is based around the Wembley concert, with the classic tunes only occasionally punctured by the surreal images of Bolan, the poet-in-chief, and Ringo Starr, dressed as a mouse, joking around on an airfield and a show stopping performance from Mickey Finn devouring jam at the mad hatters tea party. There is also the unforgettable collaboration with Elton John, where Bolan's head appears from inside Elt's piano, painted white like a musical spectre. The film alone is worth the entrance fee, but the extras complete a breath-taking package, including: both concerts from Wembley in full, a documentary headed by Bolan's son Rolan (and you thought Brooklyn was bad!) And the earliest surviving black and white recording of Tyrannosaurs Rex, to name but a few. This is an epic DVD set which no music fan should be without. As Bolan himself said, "If there is a rock and roll history, this will go down in it". It certainly has! Boogie on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
Words cannot really do this DVD justice. It must be seen to be believed!

As a longstanding Bolan fan with an old worn copy of the vhs movie i was excitedly awaiting this release. I was particularly interested in the reported reels of unseen footage promised when the project first took off. What you actualy get is 5 plus hours of T.Rex at their majestic peak. The movie 'Born to Boogie' itself is ok, though i was never a fan of the 'surealist' sketches which interupted the flow of the live experience. Instead Go straight to the matinee and evening concerts, here in their glorious entirety, and be prepared to be blown away by the T.rex live experience. The picture quality is breathtakingly gorgeous. Every bead of sweat on Bolan's brow and every crease in his satin loons are crystal clear in widescreen. He looks fantastic (and he clearly knows it!)

The band sound raw and powerful and it's all mixed to complete audio perfection by Tony Visconti. It really is stunning both visualy and in the quality of the sound.

If that wern't enough there's plenty previously unseen footage of the Bolan fans both inside and outside of the arena. Feather cuts, Bolan ringlets, satins and flares aplenty and more than the odd girl (and boy)with a touch of glitter to their cheeks. Superb.

I cannot rate this movie highly enough. It easily outranks the Pennbaker ziggy stardust movie in terms of sound and picture quality (and as a screamage document of the glitter era). Buy it now and dust off that satin jacket for the full on glam experience!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. DAVIES on 27 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
A stunning restoration of this film with the great care and attention that was needed to do it justice. Transports you back to 1972 as though it was yesterday. The fun and humour of the time and the affection with which all those involved look back at the period and project is infectious and heart-warming. How modern technology enables material of this type to be cleansed and invigorated with new life is as remarkable as the performance of the band itself.
Outstanding value at twice the price.
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