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  • Actors: Can
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Mute
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 359 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000BSQR2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Visual scrapbook of Can brilliance 12 May 2006
By D. Hamilton-Smith - Published on
Format: DVD
I bought this DVD primarily for the live footage on Disc One. The intensity of the performance is something to behold, especially Damo swaying and shrieking in his pink and red catsuit (Justin Hawkins eat your heart out) and Irmin hammering away at his synths with Mad-Professor-like concentration. The opening performance of 'Spoon' is an absolutely viscious jam, surpassing anything they've done in the studio, and the 52-minute film then cuts from their frenzied live jamming to the more contemplative setting of a studio where they record the vocal dubs for 'Bring Me Coffee or Tea'. The film cuts back and forth between the two places, which is a little annoying as you only get to see about four live songs (long as they are, of course), but it's all of a very high quality. The camera angles are intimate and in one particular shot you feel like you're right behind Michael Karoli, jamming along with them. All too short, sadly, but I'm glad of any classic-era Can footage I can get.

The documentary on Disc Two effectively makes up for the Can Free Concert's shortcomings. It's almost 90 minutes long, features an array of archive interviews as well as ones from the late 90s and the late 80s, when they reconvened with Malcolm Mooney, and several TV performances. Among these are excellent versions of 'Paperhouse' from 1972 and, perhaps the best performance in the whole double-disc set, an Old Grey Whistle Test version of 'Vernal Equinox' from 1975. Here Jaki plays an absolutely stunning rhythm for 10+ minutes, breaks into all kinds of mad fills, and STILL doesn't break a sweat, confirming that he is indeed a machine. There's a great-sounding version of 'Moonshake' on there somewhere too.

I haven't watched the rest yet, but the two main features alone are worth the asking price.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Some flaws, but still fascinating 30 Dec. 2004
By . - Published on
Format: DVD
Absolutely necessary for anyone who loves Can as I do. Over 4 hours of video footage plus an audio CD of fantastic, sometimes incredible solo work from each of the 4 founding members of Can.

I have a few minor gripes. The period from 1968-1974, during which Can did their most influential and impressive work, is not represented enough in the documentary. Perhaps video footage from this era simply doesn't exist, but I would have loved to have seen more about the making of such masterpieces as "Tago Mago" and "Ege Bamyasi". Aside from a live performance of "Paperhouse" from 1971, and a band interview in a stairwell somewhere in Germany, we don't see much from this period. On the other hand, the "free concert" from 1972 (on disc 1) is mind-blowing and *almost* makes up for the lack of footage noted above. Almost.

Also, I wish there were subtitles for the Echo Awards ceremony, as there are in other parts of the DVD's. I actually do speak a bit of German (a VERY little bit in fact), but I can't make out most of what Holger, Jaki, and Irmin say during their acceptance speech. Holger in particular says something (apparently) very touching about Michael Karoli (RIP), but I can't decipher it.

But enough griping about what's missing. What IS here is wonderful, and this generous collection is an essential purchase for any Can fan.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Reccomended! 6 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
WOW - there aren't many bands who deserve a DVD this good, let alone ones that actually *get* one! Basically, we get it all here - TV performances, live show footage, studio sessions, a documentary, new and vintage interviews, new and remixed music from the various members, plus loads more. Oh, and while the CD doesn't contain any group performances, I really enjoyed the music!
As someone who hesitated buying, I suggest you don't make the same mistake. If you like CAN at all, this won't let you down.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Great Tribute 10 Feb. 2004
By Eidolon - Published on
Format: DVD
This 3-disc set is a fantastic overview of a great progressive German band. It contains 2 feature-length films (a documentary and a portrait), a 52 minute live concert, numerous biographies and an historical essay. Plus a short film by Brian Eno. The third disc is comprised of recent material by the band members (albeit individually). I love Can and I love this DVD! If you don't, you probably won't.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great DVD but could've been one disc. 15 July 2008
By D. J. Walsh - Published on
Format: DVD
Usually most DVDs put most of the essential stuff on the first disc. Watch the second DVD first. It's the documentary of the band and covers just about everything you ever wanted to know about Can. Most of the songs are uninterrupted, but it's great to be able to watch them in action, and definitely adds a lot to enjoying their music.

Once you're done, then watch the Free Concert (which is preceeded with a comment about why the concert wasn't divided in chapters).

Then do the bonus footage, some of which I think has extras and links for DVD-ROM. Brian Eno's tribute is typical of him, and the hall of fame induction is pretty cool. The interviews in the bonus is worth checking out.

They are more of a musician's musician band, cult, avant-garde, one of the earliest influenced by Velvet Underground, Zappa and Pink Floyd as well as Stockhausen who both Schmidt and Czukay learned under (but were already off and running in their own direction) but they've touched on a lot of bands that you may have heard of...U2, Radiohead (who have covered "Thief" and you can tell "Kid A" and "Amnesiac" was partly the result of listening to a lot of their music), Sonic Youth who performed on "Sacrilege"), Eurythmics, Neubauten, PIL, Joy Division, Bowie's "German phase", UNKLE, Flaming Lips, The Mars Volta(who have collaborated with Damo) , Spoon (who named their band after one of their songs) and Eno's "ambient" music (Can definitely utilized the sound of a room like it was an instrument), Orb, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc. Kanye West even sampled one of their songs.

And they even had a disco hit in Europe where they played on "Top of the Pops".

The price is decent for the DVD, but I also think that most of what people would want to watch would've fit on one disc.
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