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History Of The Eagles [3 Disc DVD Deluxe Edition] [2013]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
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  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Polydor
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2013
  • Run Time: 233 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BSBUZPU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Alison Ellwood directs this official documentary exploring the history of the iconic US rock band. Formed in Los Angeles in 1971, the band established themselves as one of the foremost music acts of the '70s with seven number one singles, including arguably their best known song 'Hotel California'. Featuring a blend of archive material, performance footage and even home movies recorded by the band members, the documentary aims to evoke the highs and lows of their long career.

This three-disc set includes History of the Eagles Part One and History of the Eagles Part Two, as well as Eagles Live At The Capital Centre - March 1977, featuring never-before-released performances from the Eagles’ two-night stand at Washington, D.C.’s Capital Center during the legendary Hotel California tour.


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189 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining, almost definitive. 26 April 2013
By A. Webb TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Pros - Lots and lots of footage of performances, behind the scenes stuff, and personal recollection of what it was like to be in a world dominating rock band. The magic comes across well, and it's easy to see what allowed the Eagles to have an album that outsold even Thriller. It's interesting to see how the various members have worn. Bernie Leadon is virtually unrecognisable, Randy Meisner looks so much older, but Don Felder seems to be fitter than ever and could pass for David Soul's younger brother. Don Henley, looks the dignified elder statesman of rock. But Glen Frey has the aspect of a retired boxer. Through it all the music shines, a magnificent shimmering thing, strongly evoking the endless Californian Summer that we all wish we'd lived.

Cons - Glen Frey. No one ever elected him leader, yet he assumes that position, and is on screen far too much, self aggrandising and basically claiming credit, whether it's due or not. He comes across as bullying and having an ego the size of his bank balance. There's also a distasteful glee concerning how much money was made, and an ironic comment from Frey to the effect that Don Felder - who was fired from the band - should not have been so concerned with how much money Frey was making. Apparently regardless as to whether it was money made from Feldler's contribution. The sense of greed and desire to control all is palpable.

In summary, this is history airbrushed, but still a must for anyone who grew up listening to and loved the music of the Eagles. Most areas of the band's long and at times tortuous story are touched upon, with some being explored in more depth than others. Everyone gets their say, including Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner and Don Felder, the members who either walked away or were fired.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surround Sound Magic 1 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The 2-hour first part of this superb documentary (from childhood to The Eagles' first split in 1980), is an absolute blast. Produced by top documentarian Alec Gibney - with his longtime editor Alison Ellwood directing - it's a well-funded and structured telling of their saga which vividly contextualises the social and musical world that created The Eagles.

A little critical distance is the inevitable price you pay for this kind of access, and Glenn Frey's self-important perspective dominates too much, but everyone ever in and around the Eagles is interviewed, and the subliminal tensions are often all too obvious - even now.

The second part, which takes the story from that first split to the present day in just over an hour, is inevitably less riveting or important, but still full of fascinating insights and great music. Seeing just how rough Joe Walsh got before he cleaned up is pretty sobering, and there's a really unappetising moment near the end where Glenn Frey gloats over finally kicking Don Felder out of the band over money - followed by Felder getting discreetly choked-up over missing the band. You'd like to think that the inclusion of this scene in the final cut represents fearless honesty on the part of the director, but it also suggests a deep lack of self-awareness on Frey's part. You've got to love the bit too where Don Henley says of Irving Azoff "He may be Satan, but he's our Satan", and Azoff takes that as a compliment.

Sound and picture are a real credit to the Blu-ray format, and what really makes it, particularly if you have high-end home cinema, are the epic 5.1 mixes of all the music by former Steely Dan engineer Elliot Scheiner, the master of organic surround mixing.
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Band Apart 29 April 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One might think that should there ever be a Mount Rushmore of country rock, they may well etch the faces of the Eagles into the cliff side. However, they might need some time, for there have been quite a few comings and goings and line-up changes in camp Eagles over the years. This documentary ventures into the first chapter of the band's existence and provides evidence of the rifts, drifts, differences and fallouts that have occurred. It is probably fair to say that the Eagles are one of the most notoriously disharmonious of bands, who inexplicably and ironically orchestrate some of the most harmonious musical harmonies of any group since CSN. It is still a struggle today to meet a band that matches up vocally.

Although they may not straddle the earth with an omnipresence that marked their original inception and 1970s heyday, the reformed country rockers are still synonymous with classic radio and the rock album format.

Running at 2 hours, there is a lot of ground to cover. For a casual viewer, there is a mercifully breezy skip through respective childhoods and the pace is pushed with momentum towards the inspiring and prolific late-60s underground music scene of LA that homed residencies of Poco, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt et al. There is acknowledgment as to the creatively incestuous backdrop of the times, of the area and of the era. The sort that enabled artists to shift, move and collaborate seemingly at will. As the late 60s moved into the early 70s and success increased for the bulk of the aforementioned artists, it is clear that all look back with giddy rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia. The creativity was clearly as intoxicating as the drugs that they were recreationally self-medicating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock the American anthem with the performance from the Eagles! Enjoy...
So, I think that the History of the Eagles (2013) on DVD is great because this a documentary for which it's difficult to say what exactly makes it such a pleasant watch, but I... Read more
Published 5 days ago by IAN HILL
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally enjoyable!
This DVD is a real treat - sit back, relax and enjoy! It's difficult to say what exactly makes it such a pleasant watch, but I think it's the fusion of beautiful music with a real... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Candid interviews that didn't pull any punches about the infighting that went on within the group.Music wise as always of the highest standard that you expect from the Eagles
Published 17 days ago by hugh young
5.0 out of 5 stars History Of The Eagles
Excellent product!! We have had many hours of great listening and nostalgia from this product. Definitely recommend to any Eagles fans
Published 1 month ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars History of The Eagles
I have always loved The Eagles and have seen them live on a couple of occasions. I really enjoyed this DVD. Great stuff.
Published 1 month ago by pixiestix
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagles band
Love this band and will be seeing them in Birmingham and London shortly. Any Eagles fan will enjoy this DVD.
Published 1 month ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Supergroup,superb sound.
Favourite group,nothing less than awesome.
The back catalogue presented beautifully,plus interesting insight to the group as a whole,
Very worhwhile to have on the shelf.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Jeanne M. Bodnar
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Eagles fans...
A fascinating warts and all documentary that all fans should see at least once, the third disk of the guys in concert is a short but perfect gig.
Published 1 month ago by T.A.S
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Eagles!
Bought for a stocking filler at Christmas for my Son. He enjoyed it and I have since borrowed it and as an Eagles fan I loved it. Would definitely recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Bernice Murrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Fantastic bought as a present for my housebound Brother. Brilliant watches all the time.
Worried at first that a disc was missing but hadnt opened case
Published 2 months ago by A. Davenport
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