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Jimi Hendrix [Special Edition] [DVD] [1973]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BW7I20
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Official documentary chronicling the life and work of Jimi Hendrix, including interviews with his father as well as fellow guitarists Pete Townsend and Eric Clapton. Performance footage includes highlights from the Monterey, Woodstock and Isle of Wight Festivals.


If any artist deserved a hagiography it was Hendrix, and Joe Boyd's 1973 "authorised" tribute The Jimi Hendrix Story adequately sanctifies the legend. Perversely for a documentary, it achieves this simply by well-chosen concert footage rather than through the insights of the various talking heads. Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Lou Reed and Germaine Greer are all wheeled out to wax lyrical about their days with Jimi--but nothing is more eloquent than watching and listening to him play. From "Hey Joe" in grainy black and white on Ready Steady Go, classic footage of Monterey, Woodstock (yes, "The Star-Spangled Banner") and the Isle of White festivals, to an acoustic 12-string rendition of "Hear My Train a' Comin'", Hendrix the musician speaks for himself.

But if Hendrix the musician shines through, this is not the most insightful profile of Hendrix the man: the circumstances surrounding his death, for example, are hardly touched upon (girlfriend at the time Monika Dannemann gets only a few seconds screen time). Interview footage with Hendrix himself plus some occasionally rambling and incoherent comments from such intimates as his father, army buddies, ex-girlfriends (including Linda Keith, who "discovered" him in New York and brought him to England) and fellow musicians all take second place to the music itself. The most sensible quote comes from Little Richard, who proves once and for all that he's utterly bonkers, when he says of Jimi's music: "At times he made my big toes shoot up into my boot."

On the DVD: This is a dual-layer disc, with a widescreen (1.85:1) print on one side and a standard (4:3) ratio version on the other--although watching in widescreen is redundant, as the film is shot in 4:3 anyway. There are no extras other than a theatrical trailer (despite being advertised as such a menu and scene access surely don't count as "special features": what use is a disc without them?) --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
I like the original film, although it's not as good as it could be, but it's the only real documentary of THE guitarist. This remastered version would have been nice upgrade for the original, but fake wide screen (thank you again WB) spoils it totally. I have the original 4:3 and it is 1/3 "bigger" than this fake wide screen versio, which cuts the picture. It makes me really mad why they have to do things like this, because the picture quality otherwise is much better than in the original! Only reason I'm keeping this version is the bonus disc.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aj Viljoen VINE VOICE on 17 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
The life of Jimi Hendrix cannot be covered in one dvd. His songs can't be, neither can his idiosyncrasies. Therein lies the "fault" of this dvd. It's more like a dictionary entry than a full length feature, because there is so much to say and presumably so much to show. In other words, once your'e through watching the dvd, your'e just warming up to the subject. Scratching the surface.
So don't look at this dvd as authorative. But if you look at it as a snapshot, a brief moment in the life of, this dvd succeeds.
The image quality isn't great. It seems as if everything was filmed on home movie cameras. But that's okay, because this all did happen in the sixties, remember? But what does bother, is the sound quality. One underestimates the importance of sound quality when half a dvd consists of interviews, but what's the point of an interview if you can hardly hear what the "cats" are saying anyway. (Am I supposed to READ all those subtitles?)
And yet: this is a good dvd. It has entertainment value, but is not half as informative as I hoped it to be. This is probably not a good starting point for a Hendrix noob, but could be required viewing for fans. If you're a noob, check out "Jimi Hendrix plays Monterey" (and weep). Now 'Scuse me
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan Burridge on 8 Sep 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In September 1966, when myself and everyone else alive at the time aged 15 to 18 tuned in and just happened to see Jimi Hendrix very first UK TV appearance on Top of the Pops (in black & white, too), we were completely blown away.
This 'A Film About Jimi Hendrix' was a cinema release, and I remember taking my then girlfriend, later and still my Mrs; to see it at one of the major Bournemouth cinemas. It was the 'must see' film of the time and at that point, not long after his death, the queues were a mile long with fans wetting themselves with anticipation. We had never seen or heard, and could only imagine what Jimi Hendrix would sound like playing a 12-string acoustic guitar; and although everything else on this film was and is great for the die-hard fan; it was well worth seeing for that, acoustic version of 'Hear My Train A Comin' aspect alone.
Of course, owning a copy was just a dream, then, words such as 'VHS video tape' and 'DVD' would have been met with a frown and an expression of mystery; a system to watch films on at home? No, never!
But now we have it all, and this film may not have been too well received by my fellow reviewers, but bearing in mind my history lesson setting the scene, it was absolutely excellent to watch in the absence of anything else. And it is still worth watching with the above points borne in mind. No, there is no voice-over with a scripted storyline to keep it together, it's stripped down and very basic, but we were darned grateful for anything, stand-alone as this was at the time, when we flocked to see it in our droves.
Now, there's an extra disc featuring the bits they edited out, and any bonus or 'previously unseen' extras, especially at such a bargain price, can't be bad. Buy and watch, but keep the history aspect in mind whilst doing so; the film was all we had of our then recently deceased rock god, and we were very glad of it.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar 2002
Format: DVD
Shot in 1973, this film captures the effect that Jimi Hendrix really had on the world. From the interviews with a young Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger it is easy to see how Jimi changed their perception of the guitar and of music as he is still so fresh in their minds. They can be nothing but humbled by the fact that they were around to experience such originality in the flesh. There are no bloated egos on display here. The film also contains rare inteviews with Al Hendrix (Jimi's dad) as well as bandmates, friends and ex-girlfriends which give a great insight into what jimi was like off stage.
The film is completed by some mind-blowing footage of Jimi onstage, which is after all what it's all about. Highlights include the Monterey footage where we see the legendary 'Wild Thing' flaming guitar massacre. However as Jimi himself explains, it's not about the gimicks and my favorite perfomance is the acoustic version of Hear my train a comin' where there's just Jimi and his 12-string sat in a white room, shy and funny, but at the same time sure of his ability, Jimi shows us all how it's really done. This man is a pure genius.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Millar on 11 April 2006
Format: DVD
This is a re-mastered, expanded version of the original DVD release, which has been unavailable for some time.
The difference between the two is the additional bonus material, such as the expanded interviews with the musical friends, colleagues, relatives and irrelevant types who appeared in the original release. The sound seems improved on the earlier release but the film quality is variable as before.
As a 'rockumentary', it's fine, with clips from concerts great (Monterey, Berkeley) and so-so (Isle of Wight), interspersed with interviews interesting (such as Pete Townshend) and irrelevant (Germaine Greer?!). The acoustic Hear My Train a Comin' is a gem. But with no narration to hold it together, this doesn't really hang together as a film.
Anyway, if you're a Hendrix fan, you have to have this, even if you own the original release.
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