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Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' [Blu-ray] [2013]

Bob Smeaton    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Bob Smeaton
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sony Legacy
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F031XPS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,414 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This special presentation of Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' presents the definitive documentary about the extraordinary life of the greatest guitarist of all time. The critically acclaimed film, directed by Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology; Festival Express), unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician's personality and genius with interviews with Hendrix himself, commentary from well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, as well as revealing glimpses into Jimi from those closest to him. The film details the meteoric rise of the Experience, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the building of Electric Lady Studios, his state of the art recording facility in Greenwich Village and concludes with poignant footage from his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable unseen Jimi Hendrix concert footage! 8 Dec 2013
Format:DVD
This dvd (or blu ray) has two main sections: Section one offers a documentary of Jimi's life while the focus of section two (Extras") is on three concert performances.

The documentary part (almost 2 hours) about Jimi's (too short) life is quite similar to the previously released "West Coast Seattle Boy" documentary. Added are excerpts of concert footage published on previous Hendrix dvds. However, the entire part one is presented in widescreen format, which means that all the original concert clips have also been cut (reduced in height) compared to the originals which were filmed in 4:3 format. In my opinion that`s clearly a wrong and disappointing decision! These concert clips could have been presented in their original format with added black areas left and right to fill the widescreen format, thereby avoiding the mutilation of the original material!

There are also some new interviews, among them some with former girl friends of Jimi`s (Fayne Pridgeon, Linda Keith and Colette Mimram (now with a new last name). Other important girlfriends of Jimi`s, like Kathy Etchingham, Jeanette Jacobs and Carmen Borrero are not interviewed (Kathy probably might have declined to work with Janie Hendrix`s company. She has a very interesting homepage, mainly about Jimi, however). Carmen(blonde)is at least briefly seen with Jimi, in a clip on the road from Noel Redding`s home videos. There are also new comments by Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, engineer and sound master Eddie Kramer and several other contemporaries who are still alive, Billy Cox being the last surviving band member. All the best to you, Billy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff. 13 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Unlike the version broadcast on British television
, this DVD has the performances from Miami, Isle of Fehmarn and New York pop festivals, along with a 1967 'Top of the Pops' appearance. The film is good, although I felt it didn't offer anything that hadn't already been said in previous films, most notably the 'South Bank' show a few years ago. All in all, worth buying for the 'bonus features' alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin' DVD 25 Nov 2013
Format:DVD
Hear My Train A Comin' is another documentary about Jimi Hendrix. Since 1973 there has been numerous documentaries produced about Jimi.
The first produced in the early 1970s was made shortly after Jimi's passing. It had interviews with Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and other people close to Jimi. It is still a great document of the life of Jimi Hendrix and is also available on DVD.
The last decade has seen more documentaries of Jimi produced including one that was issued with the West Coast Seattle Boy Box Set.
This new documentary includes some footage from all the previous films plus some new concert footage such as Miami Pop and some snippets that fans have identified as the concert Jimi played at Madison Square Garden from 1969 and some snippets of Jimi's concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
The film itself has a lot of interview footage of an ageing Fayne Pridgeon and the woman who discovered Jimi Linda Keith.
I feel this is a very well produced story about Jimi but it does not include several important people who were heavily involved in Jimi's life such as Kathy Ethingham and even his brother Leon who is never mentioned.
Chas Chandler is mentioned but does not get the recognition he deserved as the major producer for Jimi's 3 studio albums.
Although there are some flaws this is an entertaining film and well worth getting.
The extras are what most Hendrix fans want this DVD for. The 4 songs from Miami 1968 have been highly anticipated and are well worth the wait. The NewYork Pop 1970 footage is poor visually but a great performance.
Jimi's final concert from Germany is a bit of a let down despite being very historic and the final testament of Jimi's legacy on film. The picture is poor as is the sound and I find it not easy to watch due to the poor sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for the bonus footage. 25 Dec 2013
Format:DVD
I won't say much about the actual documentary on this DVD, apart from the fact that it is worth watching once and is the usual documentary fayre.

The fans, like myself, are buying this DVD for the bonus footage and it is definitely worth buying for these clips. My only problem with the bonus footage is that the Miami Pop Festival clips have been 'chopped' down from 4:3 aspect ratio into 16:9. This does spoil viewing the footage somewhat, as Jimi and Noel's heads are often 'chopped off' while watching the footage. The other bonus footage on the DVD has been left in 4:3, so I can't understand why the Miami clips have been tampered with. Shame.

The New York Pop clips are great with slightly grainy quality, but this does not spoil the viewing of them.

The Fehmarn clips were a revelation to me, as I never knew there were any good quality video clips from this show. The colour is great and the sound is better than some bootlegs circulating from this show. There does seem to be slightly more footage of the crowd than of Jimi unfortunately, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the Fehmarn clips, as I think this show was one of the strongest from the 1970 European Tour.

The clip of Purple Haze from March 1967 is fantastic! Not the best quality picture, but still a brilliant clip and one which I don't think has been in circulation at all I don't think.

So, if you're a true Jimi Hendrix fan, buy this DVD for the bonus footage, you won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly "Definitive"...
I can't add much to what's already been written by other reviewers, but quickly:

Plusses:

lots of unseen footage, plus rare/unseen concert footage from... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Geoffrey Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest
i`m a Danish fan, i saw him live in denmark way back in the sixties. he is the greatest ever!
Published 2 months ago by arne jørgensen
3.0 out of 5 stars adds nothing and avoids certain areas of hendrix's life.
the best way to look at this documentary about jimi Hendrix, is to marvel at the previously unseen concert footage of him and to enjoy the earlier section of the programme. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jeremiah harbottle
5.0 out of 5 stars jimi hendrix
got this dvd as a xmas present for someone, they will just love it as jimi is wonderful on the guitar
Published 3 months ago by lemons
5.0 out of 5 stars He is my hero!
I had this as a tape way back when so was really pleased when I found it on cd, I have been looking for ages. I love it!
Published 3 months ago by A M Weatherill
5.0 out of 5 stars Best hendrix documentary with equally excellent extras
This is an official Hendrix family release(recently aired on British terrestrial tv-minus approx 30 mins and the superb extras). Read more
Published 3 months ago by david triggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a legend
Great DVD well worth buying, which includes interviews, some live footage and some new unseen footage of a true rock legend!!
Published 4 months ago by Mr S S Flook
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant performances...Hendrix unwrapped
Hendrix shaped rock music in ways people are still talking about and trying to understand. The documentary and live performances here can only add to the legend. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dibbs Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars better than not bad but not "warts and all"
A well constructed history of Jimi Hendrix the musician between 1966-70, supported by some excellent new interviews with Linda Keith, Paul Caruso and Steve Winwood, but if you are... Read more
Published 5 months ago by gerryg
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