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Joy Division [DVD]

Grant Gee    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Grant Gee
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B2S41I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,035 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Hot on the heels of the Ian Curtis biopic, 'Control' (2007), comes this highly acclaimed documentary about one of the most influential bands to come out of the Manchester punk scene of the late 1970s. It provides a chronological account of the band's formation and growth up until Curtis's suicide and features candid interviews with the remaining band members who went on to become the equally influential New Order. The film also contains various clips of the band's performances as well as previously unseen footage.

Synopsis

Fans of the gloomy Manchester-based band from the late 1970s will have less to feel down about with the release of this rockumentary. Joy Division follows the unlikely rise of these working class lads up to Ian Curtis's suicide, which tore the band apart until it was reborn as New Order. Included here is rare footage of the group as well as their moody and starkly photographed videos, capturing the essence of what made Joy Division so special and so tragic.


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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last word 13 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
Aside from The Beatles, there can't be many bands as mythologised and documented as Joy Division. Happily, this does what 'The Filth & The Fury' did for the Sex Pistols; the people who were there tell the story of what really happened.

Apart from the archive material that's widely available on YouTube, it has a couple of 'scoops'. An eerie cassette of Ian Curtis being hypnotised by Bernard and apparently regressing to a past life is undeniably fascinating and a little chilling. However, the film's main coup is having the elusive Annik Honore appear on camera for the first time (for those not familiar, she was Curtis's Belgian mistress and has refused to talk in public up till now). She comes across and quite sensitive and wise. This is probably why there is no Deborah Curtis though.

The extras take the form of 48 various interview out-takes, featuring the usual reliable anecdotes from the band, the late Tony Wilson and others. Ex-roadie Terry Mason musing on what its like having to deal with the consequences of Curtis's death without the cushioning aspect of the band's fame is particularly poignant.

The documentary is the closest we'll get to the final word on Joy Division. Devotees young and old will revel in it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last word on Joy Division? 26 Aug 2008
By Colin Mccartney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Less is more. The genius of this documentary is Jon Savage's interview technique. The 3 surviving Joy Division members talk with the interviewer like they were talking to a mate in the pub, in a totally unaffected manner. The end result is the most insightful piece on Ian Curtis to date and - surprise, surprise - he was just an ordinary guy.

Slick production values (Peter Saville is a "consultant") give the video a pleasing Factory-ish feel. The copious extras (unused interview snippets from the various participants) are bitty but something that avid fans will want to work their way through religiously.

Curiosity value is added in the short contributions from Richard H. Kirk and Genesis P. Orridge (who looks more like Pete Burns than I remember).

A well put together, well presented film by people who clearly understand Joy Division.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Addition To The Joy Division History 13 Aug 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
With 'Control' and, to a lesser extent, '24 Hour Party People' giving the Joy Division story fresh momentum, this documentary is a timely addition which will provide informative background to fans old and new. Very well contextualised, the viewer is given insight into the socio-economic and class structures of the times, the impact of punk on Manchester, and what the denizens of that city did to sing along to the new music.

Key players of the era get face time as they add colour to the narrative, and of course you get the surviving band members; as ever earthy, honest and still reflective about the fate of their bandmate. There's rare documentary and performance footage, as well. There are a few things missing for me. Time has taken away the vital contributions of Rob Gretton and Martin Hannett, and it would have been nice to have the full TV performances rather than extracts. Having said that, still well worth having.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking 10 Jun 2011
By Hans
Format:DVD
When reading Deborah Curtis's memoir "Touching from a Distance", the real revelation to me came at the appendix where all the Joy Division lyrics are printed shoulder to shoulder. To a shocking degree they express fear, disgust, alienation, confusion, or guilt. This observation is shared by one of the persons interviewed in the documentary: "Was THAT what he was singing???"
In hindsight, we feel that the signs must have been everywhere, but as the film shows us, nobody knew or cared where to look. I mean, pulling someone from their hospital bed to have them play a gig the night after a suicide attempt?

Everybody, including the medical people, seems to have been utterly clueless. This documentary reinforces my impression of a boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and didn't really stand a chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy Division DVD 23 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
The DVD is subtitled their own story in their own words + thats what this brilliant DVD covers. The surviving band members unprecedented participation gives a never heard before true insight into this fabulous band + the particular 1970s social landscape from which they emerged. The extras show full interviews with all the key players in their story. A definate must buy
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 16 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
I'm a massive JD fan but was very let down by this.

The good:

Goes into a lot of detail about Ian and the band's time together, some really funny and moving moments. Also some great visual effects (!) and very intelligent/fascinating commentary.

The bad:

It basically has nothing of JD's music except in the background and seriously small snippets here and there, with a lot of talking over them.

This really impoverishes the experience,for me Joy Division is all about tension and ambience but the film doesn't let you `get into' a single song even once. The furtherest you're allowed to go is like `verse 1, chorus 1' and BANG it's back to an interview.

It's frustrating, because I don't see how anyone could enjoy this. JD virgins are likely to be thinking `Well let me hear some of this band for real (or at least more than 30 seconds)' and JD fans will just be frustrated they STILL don't have DVD-quality, full - versions of JD's meagre but very special performances.

This film tried to do far too much....I would have been happy with leaving some of the live performances in the extras if the thing had been allowed to flow and breathe properly.....instead it rather cheapens JD's music because it's all `in the background' sometimes, the audio of the interview's is even louder than the (very short) performances!

Joy Division is serious, thought=provoking, cathartic, tense, immense, beautiful music ..... Why does this doc reduce it all to MTV-friendly 30 second attention blasts of industrial noise?

Even the NewOrderstory is flawed but it gives us full performances at least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PLenty of Joy, a lot of Division
This is a dramatised version of the short life of Ian Curtis and the band and essential viewing for any fan.

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Published 5 months ago by William J. Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars joy division
documentary dvd, not alot of concert footage - which would have made it a lot better and more interesting to watch
Published 6 months ago by chezza
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I seldom rate 1 star, at least in recognition of the effort placed in the production of the work. However this time I am disappointed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by F. Panin
5.0 out of 5 stars genuine article
Brilliant.
Could not be any better.
I was fortunate enough to see Joy Divison three times in 1979 and 1980 and this is the genuine article in my opinion. Read more
Published 16 months ago by longant
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Rubish, an insult.
I'm ashamed to have this in my DVD collection, it'll be on ebay tonight. A compilation of annoying individuals talking about the band, nothing new just the... Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by M. J. Eales
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
I rather think the reviewers who have given 2 or 3 stars to this awesome documentary have got hold of the wrong end of the stick. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2010 by markfrombilbao
5.0 out of 5 stars Very watchable
Good points:
Peter Saville - very amusing bloke.
Annik - touching and honest.
Steve Morris - also funny. Read more
Published on 24 May 2009 by JimmyDCFC
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
Joy Division are my band. Closer is and always will be my favourite album of all-time. They have always got into my heart. I have seen everything, got everything. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
This is a very revealing picture of Joy Division. I liked the band members talking about those days. An absolute MUST for fans!!!
Published on 18 Mar 2009 by beatmaster
4.0 out of 5 stars joy division dvd
saw the reveiw of this dvd in a trade paper and it is all it says it is
Published on 15 Mar 2009 by Cyril Ford
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