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Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution [2008] [DVD] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Thomas Arnold, Karl Bartos, Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Klaus Schulze
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sexy Intellectual
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BTOE0Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,466 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Documentary retrospective on the music and career of the German electronic music pioneers. Formed in the late 1960s, Kraftwerk has influenced everyone from David Bowie and Coldplay to Siouxsie Sioux and Radiohead. The group's clinical, computer-driven sound has also been directly responsible for the development of the electronica, techno and synth-pop genres, to name but three.

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I found the first reviewer's comments very helpful. I would draw your attention to the last few lines of the A&E cable company's comments made a few days ago......" Two former members of Kraftwerk indeed participate which helps, however, it is a shame that you do not get added insight from the leaders and creators of the band and that it is not a completely authorized documentary. With that said, you will not find a more complete history of both Kraftwerk and the era of electronic music." I would say
anyone who isn't happy with this product must be impossible to please - What I mean by this is that I saw comments elsewhere saying the Title of the DVD was a little misleading. It is about the history of serious electronic music AND how Kraftwerk fit into this history. There is a huge chunk of the 3 hours devoted to Kraftwerk.
Also someone complained some of the archive film was a bit grubby... I would say the sound and vision throughout this documentary are Excellent!! You cannot take old footage of a club filmed IN THE 1960's (!) and make it look like it was filmed for IMAX cinema today no matter how hard you try.
I have been a fan of Kraftwerk from the day I bought Autobahn in the mid 1970's and I would recommend this DVD. The extras are interesting, too.
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Having watched the whole documentary, I feel there are a couple of points that are worthing noting for potential buyers - neither of which should put you off, though.

First, the disc is in 4:3 format - fine if you have a square telly, but on a widescreen telly with the top and bottom chopped a bit (to avoid black bars left and right) the captions for interviewees are chopped a bit.
Second, some of the videos for the songs are of poor quality. I know this is old film from the 70s but surely there are better prints available?

OK, so whinges out of the way, on to the good stuff. This is an excellent documentary. The first hour or so sets the scene, with the historical setting and also the way German musicians (and youth) handled the post-war years. This is followed by the beginnings of electronic music (not just in Germany, although there is that bias) with interviews with a lot of the early musicians (Klaus Schulze and Conrad Schnitzler amongst others) as well as various music journalists and technical staff. All good stuff, but if you're waiting for the Kraftwerk bit then it is a bit tedious.

Finally we get to Kraftwerk and the context of their music, working through all the albums from Tone Float to Computer World (almost no Electric Cafe - pity - and a very small mention of Tour De France Soundtracks) with contributions from Karl Bartos and Rusty Egan, amongst others. This concentrates on the earlier albums - up to and including The Man Machine - in great detail and is informative, if a little long.

The opinions from the interviewees are interesting and varied, and in the Extras there is a little (5 min) feature about Dusseldorf vs Berlin electronic music, as well as an extended interview with Karl Bartos.
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This fine 3 hour documentary looks at the history of German electronic/experimental music, which came to be called rather simplistically Krautrock, and focuses on the band who achieved the greatest worldwide success, Kraftwerk. As a history of German post-war experimentalism it touches most bases, including the electronic pioneer & composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, the commune-led experimentation in the late 60s of Amon Duul and the like, and the scenes springing up in various West German towns including Dusseldorf, home of The Organization, who would become Kraftwerk of course. There's archive live footage, much of it familiar from YouTube it must be said, of other bands too, including Can, Tangerine Dream, Cluster & Popol Vuh, and interviews with Roedilius and Moebius (Cluster), Klaus Schultz (hilariously dismissive of TD's first efforts when he was with them), and Karl Bartos among others. But this is not an official Kraftwerk-approved product, as it says on the box, so don't expect interviews with Ralf or Florian. Bartos gets plenty of interview time though (and there's extra bonus material from him too on his time in the band - an interview called I Was A Robot) and, though probably prohibited from gossiping about the bosses, he's an engaging interviewee and reveals some interesting stuff. I loved the revelation that once when Kraftwerk were in Paris they visited a mega-disco and watched as Trans Europe Express completely emptied the dance floor. There's informative input from various cultural critics of course, including evaluation of Kraftwerk's progress in the context of other music at the time.Read more ›
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One of my favorite albums growing up was The Man Machine. So when I learned that Kraftwerk were to be performing on July 2nd (2009)as the opening gig at the Manchester Festival I wanted to learn more.

The DVD is a comprehensive review of the genre. It is 3 hours long and is an excellent documentary of the times, the music, the people. I found it to be fascinating and (it) filled in many, many wide gaps of my musical knowledge from my youth.

Absolute 5 Stars.
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