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

Thomas Arnold , Karl Bartos    Exempt   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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 Sep 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: 50,890 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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documentario sulla carriera del piu' importante gruppo elettronico della storia esaminata fin dagli esordi (come organisation nei primi '60) fino ai giorni nostri, ed in generale sull'intero movimento krautrock. 180 minuti in cui troviamo rare performances live dei kraftwerk e di altri esponenti del krautrock in gran parte provenienti da archivi privati, interviste con karl bartos, roedelius, klaus schulze, dieter moebius etc., contributi di autorevoli giornalisti.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By J. Rae
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just Kraftwerk 23 Sep 2008
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth buting 9 Jan 2010
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An excellent survey of the era. Good historical information and some superb archive film. It makes some very erudite connections between the pop and classical genres. However, beware of the incompetent and pathetic contributions by so-called expert David Stubbs. It will soon become obvious that he knows nothing and peppers his contributions with a plethora of 'sort ofs' and 'kind ofs' - not the type of commentary expected from someone who is supposedly and expert. Every time he appears go for the fast forward button and save yourself the time-wasting and useless comments he so pointlessly makes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent if long history of the Krautrock scene 15 Jan 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 7 days ago by HERMENEGILDO MALHÃO
2.0 out of 5 stars Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution
I love Kraftwerk, I have seen them live once and got all of the albums. But this DVD is long and boring; 180 mins. With too many interviews. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Freddie Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Delivered to time and cost.

Wonderful look at Kraftwerk. Major influence on the music scene through the decades.

Recomend especially to fans of the band.
Published 17 months ago by Steve Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for fans for Krautrock
Fans of Can, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and others will really enjoy this DVD.

I came to it as a Kraftwerk fan and have since listened to many of the albums by the other... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gordon Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars German pioneers profiled.
It would have been nice if Ralph and Florian had participated. Overall though it is a very interesting look at Kraftwerk and Krautrock in general.
Published 21 months ago by Rob Guitar
5.0 out of 5 stars just a comment on min max dvd concert
the other dvd minimum maximum just buy it. trust me. i played it on 50inch with 5.1 surround. just amazing. loved it.
Published 24 months ago by tango
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by Mr. Aa James
5.0 out of 5 stars An MA in Kraftwerk!!!
Only 5 reviews. Wow, nice to see that Kraftwerk, at least on DVD, are still a minority interest.
If you need my creds, well "Computer Love" makes me cry, "Neon Lights" makes... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by Devil's Advocate
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